Frozen Nepal living: RESENE

The colours we choose to decorate with have been shown to have enormous psychological, emotional and even physiological impacts on us. If you find yourself feeling overly stressed, it might be time to redecorate and look to ways to use colour as a stress management tool.

When it comes to restful and relaxing colours for the walls of your major living spaces, blue simply can’t be beat. Peaceful, calm and gentle, blue has tremendous power to soothe. Calming your mind, slowing down your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure and reducing anxiety are all purported benefits according to a host of scientific studies.

When choosing the right shade of blue to use on your walls, it’s best advised to go for a soft and dusty shade for a calming effect. In this serene lounge, the walls feature Resene Frozen, a cool winter grey blue, introspective, modest and delicate. While it’s a great paint colour in its own right, even more softness can be gained by layering it with a second hue applied as a feathery paint effect. That’s where Resene Nepal, a muted grey blue pastel, comes in – which is a great option over purer blues that may seem too harsh.

Your sofa is often one of your largest furniture investments in your home, so it’s smart to choose one that’s both comfortable and flexible enough to work with a range of colours and décor. By choosing a neutral off-white sofa with simple lines and instead taking the colour to the walls, you’ll be spoilt for choice in how you can accessorise your space – which means it’ll be extra simple to swap out accents as the seasons change. Plus, it’ll be much quicker and more affordable to repaint your walls that it will be to replace your sofa.

Try using each of your accent hues in at least three places within the room so that your colour scheme feels cohesive. Look to cushions, throws, side tables, plant pots, vases, candle holders, artwork, rugs and other decorative accents to carry your colour palette across the space. In cooler months, try bringing in a combination of ruddy terracotta, inky blue and whisky gold such as Resene Tuscany, Resene Madison and Resene Noosa offset by clean-lined soft black furniture in Resene Half Bokara Grey.

Styling Melle van Sambeek | Photography Bryce Carleton

Ceramics from Formantics, artwork by Maiko Nagao, candle sticks from Power Surge, dried flowers from Wandering Willow, lamp from Lighting Plus, sofa from Wolf & Co., rug from Good Thing, cushions and throws from Adairs

Walls in Resene Nepal with ‘tile’ paint effect in Resene Paint Effects medium tinted with Resene Frozen, floor in Resene Blanc, coffee table in Resene Tuscany, tabletop in Resene Bokara Grey

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