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Dulux Colours of New Zealand | Downstairs Reveal


If you've been following our downstairs living room progress, you'll know that I recently went through a fun paint selection process with Dulux. As documented in this post, I chose a shortlist of colours from the recently re-launched Dulux Colours of New Zealand fandeck. After installing beautiful new laminate flooring from Flooring Xtra in a dark colour, I wanted to continue on the path of creating a space with warm, natural hues. With over 1,000 colours inspired by the by the natural beauty of NZ, Dulux had plenty of options to choose from across a palette of beautiful beiges and greiges.

After narrowing down my selection to six colours, I used the Dulux Colour Swatch Service to see how the colours looked in our space. The large swatches are vital in getting an accurate feel of how the colours will look, especially in a new area. The light differs greatly to upstairs where I do so much of my styling and photography and while some of the colours had only subtle differences, the one I chose, Kauri Cliffs Double, has a lovely warm grey/pink undertone that works perfectly in our space. 

In terms of furniture and layout, this room has gone through quite a few changes over the last few years. New shelving and lighting were at the top of the wishlist and I love how these pieces look in the new space. The Lampe Gras 214 wall lamp is from Tessuti and the Bordeaux Console table is from BoConcept

Due to time constraints (and crazy weather of late) I ended up photographing each side of the room on different days. I have always found the white walls challenging to photograph in this room on a dreary day, but I was surprised at how different the new colour looks. The areas of light and dark create a moody feel which I love. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

You may recognise the beautiful new artwork Still II by Jane Denton. Part of new Still Series which I featured here, it sits alongside the stunning The Mist photograph art print by Nic Staveley for Duett Design

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Dulux NZ. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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  1. Ohh wow, really loving this colour palette!! Loving your home! Great styling and thanks for sharing x

    Millie x

  2. very impressive the styling and the colours, very subtle. this daybed is interesting, reminds me of being on a safari trip.

    1. Thanks! You are so right - the OGK safari daybed dates back to 1962, when Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen set out to create a bed suitable for a camping trip so that his son, suffering a cold, would not have to sleep on the ground! x



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