Cool shade of blue hot colour of the year

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

SINCE paint colour is as per­sonal as it is pow­er­ful, Beauti-Tone re­cently asked Cana­di­ans to choose the brand’s 2016 colour of the year.

The win­ner, French Charm­ing, is a cool blue rem­i­nis­cent of a well-worn, com­fort­able pair of jeans. “French Charm­ing is a great choice, it is a per­fect bal­ance of blue and grey, mak­ing it an in­cred­i­bly liv­able colour for any room,” said Beauti-Tone cre­ative di­rec­tor Bev Bell.

Beauti-Tone, a divi­sion of Home Hard­ware Stores, an­nounced the win­ner in Jan­uary at the In­te­rior De­sign Show in Toronto and on­line at Home Hard­ware’s Face­book and Twit­ter pages. “Cana­di­ans em­brace great colour and style, and we know what we love,” said Bell. When we walk into a room and feel im­me­di­ately grounded, it is usu­ally be­cause the colour speaks to us, mak­ing us com­fort­able and re­laxed. Bell was en­thu­si­as­tic with the vot­ing process: “All week­end we kept hear­ing how much ev­ery­one loved the con­cept of crowd­sourc­ing the Beauti-Tone colour of the year.”

Credit also goes to Cana­dian fash­ion de­signer and style king Si­mon Chang. The French Charm­ing colour hails from his Beauti-Tone colour col­lec­tion, which fea­tures seven unique pal­ettes.

With th­ese colours, Chan re­minds us that al­though we may each have dif­fer­ent tastes, we all want to feel re­ju­ve­nated and happy in our sur­round­ings. He nailed it with French Charm­ing — this colour man­ages to feel both mod­ern and his­toric, and I can’t wait to try it out in my home.

You can see by our fea­ture photo, this colour is stun­ning, es­pe­cially when paired with white. The white ceil­ing and win­dow trim re­ally make it pop. Keep this in mind when choos­ing medium to dark wall colours. The con­trast can be stun­ning. Be­cause French Charm­ing is a blue-grey hue, pulling ei­ther colour out in ac­cents, as was done in our fea­ture room, is a win­ning decor choice. The con­tem­po­rary grey speaks to to­day’s trends, while the pale blue bed­ding of­fers a ro­man­tic hue from the past.

In other rooms, such as a liv­ing room or den, you could pop this wall colour with a dark char­coal or black fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories. A bit of black adds a lit­tle el­e­gance and con­trast to just about any room. Items like black float­ing wall shelves fit the bill. If you have black fur­ni­ture and find it a bit over­whelm­ing visu­ally, soften it with muted colour fur­ni­ture throws and toss cush­ions in a match­ing or co­or­di­nat­ing colour to the walls.

French Charm­ing would work well when ac­cented with deep pur­ple, muted pump­kin, bright vi­o­let, khaki green or brick red — mean­ing op­tions for your colour pal­ette may be end­less. This is im­por­tant be­cause you don’t want to be stuck in a rut a year down the road and have your wall colour dic­tate the colour choices for your room. French Charm­ing gives you colour pal­ette op­tions and room to change the look of your space on a whim.

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