BM 145 Honeybell
The best part of arriving at a tropical destination is how the air smells the minute you walk off the plane. I think you can begin to see why I loved this resort so much when I stayed here around 10 years ago (my last beach vacation).
Famed architect, Javier Sordo Madeleno, created the lines, curves and colour of this resort and it is truly stunning.
Almost nine years ago when the brown trend arrived in Vancouver I watched as every one fell in love with it and started to decorate their entire homes in it. Because I was in the colour business, I was not impressed. In fact the only brown home decor items I bought at the time was a custom, velvet bedskirt and two shams. The shams are now gone and just the bedskirt remains, in the guest room.
Lately, as I drive by commercial buildings in Vancouver that lack any architectural detail, no moldings for example or casings around the windows and see that they have been painted a dull, dark and lifeless gray it makes me feel depressed.
In fact I have decided that I like the gray trend even less than the brown trend because at least brown is warm. As gray only lives in the company of colour, it is dead and lifeless on an exterior without any other colour–not even white woodwork to break it up. Residential is different as usually there is a lot more detail to paint something else other than gray.
A few weeks ago when I found myself in the suburbs driving down a street with nothing but gray commercial buildings I took some photos and wrote a post about it.
Were you all in love? Re-tweeting and liking it on facebook? NO.
BM Suntan Bronze 1217 (I still have to go down and find this periwinkle with my deck)
The posts that I write that are filled with beautiful and colourful photos are the ones you love (the numbers don't lie). We can love a sophisticated gray room but only when there's lots of white or cream or the addition of colour to bring it to life.
So here is my tip of the day. Painting an exterior dark gray will announce that, "This house/building was painted in 2015." (Lighter grays are less trendy.) It's why anyone that hires me for a consult gets that advice from me first. It's the same with brown. If you drive by a brown exterior, you know it was pretty much painted prior to when the gray trend started.
Above photos by Maria Killam
These walls would not nearly as interesting to photograph if they were all the same greeny gray as the wall on the right.
Here I am by the pool, my favourite thing to do on a beach vacation!
Have a great week my lovelies!
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