Colour Study: Shadow

Benjamin Moore has announced ‘Shadow‘ as their Colour of The Year for 2017. As soon as it was revealed, I immediately fell in love. It is rich & regal and definitely has an understated elegance to it. It’s so refreshing to see unexpected, deeper hues gaining recognition rather than the standard navy blue. This is a chic new take on purple. Ahem…I think you can live with purple if you don’t actually call it purple. Eggplant, plum, aubergine, etc etc…Shadow has a smoky, rich quality that adds drama to any space.

Door   Pillow  Flowers   Art   

There are so many complimentary tones that share the same qualities as Shadow. Revere Pewter is one of my all time favourite “greige” colours that is the perfect neutral grey that works in a lot of interiors. It’s cool in temperature but does not have a lilac undertone which can often sway on the feminine side.

 

Here’s an example of a very luxe interior which incorporates all of these rich tones together. The texture of the grass cloth wallpaper, the subtle use of jewel tones and the high-end furniture all come together to create a beautifully curated space.  IMAGE.

Want to add a little luxe to your Kitchen? Here are my top picks to add some drama to your space:

Paint     Hardware    Stools    Counters    Lighting

How do you feel about Benjamin Moore‘s Colour of The Year? Do you love it? Or does it intimidate you? Tweet me @EMontillaDesign to join the conversation!

Thanks for reading!

L.

Balcony Makeover

Being condo-dwellers for a while, we have never had a proper balcony which we fully utilized and loved. Our last condo had a balcony that was approximately 40′ long, and only 2′ wide (it wrapped around the length of our condo). It was basically useless, because the space was so long and narrow.

After we moved to Etobicoke, I was so excited to see that our new balcony was a much more livable size. A cozy outdoor space where 2 people can enjoy a cocktail, or a quiet place to read.

See below how we transformed a regular condo balcony into our own little urban oasis!

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1. H&M Home Decorative Cushions   2. West Elm Wood & Lacquer Tray  3. Ikea Skurar Hanging Planters  4. H&M Home Outdoor Rug  5. Umbra Loft Patio Set 

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The trellis was constructed of 1″ x 8′ strips of wood, custom-made to size. Ready-made trellis’ were simply too small for the space. I love how these Ikea planters simply hook onto it, and are interchangeable.

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We already owned this patio set from Canadian Tire, but added the decorative cushions (H&M Home) for a pop of colour.

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Overall we are super happy with how this space turned out, and looking forward to spending many nights out here with a glass of wine (or six)!

xo.

L.