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Street art brings depth


In a city resplendent with street art, the newest mural adorning the back of Riverside Market rises to the challenge of bringing something new. This depiction of a row of heritage shops is painted onto a flat façade, yet tricks the eyes into seeing a multi-dimensional historical scene.

 

 

The project was produced by George Shaw of Oi YOU! and painted in six weeks by local graffiti art collective, DTR Crew – Dcypher, Ikarus, Jacob Yikes & Wongi Wilson.
The mural was co-funded by Riverside Market and ChristchurchNZ, and is the largest and most complex ever delivered in the city.


 

Start with wall art


Unless you are someone who walks around the house with their eyes closed, you are going to notice what is on the four walls of your humble abode. Whether you are a DIY diva or a pay and walk away type, Metropol has put together some tips for wowing your walls.

 

BOHO BEAUTY: A macramé wall hanging (like the one pictured) is something that from afar with its neutral colours appears simplistic but a closer inspection showcases the intricacies of the bohemian style goodness. Not to mention, they can easily be tailored to anyone’s design style.

PICASSO PRODIGY: Unless you are living in the Louvre your art doesn’t need to be by a famous artist. Our September 3 issue ran an article about getting creative with Resene paints. In short, paint your masterpiece yourself or enlist the help of the little ones to create some abstract artwork.


 

Frame of mind: Framemakers and Ellbee Creative


In the current climate, New Zealanders are spending more time at home. Lynn Barr of Framemakers and Ellbee Creative has the solution for those homebodies who have been staring at those four walls thinking what needs to be updated.

 

FRAME GAME:
Choosing the perfect frame can be difficult. Do you go vintage or contemporary? At Framemakers there is a large selection of options for frames and mat colours. You can check out the framing gallery online for some ideas.

 

ON DISPLAY:
Give that family memorabilia the showcasing that it deserves. Don’t put it away in a box to maybe reminisce over one day, instead create a box frame so they’re always visible. Grandparents war medals tucked away? Framemakers can frame them so they are accessible for wearing on ANZAC day.

PICTURE PERFECT:
The store prints photographs from a large format printer onto canvas or various photographic papers. That photo on your phone can be enlarged to take centre stage in any home.
Pop over to the gallery at 137 Main North Road. Where you will find a range of pastels, watercolour paintings and photographs for sale.


 

On a roll


Wallpaper has made a welcome return to the home and our humble abodes are all the better for it. If you’ve been staring at that blank wall throughout isolation and have been wondering what you can do to it to make it better, we’ve checked out some of the latest season styles that will up your wall game.

 

GO WITH THE GRADIENT: This ‘dip-dye’ or ombre effect has been a hit in the beauty and fashion world, so it’s no surprise that it’s beginning to make its way into the home. While this wallpaper makes for really interesting effects, it requires a lot of thought when it comes to furnishings, to ensure they match the aesthetic.

ONE WITH NATURE: ‘Go green’ is everywhere, whether it’s to be more sustainable, add a splash of it in your outfits or even investing in some greenery for the home. Now, the trend has made its way onto our walls. Tropical and botanical themed wallpaper are a great way to feel more of a connection to our mutual friend, Mother Nature.

NOW YOU SEE ME: Sometimes the best thing for your house is a wall that jumps out at you. With three dimensional wallpaper, it can look as if it actually is! These work best in contemporary spaces, as they offer a punchy look that draws every eye in the room. Another added bonus is that it adds texture to an interior space. Popular patterns in 3D format include realistic ‘wood’ and ‘brick’ or geometric designs that will have your eyes questioning what they’re looking at

A CLEAR WINNER: Despite only being a few months into a new decade, the crowning roll of Bloomsbury Neo Mint has been named wallpaper of the year 2020 by Graham & Brown. The beautiful design showcases floral print in the best kind of way – with a soft yet powerful print. This is a wallpaper that would make a striking feature rather than plastered on every wall.

RUN INTO RESENE: The next step is to select your wallpaper of choice. It’s a big decision and you don’t want to apply something to your wall only to hate it a few months later. Luckily for you, there’s a team of experts that can help you and you can order samples to try before you buy!


