THROW­ING SHADES

Two ex­perts sound off on their (sur­pris­ingly sat­u­rated) fave colours of the sea­son.

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WHY NOW? “We’ve seen neu­trals evolve from the deep browns of the early 2000s to the greys and vari­a­tions of white that have been trend­ing in recent years,” says Erika Woelfel, vice-pres­i­dent of colour and cre­ative ser­vices at Behr. Now, she adds, “peo­ple are look­ing for easy ways to in­cor­po­rate more colour into their homes.”

PLAYS WELL WITH... Bolder shades like tan­ger­ine or­ange or deep green. Or pair the sooth­ing green­ish-grey blue with white trim and bronze ac­cents in the kitchen or bath, sug­gests Woelfel. (In the Mo­ment, Behr, $53.97 for 3.79 litres, at The Home De­pot, the­home­de­pot.ca)

WHY NOW? “It has a dark, mas­cu­line feel that can bring small spa­ces to life and el­e­vate a whole scheme,” says Joa Studholme, in­ter­na­tional colour con­sul­tant for Far­row & Ball. PLAYS WELL

WITH... Cobalt blue—in fact, ex­perts at Far­row & Ball picked a blue/green combo as their choice hues of the sea­son. “Sur­pris­ing colour com­bi­na­tions are key for home decor this spring,” adds Studholme, who sug­gests paint­ing one hue on the bot­tom half of the wall and trim and—gasp!— the other colour on the top half and the ceil­ing. (Calke Green, Far­row & Ball, $110 for 3.79 litres, far­row-ball.com)

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