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‘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


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.


 

Trending to terracotta: RESENE


Bitter orange terracottas have become the hottest trending hues around. Rooms painted and decorated entirely in warm colours look dramatic, but layering them with muted greens, romantic pinks, yellowish brown and elegant greys adds next-level sophistication to a modern interior.

Styling Gem Adams | Photography Wendy Fenwick

 

In this decadent-looking lounge, the back wall is painted Resene Dark Buff while the shelf wall in front of it is painted Resene Korma to provide depth.

To provide levity, the floor has been kept light in soft Resene Eighth Drought, a taupe stone hue, while the coffee and console tabletops have been painted the fibrous brown Resene Twine.

Similarly spicy shades like Resene Rusty Nail and Resene Café Royale lend themselves beautifully to desert pinks, beigey blushes or earthy olives like Resene Just Right, Resene Bone and Resene Hemlock balanced with toasted browns like Resene Lone Ranger, Resene Jambalaya and Resene Sambuca.

Combine them all in a bedroom, lounge or dining area for a scorching hot look.

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be much of an artist, try creating a simple artwork using Resene testpots on high-quality paper to tie any room’s colour scheme together.

The piece in this room was created using Resene Korma and Resene Gold Coast with details in permanent marker. Or, enlist the kids’ help.

Even very young children can create some spectacular abstract artwork. Who knows, it might even be worth something one day!

Paint: Back wall in Resene Dark Buff; Shelf wall in Resene Korma; Floor in Resene Eighth Drought; Coffee and console tables in Resene Twine; Tall vase in Resene Alpaca; Short vase in Resene Gold Coast; DIY artwork in Resene Korma and Resene Gold Coast; Ladder in Resene Chelsea Gem; Peg stool in Resene Santa Fe; Candle sticks in Resene Mai Tai; Big bowl in Resene Cod Grey; Jug vase in Resene Raptor.

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