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    4 Tips for Choosing an Accent Colour

    4 Tips for Choosing an Accent Colour

    Adding an accent colour to a room can create interest and take your room to the next level. But before you dig out your paint brush, take a look at these four tips that will help you choose the right colour.


    Let Colour Inspire You

    When choosing an accent colour we often look towards a client’s art and accessories for inspiration. Often you can choose a colour from a piece you already have and run with it. The colour will tie the room together and often people don’t know it, but they will be already be comfortable with the colour because they have been living with it and are already a fan!

    Consider the Mood of the Room

    It is crazy the impact colour has on your mood. There have been so many studies showing the effects colour has on people, so it is important to consider the mood of a room when selecting a colour. Neutrals and cool colours such as blues, greens and greys tend to offer a sense of calm, which is great for bathrooms and bedrooms. On the opposite end, warm colours such as reds, oranges and browns energize and create a social atmosphere. Dark tones can give a moodier and more of a formal look, while bright colours can increase unrest and irritability. Think about what the space is being used for and the look you are trying to achieve to help lead you to right colour for your space.

    Choosing the 'Right' Colour

    Often when people are choosing an accent colour for a feature wall they are tempted to go bright and bold. However, when you are painting an entire wall these bright bold colours can be a lot more overwhelming then the one-by-two swatch in your hand. Instead you should opt for a slightly greyed tone or a colour in the same colour family as your main colour. Trust me, you won’t get tired of the colour as fast and your eyes will thank me!

    Testing the Colour

    Choosing a paint swatch off a paint fan is great, but you want to make sure the colour translates correctly to your space. Lighting is a key factor in how the colour you chose will look in your space. Whether your room has tones of natural light or is shadowy and dark, the colour will be affected and will look different in different spaces. That is why it is important to make sure you look at the swatch in the room you are thinking of painting. Once you find the colour you want, ask for a larger swatch so you can hold it up and get a better feel for the colour. Still not ready to take the plunge? You can also get a small sample to test paint on your wall to get a better feel for how it will look.




    Happy Painting!


    Photo Credits:

    Shellard Photography


    Fun and Functional Patio Design

    Fun and Functional Patio Design

    Summers tend to be short-lived in Calgary, so make the most out of your summer by using these fun and functional patio ideas.

    Outdoor Furniture

    Warmer months mean the chance to entertain outdoors and enjoy cooking and eating meals with family and friends in the fresh air. Creating areas throughout your backyard that cater to different needs allows you to entertain throughout the day. Creating a space for lounging is great for entertaining guests. Adding outdoor toss and greenery or lanterns create a soft and comfortable area that you and your guests can relax in. If you have extra space, adding a dining area lets you enjoy outdoor meals with your family and friends, and even acts as a space if you like to place games outside.




    The best part of summer is the life that the heat brings, so embrace it and make your backyard an outdoor oasis with landscaping. Planting trees or bushes require little maintenance and allows you to enjoy for years to come! If you don’t have a yard and only have a balcony or concrete pad, adding outdoor planters can be a great way to add greenery and brighten up your space.

    Fun in the Sun

    Pergolas not only look great, but they are functional. Pergolas are a great way to give your patio partial shade while still letting light in, so you enjoy more time outdoors even in the heat. Pergolas are also an easy way to string lights throughout your space to give a soft and timeless look. If you are not interested in creating a permanent fixture, there are tons of great umbrellas out there. We suggest buying an adjustable umbrella where you can move throughout the day to keep you cool and out of the sun.





    Keep the Good Times Rolling

    Don’t let the night stop you from enjoying the outdoors. Hanging lights or adding outdoor lanterns to your yard add a soft ambience, as well as extends the length of the time you can spend outdoors. Adding an outdoor firepit or heat lamp can keep you cozy even when the sun goes down. There is an option for almost any space. Whether that means a built-in pit, a gas pit or movable pit. The world is your oyster!




    Photo Credits:

    Shellard Photography


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    Spa Styling For You Bathroom

    Spa Styling For You Bathroom

    Everyone needs a spa day but it is not always easy to take the time out of your busy life. One way to get the relaxation is to give your bathroom a spa makeover. By incorporating a few key elements you can create your own spa. Here a few things to consider when styling your spa inspired bathroom.


