Flowers are an essential part of home decorating, not only because they soften the look of a room,

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Flowers are an essential part of home decorating, not only because they soften the look of a room, but also because they remind us of the beauty, fragility and, above all, impermanence of life. 

When selecting blossoms for the home at springtime, the latest trend this year is to consider using long-stemmed cuttings, such as irises, light cream shades. Allow the delicate blooms to become the focal point by presenting them in a vase with a clean silhouette. Make sure to leave plenty of  so you can inject a sense of lightness and elegance to the arrangement. 

These Hurricane vessels from Ro – (from left) Flower Vase No.1, Hurricane tea light No.2 and Hurricane No.26 – are available from P5 Studio. Prices range from $55 to $220.

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Internationally renowned colour specialist Pantone recently announced that Coral Pink is its official colour of 2019, and the news has got everyone in the design circle talking. According to the leading colour expert: “Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth  and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” We’re not entirely sure what it means by buoyancy or why we need it to survive, but we can say that this bright orange hue with a golden undertone does look uplifting and cheerful. At the same time, it also helps to draw much- needed discussion on the need for reef conservation, in order to preserve this alluring colour in our ocean.


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the expert says 

“Pantone advises that the Living Coral colour be used in shag rugs, cosy blankets and lush upholstery to create a warm, comforting and nurturing feeling in the home. In my opinion, local homeowners can consider using it in curtains and cushion covers to add a pop of colour to the room, and complement that with wooden furniture, to accentuate the beauty of the natural grain.” 

This radiant hue is best contrasted against a neutral earth tone. Go for a beige, brown or pale blonde base.