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Art Starter: 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 an item that holds sentimental value, the key is picking something that really speaks to you –
or you at least enjoy looking at.

 

Styling by Kate Alexander | Photography by Bryce Carleton

 

Once you’ve found something that you really love, why not use it to inspire a colour palette for the room in which you’ll be hanging it?

In this space, not only does the repetition of the same colours across a number of different surfaces create a sense of rhythm, so do the many horizontal lines.

By painting the lower portion of the wall in the same mid-value colour as the artwork – in this case, Resene Aviator – it grounds the artwork more than had it been displayed just on a wall painted from top to bottom in Resene Triple Alabaster, which was used for the top section of the wall.

On the floor is lighter Resene Romantic, though it isn’t a colour directly used in the artwork, it feels enough the same that it still works with the palette while also acting as a point of difference from the rest of the scheme.

Smaller accessories and accents in Resene Aviator, Resene Cornflower, Resene Torea Bay and Resene Sail finish off the look.

It’s common for homeowners to want to hang their artwork quite high on the wall.

However, you shouldn’t be afraid to hang artwork – especially larger pieces – lower on the wall, which will allow you to view the details comfortably at eye level.

After all, artwork that can’t be seen properly can’t be enjoyed properly!

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

 

Background in Resene Romantic with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left to right) Resene Triple Alabaster, Resene Cornflower, Resene Aviator and Resene Sail, tray in Resene Cornflower, boxes in Resene Aviator, Resene Cornflower, Resene Triple Alabaster and Resene Torea Bay and desk accessories in Resene Torea Bay.

 

Pretty in Pink: RESENE


It has been the darling of recent times – millennial pink has appeared in all walks of life from clothing (men’s and women’s), products, accessories, hair and makeup, and interiors.

It’s a colour that may not be going away anytime soon but the sweeter truer shades of pink we’ve been seeing in recent years are morphing in two directions – to dusky peach/nudes and to soft fresh lilacs.

In this room, using two muted peachy pinks together means that 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 where Resene Poured Milk is used over a basecoat of Resene Rebel, then sanded back in random areas.

The pendant light is in Resene Despacito, the tall vase is Resene Irresistible and the small vase is in Resene Rose Gold, a new metallic from Resene.

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 different 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.

Paint Colours Back wall: Resene Just Dance, side wall in Resene Sorbet, distressed floor in Resene Poured Milk over a base coat of Resene Rebel. Side table: Resene Sunbaked Base of jute ottoman: Resene Colorwood Pitch Black Mesh platter: Resene XOXO Pendant light: Resene Despacito Vases: Resene Irresistible (tall), Resene BFF (medium) and Resene FX Metallic Rose Gold (small)

 

Nomadic traveller: RESENE


The dusky earth tones of this calm space, mixed with the natural fibres and wood tones, make it feel as though you’ve just stepped into an airy, cool, luxury lodge after a trek through the desert or savannah. It’s the kind of look that keen travellers, or those who dream of travelling, can have at home as a reminder of exotic destinations. Based mostly around an African aesthetic, it can be easily adapted to echo other cultural motifs and colours.

 

 

The rich dark brown vertical stripe, painted in Resene Route 66, gives the wall a focal point and echoes the colour of the fireplace.

Resene Grey Olive is used on the upper left part of the wall, with Resene Napa on the right.

Resene Earthen runs across the lower part of the wall, made more striking by the vertical stripe of the wonderfully warm Resene Route 66, also used on the fireplace.

The whole look is literally grounded in Resene Quarter Spanish White.

The lighter floor cools off the whole space, highlighting the warmer shades and preventing them from becoming oppressive.

Background in Resene Quarter Spanish White, green vase in Resene New Leaf, A4 drawdown paint swatches (from top) in Resene New Leaf, Resene Grey Seal, Resene Napa, Resene Route 66, Resene Grey Area and Resene Sambuca.

