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Whatever the weather: RESENE


Rain or shine, you and your kids or grandkids will never get tired of looking at cheerful room adornments. And you, too, can create your own accessories to dress your child’s room with your favourite colours.

 

Styling: Laura Lynn Johnston | Images: Bryce Carleton

Wall in Resene Thorndon Cream; cloud mini mural (at ceiling) in Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream; floor and shelf in Resene Thor; table in Resene Laser; cot in Resene Alabaster; picture frame in Resene Safehaven; cloud mobile in Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream with raindrops in Resene Sandal, Resene Vintage, Resene Just Right, Resene Laser, Resene Quarter Frozen, Resene Safehaven and Resene Thor; DIY cloud artwork in Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream, Resene Emerge, Resene Bali Hai, Resene Undercurrent and Resene Safehaven; plant pot in Resene Just Right; vases in Resene Undercurrent, Resene Laser, Resene Vintage and Resene Sandal.

FURNISHINGS: Rug from Freedom Furniture, cushions from H&M Home, sheets, rainbow toy, basket and throw from Kmart.

Make your own mobile

A popular nursery accessory of the 1950s, we think it’s high time for mobiles to make a comeback.

Start by cutting a classic scalloped cloud and a dozen or so raindrop shapes out of your sheet of plywood.

Then, using a drill, make holes in the tops of each of your raindrops, the top of your cloud and a line of holes across the bottom of your cloud – this uses five holes along the bottom.

Paint your cloud and raindrops using Resene testpots in your favourite colours – used here is Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream for the cloud and Resene Vintage, Resene Just Right, Resene Quarter Frozen, Resene Thor, Resene Safehaven, Resene Laser and Resene Sandal for the raindrops.

You can even paint patterns onto some of your raindrops, if you wish. These raindrops use stripes and ticks.

Using sparkly silver string – though twine, thread, wool or ribbon will do the trick, too – thread through the holes of your raindrops, knotting them on at even intervals before knotting the end to one of the holes in the bottom of the cloud.

Then, thread a long length of string through the top hole in your cloud, knotting it securely.

Hang your mobile from your ceiling using the appropriate hardware and high enough that it will be safely out of reach of little hands.

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


 

Pretty in pinks: RESENE


It has been the darling of recent times: Millennial pink has appeared in all walks of life from clothing, products, accessories, hair and makeup, and interiors. And these sweeter truer shades of pink are now morphing in two directions – to dusky peaches and nudes, and to soft fresh lilacs.

 

Styling: Claudia Kozub | Images: Wendy Fenwick

 

Back wall in Resene Just Dance; side wall in Resene Sorbet; distressed fl oor in Resene Poured Milk over a base coat of Resene Rebel; side table in Resene Sunbaked; base of jute ottoman in Resene Colorwood Pitch Black; mesh platter in Resene XOXO; pendant light in Resene Despacito; vases in Resene Irresistible (tall), and Resene FX Metallic Rose Gold (small).

Soren Liv Vittoria Square Slip 2-seater in Milk; Borneo Basket in Flax; BlackAmigos de Hoy Peach/Pink Spot Echoes Rug from Republic Home; Mulberi Lyford Throw from Allium; Slouch Thick-Weave basket and Beldi Tall Glass from Indie Home Collective; Cactus print by Amber Armitage; Maison Levy Cushion from Madder & Rouge.

The Resene The Range fashion colours have a rich range of such colours, from those that are almost terracotta, to others that are the slightest whisper of pink.

Together, they create a dreamy palette that has the warm vibrancy of a desert sunset, or the faded beauty of ancient buildings.

As with millennial pink, this newer colour is not one specific colour but can be many.

Think salmon, wafer, biscuit, nude and pale coral. In combination, these colours are like a pale, glorious sunset.

The surge of smoky pink and  peach into our current culture has opened the door for androgynous and adult pinks of so many shades. It’s gentle, compassionate, composed, free-spirited, nurturing and youthful.

It can be used as an accent colour or as a neutral depending on which version of the colour you choose – the muddier versions work well as neutrals.

It’s not sickly sweet, but can be sophisticated, glamorous and edgy.

In this room, using two muted peachy pinks together means the space doesn’t become overpowering.

The lighter colour, Resene Sorbet, is used as a neutral, leaving the darker colour, Resene Just Dance, as a feature wall to frame the white linen sofa.

Adding to the soft weathered look is a distressed floor of Resene Poured Milk over a Resene Rebel basecoat, sanded back in random areas, and the round side table is in the aptly named Resene Sunbaked.

 

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


 

’80s for the ’20s: RESENE


With the cyclic nature of fashion and design, ‘80s looks are a hit and retro design elements coupled with vintage vignettes are currently all the rage. That is because classic items like rattan, vintage artwork and hanging dome pendant lamps adds charm and character to modern spaces.

