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Accessorise your home

Just like their wearable counterparts, home accessories can pull together the look of a room. Accessories complete a space, adding personality and creating an environment which is unique to the home’s inhabitants. Here’s three easy ways to accessorise your home.



In bookcases or shelves, piled on coffee tables or stacked beside beds, books add instant charisma to any space; while giving a glimpse into the interests and passion of the person who resides there.

Interior designer Shae McGee believes every room needs at least one vintage piece to add character and a sense of uniqueness. This could be any thrifted item or family heirloom.

Framed photos or art portray a person’s individual style and flair. These accessories can tell stories of family, travel and beliefs, and can make a statement which ties an entire room together.


Mid-century, modernised

It’s no secret mid-century modern aesthetics have been trending for some time now, with natural woods and modular forms a popular choice for those wanting to inject sleek and timeless elements into living spaces. Defined by craftmanship and rounded shapes, mid-century furniture is functional and simple, and is the perfect accompaniment to more modern interior looks, too.




As the name would suggest, the style stems from post-war (1950s) until the 1960s, and is characterised by dark walnut, timber veneer and credenza.

The décor has resurged in recent years, though in its contemporary form it often includes house plants (a very ‘70s vibe), minimalist artwork (hello, scandi chic), and bright pops of colour (a nod to the late ‘60s).

The beauty of mid-century furniture is that it can be sourced as antique, second hand or simply made more recently in the style of old. In fact, Trade Me reported more than 10,000 searches for mid-century furniture in the first week of April.

While some of the more forward-thinking design aficionados might have had their fix of mid-century modern, experts are predicting the trend won’t disappear completely this year, but make more of a slide both forward towards the ‘80s and back to Art Deco times.

If you seek to add mid-century chic to your home, there is no need to recreate the set of Mad Men, instead, perhaps a peg-legged dining table and chairs, modular buffet table or pair of dark wood lounge chairs will inject a little nostalgia.


Out of the box: RESENE

Sometimes thinking outside the box means literally painting a box on your walls. In this case, the large square wall feature spans across a corner of the room and stands out against the walls and floor.


Styling: Vanessa Nouwens | Photography: Wendy Fenwick

PAINT: Wall and floor in Resene Ravine with square in Resene Pumice; cabinets in Resene Blue Smoke; coffee tables in Resene Haven (large) and Resene Harp (small); vases, bowls and smaller accessories in Resene Napa, Resene Yucca, Resene Blue Smoke, Resene Pewter, Resene Ravine, Resene Haven, Resene Pumice, Resene Armadillo, Resene Eagle and Resene Harp.

FURNISHINGS: Sofa from Freedom; cushions and ceramic vessel from Citta; small earthenware pot and faux Eucalyptus stems from Allium; artwork from Etsy.

The square is painted in Resene Pumice on the Resene Ravine walls and floor. This type of colour-blocking works particularly well in open plan spaces, where zones within a larger area need to be defined.

The styling and furniture in this space extend beyond the square on the wall so it doesn’t feel too close or blocked in.

To get the lines of your square straight, make sure you use a ruler and a level when marking them out.

When painting, use masking tape, carefully, firmly placing it over your marked lines, ensuring it is straight and there are no air bubbles under the tape.

After you have painted your square, allow the paint to completely dry before removing the masking tape.

This room has used a soft tonal colour palette of gentle green greys to create a calm and welcoming space. Tonal decorating, or monochromatic decorating, is a sure-fire way to achieve a relaxing, cohesive space. The trick, however, is to add in contrast and texture to prevent the room from feeling too flat or of one note.

In the living room, the nesting tables in Resene Haven (large) and Resene Harp (small) tie in beautifully with the cabinets in Resene Blue Smoke.

Tonally, these dewy green greys are very similar, so pops of fresh white and darker charcoals are called on to add some visual contrast.

These come in through the vases on the cabinets, which are painted in the armour-like grey of Resene Armadillo, and the pale grey of Resene Harp.

Fresh white couches with warm wooden legs achieve the same effect. The artwork on the wall adds a similar graphic contrast while continuing the room’s palpable angular motif.

To prevent this boxy space from feeling too square, texture and curves are important finishing touches.

Foliage such as eucalyptus is the perfect addition to this tonal space as it fits in with the colour palette beautifully while also adding textural softness.


Background in Resene Ravine and Resene Pumice; A4 drawdown swatches (from left to right) Resene Armadillo, Resene Blue Smoke, Resene Ravine, Resene Pewter, Resene Pumice, Resene Harp, vase in Resene Harp, tealight holder in Resne Ravine.

