Full circle: RESENE

There are four key principles that designers put into practice with every project they tackle. To help remember them, many rely on the acronym ‘CARP’ – which stands for contrast, alignment, repetition and proximity.

Repetition is often the easiest to achieve, as this is simply done by repeating a colour, shape, form, pattern, motif, theme or texture within a space. The key is to use the thing you will be repeating at least three times, and to try and spread those occurrences throughout the room.

The most notable feature of this space is the homemade headboard.

If you or someone in your household is handy with a jig saw, the options for creating a custom headboard are practically endless. This headboard was created out of a 15mm thick sheet of MDF that was first cut to fit a queen size bed – this started as 205cm wide by 155cm high. To make one yourself, first measure to find the centre and align the first circle there by tracing a large dinner plate.

Then align the plate to the top corners and trace it again, and then trace it a fourth and fifth time along the top edge by centring the plate within the gaps between the three circles, making sure there is plenty of overlap.

After carefully cutting around the edges of the curves, gently sand down any roughness using progressively finer grades of sandpaper and then wipe the entire surface free of dust with a clean, dry cloth.

Then, prime all sides of the MDF with a coat of Resene Quick Dry primer using a mini smooth surface paint roller. Once dry, apply two topcoats of Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel with another mini smooth surface paint roller, allowing the first coat to dry fully before applying the second. This headboard uses Resene Prairie Sand to make it an eye-catching standout and to tie into the colour of the cushion. The same colour is then carried on with small accessories in the room, so that it would create the repetition needed to make the hue the hero of the palette.

You may not realise it at first glance, but the connections created through the repetition in this ‘well rounded’ space add to the bedroom’s restfulness by creating a sense of order – making it the perfect place to sink into and relax at the end of the long day.

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.

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