2013 is the year to be bold and brave with colour and for anyone who’s already been dabbling in a rainbow of paints, now’s the time to take it one step further! Prints and patterns that incorporate this year’s colour trends pack a gorgeous punch and can take a room from pretty to unparalleled. And while they do require extra planning and effort to execute, the results are well worth it.
Pretty in Prints
When incorporating prints and wallpaper into a room, you have a few things to consider. First, think about the size of your room and what you’re trying to accomplish. If you want to open up a room, look for lighter colours and larger prints. To create a warm, cozy space, look for deeper tones and smaller prints. You should also take into account the age and style of your home. Think about the styles of prints that’ll match the architecture and feel of your space.
1. For a Chic Entryway:
Look for a print that’s over-simplified but still incorporates a touch of the unexpected, like this subtle pinstripe in silver. Available at Graham & Brown
2. For a Guest Bedroom:
This busy print helps create a sense of warmth but in a lighter hue, keeps it from being brooding. Available at Farrow & Ball
3. For a Powder Room:
Try out something a little quirky for rooms that don’t get a ton of traffic, it’s a space you won’t get bored of too quickly, and is a great surprise for house guests! Available at Flat Vernacular
Think outside the box when applying wallpaper and look for unique places to apply a print, like the inside walls of bookshelves for a hint of print, or within wainscoting.
With a few select colours of paint, (plus a couple rolls of painters tape), you can create paint effects to enhance the colours of your room and add dimension to your space. Just as when working with prints, it’s important to take into account the size of the room you’re working with, the style you’re trying to achieve and whether that style marries with the architecture and feel of your home.