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May 21, 2019

From Pinterest to Palette

Get designer-curated looks for your renovation on a budget

From recipes to razors, nowadays there’s a curated box for everything. With Palette Archives, you can get a professional design plan for an entire room delivered to your door without spending any time, or money, in meetings with a designer.

Interior designer Amanda Hamilton has worked on hundreds of residential and commercial projects in Alberta during her 13-year career — including the soon-to-open Sugarlash Studio in Edmonton — but has often had to turn down work due to a client’s budget.

“Interior design is an industry that is a bit of a premium service,” Hamilton says. “Palette Archives was born because I was trying to think of a way to serve the niche of people that know what they like but don’t quite know how to pull it all together, and don’t have the resources to hire an interior designer. Palette Archives allows me to provide an interior-design option to those on a budget.”

Palette Archives launched in August 2018 as the first e-commerce interior design site of its kind in North America. It offers customers 35 unique palettes that consist of samples of finish and material options for a complete room renovation including flooring, carpet, cabinets, wall and floor tile, backsplash, paint, and wallpaper. There are options to add specifications for hardware, lighting and even plumbing, depending on the complexity of the renovation and the size and type of room.

Several of the palettes have variations like light, dark, warm, cool, moody and fresh, meaning you have plenty of options to pick from to find something that suits your style, while ensuring that everything is coordinated without being too overwhelming. “A designer has selected all the materials that arrive in the box and knows that they are going to work well in a space together,” Hamilton says. “It’s taking out that guesswork for clients.” The designer curated palettes are about one-fifth of the cost of hiring an interior designer for consultations, and, if a customer decides to purchase any of the products through Palette Archives based on the samples, that person will receive the designer’s discount just as he or she would when working with an interior designer.

Take a look at your Pinterest boards and see which palette matches best: Perhaps the black and white textured vibes of “Parisian Grunge?” Or the warm tones of “Moroccan Medina?” Or maybe the simplicity of “Japanese Zen?”

“There are contemporary palettes, some that are more traditional, ones that are fairly timeless, and ones that are a little trendier,” Hamilton says.

Hamilton plans to introduce new palette options two to four times per year to include current design trends and to use feedback from her new Palette Archives customers.

“There are lots of renovation projects that are complex, and if someone’s trying to do a really large-scale renovation on their own, it would be challenging to not hire an interior designer, yet people do it all the time,” Hamilton says. “So instead of someone running all around the city to pick up things and guessing if they’re going to work together, our palettes give people the materials and resources they need to be able to successfully execute a renovation on their own.”

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