AKD LOVES GREEN AND GOLD

Derived from the wattle tree, our national colours are a natural pairing.

An analogous scheme is formed when colours sitting side by side on the colour wheel are paired together, such as green and yellow. Although often over-looked in interiors, they are often found playing fondly together in nature, evoking a sense of serenity and harmony.

Drawing on the inspiration of Mother Nature, it’s a wonder we don’t consciously couple this patriotic pair indoors more often.  

Would you consider injecting a green and gold combination in to your home? Who dares wins I say!

 A g lossy green kitchen designed by  Kelly Wearstler  for Cameron Diaz’s Manhattan apartment. The brass splashback was left un-lacquered to create a beautiful patina with age.

 A glossy green kitchen designed by Kelly Wearstler for Cameron Diaz’s Manhattan apartment. The brass splashback was left un-lacquered to create a beautiful patina with age.

Hotel Saint-Marc in Paris by  Dimore Studio . Brass inlay to the mirrored pivot doors is pure perfection when paired with deep forest green walls

Hotel Saint-Marc in Paris by Dimore Studio. Brass inlay to the mirrored pivot doors is pure perfection when paired with deep forest green walls

The Williamstown Residence by  Fiona Lynch Design  is a saturation of colour enveloping the powder room for a bold statement.

The Williamstown Residence by Fiona Lynch Design is a saturation of colour enveloping the powder room for a bold statement.

La Foret Noire Restaurant in Chaponost, France by  Claude Cartier . The soft botanical wallpaper adds a touch of whimsy to this sophisticated restaurant design. The polished brass kick to the curved banquette seating is a luxurious detail. 

La Foret Noire Restaurant in Chaponost, France by Claude Cartier. The soft botanical wallpaper adds a touch of whimsy to this sophisticated restaurant design. The polished brass kick to the curved banquette seating is a luxurious detail. 

Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo In Paris, France by French Architect  Joseph Dirand . Plush velvet upholstery adorns the space in shades of chartreuse and sage whilst the green marble used to frame the banquette seats fabulously echo these tones.

Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo In Paris, France by French Architect Joseph Dirand. Plush velvet upholstery adorns the space in shades of chartreuse and sage whilst the green marble used to frame the banquette seats fabulously echo these tones.

The Surf Club at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami by  Joseph Dirand  with its faceted green bar is a showstopper! Lush palms generoulsy fill the space and create a tropical vibe.

The Surf Club at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami by Joseph Dirand with its faceted green bar is a showstopper! Lush palms generoulsy fill the space and create a tropical vibe.

GREENERY WITH ENVY

Each year we eagerly await the announcement of PANTONE’s Colour of the Year, a glimpse at the palette that will inspire the year to come, influencing all sectors of design from interiors to the runway.

Last year PANTONE surprised us with a duo of colours – Rose Quartz and Serenity – which captured our hearts with their dusty, serene tones. 

This year PANTONE have returned to tradition and chosen just one colour – Greenery. Symbolising new beginnings: a fresh New Year, healthy food resolutions, nature and the great outdoors, it may just be that this year it is our minds that will be captured!

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Green is the most common colour we see in the natural environment. It is associated with growth and renewal, balance, calm and harmony.

The trend to take the indoors outside, or to bring the outdoors in, is ever-growing, with green canopies and walls creating the feeling of lush gardens in interior spaces. The more submerged we become in our modern lives, the more we yearn for the balance of natural surroundings.

Sydney's new Cuban-themed cocktail bar, Hacienda.

When using green in the home, we most often see raw tones, similar to those found in nature. Jewel tones of green are often used in more formal interior settings, with velvet fabrics shaping luxurious living and dining areas. In kitchen and bathroom settings, green creates a feeling of cleanliness, especially when used in conjunction with natural stone and timber accents. More commonly used in hospitality design, green is the colour reflecting nutrient-rich foods and ingredients, provoking thoughts of freshness and health.

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This PANTONE Colour of the Year evokes many of the senses – the smell freshly cut grass, the texture of biting into crisp vegetables, the taste of sipping a refreshing green summer smoothie or summer mojito! We look forward to growing our interior palettes this year with a splash of greenery. 

Image 1 via Melissa Mercier / Image 2 via Vogue / Image 3 via Pinterest / Image 4 via Missy Lui

ANTIDOTE: A COLOUR CURE

Each year, Dulux release a colour trend forecast for the year ahead, predicting the palettes that we will be loving, coveting and inspired to specify in our projects. We are excited by Dulux's latest visual prescription as ‘an antidote to the many challenges we face in our modern lifestyles’ with four unique palettes.

SENTIENCE – A TACTILE REMEDY

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   SENTIENCE – beige with a hint of grey and earth tones>

SENTIENCE – beige with a hint of grey and earth tones>

This light and feminine colour palette emits a raw aesthetic, providing a contrast to cold, smooth surfaces of manufactured materials, and making way for a colourful, tactile and natural feel, particularly when paired with timber floors and furniture. 

CHROMA – A GRAPHIC VIEW

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   CHROMA – black and white build to tertiary hues

CHROMA – black and white build to tertiary hues

There is never a full moment with Chroma, a colour palette that moves away from the repetition of our daily lives. The bold colours and saturated hues help generate creativity in a space with its geometric forms and block colours.

ENTWINE – A COLOURFUL WEAVE

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   ENTWINE – earthy reds and botanical greens

ENTWINE – earthy reds and botanical greens

These earth tones are deep and brooding, an eclectic range of colours inspired by a global cultures and landscapes. The Entwine palette looks for a link between modernity and tradition as we strive for diversity and equality.

CONSTRUCT – A LUXE FOUNDATION

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   CONSTRUCT – dark greys, warm copper and inky blues

CONSTRUCT – dark greys, warm copper and inky blues

The Construct palette is refined and classically rich. It’s a combination of structure and simplicity and delivers understated luxury with the illusion of depth, accentuating interior details.

We love the dusty hues, classic tones and playful palettes and can’t wait to use them to bring our client’s dream homes to life in 2017.

All images via Dulux