Month: June 2019

Tour at Sydney Goes Glam

Designer-architect Greg Natale was thrilled when his clients asked him to decorate her apartment in the Astor construction in Sydney, Australia. Constructed in 1923, the Astor was Sydney’s first high-rise apartment construction and first residential co-op construction. “Many of Sydney’s famous have dwelt in this address. It used to be the tallest building in Sydney at one stage and still has an atmosphere of glamour that was sacred. I had to care for the area with respect and love,” says Natale.

Natale did just that and so much more: He restored and brought back every coved cornice and architrave with attachment. Natale also breathed new life to an apartment which reacts to the building’s classic without losing touch of the clients’ requirement to have a contemporary, fresh and lively home.

in a Glance
Who lives here: An expert bunch
Location: Sydney, Australia
Size: 1,200 square feet
That is interesting: The interior designer’s work in this unit earned him a commendation for residential decoration in the 2012 Australian Interior Designer’s celebrity.

Greg Natale

Natale’s attachment for strong geometric patterns and new regency design is evident throughout the area, specially from the master bedroom. Tufted upholstery and beddings in varying shades of gray coordinate with the draperies, developing a luxe yet elegant space.

Like most of his endeavors, the procedure has been a collaboration between Natale and his clientele. The chandelier and tufted headboard — an anchoring piece from the room — appeal the clients, for instance.

Rug: Pigeon Grey, Designer Cabinets; black lacquer and gold nightstands, Kindel; background, Hexagon, Cole & Son

Greg Natale

The decorative molding and trim from bright white heightens the contrasting effect of this wallpaper’s hexagonal pattern. Natale custom built floor-to-ceiling storage which retains to the style of the rest of the space.

Chandelier: clients’

Greg Natale

The female customer “had asked for more storage, internal laundry and his-and-her wardrobes [entry in previous picture]. We made the conscious decision to turn the third bedroom, the smallest among the three, to this new apparel glider,” states Natale.

Greg Natale

This bedroom corner is a piece of regency paradise: A bold background pattern, a neoclassical gilt headboard frame, a black lacquer nightstand along with whispers of Asian themes tie the space together with a boom.

Greg Natale

The mirror’s gilt frame draws out the gold trim and metal drawer pulls of this Dorothy Draper chest in the entryway.

Chandeliers and zebra hide: clients’

Greg Natale

Dining chairs reupholstered in Kelly Wearstler fabric echo the abstract artwork. A corner bar cabinet sings the maximum note in the dining room, with its eye-catching accessories.

Greg Natale

The fashion of the full area is right to a construction from the 1920s, but the green kitchen chimney feels very on trend. “I brought in small elements of modern details that help the space feel current despite its history and pedigree,” states Natale.

Greg Natale

The kitchen also adds to this unit’s drama. Black and white marble tiles placed in a diamond pattern line the floor, and brightly colored china and other porcelain pieces belonging to the clients peek out from in the cabinetry.

Greg Natale

A Laura Kincade hickory chair got a jazzed-up makeover with Kelly Wearstler cloth. Neoclassical decorative molding coexists harmoniously with the high-glam furnishings and metallic finishes.

“Any cornicing, skirting, doors and floorboards which were replaced in the Astor construction are given back to construction direction for future use,” states Natale.

Greg Natale

Here, brass ram’s head bases make a captivating coffee table base.

Greg Natale

This living room vignette reveals just how fearless Natale is in showcasing his love of new regency style. There is a lot to look at, yet no detail feels over the top: Gold cabinet trim, metallic pulls along with a gilded thing with reptilian details play crucial supporting roles to the star of this space, the sunburst mirror.

Supersleek Contemporary Home in Australia

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Color Guide: How to Use Light Blue

Light blue, in its many variations, is among the very classic decorating colors and appears in conventional motifs dating back thousands of years.

Now’s light blue goes by many names: baby blue, powder blue, angel blue. Whatever you call it, light blue is calming and easy on the eye. It is the color of a spring sky and clear seas. It is the soft sigh of the color wheel.

Although they vary greatly in tone and colour, conventional light blues are authentic blues with no apparent yellows and greens in turquoise and teal or the grays in slate.