Stone age

Stone in the home is a design trend that just won’t quit. Inside and out, the natural material projects character, opulence and moodiness which is starting to go beyond benchtops and bathroom tiling.


Brabbu Design Forces


Interior experts are predicting stone – and stone-look – to be big in home design this year, as the appeal of biophilic design (things which imitate nature) and textured materials continues to take hold.

Stone is popularly used in kitchens and bathrooms, for counter tops and floor and wall tiling. Marble and granite are especially prevalent, as the dense and hardwearing materials resist stains, withstand heat and refuse to lose lustre over time.

However, the material is also starting to be used in flooring in living areas – and especially to seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Stone splashbacks, basins and sinks are also having a moment, as are stone homewares like serving and ornamental plates, vases, ornaments and candleholders.

Outside, stone is of course universally applied as paving, or when broken up, as garden fill. Some designers are even creating modern takes on mosaic designs by breaking up slabs and laying the pieces in haphazard patterns.

Not only does stone look fantastic, but according to the psychology of interior design (which looks at how our subconscious reacts to our surroundings), experts say stone represents stability. And after recent times, it’s not hard to see the appeal of that.


Feeling blue: Resene

The concept of a blue and grey colour scheme may seem a little chilly to many people, particularly for a living area. But, the finished result in this living room is charming, cosy and oh-so-modern in a strong blue and grey look, thanks largely to the dynamic, diagonally painted feature wall.


Styling by Emily Somerville-Ryan | Photography by Melanie Jenkins  *


This design shows the key lies in using deep, warm tones, and adding plenty of natural textures and layers. It is painted in, from top, Resene Indian Ink, Resene Athens Grey and Resene Atmosphere, with flooring in Resene Stack.
A velvet armchair and deep blue patterned rug warm up the look, with a bench in Resene Blue Night in semi-gloss – perfect on which to stack mid-century modern-inspired vases, decorative plants and the latest reads on architecture and interior inspiration.
While triangles are one of the simplest feature wall effects, the structure and colours of these triangles keep it from being overly cliché, giving a modern look to the room. Using the darker toned blue at the top of the wall, also adds cosiness by appearing to lower the wall height – imagine the difference if it was just one clear wall in white or grey. For an even more dramatic effect, the dark blue could also be used on the ceiling.
The use of textured, tactile fabrics such as knits, rope, velvets and wool bring an immediate sense of warmth to the room, while the freshness of the plants and grey accessories keep it from being too dense and dark.



*PAINT: Wall top triangle in Resene Indian Ink; middle triangle in Resene Athens Grey; bottom triangle in Resene Atmosphere; flooring in Resene Stack; ropey side table in Resene Indian Ink; bench in Resene Blue Night semi-gloss; small pot in Resene Eighth Tapa.

*ACCESSORIES: Candle, cushion, string of pearls and silver dollar vine plants from Shut the Front Door; chair, rug, vases, throw, fiddle leaf fig and Monstera leaf stems all from Freedom Furniture; Hydrangea Tassel cushion from Thread Design.

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop,


A spectacle of receptacles

One particular interior furnishing is having a moment of late; the vase. These vessels are not only holding floral arrangements, they’re holding their own as sculptural adornments for tables and shelves in any – and every – room.



Classic clear and crystal styles will always have their place in the home, but a new breed of vase is well and truly on the scene: and it is structural, artistic and in-demand.

Sweetpea & Willow Bloomingville Mejia Vase

As dried blooms continue their reign on interior aesthetics, we have more need for vases which remain on display.

Marimekko Urna Vase

And, oh boy, have designers delivered. And hell, forget the florals altogether if you must.

Pillow Talk Circa Olive Planter

A chic vase needs not some occupants to bring intrigue and artistry to your home.

Beysis Fawn Flower Femme Vase

We love vases in neutral toned terracottas and wabisabi ceramics, glossy porcelain, tinted glass or shaped into minimalist designs, some which celebrate the female form or faces, and feature whimsical patterns.

Audenza Female Face White Vase


Beautiful haar lives here: Haar Design

The German word for hair is Haar, so for Caroline Haar naming her own salon Haar Design was an apt decision.

Caroline Haar


After 20 years in the industry and multiple awards, including being a five-time winner of the Canterbury Westland Hairstylist and Colourist of the Year, it was time for Caroline to find a boutique oasis of her own.

