Home Decorating 101 (Part II)

November 2nd, 2011 | Comments »

As the chalkboard says Welcome Back to Part II of Home Decorating 101… as a continuation to last weeks lesson we’re going to focus on using colour, pattern and texture in our home decor projects.

Textures, patterns and colour are the building blocks of your home decorating palette.  One’s able to use these 3 elements to create the style, mood and feel of each room in their home.

1) Creating Colour

  • Cover large spaces in warm, cozy and strong colours.
  • Paint small spaces in whispers of a cool, light colour
  • Dark, warm colours bring your walls in making the space feel smaller (cozy)
  • Light, cool colours make walls seem further away helping to open up a space.
  • For the best colour schemes pick neutral colours that you’ll never grow tired
  • Remember to distribute colours in a natural fashion; dark colours on the floor, medium colours on the walls and light colours on the ceiling. It’s all about using the law of chromatic distribution.
    • Put neutral colours on large surfaces or objects such as the floor and or sofa.
    • Use stronger shades in a smaller amount on smaller spaces or items such as a short wall or a chair.
    • Pick the strongest accent colour in the smallest spaces and places.
    • Scatter accent colour(s) around the room to make an impact.

2) Time for some Texture

  • Traditional rooms look best in refined, smooth textures.
  • Contemporary spaces need more textural interest.
  • Rooms with a more feminine feel need elegant and subtle textures.
  • Masculine decor calls for nubby, tweed and rugged texture
  • Heavy textures tend to ‘eat’ or take up space… so use them only in larger or cozy rooms.
  • The more neutrally colour the room the more important adding elements of texture is important.

3) Playful Patterns

  • Not sure when enough is enough?  PLAY IT SAFE! Use three different patterns that contrast in scale but relate in colour.
  • Don’t be afraid to place pattern everywhere!  Put the same pattern on the walls, windows & furnishings.
  • Mix patterns such as checks with florals or large scale patterns with small scaled.
  • Thinking about going all the way…what about 5 patterns?  This is definitely an option but there are a few things to remember; let one large scaled pattern dominate over one medium scaled floral and another geometric, and toss in two small scaled accent patterns.  Make sure the colours in the large scaled pattern are repeated in all the others.

Hopefully this weeks lesson has inspired you to try something new and thing out o the box… it’s not all about white, off white or the many shades of tan we all gravitate towards.  Stayed tuned to Part III next week when we focus on Handy Measurements.





Home Decorating 101 (Part I)

October 28th, 2011 | Comments »

As per the request of some of our Facebook friends we decided to take this week (an perhaps a few others) to tackle the basics of home decorating.  Perhaps we’ll call it a crash course in bringing some new life to your space.

The fun thing about home decorating is that you get to play colour, texture & pattern as well as tape measures, design layouts and paint.  (We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again and again… PAINT IS THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE WAY TO MAKE THE BIGGEST CHANGE TO YOUR SPACE.)





Let’s first start with a few decorating tips to keep in mind:

  • Formulate an action plan.  Establish goals. Set priorities. Decide what room or rooms you wan tot finish and in what order. Decorating and redesign goes much better when you have a plan.
  • Fix your budget. Do NOT spend more than what you have.
  • Discover your personal style.  Are you contemporary or Traditional?  Knowing your style eliminates confusion and allows you to find the best choices for your space.
  • Get an idea of the job at hand.  Create a floor plan to get an idea of where you’d like to see things end up.
  • Time to SHOP! Pick stores that stock a large selection for quick delivery or carrying home. Be sure to  shop the internet ahead of time to see the variety of product out there and their prices.
  • Do things step by step. Have all carpentry, wiring & plumbing performed before you cover your walls and floors.  Decorate the ceiling, walls and floor before you bring in the rugs and furniture.
  • Buy major pieces of furniture first and accessories last.
  • Spice up your decor with accessories. Pick pieces with personal meaning… but remember as they say about accessorizing an outfit; remove one piece when you think you’re done as you’ve usually over accessorized.

Next week we’ll tackle furniture facts and measurements for your home and decor projects.

Heritage Style From PARA Paints

October 21st, 2011 | Comments »

PARA’s heritage palette is one that makes you feel as though you’ve come home…

True to the past Canadians have never fancied plain walls.  In fact, in the New World, virtually everything was painted – walls, trim, floors and furniture.  Early paint types included whitewash, milk and linseed oil vehicles.  the latter provided paints with a more permanent finish, mixing easily with powdered, earth-based pigments like red oxide, yellow ochre, cobalt blue and lamp black.  Han-mixing the paints for each project gave them a somewhat uneven colour and texture, and it wasn’t until the late 19th century that ready-mixed commercial paint were finally available to everyone.

Today’s design is showing a deep respect for the detail and craftsmanship of the past.  Whether lovingly restoring an old property, or warming a loft with woods and antiques, homeowners have a new appreciation for a richer, more nuanced and evocative palette.  As classic as a doe skin jacket or a little black dress, these colours imbue a room with effortless style that transcends trends.  These are authentic 18th and 19th century colours to use inside and out, as timelessly beautiful now as they were then.

A little colour from the heart… PARA provides tradition that is timeless.  In the PARA Paints heritage collection one can here our Canadian roots whisper to us, in colours that are as stirring as they are graceful, as familiar as family and as comforting as childhood friends.

They paint pictures of our lakes, mountains, tall pines and rugged ocean shorelines.  Of red sumacs and sugar maples, the deep blue of snow shadows, and the palest yellow-pinks and purples of our skies.  They echo a quieter time of cobblestones and church bells, tea in English rose china, taken in sunlit parlours painted robin’s egg blue and lime cordial. Playing checkers on think, patterned rugs in libraries of warm gold, taupe and cherrywood.  Worn, black carriage leather and genteel, white columned houses.

These colours create rooms where children have always played, families have always shared hot soup and crusty bread, friends have always gathered to celebrate around crackling fires. These are forever the colours of Canada – of home.