The new naturals combine comfort and texture in wood, linen and leather layers. The result is a home worth hibernating in.
The student flat standby of beer crates as book shelves gets a stylish update with unloved pallets transformed into furniture. Try nailing some together for a bed base or throw some cushions on top for a Moroccan outdoor seating vibe. Then, when you’re adept at pallet furniture creation, you can always try fashioning a sofa and armchair as your piece de resistance. If that sounds all too much, get in touch with The Pallet Kingdom in Auckland whose motto is: “Making the marvellous out of the discarded”. Go to thepalletkingdom.com
OUT OF THE WOODS
There’s a good reason why wood has been the go-to choice of furniture makers since time immemorial. Readily available and a material that lasts, wood, used these days, imparts a welcome sense of permanence to interiors.
Textures matter. Mix Belgian linen with leather webbing, carved wood and even the odd concrete piece for a multi-layered effect. Mix the many tones of beige and neutral to create interest.
A sofa that lets you sprawl is an investment in your wellbeing. Nothing matters when you’re lying horizontal with a hot chocolate and a good book. Cocooning is the last word in winter indulgence.
Texture: try it on for size
Nothing says natural texture like a jute rug. You can pick up a version from Nest from $489; Bunnings from $199; and a small size from Ezibuy for $59. Textured wallpaper is pretty sophisticated these days. You can even get a convincing white faux brick look. Check out Aspiring Walls’ novelty wall-papers. Above from left: log paper and pressed tin, both $100 per roll; brick look, $122, per roll.
While there’s nothing boring about neutrals on beige, don’t be afraid to add a jolt of colour if you feel so inclined.