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10 common misconceptions about paint

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10 common misconceptions about paint

Benjamin Moore common misconceptions about paint

Homeowners are likely familiar with the many misconceptions about painting such as: trim and ceilings can only be painted white, or dark paint colours make a room look smaller. The truth is, there are many misconceptions about paint and Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, Sharon Grech, explains 10 of the most common misconceptions and why they’re false.


1: Ceilings must be white

There’s no need to shy away from using colour for your ceiling, says Grech. “If you’re going with a neutral colour for the walls and trim, a colourful ceiling can really bring a space to life.” For example, adding a light green ceiling such as Benjamin Moore Soft Fern 2144-40 in a high gloss finish to an all-white kitchen can add interest, or opt for a pop of colour in a neutral low light bathroom with a red ceiling in Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red 2003-10.


2: Dark colours make a room feel small

It is a very common belief that dark colours make a room feel smaller, when in reality they add character and create a perception of depth. “Dark wall colours tend to blur the edges of a room, which can make a space appear larger,” says Grech. Of course, how we “feel” in a room has more to do with mood, than size, so consider that a darker colour will generally feel more intimate and cozier while a paler colour more fresh and serene.


3: Too much white is uninviting

Contrary to popular belief, white can soften, soothe and even warm up a room. According to Grech, “if you chose the right white for the space, paying attention to its undertones, and complement it with both pattern and texture, a “white” space can feel warm and welcoming or cool and contemporary.” Tried and true whites such as Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65 and Decorator’s White CC-20 maintain just enough warmth that they don’t appear stark or come across as yellow.


4: Every wall should be the same colour

Believe it or not, adding more than one colour to a space with the use of an accent wall has many benefits. “An accent wall is an economical design solution that can add character and depth to elevate and accentuate key elements of the home,” says Grech. Just a little colour goes a long way to define a separate zone in a room or act as a divider without adding walls or repositioning furniture. The key to maintaining harmony is repetition and is as simple as repeating the accent colour in small touches throughout adjacent rooms with accessories and artwork.

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5: Any neutral tone will work with a small space

While neutral colours seem like the safest choice, not every neutral paint colour is the right fit for a small space. It’s important to look around your room and determine if your furnishings and textiles have warm or cool undertones. Warm undertones, like yellows and reds, pair best with creamy or sandy neutrals, where furnishings with blue or violet undertones pair best with greyer neutrals. “Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year for 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, is a very balanced neutral grey with the ability to work well with both!” says Grech.


6: Trims must be white

Just like ceilings, trims don’t have to be white for colours to work together. This is especially true with door trims, says Grech. “A coloured trim against a neutral wall will showcase a room’s unique architecture. Or consider a graphic outline effect by painting the baseboards and door trim a contrasting colour like black in a white room or hallway.”


7: Paint can be applied with any brush or roller

There are several things to consider before painting a new space including the application tools. “If you are using a water-based paint such as acrylic or latex, it is best to use a synthetic hair brush. A natural bristle brush is better for oil-based paints,” says Grech. “Rollers with a higher pile nap such as 15mm are best for lower sheen paints while glossier paints are applied more easily with a low nap roller. It’s best to check with your local Benjamin Moore paint retailer for the correct brush and product pairings.”

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8: White is not appropriate for a kitchen

Although white may not seem like the most practical paint choice for the most stain prone space in the home, painting a kitchen white can instantly brighten and energize the room. White is like a blank canvas that allows homeowners to be more creative and colourful with kitchen appliances, backsplashes and countertops. “I always recommend Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa for kitchens and bathrooms as it is our most durable matte finish paint that stands up to humidity and mess-prone areas like the kitchen,” says Grech.


9: Paint and primer are one in the same

Think of primer like a protective adhesive for your paint. “Applying the appropriate primer is crucial to delivering long lasting, exceptional results,” says Grech. Design choices like the finish of a given paint colour can also be affected by preparation with a primer. “High sheen finish will highlight imperfections on a wall, so it’s critical to sand the wall smooth if necessary and prime prior to painting.” Work with your local Benjamin Moore paint retailer to ensure you are selecting the right product and finish.