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


 

A den for everyone: RESENE


This beautiful serene space has been created to be an inviting and comfortable escape that’s refreshingly gender neutral. Just a quick change of the focus artwork shifts the room subtly from more of a ‘she-den’ to a ‘he-den’.

 

STYLING BY VANESSA NOUWENS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELANIE JENKINS

It might seem like an unusual way to think about a space, but there are key times when a room that appeals to as many people as possible is important.

In a shared office, for example, as this room could be, it really needs to be a space that whoever needs it, wants to spend time in it to get that work done.

This lush jade green space, with its walls in Resene Mother Nature, has the feel of a warm tropical jungle escape.

The layers of green accessories throughout the room – from the darker Resene Permanent Green and Resene Family Tree to the grey-green of Resene Rivergum and the pale Resene Peace on the desk chair – all enhance that feeling.

The delicate and streamlined design of the furniture in this space means the use of Resene Noir never becomes overpowering.

It emphasises the drama of the green walls without weighing the room down.

The floors are stained in Resene Colorwood Greywash for a relaxed, textural anchor to the room.

Extra texture also comes in the leafy green plants for a look that is warm and inviting.

Accessories in greys such as Resene Silver Chalice pull it all together to create a space that is not too warm, not too cool, but just right.

Background in Resene Colorwood Greywash, vase in Resene Peace, boxes in Resene Silver Chalice and Resene Permanent Green, A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left, anti-clockwise) Resene Peace, Resene Permanent Green, Resene Family Tree, Resene Aura and Resene Rivergum.

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


 

Art-tastic!


Christine Green tells us why she’s been such a fan of Art Metro for nearly a decade.

 


What prompted you to enrol at Art Metro, Christine?
As Art Metro wasn’t far from my home, I thought I’d give painting a go. I could hardly draw, let alone paint, but once I started, I was surprised at what I could achieve with help from my tutor and peers.


What’s your preferred medium?
Oils – much easier to fix or blend when I make a mistake!


What about genre?
I’ve done a few animal portraits from photos. I recently painted a landscape, which I really enjoyed.


What keeps you returning to Art Metro?
We’ve a lot of banter. Everyone’s friendly, encouraging and incredibly honest about each other’s works. I enjoy the different age groups. A friend joined a few years ago, so it’s a chance for a catch up.


Who is your tutor?
I started with Livia and I now have Sarah. I couldn’t achieve what I do without them! They can suggest what to try and paint, but over time I have discovered what I do and don’t like to paint and now have definite ideas of what I enjoy doing.


What does painting mean to you personally, Christine?
I paint for my own enjoyment and to gift to friends and family.


Find Art Metro at 465 Papanui Road, phone 03 354 4438 or email learn@artmetro.co.nz.


 

RESENE: D.I.Y Décor


While colour can seem scary for some to introduce to their walls, a life in a home without any colour at all can be a pretty dismal one. One of the most wonderful things about paint is that you can use it on almost anything, and a just a little bit can go a long way when it comes to transforming your space. Weekend warrior your way to a more colourful kitchen and dining area with a couple of quick and easy D.I.Y projects.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYCE CARLETON

 

Originally looking pretty lacklustre colour-wise, these bar stools needed just a testpot worth of paint spread in a couple of coats to give them a total refresh.

We used Resene Party Zone, Resene Away We Go and Resene XOXO to give our stools a pick-me-up.

For a more whimsical feel, we also masked off the end of each leg below the footrest and gave them two coats of another one of the colours, but you could also paint yours the same colour as the seat for a more uniform look.

The kitchen cabinets coordinate in Resene Aura, a soft minty green that pairs perfectly with warm whites and a range of different greens.

The minimalist lipped shelf, painted Resene Atlas, provides some contrast within the space.

A few small vases, plant pots and accessories were painted in the same vibrant colours used for the barstools to create more unity in the design through colour repetition.

While this look is vibrant, it’s also clean and simple – plus everything is fast and easy to change with a new coat of paint whenever your tastes change or the creative mood strikes.

