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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.

 

‘tis the season to be crafty: RESENE


As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, why not take the same positive approach to your festive flair? Before you go crazy at the shops on everything from too much tinsel to over-the-top ornaments, consider an eco-friendly approach to your home’s festive décor.

 

** Styling by Vanessa Nouwens | Images by Bryce Carleton

 

The best part is that creating a consistent holiday look throughout your home while spreading Christmas cheer is surprisingly easy to achieve with little more than a few Resene testpots.

Whether balls, stars, hearts or angels are your cup of tea, dazzling Christmas tree ornaments can be achieved for far less than the cost of brand-new items.

By taking a creative approach, almost anything destined for the recycling bin can enjoy a second life as a Christmas ornament.

If you’re feeling crafty, upcycle some wood offcuts from a previous project and turn them into simple shapes using a jigsaw or scroll saw.

Paint them in your favourite Resene colours, drill holes near the tops, run through some ribbon or twine, and you’ll have everything you need to trim the tree in no time.

The best thing is if you want to change your theme colours next year, you can just paint them again.

Or, grab the kids and take them for a walk to the op shop and hunt out some old ornaments that could be made new again.

You’re sure to find some quirky treasures that will quickly become family favourites.

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


**Walls painted in Resene Merlot; floor in Resene Half Spanish White; coffee table in Resene Merlot, stars on the back shelf in Resene Triple Concrete; the tree ornaments in Resene Quarter Spanish White and Resene Merlot; star trays in Resene Triple Concrete; small bowl with sweets in Resene Ebb; boxes in Resene Merlot, Resene Ebb and Resene Triple Concrete.


 

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.


 

70s roar in: RESENE


Mellow mustards, bitter oranges, toasted terracotta and spicy browns – the tell-tale tones of 1970s design aesthetic – have recently made a roaring comeback in the world of decorating and are among some of the most desirable shades to include in a trend-forward interior.

Styling by Melle Van Sambeek | Photography by Bryce Carleton

 

Wall in Resene Gold Coast
Floor in Resene Pendragon and Resene Hairy Heath
Hall table in Resene Noir
Nesting tables in
Resene Hairy Heath (large)
Resene Pendragon (medium)
Resene Gold Coast (small) with legs in Resene Noir
Vase (with twigs) in Resene Hairy Heath
Candlesticks in Resene Noir

This retro lounge, inspired by the best elements of 1970s’ design, is the ideal place to put up your feet and enjoy a beverage among the company of family and friends.

Walls in Resene Gold Coast set the stage for dark and moody details, including the artwork, pendant lamps, art objects and console table painted Resene Nero to pull you in, while the saffron shades of the velvet chair and ottoman invite you to sit and stay awhile.

The bold pattern of the scalloped floor was created using a stencil, evoking a parquet or tiled floor, with alternating shapes painted in Resene Pendragon and Resene Hairy Heath.

For something different, pale tans like Resene Gold Coast look lovely with a soft ochre like Resene Smooth Operator or a reserved wine red like Resene Vanquish.

A rich redwood brown like Resene Hairy Heath, on the other hand, is a great fit for a clean blue green like Resene Deep Teal, a dungeon grey blue Resene Bastille or an oxidised green olive like Resene Planter.

When it comes to a crusty ciabatta tan like Resene Pendragon, a chalky, calm cream beige like Resene Blank Canvas, a creamy yellow like Resene Melting Moment and an authentic blue like Resene True Blue are ideal pairings for a country-chic bedroom or dining space.

Stencilled ‘tile’ background in Resene Pendragon and Resene Hairy Heath with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from top to bottom) in Resene Nero, Resene Hairy Heath, Resene Pendragon and Resene Gold Coast, candle stick in Resene Nero and vase in Resene Hairy Heath.

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


 

Into the wild blue yawn-der: Resene


It’s pretty easy to imagine nodding off in this calm and cool monochromatic lounge.

Styling Kate Alexander | Photography Bryce Carleton *

 

 

*Rug from The Ivy House, armchair from Freedom Furniture, Gidon Bing vase from Mr Bigglesworthy and art by Margaret Petchell from endemicworld.

Watery teals, like the Resene Fast Forward on the console and lamp shade, are a hot trend at the moment and look especially vogueish when mixed with baby blue Resene Mystery and steely Resene Artemis.

The tui print and fish ornaments lend the space a fun bit of fauna flair, while the walnut accents and natural accessories bring warmth and balance out the cool tones.

 

L-R: Resene Mystery, Resene Artemis, Resene Fast Forward, Resene Half Duck Egg Blue.

 

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


 

Springtime crush


Freshen up your habitat for spring with these interior picks we’re currently crushing on.

Sage advice – Sage greens have a calming earthiness which brings the outside in. Resene Peace

Classy glasses – Channel your inner Gatsby with a 1920s champagne saucer.  Ferm Living Ripple Champagne Saucer.


Refresh your walls for the season of regeneration. Hotel Magique Tout Est Magique print


Nice & dry – Do the dishes in style. Citta Muriwai Tea Towel

Natural materials in interesting shapes prevail. Mark Tuckey Slat Round Bedside Table

Brighten the mood with a standout floor lamp. Trenzseater Studio Floor Lamp in Hand Rubbed Antique Brass

Architectural vases add interest with or without flowers. Kristina Dam Studio Dual hand-blown vase
Turn up the texture with a jute rug. Nodi Looped Jute Rug

Don’t wait for a special occasion to add a beautiful and cosy occasional chair to your lounge or sitting room. Huggy (faux-shearling) chair by Sarah Ellison

A fruit bowl Van Gogh could only dream of. BoConcept Expose Tray


Add intimacy and a sense of occasion to any meal with table linens in natural hues. Lovely Linen Misty Napkins in Meadow

Add to the ambience with a revitalising scent. Lyttelton Lights Lemongrass and Ginger candle