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Celebrating Canada’s colours

Canadians are proud of their country and its gorgeous landscape. From east to west, each province has its own unique terrain and natural colours and each season brings a new look and feel to our personal outdoor experience.

Fashion designer Simon Chang, who has a background in photography and graphic design, has paid tribute to our diverse geography with a new paint collection. Home Hardware Stores Limited, through its Beauti-Tone Paint Division, is launching this tribute with 42 colours spread over six palettes, each one inspired by Canada’s distinctive regional charms. The Simon Chang Oh Canada! Trend Colour Collection inspires Canadians to “Think Canadian. Paint Canadian.”

“This collection captures the beauty of the many regional aspects of our country as seen through the eyes of a fresh, original designer,” says Bev Bell, creative director, Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division, Home Hardware Stores Limited.

The photograph has colours from one of the six colour palettes in the new collection. Entitled Beauti and the East, it encompasses colours from charming and picturesque fishing villages and fall colours found in the eastern seaboard’s bays and gulfs.

The rust-orange feature wall colour is called A Reel Find. The wall not only has a rich, bold colour but also a salvage piece — rustic, rough-hewn doors with chunky details. This item is definitely not something you’d run across every day, but it does provide an interesting idea. The size and textural quality of the object is the main focus and could be replicated with other like items such as an oversized mirror framed in barn board or a set of more common doors saved from the salvage bin.

The unusual touch of including a mirrored sideboard and tabletop and mirror on the chairs keeps this room light and airy. There is a lot of wood here, so adding in these lighter touches is a good idea. While a mirrored surface may not be for you, consider other ways to lighten up heavy wood furnishings. For example, part of the chair could be painted in a lighter colour or covered with textural fabric. A dark sideboard could be topped with a mirrored serving tray to help reflect accent pieces rather than completely covered with mirror.

Chang says this collection is not just for walls. Give a favourite piece of furniture or accessory new life with a new colour. For complete project instructions go to www.homehardware.ca/en/index/beautitone/inspiration.htm for some fun and easy ideas.

The Simon Chang Oh Canada! Trend Colour Collection of Beauti-Tone paints is available exclusively at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre locations.

Spread a little Canadiana throughout your décor and cherish the country we call home. There is so much inspiration to be found from east to west and everywhere in between.

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Connie Oliver is an interior designer from Gimli, Manitoba.

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