Paiement suggested combining paint colours of equal depth and intensity for best results. If you’re hesitant about making colour selections, she recommended testing them first on a large poster board or portion of wall before committing. “Be sure to examine the colours at different times of day, as well with lights on and off, and remember to consider how they flow with adjacent rooms and hallways,” she said.
Top holiday colour picks by Sico paint are Elegant Brown (6084-52) brown, Zen Green (6168-73) green, Waning Moon (6009-53) blue, A Simpler Time (6174-52) purple, Beijing Bloom (6065-74) orange and Cinnamon Heart (6056-75) burgundy. Paiement shared these examples as ways to incorporate this season’s colours into your home:
Chocolate anyone?: Warm browns, such as Sico paint brand’s Elegant Brown (6084-52), are making a comeback in home decor and are the ideal way to add “instant cozy” to any room, Paiement said. For a contemporary holiday decor, paint walls brown and accessorize with silver, turquoise blue and olive green. For a more classic look, incorporate gold, maroon and cream accents, such as gingham cushions, reddish-brown candles dipped in gold, or burlap ribbons and bows.
Mantel makeover: Who says fireplace mantels need to be white? In fact, light-coloured mantels tend to get lost among holiday trimmings. By painting the mantel an unexpected colour such as aquamarine blue, golden mustard, charcoal grey or moss green, you can create a vibrant focal point in the room and ideal place to showcase ornaments, hang stockings or drape greenery. After the holidays, the colourful addition will help infuse new life and interest into the room.
Banister brilliance: Before hauling out the garland, take a good look at your staircase. Highlighting a white or light wood staircase with a pop of colour painted on the banister, balusters or back of the stairs is an effective way to add wow factor to your holiday and every day decor. Good colour choices include Sico paint’s Cool Current (6199-42) greenish grey, Electric Night (6006-73) cobalt blue or Grand Piano (6210-83) black. The more saturated the colour the better, in order to highlight architectural details in the wood.
Kitchen party: The kitchen is a great place to experiment with bright colours since wall space is limited. Burnt orange, mustard yellow and rich purple are popular choices for today’s modern white kitchen, Paiement said. Add surprising splashes of colour inside drawers and cabinets and introduce black and white accessories for a contemporary, crowd-pleasing decor.
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