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Snow White snow Bright

Snow White snow Bright: Brightening up your homeware.


Move over moody grey, bright white has entered the room. Who would have thought this colour would be capable of packing so much punch and giving our homewares a much-needed revamp?

 

Snow White snow Bright
LINEN HOUSE PALM SPRINGS

 

White light is made up of all the colours of the rainbow – no wonder we are drawn to its reflective vitality. As the bright summer sun now dances off the walls, white upon beautiful white is the in colour from furnishings to figurines.  Rugs and mats take on a completely cool summer story. There’s nothing like stepping barefoot on a soft snowy sheepskin rug. White brightens a room, from the ground up. Treat the couch to summery-white throws and cushions festooned with trims and fringes. Tie back the ivory curtains with tassels. Texture is key with this year’s most pale colour combos.

 

Snow White snow Bright
MUSTARD MADE THE SHORTY

As bringing the outside in is now popular, pick the white flowers! Showcase them in a stunning white geometric planter. White orchids in the conservatory are exotic, white cyclamens are easy to care for and scented jasmine can be grown indoors. Pick fluffy iceberg roses for a voluptuous white centrepiece vase. This hue partners to perfection with the latest magical metallic accents. They keep to the neutral palate but with an indulgent light-enhancing effect. The depth of natural light woods and fibres will also soften and complement a foundation of white.

 

Snow White snow Bright
STUDIO ENTI DAWN PENDANT

This clean colour for every room imparts serenity. Use it in porcelain pendant lighting, de-stressed wood, linens, marble, sculptures, shelving and seating. Food presents so well on fine white crockery and pillars of scented white candles create romance on a balmy summer evening.

 

Snow White snow Bright
COUNTRY ROAD TEA SET

 



 

Colour of the Year

Colour of the Year


Coral has long symbolised a range of uplifting emotions from health to happiness, with amulets of the aragonite mineral used to drive away misfortune and illness in Ancient Greece.

 

Colour of the Year

 

Whether recognising the talismanic qualities of nature’s bounty or simply a happy coincidence, Pantone has revealed that its official colour of 2019 is living coral.  A vibrant pinky-peachy-orangey hue that is said to “embrace us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy”, we can’t think of anything better to inject into your home palette for the year ahead. With tropical holidays full of sand and sun still fresh in mind, we’re happy to acquiesce with Pantone’s colourful wisdom and introduce these tropical tones in our own homes.

 

Colour of the Year
KAS AUSTRALIA NESSLIE CORAL CUSHION

 

Colour of the Year
OUTLIVING WOOL TASSEL GARLAND

 

Colour of the Year
ESSENTIAL LIVING MONROE CHAIR

 



 

Wonderful Walls

Wonderful Walls: Angelique Armstrong


Whether you want an understated design for subtle interest or a bold statement pattern to give a room that wow factor, it seems the writing is on the wall for 2019 interior trends. Yes, wallpaper is making its beautiful mark and our homes are all the better for it.

 

Wonderful Walls

 

Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors about how to dress your walls in their Sunday best. “Some people say that wallpapers are making a comeback. I say they never went out,” Angelique says.
“At Armstrong Interiors we love to embrace the texture, colours and creativity of wallpaper, whether it’s for a feature or the whole room.”

When it comes to making any wallpaper decisions, consideration first needs to go into the space you’re working with; lighting is always an important factor to consider, as is the mood you want to convey in the room. “One thing you need to be careful of when choosing your wallpaper is that you create flow between each room to ensure continuity throughout the home,” Angelique says.

“It’s also important to create a nice balance between wallpapers and paint within the greater space and the right paint colour to complement the wallpaper you have chosen will give you the best outcome.  There are many wallpapers to choose from and fabric houses continuously launch the new season’s look with matching fabrics and wallpapers;

telling a story in colour and pattern,” Angelique says. Once you have chosen your wallpaper, you need to consider the hanging. Most companies offer their own specialised glues however, these can be purchased through your designer.
Choose your wallpaper hanger carefully, Angelique says. “This is where you are best to deal with an expert. If you need help call our office and we can name a few paper hangers we use.

