What's Trending in 2013
"Colour is going back to the 50s and the 60s," says colour expert, author and stylist Maria Killam. "We're seeing so much bright colour out there".
Killam singles out cornflower blue has her favourite from this emerging colour palette. Although gray remains a popular pick for walls and furniture, accent colours are getting livelier, which means layering brighter blues over your trendy neutrals.
Despite grey's massive popularity, Killam refers to it as a "debilitating colour" when overused. "People gravitate toward the trendy neutral and they decorate their whole house in it", she says.
Shades of grey come to life when you introduce bright pops of colour, but a few throw pillows or vases aren't enough for a powerful accent like cornflower blue.
"You need to have small, medium and large accents of the same colour", says Killam. She recommends buying several matching picture frames, for example, IKEA's 20 inch square Ribba frames, painting them an accent colour, fitting them with custom mats and then filling them with postcard sized pictures to match. Be playful with your accents by spreading them around your space, because in the end, colour is meant to be fun.
Story by Kristen Hilderman, BC Home & Garden Magazine