A bold ap­proach

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - DEBBIE TRAVIS - Deb­bie Travis

You hear me say this so many times - your home is all about you, make it look the way you feel, layer it with the moods that please you, that feed your soul, that make you smile. Just as no two peo­ple are ex­actly alike, no two rooms are a mir­ror im­age of each other. There is a com­mon­al­ity in the re­quire­ments, some­where to sit, a ta­ble, some lights, etc., but the style and se­lec­tion of the in­te­rior decor is up to you. Given the chal­lenge of shap­ing your rooms is a daunt­ing task. Step­ping out­side the safety of the pop­u­lar, ac­cepted fash­ion box is not for ev­ery­one. How­ever, if you have a bold, artsy char­ac­ter with a pas­sion for theatre, let your home decor shout it to the rooftops.

This is the mantra that echoes bliss­fully through­out Emily Hen­son’s new­est book, Be Bold, In­te­ri­ors for the Brave of Heart, with stun­ning pho­tog­ra­phy by Cather­ine Gratwicke. Neon blue kitchen walls, vivid green back­drops, gi­ant at­ten­tion grab­bling floor lamps and chan­de­liers, a grape­fruit yel­low sofa, an over­sized or­ange mush­room chair, a hot pink dresser, riotous pat­terns adorn­ing walls, floors and fur­ni­ture all jump glee­fully off the pages. This brave, eclec­tic style is not meant to be par­ti­tioned off into a sin­gle room. The homes that are il­lus­trated show how the in­di­vid­ual home­owner’s out­go­ing style ra­di­ates through­out, bran­dish­ing shapes and colours with the swish and swash of a mighty sword.

My glimpse into this joy­ous book fo­cusses on how to cre­ate an en­trance. Of­ten left un­til most of the ma­jor dec­o­rat­ing is done, the en­try to your home of­fers the first taste of what’s to come. Here are three snap­shots that leave no doubt as to the home­owner’s state of mind. All of th­ese are brave and bold but can be a step­ping stone to any style by choos­ing dif­fer­ent colours and pat­terns.

The stair­case in a coun­try cot­tage shows off the home­owner’s love for pat­tern and pain­terly de­tail. The painted stairs have been dec­o­rated with strips of wall­pa­per ap­plied to the stair ris­ers. Gold de­tail trims the edges of the steps and the end of the rail­ing. The warm red hall walls are trimmed with hand-painted, black and gold stripes. When see­ing this stair­way upon en­ter­ing the cot­tage, you know that there are more orig­i­nal dec­o­ra­tive wall and fur­ni­ture treat­ments ahead.

At­ten­tion is brought to the beauty of this wind­ing stair­case con­trast­ing light, pale green walls with the dark painted steps. The flat fin­ish on the walls plays nicely with the glossy fin­ish on the steps. Cus­tom built cup­boards are cov­ered in a mag­i­cal botan­i­cal print. Hen­son sug­gests that if you are a renter or un­sure of ap­ply­ing pat­terned wall­pa­per, cover a cup­board or cab­i­net first. Easy to change out if you aren’t happy with your choice. The curved walls change colour from floor to floor (not shown here).

Your en­try­way presents a wel­come view to your home’s mood. Hen­son de­scribes the home of a busy pro­fes­sional fam­ily with four chil­dren.as play­fully bold. The in­te­rior pal­ette ranges from dark teal to flamingo pink to cerulean blue. Wo­ven through the rooms is a thread of pineap­ple yel­low. An ac­cent colour is a clever way to con­nect dif­fer­ent colour pal­ettes. Here, the stairs and walls are coated in var­i­ous shades of teal, with that sunny yel­low con­nect­ing hue splashed on the rail­ings and ban­is­ters.

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