WELCOME to The Colour Issue of Simply You Living. Many people avoid using colour in their home, often because they are uncertain, even nervous, about how to make it work or because they prefer a more neutral palette. Cream, white and grey have become popular tones as they are both safe and effective. Just look at the Auckland home of Ian Webster, the former owner of women’s fashion brand Verge, to see how stylish a monotone look can be (page 100). Others, like fashion designer Vanessa Kortlang, operate at the opposite end of the colour spectrum, employing something of a ‘full noise’ approach when it comes to their interiors (page 118). Our cover home (page 110) demonstrates how the use of a single bold tone – inky blue in this instance – can link and transform a space, while the meticulous Herne Bay villa renovation is a masterclass in using texture and accents to add luxury and warmth to a family home (page 130).
Our exploration of colour is not limited to the Home section. We present the latest fabrics, paint and flooring options (page 52) and turn up the décor volume in Full Saturation (page 64). Our Trend section (pages 18-30) includes gold, pale blue, rose quartz, and the more riotous combinations inspired by the modern
Memphis movement. And if you’d like to be braver with your fashion and beauty choices, you’ll be inspired by the four dynamic women who feature in My Winter Style (page 84) and this season’s latest hair (page 168) and nail colour trends (page 170).
This issue of Simply You Living sees the introduction of a brand new section, the Style Files (page 74) where we take a sneak peek into three homes that demonstrate individual flair. Finally, our Kitchen and Bathroom special (pages 143-163) has all the ideas and inspiration you need to overhaul these hard-working rooms. From metallics and marble to boldest black, there really is something for everyone.
I’m injecting some colour into my style with these 70s rock chick-inspired nail polishes by Essie, $23 each. Few do wallpaper better than Cole & Son and the new Curio collection, with its metallic accents, is a favourite. I’d pair it with this minimalist reading lamp by Ligne Roset, $2,028, from Domo to give a contemporary
touch to any room.