I live in Canada: aka “The Great White North”. By no stretch of the imagination is Toronto a place where we are buried in snow for 6 months. But every so often we get a particularly nasty winter. This is one of them! It started with early snow, then a Christmas ice storm, followed by cold, snow, cold, snow, and more cold and snow! It is in winters like this when February can be the most debilitating month of all!
A few weeks ago I shared my post “MISSION: Colour” where I pulled a gorgeous colour out of a painting and used the colour, “Maxi Teal,” to paint my foyer table.
I love the VIBRANT colours in this triptych painting!
I selected SW “Maxi Teal” for the foyer table from some brush strokes in the lower area of the painting,
Another predominant colour in the painting is GREEN! There are so many shades but I seem to be particularly drawn to shades of APPLE GREEN!
So Many Beautiful Greens!
I stumbled across a very cool website (http://colors.findthedata.org) which describes colours, provides the hex value and even gives you specific matching paint colours from Sherwin Williams and Pantone!
Here’s what it had to say about Apple Green:
‘Apple Green’ is a shade of Green that is 100% saturated and 71% bright. For reference purposes, Apple Green has the hex value #8DB600. Searching for paints similar to Apple Green? Sherwin Williams® carries a paint called ‘Electric Lime‘, which is 95% similar to Apple Green. Additionally, Pantone’s® color #376 is a 95% match.
Isn’t that cool! But it makes me wonder, “Who wrote up all this information?”
The previous post was titled “MISSION: Colour” and as it suggests, it is just the beginning! I have since begun adding colour in my living room. We updated our living room in 2012 with new flooring and furniture. Being forever “safe” we chose cream coloured sofa and chairs so it is easy to accessorize. However, at the time, I played it safe with golds and greys and a bit of pale turquoise. That was the case until I picked up this little birdie last summer at HomeSense (the Canadian version of HomeGoods). He has been adding a perfect pop of colour to the coffee table or the mantle.
I love this little guy! Doesn’t he make you smile?
As part of MISSION: Colour, I decided the easiest way to add colour to my living room would be to change up the pillows. I have been sewing for decades so whipping up pillows is no challenge to me so I will not provide any “how to” instructions. But basically, you cut the fabric, add the zipper and sew up the sides! (I imagine all my the non sewing readers are thinking “Easy for her to say!”). I headed to my local FabricLand where I found the most vibrant “jewel” coloured upholstery fabric in a soft chenille finish. AND of course it was on sale so I bought a variety of colours. I plan on making new covers for most of the cushions in both the living and family room (which also has a “safe” palette).
Today, I would like to share the Apple Green lumbar pillows for the chairs.
Here is a look at the living room in December 2012. This was taken shortly after new flooring and furniture, before drapes, before hanging any pictures and before the Apple Green Bird. 🙂
A very safe colour palette.
I loved the look and still do but lately I need COLOUR!
Here’s a sneak peak on what I have done so far! But stay tuned because there are lots more colours to come!
I am loving the change already!
The drapes in the picture are from FabricLand and were less than $90! They look so posh and custom made! The table in between the chairs is my Paris Table updated using chalk paint and the Mod Podge graphic transfer method. It has not sold yet (.. and maybe won’t be!) Check out post here.
In the fall, my husband visited his elderly parents in England. His mom has always been a bit of a hoarder which sometimes can be good when you are the recipient of some old books from the early 1900s (not the bottom 2). Titles from Victor Hugo, Thomas Hardy and Dickens!
Doesn’t Apple Green look amazing with Crimson Red? I love this combo!
Sneak peak of my Green Apple Bird and a couple of his friends on the mantle.
The little white birds are part of a set of 4 napkin rings given to me several years ago. They are so adorable!
That little green bird makes me smile and has been a wonderful source of fresh colour in the living room. So on a recent trip to HomeSense, I spotted this adorable matching squirrel in my other favourite and inspiring colour TEAL! Time the Apple Green bird had a friend!
I also love TEAL so I picked up a friend for the bird!
Stay tuned for more splashes of colour as I continue on to the next phase of MISSION: Colour!
Do you have a colour that makes you smile and feel happy the way Apple Green does for me?
If you do, please share! Just like Apple Green, reading comments also make me smile and feel happy!
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