Home' Abode : November 23 Contents THE HERALD
Colour accentsTu r n u p
Colourful furniture brightens homes and
lightens moods, finds Jean Patteson.
BRIGHTEN UP: There
are plenty of items out
there that can brighten up
a house, from furniture to
rugs and lamps, to stoves
Colour choices in furniture over the past
decade have been mostly brown, brown
or more brown, but the time is ripe for
Ready or not, we're getting it.
Out of America comes news that bright col-
ours are making quite a splash in the furniture
"In home furnishings, we've had a long period
of neutral colours in wood and upholstery,"
says Jaclyn Hirschhaut, spokesperson for the
American Home Furnishing Alliance.
"With concerns over the gloomy economy,
consumers are looking for a spark of brightness
- something that feels like fun and makes them
Some new designs feature hot pinks, oranges
and yellows. Others come in cool but lively blues,
greens and turquoise.
"In a tough, uncertain economy, people's
homes become their haven," says interior
designer Kris Kolar. "Bright colours make their
haven a happier place."
No one is advocating a total home makeover in
lime green or fuchsia.
Instead, trendwatchers expect homeowners
will be looking for unique, colourful items to
perk up their homes. With that in mind, Kolar is
stocking up on pieces such as an aqua-lacquered
bar, a deep-red sideboard and sectional seating
in a combination of white, yellow and black.
"Using colourful accent pieces is an effective
and inexpensive way to add a little lighthearted
whimsy to an interior," says Hirschhaut, who's
been spotting a flood of blues and purples.
Kolar agrees. Homeowners will be injecting
colour, but in small, whimsical doses, she says.
They may add a doormat printed with thongs,
a bed painted yellow to team with a turquoise
chest, or a drum table accented with polka dots
- as long as those dots aren't brown.
HOW TO DECORATE WITH
Individual, colourful pieces give rooms an instant
lift. Here's how to add accents with flair and
Choose pieces with flexibility. A colourful chest
can sit in the foyer today, in a guest bedroom
Choose a colour that's a personal favourite. You
will find a spot for it somewhere, because you'll
love it unconditionally.
Use a single bright or whimsical piece in a room
with neutral colours or traditional furnishings.
Colour and whimsy are most effective when they
Co-ordinate accent colours with existing
colours. Add bright yellow bar stools to a pale
yellow kitchen, for example. Or a coral dresser
to an aqua bedroom.
Don't take yourself too seriously. It's your
home, you should decorate in a way that
Break a few rules, inject a
few surprises. Nothing is more
intimidating than a pristine
Don't be afraid of making
mistakes. When all you're
adding is a single, inexpen-
sive accent, you can afford
an oops! occasionally.
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