At Vishion, we love finding new interior designers to help inspire you in your own home. Each week in the Vishion Designer Spotlight, we strive to show you all designers who inspire us to move out of our comfort zones and try something new in our home. Meet Crystal from Collinson Interiors. Located in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Collinson Interiors

gray kitchen featuring waterfall and marble island
Photo and Design By Collinson Interiors

Tell me about your design business. Where are you and your clients located, and what type of design do you primarily focus on? 

After 18 years in the builder/developer industry, my team and I at Collinson Interiors have developed an approach that sets us apart, while setting our clients at ease. Located in Toronto, Ontario, we focus on interior design for model homes, sales presentation centers and mid-rise amenity spaces. 

Our organized and systematic approach to all interior design projects is the hallmark to the success of our business and the projects our team takes on. With the creativity to meet the demands of discerning clients and the ability to lead the integration and collaboration of all the key decision-makers, my team & I are a unique blend of creativity with practicality, experience and communication skills. 

These traits are so essential to keeping projects not only on time but on budget. After all…Design should solve problems not create them. 

What is the most important aspect of any successful interior design? 

standalone bathtub with blue herrinbone tile
Photo and Design by Collinson Interiors

Communication. In every aspect of the design process, communication is the absolute most important aspect. As designers, we need to be able to communicate our design vision in the most succinct way possible. Once that part of the process is done, we must continually communicate with our clients to manage expectations as well as communicate with our trades in order to see the design vision come to life. 

Let’s talk about color! How do you like to use color in a space? What challenges do you face when using color? 

Our style, when it comes to color, is to use it in accents. Our design firm specializes in builder projects so we are always trying to appeal to a mass audience. We like to use color as an accent and/or statement. 

Describe a recent project you loved. 

On a recent model home we did for Cachet Homes located in Beamsville, ON, we collaborated with the client to determine that a “Modern Farmhouse” look was an appropriate design style for this purchaser demographic. This look is a very “livable & comfortable style” that anyone can envision themselves residing in.

What design challenges did you have with this design, how did you address them?

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The open concept living/dining room space was a bit of a challenge for furniture arrangement. The living room could not accommodate a sofa and allow for a proper path of travel so instead, we placed two large chairs and a small round sofa table which provides a nice place to sit and enjoy an after-dinner drink.

Can you tell me specifics about the paint colors or brands used in this space? 

As you can see the palette is quite neutral. To stay in line with the Modern Farmhouse design, we added a couple of dark accent walls in Sherwin-Williams Grizzle Gray SW-7068 to add some drama, especially to the shiplap wall installed in the family room.

What do you see as the hottest color and design trends of 2020?

commercial building design center featuring olive chairs
Commercial Building Center by Collinson Interiors

I am seeing a lot of green coming back in a multitude of shades, from dark hunter green to a yellowy tinted olive green. In addition to this color, the use of natural materials such as sisal rugs and fiber hangings.

How has your design business changed in the time of Coronavirus? What challenges have you faced and how are you working to overcome them?

The pandemic hit our world at a time when we were in the planning stages of many projects, so that was somewhat “fortunate.” A few of the projects were put on hold, and others have continued as planned with slight delays.

In particular, a sales center we are designing had to be revised from our original plan to allow for more space for seating (physically distancing) as well as the addition of guards where face to face contact would be-so I think this may be the “new design normal” for a quite a while.

Is there anything else you would love for readers to know about you?

Yes, I have recently launched a podcast for fellow Interior Design professionals called The Productive Designer. This podcast pulls back the covers on being an independent interior design professional. We look at what it takes to be successful, and how your definition of success is the only one that matters. 

We dig deep into the systems & processes needed to manage this complex business. Not only will we dig deep into the business process, but we will also explore the mindset it takes to run a business. 

Through this podcast, we hope to educate, collaborate and support you to intentionally design your life and your interior design business. 

It is available on Apple Podcast, Spotify and Google Podcast or check it out on the website.

What is the best way to contact you for a design consultation? 

crystal@collinsoninteriors.com

contact@theproductivedesigner.com

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