Two stylists’ takes on Dulux Colours of New Zealand

Ambassadors Alex Walls and Michelle Halford interpret the outside world for interiors.

In association with Dulux.

THE STYLIST Dulux colour ambassador Alex Walls

What seems like a lifetime ago, I used to enjoy travelling the world for my job, but there was nothing better than coming home to New Zealand. As I flew in, I’d gaze at the lush green landscape with its patchwork of farms and appreciate the contrast to the concrete jungles of other countries, quietly hoping we’d be able to keep it that way.
I’m always inspired by nature when it comes to interiors. Given many of us aren’t so lucky as to have homes with views of bush and rolling hills, I love the idea of bringing that kind of freshness inside.
With this look, I’ve created a natural backdrop by grounding the grey-green of Dulux Hoon Hay on one wall with native green Dulux Tarras on the floor. This pairing is right at home with the everyday neutrals Dulux Kauri Cliffs and Dulux Haast Half I’ve used on the other walls, combining to create a warm, inviting setting. I’ve brought character into this scene with vibrant orange-red Dulux Pōrangahau, which channels the bright pops of rooftops, autumn leaves and pōhutukawa flowers I also love seeing from above.

BACKDROP Left wall in Dulux Hoon Hay; middle wall in Dulux Kauri Cliffs; right wall in Dulux Haast Half; floor in Dulux Tarras, MAIN IMAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Amsterdam sofa, POA, Almonte rug, $1299, Kigi Large table, $4365, Curl Curl candle by Black Blaze, $80, Tumblers, $39 each, Terracotta urn, $80, Vase, $99, Rocks puzzle by Printworks, $50, Sunrise print by Brenda Clews, from $49, Mirah chair, $5000, Tony cushion, $109, Laconia Air fabric (used as curtain), $129.95/m, Foliage and books stylist’s own. ADDITIONAL ITEMS ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Arnold Circus stool by Martino Gamper, $260, Frank cushion, $109, Alberto cushion, $130, Curvy artwork, POA, Long Wool sheepskin rug, $330, 

Dulux Hoon Hay, Dulux Kauri Cliffs, Dulux Tarras, Dulux Pōrangahau, Dulux Haast Half,

THE STYLIST Dulux colour ambassador Michelle Halford

My paint selection was inspired by the changing seasons in the South Island — from the snow-capped mountains in winter to the sandy tones in summer and the deciduous trees turning burnt orange in autumn. Key colours include Dulux Dunsandel Half (which reflects the buttery hues of the Canterbury Plains) and alpine white Dulux Cardrona Double on the walls, and soft grey-brown Dulux Cashmere on the floor.
I’ve styled this space with pieces in complementary colours made from natural materials like wood and wool to create a warm, cosy feel, adding handcrafted ceramics in earthy browns and subtle orange to inject extra texture and reflect seasonal changes. The strong lines of the bookshelf are offset by the gentle curves of the seating and coffee table, while the statement wall lamp is a playful touch. 

BACKDROP Main wall in Dulux Dunsandel Half; pillar and right wall in Dulux Cardrona Double; floor in Dulux Cashmere, MAIN IMAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Journal coffee table by Cameron Foggo for Nonn, POA, Galaxy bowl by Kristina Dam Studio, $199, Vase by Shiho Hayashi, $950; clay ribbon by Elena Renker, $35, Books, from $90, Etoile rug by Armadillo x House of Grey, Par sofa, $4599; Friday rack, POA, Cushion, POA, John Pawson blanket by Tekla, $715, Lamp de Marseille lamp by Le Corbusier for Nemo Lighting, $2215, Custom-upholstered Isabella chair by Simon James, POA, ITEMS ON TOP SHELF Shino vase, $166, and sake cups, $85 each, by Elena Renker, SECOND SHELF Asymmetry vessels by Kerryn Levy Ceramics, $600 and $415; This Building Likes Me book by John Wardle Architects, $90; John Galliano for Dior book, $215, John Derian book, $175, THIRD SHELF Bobby candle by Marloe Marloe, $280; Tube vessel by Michaela van der Laan, $130, BOTTOM SHELF Vase by Elena Renker, $295, Ursula vase by Margi Nuttall, $380, Foliage, books and remaining objects stylist’s own.

Dulux Dunsandel Half, Dulux Cardrona Double, Dulux Cashmere, Dulux Maheno Double, Dulux Lindis Pass,


Photography Wendy Fenwick

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