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Realty 59


One of the most personal design elements of décor for your home is colour! The colour that you choose to paint your walls, cover your furniture, hang on your windows or finish your floors with will tell a story…a story about you and the person that you are, whether you are quiet, romantic, flashy, young (or not so young), sporty or a social butterfly…… your home will reflect that.


The best compliment we ever received from a guest was that our home was like a Venus flytrap… once you came inside you could not get back out as it was so comfortable. Our colour palette choice is one of warm neutrals with loads of dark chocolate accents. The wall colour is called Havana Cream but my husband calls it Melted Chocolate Ice Cream. Can you imagine it and see why it is so comfy! Our monochromatic colour scheme of warm neutrals continues in our other finishes; microfiber overstuffed sofas, plush wall to wall carpeting, cozy blankets & throw pillows adding the dark wood keeps things from being to “beige”. Having texture variation is very important as well with this colour scheme as it adds relief and interest.


Another type of colour scheme to consider is an adjacent colour scheme. This means colours that are


beside each other on the colour wheel. For example: if you live in a colder climate you may want to choose colours from the warm side of the colour wheel that are beside each other, yellow & orange. This will warm up your space visually by taking clues from nature. The sun being many shades of orange is very warm and this will transform into your interior space. Adding splashes of yellow brings more warm vibrations into the room, while adding accents of black gives anchor and avoids monotony. Next, let’s look at a complementary colour scheme.


Here we are going to use colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. For example: purple & yellow an exhilarating combination that would be a hit with any tween girl’s bedroom. I normally suggest using one of your colour choices as the main colour and then adding splashes of the other, this keeps the room from feeling overwhelmed with colour but with a complementary colour scheme balance works best…equal amounts of colour bouncing around the room.


A little trick of the trade is to take a piece of fabric, a painting or anything that has the colour


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