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our favourite whites

favourite designer whites, nyla free designs, calgary interior designer With a plethora of white paint options the task of selecting the right one can be daunting. Slight hues of yellow, pink, blue or green may cloud your vision and leave you feeling cross-eyed and frustrated. When selecting a white we look to our tried and true list and more often than not we find what we’re looking for. Here’s the inside scoop!

Snowfall White: slight undertone of yellow, warm and crisp.

Simply White: the truest white of the bunch, bright without being cold.

Paper Maché: a warm white with a hint of grey, an elegant basic.

Grey Mist: a personal favourite, the perfect combination of warm and cool.

Pale Oak: a silky white with depth and warmth.

Most paint stores offer sample pots covering a 2′ square area to test the colour. It’s the perfect way to be 100% sure you’ve found the right white!

Note: All colours are Benjamin Moore. This post was not sponsored in any way. All supplies were purchased by Nyla Free Designs Inc. Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,

 

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pantone 2015 colour of the year: marsala

marsala colour of the year The Pantone colour of the year is always much anticipated. After the announcement of Marsala, an uproar of negative comments ensued. So much backlash and negative feedback I was shocked at how strongly people felt about this colour . Poor Marsala. It was not looking for fame, fortune and certainly not the utter dismay of the selection from so many.

I for one, am quite happy about Marsala. It’s romantic, rich, versatile and such a subtle way to add colour in everything from modern to traditional spaces. I love that Pantone stepped outside the box of what people were expecting, blues, greys, yellows to name a few, and brought forth an arguably neutral colour with depth and interest.

There is an Essie nail polish called “In Stitches” I’ve seen around Pinterest as a colour representation of Marsala and I love it’s description “Cheeky, blush pink polish knows just how to work it. This elegantly tailored nail lacquer moves seamlessly from day to night and has the neutral nail look all sewn up.”

Cheeky, knows how to work it, elegant, tailored, day or night, and neutral. Sounds like the perfect mix to me!

Mar·sa·la

märˈsälə/

noun

1.  a dark, sweet, fortified dessert wine that resembles sherry, produced in Sicily.

You had me at dessert.
While you’re drooling over the inspiration board of Marsala inspired images you might be thinking, “how do I add this into my own home?” Good news! There are lovely and simple ways to add one item or a few in order to add a refresh and bring a little taste of “Sicily” into your space. And here’s the thing… it doesn’t have to be the exact colour. Take this as inspiration, not the absolute. Variations of the colour are acceptable and quiet frankly I just love the idea of people introducing colour in their homes on any level.

marsala colour of the year product inspiration

I’ve already been wearing this colour for over a year in clothing, polish and lipstick and I love the fact that we’ll be seeing more of it in interiors. Introducing this rich and full-bodied red-brown colour into homes is wonderful IMHO (in my humble opinion). Perhaps it will take a year for others to come around to Marsala, but by then there’ll be another colour to complain about.

Inspiration image credits clockwise from top right: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8

Product source guide: 1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8  Nyla Free Designs, Calgary Interior Designer, Calgary Professional, Interior Designer,

 

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winter whites

There is something so calm and soothing about a winter white. Not to be mistaken by cold or stark, a winter white is anything but. Think rather, the cosy warmth of cashmere, the soft cast of low lying sunlight or the inner heat of a creamy London fog or latte. If there’s any level of warmth to winter, this is it.   winter white Image credits: cow l fireplace l tile l paris l tea cups l bowls l sweater l latte

 

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lately loving: turquoise

Hope you had a lovely weekend! I’m feeling a little blue as my girls have orientation today and are back to school tomorrow. Where did the summer go? Let’s turn those blues into a shade of turquoise and celebrate what’s left of summer since there’s still over 3 weeks left, shall we?

