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Spring Decor Trends

Spring decor trends – new colours to try in your home this season

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Spring decor trends – new colours to try in your home this season

From vibrant hues to more classic neutrals, this season Pantone offers up plenty of variety in its palette. Considered the global authority on all things colour, Pantone says 2019 spring décor trends will “reflect a desire to embolden ourselves as we face the future” with colour that transcends seasonality, while remaining dynamic without being too overpowering. This year, it’s all about providing a sense of confidence, while championing our creative spirits with unexpected combinations.

I have to say: I love the sentiment! Why wouldn’t we want to take charge of our futures full-steam ahead, and what better way for us to do that then to create a home that energizes us to do exactly that. It’s interesting – we don’t even realize most of the time just how impactful colour is on our daily lives – it can uplift our spirits to give us a sense of positivity and hopefulness, just as much as it can drag us down and leave us feeling, well, frankly, less than that. Colour has the ability to do that, so what I love mostly about this year’s Pantone selects is that there is plenty to choose from, so whatever your ideas are this season for some fresh spring décor trends in your own homes, you can cherry-pick whatever colours speak to you most to start the process.

Here’s some of my favourites:

Turmeric – This spice isn’t just good for your body it’s now considered a good option for your home, too! Love how energizing the orange is with that pungent, deep palette.

Pepper Stem – Earthy, but vivid. This yellow-green is meant to encourage our desire for nature’s healthy bounty.

Lemon Verbena – Anyone else think of the Amalfi Coast (and their lemons) when you look at this colour? Just gorgeous. So fresh and cheerful.

Toffee – Rich, just like the treat, but also a beautifully classic shade.

Pressed Rose – Ah! So romantic and pretty. The pressed rose is meant to strike feelings of sentimentality.

Soybean – You know I can’t walk away from a neutral! Soybean is a favourite: more subtle and versatile. I find it quite sophisticated actually.

Eclipse – Navy has been trending for a while now, and with good reason: It’s such a sumptuous, deep blue. It’s a bit sexy, isn’t it?

Sweet Corn – Love this name and love the colour even more: Soft, almost buttery, it’s a stand-out neutral in my opinion.

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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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Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

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Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Pantone’s Ultra Violet is a strong and intense colour; Sloan has toned it down to inky midnight purple

Known as the worldwide authority on colour, Pantone announced Ultra Violet as the Colour of the Year for 2018.

“The name Ultra Violet gives the impression of a very strong and intense colour. I’ve mixed a slightly toned down version of it using my paint, Chalk Paint in Burgundy and Napoleonic Blue,” says paint guru and world-renowned colour expert Annie Sloan. “I think this colour looks absolutely beautiful, especially when it’s finished with Dark or Black Chalk Paint Wax, which will give it an inky midnight purple colour.

“I always think about colours as combinations, so one of the first things I asked myself about this colour is ‘what colours will work with it?’ My answer is to go for natural tones, as the purple is so rich, deep and intense. Earthy greens will look lovely. From my palette I’d team Ultra Violet with Chateau Grey, Old Ochre and Versailles.”

More purple hues in the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan palette (shown below from left to right) — range from Emile, a warm soft aubergine colour with pink red undertones; Henrietta, a beautifully rich and complex pink with a hint of lilac; and Old Violet, which is nearer to the blues than Emile. The pigments in Chalk Paint are very pure, and as there is no black included in the mix, it’s easy to obtain the shade you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for the perfect purple hued fabric for your soft furnishings then Annie has got just the thing. Her Emile & Graphite (photo below) from her Coloured Linen Collection looks fresh and modern and the tumbled cotton and linen mix is suitable for all types of upholstery.

The Chalk Paint Decorative Paint range comprises 36 decorative and historic colours, which combine well to provide an even larger colour palette, making it easy to find just the right shade. Chalk Paint offers the simple way to transform furniture, walls and floors and absolutely anyone can achieve great results — from the novice to the experienced upcycler. The Chalk Paint formula offers excellent coverage, with only one coat often needed for a great finish, and it even covers minor flaws effortlessly.

Chalk Paint comes in quart cans (946ml) priced at approximately $45 and in 4 oz. (100ml) sample pots, priced at approximately $14.99 (regional price variations and shipping charges apply). It can be purchased from over 60 Annie Sloan stockists and online. For a full list of locations, please visit anniesloan.com.


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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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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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