COLOR INSPIRATIONS

Beige / Brown / Gold

Beige / Brown / Gold

Earth, an abiding source of comfort and security, gives us rich and warm colors that cradle us in this modern era obsessed with clean lines and a sense of purity. The many colors of the Earth (brown, sand, beige, terracotta…) have been working their way into our modern homes for a few years now. The various colors of the Earth bring the touch of warmth to our minimalist decors that stainless steel and glass will never be able to radiate. Shades of chocolate, cinnamon or taupe create a sense of unity in a décor and pair well with one another as well as with more vibrant colours like purples, greens or turquoises. Throw in the mix a hint of that precious metal extracted from the womb of the Earth, gold, and you will create the perfect marriage of the elements that the Earth has to offer.

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White

White

A symbol of purity in Occident, the whites are taking the decoration world by storm. Often set aside for its lack of warmth, white is making a comeback and is now available in a variety of nuances. It is flirting with the many colors of the rainbow and it is playing the part of the chameleon. It passionately blushes and then becomes green with jealousy; it lights up in a fiery tango between orange and yellow. The whites of the 21st century are not the pure and austere white that once reigned in our households. Today's white is multi-facetted and takes on a new personality with every new house it inhabits. Use it to light up a décor or bring a breath of fresh air into a room, but keep in mind that no color is an island, entire of itself. Liven up your whites using accessories and fabrics with vibrant colors so that your décor does not feel bland.

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Blue

Blue

Color of the sapphire, blue has long ago earned its letters patent of nobility. Prized by the royalty in the Middle Ages for its rarity, which made it expensive, blue is thus associated with wealth but it is never vain. Wavering between heavens and oceans, blue creates a bond between the divine and the human, the spiritual and the concrete world. Blue is a soothing color that wraps you up like the sea in its loving arms. It can however easily become icy cold. That is why it is always best to pair it with warmer colors. Blue is the softness of the world made color, it is infinity within reach, it is quite simply the prince charming of the color wheel. So let the blue-blooded color in and you will not be disappointed.

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Yellow

Yellow

Associated with the sun and a sense of vitality, yellow wants to surprise you. Forget the canary look of the seventies paired with orange and brown. In 2010, yellow plays the nuance card: a saffron yellow warms up the kitchen, a deep ochre makes the living room more inviting, a touch of lemon in the home office wakes up the brain and a pastel or a straw yellow makes the bedroom a haven for relaxation. This lively hue likes to share the scene with various shades of cream and white and it puffs-up its chest to contrast black and shades of purple. Be careful though: when choosing your yellow, make sure that it does not give you a yellowish complexion.

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Black

Black

This dark color may frighten some people. How do I use it without going overboard, making my home a depressing place? When it comes to decoration, black has a bad reputation. However, used in light touches, it is an excellent way to make a room elegant and sophisticated. Black is a trendy and modern color that too few dare to display in their decors. Think of black in decoration the same way you think of it when it comes to fashion: paired with the right accessories, that famous "little black dress" is the garment that can best show off assets while remaining rather sober. Opt for an accent wall or contrasting accessories matched with vibrant colors and your decors will gain in glamour. Let the black work its magic on you.

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Orange

Orange

Like a great ball of fire, orange flares up the senses. Sacred color of Hinduism, orange livens up the decors and penetrates the minds, stimulating and invigorating them. Arousing creativity, a hint of orange in the kitchen will evoke the spice box and will give life to a tired décor. Like the turmeric makes the other flavors of a dish pop out, a dash of orange will brighten up the other colors of a room. Set aside and considered kitsch after the seventies, orange can easily be made modern by pairing it with a touch of grey. There is nothing like marrying the coldness of the metal with the warmth of the flame to create a divinely modern contrast. Let this ray of light shine in your home and it will undoubtedly bring a sense of joy to it.

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Pink

Pink

Associated with women for a very long time, pink is the softest of colors. While its brighter shades may evoke passion and fieriness, pink is most often associated with its pastel shades reminiscent of a newborn. A traditional color for a little girl's room, pink is slowly making its way into other rooms of the home. It must use all its charms to convince men that pink is not the prerogative of women. Used in small doses, it will surely work its way to their heart. Just be careful to not go overboard with pink because the color associated with delicate ballerinas may very well become a pink elephant in you living room. So use pink in light touches to liven up a décor made of whites, creams or pastel yellows.

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Red

Red

Just like wine, moderation has a much better taste when it comes to red. In the kitchen, it gives a sense of warmth and adds an exotic touch while stimulating the appetite. Evoking paprika and chili, it is used throughout the house like one would use spices in recipes: a dash is all it takes! Red is at its best as an accent color to give warmth to a décor: a scarlet curtain, a burgundy vase or a ruby-red cushion will surely liven up a neutral décor. The ultimate colors of human passions, red sets the mind and body on fire and thus, should not be used in bedrooms for it may cause insomnia. It is, however, a very suitable option in living rooms where they will bring warmth and comfort.

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Green

Green

Omnipresent in nature, green definitely evokes the forest and its vegetation. From a refreshing lemony green to a comforting forest green, this color comes in many a shade. Mother Nature's favorite hue remains a humble color and is never loud. It leaves serenity and hope in its path but can also, inspired by wasabi, prove to be invigorating. Contrary to the saying, green is never envious and gladly shares the scene with browns and reds. Known to be the most soothing color for the eyes, green is an excellent choice for a child's room. If a pastel green is your choice, pair it with a pale blue to avoid the look of a hospital.

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