And the Oscar for best colour goes to…

February 29th, 2012 | Comments »

Sunday night the who’s who of Hollywood hit the red carpet and walked toward a night of old Hollywood glamour. Everyone was waiting to see who would take home the coveted golden statues for the past years work.  However as usual the awards were well the awards… but the focus as we see year in a year out was to do with who wore what, who was able to pull it off and who fell short.

Some of Oscars best dressed compliments of Zap2it

As per usual there were many black dresses that graced the red carpet; however we were also lucky enough to see some of the stars attempt some of the colour we’re seeing trend for this spring/summer.  Coral, Green, White/Off White, Purple & Fuchsia… were all colours that popped on the red carpet this past weekend.

One of my favourite dresses was that of Ms. Michelle Williams… gracefully gliding down the red carpet in this coral gown she was a vision in what Pantone has named the 2012 colour of the year.  Pops of this colour will make their way into our homes in one way or another. (We look forward to seeing some pictures from those of you taking a chance and adding this colour to a feature wall or piece of furniture.) Looking to try this colour try Benjamin Moores Outrageous Orange 2013-10 or PARA Paints Sweet & Juicy P5072-85

Michelle Williams - Louis Vuitton

Another colour we’re seeing much of this year is purple… there are so many hues but Maya Rudolph pulled it off in a gorgeous deep purple.  If you’re looking to add this to your new colour palette try PARA’s Garden Plum P5096-85 or Benjamin Moore’s Autum Purple 2073-20.

Maya Rudolph

Another colourful dress that made a great impression was that of Viola Davis one of the front runners for Best Actress. Looking to add this pop of colour to your space, then why not try Benjamin Moores Rosemary Green 2029-40 or PARA’s Leprechaun Legends P5026-63.

Viola Davis

To round out some of the great dresses from Sunday night we can’t forget about Best Supporting Actress nominee Octavia Spencer who graced us in an off white beaded number and Emma Stone from Best Picture The Help who dazzled us in a Fuchsia number that proved why red heads can definitely pull off reds or versions there of.  Adding a pop of colour such as Fuchsia or Hot Pink is always fun for a space, and you’ll never go wrong with balancing your space with whites or off whites. Try PARA’s  Every Girls Dream P5219-14 for a beautiful off white or Benjamin Moores Atrium White 79.  For your hit of colour it’s all about Benjamin Moores Peony 2079-30 (one of my favourite) and PARA’s Viva Glam P5086-63.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli

 

What we’re hoping you’ll see today is that no matter what the trend Color Company can give you the colour that everyone is talking about. Come in and talk to a colour specialist at one of our locations and we’ll help you figure out how your new colour inspiration fits within your home.

 

 

Decor apps to get you on your way!

February 21st, 2012 | Comments »

Spring is in the air and many of us are starting to stir… thinking about how we can freshen up our spaces and give it a new twist.  With technology ever changing I thought this week we’d examine some colour and home & decor apps that may help you on your decor journey.

 

Here are my top 4 picks to get you on your way!

 

ColorLife by Benjamin Moore – For: iPad / Cost: FREE Trial ($4.99 per year) 

 

COLOR LIFE from Benjamin Moore is a new way to experience colour and design, get inspired and find colours you’ll fall in love with. Color Life is a online magazine that will inspire you as you take a virtual tour through outstanding homes to see how colour is used. It shows you the shades that are inspiring leading designers and includes simple colour makeover ideas. With the Paintbox feature you can explore the entire range of Benjamin Moore colours as never before — simply tap, swipe and interact directly with thousands of colours and experiment and explore palettes.

 

Houzz Interior Design Ideas – For iPad & iPhone / Cost FREE (who doesn’t love FREE) 

This app has been dubbed the “Wikipedia of interior and exterior design” by CNN. Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas on the internet with over 200,000 high resolution photos. You’re able to browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your virtual idea book.

Many of us are those that tear pages out of a magazine to create an idea board/book and this app will allow the equivalent of clipping design magazines to a scrapbook — making ideas easier to search, save and share. You can experience this app and save your photos locally for offline access. Find everything from local designers to architects and contractors who can help you realize your ideas. The best part is, browsing your idea book you’ll never be at a loss for words with your designers & contractors, they’ll get exactly what you’re trying to do.

 

Any Paint Color by My Perfect Color – For iPhone & iPad/ Cost $2.99 

A virtual paint colour fandeck containing paint colour matches of over 130,000 paint colours from over 100 paint brands* including Benjamin Moore and many many more. Search and browse colours, match colours from photos and tag your favourites.

  • A virtual fandeck of all paint colours.
  • Browse or search colour matches from any paint brand.
  • Use the colour picker to match colours in images.
  • Use the Photo Capture tool to match colours using your built-in camera.
  • Select and save favourites

 

Renovation Budget Tracker by DK Design – For iPhone, iPad / Cost $2.99

TIME IS MONEY; NOW IT’S TIME TO SAVE SOME MONEY – 

Renovation Budget Tracker is an app dedicated to help you save money during your next home renovation. Create categories and keep track of how much is being spent and Renovation Budget Tracker will do the rest!

Costs can quickly escalate when tackling a home renovation or home improvement project.  Always an exciting and rewarding adventure, but the costs can get out of control quickly.  Don’t let your total renovation costs surprise you before it’s too late.

With this great app you can track and budget your renovation expenditures so you know the exact total you have spent to date.  You are also able to create up to two Countdown Clocks or Tickers at a time which have customizable text to keep track of how much time is left until your new room will be ready or until a payment is due. It’s all about how it’s working or how you need it to work for you.

 

Hopefully some of these apps will be an inspiration as you start your new projects… remember to read reviews on your apps and see what others are saying.  One app that I was personally excited to try that fell flat was the House Beautiful app… some great colours and ideas, but it’s only one stream of content that isn’t updated. A lesson for me that I should have been reading the reviews…

We also look forward to hearing back from you on any apps you’ve come across that would be helpful to our readers and followers. Thanks for sharing!!!

The Colour of LOVE

February 13th, 2012 | Comments »

A Little Background On Cupid’s Special Day…

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day is a holiday observed on February 14 honouring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending greeting cards (better known as “valentines“).  

The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

What About The Colour Red… A Few Facts

  • The most emotionally intense colour; red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing.
  • The colour of love.
  • Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier.
  • Since it is an extreme colour, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations.
  • Red cars are popular targets for thieves.
  • In decorating, red is usually used as an accent.
  • Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.

However the most romantic colour, pink and offshoot of red, is more tranquilizing.

    • Pink is essentially a light red and is usually associated with love and romance.
    • Pink is thought to have a calming effect. One shade known as “drunk-tank pink” is sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates. Sports teams sometimes paint the opposing teams locker room pink to keep the players passive and less energetic.
  • While pink’s calming effect has been demonstrated, researchers of colour psychology have found that this effect only occurs during the initial exposure to the colour. When used in prisons, inmates often become even more agitated once they become accustomed to the colour.

So what does the colour red really mean? Well, it depends. Red actually conveys different meanings not only from culture to culture or from era to era, but within our own culture and time.

Athough we can find various meanings surrounding the colour red, one is that red is all about passion. This can refer to love or anger but is probably more associated with love. When a person becomes passionate, his/her heart rate goes up and his/her skin flushes as blood is pushed outward to the surface. This causes the entire body to become more reddish. Love is also associated with the heart, which of course is red and full of blood. The heart is the very thing that moves the blood through our body and is the one organ most closely associated with it. Because a person’s skin becomes reddish when enflamed in the throes of passion, red is associated with passion, anger and love.

Hope you all have a Happy & Passionate Valentines Day!