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Alf Mood Boards for 2018

Alf Group of Italy recently presented their new collection at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. Their stand was a large one filled with unique designs which as always, provided us with plenty of inspiration - and design envy!

At the entry of their stand, they displayed 8 mood boards that summed up their vision for colours, materials and textures for the collection this year. Most of these themes were presented with neutrals reigning supreme and the feature colours being just that - only small features; however, we encourage you to use these boards only as inspiration and to be as bold or understated with your decor as you wish. With no one theme or colour being more prevalent than others, there is sure to be one or two boards that give you some inspiration for your own home!

Pink, Red, Coral & Grey

Feminine and romantic yet sophisticated and chic, this colour palette features deep wine reds contrasted by soft blush and coral. Paired with grey, smoked wood and anthracite finishes, this provides a moodiness which without it the vision could be very pink!



Blue, Gold & Taupe

A warm neutral palette is one that appeals to almost everyone. What makes this look different is the introduction of deep teal, warm gold and black with white marble. Blue is the perfect pairing with these taupey and grey neutrals and is a 'safe' enough colour that appeals to a universal audience.

If you want to go a step further like Alf has, introducing elements of luxury such as gold and marble brings an opulence and individuality to the look. As we have spoken about previously, Maximalism is a huge trend this year, and introducing small elements such as a gold ornament or a marble piece is an easy way to bring the trend into your home without overdoing it!


Blue, Green, Soft Grey & Black

This palette also has a neutral base - albeit softer and lighter than the previous theme, which will appeal to a wide audience. Blacks, smoked woods and soft greys are paired with greens and greeney-blues - varying from light sage to mossy green and dulled down teals, for a fresh and calming vibe. Luxe textures such as velvet are paired with organic shapes and materials like stone and ceramics to highlight our ever increasing need to connect with nature and the outdoors.

These colours are unoffensive and bring a sense of peace to any room, and who wouldn't want that?


Dark neutrals with pastel pops

This deep and moody theme features anthracite, dark taupes and smokey colours as its main base colours. Paired with pops of blush and electric blue, this vision board displays one of the more unexpected themes.

A brave mix of deep, dark, moody with soft and romantic; the contrast between the two is a refreshing idea. The pastel colours prevent this look from being too moody and oppressive, while in turn the deeper colours provide the sophistication the romantic colours lack.


Taupe, Peach, Orange & Deep Blue

Orange is often used as a feature colour in design - however the more muted, pastel tones are not often seen! In this moodboard, bright orange is paired with more muted peach and blush tone oranges which provide an element of sophistication and style we don't usually get from brights.

Taupes, browns and warm greys create a strong base and help cement this theme, while teal blue is back as a secondary colour and provides a nice, cool tone contrast to the warmer tones.


Moody Neutrals

This one will appeal to the masses and is a timeless colour theme providing you get the contrast between dark and light right! Blacks, greys and taupes are complemented by lighter woods, whites and greys which lightens the overall mood.

The mix between warm taupes and cool greys - as well as darks and lights in different textures is a great way to add interest without colour.


Taupe, Emerald Green & Turquoise

Taking inspiration from nature, this theme features light taupes and greys complimented by deep forest greens and teals, with a pastel turquoise blue being the feature. Geometric details, inspired by patterns in nature like flowers and plants, add interest to this calming yet interesting theme.


Grey, Taupe & Ochre

Soft and cool, this theme is all about greys and pastels in non-offensive textures. Paired with ashy grey wood and cool-town browns, this moodboard will appeal to a huge range of people and could be used in any room. To avoid this theme being too boring, pair with a warm wood like natural oak or lacquer details in ochre, sand or gold.


5 Interior Design trends to watch this year

In December, Pantone released its colour of the year, Ultra Violet. This is a great summary of what is to follow in the world of design and interiors – being bold, experimenting and thinking outside the box. From geometric patterns to dark and moody wood stains, here is a breakdown of the top trends you should know about.

1) Nature’s best

With more people filling their homes with foliage in a bid to counteract our increasingly urban lives, we are seeing nature move inside in other ways as well, reflecting our need to reconnect with it. The colour green – from sage to emerald is being seen on walls, upholstery and furniture. Teamed with botanical and/or tropical prints and natural materials such as wood, marble and ceramics – this trend is a classic that can work with any style of home.



2) Maximalism

Following several politically and socially uncertain years, people are beginning to use colour and vibrant aesthetics to propel them into the coming year. Maximalism is a way for people to express their own personality and style in their own space, without hesitation or rules. A sign of opulence and confidence, the maximalism trend is taking over the white-washed, clean and minimal looks we have seen for so long. Dark, moody colours take centre stage over white, and are the perfect base for bold pattern and colour. With no one colour standing out amongst the rest – this year is about them all. Greens, blues, terracottas, yellows and blush, pairing pastels with brights, and pattern with, well, more pattern! To team with the opulent trend, luxe fabrics and textures like velvet and silk are also still going strong this year.



3) New metallics

The ever-popular rose gold and coppers are being replaced by more industrial shades of brass and nickel. Less high shine and more sophisticated, muted tones are an easy way to add luxury to any room.



4) Dark Wood

The Scandi trend that seems to have reigned forever is being taken over by a darker, bolder and more moody tone! Expect to see the likes of walnut, dark oak and charcoal/grey stains. Paired with brass or gold accents – this trend is effortlessly luxurious.



