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Take a Seat: Resene


Weathered blues and whitewashed plywood create a soothing space to relax and read as we seek to escape the hectic world beyond the front door.

 

STYLING BY CLAUDIA KOZUB, IMAGES BY WENDY FENWICK

 

This space has a soft, beachy, eco vibe that would work with any interior from the bach or tiny home to a renovated mid-century home or new build. The built-in plywood bench seat brings an architectural dimension to the room, with the wall and bench seat top finished in Resene Colorwood Whitewash.

The cupboards in front are finished in Resene Colorwood Greywash stain and Resene Raindance paint. In keeping with the natural theme, the floorboards are in Resene Colorwood Natural wood stain, then protected with Resene Qristal ClearFloor.

Pull up a chair and add a coffee table painted in Resene Poured Milk (top) and Resene Quarter Baltic Sea (legs). The walls, painted in Resene Sea Fog, make for a cool-based white backdrop.

Add a collection of ornaments painted in Resene Poured Milk (candlestick), Resene Lazy River (honeycomb vase), Resene Raindance (textured vase) and Resene Influential (diamond-patterned pot).

Working superbly as neutrals, these soothing colours are easy to insert into most interior schemes. The palest watery blue works as an alternative for icy white yet still allows stronger colours to come and go as accessories, or to marry with more grounded tones in warm browns and sandy taupes.

Tactile accessories and texture are made for these colours, whether it’s translucent sheer fabrics, rubbed metals, roughened basketry or aged timbers.

 

Background in Resene Colorwood Whitewash, Resene Colorwood Greywash and Resene Raindance, narrow vase in Resene Raindance, wide vase in Resene Lazy River, A4 drawdown paint swatches in Resene Poured Milk, Resene Quarter Baltic Sea and Resene Sea Fog.
For other stains to try, see the Resene Colorwood range for interiors and the Resene Woodsman range for exteriors.

 

Accent colours to try with pale blues and whitewash:

  1. Acid greens to stay with the natural theme
  2. Sharp mustards for an on-trend combo
  3. Deep charcoal for extra dimension
  4. Smoky purples for a twist on the tonal look
  5. Warm medium browns for added earthiness

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


 

New Neutrals: Resene


Our concept of what a neutral colour looks like is changing. No longer are we talking only about whites, creams, beiges and greys – some surprising new neutrals are in the mix.

 

STYLING BY LISA MORTON, IMAGES BY BRYCE CARLETON

 

Among them are a range of terracotta shades, from subtle apricot tones all the way through to sun-baked clay. While not traditional neutrals, these shades are extremely versatile and work well in lots of – and often unexpected –combinations.

This bedroom is a perfect example of one such surprising but effective combination. Walls in Resene Raindance are given extra drama and interest with graduated layers of terracotta shades; the Resene Just Dance footstool topped with the small vase in pale peach Resene Sorbet, the mid-sized vase in Resene Shilo through to the bold Resene Sunbaked finish of the taller vase and the lightshade. The floor anchors everything with a subtle shade of Resene Colorwood Greywash. The overall result? All the drama and beauty of a desert sunset.

 

Background in Resene Colorwood Greywash. A4 drawdown paint swatches (left to right): Resene Despacito, Resene Just Dance and Resene Raindance. Top vase in Resene Shilo, bottom vase in Resene Sorbet, circle in Resene Sunbaked.

 

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

 

 


 

Timelessly Tactile


Natural materials are moving to the forefront of our interior styling as environmental impact begins to dictate many of our purchase choices. Wood: it’s earthy, rustic, homely, timelessly elegant and sustainable… what’s not to love?

 

LINEN HOUSE

 

New home décor trends are constantly emerging, tempting us with their new appeal. But there’s one material that never goes out of style, that’s versatile and that transcends the trends and seasons with its timelessness.

 

JAMES LANE

This tactile material is none other than natural wood. Weathered or polished, natural wood brings the outdoors in. Wooden highlights can carry through the house from the bathroom to the bedroom; turn any lacklustre room into a cosy haven with simple wood accents.

 

MOCKA

Swapping out shades of wood makes a simple seasonal change no matter the style. Dark woods bring a wintry depth, while lighter, chestnut-coloured woods channel an organic autumnal warmth.

 

OZ DESIGN FURNITURE

Summer is just around the corner, so now’s the ideal time to update your space with pale-coloured wood accents – think side and coffee tables, lamps, chairs, shelves, chests, baskets, mirrors (the list goes on!) – complemented by greenery and other natural textures such as neutral woollen throws, shaggy rugs and wicker accessories.

 

WEST ELM

Browse our moodboard for inspiration.

 

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Touch of gold


Nothing delights the eye quite so much as the glitter of gold. Wherever gold is, gloom is dispelled. Be it the ring on your finger, the scarf around your neck, or the coverlet adorning your bed, there’s something about gold. Here are a few ways to get a touch of gold in your home this season.

