Soft and muted pastels have sidled their way back into the home sphere recently, and they’re having a refreshing effect on these internal spaces.
Although our hero pastel this season would have to be pink, there’s something in every shade when it comes to this style selection – from mauve to baby blue and everything in between.
It’s the sweetest of looks and features in everything, from bedspreads to velvet chairs. But if you’re wanting to tone down the ‘pretty’, pastel tones can be overlaid on shades of grey, black and white or contrasted against the light woods and crisp whites of Scandi design to stop it from overpowering.
From mint greens to yellow sorbet, forgive us if you’re suddenly craving candy and icecream!
American industrialist and Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford once said, “Any colour, so long as it’s black”. Renoir once described it as the “queen of all colours”, while JMW Turner once said, “If I could find anything blacker than black, I’d use it”.
As physics would have it, the absence or complete absorption of visible light means black isn’t technically a colour. And yet, despite this sinister description, this stylish shade is equally dramatic, sophisticated and handsome.
Infinitely versatile, it has been recognised for its conservative elegance as much as it has for its association with counter-culture throughout history, from beatnik to bikers and black-worshipping goths.
When it comes to creating masculine interiors, black hues draw on this clever colour’s association with the mid-century gangster glamour of film noire, drawing on cinematic sets as much as real life, and bouncing off the colour psychology of power and glamour.
Yes, we’re dealing in stereotypes here. But these are open for everyone to exploit – gender aside.
Whether planning a new build or enhancing a current bedroom, there is a large range of wardrobe styles to complement your home and personal style for any budget. With customisable design details, updated sliding wardrobe doors can even
double as a contemporary room feature.
The sky is the limit, with the ability to add mid rails or detail inserts in the solid infill, upgrade to a safety mirror and even finish doors in a variety of Dulux powder coat colours. All HomePlus doors are sliding, which use minimal space by not opening directly into the room and the most popular door in the HomePlus wardrobe and interior door range is the 4200 Series.
For the wardrobe interior, ClosetPro organisers make efficient use of limited storage space. Suitable for both reach in or walk in wardrobes, ClosetPro wardrobe organisers incorporate solid melamine cabinets with strong aluminium components. They can be designed in a wide range of configurations, depending on individual needs and the space available. Rails can be configured to suit long garments, such as dresses that you don’t want dragging on the wardrobe floor or doubled-up short hanging for garments such as shirts or trousers.
ClosetPro’s cabinets are New Zealand made, open fronted, wall-mounted units with a choice of optional extras such as matching drawers.
Wire wardrobe systems can transform wardrobes. With in-built flexibility and a wide range of shelving and hanging options so you can customise your wardrobe or linen cupboard interior however you want to create well-organised spaces free of clutter.
In the past, yellow has suffered from a bit of an image problem. But it seems interior designers have launched a full-blown PR campaign advocating for its acceptance into the colour hall of fame and public perception of this sunny shade is looking up.
Once treated as somewhat of an enigma, it’s now embraced as energetic but equally relaxing; an ally to homes that want to generate an authentic aura of warmth. The more dulcet tones perfectly offset a dependable grey or if you want to turn up the volume on yellow, even a spritely purple will make an impact when paired with this hue. Of course green, cream, white and black also make the cut as faithful companions to the colour.
Capable of lifting the spirits, the challenge with yellow lies in striking the right balance. If it is too heavily concentrated in one area, it can dominate and overwhelm the space. If you want to take a conservative approach to introducing this aesthetic, start with the accents in your space – curtains, lighting, cushions, throws and even rugs. A colour block feature wall is also an option but more of a commitment.
Trawl Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and take advantage of online tools that let you digitally experiment with your space so you can try yellow on for size before you make any final decisions.
With a chill in the air and the long nights settling in, there’s no better time to up the cosiness factor in your home. So why not make your home a haven with a harmonious blend of autumn’s hallmarks.
This season, sophisticated earthy shades partnered with light neutrals will dominate, alongside tribal-inspired textured furnishings – perfect for creating the nurturing space we crave for when the temperatures start their downward descent.
A collection of rich hues inspired by traditional cultures and folklore, the Dulux Kinship Palette is one of four key themes identified in the Dulux 2018 Colour Trends.
Featuring warm terracotta, russet, soft grey-greens, cosy neutrals and pops of vibrant red that hint at an Eastern inﬂuence, the range pairs beautifully with the natural materials that are so popular right now – warm timbers, stone and linens.
Whether you choose to go all-out with these deeper shades or dip your toe in the water with a few touches, the key is to pair them with a complementary white or neutral boasting similar undertones, creating balance and allowing the bold hues to enhance rather than overwhelm a space.
A warm white, Dulux’s Cardrona sits beautifully alongside the pinkish and heathery hues of Maiko and Glen Murray, while its cooler sibling Hakataramea ensures deeper shades such as Very Terracotta, pop. So why not colour yourself cosy this autumn.