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Monday Musings - Muriel Brandolini

“I like to set people free. I give them a hint and encourage them to go with their imaginations. It is the only way that new things can come true.”                             —Designer Muriel Brandolini via Elle Decor  Jan/Feb 06 

Heron (7)Design: HABERMEHL DESIGN GROUP INC.

My clients' favourite colour is purple and they asked to have it used in their newly renovated family room. We updated the family room and adjoining kitchen from a dated '80's layout to an open, contemporary space. To be honest, it's not my go-to colour of choice to decorate with, but I wanted to give them the freedom to ask and believe they can have a room that surpasses what they envisioned. Purple is a tricky colour to work with and can look garish if not used with an experienced hand. It would seem logical to limit such a bold colour to a pillow or in the artwork for a "pop" of colour that would satisfy my client. Instead, I suggested we add the colour in a major way.  We colour blocked the purple on the silk drapery and the wool area rug in the same deep amethyst colour. I knew this would work because we painted the walls white with a hint of warm grey and the wood cabinet also has a deep grey undertone. Plus we purchased classic mid-century modern pieces by Herman Miller and added black accents. This combination and the use of high-end materials allowed us to use this rich, dramatic colour fearlessly. If I didn't let my clients feel free to to express themselves, they may not have requested using such a brave colour and this room wouldn't have turned out so striking!