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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.


 

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.

 

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.


 

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.