What was your involvement in the Dulux Colour Awards? Did you enjoy the experience?
Earlier this year I was asked by Dulux to be on their panel of judges for the 2015 Colour Awards.
Heading over to Melbourne for a week of events I joined fellow judges, artist David Bromley, Sian MacPherson editor of EST Magazine and architects Hannah Tribe and Andrea Wilson.
A day in the company of these creatives critiquing colourful architecture and interiors projects was a fascinating process. From heated discussions to unanimous agreement, it was exciting to be part of a conversation about the power of paint.
What colour forecasts and trends did you discover at the Dulux Colour awards, and how do you think they can be translated into kiwi homes?
Throughout the day (of judging), the focus was less on ‘trends’ and more about analysing the designers ability to creatively use colour within a space.
The most successful results were those that were sympathetic to the needs of the project. In some cases the aim was to delineate space within a larger area – as seen in the Multi Residential Exterior winner where a tired red brick apartment block was updated with colour blocking combinations of baby pink, mint, forest green and cyan.
Or in the case of the Grand Prix winning pop up pavilion for the Melbourne Cup by Mim Design, they used colour to create a sensory experience with a symphony of spring greens and champagne pink in an ombre finish. http://www.mimdesign.com.au/work/lexus-design-pavilion/. The use of special effects and graphic treatments is certainly something that people are experimenting with more, and can be easily implemented at home.
(image below via mindesign.co.au)
For you personally, what was the stand out entry at the Dulux Colour Awards?
I really loved the vivid simplicity of the colour scheme at Phamily Kitchen, a hole in the wall Vietnamese restaurant in Melbourne. With the floor, chairs, tables and tiles all chosen in the same hue, it feels as though you’re sitting in a sea of brilliant blue. And on looking up, you notice the roof above is a delicious baby pink. You can’t help but feel happy in the space! Their commitment to creating ‘a look’ from the ground up was genius, particularly as it was executed on a tight budget.
(Image below via Archdaily, photographer Daniel Aulsebrook)
What is your number one tip for using colour at home?
Be brave! Adding colour to your walls can be a daunting prospect, particularly with the current resell value obsession in New Zealand. If you want to go bold, perhaps start with objects or furniture, and then graduate to the walls after that. The more you experiment, the more your colour confidence will grow.
(image below by photographer Richard Whitbread)
In your role as Editor of Homestyle, what is your approach to forecasting, and how do you think overseas markets influence NZ design?
I’m an obsessive researcher, and love to consume information across all channels. I use pinterest as a place to collect my findings along the way (https://www.pinterest.com/lineslikes/), and often have a scroll through what I’ve recently pinned to get a visual on what themes emerge.
While our main focus in Homestyle is sharing ideas for your home, inspiration for ‘what’s next’ can come from a vast array of topics including (but not limited to) interiors, architecture, art, food, fashion, wellness, travel… I was recently in Italy to visit the Milan furniture fair, and getting up close and personal with the work of a broad range international designers gave me a fantastic overview of what’s coming up on the world stage. Interestingly enough, there were plenty of trends that are already making their mark here in New Zealand.
With today’s ‘connected’ world, we’re not as far away, as we sometimes think. Being away, made me feel proud that we have a thriving design industry of our own right here, one that punches well above its weight for a small country at the bottom of the world.
(image below by photographer Jenni Hare)
Which three colours are making you happy right now?
I picked up a vintage Kilim in Istanbul on my recent travels, and the luscious combination of faded jewel tones – amethyst, rose and rust are new additions to my interior palette, but will be here to stay… for winter at least, my colour mood changes with the seasons!
How do you use colour in your own home?
As we’re currently in a rental property, I have to work with the given palette. Thankfully my landlord (he’s an architect) had the design sensibilities to choose white walls with a dark stained wooden floor, over the often used beige-on-beige (a crime in my books).
Until I can unleash paint on my own place I’m making do with adding colour through the art and objects I’ve collected over the years. I’m a big fan of houseplants too, so green has inadvertently become a feature player in my palette.
Thanks to the lovely people at Dulux – you can read and see more of the finalists and winners from the Dulux Colour Awards here. Alice Lines is the Editor at Homestyle Magazine, you can follow her adventures in colour and life here.
image below from photographer Michael Malherbe