How to transform your home with colour

Botanical Greens

Botanicals patterns and classic florals continue to be huge. The botanical images bring all shades of green into our homes from deep greens, muddy greens through to fresh citrus shades.

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Inky Blues

Blue is always in as it tops and tails our environment in the wide skies and shifting oceans, so you simply can’t go wrong in using blue in a coastal country like New Zealand no matter what season.

Blue is a colour of contemplation and its smoothes those prone to anxiety or stress. So, it’s great in a bedroom for a good night’s sleep. I love the look of Ralph Lauren blue and white bedding.

Ralph Lauren Blue Interiors


This new deep purple is best combined with whites, dove greys and darker charcoals. Consider a purple statement bedroom chair with white waffle weave bedding, soft grey accents in cushions and throws.

Moodie Hill house, Johannesburg, South Africa. Interior designer: Jayne Wunder. Photographer: Mark Williams. 11/11/10


On the big screen of colour, neutrals are major stars. Texture and natural materials are their supporting cast.

Create a feeling of colour within a neutral room by laying textured neutrals together, such as light and dark timber, woven linen, shag-pile rugs, natural stone and animal prints.

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Warm Reds

red interiorsThe fabric houses are introducing us to ikat designs inspired by ancient tribal designs. Fabrics with Persian rug imagery in rich reds, navy and ochre can be used in scatter cushions to add spice to a neutral décor. The blurred and broken edges and rich textural interest of these ikat designs lend themselves well to our preference for informal and relaxed living spaces.

Red can be effectively used in a naturally cold room or a room that lacks natural light to increase the feeling of warmth. Make sure you use blue-based reds not an orange-based red to maximise the feeling of warmth in the space. Be careful in painting the walls red to only do this in a good size room as the colour tends to bring the walls in and make space appear smaller.

Consider wallpapering your entrance or lounge wall. Complement black and metallic wallpaper with red accents.

Red combines beautifully with charcoals and greys in throws and blankets for those chilly months.

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