Why do we flock to the garden centres in spring?
By mid-March we’re tired of our grey and black clothing and grey skies, particularly those of us living in northern climates. New York decorator Mario Buatta says that ‘colour is a mood setter’. How true is that? Colour psychology is a huge topic for another time. But simply put, it affects you more than you know.
So, after more than a decade of neutrals, colour is back! Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you have to go out and redo everything but it sure is nice to see some colour injected into neutral rooms. That’s a good start after this way too long love affair with ‘beige’. Forecast colours from Para Paints range from chartreuse to hot pink to orange. (Come visit our in-studio event on May 25th for the full presentation!)
How do you inject some colour in an otherwise neutral room, you ask? Easy.
- Recover a chair or two and co-ordinate some toss cushions in a cheery colour
- Wallpaper a focal wall in the master bedroom or living room
- accessorize with a colour and repeat the colour 2-3 times around the room
- add a vividly coloured area rug
- add some colourful, uplifting art
Pantone announced its colour of the year for 2011 to be Honeysuckle.
According to Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone company energizing colour Honeysuckle is uplifting and gives the confidence to face life’s many challenges today.
You gotta love designer to the stars Mario Buatta. He embraces colour and pattern wholeheartedly. No tiptoeing around here. In the April 2011 issue of Elle Decor Mario agrees with this maximalist approach. He believes colour can make you feel great! (How true!) He has favourite paint schemes that he shares: for the living room – yellow walls, a pale-blue ceiling and white woodwork. (Sarah Richardson’s paint palette for Para Paints has a beautiful pale blue for ceilings). For Kitchens – off white cabinets painted robin’s egg blue on the inside with a lemon yellow ceiling. (sounds perfect) For bedrooms: apricot walls, a pale blue ceiling and off white woodwork (sounds very feminine. Just ask Mariah Carey-he did her bedroom).
Mario Buatta – The Prince of Chintz
So, I see colour everywhere these days: in fashion, in home decor and yes, in the flowers outside…. Must be spring for Mario all the time…..