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 We’re seeing it on the runways, on the highways and now in all facets of home décor. Opulence is one of the hottest looks in 2014, presenting itself in dramatic colors, shades and textures.

Go for the Glam

Home Decor is taking a cue from fashion and cars

Opulence is a hot look in 2014, presenting itself in
dramatic colors. Striking black flooring and railings
are created with SICO Jazz Night (6019-83) on the
foreground and staircase walls and Amalfi Lagoon
(6149-83) on the far wall.

Opulence is one of the hottest looks for the home in 2014, according to leading brand SICO® paint.

It’s presenting itself with dramatic colors, rich metallic shades, and plush velvet and suede. Think shimmery antique golds highlighted by sophisticated darks and extravagant gem tones, such as emerald, ruby and sapphire.

“Home décor is taking its cue from the world of fashion and cars, and this is translating into lavish colors and designs for walls, furniture, floors and accessories,” says Mylène Gévry, marketing manager for SICO paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings. In unveiling the newest SICO paint color theme, a collection of opulent hues called Design Splendour, she says the look is contemporary, mixed with vintage touches—tapestries, brocades, damasks, embossing, toile de Jouy and gilding—reminiscent of a more regal era in history.

“Glam décor has largely been removed from the spotlight of design since the onset of the recession in 2008, but the return of more embellished, glamorous looks demonstrates that consumers are slowly but surely renewing their interest in spending,” she says. “Rooms in the year ahead will exude decorated elegance, infused with multiple deep colors used creatively in straight lines.”

Plush velvet and suede, with antique gold accents
and a lavish wall color, like Smoke Trail (6189-21)
by SICO, deliver a glam look and feel to a room.

Included in the Design Splendour paint palette is a decadent mix of both warm and cool SICO paint tones.

The warm hues, such as Royal Jelly (6095-84) golden yellow, Bloody Mary (6057-65) red and Champagne Glass (6039-21) pink, are a balance of exotic, intense color and subtle, softened neutrals.

The cool tones of the palette, including Polynesian Blue (6003-73), Jazz Night (6019-83) slate and Galapagos Green (6146-73), are rich and saturated, contrasting well with the warm shades.

“The colors are so versatile that they aren’t limited to walls; they are also being applied to furniture, floors, trim, doors and ceilings,” Gévry says.

To achieve an opulent look, Gévry suggests enriching bold-toned walls by painting side tables, cabinets or hutches a “pop” color such as plum, jade, ruby or gold. Floors, which are often ignored in the decorating process, can add significant panache to a room when painted in deep, rich colors such as black or dark gray.

SICO offers high-quality products to add
glam to every surface, including Furniture
and Cabinets Paint, a heavy-duty alkyd
emulsion coating.

Stairs and banisters painted in glossy dark finishes complete the sophisticated look, while adding highlights through glossy white columns or wall appliqués heightens the sense of drama. Classic colors, such as gold and other metallic tones, are best used on an accent wall, trim or the ceiling, especially when the space is accessorized with crystal-like touches. Gem tones can be combined in one room using stripes or patterns, or featured as single, stand-alone color.

“You don’t need to live in a palace to create a majestic space,” Gévry concludes. “With the right mix of paint color and accessories, along with a little imagination and confidence, anyone can achieve this year’s hottest look in the home.”

For more information about 2014 color themes from SICO paint and to view the full Design Splendour palette, visit www.sico.ca.

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