Are You Getting Enough Greens (In Your Decor)?

Spinach, Celery, Olive, Avocado, Lime…

I think it is no small coincidence that green is the colour of some of our most nutritious foods. Just as we need lots of these nutritional powerhouses in our diets, adding a healthy serving of greens to your home’s interior can help boost your well-being when the days are short and cold and the landscape is gray and bleak.

This winter, I am on a campaign to encourage you to banish the winter blahs by adding more good colour to your environment.

We Found: Seven Easy Ways To Add Green To Your Home

The colour of new growth, green is optimistic and life-affirming.

And there is a reason why we never tire of looking at a green landscape: Green is easy on the eyes. In her book All About Colour, Janice Lindsay says “…our eyes can relax when they look at green because the wavelength is the perfect length to fit our eyeball. It lands smack on the retina without any focusing effort or adjustment.”

These irises are one of the first signs of life in my garden each spring. Photo: Carol Standil

These irises are one of the first things to start showing life in my yard each spring, and a welcome sight indeed! Photo: Carol Standil

Green might be nature’s perfect neutral. All greens work well together and pretty much every colour looks good against greens. How perfect is that little touch of purple in the iris buds above?

If a soft and subdued palette speaks to you, nature is ready to show you how to achieve it. Take inspiration from a favourite vacation spot or your own back yard.

Fresh green, blue green, soft sage green — all blend beautifully in nature. Image source: Pinterest

Soothing Green Room

Don’t you think this living room could have taken its inspiration from the luscious succulents above?

Mixed greens create a soft, pretty and serene living room. Image source: Pinterest

Nature can also inspire a lively and energetic colour scheme for your room. Consider your favourite summer flowers (I happen to love zinnias)…

Take inspiration from a sunny bed of zinnias. Green leaves make a stunning backdrop for the colourful flowers. Image source: Pinterest

…and translate them into a vibrant and cheerful room like this.

Vibrant Green Living Room

Enjoy summer all year when you decorate with colours pulled straight from the flower bed. Image source: Pinterest

Want to join me in my campaign to beat the winter blahs with colour?

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The Colour Secret To Boost Creativity

If your work demands creative thinking, (and whose doesn’t?!), decorate your office with blue

Image of office with blue accents

That blue wall could help with creative thinking. Of course, the blue cushion on the window seat wouldn’t do any harm either! Source: Pinterest

Good colours are more than decoration; they are functional. They can actually support us in living our best lives.

A recent article in the Huffington Post shares how blue can help you be more creative. This makes it a great colour for offices or other spaces where you need to innovate or solve problems.

“There’s a reason we love gazing up at the sky and out at the sea so much — the pretty blue hues put us in a relaxed mood and help our minds wander to the most creative of places. A University of British Columbia study found that while the color red helps develop sharper memories, the color blue helps unlock your imagination.” (14 Ways to Bust Out of a Creativity Rut, Alena Hall in  06/05/2014)

Here are three ways to bring blue’s creativity-boosting power to your work space.

1. Paint the walls.

Blue paint for work spaces

Some beautiful blue paint colours.

How to choose blue paint

Many people have trouble choosing blue paint. Blues that look pretty on a small swatch can feel juvenile when blown up on a whole wall, and very pale, clean blue walls can feel cold and insipid. (Although pale grayed blue can be wonderful to make a ceiling seem taller.)

Blue generally gets warmer as it gets darker, but context is critical when it comes to finding just the right one for your space.

For great wall colours, look to more complex blues — blue grays, blue greens, or blue/gray/green blends are generally work well.

TIP: You can often find great blue paint colours by looking at
the gray section of a fan deck.

2. Integrate blue through artwork.

Draw inspiration from sky and water even in a windowless urban office. Source: Pinterest

Blue looks great with pretty much any colour scheme, so adding a great piece of artwork or two can be a great way to bring blue into your existing space.

A beautiful landscape painting or photograph has the added advantage of providing you with an instant get-away. Lose yourself in the scene and let the creative ideas percolate.

If you like your artwork less representational, that’s great too — the important thing is that you choose something that resonates with you.

3. Add colourful furniture.

Inject a large dose of a favourite bold blue with a painted credenza or bookshelf.

The current trend for painted furniture gives you a great way to add a big hit of strong colour to your office without touching the walls.

If you can’t find exactly what you want, you can create your own. Add zing to bookshelves or a vintage credenza with a couple of coats of chalk paint in your favourite shade of blue. Now you’ve got something that is both lovely to look at and packed with practical storage for office supplies and important files.

Colour is Context

As with all colour, blue will be affected by its environment. A gray blue that feels cold and unappealing in a north-facing room may be perfect in south light.

The colour of your floors, trim and other furnishings will also play a role in determining which blue will look and feel right. Adding a cool blue item to a room with warm wood tones and yellow-beige walls will have a very different effect than would adding the same item to a room with cool gray walls and flooring.

If you’d like help choosing and co-ordinating the perfect colours for your space, contact us to book a Colour and Decor Consultation.

Designers share tips for bringing the indoors out

I’m always glad to see the latest issue of Covet Magazine come out, but I’m especially thrilled to see this one because I’m in it!

Covet – Spring 2014. Image via Pinterest. Click through for full credits and to read the magazine.

Covet is an award-winning design and lifestyle magazine that showcases “amazing talent and really cool things that can be found right here in Winnipeg.”

Naturally, as a Winnipeg colour consultant and interior decorator, I was delighted to be invited to write this issue’s Ask a Designer column, and I’m looking forward to being a regular contributor.

Since the theme for this issue was “indoors and out”, I invited three of my fellow decorators to join me in sharing their favourite ways to bring the outdoors to your indoor decor.

Would you be surprised to know that colour was tops on my list?!

You can read my article and get the perspective from my colleagues on pages 72 and 73 of the online issue here.


Bringing the feeling of outdoors into your home can make it happier and healthier. Check out my favourite tips for bringing nature inside.

Love what you see? You can subscribe to the hard copy or electronic issues for free. Here.

If you’d like help to fill your home with the perfect-for-you balance of classic elements, current trends and harmonious colour, contact us to book a Colour and Decor Consultation.