Photo of the Day: Blue Bedroom

Blue London Bedroom

This serene bedroom, by Dyer Grimes Architects, is an exercise in minimalistic restraint. From the almost bare turquoise walls, to the linen slipcovered bench, the eye floats about the light-flooded space, ultimately drawn to the spectacular modern light fixture.

For a “steal this look” version of the room, visit Remodelista.


Dramatic Black Powder Room

Often the design direction of a room will begin with a single piece of art. For this powder room re-do, it was a small painting that took the room in a classic, yet dramatic direction:

Dramatic Black Powder Room
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Photo of the Day: Blue Living Room


Beautiful Blue

Love colour? How about the drama of this saturated blue living room, with the colour carried all the way up onto the ceiling? The luxurious richness is echoed in the matching velvet draperies and pillows.

I love the use of gold accents in this room – yellow is the complementary shade to blue, so the contrast between the two colours heightens the dramatic effect. Warm metals are a look that is trending this year, though they have never really gone out of style in traditional decor.

Need more blue? Colour Cure: Blue.

Colour Cure: Blue

It’s getaway-vacation dreaming time! Why do we dream of the tropics? Besides the sun, warmth and sounds of waves lapping? Blue. Being enveloped in blue – the blue of a sunlit sky, azure water, and the inky blue of star-filled night skies – is evocative of peace and relaxation.

Tropical Paradise
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BM’s Guilford Green: A Great Supporting Player

Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Colour of the Year is Guilford Green, HC -114.

Guilford Green HC - 116

At first glance, this was a choice I wasn’t very excited about, as on it’s own it’s rather insipid.

Guilford Green

I do love greens: accents of fresh apple greens, and richer shades of emerald, as I’ve mentioned before. But this shade? On all four walls? There was a bedroom painted this colour in our current home when we moved in, and I was so happy to paint over it, while creating my new home office. 

However, with colour, context is everything, and Guilford Green is no exception. This is a colour that can beautifully support other colours. In fact, Guilford Green may be the “colour of the year”, but it is really the thread that links four colour stories for Benjamin Moore this year: Berry, Blue, Blush and Green.
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How Does a Paint Company Identify Colour Trends?

Wondering how paint companies create their colour predictions for the coming year? AkzoNobel, a Dutch multinational paint manufacturer – the largest in the world and responsible for the Dulux and Sikkens brands – spells it out for the design world in their annual outlook, arrived at through widespread consultations with independent design professionals from the worlds of colour, fashion and architecture.

What is interesting is their detailed and unabashed celebration of the human element of design. What is happening in society? How are people feeling? What is the dominant mood? What will be important to people, and how can this be represented in colour?

First the colour prediction: Their ColourFutures 2015 palettes pick up on the warm metals trends we have been seeing recently, with the main colour of the year being Copper Orange.

As witnessed at global events from Stockholm and Milan to Shanghai, metallic colour tones are playing an increasingly important role in modern design.

– AkzoNobel

2015 Colour of the Year
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