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INTERIOR TRENDS: with Amanda Niell

Emerald - Colour of the year

It’s time for the annual Auckland Home Show, which showcases the latest and greatest products and services available for your home. Amanda Neill, leading Auckland Interior Designer talks about what Designworx will be focusing on at this year’s show.
Every year Designworx participates in the Auckland Home Show. Not only do we have our Designworx Stand but we also give daily seminars, along with other design professionals, to the public on Interior Design and how it can be incorporated in your plans for your home.
Our stand is a great way for us to introduce ourselves and talk through the role of an interior designer. We use the opportunity to introduce Designworx, what we stand for, some of the latest projects we have worked on and also the latest trends in the industry. It’s great for us to meet new clients outside of our studio environment and talk through their plans and how we can work with them to achieve their end goal. It’s always interesting and inspiring to talk with people about their plans and where they are with their home. By speaking to so many people throughout the show, we really get a good understanding of where the market is at and what people are willing to spend on. We also relish the opportunity of taking in the show ourselves and meeting with others in the industry. We use the time to view all of their latest products to possibly use in the future. Our stand this year will focus on the colour Emerald the latest “colour of the year” from Pantone. We are seeing some amazing designs coming through using shades of emerald.
Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the colour of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other colour conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.
The first use of emerald as a colour name was in 1598 and throughout history, the multifaceted emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world.
Shades of green strike the eye in such a way as to require no adjustment whatsoever and are, therefore, restful. The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other colour in the spectrum. When the world around us contains plenty of green, this indicates the presence of water, and little danger of famine, so we are reassured by green, on a primitive level.It is the colour of balance - a more important concept than many people realise. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors. Call in to see us and to view our colourful stand.
Stand 229 - Ask the Design Experts - Auckland Home Show
Show dates:  Wednesday 11 September - Sunday 15 September 2013.
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 9pm and Sunday 10am - 6pm
Visit our website to find the link for discounted tickets (conditions apply)
Designworx, Interior Design Studio, 64 Vauxhall Road, Devonport. 09 445 1098. -

by Amanda Neill