2017 IS THE YEAR TO GO GREEN!

Western Living - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

“Green­ery” is the pan­tone de­signer colour of 2017.

Green is back in every shade from spring to emer­ald. It’s easy to in­tro­duce just by bring­ing some out­doors in — try jade plants, fig trees, suc­cu­lents or any­thing that thrives in your area. Another easy step is bright new pil­lows, or a state­ment rug. If you’re feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous, paint a place that will be a smile-in­duc­ing sur­prise, like the inside of a closet, a door, or your pow­der room.

Warmer and richer? Yes, please.

What­ever your style, from sleek and mod­ern to cozy and tra­di­tional, 2017 is a wel­come move to a softer, richer look and feel. Think 3D fab­rics. Vel­vet pil­lows. Choose or­ganic bam­boo or wood ta­bles. And wall­pa­per is back, but we’re over the flo­rals. Try mar­ble or other sleek, con­tem­po­rary fin­ishes. Put on a lit­tle lux.

DIY vs. DIFM?

There’s a def­i­nite shift hap­pen­ing in home ren­o­va­tion and de­sign trends, a shift that has many of us choos­ing ex­perts to do-it-for-me. Do-it-your­self is a great choice for so many fun projects, like a fam­ily gallery wall or cre­at­ing an in­door gar­den spot. But there are al­ways those mind-bog­gling tasks that re­quire de­sign ex­pe­ri­ence, mea­sur­ing skills, in­stal­la­tion tal­ent and more. More and more Cana­di­ans are re­al­iz­ing the cost of hir­ing a pro­fes­sional com­pares very well to the real costs of first-time mis­takes, time spent do­ing and re­do­ing the job, and our own per­sonal level of sat­is­fac­tion with the fi­nal re­sult. Sum­mer­time motto: put the pros on the jobs you keep post­pon­ing be­cause they are just too much! (Save the fun stuff for your­self.)

Peace out. It’s amaz­ing what get­ting a lit­tle help can do to re­duce your stress level. Try it-take some­thing off your list and give it to some­body who is a rock star in the cat­e­gory. Yes. Do it. Se­ri­ously.

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