Colour Takes the Gold When It Comes to Home Decor
Colour Takes the Gold When It Comes to Home Decor
Want some gold-medal decorating ideas? Take a cue from the international winter games and bring colours from around the globe into your home. From antique golds, vibrant reds and spicy oranges to jeweled blues, emerald greens and rose-infused violets, this year’s hottest international hues create an ambiance that is out of this world.
Leading Canadian paint brand CIL® paint points to the colours of the Far East, Mediterranean and South America as being among the most popular in home décor this year. “While many people opt for neutral tones as the safest bet, those who go with lively shades of paint often never look back,” said Alison Goldman, brand manager for CIL paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings.
“An event like the international winter games is a wonderful opportunity to see what colours are trending worldwide and get inspiration for home décor ideas,” Goldman added, explaining that transforming a living space can be an economical undertaking. “All you need is a can of paint, a paint brush, and a few accessories to infuse exciting international flavour into any room.”
For a Far East feeling, try incorporating a mixed palette of deep reds, warm browns, rustic oranges and golden yellows, both on the walls and through furnishings. A red accent wall in the dining room, for example, can bring exotic elegance and romance to a meal. Zesty orange combined with golden yellow warm up a family room or bedroom, with accessories like bamboo plants, woven mats and black lacquered furniture adding a Zen-like feel to the space. Goldman’s top Far Eastern colour picks from CIL paint include Cranberry Zing (14YR 10/434) red and Sun Rays yellow (29YY 66/537).
If Mediterranean-inspired décor is more your style, bring elegant Parisian panache into your home through pastel blues and creams by CIL paint, such as Sunday Sonata (70GB 67/126) blue on the walls and Crisp Linen (61YY 89/040) cream for the trim. The excitement of Spain can be visually reproduced through rich, warm colours like deep oranges and vibrant reds topped with colourful wall textiles and mosaic tiles. Or mix earthy red clay tones with deep, ocean blues to bring a taste of Italy into your décor. Goldman recommended painting your walls dark blue, such as Cosmos (10BB 12/310), and ceiling a lighter blue, like Billowing Clouds (10BB 65/094), and accenting the area with cream furniture, terra cotta urns and wrought-iron, glass-top tables.
The vibrancy of Brazil can be replicated in the home by bringing in this year’s popular jewel and energetic tones. A small powder room, for example, can be livened up using vibrant shades of pink from CIL paint, like Exotic Pink (02RR 35/376), while painting a kitchen accent wall bright yellow or orange – and adorning walls with bold-coloured, patterned artwork – can infuse the space with an upbeat, South American feel. For a more luxurious look, try jeweled shades of blue or green, such as Minty (10GG 44/395) green, accessorized with ceramic pieces, beaded lamps, Brazilian masks, and ornate area rugs.

“There’s no hard and fast rule in any décor style,” Goldman said. “You can take your favourite elements from any place in the world and infuse them into your home, or even mix together a couple of different globally-inspired ideas.” She added that patriotic fans may even consider creating a Northern getaway in their homes by adding a rustic Canadian feel through deep shades of red, rustic browns, and warm cream tones.
“With the right choice of colour, paint can help make your décor transformation a gold-medal contender, no matter where in the world your heart lies,” she said.
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Available in Canada at The Home Depot, Walmart, Rona and other independent paint dealers, CIL paint has been a trusted brand in businesses, communities, schools and homes across the country for 85 years. With more than 1,200 colours in its palette, CIL paint has developed a colour mood system that guarantees a perfect match across a wide spectrum of colours.
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Posted: 2/18/2014 8:21:20 PM
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