Moodboard – Sartorial Effect

I wish I was giving my lounge an IRL makeover, but I’ll have to settle for a moodboard instead. The jump off was this wall colour – Effect – from our sponsors and friends at Aalto Paint. Part of Aalto’s collection of new-era pinks, Effect is a flesh-toned neutral with subtle undertones of umber and clay. Painting this colour on your wall is like wearing an elegant camel coat compared to, say, a bright pair of pants – it makes a definite statement of style and confidence, without needing to shout. Continuing the fashion metaphor, it’s quite an editorial colour, but still very wearable, don’t you think? It’s sophisticated yet has a softness about it, too, and pairs beautifully with blonde woods, rusted reds and sage greens. (btw – I also did a version of this moodboard with millennial pink elements in place of the burnt reds, and it looked just as lovely.)

Products selected:

Aalto Paint – Effect

Dalton Armchair from Nest (love this chair so much!)

Henley Oak Coffee Table from Nest

Art Print No 06 by Malene Birger for The Poster Club, available from Paper Plane

Euro cushion in Cocoa from A&C Homestore
(I use Euro cushions as chair/couch cushions)

Carrie Lamp by Menu in Burnt Red, from Finnish Design Shop

Handmade Cila Jug from Citta Design

Berber Knot Rug from Nest



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