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Embrace Pantone’s color of the year with these 6 reversible hacks from an interior designer

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Pantone describes 2019’s color of the year, Living Coral, as “energizing” and “life-affirming” — bold words for an equally bold shade.

Coral looks great under the sea, but how do we incorporate the invigorating hue into our home decor? We turned to Toronto-based interior designer Nicholas Rosaci, who believes there’s no such thing as too bold a color. “If you love it, there are no rules,” insists the designer.







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That said, coral is undoubtedly an attention hog but it does play well with others. Rosaci recommends pairing coral with cooler greys, poppy yellow, natural materials and textures, or layering it on top of the blush pink trend for a monochromatic look.

“Coral is more like an orange with a little bit of pink in it. It’s got a lot of energy and it’s really juicy,” adds Rosaci. Whether you want to mix it in with your neutrals or throw it on the walls, Rosaci shares six reversible hacks to infuse the energizing color into your space.

1. Pepper coral into your accessories







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If you’re just looking to dabble in the trend or wake up a few nooks and crannies, Rosaci recommends peppering the color in your lighting accessories and textiles.

Instead of a basic white or black lampshade, try this simple DIY: get a beautiful coral ribbon or fabric from the craft store and hot glue it around the lampshade. “It’s a fun, easy DIY that adds a bit of drama and makes your space look glowy,” says Rosaci.

Rosaci also recommends layering your bedding and couches with a chunky coral knit throw and accent pillows. “A little coral goes a long way when it comes to punching up the basics,” Rosaci explains.

2. Line the back of your cabinets or bookcases







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There’s a big trend in the design world to update cabinets — and even kitchen appliances — with punchy colors. If you aren’t ready to take the leap (or like your white kitchen appliances just fine, thank you), consider adding a pop of color to the back of your bookcases and cabinets.

“You can always paint a piece of bristol board or foam-core coral and then trim it to fit the back of your shelves,” the DIY-pro suggests. “It’s not permanent and you’ve just added a pop of unexpected color to a space that might otherwise be dreary.”

3. Paint your door for an unexpected pop of color







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Painted doors present another opportunity to go big and bold with color. Cover your front door and share your love of coral with the world or introduce the shade in your bathrooms, laundry room and bedrooms. A painted door is a daring addition in smaller spaces, without overwhelming the room.

Want to switch it up from season to season? You can always paint the door another color in an afternoon.

4. Pair coral with florals to make a statement







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“We’re seeing a reemergence of florals,” explains Rosaci, noting it as a great opportunity to incorporate coral. “You don’t have to cover your whole dining room in a floral wallpaper. Instead, you can wrap a large canvas in the pattern, turning it into an abstract art piece that can always be taken down.”

You can also find plenty of removable options — like large-scale floral murals in punchy corals.

5. Upcycle furniture with a coat of paint







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A quick and affordable way to incorporate the color of the year is by upcycling furniture. Look around your home for an item that could use a facelift or hunt for a vintage gem at an auction, online listing site, thrift store or garage sale.

“Painting an antique chair or chest of drawers gives your furniture a new lease on life. You can also paint just the inside of the drawers for some contrast,” says the designer.

6. Paint the walls to add some drama







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“Powder rooms and dining rooms call for drama and are a great place to embrace bold color,” suggests Rosaci.

Just beware, a color might be perfect on the swatch, but not in the space. “There are many variations of coral and lighting will affect how you perceive the color,” Rosaci says. “Especially in condos, if you have a den without a window, going full-on Living Coral might be a little too intense. You can always go down a shade or two on the scale.”

Rosaci recommends painting a large test swatch on foam core or bristol board. Then you can move it around your place and see how it reacts to different lighting.

All of these ideas can be painted over, swapped out or upcycled, so you can embrace Pantone’s 2020 shade next year. “I’m sure the color will be really insane,” Rosaci says with a laugh.

Nicholas Rosaci will be presenting a session called “Navigate the Trends, Pantone’s Color of the Year and How to DIY For Living Lux For Less” at the GTA Home and Reno Show on Monday, February 18th from 3pm to 4pm. For more information, visit gtahomeandrenoshow.com.

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Covid-19 altering Canadians’ housing needs: RBC

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Amid a pandemic-driven shift in demand as well as a surge in new listings, the Canadian housing market remained strong in August, RBC Economics reports.

Citing preliminary data from local real estate boards, RBC said that markets in many areas of the country remained “red hot” in August.

“But the bigger story might be that Covid-19 is now prompting more people to sell,” the report said, noting that new listings surged in urban centres such as Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.

“We think this in part reflects the pandemic altering the housing needs of many current owners — who are opting to move, something they might not have considered just a few months ago,” it said.

RBC noted that the Toronto market saw new listings jump 57% year over year in August, powering a 40% increase in home sales.

Sales were up more than 20% from July’s near-record levels, it said.

“Clearly, [that] market has fired on all cylinders this summer, making up for the major disruption caused by Covid-19 in the spring,” RBC said.

The primary drivers of sales activity and higher prices were low-rise homes, including single-detached homes, RBC reported.

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RBC’s customer base makes it a favourite of cyber attacks – security experts

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Royal Bank of Canada is among the most targeted institutions by cyber attacks due to its broad customer base, according to an analysis by Palo Alto Networks.

From December 2019 up to present, cybercriminals have been establishing malicious pages disguised as websites by major companies to conduct phishing attempts and other similarly invasive attacks.

RBC ranked third in the most spoofed domains list, more than streaming giant Netflix and professional networking portal LinkedIn. PayPal and Apple ranked first and second, respectively.

“When you look at the broad customer base that RBC has, it makes sense, especially when you compare it to some of the other big names,” said Jen Miller-Osborn, deputy director of threat research at Palo Alto Networks. “These attackers are going after [domains] where they can make the most money, so they’re focusing on these organizations that have really broad customer bases because that really ups the number of potential victims.”

In an interview with BNN Bloomberg, Miller-Osborn outlined what consumers should be looking out for to filter our fraudulent emails.

“Typically, the ones that are going to be scam-related are trying to invoke some sort of emotional response,” Miller-Osborn said. “So they might say something like ‘Someone tried to change your password, click here to say whether or not that was you,’ or ‘Click here to confirm this charge on your statement,’ or ‘We’ve locked your account for strange activity.’ Essentially, things that will make people anxious and will make them want to click first, and not take a step back and pause to think, ‘Is that really the kind of email that my bank would usually send?’”

Other red flags include misspellings and basic grammar errors in the message, especially the sender line.

“Attackers try to closely mimic domain names, so you might see the number zero substituted for ‘o’, or a one substituted for the letter ‘l’. Little thing like an extra ‘s’ or ‘c’ in the name. These things, people tend to glance over very quickly and not notice.”

Miller-Osborn said that these measures should be done in concert with the most effective step in deflecting a spoofing attempt: Calling the bank and asking them if the email that they supposedly sent was legitimate.

 

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Queen confirms new home at Windsor Castle with Buckingham Palace for ‘selected events’

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The Queen will be returning to Windsor Castle in a matter of weeks, with Buckingham Palace only used for ‘select events’.

Her Majesty and her husband Duke of Edinburgh will first spend time privately at Sandringham when they leave Balmoral next week, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

She had been spending summer at her retreat in Aberdeenshire amid speculation that she would not return to the capital amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson said: “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will depart Balmoral Castle during the week commencing September 14 to spend time privately on the Sandringham Estate.

“Subject to the finalisation of the autumn programme, Her Majesty’s intention is to return to Windsor Castle in October and to resume the use of Buckingham Palace for selected audiences and engagements.

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