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Voters chose a denim-like colour as their top choice in paint

Beauti-Tone, a division of Home Hardware Stores Ltd., recently asked Canadians to choose the brand’s 2016 Colour of the Year from a list of four top contenders. The winner is French Charming, a cool blue reminiscent of a well-worn pair of jeans. Canadians chose that comfy fresh denim-like colour as their favourite.

“French Charming is a great choice,” says Bev Bell, creative director, Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “It is a perfect balance of blue and grey, making it an incredibly livable colour for any room.” Some of the voters’ responses were, “I can see this colour in any part of my home,” and, “It looks like it will work well with all different colours,” and, “I just love this colour!”

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Voters also loved the idea of being asked, not only for their opinion, but to ultimately choose the winner. Voting took place at a national design show in January and online at Home Hardware’s Facebook and Twitter pages during the same period.

“As Canadians, we know what we love,” says Bell. “When we walk into a room and feel immediately grounded, it is usually because the colour makes us comfortable and relaxed.

Some of us prefer cool colours, others warm. The way we perceive colour is rooted deep within us. It’s something we are born with, just like so many of our best qualities.”

You can see in the photo that this colour pairs well with the white window trim. Keep contrast in mind when choosing medium to dark wall colours.

Because French Charming is a blue-grey hue, pulling either colour out in accents, as was done in the photo is a good choice.

In other rooms, like a living room or den, you could use this wall colour with a dark charcoal or black in furniture and/or accessories. Items like black floating wall shelves, for example, would work well. If you have black furniture and find it a bit overwhelming visually, soften it with muted colour furniture throws and toss cushions in a matching or co-ordinating colour to the walls.

French Charming is available exclusively at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre locations.

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