Neo Nostalgic Nook: Resene

Hot tip: Layering retro colours over fresh, modern shapes will keep your space looking anything but dated.


Photography Wendy Fenwick. Styling Kate Alexander


Since being made famous by Marie Antoinette nearly 300 years ago, we’re not sure there’s any colour that’s been quite as pervasive in the interior design world as duck egg blue. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the ways in which you can incorporate this highly approachable tone into your home.

Much like a neutral, the shade lends itself well to a wide variety of combinations and a tremendous range of styles. From elegant and sophisticated French country rustic to just about anything else, it’s a classic colour that still manages to feel contemporary no matter where your tastes fall or how you use it. This peaceful shade works wonders in soothing spaces where you like to enjoy a little downtime, and we can’t think of any colour more perfect for your living room.

With a strong nod to the ‘70s, the Resene Half Duck Egg Blue walls and Resene Colorwood Whitewash floor in this room have been warmed up with a retro palette of mustard, ochre, burnt orange and cognac. The leather armchair, velvet cushion, high pile rug and twig arrangement add a healthy dose of textural interest, while copper and bronze accessories punctuate the space with a touch of glamour. A small side table, like this one in Resene Colins Wicket, is a must for any reading nook to ensure your cup of tea (or preferred Saturday night ‘reliever’) is always close at hand.


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