From Drab to Fab

August 1, 2016

From Drab to Fab

Home renovation shows have inspired even the most ill-equipped to spruce up their abode, but it doesn’t always have to involve brandishing heavy machinery – a fresh lick of paint, new artwork, or well-placed decorative throw can update even the most dowdy of spaces.

On a mildly cool autumn day, my husband and I sit in a coffee shop in Wanaka, on the south island of New Zealand, dipping chocolate sticks into mugs of mocha, sitting beside a roaring fire and mentally mapping out the construction of our dream home.

Inspired by the exposed brick, polished concrete flooring, vast open living space, mezzanine floor and buttressed kitchen – the possibilities were endless.

Upon returning home, we began thinking of luxe-to-less ways of introducing at least some of our ideas to our existing decor; changing the colour of our feature wall from aubergine to slate grey, painting dining room chairs for an injection of colour, replacing tired artwork, and altering the configuration of our furniture for an instantly fresh look.

Quirky must-have pieces include timber cutting boards and framed antique music sheets.”

Given much of my knowledge comes from trawling Instagram profiles and home decor magazines, I thought I’d enlist the help of bonafide interior stylist, Maureen Walters, for her take on the upcoming season’s trends.

“The season subtly shifts, crisp winter mornings giving nod to softer delights of spring.

Our home decor too, should embrace new life and seasonal inspirations,” says Maureen.

“Open windows, demure breeze and natural lighting – welcome back spring.”

Roll in tones of silvered greys, whispers of smoke, dove grey and seafoam blue for cool and calming, or flow through deep sea emerald for bold and striking.
Add lush impact with silk velveteens, balanced with chunky texture and loose cable weaves in naturals, nudes and sand.
Tighten rooms visually with quirky room dividers acting as free-standing artwork, or add a signature chair in twisted organic teak, draped with muslin cloth in blush pink.
Deep sumptuous hides on the floor shape open spaces and can be complemented with gallery walls of framed botanicals, world maps and vintage love letters.
Exotic flavour dances into rooms with Moroccan-inspired fabrics or French paisley textiles.

Trending hues

Marble and timber cutting boards partnered with unstructured candles in fig, amber and sandalwood.
Glass hurricane lamps filled with pine cones, twigs and woodland treasures
Vintage love letters and antique music sheets framed in rustic, organic frames.
Bulky, bold knits, luxurious and sumptuous impressive textiles in statement bursts of colour.

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