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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
“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.
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.
• 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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