This year, we’re working with New Zealand paint experts Aalto to bring you a series of styled shoots and interior moodboards – inspired by Aalto’s comprehensive colour palette.
For this mood, I’m daydreaming about a kitchen where the hero is one of Aalto Paint’s olive colours.
Olive green is a timeless colour, and it’s also crazy versatile. It’s a colour that gives an instant feeling of refinement and sophistication, or you can soften it with natural materials like timber and ceramics, or liven it up by using a contrasting bright colour as an accent. And it works well with lots of different aesthetics – industrial, clean contemporary, organic boho, vintage/mid century modern…
Aalto have a few olive – khaki shades to choose from, my fave is the earthy Nottingham Forest (largest colour above, top right). It’s a colour that draws you in and hugs you. Other options would be Vantage (a muddier muted sage), or Manhattan (a browner olive).
Other products selected:
Astra Walker Icon+ Kitchen Mixer set in matte black, from The Kitchen Hub.
Black Mosaic Tile (a rectangular black mosaic tile would also look amazing, or switch out the white grout for black for less contrast but more yummy texture) – MosaicFX Crystal Black Mosiac from NZ’s Tilemax.
Round serving/chopping board (in two sizes) from Citta Design.
Menu Grinders in the new Hunting Green & Beige colourway, from Sunday Homestore.
Black dish cloth from The Foxes Den.
Martino Gamper Circus Stool for reaching those top cupboards. In the colour Khaki, from Paper Plane.
Smokey glassware is ideal for this whole situation – Alex & Corban have some stunning grey tumblers by Danish interior house Hubsch.
Why would you spray toxic chemicals where you prepare food? Plus, RealWorld’s all natural Bench Spray comes in a stylish amber glass bottle – stylish enough to keep out on the sink. From Sunday Homestore.
Bellota Linen Apron in Pine, from Luxury Linen.
Beechwood Bowl from Citta Design.