Whether it’s cobalt, indigo, navy or azure, real estate blog Zillow Digs predicts that shades of blue will be the colour to make a statement in your home in 2015. But before you run out and buy a gallon of sapphire paint, we chatted with Lindsey Levy, a designer at Sarah Richardson Designs in Toronto, to get the dos and don’ts of making this trend work in your home.
DON’T: Spend a lot of money
Blue kitchen cabinets might be fun this summer, but what happens next year when the trend is orange? Levy suggests sticking to neutrals when it comes to the bigger items in your home because, well, what if you don’t end up liking it?
DO: Indulge in accessories
Trimmings are your best friends in decorating. “You will never tire of a grey sofa,” says Levy, “but you can quickly transform a room with new pillows, art or accessories without investing a lot of money.”
Committing to a colour, even a trendy one, can be a gamble. You might change your mind or it may not look the way you pictured it. When you’re dealing with a painted wall or rug, that’s not a problem, but committing to something permanent like a bathroom or kitchen backsplash is not only risky but expensive to change.
DO: Swap out decorative accents
Levy suggests being adventurous with smaller items that can be switched out each season. Think throw blankets, vases or bedding, which you’ll likely need to replace by the time the next trend rolls in.
DON’T: Be a slave to trends
“Think of your home as you would your wardrobe,” explains Levy. “Trends come and go but that classic blazer or LBD will be the staples you can build upon.” While trends can be a way to have fun with decorating, it’s important to stay true to your personal style and stick with items that you actually like, whether or not they’re currently trending.
DO: Make a statement
Think bold when you’re choosing accessories. Because you’re not investing a lot of money, pick accents that pop and really make a statement, like an oversized art piece or grouping of brightly hued bud vases.
If you’re feeling blue, then check out 8 beautiful buys that will spruce up your living quarters without committing to too much:
Decor dos and don’ts for mastering 2015’s coolest colour
In the BedroomChain print bedding, $45-140 at Zara HomeZara Home
Cozy UpAlpaca throw, $235 at All ModernAll Modern
Take a SeatHot mesh chair, $155 at Blu DotBlu Dot
A Side of BlueSELJE blue nightstand, $40 at IkeaIkea
Take a PictureKew Beach photography print, $250 at Erin Simkin PhotographyErin Simkin Photography
Roll Out the BlueCotton star tile printed rug, $199 at Urban OutfittersUrban Outffiters
Blue SceneGlass bud vases, $6 at WalmartWalmart
Throw Some BlueMagical Thinking Tie-Dye pillow, $35 at Urban OutfittersUrban Outffiters