2019 PAINT COLOURS ARE HERE!

For the coming year, we are longing for the beauty and restorative power of nature and then doing all we can to embrace it. We want to engage with our communities to make things better. Through small acts of kindness, we want to create positive, emotional change. These longings can also be reflected in our decorative choices. Choosing vibrant shades, without being overpowering, demonstrates our ongoing need for creativity and authenticity. These help to create a farmhouse aesthetic.

 

Each year the paint experts look at different industries, including the automotive, electronics and fashion industries, and note trends from around the world. The experts look at what is happening on the fashion runway, in lifestyle choices, in demographics and social trends, to determine about twelve colours which are representative of these trends. In what follows I introduce you to the top four of their choices. 

When you look at this sophisticated grey horse, he exudes glamour and beauty. Let me introduce you to the Benjamin Moore colour of the year, ‘Metropolitan’ AF690 grey. This sophisticated, tasteful, elegant, grey is a nice calm colour to cozy up to for the year ahead.

When you glance at this golden spiced palomino, doesn’t it make you think of honey? Well, Dulux chose ‘Spiced Honey’, 20YY 43/083 as their colour of the year. This versatile shade, filled with warm and inviting tones of amber and rich caramel, signals a positive mood. It reminds us of honey itself. Spiced honey can be soothing and cozy depending on the palette you pair it with.

Here comes my favourite colour from Behr’s colour of the year, ‘blueprint’ S470-5. It symbolizes our desire for positive energy, stability and confidence, both at home and out in the world. This blue will stand the test of time. The possibilities of where to use this colour in your space are endless.

 

 

 

Gorgeous warm terracotta, the colour of ‘cavern clay’ SW7701, is the Sherwin-Williams colour of the year. This colour reminds us of mid-19th century modern style, but with the soul of the southwest, which together creates a desert modern aesthetic. This warm, earthy hue is both casual and refined. It can be the backdrop of a playful, welcoming dining room, or kitchen when paired with bright tiles, warm stone and sculptural greenery. Complementary materials include leather, simple woodgrains and indigenous cacti in contemporary, sleek gardening planters. It’s like bringing the warmth of the outdoors in.

These are the top four colours out of twelve from the paint experts for the coming year! You might be surprised to find how refreshing your space with a fresh coat of paint will re-energize you.

FUN FACT

Did you know, horses have the ability to see colour as a red-green colour-blind human does. They see colours, but have difficulty distinguishing them from other colours within a small spectrum range.

See you on the next post……..

And, as always – we are here to assist you in any way we can with your design projects. Perhaps you just need some visual aids to help jump start your imagination. Feel free to reach out!

– Kathy Russell

Owner, Design Smart Interiors

The Space You Live In: Ideas for a Healthier Interior

As written for Red Scarf Equestrian as their partner for Interior Design. 

As we are settled into the new year now, it might be a good time to think about our interior space. This is especially so given that the weather in most parts of the country is so extremely cold right now. We are so very grateful for our warm interior spaces.

BECAUSE WE DO SPEND SUCH A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME INSIDE, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO CONSIDER THE HEALTH OF THE SPACE WE LIVE IN.

Because we do spend such a significant amount of time inside, it is important for us to consider the health of the space we live in. We can do so from time to time and ask ourselves whether the space that we spend so much time in is as healthy as it can reasonably be?

Consider that even what seems relatively unimportant can be enormous mood-changers for us, and even effect our health. Did you know, for example, that certain design elements in your space can awaken positive and negative feelings? The following are a few items for us to reflect upon when considering our interior spaces.

LIGHT

Is there enough natural light coming in? This can influence your health and well-being. 

We benefit from natural light.  Wherever possible, allow the natural light in, open the blinds and/or curtains. This is especially true over the dark winter months. Allowing a great amount of natural light in can elevate mood. 

AIR QUALITY 

Is the air quality throughout the space good? From time to time we hear how the inside air is so much dirtier than the outside air.

Proper and good air quality through-out your space is important. Ensuring that all vents are cleaned and that furniture is not blocking the air flow in the space helps improve air quality. Ensuring an adequate intake of fresh air from outside is very important too.  

Also consider the chemicals that we use.  Avoid using harsh chemicals for cleaning your space, a lot of them have toxic fumes, that are bad for your health.

ROOM FUNCTION

Each room has a function, so consider that each room’s design and function produce very tangible effects and emotions: think of the kitchen for cooking, the dining room for eating, the office for technology.  

For example, consider the presence of electronics in the bedroom – This space should evoke calmness and should house no digital technologies at all, which includes no TV!

FURNITURE PLACEMENT AND CLUTTER

You want to ensure your lay-out throughout your space has free circulation and clear pathways.  

Look around, is there clutter in places? A cluttered space is a cluttered mind, they say.

SMALL CHANGES … CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO ENSURING A HEALTHY LIVING SPACE.

Your home is your biggest investment, why not make it a healthy and happy space? Small changes like some of the above don’t take much effort, but they can make a big difference to ensuring a healthy space. 

Choosing eco-friendly design ensures a healthier living space. 

I would love to hear what healthy changes you make in your space.

You can read this post over on Red Scarf Equestrian’s website by clicking here.

Creating a Fall Retreat in Your Home

DARE TO DREAM

Do you dream of having that perfect space to escape to within your home? Are you exhausted and wanting to hide somewhere for 20 minutes (or longer!) and chill?

It doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time to create a little cozy nook for just that – to relax and unwind after a hectic day or week. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

CHOOSING YOUR SPACE

Look at your space and locate a corner in a room to create your retreat oasis in. Try and establish it near a window to allow the natural light in, and if you can, a window with a view.

TAKE A MOMENT TO LOOK OUTSIDE AND ENJOY THE NATURAL LIGHT, TREES, WATER, BEAUTIFUL SKY – THIS IS ALL GOOD FOR THE SOUL!

Choose a soft – comfy cozy chair, a small table or ottoman (to place a warm cup of tea on) and a plush pillow or two. Lastly treat yourself to a lovely warm, wool throw. Red Scarf Equestrian has a beautiful selection! 100% wool and affordable.

A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS

Find a few of your favourite things, like photos, books, perhaps an item you brought back from a recent trip – things that make you feel good and make you happy – and place them in the space.

I have a corner in my living room where I enjoy for 15 – 30 minutes on occasion to just relax and unwind. My blue chair, a faux pillow, a wool throw, a cup of tea and a nice outside view where I can just peer out, watch the trees and enjoying the calm and stillness.

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GIVE THANKS

Lastly, use this new retreat space to spend time being grateful. I have chosen the month of October to remind myself of all the things I have to be grateful for. In this fast-paced world we live in – it’s almost essential to take some quiet, reflective time for yourself.

 

WHAT BETTER TIME TO CREATE THIS COZY RETREAT OASIS IN YOUR HOME – A SPACE TO BE REFLECTIVE AND GRATEFUL, THAN THIS THANKSGIVING SEASON?

What are you waiting for? Create your corner oasis and send me some pictures! I would love to see what you’ve created! Do this for yourself – you will be happy you did.