Popular Interior Trends for 2021

Express your style through the interior of your home.


Traditional interior schemes are decadent and timeless.    To create your traditional ambiance, select your favorite antiques, classic artwork and use sophisticated, deeper colors as the perfect backdrop.

With a color palette of deeper hues of blues, rich claret and burgundy reds, burnished orange and deep greens as well as olive and ginger you can make the traditional scheme bolder in your home.



Soft blues and greens, neutral grey, sand and warm whites, creates a beautiful Hamptons feel.

For a New Zealand “Hamptons” twist, Dulux Cardrona or Opononi Quarter with Dulux Southern Alps trims. For a soft blue try Dulux Waikanae or for a soft green try Dulux Kohukonui.

For an elegant Hamptons style, keep your decorating simple and effective, however not too minimalist – it’s all about balance. The layering of textiles and textural objects will create a beautiful, elegant look. For a warm grey try Dulux Te Kaha or Manorburn.




The rustic style is alluring in rich and deep reds, warm browns and golds as well as tans and beige.

Deep greens can be used for accent as well as mustards and rich blues.

To create a Rustic style layer warmer colors, such as terracotta, rich natural timber and showcase solid furniture.



Whites are a great place to start for a “Scandi” style.

Use timeless warm whites like Dulux Okarito, Dulux Cardona or Manorburn Quarter. Then add layered raw and natural textiles with antiqued objects and Scandi timbers.

For a bolder Scandi look, use darker and natural colours in furnishings and layered textiles to add to the overall design. Dulux The Remarkable is a gorgeous charcoal with a subtle blush undertone, which is striking against these soft whites such as Hakataramea.




The Modern style has a colour palette of subtle and dark greys, brighter block colours mixed with the cooler most loved Dulux Whites.

Try Dulux Okarito or Dulux Hakataramea along with cooler greys such as Dulux Mt Hikurangi or Grey Lynn. Use a bright white on trims such as Dulux Southern Alps.

To bring your Modern look to life keep your decoration simple with clean lines. Colour schemes should be simplistic and elegant. Using pops of bright colour with a classic white will give your home a modern, yet timeless look.

BY: Dulux.co.nz

10 Eco-Friendly Landscaping Ideas

Homeowners want to have the perfect yard. It should be filled with shrubs and trees organized in a visually appealing manner. However, landscaping not only tends to be costly but also harmful to the environment — but this shouldn’t be the case. We encourage you to take note of nature as you create and maintain your yard. With this in mind, here are 10 eco-friendly landscaping ideas.

1. Practice Xeriscaping

The idea of xeriscaping dates back to 1981. Basically, it refers to a landscaping practice that focuses on surviving drought. Your area doesn’t need to be exposed to drought for you to consider xeriscaping — the point is for homeowners to reduce the need for watering. Thus, it’s a way to save on your water bills.

One simple form of xeriscaping is to place plants with the same water requirements together for an efficient irrigation. Likewise, you can replace some of the grasses in your property for drought-resistant variants. These include  feather grass, blue oat grass, purple fountain grass, and the yellow pampas grass. Similarly, succulents such as agave, aeonium, sedum, and crassula plants are ideal choices.

2. Install a Sprinkler System

Irrigation is an important activity in any landscaping project. After all, you must maintain the lush and green appearance of your shrubs and trees. Nobody wants to have discolored and wilting foliage. Even though you cannot completely eliminate the need for water in your yard, you can always do it more efficiently.

Instead of doing it manually with a garden hose, why not install a sprinkler system? This eliminates the need to do it all on your own. Plus, you get to set the time and application rate. In addition, a drip irrigation system should work best for garden beds. This saves water by targeting the root systems instead of the foliage. Water them deeply to encourage deep root establishment that makes plants better equipped to combat strong winds and diseases.

3. Understand Your Area

Whether you’re moving to a new area or you’ve stayed in the same residence for years, you should know the pros and cons of being there. For example, areas that are prone to strong winds would mean using more water. A house that resides in an uneven area should be prepared for soil erosion and runoff. This way, you’ll know early on where to install protective barriers and implement a design that resists erosion — saving you from high repair costs in the long run.

