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How to: Create accent walls
Looking to create an impact in your space? For an easy and inexpensive way to add a bit of drama to any room, consider creating a feature wall with an accent paint colour. Perfect for highlighting a focal point such as a fireplace or shelving unit, an accent wall commands the eye’s attention.
We checked in with five paint companies to get expert advice on where to feature an accent wall and what colour combinations pair well together.
Photography courtesy of Benjamin Moore
Go dark for drama
Using a vibrant colour on an accent wall is bold, but if you want a touch of drama in your space, go for a dark navy, charcoal or even black. A dark colour looks great against surrounding light walls and crates a space around a room’s focal point, like the fireplace in the photo above.
"When we choose the colours for a room, we try to use a dark colour to add drama,” says Benjamin Moore colour and style expert Sophie Bergeron. “In this case, black and blue walls work well together to add both drama and a sense of airiness. The blue (Gossamer Blue 2123-40) is very fresh and light while the black (Black Satin 2131-10) sets the tone for a more modern setting."
Photography by Stacey Brandford
Switch it up with colour blocking
Not all accent walls have to be a solid hue – get creative with colour blocking by adding a striped wall or a graphic pattern.
“These stripes feature the room’s soft hue alternating with an energetic pop of colour,” says Bev Bell, Beauti-Tone colour expert. “The combination creates a dramatic accent wall with a more cohesive and harmonious feel than if the wall was painted one solid accent colour.”
Photography courtesy of Farrow & Ball
Try a custom wallpaper
For an accent wall with a bit more character, try a graphic wallpaper pattern. Some paint companies like Farrow & Ball custom make their papers using their own paint colours, so you can co-ordinate with the surrounding walls in the room.
“The accent wall has encouraged a more adventurous approach to decorating, providing an opportunity to indulge in colour and pattern without the commitment of covering a whole room,” says Sarah Cole, Director at Farrow & Ball. “Try one of Farrow & Ball’s traditional damask paper designs such as Silvergate or St. Antoine in a contemporary colourway for a modern twist on a classic pattern. For a more contemporary design, try Lotus or Bamboo (shown above) for a really striking accent.”
Photography courtesy of PARA Paints
Use an accent wall to define a living space
Accent colours are great for creating a defined area in a multi-functional space (think open-concept loft or studio apartment). Paint a little nook to create a home office or an inset wall to define your sleeping space like in the image above.
“This bright, bold accent colour (Fresh Berries’ P5079-63) directs the eye to the main focus of the room – the bed,” says PARA Paints Senior Brand Manager Garry Belfall. “Used as a vibrant contrast to the more neutral base colour (Every Girl’s Dream’ P5219-14) as seen on the other walls, Fresh Berries perfectly complements this room and creates a bold, beach-themed oasis where you can escape from reality.”
Photography courtesy of CIL
Add a pop of colour to a black and white room.
Add some life to a neutral room with a bold colour that commands attention. Black-and-white is a timeless colour combination, but adding a vibrant hue gives it a modern edge.
“Cinnabar 50YR 32/460 from CIL is a trendy orange that, when paired with stark white and a graphic black-and white-print, is super modern,” says Alison Goodman, CIL Brand Manager. “When you’re dealing with a predominantly black-and-white colour scheme, a feature wall and its splash of colour is a must-have.”
6 stylish coffee table books worthy of display
Perfect design and decor reads that are so chic they should be on display.
If you love being surrounded by books, there’s no need to tuck them away on bookshelves where they’ll just collect dust. Instead, bring them to the forefront of your home and give them a chance to shine! We’ve rounded up six super chic coffee table books that we love as much for the content of their pages as for the stylish covers that make them design accents in their own right.
If you’re a design enthusiast, you will adore this book, which will provide you with the expertise you need to turn your home into a magazine-worthy space. Filled with tips on how to edit your space down to the things you truly love, how to arrange a vignette and how to creatively breathe new life into old pieces, designer Emily Henderson provides a game plan for creating a space that’s luxurious but livable – and all without breaking the bank. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves, Amazon.ca, $36.61. By Emily Henderson, Potter Style
This beautiful book features tours of 35 homes from around the world and offers up invaluable tips on how to carefully curate a home with things you love and how to make your home more beautiful and restful in a way that’s true to who you are. The Kinfolk Home, Anthropologie, $35. By Nathan Williams, Artisan Publishers
A known arbiter of style, Garance Dore has been delighting readers on her eponymous blog for years. In her much-anticipated and newly released book Love Style Life, Garance shares her wit and wisdom on everything from forward-thinking fashion to creating a life you love. Blending her stunning photography and illustrations throughout the pages of this book, it’s a visual delight you won’t want to put down. Love Style Life, Amazon.ca, $24.45. By Garance Dore, Spiegel & Grau
Anglophiles, rejoice! Celebrated designer and tastemaker Alice Temperley’s book True British is the definitive guide to her iconic indie-bohemian style. Inside its pages, you’ll find delightful illustrations alongside photos of fabulous celeb soirees, as well as an up close look at her own designs and the pieces in her collections that have become iconic. Not only is this book a design lover’s treat on the inside, but the outer cover makes it an exceptional piece to display on your coffee table. True British, Anthropologie, $65. By Alice Temperley, Rizzoli
We all know how chaotic clutter can be but in her acclaimed book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, organizing expert Marie Kondo delivers her no-fail formula for ditching disorder and making way for a tidier, more peaceful environment at home. Keep this book out on your coffee table for ongoing inspiration and a reminder that living orderly can mean living beautifully. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Amazon.ca, $15. By Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press
Drawing on her own personal experiences in the interior design business, Erin Gates’ book Elements of Style is an essential guidebook for designing your space and turning your house into a home. Inside the pages of this beautiful book, you’ll find gorgeous illustrations and professional photography that showcase Erin’s own personal style along with her tips for achieving a style that’s totally personal and unique to you. Elements of Style, Indigo, $31.50. By Erin Gates, Simon & Schuster
Transform your outdoor living space and enjoy it all summer long.