Styling Gem Adams | Photography Wendy Fenwick

 

Table and dinnerware from Citta; chairs from Me & My Trend; artwork from Father Rabbit, linen from The Fabric Store..

 

Incorporating a mix of decorative styles from different eras is one of the tricks of the trade for professional designers, but that does not mean you need to spend a stack of cash.

Decorating with reproductions, hand-me-downs, or a few vintage finds will give a room some stylish oomph without bankrupting your budget.

You can always give these items a coat of Resene paint to refresh their finish and tie them directly into your colour palette.

While the palette and textures in this space may have a strong nod to nostalgia, they’ve been spun in a way that feels much more contemporary than retro. Popular pastels of yesteryear have now been updated with muddier tones.

The wall in Resene Duck Egg Blue has been given a soft ’80s-esque texture using Resene FX Paint Effects medium with Resene Rolling Stone while the sideboard in Resene Inside Back both coordinates and contrasts.

The ’80s revival dining chairs combined with contemporary furniture forms, like the dining table and the sideboard, seal the look – but it’s the crisp Resene Half Orchid White dome pendant lamp, Resene Half Villa White floor and accessories in Resene Kalgoorie Sands, Resene Moccaccino and Resene Wedgewood that make this room really work.

While it can be tempting to keep your walls clean and simple in white, Resene Duck Egg Blue is the next best thing. It’s about as classic a colour as you can get, but it pairs well with a wide range of retro styles.

 

Moodboard:

Background -Resene Half Villa White
A4 drawdown paint swatches (from bottom to top):
Resene Wedgewood
Resene Moccaccino
Resene Kalgoorie Sands
Resene Half Villa White
Resene Inside Back
Resene Gull Grey

Pottery-style bowl (with flowers) – Resene Kalgoorie Sands

Ribbed bowl – Resene Wedgewood

Vase – Resene Sea Change

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

 

2021 in colour


Each December, the design world turns its attention to one announcement: The Pantone Colour of the Year. For just the second time in its 22 year history, two colours were selected as the hues which will define the year ahead – Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, a vivacious yellow.

Steady any room with a grey palette. Brosa Palermo 3 Seater Sofa in Cloud Grey

 

 

Pantone says the colours for 2021 are opposing, yet complimentary – signalling a theme of unity and mutual support which reflects the year which has been, and the one to come.

While grey is solid and dependable, yellow is optimistic and bright.

Together, these colours symbolise comfort, hope and fortitude, and this is Metropol’s take on how you can incorporate the shades (and their meanings) into your abode this year, and beyond.

 

A pop of optimism. Desino Yellow Dotted Citrus Poster

 

Comforting greys – in more ways than one. Lujo Large Floor Cushion

 

Artistic fun brightens any living space. Rotalina Eden Floor Lamp in Sunflower Yellow

 

Resene Quarter Scarpa Flow

 

Faux florals don’t dim. Adairs Mimosa Stem

 

Sturdy and stable. Satara Australia Bailey Chair in Steel Grey

 

Love and peace. Yellow Peace Candle Hand

 

Serving up strength. Citta
Milu Serving Bowl

 

Glass always half full. Veneziano Tumbler in Amber.

 

Vanessa Nouwens’ Yellow Front Door in Resene Turbo.

 

Citrus goes full-bodied: RESENE


This rich warm dining space is a sophisticated take on a classic citrus. Rather than use the fresh, light colours normally associated with a citrus-inspired scheme, this one opts for a richer, full-bodied look instead.

Styling by Gem Adams | Images by Wendy Fenwick

 

The orange rear wall is in Resene Twisted Sister while the accessories are in softer, more muted shades such as a short round vase in Resene Thumbs Up, a small bowl in Resene Moonlight, a tall angular vase in Resene Yuma and a table bowl in Resene Crowdpleaser.

The sideboard they sit on is painted in Resene Swiss Caramel, the chair is in Resene Moccasin and the pendant light is in Resene Spanish White.

The room is fresh and appealing but escapes being too pretty and light. It’s a citrus scheme that will transcend the seasons and not be locked into summer or spring.

Other walls in the space are painted in Resene Half Spanish White as a neutral counterpoint, while golden-stained Resene Colorwood Natural timbers beefs up the warm glow of the room.

