Glorious texture takes the reins in the model suite at 83 Redpath, and the results are a tangible treat.

The Yonge and Eglinton midtown condo development features a 1,142 sq. ft. model suite where colour takes a supporting role to a rich variety of inspiring textures.

Rather than using colour as a primary inspiration for the model suite, Patton focused instead on mixing a multitude of textures including wood, leather, chenille, linen, marble and porcelain to create tangible contrasts between hard and soft throughout the suite. It’s all part of playing to more common senses than visual appeal.


“I find that we respond to the tactile sense better than colour. Colour is so personal whereas we all respond well to textures. People might not like pink or lime green, but who doesn’t like the softness of chenille or warmth of leather or sleekness of marble?” Patton said.

Colour tones are thus kept mostly neutral throughout the suite with splashes of colour added primarily in artwork and accessories instead of main elements to accent the look. Patton explains the bright freshness of the “clean modern” look he achieved comes from a dichotomy of tone.

“There’s a contrast between light and dark. The polar white-painted walls play off the dark wenge-stained floor; the ebony subway tiled kitchen backsplash contrasts with the pewter and white cabinetry. (It’s like how) a fresh, crisp white shirt teamed with a navy or charcoal suit is a great, fresh look,” Patton said.

Alongside sleek, modern furniture with strong lines, Patton placed a few conspicuously traditional-looking furniture pieces to show that an eclectic spirit can work well in a space and that old can effectively mix with new.

“Nowadays it’s smart and chic to reuse/recyle and the traditional pieces show visitors that you can mix in vintage and heirloom pieces with new pieces. The more mature purchaser downsizing from a home wants to feel they can bring some of their existing pieces with them,” Patton said.

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