On walls, they have a softening effect, making them a popular option for bedrooms and bathrooms. Even though it’s rare in contemporary layout, light blue may be used as a neutral backdrop for diverse, midcentury-inspired and contemporary designs. But it’s most often utilised in conventional and Colonial designs.

It pairs well with glowing whites, beiges, golds and yellows.

Su Casa Designs

A very conventional light blue softens this white and gray toilet and makes it look both formal and welcoming.

Light blue and billowy white are the colors of dreams (or at least of the sky and clouds). There is something feminine and soothing about this combo.

Light blue bedrooms do not have to be frilly, however they will always have a touch of the conventional around them.

Julia Ryan

Here, light blue provides the whimsy in a joyous but quite conventional room. Notice how great it seems with all the gold frame and the beige sofa? It is a match made in heaven.

Ziger/Snead Architects

Light blue stretches its contemporary muscles within this area. That is about as starkly contemporary as this color gets.


Here is another go at modern design using light blue (though these colors border closer to turquoise and slate than they can do to authentic light blue).

Light blue is the go-to color in shore decoration. Blue, beige and white equivalent sky, spray and sand.


This eclectic light blue room combines conventional lines and shapes using a bit of crazy color. Be aware that everything aside from the orange velvet chaise longue is white, beige or black, allowing the paper and chaise to take centre stage.

MANDARINA STUDIO interior layout

Following is a crisper, more contemporary take on the light orange and blue combo.

Tuthill structure

Light blue is a popular Colonial color, blending well with bright white trim and gold-tone wood flooring.

Rinfret, Ltd..

A couple of light blues suit that this Colonial dining area perfectly.

Robin Amorello, CKD CAPS – Atmoscaper Design

A light blue kitchen just says country, even its upgraded incarnation. I’ll wager those lives here can bake an average cherry pie.

Read on for our favorite light blue paint picks.

Pottery Barn

Van Courtland Blue Paint – $63.99


Benjamin Moore

Gossamer Blue 2123-40 by Benjamin Moore


Serena & Lily

S&L Blue Wall Paint – Gallon – $45


Benjamin Moore

Polar Sky Paint


How have you used light blue? Tell us in the comments!

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Contemporary Beauty Within an Ontario Home

Monica Brown and Mike Levy knew exactly what they wanted in a new property. For Brown, it was performance; for Levy, details and aesthetics. Together they communicated their dreams to Bayview Design and Cedar Hill Custom Homes to make a home that would feel and look exactly right for their family. The result is a contemporary and updated home with sleek finishes, durable stuff, clean-lined furniture and a beautiful backyard oasis.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Monica Brown, Mike Levy, son Grayson and Weimaraner Luca
Location: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Size: 2,000 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on the main level; 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom on the lower level

The living room’s cathedral ceiling attracts visitors in at the entry. The fireplace, flanked by shuttered windows, is clad in ledge stone rock. A pair of dark leather sofas have adjustable backs for added comfort. Two white Barcelona chairs round out the seating area.

Laurie Christopher and Susan Oliver out of urbanescape helped with the property’s color palette. “Gray is complicated and beautiful, it will not go out of fashion, and you can add color for it,” says Brown.

In the dining area, three oversized wall mirrors visually expand the space. Charcoal gray upholstered linen chairs match the marble tabletop. “I enjoy the fact that the kitchen is not visible from this distance,” Brown says.

A rectangular sheer-fabric ceiling fixture out of Twin Bridge Lighting adds ambience, plus a contemporary white sideboard offers display and storage space. Dark hardwood floors from Palazzi Flooring runs throughout the primary floor of the home.

The kitchen cabinets have a warm, rich glow that works beautifully with all the granite counters. Stainless Appliances, hardware and contemporary backless bar stools add shine. The couple worked with Mylen to design their distance.

Two sinks and a huge island increase the kitchen’s performance. French doors with a transom open to the yard.

Interior doors: Home Hardware

The couple wanted the indoor-outdoor flow of their home to be eloquent. “We needed a home where we’d never have to leave,” says Brown. Adam Allison of Leaf Garden Design helped them create this relaxing outdoor space.

A seating area near the gas fireplace is where the household cozies up and relaxes together on warmer evenings. Beech trees add soft color over the fence line.