 

Art & Soul


When it comes to decorating, there’s nothing quite like creating a space with ‘art and soul’. A gallery wall might just be the state of play if you want to do just that. We’ve got some hot tips for creating a cool wall.

 

 

GET CLEVER WITH COLOUR
Colour plays a key role in almost every aspect of design. So when taking your gallery wall to the next level, think colour… it may just be the link that ties all your elements together.

THINK THEMATICALLY
Displays that have a central concept always look a bit tighter and more put together than those that don’t. Creating an overall theme will help you strike just the right note.

CREATIVE CONSISTENCY
There are endless variations available when it comes to creating a gallery wall, from highly structured and uniform to varied and eclectic.

Keeping it cohesive doesn’t have to mean staid and uniform; mixing different shapes, sizes and hues is a great way to create a polished design, provided you pay mind to balance and visual weight.


 

Head into the city


The summer break, for some people, means days and sometimes even weeks to fill. Arguably, there’s only so many times you can go to the beach or trudge the lengths of your local malls. We’ve put together a few of our favourite hotspots to check out this summer.

 

 

  1. Watch This Space:

    You may have noticed bursts of colouring popping up around the city, especially post-earthquake.With something as unfortunate as having vacant and empty spaces lying around the city, something positive came out of it.

    Christchurch is becoming known as the street art capital and it’s easy to see why.

    Watch This Space is a charitable trust that provides tours, showcasing all the street art, murals and graffiti around the evolving city.

    While the tour is roughly two hours – you don’t have to commit to the whole thing.

    One of the great things about this tour is that it’s free! But if you want to make a small donation to the trust, it will be warmly welcomed.


  2. An act of solidarity

    In a world where everyone is looking down at their phones, this public artwork may just make you want to look up.

    In the three years following the earthquakes, a single streetlamp from 21 cities around the world was gifted to Christchurch as an act of solidarity.The public can walk along Park Terrace on a trail of discovery.


  3. The Crate Escape

    If you’re wanting to challenge yourself this summer, head to CodeBreakers on Colombo Street in Sydenham or St Asaph in central city.Choose your own adventure with six themed rooms – each with their own storylines such as the Magic Portal, Art Heist or the lost hut of Antarctica.


Wonderful Walls

Wonderful Walls: Angelique Armstrong


Whether you want an understated design for subtle interest or a bold statement pattern to give a room that wow factor, it seems the writing is on the wall for 2019 interior trends. Yes, wallpaper is making its beautiful mark and our homes are all the better for it.

 

Wonderful Walls

 

Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors about how to dress your walls in their Sunday best. “Some people say that wallpapers are making a comeback. I say they never went out,” Angelique says.
“At Armstrong Interiors we love to embrace the texture, colours and creativity of wallpaper, whether it’s for a feature or the whole room.”

When it comes to making any wallpaper decisions, consideration first needs to go into the space you’re working with; lighting is always an important factor to consider, as is the mood you want to convey in the room. “One thing you need to be careful of when choosing your wallpaper is that you create flow between each room to ensure continuity throughout the home,” Angelique says.

“It’s also important to create a nice balance between wallpapers and paint within the greater space and the right paint colour to complement the wallpaper you have chosen will give you the best outcome.  There are many wallpapers to choose from and fabric houses continuously launch the new season’s look with matching fabrics and wallpapers;

telling a story in colour and pattern,” Angelique says. Once you have chosen your wallpaper, you need to consider the hanging. Most companies offer their own specialised glues however, these can be purchased through your designer.
Choose your wallpaper hanger carefully, Angelique says. “This is where you are best to deal with an expert. If you need help call our office and we can name a few paper hangers we use.

“At Armstrong Interiors we have a good relationship with all major wallpaper and textile houses around the world so we are able to source the latest products in wallpapers and fabrics.”  So why not let your walls do the talking? When it comes to your home, it’s your personal space so embrace this and live for now.

 

Angelique Armstrong
Angelique Armstrong
Armstrong Interiors Ltd

 


Visit armstronginteriors.co.nz or phone 03 356 2636.