Look to great out­doors for colour in­spi­ra­tion

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

ILOVE it when the new paint colours come out. It’s like see­ing the new spring fash­ions on the run­way. New ideas, great new colours and colour com­bi­na­tions abound. Just as each fash­ion designer has their own idea on what’s trend­ing, so too do paint man­u­fac­tur­ers have their own take on what will be ‘in’ dur­ing any given sea­son. For spring and sum­mer 2015, paint man­u­fac­turer Sico fore­casts rich flo­ral colours will be in full bloom — not only in the gar­den, but in all el­e­ments of home decor.

“This sea­son’s paint pal­ette is filled with sat­u­rated colours, in both warm and cool tones,” said Mylène Gévry, mar­ket­ing manager for Sico, a brand of PPG Ar­chi­tec­tural Coat­ings. “It’s all about bring­ing colours of the gar­den in­side and us­ing them in cre­ative ways.” Gar­dens give us a wealth of colour, tex­tu­ral and pat­tern in­spi­ra­tion. Top­ping Sico’s list of hot colours for spring and sum­mer 2015 are Im­petu­ous Blue, Ningxia Pink, Dy­nas­tic Or­ange, Blue­berry Flower, Dark Lemon, Cot­ton Flower, Stain­less Steel, Cay­man Blue, Sar­gasso Sea and Aper­i­tif, all of which can be viewed on their web­site at www.sico.com. A pal­ette in­clud­ing deep pas­tel tones such as blue hy­drangeas, dusty pink roses, sat­u­rated or­ange and turquoise pe­onies, sun­flow­ers, clay-grey stones and red­dish-brown vines are all in the mix. Our fea­ture pho­to­graph boasts Blue­berry Flower, Cay­man Blue and Stain­less Steel. The room has an ex­cit­ing look and feel. The colour com­bi­na­tions are dif­fer­ent and youth­ful and com­ple­ment the rustic el­e­ments of the ex­posed brick and worn wood. I love the fact the colour on the wall above the fire­place can be swapped out to co-or­di­nate with the dark blue walls on a whim. Just imag­ine a rich or­ange, hot pink or even brick red as the fire­place ac­cent colour. You could have a to­tally new look in a few hours. This is an easy up­date be­cause of the small amount of wall space that needs to be painted. Keep­ing the trim, brick

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