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The trends have come around to perennial favourites – deep blue reds, the striking tone of black and near black, the soothing restfulness of duck egg blue and greyed blues and the bold pops of orange and yellow to add a touch of upbeat liveliness.
Remember your childhood… that playful streak, your willingness to embrace the new and the joy and wonder in the smallest of things? Embrace your inner child (it’s still in there somewhere!) and be spontaneous, add that bold happy colour you’ve always loved for a touch of fun. Sure it might not last 10 years but the enjoyment you’ll get out of it in even a short period will far outweigh feeling trapped by safe choices. Colours should inspire you, help you feel at home and reflect who you are.
Dusty and smoky, there is a new palette of colours coming through that feel timeless, gently weathered and softened over the passage of time. Easy to live with and coordinate, they’re a sophisticated alternative to cleaner pastels. They bring with them a sense of being more grounded and less airy than the pastels of recent years.
Reds are strong and powerful, with influencing blue tones, such as popular Resene Pohutukawa and Resene Jalapeno.  Fire engine red is not to be ignored with hues such as Resene Havoc.
The bold pops of colour are still popular for a quick hit of uplifting colour and as a useful device for wayfinding, with colours such as Resene Daredevil and Resene Turbo perennial favourites.
Where walls once used to be just a pretty colour, now they are becoming part of the function of the house, particularly in the heart of the home or office where people congregate.
Where once there were rules, guidelines and boundaries, now there is free will, free choice and endless possibilities. The only limit is your imagination.



If your in Christchurch or Auckland, the 'Sustainable Housing Summit' this looks like a great event, discussing topics of housing affordability with what looks to be an eloquent line up of speakers.

After recently viewing a local screening of the short film 'The Tiny House' which documents people building their own affordable homes, albeit on an extreme scale with all of 100m2 to live. The topical subject of what defines a home in terms of financial and economic value is certainly one which can leave you assessing what good living really means.

It is a interesting time to contribute to how we can dramatically reshape urban living to meet evolving perspectives and values. 

DSN Christchurch

Upon landing in Christchurch my taxi driver was thoroughly immersed in a book. On asking what he was reading, the first words I heard in Christchurch were… "Murder." Was this to be a macabre city of untold stories?!

My destination was the brand new ilex centre in the Botanical Gardens, it's so new that finding it was as much a discovery for locals as it was for visitors. The roofline mirrored the botanical gardens; alive and healthy with new plant life growing in a perfect environment. Peter Townsend our first speaker gave the impression that all of Christchurch is an extensive greenhouse for growth, albeit in early stages. If I had any qualms about wondering what kind of place this is, all 'Urban Myths" were laid to rest leaving space for only the positive. With a quest for rebuilding through the "front door" to see the remaining 93% of the rebuild through a structured and positive process of betterment. The efficacious and progressive nature of Christchurch certainly left me feeling this is a landscape worth investing in.

Christchurch you have been brilliant hosts, active in your participation in design and construction discussions and all matter of topics which follow!  All of us at the Design Solutions Network extend a thank you to everyone who joined us and discovered new products and made new contacts for residential rebuilds and commercial planning. Do contact any of our sponsors, with the number of business cards exchanged I'm sure there is plenty of action to follow!