Can bold colours and small spa­ces co-ex­ist?

Hue De­sign Stu­dio’s colour con­sul­tant Michele Muir throws some shades at condo own­ers.

The Coast - Homes Halifax - - Expert Advice - BY AL­LI­SON SAUN­DERS

It turns out the the­ory that tight quar­ters need to be light or white is bunk. Hue De­sign Stu­dio’s Michele Muir—an ad­vo­cate for warm walls—says con­dos and smaller rentals are ripe for paint risk-tak­ing. “A lot of these new spa­ces, I find, have higher ceil­ings so what you’re los­ing with square footage you’re gain­ing in height,” she says. “There’s good nat­u­ral light, floor­ing is gen­er­ally neu­tral and you can re­ally bring drama to that by adding some­thing deeper to the walls.”

Here are three bold and beau­ti­ful colours this ex­pert sug­gests you play with.


“It’s this deep, deep navy, with a bit of a marine green under it. It will play in the light de­pend­ing on the light­ing,” says Muir of this Far­row & Ball tone, which looks stel­lar with chrome and gold ac­cents, like pic­ture frames. “Dark colour doesn’t always mean you’ll feel dark, it brings co­zi­ness too.”


The key to pulling off these dark, warm colours, says Muir, is neu­tral fur­ni­ture, light wood and white cab­i­netry and base­boards. Hop­ping on the dark green trend is the Far­row & Ball’s stu­dio green. “It’s like hav­ing black with­out it be­ing black,” she says. Also perfect for an ac­cent or gallery wall.


“I’ve always been a fan of colour, es­pe­cially deeper jewel tones,” says Muir of this egg­plant-es­que pur­ple from Far­row & Ball, which works well with grey and white ac­ces­sories. “I crave warmth on my walls.” She sug­gests folks not ready to take the leap to dark walls can try paint­ing fur­ni­ture or in­te­rior doors for “oomph with­out com­mit­ment.”

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