Colour your world
Full of design “inspo” colour is a major influencer in the world of design. It can enhance and punctuate a monochromatic space, it can create drama in a room or do the opposite and create a relaxing serene environment. However you use colour in your space, you definitely know it can set the direction and complement the style of your home.
Whether you enjoy the simplicity of “white” walls with the flexibility of injecting colour with your furnishings and accessories, or whether you are drawn to using colour on your walls, undoubtedly a splash of this year’s popular bold and rich hues are sure to leave you feeling all the love for colour in your life. Rich jewel tones, deep earthy plums, corals, and soft pinks as the “new” answer to neutrals, or bright cheery greens and yellows and blues of all shades — there’s a broad spectrum of possibilities available, and inspirations galore.
Richly patterned fabrics and area rugs, coloured saturated tiles and bold wallpapers lend themselves well to creating a space with a personality all its own. However, if this all seems a bit too much for you and your comfort zone lies deep within the monochromatic white-on-white look, never fear as colour can still find its way into your home in the subtlety of artwork or even the lushness of this year’s hot trend of fresh green plants. Whatever your heart desires, there is definitely an abundance of ways to colour your world! Colour can find it’s way into every room in your home, especially the kitchen, where white cabinetry has moved aside for everything from shades of soft and pretty blue greys to deep blues and greens. However, let’s not forget about our appliances, both large and small, which have taken on a life of their own when it comes to colour.
So, give your home a little “facelift” with an inspirationally stylish and sophisticated blend of colour, pattern and texture. Then sit back, relax and enjoy all the beauty you have created.
Here are a few tips to get your colour inspiration started:
- Paint is always a great place to start. Any “weekend warrior” can easily liven up a room with a gallon of paint, and when you’ve tired of the colour it’s easy enough to change.
- Wallpaper is a fun and fantastic way to inject life into your room. With the abundant selection of patterns and colours available, you’re sure to make a great impact.
- Be bold in your selections and use of colour. If you love a particular colour but are unsure, use it in smaller doses as an accent instead of on a larger scale such as an accent wall.
- Add a touch of black to your mix; it doesn’t need to be a large item – a black box, vase, picture frame or other accent. By doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.
Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.
With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.