With the season of entertaining around the corner, Canadians are looking for ways to spruce up their home décor with paint. In the past, one may have thought the arrival of cool weather means it’s too late to paint. Without the ability to open the windows and doors to circulate fresh air, the home cannot air out and air quality is a concern.

Now, there’s no reason to wait for spring. With environmentally friendly paint options, no matter what the season a décor refresh is always feasible.

“A decorator favourite is the Benjamin Moore Natura paint line, the greenest paint ever made by Benjamin Moore,” says Sharon Grech, a colour and design expert for the company. “It is a zero-VOC premium performance interior paint that is available in thousands of hues and a wide range of sheens. Natura applies easily with excellent durability, so it’s the perfect choice for high-traffic areas like the kitchen or family room.”

Here are some tips on how to refresh your home during the week so it is ready to entertain on the weekend:

Accent a room with paint: A painted accent wall in an unexpected colour choice can look bold and elegant, and offers a quick way to inject a room with a fresh look. In this photo, Grech chose Benjamin Moore’s Agave as an accent to Jute for a colourful impact.

Makeover your furniture: Painted furniture can freshen up the look of any space. Home designers can easily change the colour to coordinate with a room’s colour scheme. Popular choices for makeovers are tables, bookcases, mirror frames, and non-upholstered chairs, as they add both form and functionality to a room. When choosing a colour, keep in mind that colours that contrast sharply with the walls and other furnishings will draw attention to a piece and make it the focus of the room, while lighter colours will help a piece blend in.

Think outside the box: Rearrange the furniture you have for an update that doesn’t cost a dime. Use the layout of the room as your guide, creating seating areas conducive to conversation and mingling. Side tables strategically placed offer a spot to hold beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

Finishing touches: Create a warm and welcoming atmosphere to really wow your visitors. Candles create an inviting ambiance. Soft background music and seasonally appropriate décor brings the new space to life. A table set with sparkling water and fresh flowers adds a finishing touch.

More information about environmentally-friendly decorating is available online at www.BenjaminMoore.ca.


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