Heart-warming winter pick-me-ups from cool design-focused community BLOC

In association with BLOC.

Flying colours Colour can be a major (and majorly underrated) mood booster, and to successfully integrate more of its uplifting goodness into your home and wardrobe this winter, we advise opting for rich, warm-fuzzy additions guided by nature. Mossy greens, timber browns, ocean blues, berry hues and (for a peppier pop) floral shade-of-the-moment lilac all combine effortlessly with neutrals and have the power to inspire optimism with just a glance. 

Board meeting Consider this page a blueprint for a mood board you could put together to help home in on your ideal refreshed interior palette. Once you’ve collected a selection of images, swatches, wants and needs to draw from, narrow them down to four or five shades that will form a harmonious scheme and make your purchasing decisions that much easier. 

MAIN IMAGES, FROM LEFT Knitty Gritty jumper, $330, Thistle duvet cover, from $199; Mulberry pillowcases, $60/pair; Ivy pillowcase, $80/pair, and fitted sheet, from $209, ABOVE, FROM LEFT Barossa print, $859, Kingston dining table, from $2659; Princeton chair, from $599,

Nice touch Comfort is key at this time of year, so you’ll also want to turn your attention to tactility. Treat yourself to all things soft, cosy, plush and poufy, ceramics that feel good in your hands, throws you want to snuggle under… all with the goal of making yourself feel good and encouraging you to slooow dooown. When combining your new hues, match textures for continuity, like all linen cushions on the sofa or all cotton linens on your bed.  

ABOVE, FROM LEFT Otto sofa, $5300,, $409,

All items available at BLOC in Mt Eden, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland,

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