Teal is trending. The quirky colour is taking homewares by storm and bringing a much-needed breath of fresh air to Kiwi homes.
While it may not be your everyday primary colour, ironically it fits perfectly into your everyday home. In terms of where it fits into the colour wheel, it’s a medium blue-green colour, which can also be described as a darker variant of cyan.
Whether you introduce the harmonious hue to your house by adding a large teal-inspired feature wall or a simple vase – there will always be some appeal when using the colour teal. So, in the spirit of summer, we check out how to style this colour that is perfect for the warmer season.
It’s all in a name: They say it’s all in the name, so it makes sense to take some inspiration from where the colour originated from. Teal gets its name from the colouring that can be found around the eye of the common teal (a member of the duck family). In honour of that, a nice way to both liven up your garden and pay tribute to the birds would be to hang a teal birdhouse.
Great things come in small packages: Teal pops with white but also pairs well with cream, navy, gold and brown tones. That’s why using something as subtle as a teal cushion cover can really make a difference to a boring cushion or a barren couch.
The perfect chair: In the theme of chairs, a teal armchair is another stylish way to incorporate the colour into your home. It could even be placed in a sunny nook looking out onto that garden where you hung your wholesome birdhouse. If you were really feeling a new found love for teal, an ottoman supporting the same colour could even be paired with the armchair. It’s a true match made in heaven.
Home decor enjoys taking a walk on the wild side a lot of the time, but this year, au natural is the king of the castle.
When we think natural, we think artisan furniture – handmade with a raw edge. This aesthetic is by no means a perfectionist when it comes to looks and personality but, ironically, therein lies its perfection.
Synonymous with wicker, rattan and earthy tones, an artisan aesthetic takes on a playful vibe through its incorporation of marble, scandi-style accents, mixed metals and heavy embellishments. Homes are brimming full of these bohemian treasures – think macramé in everything from cushion to wall hangings.
From refined rustic to modern chic, artisan furniture often plays to sustainability principles reclaiming materials and supporting the time-honoured skill of true craftsmanship. Buying artisan homewares can be a great way to shop local and support the talent in your midst. Farmers and antique stores teem with possibilities.
Frankly, why ‘woodn’t’ you?
In a fast-paced modern world, it’s not hard to see why one might yearn for a more laid-back, relaxing vibe when it comes to the home.
In fact, many of the trends that are creeping into these spaces in 2018 are related by virtue of their soft and earthy nature. And, although the modern tribal aesthetic most certainly meets this brief, its decorative elements enable you to create a rustic earthy vibe without losing any of its cool factor.
Art, lighting, rugs, cushions and beaded decorative accessories are some of the key tools in your decorating arsenal, when it comes to achieving a luxurious tribal look.
We’re increasingly striving to create authenticity and a respect for handcrafted elements within our interiors and the components of this tie in well with the modern tribal look, as do natural materials and vintage eclectic themes.
For the commitment phobe, this means you can comfortably dip your toes in the tribal waters, without any kind of long term commitment. Just incorporate some cushions, a rug or some ornamental accessories and you’re on your way, though be warned, it may create some wanderlust for the more travel-inspired types out there!
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.
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.
Metallics have been having their ‘moment’ in the homewares spotlight for the longest time now, with their prevailing popularity suggesting they won’t be leaving any time soon.
Which is rather an exciting prospect, when it comes to our inner-magpies. Long gone are the days when the fixtures in our houses – taps, handles, pipes, shower heads – lacked personality. And the creatively clever are using metallics in unique new ways – with accessories, cabinetry, furniture and even flooring getting the metallic makeover.
Not only are we seeing a renaissance of copper, but also bold golds, striking silvers and charming brass hues are creating clean, modern and vibrant environments within our homes – even in the less ‘sexy’ spaces like our bathrooms. With accessories like the Round Champagne Kitchen Mixer pictured, Meir demonstrates how metallic finishes can add glamour and sophistication to a room through some of the smallest items.
The ultimate aesthetic pick-me-up for your abode, the magic of metallics will no doubt continue to endure.
There’s something deliciously authentic about 20, 30 and 40 year old homewares with their ability to bring a well-loved homeliness and cosy warmth to a space.
The prevailing popularity of the vintage vibe has seen it become an enduring style staple with a quality that transcends time.
And, with the cyclical nature of trends bringing things back into the fashionable forefront time and time again, vintage styles are even easier to integrate into the modern home.
Vintage pieces are not only adaptable to current trends, but are often timeless classics that can become a centrepiece in your space.
Although garage sales and flea markets can yield just the right treasure to complete a collection and make your space, sometimes time just isn’t on your side when it comes to trawling.
So designers, furniture makers and even wallpaper companies are coming to the homewares party with new ‘old’ things, so your abode can look the vintage part.
It’s not surprising that this nature-inspired colour is the one most closely associated with envy, because that’s exactly what you’ll be inducing in visitors to your humble abode if you style with this sophisticated shade.
With some traditional textures such as velvet and timber following this hue into the homewares realm, why not weave this nature-inspired hue into your interior palette. After all, it’s quite the gem.
When it comes to sprucing up your interiors, this heavenly hue in all its green glory, has never looked so good.
And, when it comes to colour psychology, it adds visual credence to the ‘green movement’, with its reported ability to improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.
As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side and in this instance, it really is, in the very best of ways.
Not so long ago, black and blue were considered a sartorial sin. Now, not only has this match-made in heaven pairing marched its way down the catwalk, but it’s equally marched its way into our homes and hearts.
Taking their cues from the fashion world, design darlings of the décor world have been taking this trend into the home, where it’s found its way into almost every room.
Dark and moody in all the right ways, black and blue are a crowd favourite and for very good reason. But if you want to lighten the mood, consider marrying black with vivid tones of cobalt, teal and sapphire and lighter blues like robin’s egg and sky blue.
So stay ahead of the style game with some creative combinations.
It is perhaps more often seen sashaying its way down the catwalks, but we’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for velvet’s sumptuous style in a much broader application.
This season the elegant material is making its way beyond the wardrobe, so now you can add a touch of luxury to almost every room of the house.
This design damsel is having its moment in the homewares spotlight, with a luxe look that could soften almost any heart.
Take the plunge with a statement sofa in this season’s trending tones or dip your toes in the decorating pool with smaller accents like cushions and throws.
If you really want to make a glamorous statement, its opulence pairs perfectly with a bit of bling, so shop our sumptuous look.