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Paint your way into spring with trendy colours

Photo Caption: Benjamin Moore's 2014 Colour of the Year, Breath of Fresh Air, is painted on the walls in Aura Waterborne Interior Paint in an eggshell finish. Painted on the trim is White Dove in a semi gloss finish.

(NC) Spring is the time to lighten up, and there's no better way to get ready for the season than with a fresh coat of paint in your home. An abundance of inspiring hues are in full bloom right now and Sharon Grech, the colour and design expert at Benjamin Moore, shares her favourite colour palette picks, as follows:

All about blue: It is the colour of sea and sky, and it's a top choice for paint and accessories this year. In fact, Benjamin Moore named Breath of Fresh Air, a light, ethereal blue,its 2014 Colour of the Year. Breath of Fresh Air accompanies a palette of 23 Trend Colours that both stand on their own and work in harmony, allowing the transitions of spaces and colours to flow seamlessly. “This is a direct result of the fresh colour cues and pastel trends we've seen throughout the home furnishing, fashion and even pop culture landscape,” says Grech. “This colour has a filtered, nostalgic air that lends itself to any room in the house and is the perfect coloured neutral. Paired with classic grey or camel textiles and burnished metals, it feels freshly sophisticated. Plus, when paired with white,” she points out, “it's simply serene.”

Pastels continue to please: Soft pastel shades are a popular choice among designers and homeowners alike, as they bring an instant sense of relaxation to any space. When choosing pastel paint colours for the home, Grech recommends Lavender Mist, especially when accentuated with crisp, natural linen textiles and pops of natural greenery for a look that is fresh and inviting. For a delicate and feminine look, Peach Parfait is a sweet and soft choice – and to keep the final result from being too saccharine, pair this peachy-pink tone with a complex grey to add weight to the space.

Accessories add the perfect finishing touch: Now is the time to switch out any dark, heavy decor accents for lighter and brighter options. Warm metallic accessories like an impactful picture frame or a beautiful vase provide a welcome contrast to this refreshing spring palette. A linen throw and textured cushions help lighten the room for a fresh, inspired look.

You can follow this trend online at www.BenjaminMoore.ca or visit your local retailer for more guidance.

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