10: Any good quality paint can work in a bathroom

Bathrooms are typically one of the most humid rooms in the home and can cause certain paints to break apart, resulting in surfactant leaching and accelerated mildew growth. So, traditionally, it was recommended to use a high gloss or even oil-based paint in the bathroom. “With Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa, you can now enjoy a smooth, matte finish even in the bathroom. It is ideal for high-humidity environments because it’s mildew resistant and stands up to repeated washing with no colour rub-off,” says Grech.



Benjamin Moore names its Colour of the Year 2019

Benjamin Moore Announces its Colour of the Year 2018



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Tips to incorporate the Pantone Colour of the Year throughout your home

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Tips to incorporate the Pantone Colour of the Year throughout your home

Pantone Living Coral Entryway

The Pantone 2019 Colour of the Year “Living Coral” can do almost anything, proving itself to be much more than just an accent colour. We sat down with Nicholas Rosaci, interior design expert and upcoming speaker at the 2019 GTA Home & Reno Show, to talk decor trends and learn how to incorporate this vibrant hue into our home for the upcoming year.

Coral is beautiful and earthy, a much-anticipated arrival on the tails of the “pink” scene – a coveted colour of choice lately. However, unlike a pure pink – which can appear childlike and Barbie mansion-esque – Pantone’s “Living Coral” is a little more grown up without losing any of the juicy energy of its pink counterpart.

“Coral is a surprisingly versatile colour,” says Rosaci. “Coral can stand alone on its own while also acting as a great accent to existing neutrals like sand beige, jute and taupes. Its gold undertones naturally and luxuriously pairs well with gold hardware accents and most would be surprised by how beautifully modern Living Coral looks when incorporated with more modern grey trends. Living Coral really warms up cool grey and looks especially chic with chrome and glass.

Rosaci believes in using colour everywhere, but especially in entryways or dining rooms places where you really want to create an impression and call for drama.


In the foyer, try painting the front door both inside and out, and perhaps look for a great upcycled project like a vintage chest of drawers painted the same shade, or a touch lighter or darker for contrast.

Dining room

Pantone Living Coral Living room

“Formal dining rooms should be decorated for glamorous evenings,” says Rosaci. “The simple addition of silk drapery in a Living Coral shade adds a shimmering warm elegance to a space.”  Try upping your design game with a deep emerald-green room with gorgeous coral silk drapery, trimmed in a black-and- white Greek key trim detail.


In the den, explore painting the interior back of your cabinets or bookshelves in the hue, or using hints of the colour in all kinds of artwork, throw cushions and other decorative accessories.



Pantone Living Coral Kitchen

Coral in the kitchen can really kick up your decor a notch. Warm, inviting and unexpected, the colour works well with a plethora of wood options, tableware and accessories.  “The colour pairs well with tropical palm leaf fabrics, which really liven up a tired kitchen for an instant tropical vibe,” says Rosaci. “You can even just add a little warmth with coral upholstered bar chairs to go with a white, modern kitchen.”


Pantone Living Coral Bedroom

Try popping a few coral pillow cases into your existing grey bedsheets and watch it instantly look refreshed, revitalized and inviting. Unlike orange, Living Coral works beautifully with black. “Every room should have an accent of black to draw the eye in,” says Rosaci. “With coral, the look is very soothing and not as jarring as black and orange – which can look like a Halloween decor ad.”

Lastly, even as a winter trend, Living Coral looks especially glamorous with winter white and faux fur while still being a colour that transitions well into the spring and summer.  Ahh yes – summer – it may not be here yet, but Pantone’s new colour of the year Living Coral certainly reminds us that warmer days are only a paint brush away.

Come check out Nicholas Rosaci at the 2019 GTA Home & Reno Show on Feb. 15 to 18 to learn more design tips and tricks from the finest design experts in the city.



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Colour of the Year

Benjamin Moore names its Colour of the Year 2019

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Benjamin Moore names its Colour of the Year 2019

Colour of the Year

Benjamin Moore has announced its Colour of the Year 2019 – Metropolitan AF-690, a stylish grey with cool undertones.