The versatility of deep orange

Despite deep orange being such a striking colour, it is surprisingly adaptable to a variety of interior styles. Here, it has a clean architectural look but change out some accessories, colour accents and furniture for different looks:

Swap the table for a chunkier version, add leather chairs, potted cacti, denim blue accessories and you have an American desert theme

  • Go for mid-century furniture, and accents in teal and mustard for retro appeal
  • Stay with the mid-century furniture but add pop art and palms for a Californian cool vibe
  • Add textured pots, baskets, an old oak table, potted lavender or daisies, and classic cream earthenware for a Mediterranean feel
  • Or turquoise, antiqued silver, purple, large urns and tiles for some Moroccan magic
Background in Resene Half Spanish White, small bowl in Resene Moonlight, round vase in Resene Thumbs Up, angular vase in Resene Yuma, A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top) Resene Thumbs Up, Resene Moccasin, Resene Swiss Caramel and Resene Twisted Sister.

 

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


 

2021 in colour


Colour has long upheld the ability to soothe, to comfort, to uplift and even to enliven, making its use in the home critical to the psychology of a space. As we prepare to wave goodbye to 2020 and welcome in a new year, we look to the colours that we will be embracing in 2021.

 

 

 

NATURAL BEAUTY
We’re all about natural beauty as we optimistically eye-up 2021 and all it has to offer for the home. With a collective longing for earthly connection stemming from increasing technology use, we can expect to see plenty of natural tones within the home, from soft, earthy neutrals and muted greens to gentle mauve-greys. Top picks include turmeric, terracotta, and touches of tan and ochre.

Linen House round tassel cushion

 

Adairs cord cushion

SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE
Beige and taupe are quickly becoming the new go-to neutrals for 2021, as we crave the comfort of chocolate. Offering the ultimate escapism, there’s little to frown about when it comes to brown. From beige and burnt umber to chestnut and cocoa, this composite colour was a favoured colour choice in the ‘70s and it has stood its ground.

The Montauk Lighting Co ceramic lamp

 

Linen House floral cushion

SHADES OF SUSTAINABILITY
It’s not surprising green is the colour most closely associated with envy, because when it comes to the colours of 2021, the green-eyed monster in us is running rampant. With a general shift towards sustainability, plant-based materials, healthy homes and conscious consumerism, any shade of green goes, but expect to see plenty of soft, neutral grey-greens such as sage and olive.

Mustard Made side table

 

Fenton and Fenton Side Table

SUNNY SIDE UP
If you’re all about the bold and the beautiful, never fear! It’s not all greyed out, muted tones in 2021. The colour experts are clear… no hue expresses hope and reassurance more than yellow. It is, after all, the colour of sunshine, sunflowers and happiness and is an easy way to bring fun and energy to enliven and invigorate your space.


 

Repetition & rhythm: RESENE


While there will always be artistic styles that experience waxing and waning popularity, the artwork you choose for your space should feel very personal. Whether you opt for an investment piece or simply want to display something that holds sentimental value, the key is picking something that really speaks to you – or something you at least enjoy looking at.

Styling by Kate Alexander | Photography by Bryce Carleton

Wall in Resene Flotsam Arch in Resene Alabaster Floor in Resene Alabaster Right wall in Resene Polo Blue Stipe at left in Resene Bunting Chairs in Resene Link Water Vase in Resene Time Out Coasters in Resene Frozen *

 

Once you’ve found a piece that you really love, why not use it to inspire a colour palette for the room in which you’ll be hanging it?

This modern garden room or conservatory features an original artwork by Hannah Jensen, one of many artists who paints her works using Resene products.

If you are unsure what colours are used in the artwork you own, you can always upload a photo or scan of your piece to the Resene Colour Palette Generator, www.resene.com/palettegenerator.

The generator creates a Resene colour palette based on the most common colours in the image and advises a proportion for colour use.

From there, you can download swatches to start fleshing out your design scheme.

One clever idea is to use the shape of your artwork to create similar shapes on your walls.

In this space, an arch has been painted in Resene Alabaster over a background in Resene Flotsam. Then, repeat the same shape throughout the room to create a sense of continuity.

Here, the rice paper lantern, the table, the vases and the wheels of the cart carry the theme throughout the space. In the same way round shapes have been repeated, so have colours.

The wall at the right in Resene Polo Blue and the vase on the table in Resene Time Out bring the main colour of the artwork further into the space.

To bridge the gap between the lightest colour in the room (Resene Alabaster), the darkest colour (Resene Bunting) and the grey of Resene Flotsam, Resene Link Water was used on the chairs, small vases and plant pots to link together the entire colour palette.

And, the decision to stick to a tonal scheme gives the artwork more visual space to shine.

Background in Resene Polo Blue and A4 drawdown paint swatches (from left to right) in Resene Time Out, Resene Flotsam, Resene Bunting and Resene Alabaster, a vase in Resene Time Out and a coaster in Resene Frozen.

