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The Dulux Colour Forecast 2018

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We'll be chatting more about this and trends in our new episode out on Wednesday 20th September!

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Dulux 2018 Colour Forecast. So the word 'forecast' probably explains what it is - it's Dulux's interpretation of trends for the coming year and how that translates to COLOUR. What might not be so obvious is how this forecast is made, and the research and talent behind it, so I really wanted to share that more on here because it's something that I only discovered myself when I attended the launch.

The Dulux event happened to fall in the middle of NZ Fashion Week, and it does sound a little crazy but it really was the most inspirational part of that week for me. I left buzzing with ideas and optimism for design in NZ. Dulux is the only paint company in Australasia that regularly travels to the Milan Design Fair (Hullo, dream job! Can I come? Will carry bags!) in order to soak up what's actually happening in the design world as a whole. In presenting the 2018 Forecast, lots of those influences are shared and discussed. This isn't some kind of "let's sell more paint - our white is better" kind of pitch, it's incredibly exciting and encouraging, and for me - inspirational. The forecast is put together by three creatives I rate extremely highly - creative director and stylist, Bree Leech and colour experts Davina Harper and Andrea Lucena-Orr.

So, the over-riding theme of the 2018 forecast is 'Balance', which is what the team felt was really represented in Milan. This referred to the many ways we're trying to find balance in this world in 2017 and how this is reflected through colour, materials, historical references etc. More than ever before many of us feel torn between a 'public' and 'private' self, a problem previously only tackled by celebrities. On top of this, we're in a really huge time of political and geograpical upheaval - seeing many liberties questioned, people displaced and futures unknown.

All of this lends itself to a real focus on the importance of home as a sanctuary and the concept of hygge, as well as embracing a blending of cultures, and ensuring ultimately a sense of optimism in the space we seek solace. A strong juxtaposition of both the past and the futuristic sees unique combinations of materials and colours, with things such as terrazzo and marble playing along side textures like neoprene and foam. There are still strong industrial materials and forms but almost always softened with colour or textiles. There is a fresh modernity in what we see, it feels new but it also feels like it essentially has it's roots in comfort - in a cup of sugary tea in my Grandma's very traditional sitting room.  From this theme of balance, Dulux has curated 4 palettes that explore these notions further - these palettes being 'Essential', 'Kinship', 'Escapade' and 'Reflect'. 

Each palette has been explored by Bree Leech with her recognisable ballsy and faultless styling. I've popped them below with some key descriptions and images but be sure to click through to read/see more including a couple of pretty e-mags.


Calm and nurturing colours to help you find serenity.
Beauty can exist in the most humble and quietest of moments. Our search for a more authentic existence inspires a new-found appreciation for natural and recycled materials. As we embrace the old as new, we repair our rifts with nature and move towards a more genuine and conscious way of living.
 Essential palette - fell in love with Spanish Olive and Clay Court.

Essential palette - fell in love with Spanish Olive and Clay Court.


A rich, earthy palette to fill your home with warmth and positivity.
Create space for compassion and kindness, truth and transparency. In doing so we find new joy in reviving long-held traditions and cultural influences igniting our sense of community and kinship.
 Kinship palette. All about that Outrageous Red and Maiko!

Kinship palette. All about that Outrageous Red and Maiko!


A dreamy cocktail of colours to inspire discovery and escape.
Everybody is a global citizen in 2018 and dream destinations are just a plane ride away. It’s time to join the quest for fun and adventure.
 Escapade Palette - no caption necessary. Love it all.

Escapade Palette - no caption necessary. Love it all.


A rich, moody palette to blend your past with your present.
The age of intelligence may be upon us, but our romance with the past lives on. As smart technology reshapes the look and feel of our everyday life, we take the opportunity to reflect and reconnect with the design icons of our past. Reflect’s style has a hint of nostalgia, revisiting 1970’s glamour, 90s swagger and the elegance of the 30s and 50s.
 Reflect palette - rich, jewel tones are sticking around. That Rose Pink Villa is my favourite.

Reflect palette - rich, jewel tones are sticking around. That Rose Pink Villa is my favourite.

My first instinct was that 'Escapade' was my favourite - the bright, fun one with lots of pinks but with more time I have to say that 'Kinship' might be speaking the loudest to me now. 

Do you have a favourite?

All images by Lisa Cohen, styled by Bree Leech for Dulux Australia & NZ. 

Please note: I was under no obligation at all to write this post. My enthusiasm is entirely my own!

