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Lemon Sorbet is the 2013 Benjamin Moore Color of the Year

artisan trend benjamin moore

artisan trend benjamin moore

It is the time of the year where we look at color trends. Each paint maker made their own predictions but we can always see some common elements within their color palettes. This year, “greyed down” colours are in vogue. Except for the earth toned Artisan trend, the other palettes proposed by Benjamin Moore bring a subtle punch of colours to the neutral grey interiors.

The Artisan color palette gives you tips on how to update your grey walls. It is my favorite one!  My main floor is painted in two shades of grey and a rich, muted golden yellow.

Color of the Year 2013 and The Coastal Trend

coastal benjamin moore

At Benjamin Moore, the color of 2013 is Lemon Sorbet (2019-60). I like its softness. They described it as

the perfect transitional colour between the mid-tones and saturated colours seen in today’s home furnishings and the softer, lighter pastels which are emerging for 2013.

lemon sorbet wall relaxing home office design
photo credits: Benjamin Moore
You can see its soothing effect in this home office designed around a coastal theme. You could use the same palette to design a calm nursery.

Urbanite Color Trend

urbanite trend benjamin moore

Instead of the traditional black-and-white color scheme, mix a rich golden yellow with luscious navy. Marblehead gold is gorgeous. Or for a more subtle decor, update your kitchen white cabinets by pairing them with sophisticated neutral colours.

2013 urbanite color trend by benjamin moore
photo credits: Benjamin Moore

New Traditional Color Trend

A dark blue wall creates a nice backdrop for a bedroom. The key here is to keep the rest light. You can never go wrong with a chevron motif. The bedding used for this traditional bedroom is from West Elm but I wasn’t able to find it online.

new traditional color trend by benjamin moore
photo credits: Benjamin Moore


Paint Dipped DIY Round-Up

paint dip utensils kitchen diy

Paint-dipped furniture has been making the rounds as a subtle way to embrace the bold and bright color trend. But if you’re not willing to sacrifice a favourite wooden chair or stool for this trend, the technique can be adapted for inexpensive home accessories.

These DIYs prove how easy it is get a custom look with a designer vibe. If you have leftover cans of paint, these use-what-you-have projects are the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon: transforming unwanted clutter into something beautiful.

paint dip utensils kitchen diy

In The Kitchen

Wooden utensils and mismatched silverware are prime candidates for this technique. If you don’t have any kicking around your kitchen, look for inexpensive options in dollar stores or secondhand shops.

Don’t worry too much about coordinating shades – remember, the goal is to use up your painting leftovers – but try to keep similar tones together, as Erin from House of Earnest did with her wooden utensils. Even neutral shades look cool in a group.

Want to keep all eyes on the table at dinner? Try dipping the handles of a set of silverware in a mega-watt color. Creatively Christy used multiple colors for a fun effect, which is also a clever way to disguise a mismatched set. Planning your next dinner party? Stick with neutral linens and dishes, and use dip-dyed cutlery to dress things up, or coordinate them with your party palette.

paint dip bowl glasses diy

In The Dining Room

Speaking of dinner parties, if gold-rimmed china isn’t in your budget, this cool alternative adds a bit of gilded glam to your table. If you’re feeling super creative, you can make your own porcelain bowl before dipping it with this tutorial on Curbly, though these dishes are better suited for table styling than eating off of.

No one will care that your goblets aren’t crystal thanks to Liz from Say Yes to Hoboken’s creativity. She created this gold version for holiday dinner, but we’re imagining them in the metallic-of-the-moment, copper, or in a summery hue for outdoor entertaining.

paint dip diy flower vase candle holder

Around the House

It’s the little things that make a house a home, and it’s the trendy little accessories that keep your home out of a décor rut. We love these baby food jars-turned-mini vases from Oh Happy Day for a spring shower or birthday, and the way Design Love Fest gave these basic and boring vases an instant upgrade with a dip – make that a spray! – of colour.

wicker basket paint dip martha stewart

We all have more wicker baskets than we’d like to admit. Give these open storage essentials an update with a dip of colour, as shown on White paint freshens their look for a laundry room or bathroom, but they’re easy to imagine on a patio in a sunny yellow, or as toy storage in your child’s favourite colour.

