Dec­o­rate with faded shades of el­e­gance

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

ILOVE the room in our fea­ture pho­to­graph, cour­tesy of Kohler. The faded tones and soft colour pal­ette are el­e­gant and ro­man­tic. Even though there is a lot of ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail­ing and or­nate ac­ces­sories in this room, it is by no means gauche. Sweep­ing the walls and floors with a colour wash of soft rose keeps the or­na­men­ta­tion from be­ing too busy. Even the vin­tage wall sconces and large rib­bon rose ac­cent on the mir­ror are painted the same colour. By do­ing this, you achieve the de­tail with­out the un­wanted drama. It’s an un­der­stated look that is quite ap­peal­ing. Adding in ad­di­tional muted paint colours of pale yel­low, soft gray and darker rose keeps the over­all look wist­ful and fem­i­nine. The el­e­gant Kohler van­ity and sink work beau­ti­fully in this Vic­to­rian set­ting. Even the highly or­nate slip­per chair is sub­dued by the sil­ver/gray up­hol­stery and soft white wood.

This style is great for per­sonal spa­ces like a bed­room or pow­der room. The soft tones are rest­ful and calm­ing with a touch of whimsy thrown in for good mea­sure.

I chose this par­tic­u­lar pho­to­graph for a few rea­sons. Firstly, the room has a look that is un­com­mon yet at­trac­tive. It’s easy to repli­cate with sim­ple paint and can mask a num­ber of dec­o­rat­ing prob­lems.

Case in point: If you have a room that is suf­fer­ing from the “1970s dark pan­elling time warp” you can update it us­ing the tech­niques used in our fea­ture room. Rather than rip it out, re-dry­wall, tape, sand and paint you may be able to cre­ate a lovely back­drop with the right paint colour. The pan­elling may have ver­ti­cal troughs used to sim­u­late wooden strips, which date them even fur­ther. You don’t have to fill in these gaps. Once you paint the en­tire sur­face, the ‘lines’ will be­come at­trac­tive tex­tu­ral el­e­ments in your new dé­cor. The pan­elling will have a cot­tage-style feel but will be cur­rent by giv­ing it a fresh coat of paint. A soft, cot­tage blue, pale yel­low, cel­ery green or even a soft white paint treat­ment can trans­form a dated space into an up­dated, cozy one.

Other sur­faces that can be eas­ily trans­formed with this tech­nique are in­te­rior brick walls, tex­tured walls, wood plank walls, wood floors, stairs, ban­is­ters, wain­scot­ing, win­dow trim, in­te­rior doors and of course plain walls.

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