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INTERIOR DESIGNERS TOP 5 WHITE PAINT COLOURS

We love white for so many reasons, mainly because it allows other colours within a space to pop!

These are a few things to consider when selecting the perfect white for your home

  • what type of lighting do you have in your space - primarily natural or artificial
  • the existing pieces that are in your home
  • the undertones of the white that you are selecting
  • what sheen level you want 

 

THE TRUEST WHITE

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65

In both natural and artificial light Chantilly Lace is a very clean pure white.  This colour works beautifully with natural stones such as cararra marble and calacutta which makes it a go to when clients want a crisp classic white bathroom.

Chantilly Lace works perfectly with any sheen level and can be used in modern, traditional and transitional spaces.

 

 

 

THE WARM WHITE

Benjamin Moore Intense White OC-51

This white is many Designers go to warm white.  Intense white has a warmth to it without having too much of a pink or red undertone.  As Designers in Ontario's GTA region we have longer winters and this colour can add the extra warmth to a space that we need so much of the year.

Intense white works well with mixed wood tones and rich saturated colours.  A previous blog shows vibrant artwork being installed on walls painted in OC-51 - A RECENT ART INSTALLATION

 

 

THE BLUE WHITE

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Cool whites can be the perfect pairing in a beach style interior. The subtle blue undertone of gray sky is the perfect backdrop to this type of space.  Layering whites is a great way to bring out the undertones within a colour.  Painting walls with gray sky and trim work in a true white like chantilly lace enhances the  blue undertones in gray sky.

This tone of white in a flat finish paired with natural materials like jute rugs, casual linens and cottons will be sure to leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful.

 

 

 

THE CREAMY WHITE

Benjamin Moore Oxford White CC-30

If you tend toward warm sunny colours then this is your white!  Oxford white has a warm yellow undertone and is beautiful when applied to cabinetry in a pearl finish.  This colour can be used in both modern and traditional spaces.

Some pieces that would work really well with this colour were shown in an older blog.  Saturated yellow accents shown in this blog would be vibrant against Oxford white - YELLOW: INJECTING ENERGY

 

 

 

THE GRAY WHITE

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Grey, in all of its variations, will be around for a while to come and this white is a great option.  Cascade white has the perfect level of colour in it without being overtly grey.  

The wonderful part of a grey a room is you can put either cool tones or warm tones int he space and it always feels right

BEFORE MAKING YOUR FINAL SELECTION WE ALWAYS SUGGEST A PAINT SAMPLE IN YOUR HOME.  LOOK AT THE COLOUR AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY AND NIGHT TO ENSURE YOU HAVE SELECTED JUST WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

 

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GRAFFITI LOVE

 Graffiti has always been prevalent in urban areas and it has now become more acceptable and even respected. 

Many buildings owners have commissioned graffiti artists and have given creative license on the exterior of their establishments.  

When the quality of the graffiti has been elevated above the vandalism style "tagging" it is viewed in a much different light.  

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Although typically graffiti is brightly coloured and high contrast, I find the black and white murals just as amazing, the content of the mural becomes the focus when it is monochromatic.  

Hamilton is now slowly being recognized for some of the beauty that can be found around the city.  Many of the images within this post were taken within the downtown core. 

The city is reinventing itself into an art rich city and the graffiti around town is pulling its weight in the revitalized perception of Hamilton.

 
 

One of the more famous graffiti artist is the UK based Banksy.  The works of Banksy are typically void of bright colours and are thought provoking.  His Palestine wall "floating balloon girl" piece is simple and powerful

The simple message of the ellusive Banksy works are very clear.  His work can be seen all over the world and has some collectors paying upwards of $350,000.00 dollars to own a piece.  

 

Graffiti inspires many people, we count ourselves among this group.  The colour combinations are intended to have passerby notice and, as such, are dynamic and vibrant! We love colour, as we have said many times before, and graffiti rarely disappoints when it comes to colour combinations as the images below show.  Artists have a distinct ability to combine colours within their pieces to maximize the vibrancy.  This is something that as Designers we often do within our spaces.  Colour is such an important part of our design philosophy and provides impact and depth to the schemes that we curate for our clients 

 

 

Graffiti has altered many “canvases” that would otherwise be uninteresting and boring.  It can tell a story and express what is going on in the world.  The end result is an expression of an artist and their opinions or thoughts on current events.  Let us know your thoughts on graffiti, tag us on your social media accounts with graffiti that inspires you around your area.

