Many Canadian homes are graced with subtle hues in the neutral palette range, when it comes to interiors and the colours selected for their walls. This can often be attributed to Canadian architecture and the northern light, which play a part affecting our colour decisions. Neutrals also lend sereneness to a space, along with a level of sophistication.
Despite our love for neutrals, a key rule of thumb when designing an interior space is to select wall colours after purchasing major investment pieces, such as upholstered goods like sofas and case goods (i.e. a dining room table, or headboard). Ideally, a major purchase such as a sofa should be selected in a neutral colour so that it stands the test of time. It often seems so enticing to purchase a vibrant colour, such as a tomatoe red or a grape green sofa for instant drama, but you have to ask yourself, is this a wise investment, especially if you have purchased a quality sofa which should last for years to come. So, for those foundation pieces, think . . . charcoal grey, coffee, mushroom, linen, natural leather and the like. You won’t be disappointed. Then, think colour! A neutral foundation will let you experiment with colour, with small hits or all out drama.
So, you might ask, where is the colour? Yes, the space is neutral, overall, but note the window wall which draws your eye to the geometrical window panes and grilles. The grilles are painted out in a dramatic hue (Behr Intellectual) which punctuates the window wall adding a layer of interest and dimension. The floral arrangement brings natural colour into the space, which could also be introduced with paint in Behr’s Green Energy. The possibilities are endless in this room because the neutral foundation lets you experiment with virtually any other hue.
Using your imagination, consider taking the paneled wall to new heights with a strong shot of colour, such as Behr’s Hampton Surf or Ocean Abyss. These watery tones contrast with the leather chair and copper bowls, which sit on opposite sides of the colour spectrum, and when paired together, the colours are intensified. For a subtler tone, try a golden touch with Behr’s Glittering Sun.
A modern aesthetic is the perfect venue for vibrant colour, such as shown here with Behr’s Fresh Apple flanking Cameo White. Alternatively, Torch Red would suit this spacious zone equally well.
Note the vibes each space evokes with the injection of a different colour. A shot of colour goes a long way, whether introduced through accent cushions, patterned area rugs, bedding or on the walls. Neutral investment pieces let you easily change up the way in which your space reads. So, go ahead and enjoy!
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