Bringing Back Colors
After a seemingly never-ending reign of beiges, browns and greys in interior design, muted colors are finally left behind to make room for lush, unmuted colours. The trick is how to use them without overdoing it. Keeping to a single family of hues (such as blue or green) can tie together a showy range of floral, geometric and other motifs. Big-ticket, semi-permanent fixtures such as a sofa or coffee table should be kept neutral in tone, while anything that can be rolled up, scraped away or easily hauled off (such as an area rug, cushions or chairs) provide the decorative punch - this technique is the safest way to incorporate the trends of the day. (all items Homesense)
It’s In the Mix
The greys that have dominated decor of late definitely served a purpose: Grey provides a great “canvas” to show off more colorful art work and it is also a classy color that adds elegance to walls, floors and cabinets. Even so, trendy homeowners are wanting some oomph this season, a fact that hasn’t been lost on design brands. From MissoniHome to West Elm, colour is back. On the retail front, houseware and furniture sellers are also brightening things up. Could this finally be the dawn of a brighter new age? (Organic Bead Print Ikat Duvet – West Elm)
Paint companies in particular are making a brighter splash this year. For example, Para Paints presented new colour palettes with names such as Beach House and Island Escape and its colour of the year, shown above, is a yellow called Plaintain Chips (PF52).
Interior Designer Viviane Schmidt Mumm has spent the last 23 years in Vancouver, BC and the Lower Mainland.