The Right White

For those of you who are done with Gray as a neutral, white is, well…. the new gray.

Maybe you feel white is too easy but believe me, once you come to considering this colour as a decorating option, you will realise it isn’t straight forward. Like all other colours, white can go in many directions. What undertone are you looking for? A cool white that has a nodding friendship with blue or green? Or are you looking for something with a warm undertone to combat gray, rainy days? Here are three whites from Benjamin Moore, which I use repeatedly.

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 Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

 

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Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

Cloud white

Cloud White, CC-40, on the wainscoting and trim work. The “decorators darling” of whites, in previous decades. Very creamy, this is a very good white for rooms that want a little extra warmth.

If you are looking for a cooler white, I would suggest OC-51, Intense White or CC-30 Oxford White. (No images at this time.)

 

 

 

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Recent Work

Here are some examples of recent work. There may seem to be a common thread as the gray and gray/blue palette has been in such demand.

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Paint colours:

OC-51 Intense White, OC-52 Grey Owl

HC-169 Coventry Gray & HC-170 Stonington Gray.

Cabinet colours: CC-30 Oxford White & OC-65 Chantilly Lace

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Golden Lights, Golden Nights

A favourite lighting store of mine, Pine Lighting, had the following lighting on display, the last time I went in. I would love to use these fixtures in a new home………

I have a weakness for light fixtures, and a weakness for gold and sparkle too, in the right setting. Matte gold finishes are quietly working their way back into fashion and I am delighted about it. This finish is nothing like the artificial brass opted for in the 80s and early 90s. (I have seen more than a few people shudder at the mention of that 80s look.)

This new finish is looks warm and worn, more subdued than brass. I have seen the new gold  working with organic subject matter and surfaces, like the branches in the light fixtures below.

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Maxim Lighting -Manchester 6-Light Pendant

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Maxim Lighting -Manchester 3-Light Semi-Flush

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Golden Lighting Autumn Twilight Series

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Golden Lighting – Autumn Twilight Series

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Blue Christmas

No one is fonder of a cream, silver and gold-decorated Christmas living room, than I, but sometimes it can be good to change the traditional up a bit and challenge the eye. I have worked with other non-traditional colour palates previous years, in decorating my own space for the holidays. I change things up a little from year to year for my own sake. Some years my eye craves something out of my usual comfort zone, as winter and the darker days settle in.

Not at all intentional, but I seem to have a selection of blue Christmas vignettes  to show this year.

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Benjamin Moore Smoke 2122-40, one of the best pale blues I have found for north-facing rooms.

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Benjamin Moore Overcoat CC-544 – can appear more grey than blue sometimes but the pink accessories in this vignette at The Cross Design really bring out the blue here

This window display has Benjamin Moore Flint Af-560 on the back wall. The pops of orange emphasize the blue.IMG_2128

Tables in a new Benjamin Moore product Vintage Chalk paint. More about that at a later date. Colour CC-40


Marsala Pantone Colour of the Year for 2015

Every autumn, a number of us colour lovers wait in anticipation to see what Pantone will declare as  the next colour of the year. What they choose is meant to be a predictor of all things involving colour – from nail polish to textiles. The selected colour is representative of a range, or a feel of a colour.

Marsala in reality, is a sweet fortified wine which ranges in colour from claret to a tawny brown. The colour, and its berry/wine/brick relatives, have been making a reappearance in  the world of fashion and beauty in the last 18 months so it is not a great surprise to find it in decor now, especially in the winter months.

With greys still so popular, marsala inspired colours would be perfect for adding a touch of warmth to a room. Cushions on a grey sofa or towels in a grey bathroom, they would be a welcome contrast, nestled into a cooler palette.

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Here are a few examples of marsala/wine/berry toned accessories from Urban Barn, – (local for me and affordable for many):

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