Before we move indoors full-time for the winter, now is a good time to consider updating your home’s colour palette. Colour is the quickest and most inexpensive way to add renewed energy to a room. And we’re not just talking about paint — you can use a throw, rugs and carpets and even pillows to introduce new colour into a room.
It’s also timely that the season’s most influential colours feel inspired by fall. Cozy colour from the natural world continues to dominate design. Starting at the top, a deep blue — the colour of a late September sky — is the most flexible hue for your home. This comforting colour is perfect in rooms were you like to relax, such as a family room or bedroom. Covering an entire wall or floors with this intense shade can be too much, but you can use as many accents of it as you like — for example, a handblown vase, tassled drapery pullbacks and a velvet duvet cover and pillow shams in the bedroom.
Other popular hues of blue this season include Wedgwood, midnight blue, navy, slate blue, cobalt, blue-black, blue spruce, celestial blue, sapphire and blueberry.
One step over on the colour spectrum, earthy greens such as olive, artichoke, moss, pine forest, rosemary, spinach, ivy and fern are some of season’s hottest shades. Like blue, green is calming and is therefore best used in bedrooms dining rooms. It also looks great with rich brown, natural wood furniture and textured, natural finishes such as bamboo blinds and woven grass placemats.
Rich, chocolate brown on its own is an up-and-coming colour. It’s particularly popular in kitchens and bathrooms. If your bathroom is big enough, paint the walls brown and finish the room with chromed bath accessories and clean white towels. Other brown options include russet brown, saddle tan, burnt almond and camel.
To warm up a room, last year’s spicy reds and yellows are still in, but this fall they are being used to brighten up exterior doors and trim. These colours work best on frame, rather than brick, houses, but you can still energize your outdoor spaces with red ribboned wreaths.
Metallic paints and finishes are the most modern of the season’s colourways. Silver, gold and bronze are being used as a glaze over berry red and purples to create a luminescent effect. It’s a great way to refocus attention on a forgotten chest of drawers or credenza and you can even use it to as an accent colour on a small wall space.
Article by www.searsrewards.ca
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