February 12, 2016

Colour her confident

Design pro Amanda Forrest isn’t afraid of bold hues and encourages homeowners to be just as fearless

AT THE SHOW
BY CHRISTINA SYMONS

If the thought of adding colour to your home is daunting, you’re not alone. Even colour keeners understand those paint palettes can be paralyzing. That’s where Amanda Forrest comes in. As a design expert and television personality, Forrest takes colour seriously, but she knows how to have fun with it, flirting with colour in ways that are doable and reversible.

Forrest shares her colour secrets at BC Home + Garden Show, and here are a few of her favourite tips. First, go for it! Pack a punch on a small scale by painting an accent wall in a bold colour. “It’s okay to go bold and go for a burnt orange or an apple green or a navy blue,” Forrest notes. “It’s only paint and it will give you maximum impact in any space, large or small. So go for the gusto and think really vibrant, happy colours.”

“It’s only paint and it will give you maximum impact in any space, large or small. So go for the gusto and think really vibrant, happy colours.”

Amanda Forrest

Next, think beyond the obvious. Paint a piece of furniture, a vintage piece or a flea market find in an unexpected colour. “Painting something hot pink, canary yellow or even mauve for that matter will be very impactful and allow you to easily create a one-of-a-kind piece for your house that nobody has,” says Forrest. “It’s high drama and high impact.”

Finally, create happy surprises. Apply colour in unexpected places such as a closet, inside your dresser drawers or on the back wall of a hutch. “So when you open the closet door every day to put your coat away, maybe it’s a bright green colour,” explains Forrest. “It provides a really happy feeling and it’s going to make that everyday task just a little bit more exciting.”

 

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