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A RECENT ART INSTALLATION

For us the finishing touch to any room is artwork!  It plays such an important roll because it is a great opportunity to bring colour, texture and visual interest into a space.  

Artwork is not something that needs to match a colour scheme, we feel it should be the opposite in most cases.  Art that provides a bit of tension to the room is perfect.

FOR THE LOVE OF COLOUR PATTERN AND TEXTURE

For us the more saturated a colour is the better!  We love all colours and try to incorporate as many into our spaces that our clients can handle.  

We use colour in our spaces as high impact accents while keeping the the base relatively neutral yet still textural 

 
 

Pattern plays a huge role in our design.  We often use organic patterns like these with their soft lines and bold colours.   The scale of the patterns we mix also is vitally important to the overall appearance

The texture and pattern of these velvet's, weaves and prints by Robert Allen are perfect for adding interest into a space

 
 
 
 

The unexpected whimsy of Robert Allen's Plume Redux fabric in colour persimmon is the quirky element that we love in a space, especially when mixed with luxe velvets and the perfect stripe!

LIGHT UP MY LIFE: SCULPTURAL LIGHTING

 

Lighting is one of the most important, and perhaps most often overlooked, elements of an interior space. It is well documented that lighting has the power to affect our mood and productivity while creating a visual experience. We think decorative light fixtures are a great way to add drama and personality to a room. Sculptural lighting gives the benefit of function while adding beauty through an artful statement. Here are some of our favorite examples. Who wouldn't be thrilled to replace their boob lights with any one of these beauties!! Disclaimer: budget is never considered when writing a blog post if you know what we mean ;)

 

THE POWER OF COLOUR

 

We feel that colour is the most important tool that we have in the design world.  Even with an entirely neutral envelope a room, home or building can be instantly changed with a pop of colour.

 

These buildings would a be a lot less interesting - dare we even say boring - if it were not for the saturated hits of colour!

 

These JuJu hats offer vibrant punches of colour and loads of texture into any space.  This is a perfect example of an item that can instantly add colour to a room without having to commit to painting your walls or invest in a colourful sofa

 

The variety of greens in this focal wall adds so much punch in this room that is otherwise neutral space designed by Matt Gibson Architect + Design

 

This nursery is a great example of how using small hits of colour can be so impactful.    With adding small pops of colour the bright airiness of  this nursery really shines through.  This nursery belongs to Joanna Venditti, a wonderful colleague of ours, who is a Designer, artist, blogger and amazingly a Mom of four.   

 

WILD ABOUT WATERCOLOUR

 
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Watercolour fabrics and wallcoverings have been growing in popularity for the past few years and we think this trend has some serious staying power. Bold yet soft, with tones ranging from vibrant and saturated to soft and subdued, these prints are classic and beautiful. 

Black Crow Studios creates stunning wall installations that pair equally well in a modern, minimal space as they do in a more traditional and ornate room. If you like this idea in a smaller concentration check out their toss cushions; click on the images at the bottom of this post. These would act as art in your home and at the same time provide functional comfort!

We have been seeing a lot more art in the form of area rugs recently and think this is a great way to invest in something unique for your space. These wool and silk rugs from Surya would pair perfectly with soft, neutral furnishings in various textures.

Rethink Design Studio has opted for floor to ceiling wall panels of muted watercolour trees in lieu of traditional framed art with fantastic results. The muted greys are subdued but still provide a great impact in the space. Sean Johnson has used a more traditional approach; a large-scale painting in multi-coloured hues is a bold focal point in an elegant, neutral living room.  

Watercolour prints were even on the Spring/Summer 2015  runways of Chanel. The softness of the lines is great in contrast with the classic tweeds. We are incorporating some hits of watercolour into the home of one of our clients; stay tuned in the coming weeks, we will be sharing the results right here!

Let us know what you think in the comments below! Are you Wild About Watercolour too?

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WALLPAPER - ART WITHIN OUR SPACE

 
 
 

Wallpaper has been used for centuries but recently has seen a huge resurgence in the design world and this is something that we could not be happier about!!  This beautiful bold and graphic wallpaper of Twisting Tulips is a perfect example of what the combination of art and wallpaper looks like.  This paper provides huge impact in a room although, not everyone may be willing to go as bold as this.

 

 

 

 

 

This chevron grass cloth paper by the amazing Phillip Jeffries  is what we would be suggesting to our clients if a bold print is not an option.  This grass cloth brings in texture, pattern and the feeling of a menswear inspired space.

