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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.


 

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, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.


 

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, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.


 

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.