A Mauv-e-lous retreat

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This stunningly beautiful bedroom was designed by Brian Gluckstein for the Princess Margaret Lottery Show Home.  The mauve, gray and cream colour scheme combination inspired us.

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FROM LEFT: 2113-50 mauve desert, CSP-1035 ice milk, AF-685 thunder, 2116-60 touch of gray

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Dark On The Ceiling?

Did you grow up believing that ceilings had to be white — or, at the very least, a paler version of the wall color.

Dark ceilings, even black ones…can hide a multitude of sins, call attention to something you want to emphasize or instill a touch of drama.

Here are some reasons to consider painting your ceiling black.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.38.22 AMTo add drama. Take away the furnishings and finishes in this room, and you’ve got a pretty humble plasterboard box. The black ceiling adds architectural interest where none existed and makes the space feel far more interesting.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.28.16 AMTo draw attention to a view. Sure, this view would be beautiful even if the ceiling were white. But notice how the black surface draws your eyes toward the vista, kind of like a red carpet unfurling in front of you?

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.28.02 AMTo define an area. It can be hard distinguishing one space from another within an open floor plan. A black ceiling can do the trick, without the hassle of room dividers or area rugs.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.45 AMTo conceal a mess. It can be tough to hide all the ductwork in a basement ceiling. Covering it with drywall can rob you of precious headroom (not to mention money). An inexpensive solution is to paint the whole thing black. It won’t eliminate the problem entirely, but it’ll make the mechanics far less prominent without lowering the ceiling’s height.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.16 AMTo make a ceiling look taller. Sounds like a contradiction, right? But when you can’t see the boundaries of a room, it can appear bigger. This is especially true if you paint the tops of the walls black as well.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.26.59 AMTo emphasize trim. Got some awesome millwork? Make it pop by painting the surrounding surfaces black.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.26.50 AMTo echo other elements in the room. If there’s a lot of black elsewhere in the room, a black ceiling can tie things together and create a unified look.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.07 AMTo make a ceiling look lower. High ceilings always sound good. But in reality, they can make a space feel cold and imposing. Black paint will make the ceiling feel lower without sacrificing space.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.28.09 AMBecause the walls are black. If you’re going to take the plunge and paint your walls black, do you really want to wimp out on the ceiling? The bedroom here is dramatic and supremely sexy, but it wouldn’t have worked half as well without the black ceiling.

The same holds true for this bath. Since bathrooms are self-contained spaces, and people don’t usually spend a great deal of time in them, they’re an excellent place to try something a little bit daring.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.36 AMBecause the rest of the room is black and white. Chaplin, houndstooth, The New Yorker — some things just look better in black and white. In this case the black ceiling is a nice echo of the black floor, and the stringent motif makes the few touches of color pop.

Kelly green

The name kelly green for the color originated in Ireland. The name derives from the fact that the surname Kelly, as well as the color green, are both popular in Ireland. The first recorded use of the term kelly green as a color name in English was in 1917.  Kelly green is most associated with the color you see on St. Patrick’s Day decorations. It is a medium, bright green color. It is usually considered a spring color, so you will see it more at that time.

a814abd7c0b0bfcec45447c43758036dPAINTED FURNITURE  such a great way to add a punch of colour to your room

GUEST BEDROOM paint colour, Benjamin Moore.  Appalachian Trail 633

PLAY ROOM paint colour, Benjamin Moore.  Cedar Green 2034-40

BEDROOM Benjamin Moore: walls Rosemary Green 2029-30, ceiling Sesame CC-638 

LIVING ROOM Benjamin Moore: walls Cedar Green 2034-40, bookcase Marlboro Blue HC-153 

KIDS BEDROOM Benjamin Moore: walls Courtyard Green 546 (set by Dwell Studio)


Bedroom Inspiration

Color has the power to change not only the look of a room, but also its ambience. When choosing a color, consider these basic facts: Warm colors add energy; cool hues create a more calming atmosphere. Learn more: http://ow.ly/zbSO309kvH9

17022285_10155142918896323_1754846525825452277_nWarm-toned Green Umber CW-460 can make a space feel full of energy.

17103516_10155142918886323_1780848207099285325_nCool-toned Little Boy Blue 2061-60 creates a calming oasis.

An Artbook Full Of Colour

Have you seen ethese amazing prints available through Crown Wallcoverings?

It’s a Clarke & Clarke book designed by the award winning lifestyle designer Kim Parker. She is famous for her bold, exuberant floral style in contemporary colour.

Thirteen of her have been carefully translated into beautiful printed linen and velvet fabrics and also digital wallpapers.

BELOW ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVS…

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You know Paint & Wallpaper combining is our specialty, so of course we chose some vibrant Benjamin Moore paint colours inspired by these prints.

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Click on CLARKE & CLARKE button below to view this wallpaper book online…

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