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    Blogs — warm colors

    Easy Summer Style for Your Home

    Easy Summer Style for Your Home

    There’s no better time to freshen up your home than during the summer. The days are longer, the sun is brighter and the mood is light and easy – all of which can be reflected in the style of your home! Try switching out your throw pillows for bright coral or orange tones, introducing more greenery, or sprucing up your outdoor space with fun dinnerware.

    Bring the Outdoors In
    Summer is a great time to introduce more plants into your home. Buying fresh blooms is the perfect way to add colour to your space, plus you can switch it up more often depending on what’s in season. Adding faux plants is another great way to go if you want to add some greenery to a room that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, or if you don’t have a green thumb to keep real plants alive!

    Lighten Up!
    Switch up your accessories in the summer with brighter colours and lighter fabrics. Easily switch out accessories like toss cushion and throw blankets seasonally so your home can feel light and bright in the summer and rich and cozy in the winter. Fabrics like cotton and linen are perfect here as they are light and breezy.

    Entertain Outdoors
    Summer is the perfect time to take your guests outside and enjoy a meal al fresco. We love the look of wood dinner plates in the summer months paired with bright yellow florals. If a pop of colour is more your style, try pairing linen yellow napkins and placemats with cool grey stoneware plates. To add a polished touch to your outdoor space, make sure to add an outdoor rug to tie the space together and provide comfort underfoot for guests.


    Lounge About
    Make the most of whatever outdoor space you have by investing in quality outdoor furniture that will last. Spend time outside doing the things you love most be it lingering over a bbq dinner at your sleek outdoor dining table or lounging on a plush sectional reading your favourite book with a glass of wine.

    Play With Fire
    Whether you’ve got the room for a fireplace or just a few candles, fire brings a sense of nostalgia and warmth to your space while creating ambiance. We love a gas fireplace with a wood or stone surround to make a statement. On a smaller scale, candles set in a woven or glass lantern are a great way to add a touch of fire to your outdoor area – plus you can move them around and play with different sizes and combinations depending on the mood you want to create.


    Photo Credits:

    Shellard Photography

    When To Choose Warm or Cool Colours

    When To Choose Warm or Cool Colours

    A month ago we watched the US inaugurate a new President. As one of the most attention grabbing elections in recent history, the eyes of the world were turned to Capitol Hill. Colour spoke volumes on this day. Poet Amanda Gorman was full of sunshine and hope in yellow, Kamala Harris wore vibrant purple, a symbolic nod to a mix of red and blue. The President Elect, big shock here...was in navy blue, the colour of trustworthiness and stability. Carefully selected and speaking volumes without saying a word, colour impacts us very deeply, and the messages sent by these colour choices were felt around the world.

     While few of us find ourselves wondering what colour to wear to an inauguration, we often find ourselves choosing colour to live with everyday in our homes.

     When we learned our colours in kindergarten it was with a rainbow. Later on we may have seen a colour wheel in high school art class. The wheel, sliced in two, very clearly shows us warm colours one one side and cool colours on the other.

     While we may naturally gravitate to certain colours, exploring all colour and what it can do and say is important when we are choosing a colour palette for our homes.

    Baby Blue

     In the Brookfield Cadenza Showhome, we chose a traditional, trustworthy navy blue for the nursery. Blue, a cold colour, reminds us of water and it’s calming, serenity-invoking properties. Cool colours, because of their longer wavelengths in the light spectrum, tend to “expand” the feel of the space, which can make a small-ish nursery seem larger.

     While the cool grey is warmed up here using an ivory undertone, a zen-like sanctuary vibe is achieved in this Brookfield Seton Grandin bedroom with it’s mix of textures and finishes.

    BR Babys Rm
    BR Master

    We also tend to see cooler colours in our offices and workrooms, as the tranquility evoked fosters focus and concentration, much needed properties when on your third zoom meeting of the day! The connection with water is a natural fit when we are creating a spa feel in a bathroom setting, reminding us of the natural springs and the wellness associated with them. Note the cooling effect of the blue and grey undertones in this white ensuite.

    Legacy Office
    Carfted Edge Ensuite


    Warmed Up Neutrals with Colour Pops

    On the opposite side of the wheel are the warm colours, red, orange, yellow. Fire has been a natural gathering place since we discovered it, so it is no surprise that the social spaces in our homes tend toward warm colours. Gathering in a living room or family room bathed in reds, yellows and oranges we feel cozy, as the wavelengths of the warm tones do the opposite of the cold, they draw the eye in, making the room more intimate.

    By choosing neutrals with warm bases and adding to the temperature with fired-up fabrics we  create spaces that are warm and inviting. The golden mustard tufted couch and chrome yellow toss cushions bring energy to this jewel box front room...

    BR Living
    Kaplan Living