Inspiration from the trendiest terraces to the prettiest patios.
Now that the winter has gone into hibernation, Canadians across the nation can look forward to those precious sunny months of backyard BBQs and pool parties. And with the growing number of weather-proof fabrics and outdoor furniture options on the market, it’s easier than ever to transform your backyard, balcony, front porch or even rooftop into an open-air living and dining space. City-dwellers and suburbanites alike are finding savvy ways to create outdoor living spaces that mirror their interiors, blurring the lines between indoors and out.
So grab your sunnies and an ice cold cocktail! These 10 inspiring spaces will have you dreaming of ways to take your outdoor space from nothing more than ordinary to open-air oasis.
If your backyard is blessed with natural foliage, focus on working with the existing landscape instead of tearing it all up. This Vancouver homestead kept the canopy of cedars that lined the property and filled in with hostas and ferns to create a quiet jungle retreat in the city.
Wish there wasn’t a division between your cooking space and outdoor dining area? Install a wall of folding doors that seamlessly join the kitchen with the back deck. Continue the colour palette from the house for a streamlined, open-concept entertaining space.
If your kitchen design won’t allow for an open concept look, create a cooking space outside so you can entertain guests whilst preparing the food. A built-in barbecue with cabinets, a wine fridge and work surface mean you never have to feel separate from guests.
The front porch is often overlooked as an outdoor living space because of its proximity to the street. Maintain privacy with curtains or tall shrubs and create a cozy lounge space with wicker furniture, rugs underfoot and candles for mood lighting– the perfect spot for a morning cup of joe or for a summer night cap under the stars.
A well-designed outdoor living space means being able to enjoy it regardless of the season’s unpredictable weather changes. Install a retractable awning over your deck or terrace so that you can dine alfresco whether there’s blazing midday sun or a summer rain shower.
City-dwellers know that being centrally located comes with a few sacrifices, one of which is giving up a large backyard space. But don’t despair – many urban buildings have flat roofs that can be converted to a party-perfect rooftop terrace. Build privacy with hedges around the perimeter and strap the floors with wood to add some warmth and texture like this modern Toronto terrace.
There’s nothing worse than a poorly designed outdoor living space that blocks out an incredible landscape. The glass railing on this wrap-around deck in Bowen Island allows for an unobstructed view overlooking the ocean.
Sprawling suburban homesteads aren’t the only ones with the opportunity to build an amazing outdoor space. This Toronto condo-owner took a teeny 104 sq. ft. balcony and turned it into an urban oasis with click-and-lock deck flooring, modular lounge seating and colourful throw cushions in weather-resistant fabric.
Design an outdoor living space that reflects the style and personality of your home’s interior. This eclectic back patio uses more than just furniture to arrange a comfortable lounge space – a painted fence and vintage mirror give the feeling of surrounding walls whilst the Buddha head and drum stool add some character.
Look no further than your own backyard to create a luxurious poolside escape. Create privacy for your sanctuary in the sun with tall, lush trees in place of fencing, and for a true Palm Springs style, opt for minimalist design with primary colours that pop against the limestone foundation.
Don't be afraid to add a layered look to your home decor.
Add interest and style to your space by layering your favourite decor accessories.
Layering can help add a homey feel to your space, making it both cozy and inviting. Perfect for those colder months (where much of your time is spent indoors), this decor trend will help showcase your favourite pieces while creating a warm and welcoming environment.
We've put together some of our favourite examples of layering from the pages of Style at Home to help inspire you to incorporate this trend into your space.
Credit: Robin Stubbert
1 Cooler Autumn air means it's time to take your duvets out of the closet. Have fun layering your bed with the seasons hottest prints and patterns or add texture with some faux-fur pillows and a quilted throw blanket.
Credit: Monic Richard
2 Instead of marking up your walls, showcase a gorgeous mirror or piece of artwork on top of a sideboard. This curated collection of your favourite decor accessories will instantly add interest to the space and save you any repainting when you feel it's time to switch up your display.
Credit: Robin Stubbert
3 Cozy layers, such as a hide rug atop a wool one and a warm throw on the ottoman, invite lounging and conversation in this living room. It's easy to recreate this look in your own space with just a few new fall accessories.
Credit: Tracey Ayton
4 Layer a large rug over hardwood floors to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. It can also double as a way to incorporate more of your colour scheme into your space.
Credit: Donna Griffith
5 Style a bedside table with all of your favourite items. In this bedroom, a large print is paired with a small lamp, plant and a few books.
Credit: Angus Fergusson
6 If you love the layered look, embrace it! From layered rugs to a styled coffee table and artwork resting on the fireplace mantle, this space isn't shy when it comes to creating a lived-in space.
Credit: Angus Fergusson
7 When space is an issue, use height to your advantage. In this entryway large-scale items were used to set a grand tone while a soft rug gives this entrance its cozy feel.
Credit: Ashley Capp
8 When shelving isn't an option, it's time to get creative! You may be surprised to find even the smallest of spaces will sometimes have room to display a few accessories.
Credit: Stacey Brandford
9 Open shelving is one of the easiest ways to layer your favourite items. Books, artwork, small accessories and even plants. They'll give your space that lived-in feel and best of all, you can change up your displays as many times as you want.