Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Perfect pairings

Hello dear readers,

Recently I got my hands on a recent Benjamin Moore's fan deck called "Perfect Pairings".

It basically groups 3 hues together, in a harmonious and cohesive way. The match can be used indoors or outdoors.

The chips are divided into a larger hue, for the main/wall colour, and 2 smaller ones, for trims and accents.

However, the colours in each grouping are interchangeable, so you can use the trim colour as the main one and so forth. Awesome!

As you know, I love picking my favourite things and listing them. So if course I had to do that with this fan deck. and after much deliberation, here are the 3 best "pairings":

  • Handsome and crisp: Hale Nave HC-154/Icicle 2142-70/Stone Castle CC-396
Perfect for the gentlemen or a room that conveys sophistication and neatness. The great thing about this dark blue and soft taupe against the crisp icicle is that it works well in a traditional as well as in a contemporary space. 

  • Eclectic and fresh: Greenmount silk HC-1/Blue Spa 2052-40/Mountain Peak White OC-121
Perfect combo to lighten up a room or space. These colours together make up a great background for a Spring fresh bedroom or den. The contrast of the blue and the soft yellow is joyful and uplifting. 

  • Trendy and cool: Exhale AF-515/Plum Royale 2070-20/Beacon Grey 2128-60
This deep rich plum is a hot colour right now. Elegant and moody, this family is sure to add personality and character to a space.

Needless to say, this little fan deck is the perfect tool to find the ideal colour theme you have been dying to get right. However, sky is the limit when finding the best colour scheme. There is a lot out there, and the only rule is that it has to be right for you!

Theo Flamenbaum
- Style + Function + Love + You -

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2013 trends

Hello dear readers,

After a little Holiday hiatus, during which I did NOT take any holidays, I am happy to be back to my blog.
I hope everyone had a great time during the Holidays and that 2013 will simply be a dashing one.

New Year, new beginnings, new resolutions, new projects, new home?

My first article of 2013 will talk about a few trends that I see being in the heart of new designs in 2013. For those thinking of renovating, acquiring a new home or perhaps just adding a new wall colour or decor, I bring 4 trends to watch out in 2013.

  • Natural Looking CaesarStone - “supernatural” collection

Quarts/Caesarstone countertops have been the top choice for new kitchens. It’s scratch, heat and stain resistant, making it the ideal choice for all kitchens.
Quartz/Caeserstone, however, is a man-made material using natural quartz, resin (for colour) and aggregates. It unfortunately lacks the luster and appeal of natural marble with all its veining and contrasts.

This new “supernatural” collection is the closest thing to the marble look in the caesarstone/quartz family. Making now possible to have a stunning marble looking countertop with the super properties of ceasarstone.

My favourite ones are:

and Pietra Grey

  • “In” colours for 2013

So a few weeks ago, Pantone announced “Emerald” is the colour of the year for 2013.
I was not shocked, but pleasantly surprised, as I was seeing lots of blue and deep greens appearing on furniture, pillows and walls.
Here are 3 colours that I see coming out to play in 2013.

  1. Jadite - SW 6459 Sherwin Williams

  1. California Blue - 2060-20

  1. Newburg Green - HC-158 Benjamin Moore

  • Wall objects/sculpture

Art should be unique, personal and tell a story. It creates a focal point or complements a room.
This year, more than before, we are seeing a detachment from conventional framed prints, photographs and canvases and the return of sculptures or objects attached on a wall as Art.

The choices are endless, from window frames to metal and wood sculptures. Wall art is now all about objects, so creativity is the name of the game.

West Elm Wall Sculptures

Sea Urchins wall Art

  • Penny round tiles

Whether used on foyers, bathrooms or backsplash, penny round tiles are having a huge comeback. Reminiscent  of our own Dupont Subway station, these little round tiles allow you to have a curved and seemless transition from floor to wall, without a baseboard. Also, it’s very easy to create a “rug” effect on a floor, by only using the penny round tiles on a certain area of the floor.

And these are just a few quick trends I am forecasting for 2013.
Time will tell ;-)

Theo Flamenbaum
- Style + Function + Love + You -