SHADES OF BEAUTY
It wasn’t so long ago that you’d see bunches of flowers, bright with colours – primary yellow, ravishing vermilion, rich purple – mixed together. Right now, though, the look is much more restrained. “You could choose pastels or strong colours, but never too many types,” says Vicki. She’s a fan of pink and red together, such as pink peonies with deep red roses. In a single palette, combine white, cream and butter yellow, or different tones of red wine, from blush pinks to bold burgundies. The unsettled political climate has even worked to bring about a trend towards more muted colours, as people try to bring a greater sense of tranquillity into their homes. Dusty pinks, whether in a rose or a peony, look divine against silver grey foliage (from a eucalypt, for example).