Choose colour from what catches your eye

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

THE vivid colour pal­ette in our fea­ture pho­to­graph cer­tainly catches your eye. The berry-pink up­hol­stery is a bold choice and is sur­pris­ingly lovely against the rich, golden walls. Although this par­tic­u­lar colour pal­ette isn’t for ev­ery­one, it cer­tainly has its place in the de­sign world. I rather like this room. The un­ex­pected splashes of bright colour are re­fresh­ing and say a lot about the home­own­ers. This room says ‘I know what I like and I’m not afraid to show it, and I don’t par­tic­u­larly care what oth­ers might think.’ While the room in our fea­ture pho­to­graph may not be your taste, there are lessons to be learned from its makeup. Firstly, work with what you have. If you have a great piece of fur­ni­ture to use as an in­spi­ra­tional piece, then you’re well on your way to a great space. This decor re­minds me of my an­tique turquoise bro­cade sofa and chair that we had for decades in our for­mer home. The set was def­i­nitely unique and spoke to our de­sign style. It was a lovely, solid an­tique with an un­ex­pected vin­tage fab­ric colour that was a lit­tle dar­ing. I liked that it was dif­fer­ent from the rest of the mod­ern-day fur­ni­ture in the mar­ket­place. We still have an ac­cent chair from the set that we brought to our new condo. If you have a unique piece that’s just a lit­tle ‘out there,’ con­sider in­cor­po­rat­ing it into your decor then seek out in­ter­est­ing colours that will work with your new, dar­ing pal­ette. How to find the right colours If you can’t find a pho­to­graph of a dar­ing colour pal­ette and you need a lit­tle help, con­sider us­ing a piece of fab­ric or wall­pa­per as your in­spi­ra­tion. What­ever it may be that catches your eye — be it a blouse, bed­ding, up­hol­stery or what have you — a pat­tern that you per­son­ally find at­trac­tive may have the right colour pal­ette for your decor. As an ex­am­ple, say you hap­pen upon a pat­tern of bright-red pop­pies on a white back­ground with lime green cen­tres and pur­ple swirls in the fab­ric. Th­ese three colours, along with a white back­ground, could be your new colour scheme for a vi­brant kitchen, din­ing room or fam­ily room. De­pend­ing on which colour you use as your main colour, your op­tions are un­lim­ited on how the room can look. If you want to play it safe with your dar­ing colour pal­ette, use the pat­tern colour per­cent­ages as your guide. Our sam­ple fab­ric has big, red pop­pies, so this could be your main colour, whether you use it in a fo­cal wall or on re­uphol­stered fur­ni­ture or even an area rug. A white back­ground would also be a big per­cent­age of the pat­tern, so white walls on the re­main­der of the room and a white ac­cent chair and ac­ces­sories are good op­tions. The small bit of lime green in the cen­tre of the pop­pies will play a great role in ac­cent pieces such as toss cush­ions and ceram­ics. The pur­ple would work well with the lime green ac­cents in ac­ces­sories and touches in win­dow cov­er­ings. Are you see­ing the over­all pic­ture here? You know the orig­i­nal pat­tern is eye-catch­ing, so us­ing that as your guide both in pal­ette and per­cent­ages of colour in the orig­i­nal pat­tern will make for a suc­cess­ful out­come. Us­ing the same ex­am­ple, you could go softer for a master bed­room by us­ing pur­ple as your main colour and ac­cent­ing it with crisp, white linens and win­dow cov­er­ings and adding punches of poppy red and lime green in smaller ac­ces­sories. A third op­tion would be to go for a youth­ful look for a teen’s room or fam­ily room by us­ing lime green as the main colour and pur­ple, red and white as sec­ondary colours. Ba­si­cally, you could dec­o­rate your en­tire house, a dif­fer­ent scheme in ev­ery room, from the same orig­i­nal fab­ric swatch. The over­all house would be co­or­di­nated but each room would have a dif­fer­ent vibe. If you like the colours in your in­spi­ra­tional fab­ric but find them too bold, use softer shades of each colour (in the same hues) to cre­ate a wa­ter­colour pal­ette for your home. Choose colour from what catches your eye and you’re sure to have a great out­come. Email me if you get stuck.


A bold colour pal­ette can not only trans­form a room, but also speaks vol­umes about the dec­o­ra­tor.

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