Karl Lohnes' tips for using spicy fall colours
Canada AM home and decor expert Karl Lohnes
Published Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:37AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 6:18AM EDT
As we prepare to welcome fall into our homes, we can officially leave the light, breezy tones of summer behind and turn to the deeper shades of the upcoming winter season.
The classic colours associated with autumn like burnt oranges, brick reds, dark plums, and deep cranberries are certainly back and bolder than ever. They're deep, but not bright. Bright, crisp colours feel less fashionable now and the colours of fall are dramatic, strong, and exotically sophisticated.
Some may recognize these trendy tones as those that defined décor of the 70's and 80's. Remember rust corduroy sofas and E-Z Brick faux walls? But what goes around rarely comes back the same way. Deep reds and rusty oranges have reappeared in more formal textures like silk rather than the casual corduroy and heavy fabrics of their past lives.
Warm greys and cool taupes are still the ultimate neutral. But using pops of spiced colour as a focal point or accessory can be a fun way to introduce colour without making a major commitment.
Try adding small kicks of deep purple, brick red, or dark orange to an accent wall, a great pillow, a glass lamp, or two side chairs in a living room. It can make a big impact with the trends.
The best way to incorporate the sophisticated drama of fall's hottest hues is to contain it to small areas around your space.
Paint the inside walls of a coat closet in a bold, high-gloss colour. It will give a big burst of shine every time you open the door.
Use colour to perk up forgotten spaces like small ceiling areas in an entryway or powder room. Or add punch by simply painting your linen closet door a strong trend colour.
Beyond walls and ceilings, furniture can also be updated with a dash of dramatic fall colour.
The interior of an armoire or china cabinet can be painted or wallpapered to leave just a hint of colour and texture peeking through. High-gloss provides sheen and shine, allowing hits of colour to really stand out.
For an updated touch of fall glamour, reupholster the seat cushions on your dining room chairs a rich purple, rust, or cranberry. It will add a surprise of colour when you're dining.
Come see me!
I'll be speaking on the main stage at the International Home Show on October 27, 28, and 29. I'll also be answering your decorating questions one-on-one on Friday and Saturday, so bring your floorplans, photos, and samples along!
The International Home Show, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. For information and tickets visit www.internationalhomeshow.ca.