Two stylists interpret the outside world for interiors, using Dulux Colours of New Zealand.
PHOTOGRAPHY Wendy Fenwick
… nature’s best colours.
The stylist Dulux colour ambassador Alex Walls
What seems like a lifetime ago, I used to enjoy travelling the world for my job, but there was nothing better than coming home to New Zealand. As I flew in, I’d gaze at the lush green landscape with its patchwork of farms and appreciate the contrast to the concrete jungles of other countries, quietly hoping we’d be able to keep it that way.
I’m always inspired by nature when it comes to interiors. Given many of us aren’t so lucky as to have homes with views of bush and rolling hills, I love the idea of bringing that kind of freshness inside.
With this look, I’ve created a natural backdrop by grounding the grey-green of Dulux Hoon Hay on one wall with native green Dulux Tarras on the floor. This pairing is right at home with the everyday neutrals Dulux Kauri Cliffs and Dulux Haast Half I’ve used on the other walls, combining to create a warm, inviting setting. I’ve brought character into this scene with vibrant orange-red Dulux Pōrangahau, which channels the bright pops of rooftops, autumn leaves and pōhutukawa flowers I also love seeing from above.
The stylist Dulux colour ambassador Michelle Halford
My paint selection was inspired by the changing seasons in the South Island — from the snow-capped mountains in winter to the sandy tones in summer and the deciduous trees turning burnt orange in autumn. Key colours include Dulux Dunsandel Half (which reflects the buttery hues of the Canterbury Plains) and alpine white Dulux Cardrona Double on the walls, and soft grey-brown Dulux Cashmere on the floor.
I’ve styled this space with pieces in complementary colours made from natural materials like wood and wool to create a warm, cosy feel, adding handcrafted ceramics in earthy browns and subtle orange to inject extra texture and reflect seasonal changes. The strong lines of the bookshelf are offset by the gentle curves of the seating and coffee table, while the statement wall lamp is a playful touch.
To try these Dulux colours at home, order free large colour swatches or purchase sample pots at dulux.co.nz.