Do you have paint just waiting to be put to use? Will you try this trend?

+ Paint Dipped Wooden Utensils from House of Earnest
+ Colorful Silverware DIY from Creatively Christy
+ Gold-Dipped Bowl DIY from Curbly
+ Gold-Dipped Wine Glass DIY from Say Yes to Hoboken
+ Paint Dipped Mini Vases from Oh Happy Day
+ Color-Dipped Vase DIY from Design Love Fest
+ Dip-Dyed Baskets from Martha Stewart


Color Your Touch Bin

Colour your touch bin by brabantia

Colour your touch bin by brabantia

Several years ago, I bought a roll top bread bin by Brabantia. I still use it today. Their housewares are made to last, on top of being pretty.  I am so sorry that I do not live in Europe right now. It’s because I could order a modern Touch Bin in 200 colors. What we can buy in Canada and the United States is the fingerprint proof matt steel version.

Giving access to a wide range of colors or even allowing custom-made color in every day objects started many years ago in Europe. Why does it take so long for North American brands to catch up?

+ Color Your Bin by Brabantia


Mini Japanese Colored Pencils

Mini-Japanese Colored Pencils

Mini-Japanese Colored Pencils

Storing colored pencils in a tube seems more cool. It is way easier to put back a pencil than the traditional row storage.  At that price, you can afford to stock a few tubes for when you host a kids party or play date. This way, the kids can get their hands on their favorite colors without a fight.

+ Mini Japanese Colored Pencils $4.95 USD at The Gray Goose


2011 Pantone Color of the Year: Honeysuckle

Pantone 2011 Color of the year Mood Board

Pantone 2011 Color of the year Mood Board

Each December, designers from all aspects of the industry await Pantone’s color of the year announcement. As the global color authority and provider of color standards for all areas of the design industry, Pantone’s selection influences product development and design decisions in fashion, home and industrial design.

For 2011, the color of the year is honeysuckle, a warm pink that straddles the line between coral and poppy red. Since pink is one of those shades that you either love or loathe, it’s no surprise that honeysuckle was met with mixed emotions from the design community.

pink accents in a kitchen

When it comes to pink and decor, it can be hard to think beyond nurseries and little girl’s rooms. But honeysuckle is far from a lifeless pastel, adding a contemporary burst of color and a much-needed hit of summer during dreary winter months.

West Chin Room

Just check out this amazing yet otherwise neutral space by New York architect and interior design firm West Chin spotted on Desire to Inspire. Gorgeous as the space may be, my eye was immediately drawn to the simple vase of pink peonies. The tone of the flowers adds life and vibrancy to the room – proof that you don’t need to make a major investment in this trend to update and add impact to your decor.

If you’ve been waiting for the day you can add a major pop of pink to your home, this is the year to do it. You’ll have no problem finding wallpaper, furniture and fabric in this mood-boosting hue. For a less committed approach, consider inexpensive room accessories such as a framed print, cushion cover or area rug. After all, only Pantone knows just what color 2012 will be.

Will you add pink to your decor this year?

+ Learn more about Pantone 2011 Color of the Year
Custom birth announcement by Apple Blossom Print, $28 USD
Malama black/grey/pink wallpaper, Wallpaper from the 70s
Louis Poulsen Pink Collage Pendant Lamp by Louise Campbell, $1,455.40 USD
Nisse folding chair, $18.99 CAD at Ikea
Schumacher Zenyatta Mondatta lumbar pillow in Berry, Woody Liana, $75 USD
Paris Tea Towel £8.50 at Lovelylovely
Pink accent kitchen photo: Freshome
+ Living room designed by West Chin on Desire to Inspire


How to Use Colors in the Kitchen

painted green shaker kitchen cabinets

painted green shaker kitchen cabinets

We pass so many hours in your kitchen, why not make it cheerful? I buy several European home decor magazines every month. One constant over the years is how much the British and the Europeans are not afraid to use colors on big pieces. And their use of bold colors is tastefully done. The key to not regret your choice is to select a rich hue.

