Jazz up a dark Victorian home by painting rooms in fun, bright colours. Artist, writer and energetic entrepreneur Alexandra Bennett did just that with the Toronto home she shares with her husband and three children. Tour the pink dining room, lilac kitchen nook, deep purple living room, and principal bedroom with soft and subtle pattern. Gather small-space decorating tricks as six architects and designers reveal their approach to designing a 160-square-foot shipping container at 2012's Interior Design Show. Plus, H&H editors Hilary Smyth, Cameron MacNeil, Sarah Hartill and Stacey Smithers share their favourite bold colours, including fuchsia, yellow and cerulean blue.
Dining room: Wallpaper, Primetime Paint & Paper, visit Primetimepaint.ca; chairs, Inform Interiors, visit Informinteriors.com; shag rug, Dosa, visit Dosainc.com; artwork, The Cross Decor & Design, visit Thecrossdesign.com.
Living room: Throw pillow fabric, AnneStarr, Vancouver, visit Annestarr.ca; rug, Dosa, as above; marble slab (coffee table top), Martha Sturdy, visit Marthasturdy.com; shelving, Inform Interiors, as above.
Front hallway: Designers Guild wallpaper, Primetime, as above; green stool, Elte; mirror, L'Atelier.
Hallway with blue door: Poufs, Dosa, as above; door colour, Ol' Blue Eyes (2064-30) from the Colour Preview collection, Benjamin Moore, visit Benjaminmoore.ca; artwork, Bobbie Burgers, visit Bobbieburgers.com/images.html; prints, The Cross, as above.
Principal bedroom: Lene Toni Kjeld wallpaper; dressing table, vintage; hand sculpture for rings, Sante Fe flea market.