“At Armstrong Interiors we have a good relationship with all major wallpaper and textile houses around the world so we are able to source the latest products in wallpapers and fabrics.”  So why not let your walls do the talking? When it comes to your home, it’s your personal space so embrace this and live for now.

 

Angelique Armstrong
Angelique Armstrong
Armstrong Interiors Ltd

 


Visit armstronginteriors.co.nz or phone 03 356 2636.


 

Natural Instinct

Natural Instinct: Home & Living


Natural fibres are bringing authentic warmth to our decor. We look at how to introduce this knotty and nice aesthetic to refresh and lighten the home.

 

Natural Instinct

 

Easy on the eye, to the touch, and for the planet, natural fibres appeal to our instincts in woven, knitted or knotted renditions. Natural fibres are non-toxic, which is reassuring for little family members especially, and are usually low maintenance and affordable.

Strong and durable linen is a breathable fabric that creates beautifully hanging curtains, sumptuous duvets and the ultimate cool summer cushion. As anyone that has owned a time-softened linen tea-towel knows, it’s a practical fabric that endures.
Natural woven mats are the latest practical investment. Jute, often dubbed the ‘golden fibre’ for its silky sheen, is an affordable, tough material suitable for a stampede of family members – but which still feels soft under foot.

 

From large lounge-floor covers to creative circular mats, they grace everything from entrances to hallways. Ethnic looks, fine traditional herringbone design, or colourful-dyed quirky patterns with knotted edging, it’s all in. Sea grass gives a beachy vibe, whereas sisal is the strongest, its thick fibres trapping dirt which is easily vacuumed out.

Fulfilling our love of the natural, textural and the handmade is original and traditional artwork from macramé to tapestry. Baskets can be made from coconut fibre and hemp table-runners will grace the dining table. Bamboo and rattan will be the natural choice for indoor and outdoor furniture, even lampshades and headboards. Nature has woven its way back into the heart of the home this season.

 



 

Colour Craze

Colour Craze


In a world full of neutrals, it is no surprise we are craving colour, as it enhances the senses and heightens emotion and mood. We look at incorporating colour into your home.

 

Colour Craze

 

Kitchen

Coloured appliances and utensils are simply delicious these days. Colour also means you can find things – they shout from a drawer of stainless steel. With a black kitchen for example, red adds drama, hot pink oozes pizzazz. Akin to the ’50s domestic goddess days, retro pastels that became so chic still charm the benchtops.

 

Colour Craze
MUSTARD MADE

 

Bathroom

Look closely at the towels, they can fade to grey before you’ve realised. A neutral bathroom can so easily have a creative change around every week. Lime green towels with a leafy indoor plant and a quirky frog by the basin, a vintage vase of fuchsia roses against raspberry-red flannels, or a watery world of aqua soaps and icy-blue bathmats.

 

Colour Craze
MUSTARD MADE

 

Lounge

Cushions; the chameleons of interior design., these plump pops of hue are excuses to show off your personality. If the dining room is dim, utilise lovely yellow. Too hot in mid-summer, cool with the blues and mint greens. Follow the palette of the flower garden outside, purple is vogue. Have an object de art in a different colour to everything else – all eyes will be upon it.

 

Colour Craze
KAS AUSTRALIA

 

Bedroom

Change the duvet for an instant mood lift – it’s a bedroom’s creative canvas. Include colour to relax and inspire in lamps, curtains, headboards and linens. It’s likely to be the first thing you see in the morning, so wake up to your favourite.

 

Colour Craze
WEST ELM

 



 

Swish Storage

Swish Storage


Modern storage is about much more than the classic wall unit – although even these are evolving into creative pieces in their own right, as space becomes a premium. Options are clever, unique and fantastically functional.

 

Swish Storage

 

Locked up
Lockers became the coolest thing out when industrial retro was hot – and their sheer practicality now lives on. However, school-corridor grey has blossomed into new versions of dusky pinks through to mint greens – akin to a New York apartment. Single tall storage lockers are perfect to slot into those once-redundant narrow wall spaces. Metal is fire proof, so keep precious documents and mementos under the locker’s lock and key.

