Your summer interiors update

Article by Homes to Love

Sara Bunny goes beachcombing, finds some nifty hanging tips, and consults a colour expert



Sunbathe or picnic in style with a plush Beach People ‘Roundie’ towel. Available in five striking designs, the towels are roomy enough for two, from Green with Envy and Republic Home stores, $149.

Nautical know-how
If you can’t be near the sea this summer, get the ocean vibe with nautical-inspired accessories and cute marine prints. Not sure where to start? Try classic navy stripes – a timeless nod to coastal chic.


Anchor euro cushion, $50, from; rope doorstop, $9, from; coastline lantern and candle, $40, from; washpaper blue scallop bag, $30, from

Just hang’n
If you have a young artist in the family and the fridge door is already covered, try using coat hangers or colourful washi tape to create an eye-catching display or String a wire across a family room wall, hang a box of clips or pegs nearby and let the kids choose which artworks should go in the ‘gallery’.



Peg and string set, $6, from

Christchurch-based Resene colour consultant Rebecca Long shares her forecast for this year’s top paint trends

What are the most popular colours for 2016?
We’re seeing a lot more dusky, smoky pastels. Clear, bright pastel shades have been favoured lately, but now they are getting a dirtier, slightly grey edge to them – they’re looking a bit more grown up. We have a pinky tan, and a strong beige shade that is becoming really popular. Navy and charcoal are very on-trend too – they’re like the new black.

What influences colour trends?
Decorating trends generally follow fashion and fabrics. You will often see a colour featured in clothing first, then paint and home decor will gradually follow suit. In New Zealand, we are largely influenced by the colour trends in big overseas cities like London and Paris.

Are there any spaces in the home that particular colours are more suited to?
Navy and other dark, strong shades are good choices for living rooms and lounges, as they give a cosy feel. Smoky duck egg blue is a top bedroom colour trend, as it is quite peaceful and soothing. Feature ceilings are becoming popular, and bold doors are a fun way to experiment with colour. People are certainly getting braver and more daring with paint colours and effects.

What are your top tips for choosing paint colours?
I encourage people to show their personality with colour schemes – you don’t want your house.

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