Cur­rent mood

Some might con­sider beige bor­ing, but in the right com­bi­na­tion, you’ll find it’s any­thing but.

Homestyle New Zealand - - CONTENTS - STYLING PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Juliet te Wan ty Wendy Fen­wick

The new neu­trals.

The height of stylish non­cha­lance, neu­trals are hav­ing a ma­jor mo­ment. For ev­ery­day low-key lux­ury, lay­er­ing is the se­cret to stop­ping their calming, re­lax­ing ef­fect be­com­ing bland or ster­ile. Team beige with white, cream and oat­meal, and al­ways keep form in mind. Here, we’ve used a strong, graphic f loor lamp to give the look a con­tem­po­rary slant, and off­set that with or­ganic touches like the line draw­ings. Tex­ture is also a must, for both in­ter­est and to cre­ate a space that takes com­fort se­ri­ously. Think faux fur, cot­ton, wool, tim­ber and sculp­tural plants – liv­ing or dried.

Though it’s not at all stark, a min­i­mal­ist ethos un­der­pins this look. Let ‘qual­ity, not quan­tity’ be your mantra.

BACK­DROP Walls in Re­sene Zorba, re­ Re­nais­sance vinyl floor­ing in French Oak Light Grey, $58/m2; Ne­braska rug, $1370, floor­ingx­ OP­PO­SITE, FROM FRONT LEFT Wabi-Sabi Wel­come book by Julie Pointer Adams, $70, pa­per­plane New...

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