5) Geometric pattern

Timeless and elegant, we are seeing a huge amount of geometric patterns in wallpaper, tiles, fabrics and furniture this year! From simple and classic to bold and fun, geometric pattern is something that can be used in even the most conservative homes.


10 designers share their thoughts on how to create a stylish dining room

Are you needing some inspiration for your dining room? Homes to love has written an informative and inspiring article (which we have added to), featuring advice from some of our favourite NZ designers!


1. Team cool outdoor chairs with an indoor table

Outdoor chairs made from metal or plastic add a casual and cool vibe - are usually very durable, wipeable and sometimes even stackable, making them very versatile and an effortless compliment to your dining table.

“When choosing the size of your dining table, proportion is key in relation to your dining area and table length. Ample room for platters and decorations, and room for people to move creates easy conversation and a meal to remember.” – Jeremy Willoughby, Corso De’ Fiori.

Designer secret: Remember to consider your table width


2. Use a patterned rug to lift a simple scheme

Rugs are a great way to warm up timber or concrete floors, as well as bring colour and texture into a neutral room. Easier to change out than your dining setting, treat rugs as another accessory!

“Rug size is so important; more than colour and design. the right size will define the space and make your furniture look better. it will pull everything together, making the space inviting – somewhere you’ll want to spend time.” – Annie Loveridge, The Ivy House.

Designer secret: It’s all about defining the space


3. Keep your kitchen island clutter free to create a social space

An island is multi-functional and can be used as both a prep space and another seating space. Treat it this way and keep display items to a minimal - a bunch of flowers, special ornament or fruit bowl is enough, and allows you to fully show off the space available.

“The benefit of island seating is the social interaction, encouraging conversation between the busy cook and the casual observer or family member awaiting their meal.” – Toni Roberts, Kitchen Architect.

Designer secret: Create laidback spaces


4. Get an outdoor table on wheels

If this isn't an option, our Domino table works for both outdoors and indoors, which means that you don't necessarily need to purchase two settings! Just bring in and out as the seasons change.

“Outdoor tables are a part of our lives but the reality is we can’t always be outdoors. To give your outdoor area flexibility add lockable wheels to your table or add then to your inside table so it can be wheeled outside.”– Tomi Williams, Indigo Design.

Designer secret: A table on wheels allows you to customise your furniture arrangement


5. Mix and match your chairs

Here they have chosen chairs all in a similar light-medium, warm toned wood. They are in no way identical, but this still seems to work - it's all about gut feel and taking risks, you may have to experiment before you find the combination that works perfectly!

Choose chairs in a similar colour or material for a resolved look. “Choose a plain table with matching wooden chairs. Then let each family member Paint a chair in the colour of their choice.” – Karen Warman, Resene.

Designer secret: Consider height when choosing your chairs


6. Mix designer chairs with a rustic wooden table

The table doesn't have to be rustic, in fact. If you are over your dining room and either don't want to get rid of or don't have the budget to change the whole setting, just change just the chairs! Create interest with a contrasting style, colour or texture - instant update.

“Dining chairs can help connect your kitchen with your living area if they are of a style that references both so consider this when you’re buying. Just as a colour palette should have continuity throughout a home so should your furniture.” – Vanessa Nouwens, Stylist.

Design secret: Style can be perfectly mismatched


7. Accent a neutral dining setting with a bright pendant light

Much like a colourful rug, a feature light brings personality to a room - and you can always move it somewhere else if you decide to change up the feel!

“A statement light over the dining table adds a focal point and balance by creating interest in the upper half of the room. it helps pull the space together and create a sense of occasion. be brave and choose a statement piece you love.” – Shelley Ferguson, Your Home & Garden Editorial Director.

Design secret: Good lighting is essential


8. Use art to create interest

Bring colour, texture and personality to a space with art work. This is also a great way to link rooms together (ie: pick out a feature colour and tie your artwork in with your pendant light, lounge suite or accessories!).

“A dining room is more than a place to host a dinner; It’s a place to do homework and catch up with friends. It needs personality to reflect this and art is an easy way to do this. try oversized art or a group of prints to draw your eye to a sunny corner.” – Alex Fulton, Alex Fulton Design.

Designer secret: A fabulous artwork is a great conversation starter at dinner parties


9. Hang garlands and tassels for year-round fun

“Mixing and matching different shapes, styles, colours and textures ON your dining room furniture creates a fun and interesting look. Change them when you’re ready for a new look.” – Vic Bibby, Bibby + Brady.

Design secret: Choose warm colours and big textures


10. Revamp an old timber dining table with a marble top – Timeless!

Revamp your old dining table by sanding and painting or adding a glass or marble top is an easy way to change the entire look of a piece. The same applies to chairs - a quick sand or paint, a recover of the cushions/squabs or addition of a sheepskin throw is a great way to update. Upcycling is amazing when it is done right but if you are unsure where to start, consult a professional first!

“The risk with white-on-white kitchens is that they can look sterile. add layers of texture – mixing gloss, matte and satin finishes, and using whites with subtle patterns or grains. pick one standout accessory with high design impact, such as a tap, lighting or splashback.” – Nicky Duggan, Evolution of Surfaces

Design secret: It’s all about textural finishes

Source: https://www.homestolove.co.nz/diy-how-to/how-to/how-to-create-a-stylish-dining-room


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