2015 paint colour trends
The biggest names in paint share the colour trends that will dominate Canadian homes in 2015.
Paint has long been touted as one of the easiest ways to update a space, from treating the walls to a fresh coat in a new hue to giving an old piece of furniture a new lease on life with a few strokes. Just pop that can open, and voila – in a few hours, your home can be transformed into an entirely new space. This year, paint companies are all about promoting serenity and calm, introducing colours that provide an escape from the stresses and hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Read on for the hottest palettes gracing Canadian homes in 2015 from the biggest names in paint, like homegrown masters CIL to across-the-pond traditionalists Farrow & Ball and environmentally friendly local paint manufacturers Homestead House. Icy blues, vibrant teals, pale greens and even spicy yellows – colour is on the horizon for 2015 paint trends in a major way.
North American favourite Benjamin Moore announced Guilford Green as their Colour of the Year for 2015, a stunning silvery green that complements both modern and traditional styles seamlessly. "Homeowners are ready to experiment with colour and are more confident with making unique design choices for the home," says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with colour schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.” Where to use this colour Versatile in nature, Guilford Green can be used in a number of rooms in the house, but also on a number of surfaces. “We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Colour of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” says Ellen. “When used on a ceiling or trim against a more saturated colour like in the photo shown here, it reads almost white, so it’s really a fresh approach to neutrals in the home.” Guilford Green HC-116, Benjamin Moore
For 2015, classic British paint company Farrow & Ball chose to highlight colours that offer up a sanctuary from the stresses of modern day living, like Light Blue. A soft blue with a silvery quality, Light Blue is intended to create an interior where colours shift and change like the landscape, transforming the home into a serene and calming space. Where to use this colour Combined with cool greys like Blackened and Lamp Room Gray, Light Blue works well in kitchens and bathrooms to give these spaces a feeling of relaxed movement. Pair with chrome and white accessoriesto get the most impact out of this icy blue. Light Blue No. 22, Farrow & Ball
PARA’s colour of the year is the rich, celestial navy blue Spectrolite (shown here on the wall next to the fireplace). Radiating feelings of serenity and clarity, Spectrolite’s deep hue is inspired by the universe and its powerful, awe-inspiring colours. Where to use this colour Bold and dramatic, Spectrolite would look great as an accent colour on the front dooror an interior wall, juxtaposed against softer, more neutral colours like PARA’s delicate off-white Princess Cut (PPF57). Because of its dark, serene hue, consider Spectrolite for a space used to relax and unwind, like the den or bedroom. Spectrolite PF73, PARA Paints
This year, yellows take a turn away from the softer tones of 2014 and move towards bolder and more dramatic hues, like CIL’s Curry Spice. “This standout shade works wonderfully as a unique hit of colour to liven up a room, especially when combined with grey, white and soft blue,” says Susan Forint, CIL Colour & Design Expert. Where to use this colour “Curry Spice is fabulous as an accent colour on a feature wall or on a single piece of furniture, such as a sideboard in a family room, a dining tablein a kitchen or on a nightstand or in a child’s room,” says Susan. Curry Spice 45YY 62/805* DL19, CIL
From the Deep Dreams palette of Behr’s 2015 Colour Trends comes Essential Teal, a vibrant and profound green-blue in a rich jewel tone. “Essential Teal expands on the turquoises and aquas we have seen in recent years,” says Erika Woelfel, Behr Paints Director of Colour. “This dark peacock blue works well with gray and brown neutrals, and accents like fuchsia, purple or yellow.” Where to use this colour “Essential Teal can transform a bedroom into a dreamy and energetic landscape,” says Erika. “When used on a wall, whether it’s as a feature or all-over colour, it contrasts well with clean white trim and dark brown furniture.” Essential Teal T15-3, Behr