The home of Dries Van Noten

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In episode 4 I mentioned how I'd watched the documentary 'Dries' and that his home and gardens (a traditional country estate in Belgium) had me making serious heart eyes, as if the fashion wasn't enough. In 'Dries' it shows Dries Van Noten and his partner, Patrick Vangheluwe, creating elaborate floral arrangements straight from their incredible garden. The house is rich with tradition and history but everything is exquisitely thought out. You have to laugh at how precisely they tweak the positioning of objects - I think we can all relate to that and how much effort, 'effortless' really is! It's so relatable but also such an integral part of Van Noten's creative genius and how he sees the world and is able to put together such incredible work. His seemingly chaotic and eclectic style is painstakingly scrutinised, and it's a total joy to watch him work. 

Perhaps what I loved most about seeing their home, was that despite being a pretty grand country pile it's very much a home. Like so many homes, it's when you see how the occupants use it that you truly appreciate how well thought out it is. Luckily this can be seen in the doco so you don't need to go an peek through the windows to see this. It's hard to see in these pictures just how opulent and lovely it really is but here are a few images from photographed by François Halard.

Basically I just fell in love with the man, the brand, the house, the garden and the dog. I highly recommend a watch this weekend! 

Op Shopping: Our favourite sport.

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Op shops, charity shops, thrift shops - whatever you call them, almost every town has at least one. Times have certainly changed the way op shops work. We now have the option to sell our unwanted stuff online rather than giving it away for free, and similarly we can find second hand items to on sell if that's something we want to do. This all means that theoretically there is less at the op shops, and understandably the prices are higher and better researched. 

I hear a lot of people lamenting this change, and feeling like pre-2000 charity shops were veritable Aladdin's caves compared to what remains nowadays. I won't deny that things have changed, but I also don't believe it's as drastic as many think it is. There have always been ways of selling your own second hand goods - the trade and exchange, classifieds, recycle boutiques, pawn shops, garage sales and markets - and while online selling is somewhat simpler in my experience it still requires effort and isn't for everyone. There are plenty of people still donating perfectly awesome stuff to charity, I know this as both a donator and a shopper. 

Are prices higher? Sometimes, for sure. Lot's of managers of charity shops are clued up to researching the online pricing of special items, and we have to accept this is a GOOD THING. This is money that is going to charity. I still see charity shops as mostly providing a service for being able to buy items affordably for those that need it, but if they spot that the mid-century sideboard that got dropped off on Saturday is worth a few hundred bucks then fair enough. It's about balancing the needs of both the charity the shop serves, as well as the community that might depend on it. 

Basically, we both feel there is still plenty of treasure to be found at your local op shop, and at low prices too. Here are a few of our 'tips' though generally we agree it's a game of both perseverance and chance!

Actually do it. If you make a point of going 'Op shopping' once in a blue moon, you probably won't find anything. Pop in to local shops whenever they're on your path - I have one by my supermarket, and one by the GP/pharmacy. Somehow it's most often the random little visits that deliver the goods.

There isn't actually a good time of day. At most op shops volunteers are continually pricing and bringing out items so don't worry about getting there early in most cases. Saturdays are usually the busiest though so weekdays are best.

Be prepared to look - HARD. There is SO much stuff in even the smallest op shop and most of it is junk. You've got to be prepared to really look at everything rather than a quick scan like what you'd do in a nice curated shop!

Exercise your imagination. Amongst a pile of grungy mugs, that little vase might look equally rubbish but practice imagining stuff in a different context (ie. in your home, with your styling!).

• Never just buy on price alone. Always stop and think "if this was $20/$50/$400 new, would I still covet it?" if you're buying it because it seems like a steal for $2 - that's probably not a good enough reason. If you're like "OMG I love this AND I can't believe it's $2!" then yay!

• Trust your instincts. If you're carrying something round the shop umming and ahhing about it, then just face facts that you probably don't want it that much and can leave it for someone who will!

• Practice good karma! Always be generous in what you donate to charity and it will come back to you. Remember that those awesome things you found and now love, were donated by someone else who chose to donate rather than sell.

Consider the possibilities. You can give old stuff a new life, sometimes it's as simple as taking off an ugly bow or taking something out of a frame, other times it might be a full reupholster job but even then often the cost of refurbishing something to be really special will still be less than the price for a mass-produced piece from a chain store.

Don't get your hopes up. Going with high expectations is a sure way of making sure you don't find anything somehow. It's a lot more fun and relaxing if you take your time and don't put pressure on yourself to come home with an original Bitossi vase for $5 (because that doesn't actually happen).

