Kicking Neutral Up a Notch

colourColour inspiration this week.kitchen 2In need of an amazing backsplash.tileMini herringbone tile for texture.hallGreat bones, but needs wow. CHC2126BZBlack lanterns for contrast and for a bit of drama.floral fabricFabric for colour injection.

I've been recently hired to decorate a home in Newmarket. It's already attractive with beautiful flooring and high ceilings, but I'm excited to take it to the next level. This week I've been inspired by colour after receiving a supplier's marketing package full of striking colour combinations. In fact, it motivated me to inject some colour into the project I'm working on. I love a sophisticated, neutral space, especially with white walls, as long as there are contrasting elements like texture and quality art to make it interesting. But I realize that it is important to add colour, whether it be on the walls, fabric or art when decorating interiors for clients who love colour. It's important not only visually, but viscerally.

The kitchen needs more texture, so without committing to a trendy backsplash they may get tired of, we're adding a stunning backsplash in an updated herringbone pattern to give it a sophisticated look. For the foyer, I want to play up the existing traditional feel by adding applied moulding and crown down the hall and painting it a creamy white to give it an airy, grand feel. The door will be replaced eventually, but I'm suggesting that in the interim, they simply paint the door portion a glossy black for much needed contrast.  We will replace the flush mount lights that go all the way down the hall into the main living area with black lantern style lights. The windows look a bit too low, so we'll install a tailored valance above the trim to give the illusion of  higher windows and roman blinds in the same fabric with the hit of colour that my client requested. We picked a large scale, classic print from Duralee with reds, yellow and green colour for the fabric. The foyer needs a functional piece of furniture onto which they can throw their keys and papers. I would love to layer an extra large floor mirror behind a beautiful console for impact. It's a work in process, but a fantastic start! [pin text = "Newmarket"]