“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence. “It’s a colour in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous grey creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

The company also unveiled its Colour Trends 2019, a corresponding palette of 15 harmonious hues that further amplify the cultured grace of Metropolitan AF-690. Ranging from ethereal neutrals to frothy pinks to rich blues and greens, the Benjamin Moore Colour Trends 2019 palette features:

  • Putnam Ivory HC-39
  • Balboa Mist OC-27
  • Kendall Charcoal HC-166
  • Smoke 2122-40
  • Black Pepper 2130-40
  • Soft Fern 2144-40
  • Cloud White OC-130
  • Beau Green 2054-20
  • Metropolitan AF-690
  • Hale Navy HC-154
  • Head Over Heels AF-250
  • Kona AF-165
  • Decorator’s White OC-149
  • Pashmina AF-100
  • Hunter Green 2041-10

Emphasizing the calming role grey plays in society, the Colour Trends 2019 colour card illustrates how to capture the coveted feeling of restorative quietude in any setting. Elements include the blending of heathered greys and soft linens to create an enveloping haze in a living room; utilizing reflective metallic accents and easygoing neutrals to add a comforting factor to a sleek kitchen; and creating a dose of modest allure to an elegant entryway by coating the walls, doors and trim in a bold navy blue.

The richness and nuance demonstrated through the Colour of the Year and Colour Trends 2019 palette can be achieved only with Benjamin Moore products. Offering residential and commercial paints for any project, the Benjamin Moore portfolio includes Aura, Aura Bath & Spa, Regal Select, Ultra Spec, Benjamin Moore Natura ben, Advance, Arborcoat and Aura Grand Entrance.

All 3,500 Benjamin Moore colours are available in pint samples at retailers, along with Colour Trends 2019 curated palette cards. Benjamin Moore products are found exclusively at the more than 5,000 Benjamin Moore independently owned paint and decorating retailers across Canada and the U.S.


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Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018

Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018: Ultra Violet

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Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018: Ultra Violet

Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come: Pantone

Pantone, a provider of professional colour language standards and digital solutions, today announced Pantone 18-3838, Ultra Violet, as the Color of the Year for 2018. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counter-culture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of Western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” added Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with colour and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts comb the world looking for new colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, travelling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations as well as new lifestyles, play styles and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact colour, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 19 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Ultra Violet in Home Decor

In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art or accent wall. As a colour that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness. In hospitality, we are seeing purples like Ultra Violet take centre stage in interior spaces as large and small hotels harness color and design to entice travelers and stay relevant.

Saatchi Art

As an expression of the imagination and creativity that Ultra Violet provokes, Pantone has partnered with Saatchi Art (SaatchiArt.com), the world’s leading online gallery for emerging art, to create a limited edition collection of official Pantone Color of the Year 2018 prints. The collection, available for purchase beginning January 1, 2018 will include new works by international artists working in painting, sculpture and printmaking, that embody the spirit of Ultra Violet.

Pantone Color of Year 2018 Guides

For the first time, Pantone will also release limited edition collections of Pantone Color of the Year 2018 guides as collector items for designers to enable them to more easily integrate Ultra Violet into their workflow. Sold exclusively on Pantone.com, these guides are perfect gifts for designers who are already on the pulse of colour trends, or for up-and-comers who want to deck out their desk with the sleekest tools.



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Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

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Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

Supported by Para Paints and General Paint with dealers across Canada

The Canadian Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group — including Para Paint and General Paint — has named Serenity as their palette of the year.

The palette allows homeowners to explore the rejuvenating feel of Scandinavian design in their home with the soft delicate tones of Glamour (405A), balanced by the darker stone Malachite (405E). The statement is completed with the freshness of White Design (WH01) and embraces wood stains such as pickled oak, or dark walnut.

This quiet palette of modern neutrals awakens the feeling of calm, cool, sophisticated serenity with the meditative sounds of water trickling through a stream over rocks and the natural woods to ground the nature-based designs and colours. You may not be able to get away to the spa to recharge in luxury, but now you can create this harmonizing palette in your own space.

The Serenity Palette was designed with Scandinavian sensibility and sustainability in mind. Our homes are our sanctuary, our place of serenity. Tap into your inner peace in your living or work space with the simplicity of colour.