 

 

*BoConcept Sydney Trolley in Oak Veneer, Jardin White Bistro Table, Spotlight Glass Buddha Sculpture and Bouclair Modern Nature Vase, Kmart tin and vase in Resene Polo Blue, Father Rabbit garden tools.

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


 

She sheds of sanctuary: Resene


Enter the She Shed: A space for women to immerse themselves in activities that bring them joy. While the word shed may suggest a shabby chic sort of space – there is no limit to how luxurious or humble your hideaway can be.

Styling Annick Larkin | Photography Melanie Jenkins

In this She Shed a statement floor in Resene Half Villa White with stripes in Resene Thunder Road, Resene Jailbreak, Resene Memory Lane, Resene Unwind and Resene Rococo sets the stage for a creative crafter.

Pops of colour, a mix of patterns and a hint of glitter add to the relaxed vibe of a laidback and leisurely hobby space. The timber pegboard is painted Resene Half Villa White so that it blends in with walls of the same, while the shelves and pegs are in Resene Noir to contrast sharply.

The surrounding hand-painted faux frame is a fun and quirky idea for bringing attention to elements in a space.

Likewise, colour coding can help identify where different types of tools and craft provisions can be found.

Paint storage boxes in an inspiring spectrum of colours using Resene FX Chalkboard Paint or Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen.

These finishes work as a chalkboard, so they can be written on with chalk and wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Mood board: Background in Resene Half Villa White with stripes (from top to bottom) in Resene Jailbreak, Resene Unwind, Resene Memory Lane and Resene Rococo and A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from front to back) Resene FX Rose Gold, Resene Unwind, Resene Jailbreak, Resene Memory Lane, Resene Rococo, Resene Thunder Road and Resene Rice Cake. The large mason jar is painted Resene Irresistible, small mason jar in Resene Ethereal and box is in Resene Noir with Resene Rice Cake polka dots.

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


 

Simply a-door-able: Resene


A mini mural doesn’t have to be relegated to your walls. It can be on a door, floor, ceiling, dresser or other piece of furniture – and it can even break the boundaries of a single area to spill onto another.

Styling Laura Lynn Johnston | Photography Bryce Carleton

This otherwise neutral entryway has been injected full of personality thanks to a graphic hand-painted mural on the back of the door in Resene Double Foundry, Resene Sante Fe, Resene Dust Storm and Resene Galliano.

And, just by swapping out the background in Resene Double Foundry for Resene Double Alabaster, you can create a totally different look. Another idea is to paint each side of the door in two different colourways using the same palette and pattern.

Make this simple organiser to hold all the accessories you need for your comings and goings by painting a 120cm length of wooden dowel in Resene Double Foundry. Use thick cotton string to create a hanger by wrapping and tying it around the end.

Then, tie one end of several lengths of string and evenly space them along the length of the dowel. Paint a handful of clothes pegs to match your colour scheme and use them to clip lightweight items like hats, gloves and scarves.

Mood board: Background in Resene Quarter Ironsand with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from top to bottom) in Resene Double Foundry, Resene Quarter Bianca, Resene Dust Storm, Resene Galliano and Resene Sante Fe, vases in Resene Galliano (left) and Resene Dust Storm (right), pegs in Resene Sante Fe, Resene Double Foundry and Resene Galliano and hangers in Resene Dust Storm and Resene Double Foundry.

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


 

Style stencilled in: RESENE


Virtually endless in its versatility, stencilling is unmatched in its ability to produce a big effect with very little effort. In this room, stencilling triangular tiles has achieved a casual look with a bit of Mediterranean feel – not unlike the tiles you might find in a Greek or Italian trattoria.

Styling Melle Van Sambeek | Photography Bryce Carleton

Since many of today’s homes – especially new builds – don’t have a separate formal dining room, it’s left up to the homeowner or decorator to create a dining space within an open plan.

In some layouts it isn’t much of a challenge, but others need an element like a large rug to create a cohesive dining area.

Here, by choosing to stencil the rest of the Resene Elderflower floor with Resene Peace – except for beneath the dining table – the negative space left creates the effect of a rug to delineate the dining area.

Silver sage greens like Resene Peace, which was also used on the walls, have a restful vibe, which makes them a natural choice for a space you want to relax and spend some time in.

Resene Elderflower, with its fizzy yellow undertone, is another warm and welcoming choice for a dining room – and the ideal complement for yellowed greens like Resene New Leaf, used on the coat rack and skirting boards, and Resene Smoothie, seen on the tall vase and the woven pendant lamp shade.

 

Mood board: Background in Resene Elderflower with stencilled ‘tiles’ in Resene Peace, A4 drawdown painted swatches in (from right to left) Resene Smoothie, Resene New Leaf, Resene Elderflower and Resene Peace and vases in Resene Peace (left) and Resene New Leaf (right).

 

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