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Character study: RESENE


Let rebooted neutrals bring a multidimensional minimalism to your bedroom.

Styling by Vanessa Nouwens | Photography by Bryce Carleton. FURNISHINGS: Black frames from Kmart, art from Etsy/Art Design, duvet cover from Home Republic, pillowcases and cushions from Adairs, chair from Freedom Furniture, throw, cushion and rug from Città.

What are ‘character neutrals’ when they’re at home? You’re looking at a few of them. The Resene Tea paint used on this wall is one such colour, as is the floor in Resene Blanc.

The former is a complex river-boulder beige that’s perfect when pure white seems too harsh. The latter is a restrained Parisian white also available in versions from stronger-hued Resene Triple Blanc to the palest Resene Eighth Blanc.

Sitting perfectly within this palette is the warmed green-beige Resene Bison Hide on the bedside table and lampshade. The vase and frame in smoky, understated grey Resene Tapa bridge the gap between these paler character neutrals and the contrasting dark bowl and lamp base in ebonised Resene Black.

Painting accessories such as these is an affordable way to layer colour in an interior scheme and provides a satisfying creative project even a novice DIYer can pull off. To give an old bedside lamp or thrift store find a new attitude, remove the shade, bulb and fitting from the base, then gently sand
the base to give your paint something to stick to.

Painting your lampshade will be even easier – all you need is a brush and a Resene testpot. When choosing a colour, remember it’ll have an influence on the light the bulb casts. In a neutral sleep space such as this, a colour that’ll impart a warm, enveloping glow will maximise your character neutrals’ chameleonic potential and be the difference between blah and ta-dah.

Background in Resene Blanc with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top) Resene Eighth Fossil, Resene Tapa, Resene Bison Hide, Resene Tea, Resene Blanc, Resene Antidote and Resene White Linen; bowl in Resene Double Gravel; and vases in (from top) Resene Sandstone, Resene Quarter Drought and Resene Sandal.

 


 

Spanish revival: RESENE


 

Take inspiration from Californian Spanish-style homes to create a conversation pit that’s a conversation piece in itself.

 

Styling Kate Alexander | Photography Bryce Carleton

 

Modern California Spanish style champions simple yet elegant design as it’s known for symmetrical decorating and reframing interior spaces with archways. Warm woods are a staple in this style too, which makes relaxing desert tones the perfect colour palette choice for a new take on this look.

If installing new archways goes beyond what you’re willing to do, it’s easy to replicate the same vibe by painting an arched feature on your wall. In this room, the walls are in Resene Smooth Operator with stripes painted in Resene Mountain Mist. To get an even half circle, attach a length of string (that’s half the size of the width of your arch) to a pencil. Secure one end of the string to the base of the wall where you want the middle of your half circle to be and then carefully mark out the circumference of the half circle on the wall. Once you have your half circle marked out, use a ruler and a level to accurately pencil out your stripes.

This modern, desert-toned palette is warm and welcoming. In addition to the caramel and grey hues on the walls, there’s muted brown Resene Rodeo Drive on the large plant pot, apricot Resene Beethoven on the tall vase and grey Resene Mountain Mist and sienna brown Kalgoorie Sands on the peg stools. The combination of orange and grey is complementary, with one colour’s undeniable warmth balancing the other’s cooler nature.

Look to style the space with leather chairs, linen cushions, a large woven rug and, of course, plenty of indoor plants.

 


 

Working with murals


 

Wall murals are an easy way to turn a plain wall into an artistic expression and also an art form that dates back to around 30,000BC.

 

Honey Sky Mural by SpaceFrog Designs at Wallsauce.com

 

 

Well-known ancient murals include paintings in the Chauvet cave in France, found in Egyptian tombs in 3150BC, Pompeii in 100BC-AD79 and Minoan places around 1700-1600BC.

 

HOMMÉS Studio CRINA leather patchwork rug

 

Murals in the modern home may be hand-painted or take the form of a picture wall using enlarged photographs and imagery. Accessorising is simple. It may follow a theme or pick up on accent colours.

 

Zafferano Poldina Pro portable lamp in hand-painted gold leaf

 

Brabbu Design Forces INCA Armchair

 

Adairs throws

 


 

Smooth sailing: RESENE


Everyone needs a place to call their own, including adults. Just a having a corner of a shared bedroom or lounge to read and relax when you need some time out can be of major benefits to your mental health and make sure your relationships continue to be smooth sailing.

 

Styling Laura Lynn Johnston / Photography Bryce Carleton

 

If you have a particular interest – such as sailing, for instance – it can be a great starting point for gathering different things as part of a cohesive theme.

