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Hot Colours for 2014

posted by Trusted    |   April 2, 2014 10:52

Braid Flooring & Window Fashions, your local Trusted Saskatoon Window Covering Expert, has recently expanded its operation to include high quality paints. The specialists at Braid stay on top of the latest trends in home interior style, and here they share a tip on paint colours from Debbie Zimmer, paint and colour expert for the Paint Quality Institute, a leading source of information on interior colour and design. 

Grey, the colour that connotes intellect, is one hue homeowners will be incorporating into their interiors this year. In her annual colour forecast for 2014, Zimmer is supporting grey in a big way: "It's the hot new neutral, a sleek and sophisticated colour option that adds refinement to almost any room.

"Walls that are painted grey are great backdrops for almost any style of décor, and grey is such a dignified colour that it can elevate the appearance of even the most modest furnishings, " she says.

Beyond wall colour, grey will embellish interiors in other ways -- in the form of grey wash on wood furniture, for example, and in fabric used for everything from seating to floor coverings. "We will even see grey's flashier cousin, silver, used as an important accent color," says Zimmer.

But grey won't be the only neutral to be popular this year. According to Zimmer, those seeking a change from more saturated colour will be happy to learn that white and off-white are back in vogue. Manufacturers of interior paint will offer extensive palettes of ever-so-subtle tints comprised of 30, 40, and even 50 'whites' containing just a hint of colour. White is staging a strong comeback for a number of reasons, says Zimmer.

"As with grey, the ease of coordinating furnishings with a neutral hue like white is appealing to almost everyone," she says. "However, some will gravitate to white for more personal reasons having to do with a change of address: those who are downsizing will favor white or very light-coloured walls to make their new, smaller interiors look more spacious; and for those who may soon put up a 'For Sale' sign, white is the wise paint colour to apply before listing a home."

Design professionals and do-it-yourselfers in the mood for more colourful options will also have good choices next year. Blues and greens - in more tints and shades than ever before -- will again be crowd-pleasers, as they have been for a while.

"Another hot colour in 2014 is mustard yellow," says Zimmer. "Its influence is growing in both fashion and home furnishing fabrics. We also expect to see more use of the colour on walls -- if not for entire rooms, then at least on accent walls."

If you're thinking about changing a colour scheme in your home interior, Zimmer's insights into the tints and shades expected to be this year's "hot" choices can provide some valuable direction. But the color expert has one final piece of advice:

"In the end, colour choice is a very personal decision, so whether you are thinking about doing some painting, or changing your décor, or both, stick with colours that you love. When it comes to your home, your opinion is the one that matters most."

Check out Braid Flooring's Spotlight Profile for contact details, and to stay connected on social media!

Tips for Renovating on a Budget

posted by Trusted    |   January 15, 2014 09:56

Braid Flooring & Window Fashions takes pride in the floors and window coverings they install. Braid is a locally-owned Saskatoon company, serving both the residential and commercial markets.

Braid recently expanded to include window fashions, paints and wall coverings, as well as an area rug gallery. Everything you need, including the experience to bring fashion to your home, can be found at Braid's Saskatoon showroom. Braid's Window Fashions Specialists can help provide solutions for your everyday, practical needs, while fulfilling your desire for stylish window coverings that will suit your home. 

Braid Flooring & Window Fashions, your Trusted Saskatoon Window Covering Expert, shares some tips for renovations on a budget!

Now that the holiday season is done it's time to start thinking about your flooring, blinds, and walls for 2014. But the New Year always seems to arrive with something familiar....credit card bills!

Those renovations are still important, but all of a sudden the budget is a little tighter. Not to worry! While Braid is known for quality service, we also spend considerable time finding quality products for all budgets.

Here are a few ideas for updating a room on a budget.

Hardwood flooring is the King of flooring these days but it also comes with a cost. Instead of buying real hardwood, consider Luxury Vinyl Planks. The visuals are incredible but will also provide serious cost savings. 

Natural stone tile is a great way to create a spa feeling in a bathroom but the costs of material, labour, and maintenance add up. Instead look at porcelain tile that mimics natural stone. You will be hard pressed to tell the difference... other than the cost, that is. 

Are your walls just looking bland? Try a simple can of Farrow & Ball paint and some curtains from Kravet. It's a quick and inexpensive way to update a room. 

Regardless of whether you're building your dream home or looking to update your existing home, we have the right products for your budget. Visit our Saskatoon showroom to learn more about how we can help you.

Braid is also part of the My Saskatoon community. Check out Braid's Spotlight Profile for contact details and to connect on social media!

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