Lively Spanish tile is a refreshing remake in the kitchen and bath of this multi-generational home.
When it comes to redesigning a home, most clients need to be coaxed into implementing wild hues and daring patterns, but that wasn’t the case for interior designer Danielle Campbell, who was thrilled by her clients’ gumption.
“They were adventurous and open to exploring print and colour and texture, and taking it beyond a neutral palette,” says Danielle. Her clients – a couple with three children – were refashioning his childhood home in Mississauga, Ont., to accommodate themselves and his mother. Danielle’s approach of layering colour, pattern and texture to create personality suited this modern family just fine. The new kitchen and master bath exemplify the designer’s “more is more” approach.
In the stylish new kitchen, glorious patterned tile blankets the backsplash. “The tiles are inspired by the ones you see on the buildings in Spain and Portugal,” says Danielle, noting the clients had similar spicy orange and blue hues in artwork and sculptures.
Black Shaker-style cabinetry is a suitable sober background in this newly colourful and pattern-rich space. Not only does the black act to ground the kitchen, but traditional touches – said Shaker cabinets, an apron sink and wood accents – are homey, familiar and not too slick. “They wanted to retain some of the character,” says Danielle. Setting these traditional elements into the new kitchen ensures that everyone feels comfortable. Upstairs, the master bath is similarly boldly patterned. Wood vanities and white walls let the lively tile take centre stage and mark this home as a place where the family can begin a new pattern of living all together.
Photography: Eugen Sakhnenko | DINING TABLE and CHAIRS, clients’ own; DISHWARE, Saudade.
Farrow & Ball’s Almost Black is dramatic yet warm in the kitchen. An oiled-white oak breakfast bar is useful on busy mornings, as is the island’s prep sink. “The island has refrigerated doors for quick grab-and-go items for the kids,” says designer Danielle Campbell. Brass detailing on the range hood is a luxe touch. HanStone’s Strato countertop has gold veining that feels warmer than going pure white.
Photography: Eugen Sakhnenko | SCONCES, Wayfair; copper SAUCEPANS, clients’ own; CUTTING BOARD, Saudade.
An industrial sconce is an edgy contrast to warm wood floating shelves that display pretty things. The five- by 11-inch porcelain tile from Mettro Source is a funky focal point in the kitchen
Photography: Eugen Sakhnenko
Good morning! An eight- by eight-inch old-world Spanish tile from Mettro Source makes for a jazzy feature wall in the shower.
Photography: Eugen Sakhnenko | TILE, Mettro Source.
Pattern makes a splash in the shower!
The master bath is all about the striking patterned tile – a glass shower enclosure ensures the tile is always in view. Red-oak vanities recall dressers. “They bring a traditional component and add character,” says Campbell, noting the green granite was repurposed from the old kitchen – a smart way to connect to the past!