lime green glass backsplash counter surfaces in a white modern kitchen

I do not expect that I will convince many of you with this post to jump and buy colored kitchen cabinets, counter surfaces or fridges. I simply wish to show you something that you rarely see inside the North American decoration magazines. We are getting more comfortable when we see it more often. They are things that grow on you; others that don’t.

emerald blue high-gloss kitchen cabinets by alno

If you are not ready to commit, the next best thing to create a big statement is to paint your kitchen walls a contrasting color. This way, it is an easy fix if you get tired of it.

lime walls with espresso kitchen cabinets by alno

I walked the talk

There are many ways to add colors on a kitchen, other than accessories. Since I live in an old house (150 years old), I didn’t go all modern. My husband and I decided it was best to maintain an harmony between the indoor and the outdoor of our home. But it is still very modern for many people. I created the illusion of a wall of red stripes with my kitchen cabinets. The back of every two maple wood Shaker door is stained a bold red. I lent a wood watermelon to my kitchen maker and told him to match it. The backdrop is my olive green walls.

A row of red upper cabinets was my first choice but it meant changing the design of the tall cabinet, which I was not willing to do for practical reasons. You can use colors to enhance or to reduce the effect of the room architecture.

Have you dare to use colors on big pieces?

+ Harvey Jones Kitchens
+ Emerald Blue Kitchen by Alno
+ Alno – espresso cabinets with lime walls


Inspired by Ink & Peat

ink and peat :: store view

ink and peat\'s floral arrangements for a modern garden

It has been a while since I visited Housemartin, the blog of the owner of Ink & Peat. I admire Pam’s floral arrangements since her beginning. She caught my heart again with her modern garden arrangement that cleverly mixes a variety of orange and green flowers.

ink & peat :: store view

Not every party requires a theme. But it helps to get plan a fabulous event. When you are not inspired, visit design stores that you love for clues to stimulate my creativity. Take the visual merchandising at Ink & Peat. I love their merchandise and how they display everything in the store. It provides all the clues that you need to create a fabulous table. You get the mood and what style to look for.

When you walk to a store and their displays astonished you, take notes on how the colors are distributed. Building a color scheme is not just about putting the right colors together. It is mostly about how much of each and how do you spread the colors. Then, you can adapt the key elements to get a look that you will be proud to share with your guests.

+ Interior views of Ink & Peat
+ Modern garden on Housemartin


Rich Jewel Colors for Fall 2009

rich jewel colors for home decor :: fall 2009 trends

Looking at the November 2009 preview of Living etc, you really get the feel that warm and rich colors are in vogue. As someone who loves burnt oranges and rich yellow tones, I could not be happier. The more daring can enliven their home with cerise.

As you can see rich vibrant colors are used as accent colors against neutrals. The rise of yellow, which started last year, is still going strong when I look at home accessories. Opposing rich spice colors to dark maroons, grays or khakis will create a more classic look that will last longer.

wool jewel color throws and blankets at toast

The good news about what is hot for fall 2009 is that you putting a few accessories can be enough to update your home. Put your attention on getting a few throws, cushions, on changing a lamp base or adding vases here and there. We always need a few throws anyway for the cold months. UK retailer Toast carries this season richly colored blankets and throws in a wool/mohair/alpaca yarn. The nankeen yellow Chunky Handknit Throw is superb.

metropolitan home coverpage :: october and november 2009

This trend is not just on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Just look at the last two issues of Metropolitan Home to see that it is also going on across North America.

+ Mohair Alpaca Throw £125 at Toast
+ Chunky Handknit Throw £125 at Toast
+ Living etc – photos from November 2009 preview
+ Metropolitan Home – cover page photos: Oct. 2009 and Nov. 2009


Grace Bonney’s 10 Favorite Designs on June 2009 Canadian House and Home

grace bonney of design sponge :: canadian house and home june2009

I met and chatted a little with Grace of Design*Sponge last February when she sat on the Design Bloggers panel at IDS 09. She is a sweet girl.

