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Spring Colour Refresh - Where to start identifying YOUR colour

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Well it's finally Spring and for me, Spring means colour. Yes, it also brings spring cleaning, April showers and May flowers, but as I try to keep warm in the winter months and look longingly to April and May, my first thought is always colour. How about you?

Colour brings joy and I am always fascinated when with my clients to see what colours resonate with the individual. Personally, I enjoy surroundingworking  myself with bright and bold pops of colour, while a friend of mine likes to wake up to calming  blues and grays each morning. 

Colour embodies our personalities and personal style and there is always room to bring our individual tastes into our living space. If you  haven't changed the colours in your room for a couple years, this year is the time to do it! 
Let's get started and see what's on trend for 2016! 

When choosing colours, I always look at a number of leaders in the industry to see what they have identified as their year's pick. They spend months deciding, planning, and looking at all the angles of colours in order to bring new ideas to their customers. Therefore, why not take advantage of all their hard work and see if you can find some inspiration!
Interestingly enough, I have found 2016's colour trends to be quite provocative and worth some thought. Depending on who you 'speak to' in the design and fashion world, the spectrum of 'trending' colour choices this year is wide, and there are a lot of choices. 
Have a read below and I hope you find your own inspiration! 

Let's start with Benjamin Moore. Always steadfast, always reliable, this brand knows consumers. Which makes their 2016 colour of the year even more fascinating as they have chosen: Simply White (Picture on the left)

 Some of you might be scratching your heads with this one, and I don't blame you. The lovely shade of white gets overlooked far too often as the protagonist in decorating plans and sadly, white never features in the age old question: 'What is your favourite colour?' However, without white around our windows, our base boards, on our ceilings, etc., all other colours wouldn't 'present' as vividly. 

What is 'simply' beautiful about Benjamin Moore's choice this year as they are giving white its own opportunity to shine and take centre stage as opposed to always being relegated to the top(ceiling) and bottom (base boards) of our homes. 

With this colour as the focus, you then have a great opportunity to be dramatic with your accessories in ways you might not have had before. 

Next, we visit Behr, who has chosen high contrast and dramatic effect. Their inspiration comes from the need for "stimulation, which drives us to engage the senses of sight, sound, smell and touch in our homes...creating interiors that are appealing to a design-savvy, yet sensory-deprived society." A heavy statement. 
Check out the bold palette of colours Behr has identified for this year: 

These colours mixed together will most definitely engage all your senses. In past newsletter issues, I encourage readers to throw out the rule book when it comes to their home. Mixing stripes and florals, greens with oranges, what might be thought for the bedroom can come into the living space, etc. Behr has embraced this 'no holds barred' approach by choosing a palette of colours that aren't often seen together - worth a look! 

Third, let's take a look at Dulux, whose 2016 Colour of the Year is: Bear Run

According to Dulux, "Bear Run is an ethereal blue that exudes calm and peacefulness, reflecting our increasing mindfulness about the importance of promoting life balance, and reducing mental and physical clutter." Isn't it interesting how Behr feels we aren't stimulated enough, while Dulux feels we need to reduce the mental 'clutter'. 

In fact, Dulux' extended colour chart for 2016 is a collection of "soothing, delicate shades of soft pastels that are a charming assortment of misty-coloured, comforting colours." Charming indeed! I think I will take a nap right about now.
Dulux' inspiration also fits perfectly with last month's idea of clearing away your clutter a la Marie Kondo's book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of De-cluttering and Organizing". This book is definitely worth a read and an excellent inspiration for spring cleaning! 

Finally, let's head over to Pantone themselves. 

Pantone decided to go out on a limb and surprise the design industry by choosing TWO colours this year: Serenity and Rose Quartz. Look at Rose Quartz in the picture below.

While 2015's pick was a rich Marsala red, 2016 is contrastingly focused on harmony and softness.

Joined together, "Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."

It seems Dulux and Pantone are in agreement here. 

Choosing new colours and incorporating them into our homes is an exciting project for the Spring. The key here is to pull your own palette of colours together in order to create the picture you want. Of course, painting our walls is always a great idea to refresh a space, but layered treatments always bring depth to a room and often goes un-looked. 

For instance, A bedroom refresh with Benjamin Moore's Simply White, paired with a beautiful roller shade or drapery inspired by Behr's Bear Run will create a tranquil haven. Add some sweet throw pillows inspired by Pantone's Rose Quartz and you are set! 

When we look to add colour to our space, these industry leaders provide a first step in getting inspired, but do remember, these are just ideas and are not meant to overwhelm. This year's trends encourage some risk taking but after all, as our new Prime Minister has said time and time again when he is questioned about change and his decision making: Because it is 2016! 

If you are interested in 'taking a risk' or simply making a refresh, I would be happy to go over ideas and help bring in the colours of spring! Please contact me for a free consultation! 

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