Archive for the 'Colour' Category
By Deb Villeneuve
a guest post by Grace Bailey
One of the easiest ways to change the feel of your home is to change its colors. Painting is the way to go, however many of us seem to have little talent for the actual job of working on it. Splattered paint, coat after coat being applied to a wall because we missed spots and so forth. We offer these tips so you’ll be able to do a good job of it. Thankfully, you don’t have to be very skilled at it to be able to get things done. Let’s begin with the first tip on our list:
Prepare the surface for application
A good paint job begins with the proper preparation of the chosen surface you want to work with. You need to sand, patch and scrape any imperfections on the surface so the paint will adhere more evenly. Strong paint bond and an even surface are necessary for a good paint job. No matter how great your chosen paint might be and how high its quality, it will not work well on an uneven surface.
You need to work on priming the walls and the ceilings of the room you’re working on before the application of paint. This will also be necessary if you plan on painting over a darker color. Regardless of what colors you plan on working with, you will still need to do a bit of priming. This serves to stop any stains from showing allowing you a one-coat cover. The most important aspect of using primer though is that it helps paint adhere better to its chosen surface. Professionals will do the tinting of the paint closer to the finished color by adding up a small amount of topcoat paint, thus permitting the topcoat to hide your primed surface completely.
Choosing Canvas over Plastic
Although plastic drop cloths will give you a way to protect the furniture and floors of your home from paint splatters, canvas drop cloths are more durable and resistant to rips, plus they also lay flat better, creating less danger of tripping. Canvas also has the ability to absorb the paint drips, unlike plastic which becomes slippery in such cases. They can also be wrapped around corners, offering more flexibility in their use. They can also be reused, thus making them a more economical and eco-friendly alternative to using plastic.
Using a Paint Grid
If you have to roll paint from a tray, then you know how messy that gets if you’re not extra careful. You could do a whole lot better than that by rolling right off the bucket, using a paint grid to keep the mess to a minimum. In essence it is a rectangular, plastic or metal screen that attaches to the rim of the paint bucket. You can fill the bucket about halfway, then use the grid on it. Simply dip the roller inside and roll it against the grid to remove any excess paint to avoid a mess. When you’re done painting you can simply drop the grid and close the lid.
By Jennifer Larocque
Here are a few examples that we hope will inspire you when deciding on how to finish that little bit of wall between the counter and cabinets that will reflect your taste and enhance the beauty of your kitchen, no matter what the style.
Whether country, Mediterranean or contemporary this relatively small space is one of the main decorative elements in the kitchen and your choice can complete the look and add to your enjoyment of this room.
As a bonus, we have added links to the style of house plan that has inspired the back-splash pictured.
If you enjoy antique accessories this distressed, gray mirror tile would fit perfectly in one of our Victorian style homes
This kind of look would be perfect in a modern kitchen, why not check out our collection of contemporary house plans
To give a European feeling to the kitchen, one of Jenn’s favorite back-splash materials is brick, which imparts a historical depth to the kichen decor and would fit perfectly in a Mediterranean style of kitchen
For a unique touch that will blend with many different styles, how about slate or an actual chalk board to blend practical with whimsical.
Don’t forget the clean, classic look of white on white using subway tiles as a durable, low maintenance back-splash that cleans-up in a breeze!
The timeless luxury of marble is an exquisite addition to your luxurious kitchen that will please the senses
Wood is a natural for siding the exterior of your home, but how about as a decorative statement inside your home. Particularly suited to urban style homes the hard wood back-splash works well in a contemporary kitchen and has its place in a chalet to impart added warmth and ambiance.
If white is not your thing, a pale or pastel colored ceramic tile will give depth to the kitchen space.
Geometric designs on the wall add an interesting focal point
Natural stone in a more modern or urban style creates a “zen” feeling in the kitchen
A black back-splash makes a dramatic statement
Black and white for a dramatic combination
By Vivian Martin
Don’t let your home blend into the background — even if you’re not in the market for changing your exterior color scheme, a new coat of paint on your front door could be just the makeover your home needs. Learn which color, from unexpected purple to bright yellow to elegant black, will work best on your exterior door.
Follow this slideshow for front door color inspiration…
By Vivian Martin
Make 2013 the year you increase your happiness at home with resolutions that will get you motivated to finish lagging projects, learn new skills and add more pizzazz to your space. Sure, you can resolve to clear clutter (see number four below for a fresh way to do that), but that’s not the only way to make a fresh start around the house this year. Let these 13 design resolutions in the slide show below jump-start your inspiration…
By Vivian Martin
Opposites attract us like never before, exerting a magnetic pull on the spectrum. Sherwin-Williams puts today’s color mood under the microscope to reveal dueling influences for every taste. Just take a look at the delicious palettes that 2013 offers!
By Vivian Martin
Light blue, in its many variations, is one of the most classic decorating colors and appears in traditional motifs dating back thousands of years.
Today’s light blue goes by many names: baby blue, powder blue, angel blue. Whatever you call it, light blue is calming and easy on the eye. It’s the color of a spring sky and clear seas. It’s the soft sigh of the color wheel.
