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.)

 

 

 

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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Old World Look in New Tile

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.

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Gorgeous Bed Linens

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(?)

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