A graceful waterfall flows to the pool. The sound makes the family feel like they’re on vacation in their own backyard. Washington Pools installed the rectangular clean-lined concrete pool with a bullnose finish.

Removable, flexible fencing to the pool out of Guardian Pool Fencing is now saved. When needed, it’s installed by slipping the fence posts to sunken stainless cups in the concrete surround.

Rocks and pebbles keep the indoor shade palette. Water flows from a massive rock placed across the fence in this arrangement.

Concrete slabs laid in pebbles form a path from the storage area in the side of the house to the pool area. Lighting is subtly installed in the pathway and throughout the backyard to highlight plantings.

Back indoors, the master bedroom brings the outside in with colorful greenery in the art over the bed. The home has a split bedroom design — that the master suite is located on one side of the living area, while the third and second bedrooms and bathroom are located on the opposite side.

The master bathroom features a clean-lined tub under the shuttered window along with a walk-in cupboard.

Two Ikea mirrored medicine cabinets are hung side by side over the floating vanity to get a clutter-free cosmetic. Brown and Levy prefer to mix investment pieces with budget-friendly things for an affordable but luxury appearance.


In Grayson’s area, lively patterned bedding and accessories are added to brighten up the soft gray walls and drapery. Ikea cabinets provide storage, and stickers match the car-patterned bedding.

This main floor full bathroom is located between the second and third bedrooms. Similar to the other bathrooms, the aesthetic is kept minimal and contemporary. The heavy burden of the stone tiling made installation challenging in this toilet. Each of the toilet tiling is out of Toronto’s Tile Shoppe.

The downstairs lounge is a comfortably carpeted space utilized to amuse friends. “We love to come home to our little harbor. It reflects us and what we prefer to perform,” says Brown. The doorway leads to two guest bedrooms and a third bathroom.

An extra-wide sliding door, arranged from The Sliding Door Company, provides entry to Levy’s sports space from the couch. The couple plans to install a large-screen TV in this area.

Another broad sliding door in the lounge leads into a playroom for Grayson. A third sliding door leads to the weight and exercise room, once more allowing the household to be at home for a lot of their activities.

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ICFF 2012 Report: New Wallpapers From Tracy Kendall

For London wallpaper designer Tracy Kendall, virtually anything can inspire a new layout. Plants, found items, people, puzzle pieces, embroidered words, buttons and pockets filled with vintage playing cards have all been discovered on her wall coverings. Two new prints made an appearance at the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, such as a drapery-inspired wallpaper created by stitching custom fringe to newspaper.

Another, an advanced outdoor background, was made for backyard designer Can Quarmby and the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show. “It survived the rain and wind of an English summer flower series,” Kendall says. “I hope the U.S. marketplace will love it too.”

We caught up with Kendall at the ICFF to find out more about the inspiration behind her unique designs.

Tracy Kendall Wallpaper

Q. What is the largest priority in your layouts?

A. To make something which is beautiful but that may also be utilized as a merchandise, as background, pasted to the wall by a entire stranger — it’s not art.

Afterward, also something that increases the space it’s in, doesn’t take it over so there is no visual space for some other things. I love it when customers hang paintings or mirrors in addition to my background; it adds to it.

I like a flexible layout, one that the client can ask to be made in another color so it fits in with their inside, that I can change again so it fits to your client rather than simply being a layout within a colorway. And that is it. I love change.

Tracy Kendall Wallpaper

From old playing cards to puzzle pieces, Kendall uses just about every material possible within her work. For this customized newspaper, she put small puzzle pieces on the roll using the same plastic ties that attach price tags to clothing.

Tracy Kendall Wallpaper

Two new backgrounds were all the decoration Kendall needed inside her booth this season. On the left is your new drapery-inspired newspaper, also on the right is your new outdoor background.

Q. What iconic designer would you love to utilize?

A. Easy — Ingo Maurer. He is just such a genius. He’s actually just developed an LED background with a German company, which seems amazing.