    Calming Atmosphere

    Using neutral colors gives a calm relaxing feel to the room. We like to use soft blues and earthy tones to add color to the calm atmosphere. A deep accent color can be used to create contrast in your space and create a feature space in your bathroom.


    Adding Soft Elements

    Greenery is a great way to incorporate natural elements in your space. Adding natural elements increases the spa feel and purifies the air. Plants of all shapes and sizes can be used to create a more natural feel to your space.

    Baskets, jars and trays can be used to add functional yet delicate décor to your spa inspired space. Epsom salt is the perfect item to display in your clear jars as it is are aesthetically pleasing and is always in reach when you need to relax at the end of a long day.

    Stools and accent tables can be a great alternative as they will allow you the freedom to relax while having a place to put your wine glass.




    Gold hardware is a great way to add sparkle to your spa! As well, using large scale clean looking tiles if you have the opportunity to change tile can make the space seem larger and very clean.

    These elements can take your at home spa to the next level. Incorporating soft luxurious elements that will allow total relaxation and comfort at the end of a long week.




    Photo Credits:

    All Photos By Shellard Photography

    Creating A Kids' Play Nook

    Creating A Kids' Play Nook

    Are you looking for a space to keep the kids occupied and organized? An area that they can all their own without dragging the mess into your shared living space? Think about creating a play nook in your home. Sharing a space with your children does not have to mean losing your adult space. Though you may not have a space to close the door and forget about the mess, here are a few tips to incorporate a functional and creative play area in your home.


    Encourage Creativity

    Create an area rich in experience and learning. Make sure that there are multiple opportunities for play and imagination in your area. It should include all the senses! Incorporate texture, color, and interactive elements to your play nook. Adding chalkboards and drawing stations increase creativity and give kids a sense of ownership to their area. Play tents or the area under your stairs are perfect kid-sized spaces that they can retreat to and make their own.


    Foster Organization

    Organization is key when creating a space for your kids. Having a designated area for your kids is ideal, even if this is just an ikea kallax unit in your basement. Creating a designated area keeps things contained and avoids your house from becoming an entire play zone. Incorporating cubbies and storage bins help keep things organized and will encourage your children to clean up after themselves. Organization is key for easy and painless clean up!


    Create Comfort

    A comfortable and inviting area for the kids allows creativity to thrive. Adding cozy elements such as blankets and pillows will create a warm and inviting space that your kids will never want to leave. Bean bag chairs and child sized furniture are a perfect for adding comfort and functionality to the space.



    Imagination is all you need to create the perfect play nook. Incorporating elements rich in experience, learning and fun allow your children to grow through play. Keep the kids busy for hours with the perfect play nook. Happy playing!



    Photo Credits: 

    Shellard Photography

    How to Refresh Your Home Without Leaving Your House

    How to Refresh Your Home Without Leaving Your House

    In light of the novel COVID-19, most people are self-isolating and spending time at home. And there is nothing like spending two weeks in your house to realize it might be time to redecorate. But don’t worry, you don’t have to leave your house to spruce up an old space. Take a look at some of our tips:


    Bring the Outdoors In

    As we all self-isolate and social distance, we have limited interaction with the outside world and it can make us feel cooped up in our own homes. Getting out for walks or spending time in our backyards is a safe escape for many during these tough times. Next time you are on a walk considering bringing some of nature home with you. Adding plants or even a set of branches can brighten up your space and give you a sense of connection to the outside world even if you are stuck at home.


    Sort Through Storage

    You’ve been saying you’d go through that attic or garage for years, well now is finally the time! Make this time useful by going through your old things and reorganizing. You never know, you might even come across some hidden gems that you can add to your home to give it a new and fresh look!



    As we spend more time at home, we also have a chance to spend more time with our family or in self-reflection. Try rearranging your furniture to make a space that you can be comfortable in or that creates a space where you can easily lay out a puzzle or play a board game with the kids! Pulling up a cozy chair next to the window is also a great spot to do your work while catching some rays and a good view of outside!


    Shop Your Home

    Most stores are closed, but you don’t need to go outside to get a new look. Browse around your own house and redecorate with what you have. Using your accessories in new places will make them feel like new again!


    From the whole RCID team: stay happy, healthy and safe!