SHADES OF BEAUTY

Inside Out (Australia) - - Things We Love -

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).

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