Q. Your go-to location for inspiration?

A. I don’t have one go-to location, but I’ll often visit flea markets, antique shows and just pick up things. I simply brought an remarkable ledger from the 1930s with page after page of their weekly payroll all neatly hand-written out and added up. I have but it ticks all my boxes. It’s variants when people have sick days, leave the job, get a pay rise — the things of daily life. I love it!

Tracy Kendall Wallpaper

This outdoor background is intended to be durable. The waterproof, fadeproof and mildewproof paper is securely sewn on a durable foundation paper that may be nailed or stapled onto an outside surface.

Q. Do you have a favourite piece of furniture?

A. Most of mine is outdated and secondhand and doesn’t have a name tag, but I really do have a lovely office desk created by my friend Jennifer Newman. It’s plain, thick walnut for the top with glowing yellow metal legs, and it’s teamed with a vintage Eames office chair — the only one I can manage to sit all day in.

Tracy Kendall Wallpaper

Some of Kendall’s popular papers feature various sayings and quotes, painstakingly stitched into a sturdy base paper.

Q. What person’s house do your goods belong in?

A. This has been a hotly debated question. I kept coming up with areas: Versailles, 10 Downing Street, the White House. Then the discussion moved on to films: High Society and most of the James Bond films. Then it moved on to appearances: William Morris’ home and Karl Lagerfeld.

I Really like a challenge. I really like the concept of stepping outside my comfort zone and seeing if I can live up to these kinds of areas and people.

So, I’ve settled on the current James Bond — either the fictional one or Daniel Craig. I’m sure a home call or two will be required for that background!

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5 Homes Full of Far Eastern Influences

What do you think about when you think about Asian design? Obviously, many different countries make up the diverse continent and there’s a vast array of styles beneath the vast category of”Asian.” However, there’s a certain uncluttered simplicity, balance and serenity inherent across international boundaries, and the West can’t seem to get enough of it. Here’s a look at five spectacular homes that were heavily influenced by Asian strategies to style, each one mixing inspiration from the Far East in addition to its own region.

Maria Teresa Durr

An oversized pot from Thailand lets people know this Miami home has off-the-beaten path openings in store.

Maria Teresa Durr

Furniture and art brought back from Thailand mix with organic fibers on the floor and walls. The subtle colour palette keeps things comfy.

Maria Teresa Durr

Exotic materials include to a Thai-Miami tropical mixture texture.

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Webber + Studio

In Austin Texasthis home by Weber + Studio Architects combines the common regional modern components of limestone along with a metal roof with touches borrowed from Balinese architecture, like the dark siding and pavilion style.

Webber + Studio, Architects

On the second level, stair railings resemble shoji screens.

Webber + Studio, Architects

Cooling colors and substances continue inside, committing to the tropical and exotic feel of the home.

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Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

The magnificent views from this Malibu home look as though they stretch all of the way to Asia.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Interior designer Tracy Murdock incorporated many Japanese bits on the California coast. For example, this eating nook gets the Zen feel of a Japanese teahouse.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Calming affects from Japan extend into this restful bedroom, such as shoji screens and closely styled views of nature.

Supon Phornirunlit / Naked Decor

Inspired by a hotel lobby in Thailand, Designer Supon Phornirunlit brought home the idea of a reflecting pool to his home in Washington D.C., furnishing most of it with smart inexpensive regional finds. By”neighborhood,” I mean that the closest IKEA and Pier 1 Imports.

Supon Phornirunlit / Naked Decor

In addition, he brought back a gorgeous silk duvet, hand-painted Buddhas and temple doorways to provide this guest space.

Supon Phornirunlit / Naked Decor

The ease of Asian style together with his keen graphic design eye and love of pop art is reflected in all of his baths.

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Jordan Cappella

When interior designer Jordan Cappella was tasked with designing the interior of this sleek and initially rather cold pre-fab in Venice Beach, he switched to Asian influences. A welcoming Buddha sets the tone in the front stoop.

Jordan Cappella

Inside, a mix of mid-century modern, contemporary and Asian accents and furniture warm up the interior. It’s a true mash-up; the stool is out of Bali, the front of this triangular pillow is covered in bits from a traditional Japanese obi, along with also the back of the pillow is covered in what Cappella calls”a very cheap Chinatown cloth”

Jordan Cappella

A Kirei wall (plywood made from reeds) gives a background for a Chinoiserie chest along with a hand-carved one-piece bit. Cappella loves to combine substances, metals, eras and styles, therefore earning art from Vietnam, fabric from Japan and furniture from Bali is all in a day’s work for him.

