When decorating your home, you’ll never go wrong if you fall back on the adage that opposites attract. Art galleries have been using white walls to showcase work for years, while interior designers know that rooms decorated in black, navy or charcoal can be cave-like havens from the outside world. If you opt for a dark and moody interior, add further drama with glossy surfaces, pattern and texture. Counter the dark mood a little by adding light tones – pale colours have the ability to bounce light into a room.
Auckland interior designer Jodi Newnham creates visual punch with classic Milo Baughman dining chairs. The slick chrome frames showcase graphic fabric to create an abstract painting-like quality, giving the room a focal point. The chairs are teamed with a vintage Pace Collection glass dining table atop a floating brass base, all from Mid Century Swag’s collection of furnishings imported by Jodi from the United States.
Always test colours before committing to them – they can appear to change dramatically when placed next to another hue. When it comes to selecting the right shade of white, Ashburton colour consultant Cheryl Fowler suggests Resene ‘Quarter Ash’, ‘Thorndon Cream’ or ‘Ecru White’. “Colours are now swaying towards whites with a touch of green in them.”
In the bedroom
There’s something satisfying about starting the day with a well-made bed. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. Job done. Conversely, a rumpled bed can be just as beautiful, particularly when the tones are layered and contrasting. Choose a theme, then create layers of colour, pattern and texture. Stick to your theme and you’ll have a bed that looks good messy or made.
The rough and the smooth
Contrasting colours and textures work exceptionally well in kitchens, such as this ultra-contemporary design from Studio Italia.
Auckland-based photographer Helen Bankers has a passion for flora and fauna. This artwork, Peony Cluster Blue (1200mm x 860mm unframed print, $2160), is from her series of floral prints partly inspired by the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. “I enjoy looking at the fine form and intricacy of flowers and plants,” says Helen. “From that passion grew a series with a focus on botanical studies.” The abstract images, which often combine close-up detail, colour and texture, are part of limited-edition collection of fine-art prints. Helen’s collection is available
Fly my pretties
These beautiful glass birds are a collaboration between artists Katherine Rutecki and Luke Jacomb. In 2006 they introduced their collaboration, Lukeke Design, an affordable range of handmade works. The talented glass artists each has work in private and public collections, such as the Ebeltoft Glass Museum in Denmark and Corning Museum of Glass in New York.