Paint by number
This time of year is brimming with fabulous colour. The late summer and early autumn hues have inspired many cozy interiors, vibrant and ripe for the picking. Which is a good thing, because this time of year is ideal for a “colour makeover” in the home. Now don’t feel overwhelmed. Refer to the 60-30-10 rule.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit this, there are no hard and fast rules to interior decor. But the 60-30-10 ratio for colour coverage serves as a very good guideline. Start with a couple of complementary colours and add a third hue that “pops.” The dominant colour should occupy around 60 per cent of your room – typically the walls. The secondary colour then represents the 30 per cent of your room that include mid-sized items like a feature wall, a sofa and a rug. Last but not least is the accent colour – often a contrasting hue, covering 10 per cent of your space. Good in small doses, accent colours come alive in small pieces like artwork, accessories and window treatments.
The looming change in season is a good time for a semi-annual switch up of accessories, too. While looking at new hues to showcase in your space, also think about different, seasonal textures. A cozy high-pile rug, oodles of pillows and knits make a warm, welcome addition when the winter chill sets in. Opt for rich colours and textures, like the classic faux fur and velvet. When the spring makes its long-awaited return, pack away those wooly winter wares in exchange for crisp whites and a fresh, pale palette in lighter, natural materials like cotton and linen.
Whatever the season, regardless of your reason, bringing the right colours into your home will change how you feel – and live – in it.
Toronto-based designer Daneyka Lazier is the Principal of DL Arch + Design. Her firm is known for creating unique spaces that capture you and your lifestyle. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto and the GTA, and US.
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