 But also don't think you have bad luck! So often I hear people say "Oh you have the best luck, I NEVER find anything!". 100% of the time, I've just gone to 10x as many op shops as them and spend twice as long looking in each. The more time you spend doing it, the 'luckier' you get!

Have fun. Worst case scenario you don't find anything but even then you'll undoubtedly have seen some weird stuff, exchanged some banter with some sweet old op shop ladies, and spent sometime away from a screen. There are worse ways to spend an hour or so!

We'd love to hear about your op/thrift shopping stories and any tips you have! Tag us on instagram @thepinkroomnz or use the hashtag #thepinkroomthrifts!

The podcast is live!

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It's with much excitement and a fairly big dose of nerves we'd like to let you know that the first 3 episodes of The Pink Room are now available to listen to. They should be available through most podcast players by searching "The Pink Room" but please let us know if there is anywhere it's not showing up! 

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Our aim is for new episodes fortnightly. If you can leave a review on iTunes that goes a long way to helping us be seen!


Our top picks for where to buy affordable art!

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As soon as the little twinkle of a podcast appeared, we both knew we really wanted to talk about art, and most specifically - affordable art. Here is an ever growing list of the places we rate when it comes to sourcing artwork for your home ranging from the very affordable to more investment pieces. This is really our little black book, but we'll also have future posts on specific artists we love.  If you want to hear more about us talking art in the home, be sure to check out Episode 2! 

 The Lost Gardens Collection by  Hormazd Narielwalla  at King & McGaw

The Lost Gardens Collection by Hormazd Narielwalla at King & McGaw

In future posts we'll share work we love from specific artists, but these places listed above are great to get started looking more generally! Please let us know anywhere that should be added to the list too as we'd love to know. 

 'Bloom III' by Kimmy Hogan print from Greenhouse Interiors.

'Bloom III' by Kimmy Hogan print from Greenhouse Interiors.

The three types of colour adopter

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We have a theory when it comes to colour, that there are three main personalities when it comes to how you adopt colour and that most of the time we tend to stay within our 'type' - we might bend and stretch the definition but ultimately it's how we like to put colour together and how we like to live with colour. 

It seems pretty instinctive, you might not even have realised you're doing it.

1. The neutrals and the monochrome's

Generally this is for those of us that like calm and all mostly all neutral spaces, think a lot of white or neutrals and it's generally paired with greys, browns and blacks.  It's quite beautiful when well executed, particularly like this home. 

2. The colour schemers

You might like a tight scheme with a single accent colour or a palette of 6, but colour schemers are just that - they always have a scheme, whether accidental or intentional. Colour schemers almost always echo a colour at least twice in a room. Take the room below by the wonderful Angela Chrusciaki Blehm aka @angela_thepaintedhouse.

3. The ‘all the colours’ Rainbow Brights

This is not for the faint hearted and you need a whole lot of confidence to pull this off well! Think of rugs with every colour in them paired with wallpaper that doesn't hold back. This look definitely isn't for everyone and there's no rules, it's decorate with abandon and just do what you love! The Rainbow Brights have this enviable ability to include a single element in a colour without the need to echo it (which us Monochromers and Colour Schemers couldn't resist), however if you're really not a fan of matching it can be tricky to avoid it sometimes and you have to work hard for those colours!

 Kitchen by  Lee Ann Yare , photographed by Larnie Nicholson

Kitchen by Lee Ann Yare, photographed by Larnie Nicholson


So, what do you reckon you are? Or are you crossing over between them?


The gallery wall comeback

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The traditional gallery wall as we have come to know it is dead. Cause of death: overexposure.
—, October 2016

Poor gallery walls, they've had a tough time. Firstly the meteoric rise in popularity where every woman and her dog were washi-taping guide lines on their walls while frantically stock piling frames. Then, the dreaded over-exposure where the interiors world became completely tired of seeing the carefully curated wall full of art - when most of us had probably just found the final piece in our own gallery wall puzzle. 

  By Barbara Maj Husted Werner. 📷 Wichmann + Bendtsen Photography

 By Barbara Maj Husted Werner.
📷 Wichmann + Bendtsen Photography

I won't deny I was absolutely one of those people that shunned the gallery wall in favour of one or two larger pieces. In 2015/16 it totally felt that the 'idea' of a gallery wall had eclipsed any focus on what the actual artwork was and consequently a lot of arrangements felt soulless and lacking in personality, individuality or stories - which for me are the 3 main things art should bring to a room. It felt like gallery walls really had sucked the life out of art in the home. 

