Colour me…

The thing I love most about my couch is the spectacular red colour. There’s something so great about finding furniture or accent pieces full of life and colour for your house. I’d posted earlier about my love of pillows as accents, but pillows are not enough – if you really want to make your place your own, use colour.

Theme colours can be on everything from walls to furniture to wall decor to vases.  To really draw a room together, it’s best to have a primary, secondary and accent colour. HGTV has a great article on how best to pick colour for your home and they suggest that the ration should be 60/30/10. Essentially, 60 is your walls or floor, 30 is your furniture and 10 is all the nik nacks around the house. In the case of my place, I’m working with an espresso brown (hardwood floor), white and red (furniture), and a splattering of yellows/oranges.

Neutral tones with a pop of red and yellow, via Better Homes and Gardens

Neutral tones with a pop of red and yellow, via Better Homes and Gardens

As always, there are a few key accent colour trends each year. So, what are some of the colours can you expect to see in decor this year?

Emerald Green: it is, after all, the Colour of the Year.

Lighter (“Sorbet”) Yellow:  A bit of a duller yellow, which would work perfect as a splash of colour on a grey couch or as a backsplash in a kitchen with dark hardwood cabinets.

Style at Home shows off this colour perfectly

Style at Home shows off this colour perfectly

Lilac: I love purple to begin with, and this soft hue is just light enough that it would work great as a bedroom wall colour, bedding (like below), or even an area or throw rug.

Lovely light purple hue, via Decoist

Lovely light purple hue, via Decoist

Tangerine Orange: such a bright colour, and it works perfectly year round to make you feel just a little bit cheerier. It would make a great couch or chair surrounded by muted/neutral colours, or as a throw or pillow on black or white bedding.

So bright and cheery, via Design Build

So bright and cheery, via Design Build

If you want to get inspired some more, this article has a great breakdown of Benjamin Moore’s colour trends of 2013. Colours are the best way to really let your home shine – they show off your personality and do wonders to bring a home together by picking one colour to pop in each room.

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