Colour Conquest

One of my favourite seasons of the year is finally here! I love fall-time with all its colour and texture…not to mention the cooler days are a perfect inspiration for layering up our living spaces.  Colour is a great inspiration in design. It can influence the direction and style of a space. It can enhance and punctuate a monochromatic look, create drama in a room or do the opposite and create a relaxing serene environment. 


This year is all about colour and we are seeing it everywhere.  An abundance of wonderfully bold, classic colours with a few surprise ones that have popped into our fall colour palette. Deep and dark port is the front-runner for me, followed closely by a great smokey spruce hue.  But let’s not forget about so many of the other great colours that we are seeing everywhere …the rich navies, burnt orange, pretty pinks and earthy maple tones just to name a few. Pair any of these with the slightly more obscure accent colours like a curry-toned yellow or a gold-toned lime green and you’re on your way to creating an inspiring and “stand out” colour palette in your home.


The richness and depth of colour we are seeing this season is enough to fill any room,  but when you accompany it with a great mix of patterns and textures whether in fabrics, wall coverings, accessories, or furnishings … and a great little design trick called “layering” … you have the makings of a creative and eclectic vibe all its own. But I won’t digress, and we’ll leave our discussion of mixing patterns and textures, or trying your hand at creating that layering trick for another day!  


For now the point I’d like to make is that colour is everywhere.  It’s powerful yet subtle, dark and moody or soft and airy.  It sets the mood of your space giving your room a jolt, or creating for you a relaxing space to unwind and decompress.   Don’t be scared of using colour in your home.  I find all to often clients are a bit hesitant when it comes to bolder hues – but there are ways to use these colours in subtler ways without feeling like they are overpowering your room….for example, rich toned accessories like toss cushions or throw blankets inject colour but in a softer way than boldly tones on the walls.  So get inspired … find your own comfort level  and add a bit of colour to your life.