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Wall hang­ings are back, but not as we knew them. Gone are the browns and oranges of the 70s – to­day’s hang­ings are soft and muted. NZ House & Gar­den ed­i­tor Sally Dug­gan ex­plains. HANG TIME

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“Look at a wall hang­ing, and you im­me­di­ately know it’s hand­crafted,” says Julie Stu­art. “Some­one’s ac­tu­ally put their phone down for a while and made it.” Stu­art, who lives on Auck­land’s North Shore, is the founder of on­line store Clever Poppy, which sells DIY home decor projects. Her top seller is an $8 DIY wall hang­ing video tu­to­rial – she’s sold 400 videos in 10 months, and says proud crafters of­ten send her pic­tures of the end re­sults. The hang­ings take from four to eight hours to make, and Stu­art tells peo­ple where to buy the things they need, so they can choose colours to suit their own homes.

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Why now?

I think ev­ery­one went down the min­i­mal­ist path and this is a bit of a re­ac­tion to that. A wall hang­ing is an easy way to bring lux­ury and tex­ture into your home.

How do you stop hang­ings from look­ing dated?

Older wall hang­ings were of­ten brown and or­ange and green. To keep them on trend use more muted colours – they might be monochrome, or pas­tel or black and white.

How do they fit with the Scandi look that’s ev­ery­where right now?

If you keep the look sim­ple and the colours re­strained, they fit in re­ally well.

METHOD

• Cut thick wool into lengths. You will need to cut the wool twice as long as you want it to hang (but don’t worry too much about the length yet, you’ll trim it up later.) • Tie each strip around the

wooden rod. • Switch colours as you move along the rod to add va­ri­ety and in­ter­est.

Black is Back macrame wall hang­ing

Made in Bali, this hand-knot­ted, black and nat­u­ral macrame weave is a me­tre long and 46.5cm wide. Also avail­able in all black. $250, from Alex & Corban, alexand­cor­ban. co.nz.

Liv­ing & Co Onyx Athena Macrame wall hang­ing

This loosely knot­ted cot­ton macrame wall hang­ing is per­fect for a room where soft edges are needed. 75cm x 35cm. $12 from The Ware­house, the­ware­house.co.nz.

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