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How to give your living area a fresh new look for spring

The quickest way to achieve an instant makeover in your living area is to add new cushions, artworks, rugs, throws and plants.

After a long, dull winter, it's natural to crave newness and change in spring.

Paula Lynch, who owns and manages popular Paraparaumu furniture store Paula's Furniture & Beds, felt the same – so she has rebranded the award-winning store as Paula's Home & Living, with a fresh new logo and whole new look.

With Paula's extensive range of furniture and accessories (a selection of which is also available at Beds R Us in Lower Hutt), it's now easier than ever to makeover your living areas for spring.


Interior designers Heather Thorley and Leigh Jamieson of Inspiration+Co love working with Paula's Home & Living. "Covering a huge floor space, it's a one-stop shop with something for everyone," says Thorley.  

Jamieson says the quickest way to achieve an instant makeover is to add new cushions, artworks, rugs, throws and plants. "Cushions are still our favourite way to make inexpensive and quick changes," she says. "Paula's Home & Living has a huge range – be bold and bright to make the best impact."


  • You deserve to relax in comfort after a day at work, so a sofa is a wise investment. Paula's Home & Living has a huge range of quality sofas – buy off the floor or order the colourway and style you want.
  • A funky armchair in a feature colour and/or print can inject pizzazz.
  • A large artwork will change the look of a room and can provide the basis for accent colours elsewhere in the room. Art doesn't have to be expensive – Paula's Home & Living has a great range of canvas, framed and glass art.
  • A stylish lighting pendant or a table lamp adds a sculptural shape and ambience at night.
  • A floor rug with colour and/or texture can give a fresh new look to a sitting space.  


  • Gelato colours are back, and work well for spring – think pastel greens, aqua, dusky pink and pale apricot.
  • Grey and white remain favourite neutrals but with stronger accent colours. Blush, mulberry, teal and mustard are popular, with new trends of dark navy and emerald green.
  • Velvet upholstery, both plain or patterned, is huge, often being used alongside linens and textures.
  • Ombre (meaning 'to shade') can be seen in everything from fabrics to rugs to wallpaper.
  • Geometrics are still big in wallpapers, cushions, rugs and bed covers.
  • Tropical botanical themes with lots of green are popular in fabrics and wallpapers – look for palms, flowers, parrots, butterflies, monkeys and pineapples.
  • Tables have slim, lightweight frames, often metallic, with marble tops being very in.
  • Timber stains are moving away from the pale Scandi look, with darker walnut shades coming into fashion, often with metallic accents.
  • Metallics are moving away from copper and rose gold into more traditional brass and gold, often teamed with black.