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Photography by Stacey Brandford

Posted on Feb 3, 2012

Bed with side table

The Look

When introducing a trendy colour or shape to a room, keep the main elements of the space classically restrained and cast them in light, neutral colours. This draws the eye to areas of excitement and gives you the flexibility to change the room’s personality when the trend recedes.

Gold trunk, Save More Sports. Paint colours: walls and ceiling: Cotton SR15, trim: Snowfall SR29, Sarah Richardson Designer Palette for Para Paints. Queen headboard, Elegant Garage Sale. Round painted folk art, Art History.

Study desk

Paint Wisely

You don’t need a gallon of paint to make a bold statement. Instead, target a small architectural detail, like the reclaimed brackets supporting this DIY desk. Then create a colour motif in the surrounding vignette by layering in accessories in matching tones.

Pink corbels used as desk base, The Door Store. Orange desk lamp, Artemide.

Close up of map

Scout For Unexpected Art

Looking for an inexpensive way to add colour, pattern and interest to your walls? Try an overscale vintage pull-down map, hung with its original roller mechanism intact, ties in nicely to the room’s bright new colour scheme and provides a big-impact solution for less than $150.

Vintage map, red telephone, Queen West Antiques.

Map with Study Chair

Opt For Pattern

This way, you can incorporate a trendy hue among other, more classic colours. Another trick is repetition: By repeating the same fabric (French toile here) in the chair and the curtains, the trendy polka-dot effect is subtle yet pulled together.

Desk chair, Elegant Garage Sale. Polka-dot fabric on drapes, desk chair, Designer Fabrics.

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