Colour & Inspiration
Colour Inspiration From Kawakawa Leaves

Colour Inspiration From Kawakawa Leaves

We are surrounded by inspiration, so when developing paint colours, and creating colour schemes, I am always on the look out for new combinations of saturations and tones. The colours of these dried Kawakawa leaves are rich in indigo, soft green, walnut brown, and blushed taupe. It’s one of my favourite teas for a revitalising tonic too.  I loved the synchronicity at the launch today of new furniture and furnishings in similar colours.

BTW note no ‘chopped’ cushion in sight !!  Stop it with the chopping people.






A Giraffe and a Pony Inspires Auburn Colour Scheme!

A Giraffe and a Pony Inspires Auburn Colour Scheme!

Auburn; henna; copper and hazel – Reddish brown colour combinations inspired by a giraffe at the Gibbs Sculpture Farm and a friend’s chestnut pony.





Colour Inspiration with Dulux Colours

Colour Inspiration with Dulux Colours

Try a combination of Dulux’s Cumberland St and Te Puke with the rich dark chocolate of Khandallah.

Colour Inspiration


Thanks to Adam Gatley for the birds photo.




Development of a New Concrete Oxide Colour Range

Click here to see the new range –  Designer colour range with Oxide

Love Your Work – This is why I enjoy what I do… Colour Development

Last year I worked with Dianne and Paul at the Oxide Distributing Company in Glenfield, Auckland to develop a usable and contemporary range of colours for their concrete oxides.

It is called the Designer Colour Range, and has 27 relevant and exciting oxides, which has already had a fantastic response from their customers since launched.   There are 9 different colour categories, each of which have 3 variations of hues and tones – Riverstone; Slate; Autumn; Desert; Clay; Sandstone; Tussock; Coastal; and Greenstone.  The range was inspired by our own natural New Zealand flora, rocks and soils.


The Colour Palette Specialist


The Colour Orange

Orange – the colour between red and yellow – the transition between summer and winter –  a mellowed red.

It represents the change between seasons; the hours of day; your state of mind.

It stimulates emotions, ideas, conversation.

It spices up life. It warms the cockles of your heart.  It gives you relief when things get too serious!

Tropical with vibrant green; psychedelic with pink; fresh with white.

Orange is the colour of creativity; sensuality; vibrancy.   It symbolises hope and survival in The Life of Pi.

“Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow” – Wassily Kadinksy






Those Blue-Green Colours

Those blue-green colours, and what to call them – aqua; turquoise; cyan; cerulean; teal; duck egg blue; blue-green-grey; pastel blue-green; blue-green or green-blue……  Some languages have the same word for blue and green.  I love the complexities of the colours available in paint today.  As in nature some of these paint colours appear more green than blue on some days, and on other days more blue than green.  There is combination of calm and freshness about these colours.

On this day the Rakaia River looked a serene blue green

…. which is why I chose these colours for their calming effect in the Under 2s area of The Acorn Day Care Centre


A dolphin at home in the deep blue green sea


…. perfect inspiration for this fabric from Decortex e famiglia


More green than blue… on an island in Fiji


.. as in this industrial table from The Boiler Room


even in the deep stillness of The Huka Falls before the water gushes through.


Moving into the blues with this rug at Forma, Auckland


and these chairs from Jimmy Possum in Sydney.


Western Springs College Exterior Colour Scheme

Western Springs College Exterior – Colour and Inspiration



Plant – Euphorbia characias ‘Tui’

Paint – Resene ‘Falcon’

Building – Western Springs College