If there’s any colour other than yellow that has summer written all over it, it’s turquoise. My happy place is anywhere with water, preferably the beach and of course the shades of blue that come along with it are always inspiring. Since we stayed close to home this summer I’m left craving some ocean blue. Will resort to pretty images for now. Happy Monday!  turquoise Image credits clockwise from top left: 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5

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lately loving: sunshine yellow

With the days long and the sun high I am gravitating towards all things yellow. The saturated warmth is putting a smile on my face and a kick in my step as summer is by far my favourite season. Yellow is the perfect accent to summer, inside and out, fashion or interiors… this is my latest obsession.

sunshine yellow Image credits clockwise from top left: 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6

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colour inspirations: acid yellow

Just putting it out there…I want to use acid yellow in a room. Not a lot because a teeny tiny ounce of it goes a long way. It’s seasonably neutral so there’s no excuse to call it too bright, and it works in all styles so there’s no need to call it too modern. Are you brave enough? Where would you use it?

acid yellow acid yellow Images clockwise from top left: 1 2 3 4 bottom image 5.

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colour inspirations: black and white

From fashion to interiors, is there anything more classic than the combination of black and white? Hope your Monday is off to a fashionably great start!

fashion to interiors: black and white Fashion images: JCrew, top living room image via: Chatelaine, photography by Richard Powers, bottom dining room image via: la maison d’Anna G., styling Pella Hedeby, photography Kristofer Johnsson.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. is a full service Calgary Interior Design studio. Our goal is to bring your home to life by revealing your style and infusing unexpected elements of design and detail. If we can help with your project please let us know! See the contact page to get in touch.

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fall colour inspiration: shades of teal

One of the hottest colour this season is teal. Even though we’re moving into cooler temps, I love it’s freshness channeling the colours of the deep blue sea in far away places like Bora Bora. It mixes well with navy, gray, citrine and pale wood tones. Whether in fashion or interiors, teal is the perfect addition this Fall!

fall colours: teal Clockwise from top left: Sherwin Williams DCR078 NRH, Ralph Lauren Baltic Blue IB86, Benjamin Moore Mill Springs Blue HC-137, St. Regis Bora Bora, Bernard Touillon via Cote Sud, Tory Burch Fall 2013

I couldn’t resist dressing my office inspiration board with this colour palette too!

Fall 2013 colour trends

Nyla Free Designs Inc. is a full service Calgary Interior Design studio. Our goal is to bring your home to life by revealing your style and infusing unexpected elements of design and detail. If we can help with your project please let us know! See the contact page to get in touch.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. also offers an online design service to Canadian clients through Design in a Box.

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colour inspirations: pastels and neon

As I perused through my favourite blogs over the weekend I came across a common thread. The combination of pastels and neon was prominent in interiors, fashion, craft and food. On trend, fresh and super summery, I am loving the feel of this colour palette! Soft colours paired with small doses of jarring brights brings a perfect energy to any room.

pastel and neon colour combinations Image credits:
1. via The Goods Design blog 2. and 3. 79 ideas 4. J.Crew 5. Style at Home 6. celebratory cakes Chatelaine via Poppytalk 7. Helle Jorgensen’s crocheted ‘entropy collection’ via the Design Files

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loving gold and white

There’s something about this classic combination I’m feeling drawn to and compelled to take inspiration from for upcoming projects. Gold and white have a way of being modern and traditional, masculine and feminine, warm and cool. While metallics may be on trend now, they certainly haven’t gone out of style and consistently maintain a healthy ebb and flow of what’s current and classic.

gold and white Clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs watch, dining room, kitchen, bedside table, Martha Sturdy

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palm springs: inspired by yellow and white

Hello sunshine!

It’s funny the things you take notice of and gravitate towards, in the end finding a common thread of colour combinations, patterns or graphic designs. Our time in Palm Springs uncovered a re-occurring theme of yellow and white, perfect for the time of year as well as an on trend combination in the world of interiors and fashion. Here are some of my highlights found at the Parker Palm Springs, Trina Turk and J.Crew (similar to what I’m wearing).

Don’t you just love this combo?!

parker palm springs chess game yellow and white striped awning parker palm springs lemonade stand yellow bike trina turk palm springs Me Katie-kitchen All images are my own with the exception of the kitchen found via: the design files.

Nyla Free Designs Inc. is a full service Calgary Interior Design studio. Our goal is to bring your home to life by revealing your style and infusing unexpected elements of design and detail. If we can help with your project please let us know! See the contact page to get in touch.

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