A Modern Bungalow

Drawing from Scandinavian design and a love of rich colors and warm wood, this couple creates a beautiful space with unique style. (via: Apartment Therapy)

16939427_10155142949611323_3589216591140197235_nThis surprising attic is great for storage and a guest room (walls: Gray Owl 2137-60)

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17098396_10155142949601323_8454180058698447247_nA dash of drama with Gravel Gray 2127- 30 in the dining room.

 

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This is such a classic look and easy to achieve, especially for small spaces. Did you know that dark colors in a small room will blur the boundaries and look even bigger?!

We love this idea for a library or den, even a living room. It’s simple, everything is painted out the same colour. Shelves, mantel on fireplace, walls, trim/doors.

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2131-30 Lead Gray by Benjamin Moore, is a moody, midnight shade of deep grey that adds a layer of masculinity to a library or gentleman’s study.

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deepblue5_zpsbdf3f3c2This high gloss look is very european and is so reflective that the colour will look even lighter in the space.

_f8a0742This dining room is sophisticated and laid back with it’s rich blue walls and light drift wood furnishings.

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No space suited for this deep moody blue, why not paint out some built shelves or free standing shelving unit?

Muted Red Accents

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Investing in colour doesn’t have to be expensive or permanent. This fun and colourful kitchen has a neutral base of white cabinets and light taupe flooring.

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By painting the walls teal it’s dramatic and fresh, by bringing in 3 main accent colours (in this case muted red) there is a sense of life and coziness. It’s amazing what you can do to a room with a little or a lot of colour.

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Feature walls can be tricky and sometimes not feel right.

If you have the right kind of wall to handle bold colour and it’s a wall that is prominent enough for a bold colour as a feature wall, it can change a room. In a few hours and only the cost of paint/supplies.

Come into our store with photos of a room in your home that you may be struggling with and our knowledgeable staff can help you decide on a possible feature wall in your home.

Click here to see a boring living room designed around this colour palette…

Black 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.

Black ceilings 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.

China Red

One colour that you see everywhere in China is red, bright bold RED. From ancient times to modern day, China red is still used everywhere.

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They say it’s the colour that corresponds with fire, symbolizing good fortune and joy.

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Red is found everywhere Chinese decor, from doors, wall paint to furniture.

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Red is strictly forbidden at funerals as it is a traditionally symbolic color of happiness; especially at weddings.

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The colour red in a wedding symbolizes having a thriving life. This is why chinese brides wear red on their wedding day, in hopes of having a good and thriving marriage.

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Often associated with festivals, paper lanterns are common in China, where they are often hung outside of businesses  and in parks to attract attention.

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This Benjamin Moore classic red is inspired by the vibrant pigment that originated in China in the 8th century, this deep, dramatic orange-red is rich and regal. An elegant, self-assured choice for a dining room. We love the chinese lacquer look of this wall colour in a high gloss finish!

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