Winter Whites

When you think of white, what is the first thing that comes into your head? Do you think it’s cold, stark or boring? More and more with the rise of minimalism and Scandinavian decor, white is making a come back in a big way.

Warm. Vs. Cool Whites

You may heard heard these terms before and thought they were kidding, but truly there are different types of white. Basically this means that you can either have a warm toned white that’s basically the world’s palest yellow or warm colour, or the palest blue that is basically white. When choosing artwork of furnishings for white rooms consider if you want to keep a cooler tone for a more modern design, or go warmer to a warm white. Art can really pop on a white wall, and it can make your space seem really cool and modern like an art gallery. Try to use artwork with black or bold colours to really stand out and bring some life into your space.

Mood and Vision Boards

If you’re anything like me, you love to scroll through Pinterest and pin all those aesthetic moodboards. To put it simply, mood or vision boards are like digital or physical scrapbooks. Whenever I start a new interior design project, my first step is to browse Pinterest to find the perfect vibe for my room. My next step is to create a moodboard.

Putting A Moodboard Together

I find the easiest way to start a moodboard is to center it around a specific colour palette or aesthetic. Say you want to create a room with lots of plants and neutrals, the first step is to grab some colour swatches. If you’re doing this in person, maybe grab some paint chips from the local paint store, or if you work digitally, feel free to use photoshop. Secondly, have lots of photos and tape. This is the fun bit, use tape to stick up a bunch of photographs that inspire you and fit into your moodboard look. Lastly, feel free to accessorize, this is the final step where you add bits and bobs that fill the space and fit the overall look (for example dried flowers, newspaper clippings, postcards or art prints). The next time you start and interior design project, I recommend this easy and quick step in the planning process.

 

Art in the Bedroom

If you’re anything like me, you have trouble finding that perfect piece to suit that one weird wall in your room. Fear not, we all have this same strange affliction, indecision. Maybe you’ve tried hanging several different pieces at this point, or it’s been a weird empty space for too long.
For bedrooms, I generally recommend hanging art over your bed, or on the wall across from your bed. I would use either a set of vertical artworks, or a large horizontal piece that fills up the space. Try to hang your pieces at least 15 cm over top of your furniture so that it doesn’t sit too low. In articles online, they recommend using calming abstracts or neutral photography for your bedroom, but I say if you’re going to be sitting on your bed a lot, choose whatever makes you happy. Feel free to use bolder or more modern pieces if they suit the space.

 

The Art of Being Cozy

Well friend, it’s beginning to be that time of year again. It’s time to bust out the warm socks and scarves, light a candle and snuggle up with a good book. As the year winds to a close and the days get shorter, take some time for yourself.

Eating and drinking

I am a strong proponent for seasonal eating and drinking. In the colder months, I tend to lean towards hotter foods and drinks. Some of my favourites include: tea, hot cocoa and soups. It’s the perfect time of year to dig out that slow cooker from the back of your cupboard and make a slow cooker stew.

Dressing for the weather

This may seem obvious, but I don’t just mean wearing oversized sweaters. I find with the colder months, my wardrobe tends to shift to more muted and darker colours, I favour plaid and heavier fabrics. I can also highly recommend wearing fleece lined tights (just a warm hug on your legs). If you’re looking for that extra bit of warmth, you can layers socks over top of your fleece lined tights for maximum level coziness.
Lastly reader, I am telling you to take some time for yourself. After the elections and the craziness of this year, please be gentle with yourself. Take a day to just do nothing, stretch out on your bed and binge some tv or read a book, enjoy the colder weather and get cozy.

Art in the Kitchen

If you’re looking to refresh your kitchen, how about adding some artwork on the wall? Like so many others that have started projects during quarantine, maybe you’re finally tackling that kitchen re-do you’ve been putting off for years (come on Susan, it’s been six years).

One Big Piece

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect piece for that one weird wall in your kitchen, how about adding a neutral botanical? I find people like to keep the artwork in their kitchens a little less showy to put more of an emphasis on the food and appliances.

Gallery Walls in the Kitchen/Dining room

Many people now have a dining area branching off of their kitchens. These wall tend to be neglected and boring. How about adding a bold gallery wall to get dinner conversations flowing? You can keep the imagery simple and neutral (think nature or shapes) if you want to keep your dining are a little more understated.

Warm Vs Cool Colours

Hey friend, you might this subject is pretty obvious but I would like to talk about the difference between warm and cool colours for a moment. Choosing a colour temperature for a room can make a huge impact on the overall vibe or feeling of the space.

Warm Colours

Wether you’ve gone full earth muffin and made your whole house shapes of browns, oranges and creams, or you’ve got a more boho neutral space, warm colours can make a space seem really inviting. Now warm tones don’t all have to be red or orange, you can have a warm grey wall that will still give you that cozy feeling. Warm greys tend to be white and black mixed with more red and yellow, instead of the cooler blue tined greys. Some very popular current warm tones include rust, terra cotta and ochre.

