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Colouring our lives

Colouring our lives

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Colouring our lives

Spring is here. However, this year may not quite be the spring we are accustomed to. As of late, we have been living a new reality of “physical distancing” and in many cases working from home. With so much time being spent indoors, you may find yourself looking around your home and thinking it’s in need of a bit of a boost. A great way of injecting some life in your space is by adding colour!

Full of inspiration, colour is a major influencer in the world of design. It has the ability to enhance and punctuate a monochromatic space, to create drama in a room, or do the opposite and create a relaxing serene environment. Either way, using colour in your space will definitely enhance the style and aesthetic appeal of your home.

Whether you enjoy the simplicity of white walls with the flexibility of accessorizing with colour, or are drawn to using colour on your walls, cabinetry or furnishings, undoubtedly a splash of this year’s popular bold and rich hues are sure to leave you feeling all the loves for colour in your life. From the colour of the year – Classic Blue – to soft whites with a breath of pink, to rich burnt oranges or soft and pretty sage greens… we have an insanely broad spectrum of possibilities and inspirations.

Wonderfully patterned fabrics and area rugs, tiles saturated with colour 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. Colour can still find its way into your home in the subtlety of artwork, accessories or even the lushness of fresh green plants. Whatever your heart desires, there is definitely an abundance of ways to colour your world.

So, give your home a little “facelift” with an inspirationally stylish and sophisticated palette of colours to create a cheerful and uplifting space, especially during these unprecedented times of isolation.

Four tips for colour inspiration

  • Paint is always a great place to start. Any “weekendwarrior” can easily liven up a room with a gallon of paint, and the great part is when you’ve tired of the colour, it’s easy enough to change.
  • Add a touch of black to your mix. It doesn’t need to be a big item – a black box, vase, picture frame or other accent. By doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.
  • Wallpaper is a fun and fantastic way to inject life into your room with an abundant selection of patterns and colour you will be sure to make a great impact in your home.
  • Be bold in your selections and use of colour. If you love a certain tone but are a little hesitant, then use it in smaller doses as an accent instead of on a larger scale such as a wall or an expensive item like a sofa.

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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Home decor trends - The key looks for updating your interiors

Home decor trends – The key looks for updating your interiors

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Home decor trends – The key looks for updating your interiors

As with the new season fashion trends, we also see emerging home decor trends each season that tempt us to update our homes. While trends do come and go, there are subtle ways you can switch up your existing space so it feels fresh and new for this coming year. Here are some of my favourite suggestions:

Go monochrome

Monochromatic shouldn’t be restricted to just pale shades (such as, taupe, grey, or white). Colours such as aubergine, cobalt blue, even kelly greens can also go monochrome in a way that’s full of energy and personality, while remaining very elegant.

Mix and match

What goes around comes around, especially when it comes to home decor. And while this may be a new trend for 2020, it’s a design philosophy I’ve believed in ever since I started in this business. I love layering old and new and mixing and matching vintage with my more modern pieces. I’ve never been a big believer in the one-stop-shop for everything in my home. I pick up great finds all over the place.

Earth tones

Cool tones have been in circulation for so many years now, so I love this new push towards earth tones. It’s refreshing, and also really warm for the home. I’m mainly into chocolate brown, burgundy, olive green, and yellow ochre and imagine using them in a couch, a wall, or draperies.

Quirky bathroom designs

I’ve always said that if you’re going to play and have some fun with your home decor, then your bathroom (or powder room) is the best place to start. In this space, I would go big with fun, patterned wallpapers, materials, and colour.

Real plants

When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind, and home in ways that enhance the quality of life. Going green with some of your favourite indoor plants helps to give your home personality while adding another layer to your space.

European-inspired details

Furniture with European-inspired detailing is trending right now. Italian and German influences can be seen in the relaxed, sloping arms of couches, metal legs, and more. Even more traditional furniture brands are catching on offering European-inspired silhouettes and features.