 


Down the ladder
Whether it’s a retro ladder with added shelves, or an affordable new version, cascading ladder shelving is perfect to store handy items or to showcase beautiful things. Transportable, they are great in bathrooms for towels and toiletries, bedrooms for toys and trinkets, or for book collections and plants in the lounge. Either weathered vintage or beach-house white, the trend reflects all themes.

 


Furniture hide ‘n’ seek
It’s very James Bond – secret drawers built into everything such as bed bases, couches with hidden cavities or tables with draws. What about an ottoman: is it a seat, a table? Yes, but it’s also a huge storage space.

 


Custom design it
Incorporating clever custom-designed shelving enhances home living to the max. Go as high as the ceiling in that narrow bathroom space, utilise an awkward kitchen corner, make an entranceway enviable, get creative with cubes, or style up a wardrobe to movie star status.

 



 

Old World Glamour

Old World Glamour


Design cues from the past are injecting old world glamour into our interiors. Make a luxurious style statement and bring a little French antiquity or Victorian manor into your world.

 

Old World Glamour

 

Chic chandeliers
It doesn’t matter if your home is all downlights, hang one from the rafters anyway – just for the romantic effect. Glamorise a plain bathroom, accentuate a dining table or enchant a bedroom. Whether Phantom of the Opera crystal drama or candle styles, chandeliers are the cliché of timeless class. Identical versions of the classics are illuminating lighting stores everywhere.

 

Claw foot and slipper baths
A ‘have to have’ for a glamorous-era bathroom, they are pure luxury to look at and to soak in. New versions of this past-century style come in varying lengths and designs. And some can be colour-matched to your décor.

 

Antiqued fittings and fixtures
Ironically, modern techniques can be thanked for the large inflow of antique-style allure. Today’s tapware for bathrooms and kitchens is not just a chrome affair. They are expertly antiqued, or shiny in copper, brass, gold, and pewter effects. This finishes a chosen theme, as much more than a functional necessity.

 

Magical mirrors
If nothing else, the gilded mirror is the epitome of yesteryear glamour. Double up a view of the garden, city or seascape by facing one out to the window. Lighten a dim hallway, make your bathroom feel like The Ritz, and romance up the bedroom. Old-style options enchant – round mirrors, bevelled edges, thick ornate framing bearing grapes and cherubs, through to art deco geometric in silver.

 

Old World Glamour

 

Recline in grandeur
The classical chaise lounge is a charming Victorian-inspired piece to fill a purpose in any room. The decadent deep-buttoning on couches to cushions, originally hails from the 1700s, as in rolled-armed Chesterfield couches. This immortal style is now very in vogue.

 

Curtain glamour
Curtains can draw in the dramatic feel of an opulent era. It is imperative to drape generously down to the ground. Choose luxurious linens, sumptuous velvets, or baroque-themed prints. Embellish with pompoms, fringing and gold tassels, and tieback with brass crystal-knobbed brackets.

 

A floral throw-back
Victorian floral wallpapers make the finest of feature walls. Damask-pink old French roses through to granny’s garden bouquets enhance everything from vases, vintage crockery, paintings, to tablecloths and throws.

 

Time travel
Aboard the Orient Express. A brass luggage rack in the entrance way, an antiqued globe or map, a purposeful pile of leather vintage suitcases secreting a long journey had. Perhaps include a dome-studded pirate’s chest, nods to Jules Verne, or gilt-framed paintings of old sailing ships. It’s escapism through historical adventures from the comfort of home.

 



 

ARC Tiles And Interiors

From Home to Castle


Whoever first uttered those immortal words about a man’s home being his castle was a wise person indeed. Our home is our sanctuary; it’s our haven of rest and relaxation; it’s our blissful place where all the hassles and worries of the working day slip from our weary bodies as soon as we cross the threshold.

 

From Home to Castle

 

Rajesh Thakur, owner of ARC Tiles And Interiors, is committed to helping his clients transform their homes into castles by providing the most chic and sophisticated of interior wall and ceiling décor, courtesy of his exquisite range of 3D and digital tiles; the fact that he was the first to introduce 3D tiles to New Zealand proves that Rajesh not only has a vigilant eye to the future, but is also well ahead when it comes to the latest in international trends. The optical illusionary effect of 3D tiles is both clever and striking – always an irresistible combination. These are the tiles that will transcend your home from nice but ordinary into magnificent and extraordinary!