 
 
 

We love this pattern on the beautiful wallpaper from Graham and Brown and how it is classic and modern all at the same time.  This paper would be fantastic in a dining room paired with a simple chandelier as well as a this amazing brass, glass and lucite dining table we recently sourced at The Art Shoppe.

 
 
 

This stunning wallpaper from Calico Wallpaper is the perfect solution to creating a nursery that will grow with your baby.  We truly feel that designing for a child as they grow is imperative so we create nurseries that do not need to be reworked as your baby ages.  We do this by using elements such as the Aurora Collection papers that are handcrafted and really are pieces of artwork within your space.

We love it when our clients say YES to adding in such amazing wallpapers!

 
 

SUMMERTIME....AND THE OUTDOOR LIVING IS GROOVY

Summer is almost (officially) here and, as anyone living in a place that experiences harsh winters knows, it is a highly coveted season that involves spending as much time outside as possible! Whether your outdoor space is a large, private yard, a tiny balcony, a public park or anything in between this is the place for bright colour and bold graphic patterns. It's a short season so have fun with it!

We spotted this mod patio in Elle Decor Espana and have been daydreaming about lounging here ever since. Located on the Aquitaine Coast of France and decked out (had to) in bright design classics this place is seriously beautiful.  

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Here is a little grouping we sourced out on 1stDibs that could easily hang out in this scene. Above, a shiny, candy red planter adds a pop of bright. To the left, an amazing set of chrome Verner Panton chairs and below, a yellow metal planter stand that would be perfect for mint plants (because you know how invasive mint is yet how essential it is to anyone with a love for a cold Mojito on a hot day).

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This gorgeous rooftop patio looks out onto the city of Madrid and serves as a hip lounge for fashion designer Miguel Palacio. We love the mixing of patterns here and could see the Huron Chair from West Elm and this fun striped pouf from Dash & Albert added to the mix.

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Here are a few more cool outdoor accessories we love (from the left); fun picnic blankets by Twine in retro colours and patterns, ceramic and leather hanging planter by Farrah Sit for Anthropologie, Sunbrella outdoor fabric, Braided Pouf by Fresh American and Robert Allen Outdoor Fabric.

When it comes to outdoor spaces we think you can be as bold as you like. Don't hold back and have fun with it. Happy Summer!

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SIDE TABLES - A MIX AND MATCH GAME

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As Designers we strive to have the spaces we curate feel effortless, comfortable and reflective of our clients personal style.  The way we achieve this is by striking the perfect balance between scale, proportion, texture, colour and materials.  By mixing materials, finishes and shapes we combine a collection of pieces that are functional and beautiful.

 

 

 

Accent tables can and should be looked at as a sculptural element within a space.  This AXEL table that we recently found at Cocoon Furnishings while on a sourcing mission for a client fits that bill perfectly.  The lucite and glass elements would integrate perfectly into a modern aesthetic while the brass element also lends itself to a transitional environment as well.

 
 

We love this combination of tables and the mix of shapes, materials and metals and how easily this combination could fit into any number of spaces.  The geometric lines of all three tables allow them to feel harmonious together and the mixture of warm and cooler metals is a reflection of breaking the old rule of "never mix metals".  We love mixing metals as it allows for a more eclectic vibe throughout a home and the ability to combine old and new.  The volume of these three pieces are important in how they work - they strike a balance of visual weight that is a key factor in items working together to feel effortless.

YELLOW: INJECTING ENERGY

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One of the first signs that spring has begun is the arrival of the Daffodils and Tulips. Their bright yellow hue lifts up winter-weary spirits and prepares for warm spring days to come. Injecting this colour in small hits around your home can bring energy to your living space all through the year. Go full-saturation bold for maximum impact!

 
 
 
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The Cosy hanging lantern from The Urban Electric Co. is an absolute favorite of ours! With the perfect balance of classical and modern we can't wait to use it in a space.

 
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The Pawn Stool from Gus Modern is a super flexible piece that is part stool, part side table, all while acting as a colourful sculpture.

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These vintage chairs, found on 1stDibs, would add whimsy and fun to a room. We love them!

 
 
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This gorgeous Parisian home demonstrates the power of yellow to perfection. Designer Juan Poggi has balanced an architecturally classical space in neutral gray tones with bright yellow chairs. The result is beautiful!