Although they vary greatly in hue and tone, traditional light blues are true blues without the obvious yellows and greens in turquoise and teal or the grays in slate.
On walls, they have a softening effect, which makes them a popular choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. Although it’s rare in modern design, light blue can be used as a neutral backdrop for eclectic, midcentury-inspired and modern designs. But it’s most often used in traditional and Colonial designs.
By Vivian Martin
Anyone who has walked into a room painted in a dull or garish palette knows the power of color. Color intuitively influences our emotions, whether we’re in a soothing spa environment or an electrifying casino. In a garden landscape, color plays an equally powerful role.
Our color choices can create a garden that is nurturing, romantic, playful, tranquil or exciting.Although you may have heard strict rules from other gardeners, such as “Never plant anything orange,” or “Don’t use blue, purple or red shades in your garden’s bed and borders,” I like to think that any color can fit in a landscape.
Color is highly subjective, and since it’s so personal, you can design, plant and decorate your landscape with your favorites. Let’s follow the rainbow — and lessons from the color wheel — to make color choices that establish a mood, infuse energy or define a theme in an outdoor setting.Perhaps you’ll see new possibilities for your landscape.
Follow this Houzz slideshow for a primer on the use of color in your garden!
By Vivian Martin
I don’t know about you, but I always have the best of intentions to store all of my ideas. File folders, scrapbooks and a huge archive of bookmarked websites. Backtracking through my links would sometimes require a psychic medium and no one in the household enjoys magazines with pages missing. Because most publications have some or all of their content online as well, I highly recommend that you investigate Pinterest… As a “virtual scrapbook” It is a beautiful way of keeping a visual breadcrumb trail back to the original articles you found the pictures on and provides the flexibility to create “boards” of ideas for specific room ideas and more. As you visit sites with bathrooms, cabinetry, accessories, etc., you’ll be able to get back to the images without having to print them.
There are so many decisions when building a home - the latest building materials, selecting cabinets, colours and hardware. If you don’t have a cadre of designers at your disposal (and with budgeting for a new build, hiring a home-stylist may take a back seat in your priorities), you may need to rely on publications and online resources. While there are many publications which cater to the US market, Canadian sources are more in tune with Canadian trends and available products.
There are a number of Canadian publications that you can subscribe to, or if you are looking for a greener solution, we’ve included links to the online resources that these publications provide as well.
Once you have selected your DrummondHousePlan, it is time to start visualizing your new decor…
Where to begin?
If you have no idea of where to get started decorating your new house Canada’s Style at Home is a great starting point. The magazine editors bill themselves as “Canada’s top resource for fabulous decorating, design and entertaining ideas” . Articles written in a friendly and informative tone present decorating ideas in layman’s terms. Even the most design-challenged individual will find value here. Each month they feature articles about interior design, home decorating projects, outdoor living and entertaining.
Canadian House & Home is all about design and decorating. Each monthly issue takes you on virtual tours of the most unique and beautiful homes across Canada, providing inspiration and professional articles to help you create the home of your dreams. Each issue features dramatic makeovers, the latest furniture and accessories, renovation tips, and ideas for organizing and entertaining.
For the DIY’er
Many individuals want to take a more “personal” approach to decorating. Canadian Home Workshop has been the go-to publication on home improvement and woodworking for over three decades. In this magazine, you’ll discover articles on project ideas, design techniques, practical renovation information and even home maintenance advice.
Make your home functional…
A home is about more than just decor, it needs to be liveable as well. Canadian Living is a magazine that provides daily living tips spanning recipes, household tips and ideas, fashion, crafts and even health and family advice.
Make sure your outdoor spaces are enjoyable too!
Few things create a stronger impression than a bit of outdoor curb appeal but many new homeowners are intimidated by a blank landscape canvas. Canadian Gardening is an excellent information source for gardening techniques, recipes, projects and design ideas. The magazine also takes into account the vast differences in Canadian climate and features essential regional information to ensure great curb appeal in all regions of Canada.
Planning your new home can be overwhelming but take it one step at a time and you’ll be fine. Be sure to savour the experience of planning your home and let us know if there are any articles that may help you in this exciting process!
By Vivian Martin
Experts recommend paint as a low-cost but effective way to stage your home for sale. When choosing colours for staging, it is time to set aside your own personal tastes. Showcase the characteristics of your home rather than your personal tastes to appeal to the widest audience.
Neutral does not mean boring. This helpful video from Sico provides guidance on painting your home while incorporating some trendy techniques like colour blocking. Clean out the clutter and add fresh paint and your home will shine above the competition!
By Vivian Martin
Poor Wedgwood blue. It fell in with the wrong crowd in the 1980s, and it’s still trying to distance itself from its peach- and mauve-checkered past. Yet with an updated palette and a contemporary sensibility, this much-maligned color — which takes its name from the iconic 18th-century pottery company that introduced it — feels reborn.
Rich, dusty blue is a hot paint color for 2012. And because Wedgwood is just a short jaunt away on the color wheel, the time is right for its star to rise. Check out these beautiful, totally fresh interpretations.
View the slideshow below for inspiration for incorporating this timeless hue into your decor…