One of my on-line clients posted the sweetest comment when I wrote this article asking about the hottest paint colours for 2010, here is what she said:
“Huge thanks to you Maria!! Per our phone consultation, your recommendation is nothing short of genius. Wickham Grey [Living room walls] is beautiful beyond my imagination; ethereal.
The other pick, Shale [Kitchen Cabinets], is also brilliant; it’s quite dissimilar to any of the typical neutrals and very chameleon, which I love.
The consultation was money very well spent.
To anyone thinking about it, do schedule a Maria Killam consultation! You will not be disappointed.” Jan
Photo by Maria Killam
This morning I went out for a run down to the Capilano River (since I live right beside it now), and it was so beautiful, when I got to the riverbank I started thinking about the word ethereal because even the ferns along the path, still new and untouched were such an amazing shade of green! Here’s the definition: Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible; highly refined, delicate; Not of this World.
Photo by Maria Killam
Colour that is defined as ethereal is usually light and found in light-filled spaces.
This is why Donald Kaufman says “A light colour will never come to life in a dark room”.
I have had that experience in my Tiffany blue office (sneak peak below) since it was painted. Sitting here I often just sit and admire every corner of my office because the colour is so wonderful!
Interior Design by Maria Killam Colour is BM 652 Caribbean Breeze
Here are my tips for creating ethereal colour in your home:
1. Choose a light filled room. If your space is dark already, better to paint it a richer colour and install some lighting (not all recessed lighting–although that would add extra dimension–you still need lamps for atmosphere), because a rich warm colour is what’s necessary to bring a dark room to life.
2. Choose a colour that pulls your space together. Which means the colour should relate to the largest furnishings in the room, so the first place to look is at the broadloom, sofa or drapery. One of the reasons I love the colour in my office so much is because it goes so well with the artwork and the turquoise in the linen drapes.
Colour by Maria Killam Colour is BM 652 Caribbean Breeze
3. Pick one of the top two colours in the strip so that the colour stays light, instead of going to a mid-tone which may not give you the same effect. Remember this is just a guideline, ethereal feeling colour certainly exists past the first 2 colour chips, it depends on how dark the colours are in the first place—some are darker than others–in addition to how large the space is.
The room below is a darker colour but it’s large and the quality of light is simply stunning (and the lighting at the opposite side of the room certainly enhances the atmospheric lighting here)!
One more thing, there is a big difference between colour that looks ethereal and quite frankly just ‘washed out’.
A colour that might seem washed out will happen when it doesn’t relate to anything in the space, like an entry or hallway for example. Or if you have so much light that you can’t even see the pale colour you’ve installed.
Need help choosing the right neutral or colour? My How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s all in the Undertones ebook takes the hundreds of choices down to 9 neutral undertones along with list of all my other go-to best grays, broken down into 3 undertones, green, blue and purple. The beige undertones of pink, yellow, green, gold, orange and taupe along with the best greens and blues.
My bonus book of colours is worth the price of the ebook alone but you will also get my system of understanding undertones so you can stop making mistakes when sourcing tile, carpet, countertops, etc.
If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact us!
We would love to help you choose colours, select the right combination of hard finishes or create a plan to pull your room together.
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