Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: Emerald 17-5641

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. Yesterday PANTONE announced their choice for the colour of the year 2013. Their choice is Emerald (17-5641) which they describe as a lively, radiant and lush green – a sophisticated and luxurious colour which is also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity.

As I did with their choice for 2012 – I thought I’d gather a few ways you could add some of that lively green to your life right now:

From top left: Pot, Napkin, Clock, Rug, Ring, Rug, Pillow, Plate, Pillow, Chair, Rug

I cannot tell you how excited I am that a shade of Green is the colour of the year. I LOVE green, and not just because I’m Irish ;). I’ve had this picture pinned forever and I love it – the emerald green is a lovely contrast to the cream and black.

I’ve got bedside lamps with green dots on them, and I’ve been trying to put together my bedroom for a couple of years, but I’ve found green rather hard to find in fabrics and linens (at least at the stores I frequent). Hopefully this will change as the year goes on, and green will be easier to find as retailers take their cue from Pantone – just like they did in 2012.

What do you think of their choice? Are you loving it like I am, or are you wishing they picked something else?

I Live in a Blank Canvas, and that Needs to Change!

When I bought my condo way back March 2010 I didn’t really have any direction as to how my home would be decorated as I moved from a space of just 330 sq. feet and had the bare minimum  of furnishings and other pretty things to guide me. When I decided to paint the walls in the bedroom and living room when I moved in I had no starting point so I went with plain ol’ white. I wish I could say that the shade at least had some sort of cute name like ‘Snowflake’, ‘Puffy Cloud’ or even ‘Milk, but it was straight off the shelf ‘white’.

Yes, white is boring, but I worried that if I picked a fun hue to paint my walls right after I moved in, that choice would taint or colour (Ha!) any decisions I made later surrounding the space itself. I wanted any choices to happen naturally – as I found pieces I loved. Over the past two plus years I’ve accumulated a few more pieces of furniture and a number of dare-I admit-it knickknacks, and I have a better understanding of how I’d like my space to look. When I look back on what I believed my future space would look like when I moved in (very modern and cool, with an arc lamp and other chrome accents), to what I want it to be now (more transitional, with some warm wood and small gold accents) I’m surprised at the almost 180 degree change in my decorating direction, and I’m really thankful that I decided to resist the new-homeowner temptation to rush out and buy stuff to fill the space so it wasn’t so barren and unloved looking.

I’ll be attending BlogPodium next weekend, and the title sponsor is Para Paints. Para is offering 5 bloggers who are attending BlogPodium the chance to become part of their blog crew, and giving them 15 free gallons of paint to play with. With the decor direction for my condo more firmly laid out, and the enticement of the contest I’ve started to think about adding some colour to my space in the form of paint.

This is my kitchen, which in over a year of blogging I haven’t yet shown you. It’s quite a small space, with not much opportunity for major change without spending quite a bit of money. BTW – those are the counters that were installed when my condo was in an episode of `Home to Go`on HGTV way back in 2002. They were reused when the current cabinets were installed a couple of owners ago.

Ikea White Abstrack Cabinets, White appliances, tile

My kitchen

Last week I looked up and realised that the ceiling might be just the place to add a bit of colour. The only trouble is that I inherited someone else`s colour choices when I moved in – the almost navy blue tiled floor, and the mustard yellow accent tiles in the backslash and along the back wall. At first I considered painting the ceiling a light sky blue, and then a pale yellow, but now I’m wondering about a dark blue to mirror the floor. Would that make the room too cave like? Maybe I should just stick with a bright white on the ceiling – so much for being adventurous!

Kitchen Colour Ideas – The Banker`s suit appears almost black online, but it`s more blue. All Paints Para

My living room is a space I`m quite anxious to add some colour to. The room has some really nice crown moulding and large baseboards that are quite difficult to see when everythings the same shade of white – a bit of colour will help them stand out.

My Living room

My Living room

While I`ve toyed with the idea of a vibrant accent wall behind the television, I`m currently plotting something a little more subdued and classic – perhaps a soft beige or even purple.

All paint Para Paints

If I introduced a bit of light purple to the room via the wall colour it would allow me to add more vibrant colours to the room via accessories. Remember those Louis XV style chairs I got from Kijiji well over a year ago and haven`t done anything with yet? What do you think of this idea?

An idea for my Kijiji chairs

My bedroom is another room is desperate need of colour. I rewired some antique lamps that have some gold and Kelly green dots, and I`ve been trying to imagine a way to add those colours to the room without it becoming overpowering. I think the way to do it is by using a cream colour paint on the walls with a stencil using the same colour in a gloss paint – this will give some interest to the walls without it becoming overwhelming.

My Bedroom (sorry for the awful picture)

My Bedroom (sorry for the awful picture)

I`ve seen lots of talented bloggers paint their own fabric when they haven`t found what they`re looking for – I`d love some horizontal stripes in green on white fabric.

Have I gone a little colour-crazy? Should I jump in feet first and try lots of colour, or should I start with some subdued hues and work my way up to some of the more vibrant colours? The nice thing about paint is it`s a fairly easy thing to change – if I were to try some of the more vibrant colours above and they just didn`t work, it would only take a few hours to change it again. Let me know what you think – would you use any of the colours above, or maybe something completely different? I`d love to hear your thoughts!

Linked to: Chic on a Shoestring, Addicted 2 Decorating

To Paint, Or Not To Paint – That Is The Question

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a wee problem with my bathroom – I don’t really like it. Most of my dislike stems from one particular feature – the tiles. They are a rather unfortunate shade of blue.

Don’t get me wrong – I love blue, just not my blue tiles.

Some Of The Blue Things I Love

As there isn’t any way to replace the tiles without breaking my limited budget,  I started to contemplate painting the tiles.

In my search for answers to the question ‘can I paint shower tile’ I got very mixed answers – some people insisted it was easy and durable, and others vehemently opposed it. Don’t you love it when things are so simple?

I found a product at my local hardware store that is meant to be used to paint bathtubs. It’s called Klenk’s Epoxy Enamel, and it looked quite promising until I read the instructions and realised the amount of work involved for an outcome that was questionable. I was tempted, but when I read that some users recommended use of a respirator while applying the product I decided  it would be better to kill that idea than risk the loss of some much-needed brain cells.

I even went so far as to email the people at Benjamin Moore and ask for their advice. They very kindly sent me  instructions that were much less intimidating than those for the epoxy paint, but again there was no guarantee that  after I did all the work the daily showers wouldn’t take their toll, and the paint wouldn’t start to peel. If that happened,  I’m positive I’d dislike the tiles more than I do now and be forced to redo all the work, or spend a lot of money to replace them

In the end I proved to be too much of a chicken to try it. On a positive note, I do have a new mantra – ‘Square blue tiles are the height of stylish bathroom design’.