Techies by day need a retreat at night, and Sico’s colour trends for the year create a calm, serene environment and much-needed respite from our busy lives. The soft, washed-out Intrepid Blue provides a welcome balance to the energetic colours of 2015 and is associated with minimalistic styling, clean lines and simplicity. Where to use this colour “Tranquil and grounded in nature, Intrepid Blue would be best used in the bedroom or bathroom, providing a calm, serene environment and much needed retreat from busy days,” says Mylene Gevry, marketing manger for Sico. Intrepid Blue 6022-31, Sico Paint
Canadian paint brand Homestead House Paint Co. offers up a number of beautiful colourways for furniture makeovers, and their trendiest for 2015 is Inglenook, a blue grey from their environmentally-friendly, 100% acrylic Fusion line. Named after a recess in the wall near the fireplace where families would have a settee or dining table, Inglenook is meant to evoke the feeling of warmth and coziness that comes from the small “nook” close to the fire. “It pairs well with white and neutral linens, but can also provide an interesting contrast against charcoal grey and deep, rich blues and browns,” says Jennylyn Pringle, manager of Homestead House Paint Co. Where to use this colour “Inglenook works well in a bathroom or kitchen where it can be used on the cabinetry or accent furniture,” says Jennylyn. “Pair it with a Carrera marble countertopfor an elegant, sophisticated look. It adds a touch of modern farmhouse that fits in with the city or country.” Inglenook, Homestead House Paint Co.
As part of Style at Home’s Country Colour Collectionwith Beauti-Tone, Junction is a casual classic colour that fits your home as perfectly as your favourite pair of jeans fit your body. This deep denim is a member of the ‘York’ palette, a combination of blues, beiges and taupes reminiscent of the large Tudor Revival homes in Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods. Where to use this colour Try using Junction on the walls of a hallway or a dining room, accented against wainscoting painted in Beauti-Tone’s Kingsway, a warm neutral. Junction FD094-4, Beauti-Tone, available at homehardware.ca
Drab kitchen goes bold in black and white
A Toronto couple with a shared vision cooks up an ambitious renovation plan for their outdated kitchen and backyard.
They say a renovation can lead to a separation, but that couldn’t be further from the truth for this Toronto couple. “We agree on absolutely everything design-wise,” says Melissa Evans-Lee, marketing director of Bayview Village Shopping Centre, about her media CEO hubby, John Lee. “Sometimes I think we share a brain.” The pair’s united vision for the three-bedroom Victorian fixer-upper they purchased in the city’s west end in 2006 was clear – and ambitious.
Over the course of a decade, every room was redone, but it all began with the kitchen, a priority for these foodies and skilled home chefs. A total gut job liberated the 135-square-foot pass-through cooking space from its decrepit pale yellow-painted wooden cabinetry, dark green linoleum flooring and outdated basic appliances. The original window and radiator were left intact, lending old-world character to newly installed budget-friendly modern finishes in white. Oh, and the walls were painted black. When asked about the bold choice, Melissa laughs. “Is it? We didn’t get the memo,” adding that nearly every wall in the house was painted a dark colour, from charcoal to navy. Black also spills out to the backyard for an extra dose of drama.
Thanks to a generous helping of black paint and a good dose of stainless steel, Melissa Evans-Lee and John Lee’s Toronto kitchen oozes sophistication. Tidy open storage and the large original window mask its modest proportions.
“I’m a very visual person, so I like to have everything on display,” says Melissa with regard to the plenitude of open storage. But she does admit that keeping everything orderly requires a certain personality type (“Can you say OCD?” she says with a laugh). Everyday dishes and oft-used ingredients are kept in sight on floating shelves and in the island’s open base, while overflow is hidden away in a small pantry. Black and white accessories throughout look fancy and offer function.
“I think saying dark walls make a room feel dim or small is a complete fallacy,” says Melissa. “Black adds something really amazing to the mix: drama.” Case in point is this group of picture ledges she uses to display her best-loved cookbooks, which rivals some of the most affecting art walls.
Potted herbs enliven the kitchen’s dramatic black and white scheme and also add a nature-inspired feel that helps create a connection between the indoors and out.
