Colour is such a subjective thing—
For a long stretch of time, minimalism and simplicity ruled and colourways were mostly neutral and subdued. But times inevitably change, and so do popular tastes. Over the past few years, the trend axis has definitely shifted from “less is more” to “more is more” and along with it, much bolder adventures in colour. We touched on this in last October’s post on the subject of décor trends, and noted the increasing visibility of rich, saturated colours such as berry reds, deep moody greens and blues, as well as golds and mustard yellows. Much of it reminiscent of the ‘80s and early ‘90s fixation on jewel tones, and so the cycle repeats, although now we’re picking up on quite a mashup of style cues from the ‘70s as well, just to enrich the mix!
We recently completed a fully custom-designed display suite project for a major developer’s presentation centre—Belford Properties’ Sun Towers 2 at Metrotown in Burnaby, BC. It offered us a great opportunity to get bold with colour, because that was exactly what the client asked for. Their brief to us asked for “bold colours against minimalist background…ultra modern and stylish with punchy, bold standout pieces.”
That was all the permission we needed to step right outside of the safety bubble, so we went to town on it! Our starting point for inspiration was a pair of armchairs spotted at last fall’s High Point Market—deep teal-y green velvet upholstery on a burnished gold metal frame, and drop-dead gorgeous! They led us to select a feature wallpaper of equally saturated greens and blues, and a background palette in the space of burnished gold tones and charcoal with hits of black. No beige in sight. That was just one display suite, representing a large and pricey penthouse. The second space was a more modest one-bedroom unit, but it too got the bold treatment with a graphic feature wallpaper in navy blue and décor accents of golds and burnt orange.
The goal with all of this was to make use of standout colour and style choices to create an environment that is wow-worthy and memorable—if risky—since not everyone will like it. But even those who don’t particularly like it will certainly notice and remember it. And that’s the point.
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