Jul 12, 2023 | Flooring Canada
Design by Kandrac & Kole | Photography by Emily Followill
The naming of Pantone’s “colour of the year” is always a harbinger of style trends to come, and the 2023 colour of the year, a bold Viva Magenta is no exception. Look for punches of vibrant colour in interior design —including flooring. This year is all about infusing your space with personality and using colour trends to add visual understanding to your design!
“Trending for 2023 is colour. As we emerge from the pandemic, people are energized and ready to jump back into a life of travel, entertainment, and social events. This energy translates to colour,” said interior design duo Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole of Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs in Atlanta. “The colours trending for 2023 in home furnishing will be ochre, persimmon, tobacco, moss, and other staples such as blush and navy. We will also see colour brought into homes through biophilic design, aka bringing nature indoors to foster a feeling of health and wellness. We will continue to maximize big punches of colour in our designs through art, lamps, rugs, and pillows.”
Hardwood Flooring by Flooring America/Flooring Canada
The first step when embarking on colour design is to effectively understand the colour wheel. As most of us learn from an early age, the colour wheel is made up of three primary colours: red, yellow, and blue. When these colours are combined, we create secondary colours: green, orange, and purple. Lastly, there are intermediate colours which are the colours you get from combining a primary and a secondary.
Now, for the age-old question in interior design: what colours go well together? If you have a hardwood floor in earthy tones, what colour should your walls be? There are several good answers to this question and the right choice for you often depends on personal taste! Complimentary colours, or colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel like orange and blue, work to contrast the intensity of each other, whereas analogous colours, or colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel like blue and green work in combination and blend nicely. Analogous colours are often easiest to match since they're so similar and you can play with shades and hues. You can also match triad colours, which are a third of the colour wheel removed from each other, and applies contrast in intensity that works best when one colour is lighter or darker than the other.
Encourage self-expression but stay within the limits of the colour wheel and notice which colours complement each other and which ones do not. Earth tones, such as terracotta, rustic greige, and Spanish moss tie together nicely to create an overall cozy appeal. A bright shade like raspberry blush, or viva magenta on the other hand, would easily harmonize with a warm neutral shade like creamy white or beige.
Blue Cellular Shades by Graber
Picture this: An inviting blank slate, open to all the creative services employed by your imagination. What colours do you like? What do you want to be the most immediately noticeable element in the room? Do you draw inspiration in your daily life from soothing shades and cool accents or do you treasure bold visuals and want your space to have a unique feel?
You want your accent colour to be something that you can easily match with the other design elements in your room, so keep in mind your existing design when choosing your accent colour. Think about the 60/30/10 rule. 60 percent of your room should be made up of the main colour (typically a neutral), with 30 percent made up of the main accent colour and 10 percent of the secondary accent colour. This is why so many homeowners choose white as the main colour. White easily harmonizes with any colour palette and provides a crisp, fresh look. This blank canvas effortlessly offers space for other colours to pop and simple design elements to shine.
Accent colours that are easy to match include:
Here are a few easy ways to incorporate colours economically into your design to give your home a charming and cozy appeal.
Luxury Vinyl Stone Look by Flooring America/Flooring Canada
A simple way to incorporate a splash of colour, backsplashes and wall tiles are the perfect addition to your bathroom, kitchens, and laundry rooms alike. Whether you're looking to add a bold blue shower wall in the master bath or a green backsplash behind the kitchen sink, wall tiles are your best friend as they add colour and visual depth to your design. Plus, you can find them in a wide array of colours, sizes, and materials making it easy to match your existing design style.
Grey Patterned Carpet by Flooring America/Flooring Canada
Using vibrant colours and rich jewel tones in accent furniture and walls is the perfect way to add a daub of colour to your home without making a big commitment. With the Pantone colour institute naming Viva Magenta 2023 colour of the year, rich reds and pinks are on the rise. Incorporate these colours through upholstery, paint, trim, and even wallpaper, to add warmth to your rooms.
Patterned Carpet by Flooring America/Flooring Canada
With the latest advancements in flooring technology, luxury vinyl has never looked more like hardwood, engineered hardwood floors have never been more waterproof, and carpet fibers are stronger than ever. Now's the time to invest in bold flooring whether with a patterned carpet in the home office, a rich hardwood with prominent grain in the bedroom, or a bright area rug in the living room.
Rezone White Mosaic Porcelain by Emser Tile
Perhaps the quickest way to bring colour to your home is through artwork and decor. These smaller elements are the perfect place to incorporate the secondary accent colour as they typically take up less surface area than a wall or a floor. Artwork effortlessly integrates colour while lending dynamic texture and visual impact to your space.
Curious to learn more about the other design trends? Read our blog on "The Top Five 2023 Flooring Trends." And when you've hit your fill of inspiration and you're ready to begin your next design project, get in contact with the design experts at Flooring Canada and check out our extensive flooring catalog.