Background in Resene Rice Cake with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from left to right) in Resene Away We Go, Resene Aura, Resene Party Zone, Resene XOXO and Resene Atlas. The stool seat and decorative mixing spoon are painted Resene Party Zone and the vase is painted Resene XOXO.

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


 

Head into the city


The summer break, for some people, means days and sometimes even weeks to fill. Arguably, there’s only so many times you can go to the beach or trudge the lengths of your local malls. We’ve put together a few of our favourite hotspots to check out this summer.

 

 

  1. Watch This Space:

    You may have noticed bursts of colouring popping up around the city, especially post-earthquake.With something as unfortunate as having vacant and empty spaces lying around the city, something positive came out of it.

    Christchurch is becoming known as the street art capital and it’s easy to see why.

    Watch This Space is a charitable trust that provides tours, showcasing all the street art, murals and graffiti around the evolving city.

    While the tour is roughly two hours – you don’t have to commit to the whole thing.

    One of the great things about this tour is that it’s free! But if you want to make a small donation to the trust, it will be warmly welcomed.


  2. An act of solidarity

    In a world where everyone is looking down at their phones, this public artwork may just make you want to look up.

    In the three years following the earthquakes, a single streetlamp from 21 cities around the world was gifted to Christchurch as an act of solidarity.The public can walk along Park Terrace on a trail of discovery.


  3. The Crate Escape

    If you’re wanting to challenge yourself this summer, head to CodeBreakers on Colombo Street in Sydenham or St Asaph in central city.Choose your own adventure with six themed rooms – each with their own storylines such as the Magic Portal, Art Heist or the lost hut of Antarctica.


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.


 

Neo Nostalgic Nook: Resene


Hot tip: Layering retro colours over fresh, modern shapes will keep your space looking anything but dated.

 

Photography Wendy Fenwick. Styling Kate Alexander

 

Since being made famous by Marie Antoinette nearly 300 years ago, we’re not sure there’s any colour that’s been quite as pervasive in the interior design world as duck egg blue. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the ways in which you can incorporate this highly approachable tone into your home.

Much like a neutral, the shade lends itself well to a wide variety of combinations and a tremendous range of styles. From elegant and sophisticated French country rustic to just about anything else, it’s a classic colour that still manages to feel contemporary no matter where your tastes fall or how you use it. This peaceful shade works wonders in soothing spaces where you like to enjoy a little downtime, and we can’t think of any colour more perfect for your living room.

With a strong nod to the ‘70s, the Resene Half Duck Egg Blue walls and Resene Colorwood Whitewash floor in this room have been warmed up with a retro palette of mustard, ochre, burnt orange and cognac. The leather armchair, velvet cushion, high pile rug and twig arrangement add a healthy dose of textural interest, while copper and bronze accessories punctuate the space with a touch of glamour. A small side table, like this one in Resene Colins Wicket, is a must for any reading nook to ensure your cup of tea (or preferred Saturday night ‘reliever’) is always close at hand.

 

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


 

Woman Climbing

Out of the box fun


At face value, recreation has a somewhat physical connotation, which may conjure up images of triathlons or a midsummer swim.

 

Woman Climbing

 

However, defined as a discretionary activity of leisure, recreation is about so much more than sport and Canterbury is lucky to have a wide range of out of the box options on its recreational doorstep. We’ve hunted out some of our favourites.

 

Paint the town red
An art studio with a twist, Paint ‘n’ Sip is a clever concept that is about having a relaxing evening painting over a glass of wine and is a delicious reason to head out on a summer evening.

 

Become an escape artist
Escape rooms are the latest feature on the recreational calendar, they’re a great option for company team building, a family outing or a somewhat unusual date night.

 

A flipping good time!
Trampoline arenas are an increasingly popular way to spend a day – for both children and the young at heart. There’s a few places in the city, all that have a flipping good time on offer.

 

Off the wall
Clip ‘n Climb revolutionised the indoor climbing scene when it hit the local scene in 2006. Offering options for children, through to experienced climbers, it’s a fun way to keep fit.