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Design Option: Japanese Shoji Screens
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Guest Picks: 20 Gifts to Tickle Your Funny Bone

I wouldn’t always use the word”tacky” to describe my handpicked choice of that is gift-able. Wait . Yes, I would. They are tacky. Delightfully tacky and tasteless and campy, and you also know someone whose home will be better . — Ellen from Nouveau Stitch

Mookie Gifts

‘A Christmas Story’ 40-Inch Leg Lamp

We’ve got these in our home. You ought to have seen the faces of those five exchange students we had here last week. They eventually relaxed once they understood that the leg wasn’t real. It is impossible to explain to those who don’t know a”major award” when they see one.

Fred Flare

Buddha Butter Dish – $26

You’ll no longer have to remind hubby it is time to hit the treadmill. Just set this butter dish in front of him and silently gaze back and forth between the him and dish. He’ll find the message.

Fred Flare

Fred & Friends Wine Monkey – $15

What greater way is there to introduce a bottle of the best 2-Buck Chuck than put in the hollowed stomach and brain cavity of a sock monkey? Both were made for one another.


The Jesus Toaster – $27

Perfect toast each time. Every time.


The OCD Cutting Board – $24.99

When Martha says to make those carrot strips two inches, by gosh, they had better not be 2.1 inches!

Fred Flare

Cardboard Buck Jr.. Trophy – $32

No live animals were hurt in the creation of the piece. Deer-cardboardery, while previously known as a lost art, is alive and well and kitsching it up from the den.

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Wine Glass Lampshades – $16

They’re glasses — no, they’re lamps! They’re glamps!


IPad two Cat Felt Sleeve by Boutique ID

Hissssss, I said it is my iPad. If your good arm means anything to you, I would suggest you move along.

Fred Flare

IMM-Living Aphrodite USB Hub – $46

Aphrodite, greek goddess of love, beauty, joy, procreation and the million digital gadgets in my desk.

Mookie Gifts

A Fragile Dog Funny Doormat – $18.99

Therefore it would behoove you to slowly back away from the door, unless you have something especially meaty in that present bag.


Hand-Embroidered Region Pillow – $149

Have you got a relative who won’t get with it and use a GPS? Bring them into the 19th Century for this GPS pillow. That is right, a global positioning system that not only gets them within 500 miles of the destination, but also supports the spine while they’re sleeping in the rest stop.

Mookie Gifts

High Heel Cake Server – $16.99

Shoes and pie — just two things I never believed should be used together. Better the kitten heel than the penny loafer.

Fishs Eddy

Rush in Grease Spoon Rest – $11.95

The squeaky wheel, or in this case the spoon rest, gets the grease.


Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag – $16.25

Why invest in Baccarat crystal when a faux-baggie is going to do?


Paper Pots – $39

These pots are for when the toilet paper absolutely, positively shouldn’t be viewed with the naked eye.


Face Mug – $18

Oh dear, Mrs. Fields was reading those cross-marketing books again. What’s next? Cookie dough antacids.

Fishs Eddy

Strip Tea Glasses 13.5ounce, Set of 4 – $22

I really don’t think this is what the Victorians had in mind when they talked bringing a Pole to tea.

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Tim Burton’s Playing Cards – $5

Add these to your weekly Texas Hold’Em marathons and introduce some melancholy into the mix. Your visitors will be too depressed to ante.

Fred Flare

Kit Kat Clock – $60

This is a funky and retro clock with cattitude. It was likely invented by cats whose caretakers had missed one a lot of 6 a.m. feedings.

Lamps Plus

Pinguino Black And Yellow Accent Lamp – $89.91

Penguins mate for life, meaning you’ll need a set of these lamps.

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Guest Groups: Versatile White Serveware

‘Tis your season to party! If you are planning on hosting a holiday gathering, do not miss your serveware. White serving pieces are as versatile as they are practical, and will be the base of any well-styled party table. They work with any decor and every event, so you’ll be sure to bring out them over and over again during the year. Beth in The Modern Home


Cuatro Platters – $1.95

Cuatro platters are entertaining all-stars, and apparently I’m not the only person who thinks so. Great for serving and dining, these puppies scored an impressive five stars out of 177 testimonials on CB2.


