Fulton House 2338 Madison Avenue Burnaby 296 homes and 7 townhouses by Polygon Fulton House Ltd

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Polygon?s designers deliver a sense of dramatic artistry and balance to rooms at Fulton House

? Mary Frances Hill
The Province

Project: Fulton House

Where: 2338 Madison Ave., Burnaby

What: 296 one- and two-bedroom homes plus seven townhouses in a 41-storey concrete building, with more than 28,000 square feet of clubhouse amenities

Residence sizes and prices:  one- and two-bedroom homes range from 540 to 919 square feet on typical floors; one-bedroom homes from $399,900; two-bedroom residences from $549,900

Developer: Polygon Fulton House Ltd.

Sales centre: 2338 Madison Ave., Burnaby

Sales Phone: 604-299-8573

Hours: noon — 5 p.m., Sat — Thurs

At Fulton House, Polygon’s new community in Burnaby, the developer’s in-house designers reveal how a little creativity can transform walls to add drama, depth and artistry.

As a highlight of the show space, the living room wall offers a refreshing take on panelling, thanks to a narrow mirrored panel high on the wall, which gives way to a broad white panel, a centrepiece that provides space for an in-set television.

On the base of the installation, the designers installed a dark brown panel and placed a brown sofa in front, creating an illusion of continuity between the seating and the wall. The effect is dramatic.
“The dark wood panelling on the lower portion of the wall helps to ground the space and provides a sense of richness,” says Evan Coltart, one of the designers who worked with Celia Dawson, Polygon’s vice-president of interior design. “Carrying this strong horizontal throughout the room works to unify the space.”

The panelled wall in the living room is more than just simple décor; it can be seen to influence the potential homeowners’ mindset as well.

“Strong horizontals express stability and a sense of balance, allowing users a calm experience,” he adds.

“The white panelling and mirror above help to further balance the composition, allowing a greater sense of height and lightness, so as to not make the space feel too dark or closed in.”

Coltart and Dawson brought a similar sense of artistry, or composition, into the bedroom with mirrored panels alternating with white panels, illuminated by LED lights, adding a sculptural look to the wall.
“The combination gives the illusion of extending the space and room in a more creative manner than just mounting a mirror on the wall,” Coltart adds.
“We feel elements like these are dynamic without overpowering the space.”

In one bathroom, they maintain their focus on the impact of wall treatments, showing how the application of grey textured wall covering in an otherwise regular white and grey room can transform the space. With the wall covering, the room’s attractiveness is “immediately elevated,” Coltart says. “Textured wall covering adds depth and interest to walls and does so in a subtle and timeless way.”
Though the panelling throughout the suites creates big drama, wallpaper applied even to a small space can make a big difference, and is relatively easy for homeowners to do. Coltart and Dawson say home decorators should consider the long term when they choose wall treatments.

“[One thing] to consider is how the paper will wear over time,” he adds. “A textured wall covering will tend to be slightly more timeless, whereas a printed or a strong design element to a wall covering will tend to be more trend-focused.”

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