Canadian House and Home wrote a two-page story on her. Grace told us to check the work produced by contemporary Australian and Mexican artists. She loves the way contemporary artists of both countries are informed by their indigenous culture. It results in vibrant color art pieces that feel fresh.

Canadian House and Home also asked Grace to select her favorite products and homes of the moment. You can admire 10 rooms that inspired her.  Grace is into vintage wallpapers. She shown us the vintage floral wallpaper she selected as the place setting for her wedding. I share her love for Thomaspaul pendants and lamps.

easy to live with green

Grace currently favors Sherwin-Williams Verdant 6713. I included a picture of a green that is an easy to live with. When selecting a wall color, check what it looks like under the lighting conditions of your room. Select a color that could cheer you up during the day and be sophisticated at night for your dining and living rooms.

+ Thomaspaul – Trees 3-Shade Pendant Lamp $550 – $595 USD
+ Vintage Wallpaper nr 64 50 € at
+ Grace Bonney’s 10 Favourite Homes
+ June 2009 Canadian House and Home magazine


Orange and Teal Party Theme

orange teal party theme :: etsy invites and bracelet

The hardest thing for many people is to find a theme for their party. For everyday entertaining, the key is to find a connection, a directing line for your décor.

Why not get inspired by a color scheme for your next party? Looking at the handpicked items picked by Efratom, you can feel the festive vibe.

I particularly like these for a bunch with the girls:

Invitations: Set the mood with by sending the good morning buttercups by lncgreetings – price: $4.50 USD

Decor: Tie on the votive holders a few Betty by the Pool…fabric covered bead bracelet by AnnieandOlive – price: $15 USD

Tablescape: Lay down an orange polka dot piece of fabric for your tablecloth. Or you can frame the Pass the Orange Spotted Coffee picture by weberphoto – price: $10 USD

Centrepiece: Go simple like a bouquet of lovely orange Ranunculus or a grouping displaying a single bloom. The Rhode Island photograph dsbrennan produced this Ranunculus 8×8 print – price: $30 USD

Party favors: Go green with this coin purse made of salvaged banner by birdversusbird, Russell Coin Purse – price: $8 USD

The Bobby Flay Turquoise Dinnerware at Kohls fits well with our theme. Unfortunately, only the oatmeal bowl is still in stock.

The next time you need to find some inspirations for your party, you can browse through my site :-), but you can also look in your closet or flip the page of a home decor magazine to find a pattern from which to derive all the party elements.


A Glimpse at Winter 2008-2009 True Blue Collection by Koziol

true blue collection for winter 2008-2009 by koziol

I already told you about purple and blue being the color of the moment earlier this year. The trend continues this winter. For Koziol, passionate purple and mysterious midnight blue are setting the tone.

I am happy to get a scoop and introduce Koziol’s Winter 2008-2009 True Blue collection. My preference goes to the five items I am showing you.


Forged in a single piece, CAMILLA can be a watering can, a vase or a bag. It depends on how you feel and what you need.

Serving ware

LEAF-IT enables you to serve hors d’oeuvres, sushi, antipasti or tapas in style. It is available in a transparent violet and blue material.

ANEMONE looks like a one-of-a-kind piece but in fact the unique shape can be manufactured due to cutting-edge technology. If you are looking for a conversation piece to store your fruits, the Anemone bowl fits the bill.


COCOON is a trendy cup for hot and cold drinks. It is normal since it was designed for the club scene. This cup was created to fit the décor of the Cocoon Club in Frankfurt by the design atelier 3deluxe.

The PURE series will be available in midnight blue. I showed you the PURE carafe, cups, bottle cooler and tray in a summer shade of green last month.

Purple and blue are the hottest colors in Europe. Looking at these pictures, I understand the appeal. What are your thoughts about the True Blue collection?

>>> Sourcing:
Learn more: Koziol

+ Purple, Khaki Green and Yellow Green | More Color Trends of 2008
+ Guest Blogging about Color Trends for