 

FREEDOM FURNITURE

 

  1. A gold chandelier: Choose an elegant chandelier that concentrates less on the metal but more on the glass – one with touches of gold on the arms will render a soft illumination without harshness.
  2. Window treatments: A single gold sash above the top of your curtains gives instant eye-catching glamour, or curtain hooks of antique gold that deserve to be seen. But for sheer drama, hang drops of gold organza over your existing drapes!
  3. Gold furniture: Swap curtains, linens, rugs and pillows with ones that have colour accents of gold. Create a glimmering gold feature wall, or if that seems too daring, paint a coffee table or the legs of footstools.
  4. Table touches: An exquisite gold runner along the dining room table cannot be underestimated. Pair it with a contrasting centrepiece, such as a dark bowl filled with gold decorative balls, or a black-based candelabra with long gold candles and you’re set for a year of beautiful dining.
  5. Light dark spaces: Gold wall sconces, mirrors with gold embellished frames, or photos framed in gold, will gently effuse a room in light, while side-tables dressed with a neutral lampshade with a gold base, or a black lampshade with gold lining, add that extra touch of warmth and illuminated drama.

 


 

Where the wild things are


We modern-day humans have long harboured a fascination for all things tribal and, thanks to children’s books and Hollywood, our collective imaginations have run riot on the subject.

 

LINEN HOUSE

 

Think of Tarzan swinging across the jungle; the dashing daredevil Lawrence of Arabia striding desert sands; Hepburn and Bogart pitted against the mighty Ulanga River aboard The African Queen and, for pure tribal embracement, nobody did it better than Eartha Kitt, famous for punctuating her songs with cat-like growls while slithering over sofas clad in figure-hugging animal prints.

In fact, the very word ‘tribal’ immediately conjures thoughts of perfumes, spices, exotic places, and err… seductive faces.

 

RAJA HOMEWARES

Tribal art is often ceremonial or religious in nature and has a global reach across Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, which encompasses Melanesia, Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Many artists have been inspired by tribal arts; Pablo Picasso once stated that “primitive sculpture has never been surpassed”.

When it comes to home décor, tribal design and artware has long reigned supreme with its strong patterns and natural elements. In the latter part of the 20th century, tribal interiors tended towards the warm tones, but in the 21st century we’re trending towards the cool monochrome of black and white.

 

OZ DESIGN FURNITURE

At first glance it may appear as a Scandinavian take on tribal, but with an imposing ethnic artwork in dominant position and a few large handcrafted vessels strategically placed, the look is much bolder than the gentle Scandi interior.

To really ramp up the tribal, think enormous basket-weave lightshades, low-level wooden coffee tables, and for eye-catching wall-art, horned animal skulls, feathered arrows, shields and spears, or a magnificent kilim of mural-sized proportion.

For a final flourish of monochrome tribal, whitewashed floors and walls contrasted with dark doors, louvres, storage shelves and screens deliver the ultimate in tribal chic.

 

BAREFOOT GYPSY

 

 


 

Desert Diamond


Not too long ago, this gorgeous mellow-toned room would likely have been awash in millennial pinks, but there’s a subtle shift away from that side of the spectrum into the trendy tones of peaches and nudes.

 

Left diamond: Resene Tequila Left triangles: Resene Just Right Middle diamond: Resene Cashmere Right triangles: Resene Alpaca Floor: Resene Umber White

 

Why use just one peach or nude tone when you can use a few by way of this striking diamond feature wall? Such a dramatic shape can fall into the trap of becoming a bit overwhelming to the eye, however, painted in desert or sunset tones from Resene, this feature wall creates a beautiful and modern backdrop.

To balance out the oversized pattern, a tonal colour scheme keeps it soft and pretty, using sandy, dusky peaches and pinks to create a grown-up look that’s soft but not effeminate.

While shape trends are shifting from strict geometrics to more organic shapes, by using a tonal colour scheme, this pattern avoids being jarring and too contrasting. It’s also much easier to achieve as opposed to more free-form shapes – just mask with tape and get painting!

The scheme is further softened by adding plenty of natural textures to the room, from fringed cushions to macramé wall hangings. Finish off by painting flooring and furniture in natural tones, such as Resene Umber White (floor) and Resene Bone (coffee table).

Other colours to try with sunset shades could be smoky teals, faded blacks and leather browns.

 

Floor in Resene Umber White, medium vase in Resene Tequila, small vase in Resene Alpaca, A4 drawdown paint swatches from bottom Resene Alpaca, Resene Just Right, Resene Cashmere and Resene Tequila. Props: Eden Scarf Blush from Shut The Front Door, Rogue Mini King Protea 56cm Blush Stem and Rogue Protea 55cm Green Stem from Freedom Furniture.

 


Top tip: Keep busy geometric designs to one wall only, and make sure to use the same complementary shades throughout the space. That way the wall will be integrated into the whole room, rather than being jarring or overwhelming. Incorporate it into the room as you would showcase a piece of art.


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

 


 

 

 

Dream Weaver


Rattan is weaving its way into our homeware dreams – and with the wicker of a finger, the dream becomes a reality.

 

 

Now you can get the island resort feeling in your home year-round; rattan has returned to our Pinterest boards and our homes.

Most often, this type of furniture was confined to porches and outdoor areas and only enjoyed on warmer evenings. This was likely due to it being great weather-resistant furniture. But in order to get more bang for your buck and enjoy your rattan year-round, it may be time to let the outdoors in.

