Designer Profile: Terry Vendetti, Terry Vendetti Interiors

November 1, 2017

For many people, home is not a place, it’s a feeling. That’s why Terry takes his responsibilities as a professional interior designer to heart.

“I listen to my clients’ wants and needs and interpret what they want to experience in their home,” Terry says. “I remember one couple saying they wanted their home to be like a ‘warm hug.’ I interpreted that to mean a home full of their life together, so to create that feeling, I used personal photos, mementoes from travels and upcycling existing furniture.”

Terry enjoys the theory of colour and how it can influence our everyday life. Get to know more about this engaging designer’s personal style in our Q&A below.

How do you ensure the space you are designing reflects your client’s personal style?

You have to listen and also be a bit of detective. I showed one client some colours and she said, “Why this colour? I hate this colour!” I went through her home with her, pointing out everything she’s purchased in that colour, including clothes in her closet – it all had that colour! She laughed and said, “I can’t believe it, I must love that colour.” She went with the colour and not only loved it, she received tons of compliments on the finished look.

What colour “rule” was made to be broken?

I believe you can paint a ceiling and interior doors a colour other than white. Painting an interior door black can instantly add an extraordinary architectural impact.

What colours are trending this fall (or will be next year)?

I’m predicting that dark greens are going to make a comeback, but not like we’ve seen in the past. It’ll be in noticeable in home accents, furniture pieces, glossy painted interior doors and even cabinetry.

Name some colour combinations that work well together – even if they shouldn’t.

Blue and green; orange and pink (fuchsia); burgundy and navy. It’s fun to experiment with colour. I believe that if they have the same tonality (dark, medium and light) it works, as long as you pair darks with darks and mediums with mediums. It’s like looking at paint drip cards with the varying tones; they are meant to coordinate with each other.

Do you have any design quirks or superstitions?

I like to use something that has “history” in mostly every project, whether residential or commercial. Either the client’s original piece re-imagined or bringing in a sense of history by searching yard sales or Kijiji for finds. I also think every design needs a little bit of black in it.

Which celebrity designers would you love to spend a day with?

I love the usual suspects – Candace OlsonSarah Richards and Joanna Gaines, but I’d love to spend a day with Tommy Smythe. It’d be fun to just listen to his stories; I’m sure he’s good for a few laughs.

Lastly, in your opinion, why should people hire a professional designer?

Hiring a professional will help in decision making. That equals to keeping the project on time and on budget. A professional can also not only advise but introduce talented tradespeople and unique products that customers would not particularly have access to.

Visit Terry’s designer profile to learn more about his services, browse his favourite Benjamin Moore colours and see some of his previous projects. 

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