Your aim should always be to try and decorate with things that you really love; whether it is objects that have special meaning to you, or simple things you find particularly pleasing to look at. If the colour is all wrong, it is a quick and easy fix with a fresh lick of paint in a hue that better coordinates.

In this lounge, even the accessories have been painted in nautically inspired shades.

Creating the right mood is another key component in a relaxing space, and colour plays a very important role in that. Dark, rich wall and ceiling colours can be easier on the eyes than brights or whites and can send the brain a psychological message, which, in turn, has a physiological effect that tells your body, ‘when you’re in this room, it’s time to wind down.’

This lounge features two similarly inky blue hues: Resene Tangaroa on the tongue-and-groove panelled wall and Resene Indian Ink on the adjacent walls.

Together, they create a cocooning effect while their subtle differences in hue and texture add interest.

Part of getting the mood right in this lounge is making sure that its dark walls are also balanced, which is achieved through the timber flooring finished in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash.

The rope side table creates further lightness through its sharp contrast with the wall colours while the rich golden hue of the velvet statement armchair acts as a focal point, inviting you to get cosy and stay awhile.

Other colours that look great with inky blue hues like Resene Indian Ink are pale greens like Resene Aspiring, russet browns like Resene Felix and steeped beiges like Resene Tea.

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

PAINT: Walls in Resene Tangaroa, and Resene Indian Ink; floor in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash; rope table in Resene Blanc; life preserver wreath in Resene Raging Bull.

FURNISHINGS: Armchair, cushion, shag rug and seagrass pouf all from Nood; mirror and brass shell planter from H&M Home; all other accessories are stylist’s own.


 

Setting the bar high: RESENE


An intimate corner with an elegant bar cart and a cosy, layered blue setting makes for the perfect sophisticated spot. What is better than entertaining with a tipple from your own home bar? To make your space elegant and sophisticated, layer tonal blues and incorporate metallic accents.

 

Styling Melle Van Sambeek | Photography Bryce Carleton

 

FURNISHINGS: Bar cart from Wooden Horse; rug from Grounded Homeware, brass scoop from Good Thing; brass plant pot (on shelf) from H&M Home; plant from Mood Store; all other accessories are stylist’s own.

The walls in this graceful nook are painted in the mid-toned hue of Resene Seachange, a soft Scandinavian blue with a touch of slate grey; an excellent example of how a mid-value wall colour can be rich and luxe when layered with lighter and darker tonal hues.

Here Resene Seachange is paired with another lighter mid-blue, Resene Awash, on the curved wall feature, and a lighter blue with notes of lilac and grey, Resene Breathless, features on the floor.

Metallic accents add a sophisticated and elegant look to a space, such as here on the bar cart and again in the floating shelf accessories; remember, if you want to make it a feature, repeating it three times in a space will help do so.

The bar cart itself has a distinct Art Deco vibe.

The arch painted on the wall in Resene Awash gives a nod to this glamourous era and serves to simultaneously define the area as a place to relax and enjoy while linking the other curved elements in the room together.

 

 

PAINT: Walls in Resene Seachange; arch in Resene Awash; floor in Resene Breathless; lipped shelves in Resene Awash; pot in Resene Rhino with stripe in Resene Breathless and triangle motif in Resene Awash; small vase on shelf in Resene Breathless.

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


 

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.

Natural attraction: Resene


Encourage sweet soothing sleep with a bedroom painted in soft character neutrals, filled with natural texture and a warming palette of colours. Bohemian-style has really enjoyed its time in the sun. Traditional boho style is a delightful mix of pattern and bright colour to create perfectly undone – but totally done – spaces.

 

Styling: Melle Van Sambeek | Photography: Bryce Carleton

PAINT: Wall in Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay; floor in Resene Eighth Joss; bedhead in Resene Eighth Joss; large pot in Resene Quarter Bison Hide.
FURNISHINGS: Bed linen, lamp shade, rug, cushions, purse from Mood Store and all other accessories are stylist’s own.

While this jumble of eclectic goodness is still popular, bohemian-style has taken a slight U-turn into a more minimalist realm of interiors. This new take still celebrates the relaxed, natural appeal of traditional boho looks but tones it down with a more neutral colour palette.

This room has done just that by utilising a base of character neutrals. These, as the name suggests, are neutral hues. But they’re much more intriguing than your typical true neutral, which can end up looking cold or flat. Thanks to their subtle undertones, these hues with soul bring that extra little something to a space.

