Design space: Alex Walls on the return of beige on beige

Design space columnist Alex Walls.
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Design space columnist Alex Walls.

Every week we ask a Kiwi interiors expert to tell us what they're loving now and how to use it. This week Alex Walls from Alex & Corban tells us about the resurgence of beige on beige.

As a girl I always knew I wanted to be working in fashion. Prior to getting into interior styling and homeware retailing, I spent most of my 20s working as a women's fashion buyer. It was my dream job. I learnt a lot about following trends, curating ranges and working with fabrics and textures.

Our success on The Block three years ago sparked a new passion and direction, applying my love for colours, trends and retail.  I've now opened my own homewares retail store online and at Bloc, Mt Eden, Auckland and am fully immersed in the interiors world and loving every moment.

Walls says this "beige on beige" colour theme has just been given new life.
LISA COHEN / STYLISTS BREE LEECH & HEATHER NETTE KING

Walls says this "beige on beige" colour theme has just been given new life.

For me 2017 begins with a long list of to-dos, including organising new season products for our store, a few house styling projects and the build of our house. Who the heck knows where to start with these projects? My answer to that is, start with deciding on a key piece of inspiration, then you let ideas and plans develop from there.

Late last year Dulux released their 2017 Colour Trends, and there was one theme that stood out from the rest for me. It was labelled "Sentience". It is going to be my colour inspiration for a number of projects this year.

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Walls says Dulux's colour range "Sentience" has given her inspiration for a number of projects this year.
LISA COHEN / STYLISTS BREE LEECH & HEATHER NETTE KING

Walls says Dulux's colour range "Sentience" has given her inspiration for a number of projects this year.

The words "beige on beige" creep everyone out and undoubtedly remind them of a leaky home with terrible mumsy 90s styling. But this "beige on beige" colour theme has just been given new life. 

Paired with soft and relaxing tones of muted green, dove greys and soft pinks these colours create a very calm and restorative environment when applied properly.

These earthy tones are a great way to add warmth into your home and can be brought to life by adding texture with soft furnishings like a lovely wall hanging, luscious wall rugs or organic material furniture pieces.

I particularly appreciate how this colour trend encourages the use of organic materials for styling. I can see me using a lot of indoor planting, woven artwork and ceramics when styling with these colours.

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These earthy tones are a great way to add warmth into your home and can be brought to life by adding texture with soft ...
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These earthy tones are a great way to add warmth into your home and can be brought to life by adding texture with soft furnishings.

The colour trend pairs well with woven artwork, Walls says.
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The colour trend pairs well with woven artwork, Walls says.

Indoor planting helps add a lush element to the neutral palette, Wall says.
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Indoor planting helps add a lush element to the neutral palette, Wall says.

 - Stuff

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