Cohesive Design Principles for your Toronto Renovation

An excellent strategy to incorporate into your kitchen and bathroom renovation, along with the other rooms in your home, is to create a cohesive design along with bridges. In other words, a theme that connects the different rooms and other parts of the home, and elements that connect them all together. This will help tie rooms together with elements that are similar. For example, you may find it helpful to have a similar wood floor in multiple rooms of your home. Repetition will help your home feel more structured and cohesive.

Examples to Tie Interior Design Elements Together

  • A Common Colour
  • Similar Materials and Textures
  • Same Wood Species and Stains
  • Themes Such as Art, or Styles of a Particular Period

  • Countertop Materials
  • Finishes of Hardward and Light Fixtures
  • Stairs and Floor Surfaces
  • Framing of Artwork

Modern Summerhill Condo

This beautiful modern condo renovation in Summerhill Toronto featured many cohesive elements that helped bring the space together. The most notable was the cabinetry wood elements. Every room including the bedroom, kitchen, living room, and office compromised of these elements. The kitchen for example contained grey cabinetry, but with a wood countertop and wine rack. The space also has refinished concrete floors, and black metal elements.

Birch Cliff Toronto Whole House Renovation

This whole house renovation in Birch Cliff Toronto used the common element of natural minimal grain flooring. It can be seen on all the floors of the house including the tile in the basement bathroom, and the stairs that act as a bridge to the main floor of the home. We can also see that there is the use of matte black metal elements with a spectacular grill on the main floor. As well, it is shown how the black hexagon tiles tie into the patterned wallpaper that is seen in the bedroom. The wallpaper is a clever bridge at the entrance, which draws interest and is inviting to the main floor.

Cohesive Design

A room should flow from one to the next with interest and structure. There can be similarity, but differences with adding distinct design elements – consistent flooring, but commonalities in the mud room and bathrooms. Trim should all be the same with color schemes throughout your home. A neutral HUE will help with the addition of others for contrast. Similar textures can be added with old and new furniture to show the home has been lived in. Tie your design together. If you look around and think, “This doesn’t belong here,” then it shouldn’t.

Incorporate Repetition

Selecting repetition throughout your home will give you that sought-after flowing effect. It can also give your home stability and make it feel cohesive. This is why it’s important to keep the little things the same – they can make a significant difference in the overall appearance. Trims, stains, door handles, and flooring in an open-concept home should be repetitive so your home flows effortlessly from room to room.

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Mark Ashton

Kitchen & Bath Designer
AKBD, CLIPP, B.A., B.A.S. (Mgmt.)

For over 25 years, Ashton Renovations has offered an innovative and professional approach to home renovations. From kitchens and baths to whole house projects, we can transform any room in your home.