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.
Benjamin Moore Smoke 2122-40, one of the best pale blues I have found for north-facing rooms.
This window display has Benjamin Moore Flint Af-560 on the back wall. The pops of orange emphasise the blue.
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 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.
Here are a few examples of marsala/wine/berry toned accessories from Urban Barn, – (local for me and affordable for many):
I cannot go any further into late autumn without mentioning ornamental owls and accessories. They were everywhere last winter, and was advised on at least one occasion that “owls are very in this year”. Well they are still around for this winter.
Below are a sampling of owls, including one of the most popular light gray paint colours at the moment.
Then we have Parliament Interiors, located in Gastown, Vancouver. Not only are they quite partial to stocking a few owl-centric items, they have the real birds in at least once a year for a visit from O.W.L.
I came across these tiles at Tierra Sol in Burnaby a few weeks ago, when working on a completely different project. Cementine tiles look very much like salvaged treasure from an old villa, located somewhere exquisite in Europe. Made by Fioranese in Italy, Cementine tiles would be perfect for a farmhouse kitchen, a conservatory/sunroom, or perhaps wall tiles on a focal wall in a foyer. They are available in several colour ways but would also look good if mixed randomly.
Bella Notte Linens
These are the most beautiful of linens. Made primarily from organic cotton and hemp, their overall look manages to combine sumptous elegance with casual ease. The textiles are so soft: each piece is garment dyed. If the look of relaxed, slightly rumpled linen, with trims of lace and velvet, appeals to to you, then do consider adding one or two pieces to your bedding. The prices are not inexpensive so a couple of cushion covers or a throw may be all you want to start off with. This bedding can be added to over the years. Bella Notte’s linens are made in the Bay area of San Francisco. I understand the lace is imported from Belgium(?)