Colour Palette:
Smallville Brights

by Melissa Goldstein
Much ink has been spilt over actor Henry Cavill's unfeasibly chiselled superheroic features, but it's the above still of the precocious Cooper Timberline as a young Clark Kent in Zack Snyder's forthcoming epic Man of Steel that is currently capturing our imaginations. The frame's exhilarating blend of sky blues, field-greens, and fresh laundry reds has us redecorating our favourite nephew's bedroom, and it looks something like this: 1. Valspar's Niagra Blue is the ideal wall colour for this more sophisticated take on the typical kids' room. Offset the muted shade with a lighter tone--we love the idea of a wood floor painted in Behr's sky-blue Coastal Mist--and a darker, more traditional hue for the window treatments, such as Benjamin Moore's Polo Blue. 2. This sea of blue is begging for an off-kilter accent to drive home the youthful atmosphere: a rug or duvet cover in Benjamin Moore's Yew Green will add much-needed zest. 3. The bathroom is the perfect setting for a classic fire-engine-red moment: we love Behr's Red Hot paint for a vibrant pop of colour. Keep it sophisticated and neatly contained with a whisper of grey on the window trim, courtesy of Valspar's Cliveden Mist.   dh-about-hue
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"Polo Blue" #2062-10, $37, Benjamin Moore "Coastal Mist" #520-E1, $33, Behr "Niagara Blue" #C121, $33, Valspar Paint
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"Yew Green" #2025-20, $37, Benjamin Moore "Red Hot" #S-G-190, $33, Behr "Cliveden Mist" #6007-1A, $33, Valspar Paint
Photograph: Courtesy Warner Brothers Pictures. Illustrations: Bianca Gonzalez Marra

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