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6 Nature-Inspired Wall Finishes We Love

Pretty paints and wild wallpapers that nod to the natural.

It’s time for some shinrin-yoku. The Japanese concept of “forest bathing” is therapy taken amid trees for well-being. And, given that the fresh and foliage-like Greenery is Pantone’s Colour of the Year, the woods now also come indoors and onto your walls.


1. Sea Change

Calling forth botanical greens as well as underwater blues, the teal of Para Paints’ Enigmatic Triton (from $60 per gallon) is as mercurial as the same-named Greek god and messenger of the sea. para.com


2. Into the Woods

The Shattered Light wallpaper by Rollout ($15 per square foot)—a collaboration with B.C. artist and woodworker Brent Comber—is an interlocking design of backlit wood pieces. And now, as a custom hue created for designer Alykhan Velji’s “Faceted Fantasy” tablescape at Dinner by Design, it’s available in intense emerald. rollout.ca


3. Earth Bound

Sherwin-Williams’s 2017 colour pick is Poised Taupe (from $40 per gallon)—woodsy with varying shades of green. Think mossy without being musty. sherwin-williams.ca


4. Pretty Pastoral

A new wallpaper pattern from Farrow and Ball called Gable ($230 per 10-metre roll) evokes the oh-so-British countryside: rolling hills, woolly sheep and quaint cottages. farrow-ball.com


5. Softly Does It

Like dew on a spider’s web under the forest canopy, the dreamy Mystified (from $59 per gallon), General Paint’s colour of the year, is a soft and calming
grey-green that captures early mornings. generalpaint.com



Designer’s Pick: Aliki Gladwin

“Since graduating from design school in the late 1970s, I’ve consistently matched Nevamar Black Pearl—a flooring—in paint colour on millwork and walls. This colour reads very warm in a mixture of black and dark grey, with tints of brown! It becomes a real neutral on a project.” Price on request, nevamar.com

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