Invest in better bedding

Given we spend half our lives in bed, and also how critical our sleep is to our overall health, it’s time to splurge in your bedding. Invest in a quality mattress and a beautiful set of sheets and throws this year. Investing in these items also means you’re investing in yourself.

Wicker is back

I love that wicker (and rattan, incidentally) is experiencing a resurgence. Not only does it harken back to my days in my childhood home, but it still has this chameleon quality to adapt to any house setting while always looking fresh and exciting. There are so many different styles of tables, chairs, even lighting right now, to choose from.

Faux marble

People may not want to deal with the upkeep of real stone, so this year we are going to see a shift to faux marbles (man-made materials and porcelains) on their kitchen countertops. With so many different designs and looks, you can easily find a faux marble that works in your existing space, and you wouldn’t even guess it’s not real stone.

Back to the 1980s

The 1980s are having a moment right now, especially in fashion, but we also see this trend trickle down into home design. While most of the trends coming out of that decade I’d prefer to leave there, what I do love is the more tubular forms happening in furniture design, particularly in couches, chairs, and tables. I think there is a way you can inject the 1980s into your home in a modern and tasteful way.

Navy blue

The 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year is Classic Blue (a navy shade), which means you will see a lot of this colour in the new year. Luckily, its versatility can work in traditional and modern home styles. Whether you use it as a wall paint colour or inject the shade into some accessories, the colour adds a lovely contrast.

Accent with patina

One of the more prominent emerging design trends is actually in the appreciation of age and patina. In addition to adding more vintage pieces into your home, you can also see this trend played out in colours: Clay, terracotta, as well as decorative dishware such as earthenware and ceramics – my favourite!


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Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

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Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

With 2020 marking the 20th anniversary of colour authority, Pantone, choosing the colour of the year, the pressure was on to define and set the tone for a new decade. “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Interesting how the company started the tradition at the dawn of this millennium with Cerulean Blue, the colour of the sky on a serene, crystal clear day connoting restful, peaceful and relaxing times. An antidote, if you will, to calm the uncertainty of the new century and the Y2K scare that predominated the period.

It seems we need the same type of reassurance as we embark upon this century’s version of the roaring ’20s (let’s hope it ends better than that one did!). Imprinted in our psyches as a restful colour, Classic Blue brings a sense of peace to the human spirit, offering refuge. It also aids concentration and brings laser-like clarity, re-centering our thoughts.

After two decades of interpreting the colour culture of the time, Pantone remains loyal to the much-loved blue family, encouraging the human race in uncertain times. It is somewhat poetic that a clear daytime sky blue inaugurated the century, and 20 years later, Classic Blue depicts the colour of the sky at day’s end — dusk — a time of day when we process the day’s events and anticipate what the evening hours will bring. As far as decorating with this universal favourite shade of blue, the options are endless…from large furniture pieces, like a supple velvet sofa to pops of the versatile colour on walls, fixtures, dishware and bedding. The sky is the limit…literally.

1 Coco ARMCHAIR, $1,419.99; maisoncorbeil.com

2 Napoleonic Blue CHALK PAINT by Annie Sloan, starts at $15.95 for a 120 ml tin; anniesloan.com

3 Tertial WORK LAMP, $14.99; ikea.com

4 Mai Blue Floral BOWL 9.5″, $29.95; crateandbarrel.ca

5 Set of two minimalist ESPRESSO CUPS AND SAUCERS, blueberry, $50; lecreuset.ca

6 Blue Stripe Round PLATTER, $39.95; crateandbarrel. ca

7 Organic Luxe Fibrosoft TOWELS, midnight $12 – $129; westelm.ca

8 Dusk Classic Blue Paint Brush Stroke Texture WALLPAPER MURAL from $4.91 per square foot; muralswallpaper.com

9 Single-lever FAUCET, Vola of Denmark, blue $1,135; gingers.com

10 Gurli CUSHION COVER, $4.99; ikea.com


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