Having celebrated a first birthday, Caroline says the Merivale salon is going fantastically with a high percentage of clients rebooking.


“It feels like they are at home, there’s a very relaxed atmosphere here,” she says of the salon.


With free parking, there’s ample reason to book in on the details below.
(03) 355 100

Bright alright

If you can’t experience the colours of the world at large, paint your house in them. Or so is the thinking behind an emergence of bright, vibrant colours adorning the interior décor of homes around the globe.



Colour psychologists and interior experts alike are attributing the rise of abundant colour choices – like blushing pastels and intense natural shades of greens and blues – to people trying to bring more emotion, joy and happiness into their homes.

Apparently, this gives residents of colourful abodes the stimulation which is hard to come by as their regular, non-pandemic adventures are curtailed.

Those trending natural tones are also taking a more neutral earthy turn, with warmer clays and muted mustards and smoky, stony greys also popular; providing a calming balance to more sanguine shades.

When it comes to incorporating these hot hues into your own rooms, if you’re not bold enough to paint your lounge pink or your bedroom moss green – experts suggest choosing a neutral shade with a faint undertone. A cool beige with a green undertone can still have a calming effect, and a more muted, dusty pink still imparts comforting optimism.

Likewise, kitchen cabinetry or skirting boards can be painted in a deep moody navy to invoke grandeur and contrast, or colours reinterpreted into the paint finish itself. Choosing a gloss
or matte paint can achieve added texture and interest in any shade.


Space to stash: Resene

Many homes don’t have a dedicated mudroom, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a place to stash your stuff right after you walk in the door. This simple and stylish entryway is designed to keep things tidy and takes up next to no floor space.


Styling by Kate Alexander | Images by Bryce Carleton


PAINT: Wall in Resene Moonlight; floor in Resene Grey Olive; door in Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta with Resene Influential edges; bench in Resene Chorus Line and Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta; kete baskets in Resene Grey Olive and Resene Influential; basket with flowers in Resene Influential; basket of throws in Resene Grey Olive; broom handle in Resene Influential; DIY coat rack in Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta with Resene Grey Olive knobs; picture frame in Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta.

FURNISHINGS: Mat from The Ivy House, stool (used as planter) from Collect Living; Kate Alexander artwork from Endemicworld.

This soft and understated scheme with walls in Resene Moonlight and floors in Resene Grey Olive, looks warm and inviting to guests and the door in Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta offers a cheerful surprise with edges painted Resene Influential. The vintage bench was given an update in Resene Chorus Line and Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta and offers seating for those heading out to tie their shoes with plenty of space underneath for painted baskets to keep footwear that’s still waiting to be worn out of sight.
These hooks are handmade using a small piece of pine painted Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta – to match the door, picture frame and bench legs – with a few simple hooks painted in Resene Influential so that there is always a place to hang coats, scarves and umbrellas.
Kate has also brought in plenty of natural textures like the Sahara Weave entrance mat from The Ivy House, which plays off the colours in the artwork; the woven kete baskets painted Resene Grey Olive and Resene Influential, which provide extra storage to keep smaller bits and bobs like keys and sunnies; and the old fashioned broom with a handle painted Resene Influential is at the ready for a quick clean-up.

A4 drawdown paint swatches (from top to bottom)
Resene Moonlight
Resene Influential
Resene Chorus Line
The Kete basket bag – Resene Influential.


Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop,


On trend

The fast-moving field of interior design is always awash with new ideas and inspiration to pluck from for your own homely spaces. And for all the irregularities of recent times – this fact remains unchanged, so Metropol has scoured the mood boards of the world’s most style-minded to discover what’s trending in interior design for 2021.




A collective obsession with houseplants looks set to keep skyrocketing as fans of biophilic design continue to embrace bringing the natural environment indoors. Being in nature is scientifically-proven to boost our mental health, and when combined with the visual appeal of greenery and flowers – it’s an interior win-win.

If you’ve noticed architectural and artistic vases around the place, it’s probably because these furnishings are among the most covetable furnishings of modern aesthetics. Not just perfect for holding fresh and dried (also trending) blooms, these receptacles are sculptural artworks on their own.

A hit on the home circuit last year, appeal is not waning for furniture that makes you feel as if you should be in a bungalow overlooking the Hollywood Hills. Argued by some as timeless, there is little doubt these low slung lines, natural woods and retro vibes are everywhere right now. And don’t pair too badly with a houseplant (or seven) either.