Glamour is a delicate, minimalistic tone with lavender notes, Malachite is a slate stone colour with nature balanced textures and White Design is a fresh white that is perfect for trim. The Color Journeys palette also includes trending wood stains that help to create a grounding effect in your space. Pickled Oak reveals cool tones and textures and a sense of minimalism and Dark Walnut adds a sense of luxury and warmth.

“The palette takes cues from our natural surroundings. Rich, royal Malachite can fade into the soft lilac-grey of Glamour or morph into Quartzite. Indulge yourself in nature and let the 2018 palette of the year set the tone of your home or work space- this palette is that flexible,” said Jennie Roarty, associate brand manager General Paints.

The 2018 Serenity palette was unanimously selected by Color Journey’s designers, specializing in design and fashion. These experts study consumer insights and global design trends to select a colour palette that is reflective of ongoing trends and consumer demands. This palette helps to create a space used to unwind; layering balanced tones of neutrals as a foundation with whites and soft pastels will help to design a meditative minimalistic room with a unique statement by adding customized wood stains and cozy deeper jewel tones which intrinsically add luxury and opulence.

“Connections with this colour palette evoke feelings of nature, they are the foundation of new neutrals that flow infinitely through designs with great rhythm and purpose,” said Garry Belfall, brand manager Para Paints. “Our goal was to choose colours for our palette that are both calming and liveable to give your home a sense of inspirational design.”

The New Colour System

Color Journeys allows you to search for unexpected colour combinations that will inspire your design palette. It has curated an expansive colour system of the most refined hues to complete every planned project and each imaginative endeavour.

Color Journeys has catalogued its palettes into five collections — Color Chronicles, Color Directions, Color Solutions, Contractor Solutions and Six to Mix — created to honour a different purpose, time period or style. Color Journeys is the true north for how-to visionaries, the road map for each of your independent design expeditions. It steers you to the right colour for any project and any design endeavour.

This new colour system is the route for trend-setting explorers, the springboard for all your creative ideas. It invigorates your search for the most current, finely tuned palettes. Color Journeys is the destination for further inspiration, it is a carefully selected collection of new concepts for your distinct style. For more information visit the website below.

Confidently enter into the new dimension of design’s new colours, finishes, textures and materials for design exploration. To explore the new Serenity Palette, or any of the 2018 Color Journeys trend colours on your walls, try the new online colour visualizer before visiting a paint store or lifting a brush. The visualizer offers advanced technology to apply any colour to an uploaded photo of your room.



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Benjamin Moore - 2018 Colour of the Year

Benjamin Moore Announces their Colour of the Year 2018

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Benjamin Moore Announces their Colour of the Year 2018

“Caliente AF290”, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red.

Strong, radiant and full of energy, Caliente AF-290 is total confidence. It is pleasing, passionate and makes people feel special, like ‘red carpet treatment’,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “Whether used as one note or on four walls, the spirited personality of red turns heads signaling surprise and adventure. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes.”

The colour leader also unveiled Colour Trends 2018, a curated palette of 23 highly influential hues that enliven any room by adding depth and energy. The palette incorporates a full spectrum of reds, from hints of blush to deep oxbloods, while ensuring seamless pairings with a carefully selected range of whites, neutrals, and complementary bold hues.



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Sherwin-Williams - 2018 Colour of the Year

Sherwin-Williams – 2018 Colour of the Year

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Design/Build Expert: Grey, Beige or BOLD?

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Design/Build Expert: Grey, Beige or BOLD?

by Brendan Charters

This year, the colour experts encourage you to introduce some playful and dramatic hues to interiors

As a design-builder, the colour of things matters less to us than the functionality and durability of the spaces that we create for our clients does. In every project we build however, we witness the trends come and go quite rapidly, since the individual homeowner (and/or their interior designer) dictates the colours that will be installed on that particular wall, window, door, trim or cabinet element. Given we rarely build to sell a home ourselves, we are not usually concerned about choosing colours that will appeal to the masses. Like I mentioned, we are usually installing preselected colours instead of spending time selecting them. Something we are more comfortable with anyway.