Likewise, you can take advantage of the sunlight. If you live in a cold region, you can have south-facing windows to welcome warmth in your home. Your property can also be designed in such a way that your front yard and driveway receive adequate sunlight. This makes it easier to manage the accumulation of ice and snow during winter.

4. Use Synthetic Grass

This might sound like it’s directly opposite to the goal of an eco-friendly yard, but this will save you resources in the future. Synthetic or artificial grass resembles your lawn grass without requiring much maintenance. You don’t have to buy any chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide that can lead to water pollution.

Water is also unnecessary in keeping the vivid appearance. No matter how many times your kids and pets run around, the grass won’t suffer from heavy foot traffic. There’s also no need to get a lawnmower that could release toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Furthermore, your local area might even provide a rebate if you switch to synthetic grass.

5. Replace a Section of Your Lawn

A huge lawn containing natural grass will be costly to maintain. If you don’t want to use artificial grass, you should at least consider cutting back on the size of your lawn. For example, beardtongue plants only need a yearly trimming as they provide colorful flowers throughout summer and fall. In addition, the Santa Barbara daisy works great as a vibrant edging plant.

In addition, you can develop a patio and a pathway to guide your visitors around your yard. There are many eco-friendly backyard pathway ideas you can choose from — some people cover their walkways with wood chips or mulch. A fallen or broken log can be cut to create wooden pallets for a pathway as well.

6. Get a Green Roof

The landscape isn’t limited to your yard. Instead of having a conventional roof, you can turn it into an eco-friendly roof that could significantly reduce your energy bills. Apart from reducing the heat inside your home or even providing insulation when needed, a green roof will also minimize water runoff. Of course, it also feels nice to relax on one’s own green roof.

Basically, your roof will be covered with lush vegetation. Local authorities encourage this type of sustainable roof construction — and it will surely improve the value of your property. It can effectively reduce noise pollution while also serving as the haven of plants and birds

7. Have a Green Wall

Also known as a living wall, this landscaping idea turns your wall into a garden of its own. You can easily grow herbs and flowers here using containers and planters. Apart from serving as an area for more plants, it also improves the appearance of your yard. Privacy is also improved since a living wall serves a barrier to prevent strangers from peering into your property.

8. Included Exterior Lighting

Installing some lights in your yard ensures that it will be appealing even at night. Furthermore, external lighting provides a sense of security due to the increased visibility. A smart way to get lighting without spending more is to buy a solar-powered variant. Essentially, these lights will generate power throughout the day before they illuminate at night. Get some lights with motion sensors as well if you want them to be activated only when someone’s around.

9. Use Mulch

We previously mentioned that pathways can be covered with mulching material. Well, a layer of mulch should also be used in other areas. Placing mulch around your shrubs prevents weeds from spreading. In addition, it keeps the temperature cool for the root systems.

Moisture is also better retained with a layer of mulch. While organic mulch can be bought in your local garden, it can also be made using coconut fibers or bark. The mulch eventually decomposes to feed the soil, so you don’t have to pay attention to it after the application.

10. Get Reusable Landscaping Materials

Reusing materials is not only good for the planet but also for your wallet. A popular reusable material is a natural stone, which looks great and durable at the same time. Decorative natural stones can be placed anywhere you like. For example, they look great at the side of your pathway. Stones can also be used to surround a flower bed or a beautiful tree. They can be moved around whenever you want and they will definitely last a lifetime.

Overall, landscaping doesn’t mean you have to harm the environment. Looking for environmentally friendly options can be as simple as having an efficient irrigation system and looking for materials to recycle or reuse. Similarly, it helps to take advantage of the geography. Creating a green roof or wall should also be considered.

We hope that our guide inspired you to practice eco-friendly landscaping. If you have any questions, feel free to send us a comment.

By: Conserve Energy Future