Painted Cabinets

Painted Cabinets

Current trends in kitchen design favor a little color and I'm a fan of this. Monochromatic, all white kitchens have their place, but painting your cupboards is a great way to add some color without coating your walls. And if you anchor the room with color on the lower cabinets, you can still have a clean, light look from the counter top to the ceiling

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Gorgeous Glassware

Gorgeous Glassware

Holiday entertaining and decorating can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. One way to approach this with a bit of sanity is to simply tackle one thing at a time. If you can't overhaul your whole look, spruce it up in one area. Cocktails and mixed drinks have never been hotter, so why not put a bit of focus on your glassware.

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Fall Colors from Pantone and FTD

Fall Colors from Pantone and FTD

I recently featured two of my favourite colors from Pantone 2016 Fall Color report: spicy mustard and Shark Skin. But there are many more gorgeous tones for this season, and FTD has created a fantastic set of Pinterest boards and decor ideas, each featuring a color from the fall line up.

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Opulent Autumn

Opulent Autumn

One of the biggest trends this season in home decor is adding a bit of opulence to your look. Of course you could spend a fortune adding richness and a bit of glamour to your spaces, or you could take our tips and have a look at a few beautiful items. Using these as a guide, think about how add small touches of luxury and sumptuous texture to your home without breaking the bank.

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Cottage Life: Rustic Refinement

Cottage Life: Rustic Refinement

While most retailers have already moved on from Cottage Life themed decor and are trying to get us to think about autumn, I say relax.  It's summer time. Mix yourself a G&T, kick back, and savor the warm weather while it lasts. To help you with this, enjoy this gorgeous summer home in the Laurentians that mixes rustic charm with small, but refining touches.

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Black and Brass - Get the Look

Black and Brass - Get the Look

I'm really loving  black and brass these days. Why? I've been watching a lot of movies from the 70's and early 80's and marvelling at how fashions, or particular eras of fashion, at which I once turned up my nose, are now bountiful sources of inspiration. 

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Prints and patterns - mixing it up in the bedroom.

Calm down, you saucy minxes - we might be talking about a party in your bedroom, but it's less "chips, dips, chains, whips" (yes, I love Weird Science) and more a fiesta of color and pattern.  But mixing patterns and prints is something that, like the aforementioned chains and whips, many people shy away from. There are so many rules and so much advice about this, that it's easy to get a bit overwhelmed. Today we're going to give you one simple guideline to follow that will have you mixing prints, and patterns like a pro. Stick to your color palette. 

It's really that simple - stay within your chosen palette and you can pretty much mix patterns and prints to your heart's content. Some people who are conservative by nature will then choose to mix just a few, and some people will throw caution to the wind and go nuts. There's no judgement here, kids. Do your thing, your way. Let's look at a few examples of some pattern and print mixing, from the monochromatic to the bold and beautiful.

First up is a gorgeous pink and navy bedroom Note that every shade of pink in the room isn't identical. Feel free to use the tones of the colors you have chosen. For example, if you have a pale pink, darker and lighter tones of this color will also work.

mixing patterns and prints - get our one big tip to mix it like a pro.

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Next up is a monochromatic bedroom in black, grey and white. If this is your sort of thing, it's a great way to easily tackle mixing your patterns and prints, as a grey/black/white palette often feels simpler to work with.

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This fantastic pink and gold bedroom shows how to wonderfully use the tones of a few colors and then mix your patterns up everywhere, including on the walls.

 

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And finally, a more bold choice in this blue and green bedroom. Here floral prints mix easily with geometric patterns, all staying within a lovely and fresh palette.

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Now, of course, all of this presumes that you have chosen a palette - another sometimes challenging proposition. We're going to cover the basics of this in a future post (coming soon!) but you can always do a little research yourself, and feel free to contact us. We have a range of virtual and in-home color consultations. Our packages are just that - more than a few colos, you get two color palettes you can choose from, along with their paint numbers, a guide to applying your color scheme in your home, tips on understanding the basics of paint (such as what sheen to use where) and a guide to hiring painters. All in a simple PDF that you can keep on your phone or tablet for quick reference. And from now until June 30th, get 20% any color consultation  - just use the coupon code color20 at checkout!

Now, get out there with your colors and mix those patterns and prints like the confident home decor enthusiast that you are!