White Curve Server – $3.95

Purchased in multiples, this server lets you design any tablescape you can imagine.


Rainbow Hors D’oeuvres Establish – $44

These arches readily add style and interest to the buffet table.


Dome Bowls – $3.95

I really like how slick and minimal these bowls really are. They’d look fantastic holding only about anything.


Ceramic Soup Spoons – $9.50

Ceramic soup spoons are perfect for individual appetizers and result in a nice screen.

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Libbey┬« Only Tasting Round Tasting Bowl – $19.99

Here is another wonderful piece for individual appetizers. These mini bowls are slick and contemporary.


Footed Serving Bowl – $39.95

This footed base is a versatile bit. Use it for serving or for a centerpiece screen.


Rectangle Rim Platters – $9.95

Rectangle rim platters are a timeless piece for entertaining. Simple and flexible, they maintain anything from appetizers to main dishes and work well with any style. I certainly have these in my arsenal.


Nagoya 3-Part Server – $14.95

This fun collection includes two plates and one bowl that fit together like a puzzle.

Bed Bath & Beyond

BIA Cordon Bleu Swirl Dish – $5.99

This swirl dish could result in an intriguing food screen.

Bed Bath & Beyond

BIA Cordon Bleu 5″ Divided Dish – $4.99

This 1 kinda looks like a dog bowl. However, in the event that you’re able to get past that, it could be great for serving condiments.


Cheese Markers, Set of Six $9.95

Like cheese? I do! These markers make it easy to identify different cheeses — or any cuisine — at the table. They’d make a fantastic hostess gift.

Beth Young

7-Piece Finger Food Set – $39.51

I’d omit the steel tray in a buffet setting, but otherwise I really dig this set from Blomus.


Cheese & Cracker Server – $24.95

The raised center of this dish makes for easy access to cheese, etc..

Emmo Home

Alessi La Stanza dello Scirocco Fruit Bowl, White – $70

Set your rolls into this artsy ultra-mod bowl, and you are bound to begin a few conversations over it.


Swoop Bowls – $4.95

These bowls are just another Crate & Barrel favored you are bound to find lots of applications for.


SKYN Serving Plate – $19.99

This serving plate from IKEA has fitting bowls that are almost identical to the bowls listed above. Surprisingly, the purchase price of the bowls is significantly less expensive at Crate & Barrel.


Cookie Tray – $151.88

The cookie cutter tray by Stina Sandwall is perfect for serving up all sorts of fairly treats.


IKEA 365+ Serving Bowl – $4.99

It’s hard to beat the purchase price of this serving bowl from the IKEA 365+ series — or the design for this issue!

Roselli Design

Square Porcelain Display Riser

Roselli has, without a doubt, the best looking cake racks on the market. The square is my favorite, but the round and coupe risers are simply as sweet.

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8 Colours for North-Facing Rooms

If you have ever painted a room that faces north, you might have noticed that the color didn’t quite look as if you expected, especially if you used a lighter colour. That is because north-facing rooms get very little direct sun, if any. Also, the organic light that does stream into the space is often a cool, bluer light –not the warm glowing type. This can have a massive impact on color and leave your paint job from the shadows. With all that, north-facing rooms may still be inviting and warm, if you’re willing to use colors that are more saturated and vibrant.

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4R Builders.

Using orange provides a warm and also a festive touch to a north-facing room. A crisp color of orange makes a fun and unexpected color choice for a mud room or laundry room.

Attempt: Knockout Orange 6885 by Sherwin-Williams

Heather Knight

A shaded room will never win against yellow in its saturated form. Start looking for a deep yellow that’s gold and green undertones for its biggest effect.

Attempt: Funky Yellow 6913 by Sherwin-Williams

Mark pinkerton – photography

Periwinkle is considered a color that was cool, but its purplish undertones add just enough heat to make it work in a space with sun. Additionally, it is a good idea to pair cooler hues with warm finishes, such as the hardwood floors in this space.

