Two Palettes.

13 October 2023 / Case Studies

Four design houses join forces to create two alluring interior material palettes, each with a distinctly New Zealand aesthetic.

Our love for black is a well known national trait that influences everything from sporting team names through to our colour choices in clothing and appliances.

It is no surprise then that this fascination has started to define some of the most successful interiors in recent years.

One of the key components of dark and moody interiors is understanding that not all darks are created equal. Strong greys are very different from rich charcoals; there are many different grades of black and, best of all… you shouldn’t be scared of using several of them at the same time for a layering effect. Likewise, anything placed atop a dark background will resonate with added vibrancy. Metals can set the tone of a space, similar to how a piece of jewellery can make a look come alive.

In bathrooms for instance, choosing the right, dark tapware can anchor a design while adding a layer of dimension and depth to the overall design palette. Also, textiles and carpets with dark and lighter tones dappled together will create a wonderful, textural mood that, together with a well considered lighting design, can elevate a moody interior.

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Classic Coastal.

New Zealand has come to perfect a style of interior design that combines the relaxed feeling of being at a beach with the comforts of being in a classically-influenced residence.

It is a little bit luxurious while entirely down to earth.

The secret? Keeping it organic but not overly textured, mixing natural materials with metal tones and an overall palette that is neutral enough to make the light bounce and the surrounding greenery pop.

Natural, organic finishes can bring nature in, and black or white finishes give beautiful shape definition, shadows, and light.

There needs to be a balance between materials that are (or seem to be) vintage or found — natural timbers, brushed metals that speak of marine environments, black steel of industrial spaces — with new elements.

Materials such as in-situ poured concrete, engineered timbers and stones as well as luscious carpets ensure the look is grounded in contemporary elements and prevent it from looking too “shabby-no-chic”.

They add cleanliness and a touch of classical to a beachy, relaxed vibe.

Lake House, by Evelyn McNamara Architects. The feature-grade European Oak surface of Artiste Refined’s is brushed ever so slightly to softly accentuate the timbers natural grain and characteristics, creating a more refined look and smoother texture. It complements the coloured concrete wall finished with a Peter Fell 587 colour from their Stone colour range.


Mood board styling & Photo – Julia Kennerley | Forté

Architect – Lake House, by Evelyn McNamara Architect

Interiors – Lake House, Source and Style

Photography for Lake House – Simon Devitt

Other Suppliers Featured – @forteflooring, @bremworth, @plumblinenz

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