GOT THE BLUES? HC-155 Newburyport Blue from Benjamin Moore is a bright blue, which pops on this island and fireplace surround against the white cabinets and honey-brown floors and shelves. Photography: Will Fournier Photography
GOT THE BLUES? HC-155 Newburyport Blue from Benjamin Moore is a bright blue, which pops on this island and fireplace surround against the white cabinets and honey-brown floors and shelves. Photography: Will Fournier Photography


“Builder Beige” became the boring norm that everyone used to describe the tract development palette of the ’90s. Through the turn of the Millennium, no one dared use much of it at all. Greys became the dominant neutral of all things tile, furnishings, decor elements and accent walls in the decade that followed. Recently, things have been getting a bit more dramatic, colours such as “Hale Navy,” for example, a deep-blue colour, has been finding its way onto kitchen islands to offset the typical white kitchen that has become so commonplace. We have painted fireplace accent walls and even front doors with this colour in the past few years.


There are a number of colour expert companies that release their projected “Colour of the Year.” 2017 saw Pantone cite “Greenery” as the leading shade while Benjamin Moore nominated “Shadow”—an allusive and enigmatic shade, which they describe as the “master of ambiance.” The description alone makes me want to paint my den in this shade! So many of these new bright, rich and bold colour options are a far cry from the beige and grey we are used to. “Night Sky,” a softer blue-grey hue almost appears to be a blend of the three of these colours. “Honey Glow,” a vibrant mustard is Dunn-Edwards Paint’s Colour of the Year and is said to be the perfect pair for accessorizing either of these blues or greens. No matter which way you stray from beige or grey, one sure trend has been to keep it to the fringes, accent pieces and feature walls give people a taste of their playful side, without being overpowering.

Shadow 2117-30 is Benjamin Moore's 2017 Colour of the Year.
Shadow 2117-30 is Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Colour of the Year.


A splash of colour is what makes our spaces stand out from our neighbours, and helps define a room’s desired intent. A red dining room was said to stimulate appetite while a blue room offers a calming effect. There is a real psychology to our perceptions of colour. It provides for interesting methodology when deciding what paint or colour choices you inject into your decor. Ask yourself what mood you want the room to create so you can attain the desired effect. Our recommendation when injecting colour into your space is to start small and don’t overdo it. Grey and white look nice, but not if you see that colour combination everywhere, in every room, in every home. Paint is relatively low cost. Powder rooms, dens and nurseries are typically small, enclosed spaces where you can experiment with your personal flair. No matter how you decide to inject some life into your decor, you typically get what you pay for, no matter what colour it is. If you plan to own it for the long term, reach for quality in both product and workmanship.

Brendan Charters is co-owner of Toronto Design-Build Firm Eurodale Developments – 2016 BILD Renovator of the Year.

Visit eurodale.ca or follow Brendan on Twitter @EurodaleHomes


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Home Finds: Petite & Pretty

HOME FINDS: Petite & Pretty

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HOME FINDS: Petite & Pretty

by Silvana Longo

As square footage shrinks, stylishly smart pieces ensure optimum use of space leaving room for your personality to shine

“A small space doesn’t have to compromise style,” says Tamara Robbins Griffith, HomeSense Design Expert. “A pretty pastel sectional is a functional choice that also makes a statement and can be supplemented with flexible seating like poufs, stools and occasional chairs. Mirrors are always a great accessory in a small space, and hanging textiles and plants—be they faux or the real deal—add loads of personality.”

Pale Blue Sectional $999.99 Macramé Pouf $99.99 Wall Hanging $39.99 each


Furnishing small spaces are chock-full of smart design choices and space-stretching tips. When done successfully, pint-size doesn’t mean sacrificing style or personality for plain old utilitarian function. Check out our latest finds that offer small spaces the whole package.

Sit by Day, Sleep by Night

Four functions in one: seating, single bed, bed for two, and two big drawers for storage.

FLEKKE DAYBED with two drawers, two mattresses, $667


For Business & Pleasure

Equally appropriate in a small office, Distil refines the idea of a desk to its essence. Solid wood legs, eased edges and molded plywood top, wires are cleverly hidden from view. Without the storage components, Distil is an elegant table.

Table with two boxes, in upgraded Walnut Veneer, $4,999


Show & Stow

Hanging Storage Rack, $14.99


Isn’t it Romantic

Not quite pink, not quite orange, this round-back coral accent chair warms up a space and adds a touch of romance to a room.

