The New X Aalto Paint – Styled


Photography by Swift & Click

Grey is the cooler, more worldly sister of white. The went-and-lived-by-herself-in-Italy-for-a-year-when-she-was-only-19-sister of white.  It’s a neutral, yes, but a more interesting, more chic neutral. The creamy, dreamy grey I chose here is Aalto Paint Detach.  This one’s the perfect mid-grey if you ask me – it contrasts beautifully with light colours or dark colours, works in traditional or modern looks, and just elevates a room.  It has just the right amount of pigment – saturated enough to feel sophisticated, soft enough to be light and airy.

Being such a popular tone, Detach also comes in a couple of other ‘strengths’ – Detach 1/2 (super clean, soft) and Detach 3/4.

I love grey in a bathroom because it brings such a classic elegance, but I’d also happily use a mid-grey in a contemporary laundry (laundries are the new kitchens bb), or a bedroom that’s a grown-up sanctuary. Ooh, and a hallway with lots of art – art really pops off a grey wall. Yes, I said pops.


Other products used and loved:

Black Fold Ledge by Made of Tomorrow – perfect minimalist shelving
Sunday Mirror by Sunday Homestore

Mavis & Osborn Laundry Basket – Black Linen 
Sunday Bench in Black by Sunday Homestore
Milan Organic Cotton Face Cloth, Hand Towel and Bath Towel by Ottoloom, from Sunday Homestore
Ms Brown Hand Wash and Hand Cream in Jasmine, from Father Rabbit
Loobylou Classic White candle (Tuberose & Champa Flower) from Indie Home Collective
Meraki Hand Cream in Silky Mist, from Indie Home Collective
(If you love a monochrome look, Indie Home Collective is your go-to!)

Flooring is the Sherwood Collection Sheet Vinyl Wood Look in Pure Oak from Flooring Xtra


Photography by our friends at Swift & Click


Aalto Paint x The New: S T Y L E D

Photography by Swift & Click

Light and fresh, but still restful; modest yet modern. Sage green, ILU.

In pulling this look together, the most difficult decision was which Aalto Paint sage to go for – Aalto have a great little family of soft greens, including what’s on the walls here (Solicit), along with a powdery grey-green Faded SilkSparse (a deeper sage tone), Limpopo (a muted olive) and more…

Sage green is a great wall choice to marry with rattan and woven pieces – it brings a summer-all-year feeling, but its a more subtle aesthetic, no palm fronds or seashells required.
I also think this colour would also be beautiful in a gender-neutral nursery.

If you have a specific green you’re after (maybe you want to pull a sage from an art print or even some fabric you love), Aalto can also colour-match to create a bespoke paint colour for you.

Other products used and loved:

Rattan Queen Bedhead from Boheme Home
Freestanding Wardrobe from Boheme Home (contact Lilah for pre-orders – save me one though please!)
Sove Stripe Linen BeddingPillowcases, Euro Pillowcases and Duvet Cover, from Citta.
I really rate the soft grey stripe, it goes with everything.
Linen Grid Cushion Cover in Olive, from Citta
Hand Woven Linen Throw in Olive, from Citta
The perfect simple bedside (they’re not that easy to find!) and an iconic piece of design – the Svelto Round Stacking Stool by Ercol, from Good Form

This is Home interiors book from Sunday Homestore
2019 Father Rabbit Botanic Diary from Sunday Homestore
White Speckled Ceramic Mug and Bowl, by NZ maker Renee Boyd, from Sunday Homestore
Tortoiseshell Spoon from Sunday Homestore

Flooring is the Sherwood Collection Sheet Vinyl Wood Look in Pure Oak from Flooring Xtra

Concept and Styling by Alana Broadhead/The New
Photography by our friends at Swift & Click


Aalto Paint x The New – S T Y L E D

I’m loving collaborating with Aalto Paint on our Styled series. For this instalment, I’ve imagined a Spring dining room, with golden and earthy tones. Yellow would seem the clear choice for Spring, right? But I wanted something more sophisticated and more versatile, and mustard never fails on either count. Yes, it’s bold and statement-making, but – maybe surprisingly – mustard is a colour that can bring balance to almost any aesthetic. In an earthy space, it really lightens and lifts the mood, and in a white, bright room, it brings warmth and substance.