But, we're fickle creatures, everything comes back around and the gallery wall is no exception. Sooner than I thought though I've fallen back in love with a good gallery wall - with an emphasis on the 'good', I'm talking about thoughtful and meaningful combinations of art and decor. The staid and formulaic still manage to bore me to tears but luckily it seems inspired gallery walls are on the rise again.

 By  @sub_folk_collective /Steven Miller

By @sub_folk_collective/Steven Miller

Here are a few of our current favourites, particularly partial to the single theme collections like Steve Miller of Subfolkcollective's dog wall. Are you a fan of the gallery wall? Have you always been or did you get a bit tired of them? 


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We're both big fans of the interior hashtag culture over on instagram, using them to discover new feeds, friends and inspiration as well as pushing us to change things up or try new things in our homes. Both the US and UK have scores of hosted hashtags relating to interiors, where they either have an overriding theme (eg: #styleitdark) or a weekly theme (eg: #myhomevibe).

Check out  

@eclectic_street who puts together a handy round up of active interiors hashtags with weekly themes and prizes! 

However, here in New Zealand, there aren't really any unifying NZ hashtags that are highlighting NZ style. So, we made one and we're constantly trying to get more people on board and using it for pictures of their lovely NZ homes. It really is that simple. 

We'd really love to see #NZhomeswithstyle take off, so that we can encourage each other, be inspired, show off a bit of our kiwi ingenuity and find beautiful new accounts to follow. So, please feel free to tag your home images - we'd love to see! 

 Already blown away with the loveliness of #NZHomeswithstyle.

Already blown away with the loveliness of #NZHomeswithstyle.

If you are totally new to hashtags, I really recommend checking out a couple of the ones listed by @eclectic_street , and you'll be sure to discover some amazing new people. 

In defence of red

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Red raises a room’s energy level. The most intense color, it pumps the adrenaline like no other hue. It is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression.
— Freshome
 From Anthropologie.

From Anthropologie.

Red got a bit of a bad rap in our podcast episode on colour - I've got some real hang ups on it, it's actually quite unfair. These hang ups all stem from the 90's and 00's, otherwise known as the age of the "pop of red", and I admit, I was entirely complicit in it (as I tend to be with all trends both good and bad). I'm talking about the otherwise bland room jazzed up with some strategically placed red objects hurriedly bought in one fell chain-store swoop to "add some colour".  Our first kitchen was a text-book colour popper of very little imagination - it had the red knife block, red colander and red clock (I confess I still have the colander but it's no longer hung on the wall at least). My short time as a red popper was misguided, and as I moved on to more creative ways of using colour and being ok with having a silver kettle, I was kind of ashamed that I had towed the line so predictably. But I was young, and it was my first home and perhaps it's a rite of passage on our way to better things? For a long time it felt like decorator accents only even came red, at least in the stores I could afford, so no wonder if felt like everyone was doing it. 

Once I had removed the red, I fully rejected it in a very similar way as I rejected pant skirts, peach schnapps and my inflatable backpack (all 3 of those I stand by my "never again" stance). The suggestion of adding red was always met with a physical recoil. Since then, besides red lipstick I have rarely gravitated towards the most passionate hue and certainly not at home (and yeah, technically I'm a red-head but it's orange innit?). Pink, and orange have featured widely and are my favourites but there's this gap in the middle that is red.  It's really very unfair and I've started to almost feel quite bad about it, not to mention like I'm possibly cutting off my nose to spite my face by denying red back in to my life.  

So, i've decided to embrace red rather than seeing red. The reds I'm loving are bold and brash, combined with more red, pinks, golds and greens, instead of white and grey. They're textured and varied and seen by lamp light rather than the stark kitchens of my Real Estate nightmares. It's less about 'popping' some red and more about just guzzling down the whole lot.

 from "The  Way We Live With the Things We Love"  by Stafford Cliff and Gilles de Chabaneix.

from "The Way We Live With the Things We Love" by Stafford Cliff and Gilles de Chabaneix.

If i sound overly dramatic, it's because I am overly dramatic. But, I'm also passionate about colour and the way it enhances every moment our our lives and I if I'm discounting an entire (PRIMARY) colour, then can I really call myself a colour lover? In the words of Tim Gunn, you've got to make it work, and I will. Red or dead (another great 90's throwback!).

 From "Seeing Red" by Stephanie Hoppen.

From "Seeing Red" by Stephanie Hoppen.