Happy, fun colours are stylist LeeAnn Yare’s current picks, set against a classic combo of black and white.
I work as a freelance magazine stylist and writer for leading magazines both locally and internationally, and was resident designer on the TV2 series Trading Houses. I am passionate about design and love to mix interior elements, showcasing everything from recognised designer pieces to vintage and second-hand finds. I also work as an international airline pilot so I love to travel and keep up to date with interior trends both here and overseas.
I am mostly recognised for my ‘style on a budget’ mantra. My specialty is challenging the norm by creating designer style at less than most designer price tags. My own home reflects this, and is a place of constant change, as I fall in love with new things and just have to have them. It’s a mix of modern, mid-century and vintage finds. I don’t always have the budget I would like, but by moving things around and re-styling, or by simply changing a wall colour, or making a feature wall of wallpaper it can be quite simple and affordable to get a fresh look.
Difficult question! I love black and white, as it’s a combination that is timeless and can be adapted to work in any style. I also love bold colour. Teal blue, yellow, hot pink and orange are some of my current favourites.
I love the use of black in interiors, highlighted by white, particularly on walls, along with pops of really bold colour.
Absolutely. The longer I have worked as a stylist the bolder I have become with choices, and the more my preference for individual style has grown.
Beige. When we moved in to our house, the entire place was beige, which I have been changing room by room using a combination of paint and wallpaper. There are so many alternatives, I often go for a shade of white or a grey-based neutral.
Resene Code Red though I think it’s actually more pink than red. Friends have just painted their front door in this colour, and it’s seriously hot! Resene Onepoto, because it has a summery slightly retro vibe that reminds me of the good old Kiwi bach. Resene Wild Thing. Yellow is really big in interiors right now. It’s a happy colour that looks great teamed up with white, and makes even a dark room feel lighter and cheerful.
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