Attempt: Anemone 590B-4 by Behr

Walden Design Group – Cynthia Walden

With its warm, garden green wall color and sexy pink cloth, this woman’s room has excitement and energy. A punchy color combo is the best answer for a space that doesn’t have a direct hit from the sun’s yellow rays.

Attempt: Hidden Meadow 410B-5 by Behr

Shoshana Gosselin

Chartreuse is a bold color choice, but in a shadowy space, it is tempered enough to not look so overpowering.

Attempt: Nervy Hue 6917 by Sherwin-Williams

A cherry color echoes a beautiful sunrise and will add a natural warmth into your north-facing room.

Attempt: Funky Fruit 2015-50 by Benjamin Moore


Using fuchsia can be frightening, but if you like pink, then it is best to use a vibrant tone in chambers with hardly any sun. Pairing pink with white and black produces a very glam look.

Try: Hot Lips 2077-30 by Benjamin Moore

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

Imagine if your favorite color is blue? Can you still use it in a north-facing room saturated in cooler sunshine? Yes you can! Just remember that glowing, soft blues may turn out looking dull or gray. Choose a warm, mid-tone blue that is more vibrant than what you could possibly be accustomed to.

Attempt: Rocky Mountain Sky 2066-40 by Benjamin Moore

More: Past the White Ceiling: Using Shade Above

More Shade: Yes You Can!

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In the Runways Home: Pastels Spring Back

Among several trends coming up for Spring 2012 are the pastels that made a loud splash during Fashion Week. Big names in fashion, such as Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg, are earning such pretty shades to substitute the loudly neons and prints that have been ruling the runways, making way for a more tranquil aesthetic.

Since there’s not any better place for tranquil than the house, let’s explore some approaches to translate this tendency into insides. Many of the ideas require only a bucket of paint or exchanging several knickknacks. If your house could use a light and airy spring refresher, keep reading to adopt a world of pastels.

Jeanette Lunde

Sometimes all a seating arrangement needs are a couple pastel pink accent chairs. Treat yourself to something fresh, or paint everything you presently have.

Sophie Azouaou

For a truly calming bedroom, pastels are the thing to do. Eliminate visual competition by focusing on just two shades, such as seafoam white and green. The softness of the pastel dominates the distance. Discuss soothing.

Tiffany Eastman Interiors, LLC

This is just another example of the idea, in pinks with a black accent. The black adds marginally more measurement, which makes the space feel equally relaxed and balanced.

Amoroso Design

Do not want to the pastel to feel to romantic or soft? Choose a color that feels crisp, such as this minty blue-green. When mixed with modern accessories and sisal runner that this stairwell feels anything but traditional.

Life in the Fun Lane

Take it a step further by refinishing a piece of furniture at a pastel. This dresser keeps its feel while appearing fresh in a shade of green. When paired with the ocean artwork, the whole vignette is your image of aesthetic serenity.

Design House

Give a side table a fresh character by covering it with a pastel tablecloth. Both feel and the colour will provide it an upgrade.

Layout Shop Interiors

Further contemporize that your pastels by punctuating them with bold colors; the contrast of soft shades against glowing neons is unexpected yet definitely chic. Try accenting the light using a brighter colour of the color: this pink bedroom feels stylish and young with accents of magenta throughout.

Zimina Inna

Another idea is picking a complementary colour to accent the pastel. In this bedroom, light purple takes centre stage when juxtaposed with orange.

Elad Gonen

Paint something unusual with pastels for a surprise twist on the fashion. It is not often you see closet doors painted with stripes in soft blues and yellows, but the look is whimsical and fun.

Elad Gonen

All you need is a dose of pastel to provide a fresh update. Consider your island : how much livelier will your kitchen feel if it obtained a color makeover?

Dreamy Whites

Swap out your bright or patterned bedding for a serene pastel set, whether it be a dust ruffle or merely of the sheets. Both the rest of night and your bedroom will look peaceful.

Mark English Architects, AIA

Soften your settee or couch with accents of pastel throw pillows. You can intermix them with bolder colors, or do an dab of pastel. In any event, updating your aesthetic in ways to can change again after and you are going to be embracing the tendency.

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