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NZ House & Garden, Resene / Colour expert

The more colour, the better says stylist Louise Hilsz.

Freelance stylist Louise Hilsz could never be accused of being bland. Working with a variety of colours and patterns calls for a skilful approach but Louise is always up for the challenge when working as style director for the BeautyEQ website: “I love painting up props with Resene colour for our photo shoots – colour makes me happy.” Louise also works as a wardrobe stylist and runs the pet portrait business Creatures & Co.

Louise Hilsz

Louise Hilsz design

Stylist Louise Hilsz loves pink, yellow, purple, orange, blue, red and green ideally all used or worn together. Five is her ideal number of colours to combine, often with a base of pink. Her favourite paint colours are Resene Big Bang, Resene Happy and Resene Illusion.

Is there common ground between clothing and interiors?

Very much so. I think often your interior space is a reflection of how you wear fashion. I am committed to colour, print and texture in my fashion and it has flowed into my interior style. I think the colour palette people wear is what they are drawn to in interiors.

What advice would you give on creating personal style?

Do not follow a trend. Subconsciously you will be inspired by something – it could be a movie, a TV show, an image you see on social media and suddenly you’re feeling a vibe. Run with it! Don’t be put off if no one else is inspired by the same thing as that’s what makes it great. Also, do not be afraid of colour. A little bit of colour in your life can make you happy. If painting your walls a fun colour is too brave, incorporate colour in a less drastic way like cushions or paint a pot for an indoor plant.

Do you have a particular style when it comes to interiors?

Most definitely. I love colour and clashing prints and texture. For my own home I am inspired by Memphis design with the addition of quirky art and ornaments and loads of faux flowers.


NZ House & Garden. December 2021

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