Lovely lemon – it lets the sunshine in. Incorporate this fresh, light, happy hue into the home, as a colour and as in mood. It can be super smart and swish, or funky and kitsch – depending on how you play with it.
Lemon is a hard colour not to secretly love. A traditional nursery favourite, it certainly appeals to our psyche. It has a true transformational effect on a small dark room or wardrobe, brightening a dull south-facing space instantly. With lemon, you can go as loud, or as super subtle and soft as you like.
In the ’50s pale lemon was amongst the pretty pastel palette which painted the decade – as seen on Formica tables. In the 60s, a lemon-coloured kitchen was super cool – even before the orange and brown era. Incorporate retro lemon-glazed ceramics and vintage-style kitchenware with modern interiors.
All things fruity are very in vogue – so how about a row of pineapples on the walls and cushions? Lemons adorning tea-towels, mellow yellow kitchen appliances, yellow ducky bath towels all squeeze a little citrus into every room. Windowsills painted pale yellow accentuate the incoming sunlight, with perhaps sherbet-coloured floaty curtains. Lemon-painted furniture instead of the usual white is a pretty change.
This clean, fresh take on yellow is a totally different palette story to its muted golden, mustard cousins. It’s the essence of summer and perfect for cool coastal themes. It blends beautifully with whites, when an all-white room needs a bit of zest. For more intense drama, pair with violet or dark navy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Softer on the skin than black, navy is a great go-to choice if you are looking to deviate from an all-black or black-heavy wardrobe.
Try these tips on how to style, what is fast becoming, a colour staple in women’s wardrobes from north to south.
Freshen up: Navy will provide contrast to an outfit without being too visibly harsh. Pair it easily with softer tones, neutrals and brighter colours. Navy always looks polished with white, whether it’s with separate pieces top and bottom, or a print such as a pin-stripe.
A touch of the blues: Navy and denim are a match-made in heaven for chic casual dressing. Accessorise with a navy-blue bag, shoes and jewellery or even nail polish. This is an easy starting point when it comes to adding navy blue accessories into the wardrobe. Navy and denim also work wonders when worn with fabrics in lively prints.
Outerwear: Navy is effortless, chic and forever timeless. This is a colour that never will date like an inseason colour. Investing in a navy beautiful trench, blazer or coat would never go a miss… especially when teamed with white underneath.
Black and Blue… Can you? You won’t be shunned from the fashion set, but if you are going to wear navy and black together there are some guidelines with how to do this without looking like a bad school uniform. Wear navy and black together, but in a textural way. Keep similar looking fabrics away from each other and wear faux fur and knitwear, or pleats and plain fabric to visually separate the two tones. When pairing the two tones together, aim to add metal or coloured accessories to break it up.
In the navy: Going head-to-toe in monotone navy seems scary to begin with, but this is one way to feel elegant, timeless and completely ‘put together’ without trying too hard.
A navy trench paired with a navy pair of jeans, a navy skirt teamed with a navy top makes it undeniably stylish and expensive looking. Break it up with coloured accessories, otherwise go all-out and add in more navy!
First published for Magpie Style www.magpiestyle.co.nz
When it comes to home décor, colour has transformational abilities that are only limited by one’s imagination and the speed of a brush stroke.
Paint is all about making big changes for small change and this year the latest colour trends are getting a sophisticated makeover.
With tech-free sanctuaries a key colour trend this year, the calming effect of blue is making a big splash in the home. Pantone named Ultra Violet the 2018 Colour of the Year, with this rich, thoughtful shade of purple capable of adding energy and depth to any room.
We’re currently crushing on all-black rooms and 2018 is totally onboard with the sleek and sexy trend. Meanwhile dusty rose offers a beautiful reimagining of modern neutrals, with its pared-back elegance combining the simple chic of ecru and the vivacity of a classic pink.
On the other side of the spectrum, we’re seeing fiery reds, vibrant yellows, turquoise and rich earthy tones, while metallics never really left the colour party.
Chalky paint from the likes of Annie Sloan (pictured) is all the rage right now, with a matte finish that creates the soft, rustic incarnation of the urbane hues of 2018. If you need some help imagining how they might play out in your own space, then look no further.
With cooler temperatures welcoming a cooler colour palette, one hot new trend is breaking all the season’s sartorial rules. With both street cred and practical appeal, pink is the colour the fashion world is falling for in 2018.
From caps to coats, there’s something for everyone in this pretty palette, but not as you’ve ever seen it before. Yes, the dusky shade of postmodern girlhood has emerged with an intriguing new edge.
The 2018 season is putting its own sartorial spin on this bubble-gum classic – gone is the girly-girl look. Not so much in the pieces themselves, but rather how they’re put together.
Teamed with masculine cuts and dirty shades of olive and brown, pink is quickly taking over as fashion’s new power player.