Rattan’s most desirable qualities are that it’s strong and lightweight, making it the perfect option for seating arrangements. This could be in the form of dining chairs, barstools or even a daybed tucked away in a nook. To channel that island-living feel, a hanging rattan chair is ideal.

 

 


 

Enhancing spaces: Armstrong Interiors


With our busy schedules, it is often difficult to find the time and energy to put towards our living spaces.

 

 

Award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors says there are several simple yet effective ways to enhance your existing space and it’s not as hard as you may think.

“Decluttering the house is the best way to start home enhancement,” she says. “Old paperwork, socks with holes, restaurant menus, school paperwork and outdated magazines are just a few things that can go into the bin.

“Focus on areas in your home that need to flow; passageways, around furniture, doors and windows.”

Enabling these spaces to ‘breathe’ creates what Angelique likes to call ‘energy flow’ within your interiors. “It’s not everyone’s terminology, but it’s one that for me is important for people to understand.”

Angelique’s pro tip: Set a timer for one hour. Choose one space to clear. Soon you will find yourself in a clear and open environment with the space for new ideas to flourish.

For Angelique, visualising the space and planning how it will function is the most exciting part of the design. “When I walk into a room, I look for areas that will enhance the space. Which wall best suits the position of your TV? Where is the furniture layout best sitting? Do you have enough wall space? Too many windows and doors? Which wall best suits the bed to sit on?

“Your home must function as your family needs it to.”

When it comes to form, timber is warm to walk on and very rarely requires underfloor heating. “One thing that is very popular in Europe is multi-widths of flooring boards randomly laid. I love this look, especially with a natural oak finish and I prefer to have all my boards oiled naturally.

“Forêt is my preferred supplier for timber flooring and Director Alan Stuck’s family history of timber knowledge has put this company’s designs on the world stage. His use of reclaimed timber and getting back to the ‘real deal’ with flooring designs sets him apart.”

There is a wide selection of carpets available and she’s seeing a move away from dark colours and back into neutrals, particularly soft greys and caramels/beiges. “They’re all very natural and fit well with our climate and interior pallets. Our carpet manufactures are always up with the latest colours and trends to keep designers and homeowners happy.”

 

 


 

The great divide


Room dividers have long been the coolest way to divide and conquer.

 

 

While they are simply folding screen panels that are used to create separation between zones in the home, there are so many other quirky ways to utilise this transformative homeware and we thought it would be rude not to share them with you.

Dividing curtains are a great way to make a room multipurpose or make your open-plan living a tiny bit less open. If you’re wanting to integrate a sleeping area into a multifunctional space without using solid walls, curtains are an elegant alternative to wall dividers.

If you’re wanting to take the illusion of a solid wall even further, hanging floating artwork is a perfect way to do so. Whether it’s accompanying a curtain or not is up to you. This can be done by attaching a wire from either side of the painting and suspending it from the roof.

While the folding screen panels are mainly used for dividing, they can also double as a makeshift wardrobe and changing area. We’ve seen it on almost every rom-com makeover montage; the characters hanging their clothes over the screen and disappearing behind it. So, why not feel like you’re in your own movie too?

A final inventive way the folding screens can be used around the house is by fastening them to a wall. While this does defeat the purpose of the homeware’s original use – dividing – it does make for a cool wall feature hung above your living room sofa. Why divide, when you can display?

 

 


 

Whitewashed Wonder: Resene


This fresh, cool room manages to take the essence of trendy Scandi cool and blend it with a distinctly local, natural style.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY WENDY FENWICK. STYLING GEM ADAMS

 

The walls retain a modern minimalist look with the use of Resene Colorwood Whitewash, allowing the beauty of the wood grain to show through and add visual texture. The floor, painted in mild-mannered Resene Eighth Stonewashed, acts as the perfect canvas from which to launch the rest of the room in layers of warm neutrals and textures.

The clean lines of the vanity unit are painted in the darker, earthy Resene Colins Wicket to add dimension and depth to the room.This colour also makes the paler accessories – such as the towel ladder in Resene Rice Cake, a simple vase in Resene Half Stone Age and the hand basin – pop against the other neutrals. As a modern interpretation for bathroom storage, a ladder is used for towels and two round hooks, painted in Resene Rococo and Swiss Caramel, for extra hanging space.

This is a colour scheme that cries out for plenty of natural accents and accessories; be inspired by the jute mat, the woven light shade and even the textures of the waffle towels or something as simple as a string bag. Bolder colour, such as the plant pot in Resene Influential and the deep yellow of the hand towel, add interest, while the on-trend round brass mirror and aged brass tapware bring added warmth and lustre.

 

Other colours to try with this natural eco cool colour scheme are:

  1. Use bold verdant green accents and consider layering them in different strengths for a lush glade feel.
  2. Swap out the deep yellow accents used here for dramatic burnt oranges and add in contrasting hooks in smokey greys. Top it all off with plants that flower in orange.
  3. Resene Colorwood Whitewash also works well with greys and blues for a soothing, beachy look. For a more earthy look, opt for rich browns or terracotta shades.