Cool Colours

The colder end of the colour wheel is great for more modern, clean or sleek interior design. You don’t have to have only white walls to make a space cool toned. For example, having deep blue or hunter green walls would also be considered having cool toned walls. Trending cool tones include grey, mint, and denim.

 

In Good Shape

When adding a piece of contemporary artwork to your room, think about shapes. Shape based art has taken over the modern art world. These pieces add a bold and sleek pop of colour to your space. Even simple shapes can really elevate a space.

Organic Shapes

If you’re looking for a more relaxed piece of modern art, I would use more organic shapes. Keep the design loose with movement (simply put - flowing lines and rounded shapes). If your space is already decorated with very shark edges and furnishings, maybe add a softer shape based print.

Hard Edges

If you want to add a very sleek (and chic) piece of art, why not use harder edged shape pieces. This doesn't mean you have to add a random canvas with a single green square to your wall. There are plenty of pieces out there with harsh lines blended with softer lines or textures.

Autumn Oranges

It’s officially fall (or autumn if you’re fancy). This means all the pumpkin spice, giant sweaters and aesthetic fall photographs with pumpkins and leaves. With the change of seasons, the light and colours have changed. If you’re anything like I am, you’ll be browsing Pinterest and instagram for all those cozy and comfy looking homes.
Consider colour palettes and specifically  consider orange. I know that when you picture orange it’s probably a vibrant and offensive pumpkin colour. Now friends, would I lead you astray with colour? No. When decorating with orange, I recommend using a more toned toned rust or more of a terra cotta orange. They are a little less offensive to visitors.

“Orange is the color of the sun. It is vital and a good color generally, indicating thoughtfulness and consideration of others.”
-Edgar Cayce
These colours seem to be right out of the 70s. With the rise of mid-century modern furnishings, theses vintage colours have been brought back into the light, and with good reason. They are warm and easy to match with wood and other neutrals. They add a much needed punch to a simple and earth toned room.

What Does Your Wall Colour Mean?

It’s been proven that certain wall colours in your space can change your mood. Yes….this does sound like something someone would say to you while clutching crystals and telling you about their latest tarot card reading., but colours do genuinely have an effect on our mood. We tend to associate certain colours with feelings, like yellow with the sun.

Blue

Take blue for instance, what is the first thing you think of when someone says blue? Probably the ocean or sky. Blue is a great easy colour to work with since most people find blue calming. It’s also reasonably easy to decorate, add a white couch and some simple furnishings and your blue room is set to keep you calm and cool the whole year round.

“A certain blue enters your soul” -Henri Matisse

Brown

Brown wall colours have come very much back into vogue. Browns tend to be associated with the earth and nature. Brown is a colour that is neutral and simple to furnish. Keeping your rooms in a neutral colour palette keeps your space simple and warm.

White

White walls tend to be a bit polarizing. Some people find the light paint stark and harsh while many others say that it is sophisticated and bright. This can also be dependant on the kind of white paint you choose, whether you go for a cooler or warmer white. If you’re interested in a more modern and posh white, go cooler. A warmer white like eggshell tends to fall more into the classical styles such as shabby chic.
With modern pigments, the possibilities are endless, feel free to go for a bright cheery yellow, or maybe a dramatic pop of black. All I ask is that you stay far away from the colour you get when you mix yellow and black. Seriously the worst options out there.

 

What is Your Style?

Boho

Are you inexplicably drawn to rattan? Are earth tones slowly taking over your space? You’re space is probably in the bohemian style. Fear not, boho does not have to look like aunt Susan’s hippie apartment in the 70s. With earth tones very much in vogue, there are plenty of decor options for you. I would recommend keeping the artwork for the space minimal and in the same colour family. Add accents of campus grass or hanging textiles to finish off any wall.

Minimalist

If you prefer less fuss and like to keep things more sleek and modern, you’re probably drawn to minimalism. It’s fine if you threw out grandma’s souvenirs from her trip to New York, because honestly, you like your desk clean. Minimalism is synonymous with clean lines, bold accented colours and monochromatic decor. For decor, use modern furnishing and keep the artwork bold to bring an otherwise simple space to life.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

Traditionalist

Did you think the first two options sounded a little pretentious? Does your house look more like a family home and less like a magazine? Are there dishes in your sink from two days ago (this is me telling you to please wash them)? You lean more to the traditionalist aesthetic. Keeping your furniture classic so it won’t go out of style anytime soon is a great choice. Use neutral colours that don’t offend the eyes and imagery that is easy to understand. I recommend the artwork for the space to be photography or botanicals that you won’t get tired of the longer you stare at it. I would also recommend using colours that are soothing and universally enjoyed such as blues, greys, browns and whites.