Colour 101- Staying on top of the trends

Staying on top of the trends whether it be in the fashion world or home decor can be expensive. I am a firm believer in that it is not necessary to jump on every trend bandwagon that is out there. Let’s face it, it’s called a trend for a reason. The word trend is defined as: A trend is what’s hip or popular at a certain point in time. Some trends fade just as fast as they come in.

With that being said, how can we stay on top of trends, in particular colour trends (since this series is all about colour)? I believe we can incorporate colours trends easily without breaking the bank if we keep our main canvas fairly neutral. What I mean by that is when decorating and/or renovating, keep the big ticket items neutral. I am talking about flooring, large furniture items such as couches, kitchen cabinetry, countertops, etc. By all means go trendy with these items if you are one to redecorate/ renovate every 3-5 years.

If you keep the bigger items neutral than it is fairly easy to incorporate the ‘hot’ colour of the moment. For example this year’s Pantone colour of the year is Marsala. Marsala_wallpaper_Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_2015-1920x1200

(Personally, I’m not a fan). But, for argument sakes, let’s say you loved it and wanted to incorporate this colour into your home decor. Most people obviously go for paint. While paint is an inexpensive way to change a room, I wouldn’t necessarily gravitate towards the idea of painting an entire room in this colour. Because, let’s face it, by this time next year whatever room you paint this colour will all of a sudden look dated.

I love turquoise and red together but, I have chosen to use them as accent colours in my home rather than paint an entire room in these colours. That way, when I tire of them, it will be easy enough for me to remove those colours and inject a new accent colour as my walls and bigger furniture items are neutral.

My suggestions would be to inject hits of colour through:

  1. artwork (big box store, Pinterest, DIY your own artwork, paint a couple of frames on your gallery wall in your signature accent colour)

    Found on houseofturquoise.com
    Found on houseofturquoise.com
  2. small furniture pieces- accent chair, ottoman, side table (It’s easy enough to paint a small side table or a chair in a pop of colour to make a statement. Ottomans are an easy reupholstery project for the novice reupholster)

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    Found on decor8blog.com
  3. shower curtain

    Found on westelm.com
    Found on westelm.com
  4. glassware/dish ware ( a bowl on the counter to hold fruit.)

    Found on newlywoodwards.com
    Found on newlywoodwards.com
  5. Pillows (if you are handy with a sewing machine, it can be quite inexpensive to whip up several throw cushions in your accent colour of choice)

    Found on styleathome.com
    Found on styleathome.com
  6. Rugs ( a small area rug in front of the kitchen sink or runner in a hallway)

    Found on houseofturquoise.com
    Found on houseofturquoise.com
  7. Quilt, throws, duvet covers

    Found on bhg.com
    Found on bhg.com
  8. Lamps

    Found on honeywerehome.blogspot.com
    Found on honeywerehome.blogspot.com
  9. Paint closet door or interior door in a hit of colour
Found on blog.thedpages.com
Found on blog.thedpages.com

Doing any of the above would allow you to inject colour throughout your home easy enough without taking a serious hit to your wallet. It’s important when choosing an accent colour that you carry it throughout the home so the rooms relate to each other. It goes back to my first post in the series when I said use colour to tell a story. Many people pick a colour and slap it on the walls in a room and stop there. They never ‘decorate’ the room or any adjoining rooms with that colour. What ends up happening, that hit you were trying to make falls flat.

That ends my Colour 101 Series. Thanks for following along. I hope I have been able to shed some light on using colour in your home.

If you are interested in a colour consultation, whether on site or via online, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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