Coral Accent Chair, $299.99


— Sil’s Pick —

Silvana Longo

For the Love of Laundry

I love laundry but most find it a necessary tedious part of domestic life.
What may alter your opinion and/or perk up a laundry room is by adding a playful and stylish laundry solution.

This one makes me think of carefree bike rides on a summer afternoon.

DANICA Bicicletta Laundry Hamper, $32


NEATFREAK Corner Hamper, $32.99


Ladder to Success

With two shelves and one desk surface, the Asterix ladder desk is a modern small-space solution for the bedroom, kitchen and home office. As an added touch, the wood grain shows through the finish creating a natural appearance. Available in white and walnut colour options.

Asterix Ladder Desk, $279


Stylish Storage

Raffia Storage Basket, $39.99


— EM’s PICK —

Emilie Simpson
Art Director

Ombre Plastic Storage Basket, $34.99


The Appeal of Round

This versatile dinette designed by a German design team has modern appeal and various finish and colour options to reflect your personality and preference. The Mesa table top is available in three options: matte black marble, matte white marble, and solid oiled oak. The folded iron base comes standard in a black powder-coated finish but may be customized in yellow, dark teal, kelly green, or eggplant.

Mesa Round Dinette Table from $899


Bright Idea

This sconce allows you to pick your favourite bulb to display. Designed by Mermelada Estudio, a simple lighting solution with a personal touch and a way to create a lamp that doesn’t take up floor or surface space. Iron-plated with a brass colour.

Plate Sconce, $59.95


The Art of Trash

Yes, even where and how you deal with trash in a small space is essential. This unique waste bin is compartmentalized to store a range of waste and recycling items with an attractive design that doesn’t take up essential kitchen space.

JOSEPH JOSEPH Totem Waste Bin, $329.99


Black & White Beaded Wall Hanging, $29.99


Settee Chic

Set atop stainless steel legs, Bolster’s horizontal proportions project lightness and airiness while still anchoring the room. Shown here in white, it adds to the lightness and opens up the space.

Settee dimensions, W-68″ D-32″ Bolster Settee, Herman Miller collection, starts at $4,835


The Multi-Functional Pieces Wrapped in Style

SOTTOSOPRA is a multi-function table that can be set to seven different height positions with the simple touch of the release button and a guiding hand. From lounge table to dining table, the top opens out like a book, to accommodate up to eight guests. Available in smoke ash, walnut, brushed optic white.

Sottosopra Table, 29.5×43.5×13.5 to 29″, starts at $.2,414


Keep it Light & Sit Tight for 3D Knitted Innovation

This almost transparent amchair is so light, it hardly looks like it’s there at all. Perfect for tiny quarters, it gives the room a feeling of airy openness and space. Designer Sarah Fager used the same 3D knitting technique in colourful sneakers, and wanted to use this smart way to produce furniture. Mission accomplished.

PS 2017 Armchair, $199


Add a Pop of Colour

Green is hot this year (See Pantone’s pick for 2017) and a dash of colour is always welcome—especially in a neutral bathroom or any room of the house that needs a bit of character. This little cabinet will hold a lot without taking much floor space. It could work as a bedside table, bathroom storage and extra surface space, a tiny spot for keys in a small entranceway or as an end table. It’s multi-purpose means it will stead you well through the years.

Wood Cabinet, 12″x12″x29″, $130


A Side Order of Side Tables

A small (or big) space essential, the side table is a must-have in practically every room of the house. And besides the appeal of their dimunitive size, they pack a punch of personality—sometimes the smallest pieces make the biggest statement.
– Silvana Longo –

1 Median End Table, $595; eltemkt.com 2 Bird Basket Side Table, $129; cb2.com 3 Orly Accent Table, $278; eltemkt.com 4 Zoro Side Table, Small $775, Large $1,175; elte.com 5 Jersey Side Table, $349; boconcept.com 6 PS 2017 Side Table/Stool, $79; ikea.com 7 Knot Side Table, $199; cb2.com 8 Gold Side Table, $350; cobistyle.com 9 Peggy Side Table, $79; eq3.com


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