February 10, 2017

Colour your world

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Designer Tiffany Pratt finds inspiration in all the colours of the rainbow and then some

By  Lucy Hyslop

IMG_1013Given her signature shock of orange-hued hair, it comes as no surprise that HGTV’s ebullient interior designer Tiffany Pratt is unafraid of exploring the rainbow in her creations.

Besides, according to Pratt, who used to work in the New York fashion world, if we all default to monochrome in our homes, they are all going to look the same. “Everything is 50 shades of grey right now, and I’m over it,” she exclaims from her home in Toronto. “I want people to be comfortable integrating colour into their life.”

Which is why the star of HGTV’s Home to Win and Buy It, Fix It, Sell It will be pushing the avant-garde spectrum when she makes her debut at the BC Home + Garden Show this February.

While the author of This Can Be Beautiful explains that she didn’t enter the design world thinking she was going to bring bright hues to everyone, she quickly realized how it gives a “therapeutic touch” to people’s lives. Put simply, tapping into colour can lift our spirits.

IMG_0866“Even a simple colour change in a front door in a client’s home can make all the difference to their life—seeing a bright red or blue door can make people happy,” she says. “It’s important because people want to be one of a kind, so it’s about finding their voice, the thing that’s inside them that makes them feel happy and alive.”

Discovering what works for you is key and she encourages a hands-on approach. Painting is something that is accessible for most people and can transform a piece of furniture, for example. “I’m the first one who says go buy the can of paint,” says Pratt, who will be revealing tricks and tips on where to put colour during her talk. “Get your hands dirty.”

Most importantly, there are no rules on how to decorate in Pratt’s world. Craft allows people to transform a perfect (colourful) spot in a home, for example, into an area they really love to be in. “This means elevating the everyday,” she says, adding that she shies away from trends. “If you’re following a style that you love and reflects who you are, then it will never go out of style for you.”

And that’s something written all over Pratt. “I’m a walking embodiment of not being afraid of colour,” she adds, “I preach it, I work it, I design that way.”

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