On the wall here is Aalto Paint’s Cut the Mustard – a punchy golden mustard with serious depth and complexity (Aalto’s colours are all multi-pigmented, and they use only ultra-premium grade paint and tinters).
Cut the Mustard could be paired just as beautifully with lighter fresher colours, and it would be a gorgeous choice for a master bedroom, too, as it’s both grounding and uplifting.

Photography by our amazing friends Swift & Click

Products Used and Loved:

The beautiful Radial Dining Table from Città. Natural oak, with curves in all the right places

Radial Dining Chairs also from Città
– substantive, super comfy and contemporary, I really want these for my place

Beehive Lampshade from Alex & Corban. Love the large size for adding some drama to the setting, but the jute keeps things casual.

Dine Linen Tablecloth in Olive Grid, from Città
(They also have this same grid linen fabric in napkins and coasters.)

Slung over the chair – Linen Apron in Olive from Città

Picardie Glasses in Amber from Tessuti. Duralex have been making these glasses in France since 1927 – they’re absolute classics; every home should have a set. Also available in clear, but I love this golden Amber glass. And they’re only $7 each!

Bell Incense Holder from Tessuti – handmade in New Zealand by wood turners Walk in the Park

Bodha Ritual Incense, also from Tessuti

Beeswax Candles (short, mid, tall) made in Wellington, from Precinct 35

Florals thanks to On My Hand Styling & Flora

Menu Grinders in Hunting Green & Beige, from Sunday Homestore

A perfect Stoneware Jug, thrown on the wheel by Titirangi-based potter Rachel Carter, and available at Kaolin Store

Renee Boyd ceramic bowls in Olive, from Sunday Homestore


And, of course, great thanks to Victoria and the team at Aalto Paint, whose colours are a dream to work with.


The New X Aalto Paint M O O D – Coastal Contemporary Bathroom


With summer on the way, I’m daydreaming about re-doing our bathroom in a contemporary coastal style. A little boho, and a little beachy, with lots of natural, handmade materials including jute, timber, linen, ceramics. Plants are also a must, and I’d choose tropical babes like a Bird of Paradise or a palm (pictured).

The ideal paint colour for this natural, coastal look is a sand shade, and Aalto Paint’s Scrubbed Pine – from their 2018 Paint Collection – is perfect. It’s just deep enough to give the room dimension, has a sophisticated edge to it, and lets the softer colours in the space pop against it.

I also really love that second lighter colour (bottom of image) as a fresher, cleaner alternative – Aalto Paint’s Endless.
Aalto have a seriously decent selection of new neutrals (more than you could count on two hands), and other faves of mine are Certain, a classic warm-toned neutral that sits halfway in depth between the Scrubbed Pine and Endless shown above, and Illusion 1/4 which is a very light sand with a super super subtle pink undertone.


Tapware with a Champagne finish would be the perfect choice against any of the Aalto Paint taupes and sandy shades  – it’s a finish that’s sophisticated but still soft, and reminds me a little of a low tide line shimmering in the sunlight. The Champagne bath spout, cross faucets and towel rail above (there’s also showerheads, shower grates and more) are all by Meir, available in NZ through The Kitchen Hub. I’d put a white free-standing bath in this space, with one of these elegant free-standing bath spouts as a statement piece.

Beside that bath I’d put a natural timber side table – handy also as a bathroom stool.
I can’t go past the classic eggcup stool by Mark Tuckey.

Towels would have to be The Beach People’s stonewashed bath sheets (and matching face cloths and hand towels). I love this Clay colour, but their Ash colour would look great here too.

On the floor, I’d put a Bhola Jute Runner (longer, narrower shape) from The Dharma Door.

Seafarers Baskets by The Dharma Door would have to be included as good-looking storage.

These slender rectangle tiles from Di Lorenzo are the perfect shade, and have a lovely softly-speckled finish.

Other Items

Small Ceramic Bowl from Isla & Olive

Ceramic Three Wick Candle from Country Road

Wooden Facial Brush & Body Brush by Iris Hantverk from Everyday Needs

Citta Linen Wash Bag from Sunday Homestore

Sansceuticals PH Perfect Hand + Body Wash

Sansceuticals Clay Soap Dish in Chalk

The Beach People Laundry Bag

Coastal Contemporary Paint Colours from Aalto:
Endless; Scrubbed Pine

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