Whether dining on buffet-style tacos or a four-course meal, guests enjoy interior-calibre comfort on vintage Bertoia chairs and the newly built-in banquette, which Melissa cleverly cushioned using dog beds and indoor toss cushions. “Everything is movable,” she says. “These chairs can easily go in the dining room, the toss cushions in the den.”
Choice furnishings and accessories (in a chic black and white scheme that matches the interior) create an integrated outdoor dining space – “it’s oven to patio table in about five steps,” says Melissa – that plays host to dinners à deux and mingling guests alike.
Tucked into a corner of the backyard, this stone patio outfitted with vintage metal seating and a hand-me-down coffee table is a serene spot for lazing around with a book under the pleasant shade of two mature trees. Low-maintenance potted ferns add fluffy texture.
Take your bathroom from drab to fab with these easy decorating ideas!
Bathroom and kitchen renovations are known to give homeowners the biggest returns on their investment when they sell. But whether you’re doing a big renovation or just looking for ways to update your current bathroom and whether you intend to sell or not, these ideas for beautifying your bathroom will pay big returns in your overall satisfaction with your home. And you don’t have to have a $50,000 budget to do it. These affordable upgrades will add some serious style to your home without breaking the bank!
Renewal Divinity Small Mirror
What a difference something as simple as a mirror can make. The right one can transform the look of your bathroom and give it an updated, more stylish feel in an instant. The frame is made from hammered aluminum combined with beveled glass and can be hung vertically or horizontally, depending on your preference and the shape of the space you’re working in. Renewal Divinity Small Mirror, Wayfair, $380.46.
Flush Mount Bathroom Lighting Fixture
When renovating, it’s important to consider your lighting options for the type of space you have. So before you head to the lighting store, figure out whether it’d be best to go with flush mount, track lighting or sconces. No matter what you choose, illuminate your bathroom with a stunning light fixture that ties your bathroom’s whole look together and adds an appealing amount of sparkle and shine! Boasting a shiny chrome finish and a laser-cut inspired design on the lamp shade, this flush mounted lighting fixture will bring effortless elegance to your bathroom and is a simple way to take the look of the entire space from drab to fab! Flush Mount Bathroom Lighting Fixture, Multi Luminaire, $349.
Aroura Tile White and Gold Wallpaper
If you’ve always loved the look of wallpaper but have shied away from using it in the bathroom, it’s time to reconsider. Wallpaper has come a long way and today, there are lots of options on the market, many of which are suitable for moisture-rich environments. This gorgeous wallpaper has a mosaic pattern that mimics the look of tile and has a washable finish for easy clean-up. Aroura Tile White and Gold Wallpaper, Graham & Brown, $50/roll.
Metro Basket Weave White and Cobalt Porcelain Mosaic Tile
Flip through the pages of your favourite design magazine and you’re sure to see plenty of bathrooms boasting this contrasting basket weave tile to dramatic effect. Get the look for yourself with these tiles – but may we suggest opting for the white and cobalt colour combo as a subtle alternative to black and white? The rich cobalt will add a decidedly chic and unexpected look to your bathroom. Metro Basket Weave White and Cobalt Porcelain Mosaic Tile, Home Depot, $7.98 each.
Gleaming Brass Bath Collection
Upping the style quotient in your bathroom doesn’t get any easier than this! Swap out your existing vanity vessels for these truly chic options. The full set includes a soap dispenser, tumbler and tray, all in a beautiful brass finish. Gleaming Brass Bath Collection, Anthropologie, $22-$36.
Dot Medallion Shower Curtain
Looking for a quick and easy bathroom update that won’t break the bank? How about a new shower curtain? This 100% cotton curtain is made in India and features a modern medallion motif in a soothing colour palette of watercolour inspired shades of blue and grey. With this one simple addition to your bathroom, you’ll add an air of tranquility that will turn your bathroom into the oasis you always dreamed of. Dot Medallion Shower Curtain, West Elm, $29.99.
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