In this room, Resene Eighth Canterbury – a warming character neutral – dons the walls while Resene Eighth Joss covers the floor. These two hues provide the perfect base for other colours and textures to be layered on top while still adding to the atmosphere of the room themselves.

If you want to go further with natural textures, you could also bring in raw wood finishes, dried flowers or clay ornaments – the different grains and materials will add that little bit of extra character.

A crisp white, like Resene Quarter Black White, is needed in this space to prevent it being too beige and too soft. Here, it’s brought in through the fresh white linen bedding – again, achieving that balance of edgy but soft.

Soft apricots, such as the linen cushions, provide sweet pops of colour and work particularly well when paired with dusty pinks, such as Resene Just Right.

To achieve this look, be cautious of veering too close to vibrant coral hues. Instead, keep your palette of oranges and pinks relatively muted – they’ll be gentler on the eye and won’t overwhelm the room’s quiet calm.

Vases from left to right
Resene Eighth Pavlova
Resene Quarter Bison Hide
Resene Mai Tai

 

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

Zesty Ziggurat: RESENE


If you have a long span of wall, such as in an open plan living/dining room or hallway, you might be at a loss for how to make it interesting. While adding artwork is one option, it could be difficult to find enough pieces – or the right mix of pieces – to fill the space and also create the right balance.

 

Styling by Laura Lynn Johnston | Images by Wendy Fenwick *

 

* PAINT: Panelled wall in Resene Ziggurat; floor in Resene Mountain Mist; tall plant pot in Resene Alabaster; DIY abstract artwork in Resene Celeste, Resene Nocturnal, Resene Rolling Stone, Resene Blue Bayoux and Resene Alabaster with frame in Resene Half Duck Egg Blue; bowl on table in Resene Nebula.

* FURNISHINGS: Buffet, table, chairs and rug from Freedom Furniture; glasses and tray from H&M Home; pinecone ornament from Bed Bath & Table; all other furnishings are stylist’s own.

Another option is to add tongue-and-groove panelling or wainscotting, which have both recently resurfaced as trends.

Be it timber or MDF, this option adds to the natural shape of a room, and it can even help protect your walls from the wear and tear that comes with more time spent indoors.

However, traditional wainscotting can be pricey and time consuming to install. Plus, the look might not be the right fit for newer homes, and being sensitive to the period of your home is key when you’re looking to make changes to your interior.

One idea is to put a unique and contemporary twist on it by creating ‘reversed’ panelling. In this look, the often ornate nature of wainscotting has been pared down and simplified to straight squared edges, and elements that would normally be inset have been given protruding dimension.

The walls and panelling are painted in Resene Ziggurat, a soft and warm blue with a subtle grey undertone, and floor in Resene Mountain Mist, a soft cloudy grey. However, you could choose to paint your panelling in a contrasting colour.

To finish the look, layer in some other tonal Resene blues and greys, with painted plant pots, bowls and trays.

 

Round vase – Resene Wilderness
Oval tray – Resene Celeste
Coaster – Resene Rolling Stone
Triangular dish – Resene Alabaster
Small ribbed vase – Resene Quarter Duck Egg Blue
Large ribbed vase – Resene Half Duck Egg Blue

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


 

The joy of painting: Art Metro


An art school, gallery and supply store, Art Metro helps make Canterbury the creative place it is. Metropol sits down with Malene Reynolds Laugesen to ask a few questions about her teaching role at the Papanui studio.

 

 

WHEN DID YOU BEGIN TEACHING AT ART METRO, AND WHAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST JOB SATISFACTION?
“About two years ago. I mainly teach oil and acrylics and teach three adult evening classes and one children’s afternoon class. Seeing the boost people get when a painting they’ve been struggling with starts to fall into place gives me the most job satisfaction.”

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE ROOM WHEN EVERYONE’S BUSY AT THEIR EASELS?
“It’s very relaxed. People chat amongst each other, and long-time students are really good at encouraging new students, who are often trying painting for the first time.”

WHEN NOT TUTORING AT ART METRO, YOU’RE FULL-TIME STUDYING AT UC, AND HAVE STARTED THE THIRD YEAR OF YOUR FINE ARTS DEGREE – WHAT’S AHEAD IN FURTHERING YOUR PASSION FOR ART?
“I’ve become fascinated with art history and the idea of curatorial work. I’d like to find a way to continue pursuing these and to find a balance between teaching and my own art practice. I think the two things feed into and complement each other. Painting, for me, creates a deep sense of joy, which I try to bring into teaching. Teaching also compels you to look more closely at your own practice and technique, which is a good challenge.”


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.