Last summer we did a post with some of our holiday pictures matched to General Paint’s Canadiana Historic Colours. It wasn’t just us that loved the paint and photo connections, it was one of our most popular posts. It fills us with pride to read the paint names – Buffalo Narrows (chocolate brown), Juno Awards (pale blue), Moose (dark brown), Killer Whale (black), Old Growth (leaf green) and the most popular, Canuck Red.
My boys know when they’re driving around with me in the car that I’m always looking at nature’s colour palettes. I’ve even pulled over on the side of the road to memorize the colours of the wheat fields meeting the sky. They are forever being told to look at the sky colour, or the shades of the different types of lilacs.
For so long Canada has struggled to define the unique culture, characteristics and conditions of being Canadian. Maybe because we’re a relatively new country made up of so many nationalities, we don’t have many shared symbols, music and customs that date back hundreds of years.
The one thing we all have in common is our country’s natural beauty. We can all appreciate the landscape, animals and outdoor activities that are there for everyone to enjoy.
The raw beauty of Canada can literally take your breath away. It’s the natural beauty found outdoors that gives me colour inspiration daily. And it’s Canada’s colour palettes that inspire the interiors we do.
It’s interesting to us that many of our younger clients want their home to have a Canadian feeling. Lately we’ve decorated several homes with Hudson Bay blankets and often put antlers on a stack of books. Pretty rocks picked up from rivers and lakes in Canada often end up on the coffee table. One client this spring wanted cable knit cushions because it reminded her of the sweater she wore when she used to go skating on the creek.
Canada is our home and I think the greatest country in the world. Anytime we can incorporate bits of Canada in to the homes we decorate, it makes us happy. Even if it’s just a wall painted White Spruce (CH047), it’s a nice connection to our wonderful country.
Whether you live in Little Heart’s Ease (CH099), Barkley Sound (CH085), or Thunder Bay (CH108), we wish you Happy Canada Day and a wonderful summer.
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Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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