In case you were wondering (I'm sure you weren't), I changed about 5 times before we got this photo for this article in BC Home & Garden about trends. And because you can't see it, here's what I said:
"Colour is going back to the 50s and the 60s," says colour expert, author and stylist Maria Killam. "We're seeing so much bright colour out there".
Killam singles out cornflower blue has her favourite from this emerging colour palette. Although gray remains a popular pick for walls and furniture, accent colours are getting livelier, which means layering brighter blues over your trendy neutrals.
"The thing to note about these bright colours is that they really work best with a crisp backdrop", says Killam. A cornflower blue, tangerine orange or raspberry accent doesn't sit well in a space filled with warm tones like caramels, golds and browns; it needs the cool compatibility of greys, blacks and whites, she adds.
Despite grey's massive popularity, Killam refers to it as a "debilitating colour" when overused. "People gravitate toward the trendy neutral and they decorate their whole house in it", she says.
Shades of grey come to life when you introduce bright pops of colour, but a few throw pillows or vases aren't enough for a powerful accent like cornflower blue.
"You need to have small, medium and large accents of the same colour", says Killam. She recommends buying several matching picture frames, for example, IKEA's 20 inch square Ribba frames, painting them an accent colour, fitting them with custom mats and then filling them with postcard sized pictures to match. Be playful with your accents by spreading them around your space, because in the end, colour is meant to be fun.
Story by Kristen Hilderman, BC Home & Garden Magazine
Blues are definitely hot! Peacock blue is currently everywhere and every time I suggest it, my clients get excited.
I recently specified this lamp for a clients sitting area in a master bedroom and it was beautiful with toss cushions to match.
Emerald Green, which is a blue based green was Pantone's pick for 2013. I am loving it in this image paired with a bright apple green shade.
Which blue is for you?
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