Fall­ing for au­tumn colour in the bed­room

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

AS the weather turns cooler, Cana­di­ans tend to warm up to paint. That’s the find­ing of lead­ing paint brand CIL, which re­ports it has seen strong fall paint sales over the last sev­eral years.

“Au­gust and Septem­ber have be­come huge months for paint­ing,” said Ali­son Gold­man, brand man­ager for Ak­zoNo­bel, mak­ers of CIL paint. “While in re­al­ity, in­te­rior paint­ing sea­son is any time thanks to new eco-friendly paints that don’t even re­quire open win­dows for ven­ti­la­tion, many peo­ple still seem to choose the fall months to paint when the air be­gins to get cooler.”

Ex­plain­ing that the mo­ti­va­tion to paint in the fall is of­ten spurred by a de­sire to pro­vide a fresh start for kids go­ing back to school, or to pre­pare for long-week­end guests, Gold­man says “next to Christ­mas, Thanks­giv­ing is a huge en­ter­tain­ing time and, for many, a per­fect ex­cuse to give rooms a lift.”

With the pop­u­lar­ity of au­tumn paint projects, CIL has un­veiled its pal­ette of hot fall colours for this sea­son. Lead­ing the trend are yel­low-toned reds and or­anges, and green-toned blues and pur­ples.

I love the stun­ning bed­room in our fea­ture pho­to­graph. The CIL paint colour combo is both rich and airy. This is due in part, to the clever use of two highly con­trast­ing paint colours, which strate­gi­cally di­vide the wall sur­face. The very dark and rich colour on the up­per por­tion of the walls (CIL’s clas­sic lib­erty red) pro­vides an in­tense depth of colour, which will nur­ture and co­coon this bed­room’s oc­cu­pants.

To en­sure the fo­cal colour doesn’t over­power the room, a crisp white has been painted over wain­scot­ing-style trim on the lower por­tion of the wall. Not only does this paint treat­ment pro­vide visual light­ness but it also high­lights the dark bed­room fur­ni­ture.

The di­vid­ing line is at the per­fect height to ac­cen­tu­ate the bed, which is nor­mally the fo­cal point in any bed­room. It also makes the room feel wider. This lower por­tion of the wall acts as a head­board, of sorts, and also makes the dark night­stand pop. If you can visu­al­ize the en­tire wall in the rich red colour, you can imag­ine how dark the room might be and also that the night­stand would fade into the back­ground.

Also note how the white lamp­shade, which sits above the di­vid­ing line, is a good choice be­cause it pops in front of the rich wall colour. By the same to­ken, the light emit­ted from the bed­side lamp is re­flected by the white paint be­low the di­vid­ing line, which is what you need from a bed­side lamp.

The choice of colours in the bed­ding is un­usual but strik­ing. Red and green aren’t just for the hol­i­days! The berry red and pea green colour pal­ette set against bright white linens re­ally works. Note how the green colour was pulled from the graphic pho­to­graphs over the bed.

Also, the photo trio, framed in ver­ti­cal frames, pro­vides visual height and drama to the fo­cal wall. The pho­tos have spa­cious white mat­ting, which pops against the rich red wall and also pro­vides a lighter bal­ance to the wall be­hind the bed. Note too, there are three framed pho­tos — three is al­ways an in­ter­est­ing num­ber to use when group­ing items in any ar­range­ment.

This cosy, fall pal­ette-in­spired bed­room is def­i­nitely de­sir­able and achiev­able. Rich fall colours of red, gold and orange are earthy and com­fort­ing in any room. CIL’s fall colours in­clude both warm and cool shades, so they can eas­ily adapt to a range of in­di­vid­ual tastes and decor styles.

What these colours have in com­mon is that they are all rich, full-bod­ied hues that con­vey char­ac­ter. The pal­ette also brings into a home the best of the out­doors — from strik­ing fall fo­liage and au­tumn’s dra­matic skies, to quiet, shady cor­ners of na­ture.

Gold­man rec­om­mends paint­ing even one ac­cent wall with one of this sea­son’s top hues to give a room added per­son­al­ity. For ex­am­ple, royal blue cheers up a kitchen wall, burnt orange en­livens a din­ing or liv­ing area, and deep pur­ple soothes a sit­ting room, she ex­plains. You can check out the new fall colour pal­ette at www.cil.ca.

Fall is my favourite sea­son of all. The bril­liant colours of fall fo­liage are great fod­der for decor. Ac­ces­sorize us­ing items from na­ture such as pho­to­graphs of fall’s splen­dour, tall vases of dried grasses or twigs, bright fall leaves pressed and framed and so on.

While you won’t have time now to up­date your home for Thanks­giv­ing, you cer­tainly have time be­fore the hol­i­day sea­son to give your decor a lift. Warm, fall colours are earthy, sooth­ing, com­fort­ing and vis­ually warm­ing. Throw in some soft, lux­u­ri­ous bed linens, lots of ex­tra pil­lows and a bas­ket of good books be­side the bed and you’re ready for win­ter.

The very dark and rich colour on the up­per por­tion of the walls (4IL’s clas­sic lib­erty red) pro­vides an in­tense depth of colour, which will nur­ture and co­coon this bed

room’s oc­cu­pants.

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