October 22, 2020 2 min read


What colour would you love to work with more and why?
Salamander 2050-10– because deep, rich greens are such a timeless classic. It reminds me of historical Victorian décor. I love bold colours and I’m making it my mission to bring them back. Enough with grey already!

What inspires your colour choice for a design project?
I usually look around a client’s home and see what colours they naturally lean toward. Then I use that colour as inspiration – whether it be to use more of that colour, use it in different hues, or use its complimentary colours.

Name one colour “rule” that is meant to be broken?
"Blue and green should never be seen, except inside the washing machine. False. Break it."

Is there any overlooked surface you think should be painted to bring colour to a space?

Trim, interior doors and ceilings. It is so often assumed that these features must be white. That cannot be farther from the truth. Using a specific colour on these features creates intention within the space, and definitely adds character and colour.

Is there a colour combination that works surprisingly well together – even if it really shouldn’t?
Pink and green! I love this combination so much. It’s perfect for a powder room, home office, laundry room, mudroom, bedroom, living room… I think you see where I’m going with this.

Can you give us a professional design tip for choosing the perfect colour palette?
Keep it simple. The palette foundation should be neutral and timeless. This allows you to infuse the space with colour, pattern, texture, etc. through decor. Additionally, keep each space within the same tone and colour family. This creates cohesiveness throughout the space as well as creates just a touch of casual sophistication.

Lastly, in your opinion, why should people hire a professional designer?
There are an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to decoration and design. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and bogged down by them, making it tempting to throw in the towel in frustration. Professional decorators and designers are trained to narrow down options and hone in on what their client needs. We guide clients, work with them to make decisions and give them their dream spaces.

Homes styles by Athina

Visit Athina’s designer profile to learn more about her services, browse her favourite Benjamin Moore colours and see some of her previous projects.

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