Hot hues for unconventional spaces

Look inside your favourite coat, shoes or that newly purchased handbag and take note of the unexpected dash of colours and patterns. It’s a new trend, and one that could easily be applied in your home to add a note of individuality and glamour.

“Fashion designers are adding a punch of colour in some of the most unlikely places,” says Debbie Zimmer, paint and colour expert with the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute.

“From pink to purple to citrus green, colour sizzle is showing up in the most unlikely spaces and this colour punch can be easily incorporated into home decorating as well.”

Zimmer suggests that while you may be colour shy when painting a family living space, take a cue from the design and decorating community and add an unexpected hue to an unconventional space such as a drab closet, a lacklustre hallway or even a kitchen pantry.

“These and similar spaces are prime areas to create unexpected finishes by adding a bold paint colour or design pattern,” she says.
Here are Zimmer’s suggestions to help you add a little colour and be delighted with your own unconventional painted spot.

  • Choose a bright, high gloss hue for an enclosed closet area. Not only will the colour brighten your morning, but also the glossy finish will reflect light. 
  • Incorporate large geometric patterns such as circles or stars in a child’s bedroom closet. First, paint the entire closet space with a quality paint and use store purchased or handmade stencils to add fun pattern colour. It just might help with clothes cleanup! 
  • For a touch of luxury, paint a foyer or linen closet with a gold or silver metallic finish and surprise guests each time they open the door. 
  • Rev up your pantry with red! Not only will this vibrant hue add pizzazz to a typically mundane space, it may also spark your appetite. 
  • Sheen stripe your hallway with a combination of flat and glossy paints in the same bright hue. For a new take on this decorative technique, run thick stripes horizontally for a fresh and updated look.
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