“3D tiles, though a very new and exciting concept, will only grow to become the classic and timeless ‘must-have’ feature in homes. The patterns that are coming out now are absolutely amazing; add to that a colour palette that will not only complement your desired colour theme, but will enhance and set it off like nothing else could, and you have a home that is unsurpassable!” Rajesh says. If you are looking to explore a particular theme in your home, but you want to make it a stand-out, aesthetically pleasing play of pattern and visual story, then digital tiles are your ever so elegant answer. They are hugely popular when it comes to wall interiors because of their less water absorption rate and abrasion resistance, and are the ideal bathroom tile due to the protection surface layer, ensuring they’re a breeze to clean and keep free from dust.

Rajesh and his team give customers a very warm welcome at his showroom, situated at 234b Main South Road, Sockburn. Here is the opportunity to view the superb range of tiles in stock and ask all the questions you may have before making that all important final decision. “Not only do our customers get to have quality one-on-one consultations with our highly trained staff, but while they are here, they also can arrange for any preparatory work that needs to be carried out before the tiling. We provide all those services – your gibbing, plastering, painting and tiling,” Rajesh says. Rajesh is very proud of his strong, long-term relationships with customers. “It’s because we go that extra mile – whatever your vision, we want to help make it happen.”

 


For more information, phone 022 622 0415, email rajesh@arctilesandinteriors.co.nz or visit www.arctilesandinteriors.co.nz.


 

Organic themed rooms

Organic themed rooms


It’s ideal to take design cues from the characteristics of a place.

 

Organic themed rooms

 

The perfect room for a geometric or organic wallpaper might, for instance, be one with a window overlooking a stunning copper beech tree, if the chosen pattern repeats the leaf shape or colour. So before going shopping, take a couple of pictures in the room. Which architectural shapes and scales are already on site? Look at the window shapes and sizes. Which shapes or patterns outside are within view?

If there’s an organic theme you can repeat, that’s often a successful strategy. We love repeated pattern, or shades of the same colour. Our eyes crave a certain amount of order and repetition. For an organically-themed room, it feels good to include something natural or rustic, like a vase of blooms or a potted tree. We love symmetry and we also delight in the restful qualities of green.

Vary the scale of similar shapes in other furnishings. To finish your room, it’s fun to add something unexpected, slightly crazy, or whimsical. Don’t over-think it. Often the parting touch on a successful scheme happens almost by accident.

 



 

Woven Veranda

Durable & Stylish: Woven Veranda


From the extreme cold, to the heat of summer, Woven Veranda’s range of quality, easy-care outdoor furniture, has been specifically designed to cope with New Zealand’s harsh environment.

 

Woven Veranda

 

Based in Ohoka, Lisa and Guy import the stylish Scandinavian-designed wicker furniture that can be used both inside and out, making the pieces ideal for your garden, deck or conservatory. Made with synthetic wicker, the product is woven in Cirebon, Indonesia using time-honoured weaving techniques. The poly carbon solid core cane is UV stabilised and woven upon aluminium framing.  Lisa says with outdoor furniture, what you can’t see is just as important as the style that first catches your eye. “The framing structure of our furniture is a key part to longevity,” she says.

“The poly carbon is woven upon commercial-grade aluminium framing, utilising stainless steel screws – so there will be no rusting. We only use a solid core cane to optimise strength and all seating has additional structural support in place.” Lisa says the proof is in the pudding with high country farming customers giving the products their seal of approval. “The all-weather wicker is just about maintenance-free and only requires a hose and a brush from time to time to remove pollen and the visiting bird life,” Lisa says.

With a range to suit all tastes, you can take your pick of contemporary, classic, modern and traditional styles, offered in natural browns and shades of neutral greys. “Quality is a necessity. This ensures the furniture lasts and equates to improved sustainability. We pride ourselves on durability and affordability.”

 


For more information, visit www.wovenveranda.co.nz.