Purple Reign in 2014

For more than a decade, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development in numerous industries such as fashion, home decor, as well as product packaging and graphic design. This year, Radiant Orchid was named it’s Colour of the Year for 2014.

PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2014 - Radiant Orchid 18-3224

According to them, ” Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones”. So what better places to put it then where you look at yourself the most- bedrooms and baths. As always, the colour of the year can be incorporated in many smaller ways that can be changed out if/when you grow tired of it.

You can paint a deeper accent wall behind your bed in one of my favourite Benjamin Moore purples-  Dark Lilac 2070-30 or Purple Lotus 2072-30. Pair it with a neutral like gray, beige or taupe for the the remainder of the walls.

dark lilac      purple lotus

You can also use it in bedding- this striking Marrakesh pattern from Echo Design is a striking mix of neutrals with hits of purple.

Marrakesh pattern by Echo Design

Marrakesh pattern by Echo Design

Why not use a wallpaper in a powder room that has some purple in it? This is an inexpensive yet striking option from Bouclair Home ($29.99 for a double roll).

Wallpaper by Bouclair Home

Wallpaper by Bouclair Home

Or if that’s still too bold, try mixing in some patterned purple towels such as these from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

You can always add it in accessories like pillows, vases and even something unique like these purple metallic wall sculptures also from Bouclair Home ($14.99 for the set).

Purple wall art- Bouclair Home

Purple wall art- Bouclair Home

Lastly, for those of you who are not scared to be a little bolder, purple compliments olive and deeper hunter greens, and is perfect paired with tourquoise, teal and even light yellow.

Happy decorating in 2014 and happy new year to everyone!


Design Highlights for 2012

Happy New Year!  While there certainly is not a shortage of trend lists for the 2012- you can find them everywhere at this time of year… in magazines, TV shows and other blogs :),  I’ve compiled a short (and hopefully sweet!) list of my own favourite ideas and trends you can think to implement in the year ahead.

Black and White: Straight from the runways, it’s making a comeback! Try it as a checkered floor in the hall, as hexagonal tiles in a bath, or in fabrics for chairs or throw pillows.  Here’s an example of a chair I re-upholstered in a damask pattern.

Chair in a Black & White Damask fabric

Soft Watercoloured Wallpaper: The subtle prints add handmade charm to a hall,bedroom or bath; or works to offset edgier looks in furnishings, such as industrial pieces.  Think of a floral sundress worn with combat boots… definitely makes a statement!

Photo taken during Kravet's Designer day

Weathered Kitchens: a reclaimed wood finish balances shiny metals and sleek countertops such as quartz, granite or concrete.  And I love the chalkboard wall!

Photo: VT Wonen
Photo: VT Wonen
Camelback Sofas: The classic sofa style with a signature centre hump is clean and unencumbered by a fussy skirt. Keep the legs straight and sophisticated.

Photo: Gwen sofa by Windsor Smith Home

Bird Themes Everywhere!: In shower curtains, bedding, pillows, on runways and home decor.

Photo: Style at Home

Bedspread fabric: Vintage Plumes by Robert Allen

And if that’s just a tad too much of a good thing, how about a simple pillow?  This one is from Dwell Studio (fabric also available at Robert Allen) and comes in a variety of colours.  It looks fantastic on its own, as it makes quite the statement.

Dwell Studio pillow in Vintage Blossom

Happy Decorating in 2012!