It seems bare is the new beautiful because, although it would be rather irresponsible of us to suggest you take this in a literal sense, everyone is going nude right now. Whether you’re filling the bathroom cabinet or the wardrobe, going nude is all about a less is more approach.
Like the skin tones it is designed to mimic, nude comes in every colour, from soft ivories to deep browns and, whether you’re shopping for makeup or clothing, not every nude may be right for you.
When it comes to sartorial selections, ensure there’s some contrast between your nude clothing and your nude skin so it doesn’t look like you are taking the concept literally.
When it comes to makeup, mix it up with a light caramel colour, a pale pink, or for darker skin tones, a rich golden brown. All one tone and you risk looking washed out.
The real beauty of the nude look is that you can pair it with almost any outfit, whether it’s a slinky red cocktail dress or a dark wash skinny jean. Its pared back aesthetic allows a bold outfit to do the talking.
At Via Sollertia on New Regent Street, Clare and the team are adding sophisticated sparkle – and colour – to their clients’ lives.
Ever-evolving styles are ushering in a new era of striking coloured stones and Via Sollertia is at the forefront, with an exceptional and exquisite selection. “We’re noticing a strong trend of people choosing something with colour versus the traditional white diamond,” Clare explains.
“Sapphires and diamonds are the most common stones used in engagement rings, but I’m not sure everyone would know that sapphires are available in not just blue.”
They also come in green, yellow, orange and pink. Even rarer sapphire colours include the padparadscha sapphire – a deep peachy pink. “Diamonds don’t just come in white either; they come in champagne, chocolate, yellow, pink and even grey/silver!”
Tourmaline is also winning affections as an affordable stone that comes in a range of colours. “They come in varying shades of green, pink/red and blue. The designs you can create around a coloured stone are fun and interesting and you can hand-select a particular stone yourself. We have a large range in store as well as fab suppliers who can send us particular stones for clients to view.”
The secret is out about Villa 23 Café, New Zealand’s first and only Dutch vegetarian café with the ambient charm of a rare city treasure. Hedwig Dunbar-Keek and family have infused creativity into this gorgeous stand-alone villa. It’s now seeking a new owner, with new passions.
“It’s a central location, with little competition, between Blenheim and Riccarton Road. It would be perfect for any restaurant, culinary dream, or a combined office space,” she says.
An interior designer from Amsterdam, Hedwig wishes to move on to her next project spending precious time with her gorgeous new granddaughter while concentrating solely on her Dutch-style catering business.
The landlord let Hedwig recreate the once drab, unnoticeable villa with colourful imagination. Amazing Dutch-designed wallpapers add delightful difference to the disco-glam ‘Arabian nights’ room, the light-filled ‘colour room’ and the must-see optical illusion bathroom. Husband Gregory restored its soft-pink exterior, polished floors and sturdy structure to its 1911 glory.
Her son and barista Quentin greets customers, while Hedwig conjures no-nonsense-great food from the spacious new kitchen. The café oasis serves Peruvian-origin coffee to the lucky customers working in the area – and many pop in for Dutch grocery items. The healthy award-winning smoothies, little Dutch poffertjes and oliebollen are delectable and specialties which are also sold at their Dutch stall at Deans Bush market on Saturdays.
Hedwig is off to Amsterdam this winter for her annual inspirational research. However, for interested parties, she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, anytime.
Villa 23 Café, 23 Mandeville Street, Riccarton (next to Flow Hot Yoga). Phone 03-343 3375. See Facebook/Instagram for details.
Simple living is easier said than done. Not dissimilar to the skill involved with writing a concise, compelling letter, the art of creating a minimalist space that makes an impact takes creative courage and a sense of conviction that less truly is more. It’s a challenge not for the faint hearted.
If you’re a minimalist at heart and hold sustainability in high regard but find yourself giving in to overdressing your environment for fear of it looking bland, we have some top tips to help you on your way to pared-back perfection.
Space out your pieces: Minimalist spaces benefit from an uncluttered aesthetic. A living room, for example, may only have the essentials, including a few key furniture pieces with adequate space between them and clear surfaces – few, if any, knicknacks; smart storage solutions to hide anything superfluous to requirement. Quality over quantity is the aim of this style game.
Limited colour palette: A calming, easy environment will always downplay its colour. That’s not to say you have to stick to plain white, but a gentle approach to colouring your home life is key. Muted tones like soft greys, creams, greige (beige and grey) are all great companions to a minimalist space. Laid back luxury is only ever just one lick of paint away.
Worry about the small things: Sounds ironic doesn’t it? But really, attention to detail is absolutely everything when you are taking a step away from a relaxed, layered vibe, to an intentionally barer look. Take time to consider any additions to the space, and don’t be afraid to remove things. Less is always more with this aesthetic.