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The Wonder palette from Dulux is an ode to joy and optimism

There‘s never been a better time to get adventurous with colour in our homes — not only do warmer days ahead make us want to welcome bright hues into our spaces, but colour conveys joy and optimism, things we are in need of right now in particular.

The Wonder palette from the Dulux Colour Forecast 2022 is the ideal palette for the moment. Featuring playful pastels and summery hues like cornflower blue, lilac, lemon, green quartz and rose gold, it‘s bound to bring new life to our living areas and lift our spirits. “One of the best things about embracing more colour in your home is that it really gives you the ability to add your own personality to a space,” says Dulux Colour Specialist Davina Harper. “A room or wall painted in a colour you love can really bring a sense of joy each time you walk into a room.”

Living through times where we have been at home more than ever, the Wonder palette can revitalise your rooms if you‘re feeling fatigued from staring at those same white walls. It helps to make the home environment a cheerful space and adds some intrigue. Plus, using a range of colours throughout your home can create a different feel within each room, an important consideration particularly if you are working or studying from home. “Colour is also a useful way to help define areas in your home,” says Harper. “For example, you can use colour to help differentiate a dining area or an office nook in an open-plan space.”

While it’s tempting to play it safe with neutrals at home, Wonder invites joyful experimentation. To put the palette to the test, Harper suggests starting small. “If you are unsure about using some of the brighter colours in the Wonder palette, try introducing one or two of them in easily replaced objects like a vase, cushion or planter,” she says. “Alternatively, try using them in smaller spaces such as a bedroom, toilet or laundry where a bold colour can really add personality and liven up the space. I’d recommend picking your favourite colour from the palette and pairing it with a crisp white like Southern Alps.”

Don‘t be afraid to extend the aesthetic of the Wonder palette to the rest of your home décor. Surprising combinations underpin the whimsical nature of this look — for example, try mixing delicate florals with check prints, or sleek contemporary furniture with needlepoint cushions and fluted glass. Harper says nothing is off- limits. “The key to this palette is to have fun and don’t be afraid to play around with different colour combinations and styles.”

 

To explore the Wonder palette or to order up to four free Large Colour Swatches, visit www.dulux.co.nz/colourforecast

 

Credits: Styling by Bree Leech. Photography by Lisa Cohen. Artwork in image 1: “Empty Wishes” by Gabrielle Jones, Studio Gallery. Artwork in image 2: “Afternoon sun on the wildflowers” by Mandy Francis, Studio Gallery.

Colours shown as close as possible to the actual paint colours. Always confirm your final colour choice with a Dulux Sample Pot. 

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Inventive fragrance line Jo Loves by Jo Malone CBE offers perfect gift ideas

Jo Loves, the perfume and home fragrance brand started by Jo Malone CBE has finally become more accessible here.

It could be easy to confuse the collection with that other well-known fragrance brand of a very similar name. 

That’s because British-born Malone started Jo Malone London in 1994, before leaving the business that still bears her name. 

In a now well-known story, the wildly successful, self-made businesswoman left school at 15 and became a facial therapist before eventually building her fragrance company, Jo Malone London, into a major success. In 1999 she sold her brand to Estee Lauder Companies, that still the parent company of the global cologne giant, and stayed on with the brand until 2006.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer she left to spend more time with her family, however realising her heart was still with fine fragrance, she founded Jo Loves in 2011. Her inspiration was to offer an innovative new scent, bath, body and candle collection with notes inspired by the memories and moments in life that she loves.

That collection has grown in the years since, with a number of straightforward but delightful scent combinations like Mango Thai Lime, Cobalt Patchouli and Cedar and Green Orange and Coriander, but remained frustratingly mostly out of reach to New Zealand and Australian customers. 

The brand only has one bricks and mortar store, a boutique on Elizabeth Street in London, however has extended its reach with recognised retailers such as Cult Beauty in the UK and Netaporter, and has now landed with local online beauty megastore Adore Beauty in Australia and New Zealand

The simple scents and home products in clean white and red packaging are aesthetically pleasing and easy to live with in your home. Uplifting and almost universally appealing, the fragrances, candles and body products make ideal gifts, as it’s easy to know they will be well received.

However it’s the creative elements where the brand really shines. In particular the brand’s signature fragrance paintbrush, a innovative refillable and portable brush that contains fragrance suspended in a gel formula that dries in seconds, letting you easily and conveniently paint with fragrance onto your skin. 

Jo Malone CBE with her signature Jo Loves scent ‘Jo’ and the brand’s popular fragrance paint brush.

Another highlight? Malone’s first ever eponymous perfume, named Jo. Notes of grapefruit, lime and guaiac wood come together in a full bodied scent with personality.

“I always head back to ingredients to celebrate moments in my life and that’s what this really is,” Malone told Harper’s Bazaar when it was released. 

“It’s very masculine. Very cologne. It’s got a real power and tenacity about it,” she said.