A little colour injection

I. Want. COLOUR!

Is there a little kid inside of you screaming for colour? It’s like this deep longing inside your soul that jumps up an down with glee every time you see bright pretty toss cushions and brightly painted walls. You are reminded of summer, and amazing vacations and sunshine and life. Oh but you can’t! What will people say? Would if you got sick of it in a year?

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Pillow Paralysis? How to choose toss cushions!

You ever flip through a magazine and see a sofa with ten toss cushions on it and think “Wow! How did they do that?”

Here’s a couple of tips for you:

In spaces where you have one accent colour, and you want that colour to really play a part in your design, use multiple patterns, textures and shades of that colour in your cushions.

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Cheers to the 2015 Colour of the Year!

I’m always game when the world of design moves in the direction of good wine.  What?  Oh, sorry, did I write that out loud?  Marsala, a wine produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala, AND, the Pantone colour of the year (#18-438).  An earthy brownish-red that is described by Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman as “nurturing and fulfilling…Marsala is a natural fit for your kitchen or dining room, making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home.”

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Blue is Back Baby!!

Paint above: Benjamin Moore

Welcome to the new age of design.  As the new generation starts to move into their new homes, condos, apartments and swanky lofts, they long for something different than what they grew up with.  They want to spread their fashion wings, and let their individuality shine.  We spent most of the 80s and 90s saturating homes in greens and burgundies.  One of my first jobs, as a designer, was to help a client who spent a fortune on a turquoise leather sofa in the late 80s.  Yes, you just read that.

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Wallpaper Revival

It’s back!  It’s been back for quite a while, and although most of us associate wallpaper with the 1970s velvet flocked granny papers, modern times have propelled wallpapers into the future.  No matter your design ethic, wallpaper can add anything from some simple texture, a splash of colour or an artistic element.  Use it to complete your design, add sophistication or even frame it as an inexpensive, yet unique, piece of art.

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What’s YOUR Colour Personality?

What’s your personality?  Laid-back? Super-charged? Fun and vibrant? Zen?

Are you sure?  Is that how others would describe you, or is it what you wish to be?

It’s just like your clothing.  You know, how some people always look so perfectly styled?  And it’s never the typical stuff that we all shop for.  It’s always bohemian chic, or classic tailored or the like.  Those people have already figured out what their story is, or at least, what they want you to believe it is.

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