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
You'll love these festive cookies.
Using just three household ingredients you can whip up a batch of traditional Scottish shortbread cookies for the holiday season.
During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, when everyone seems to be reaching for bigger and better, it’s lovely to remember that some things never change.
A traditional Scottish shortbread cookie is one of those things. Pure, simple and oh-so sublime, it needs no adornment to get the message across. Do you see what we see?
1 Preheat the oven to 300°F.
2 In a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. The dough is ready when it holds its shape when squeezed.
3 Separate the dough into four round balls of equal size and roll each into a 1/2" thick 7" disc. Score the top of each disc into eight equal wedges. (Alternatively, press each ball into a metal or wooden shortbread mould dusted with icing sugar and smooth the top with a rolling pin. Remove from the mould before baking.)
4 Bake until the bottoms of the cookies are light gold, 20 to 25 minutes.
5 Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with more superfine sugar while they’re still hot; let the cookies cool on a rack before breaking into wedges to serve.
Makes: 32 wedge cookies
Buying guide: Daybeds
A daybed is a wonderfully versatile piece of furniture to have in your home. Both functional and aesthetically pleasing it can help shape your space, making it more inviting and comfortable. Available for a myriad of price points and made in a variety of styles, a daybed will be a welcome addition to any room of your home. The following five tips will help you choose the best daybed for your space or show you how to make better use of the one you have.
1 The all-purpose daybed
One of the best features of a daybed is its incredible versatility. Placed in a living room, it's the perfect lounging chair for entertaining or cozy evenings and will then make a comfortable sleeping option for overnight guests. It also works wonders in a guest room or lobby area. A daybed is also the ideal piece to accessorize: add a few decorative pillows and a throw by day, and a colourful duvet cover for a good night's sleep.
Photo courtesy of West Elm.
4 Small space perfect
3 Creating spaces
One of the challenges of a large space can be figuring out how to arrange your furniture. A daybed is an easy piece to place and can help solve that issue. Showcase your daybed in the center of your room to act as a divider and create a more intimate feel. A daybed that feels light and open is ideal for that purpose.
Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel.
A bright and welcoming sunroom is spruced up for the holidays.
With the holiday season is upon us, make the most of this month by tackling these tasks.
As the song says, it's the most wonderful time of the year – and it only lasts a few weeks. Avoid seasonal stress by staying organized and having realistic expectations of what you can achieve. To help you make the most of the holiday season, here are 10 things to do this December.
1 Clean out the freezer
It's all too easy to let food accumulate in the freezer – and before long, not only is it too crowded to make room for more, but there are items in the back that should probably be thrown away. Set aside some time to organize your freezer – you may be amazed at what you'll find in there.
2 Make a wreath
Not only is a wreath on the front door inviting, but it really makes a house look like a home. If you've got the time, add a personal touch to your outdoor decor by making your own instead of buying one. And if you're really feeling inspired, make two and give the second to a friend as an early Christmas gift.
3 Get organized for gift wrapping
To save time during the hectic Christmas shopping season, set up a gift-wrapping station in an out-of-the-way spot in your home -- it will make it easy to wrap gifts as you buy them, and you won't be hunting around the house for the scissors, silver ribbon or gift tags. If you haven't got the space for a separate gift-wrapping table, put all your supplies in a couple of wicker baskets in the closet or under the bed for easy access.
4 Decorate the kitchen
Don't limit your holiday accents to the living room and entryway -- think about ways you can bring the spirit of the season into every room, including the kitchen. Try decorating the windowsill with candles and cedar boughs, putting a miniature Christmas tree on a shelf or draping doorways with garlands. For a finishing touch, simmer spices in water on the back of the stove to infuse your home with the comforting scent of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
5 Cook up some appetizers
Get ready for guests – whether expected or impromptu – by preparing a selection of appetizers ahead of time. Just pick recipes that can be made in advance and frozen, and you could have a season's worth of hors d'oeuvres ready in an afternoon.
6 Host a cookie exchange
Rather than devoting hours of free time to baking each of your favourite holiday treats, arrange an exchange with friends and family. Organize it so that each person bakes a different type of cookie, enough to share around with everyone in the group. Don't forget to make a few extras to serve while everyone's exchanging the goods!
7 Hang some mistletoe
The custom of kissing under the mistletoe is said to come from an ancient Scandinavian tradition that when enemies met in the forest under mistletoe, they were to lay down their arms and observe a truce for the following day. Continue the tradition by hanging mistletoe in your home during the holiday season – and spread peace and goodwill among your guests.
8 Donate to the food bank
During this season of feasting, remember those who are less fortunate by bringing non-perishable food items or a monetary donation to your local food bank. Consider offering your time, as well, to help sort donations or perform other necessary tasks.
9 Let in the fresh air
It may be getting chilly outside, but that's no reason to keep the windows locked tight. Shutting up the house lets indoor pollutants accumulate, especially if it's fairly new and therefore airtight. Let in the cool, crisp air of early winter by opening the windows for a few minutes daily – longer if the weather is cooperating – and enjoy the fresh scent of a well-aired home.
10 Make homemade eggnog
Eggnog is so rich and sinfully delicious, it's probably a good thing we don't drink it all year round. So don't settle for nog in a carton – it's easy to make your own, and the results are well worth the time spent.