This year, we’re working with New Zealand paint experts Aalto to bring you a series of styled editorial shoots, along with a series of interior moods – inspired by Aalto’s beautiful, comprehensive collection of paint colours.
For this mood, I’m daydreaming about a living room makeover with high summer vibes, where the hero is one of Aalto Paint’s powdery blush tones.I’d start with Aalto’s Fledgling, a pared-back barely pink. If you’ve been looking for a contemporary alternative to traditional neutral walls, this is your babe. Other options would be Ballet Shoes (a little deeper than Fledgling, it reads as a modern beige), the pink clay gorgeousness that is Treaty 1/2, or for a bolder choice that also ramps up the sophistication factor, Aalto’s Sovereign – from their special 2018 palette.
Pink walls love being paired with creamy neutrals – whites, sandy taupes – and doing this also instantly ‘grounds’ a pink, making it more liveable and less trendy.
To soften the look even further, I’d use lots of pale timber and organic textures including linen, woven textiles and ceramics. Then, to this very laidback #softminimal style, I’d add a little blue, and some stripes – these elements brighten and freshen the look, and give the summer feel I want. The finishing touch would be a couple of blush pieces, as a nod to my wall colour.
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Arcade modular Sofa by Simon James; ceramic pendant light handmade by Gidon Bing (pictured here is the plain white, but I’d probably go for the yummy soft texture of his crackle glaze version for this space); Ercol sideboard (a total investment piece and a classic) from NZ’s Good Form; Shino pot by JS Ceramics, the very dreamy Oneiros photographic print by NZ photographer Brijana Cato, available exclusively at Sunday Homestore; the gorgeous pitted, mottled vase by Wundaire, available from Tessuti, nude Serax stoneware planters from Paper Plane, a woven rug from Flooring Xtra; taupe textured cushion from Father Rabbit; blue striped linen blanket also from Father Rabbit, blue striped linen cushion from Citta Design; blush linen cushion from Thread Design.