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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.


 

Make way for a Memphis revival: RESENE


Just like that old adage goes – everything comes back around. Once laughed off as one of many crazy choices of the 1980s, the loud colours and zany patterns of the Memphis design movement have snuck their way back into the Zeitgeist.

 

STYLING LAURA LYNN JOHNSTON PHOTOGRAPHY BRYCE CARLETON

 

This radical throwback bedroom pays special homage to the Memphis movement.

The walls are painted Resene Kandinsky with a grid in electric blue Resene Wet N Wild.

The easiest way to achieve the effect is to paint the wall in two coats of Resene Wet N Wild first, then mask off the grid using painter’s tape before painting a couple of coats of Resene Kandinsky over top.

The tape can be carefully removed once the wall is touch dry. Invest in good quality tape for the best results and use a utility knife along the edges of the tape for extra clean lines if you are concerned about the top layer of paint lifting.

Resene Wet N Wild has been continued from the base of the grid on to the floor while the plant pot and vase are painted Resene Jalapeno to play off the reds in the artwork.

The bedside table is in Resene Secrets, a paler and greyer shade of green than Resene Kandinsky to help it contrast the main wall colour, with a drawer in Resene Wet N Wild so that it still ties in well to the theme. The lamp and picture frame are painted Resene Half Black White.

The grid pattern has also been taken on to the duvet cover, pillow and cushions to create a sense of repetition while the ficus adds some freshness and greenery to break up the space yet still feeling undeniably 80s in its own right.

With its eye-popping colours and distinct illustrative style portraying one of the most popular icons of the era, the Bowie Art Print by Anna McKay fits the scheme perfectly and ties the whole look together.

 

Mood board: Background in Resene Wet N Wild with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from left to right) in Resene Half Black White, Resene Secrets, Resene Jalapeno and Resene Kandinsky and a vase painted Resene Jalapeno.

 

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


 

Modern Reds: RESENE


This boldly beautiful space showcases the new trend for striking reds, which, when contrasted with other bold shades and natural textures create an exotic Pasifika look, by way of Morocco.

 

 

On this side of the world, with our clear, bright, natural light, we have traditionally opted for bluer, deeper reds such as the Resene Dynamite used here on the lower wall.

By pairing it with a truer red such as the Resene Poppy seen here on the upper wall, the overall effect is much less oppressive and in fact opens the room up.

Further layering of red tones with the floor vase painted in Resene Raging Bull, the shelf vase in Resene Moccasin and the exotic earthy toned rug, all create a frame which can be filled with contrasting tones and textures.

Red tones in this room are dramatically combined with a blue floor painted in a base colour of Resene Wishing Well, also used in the matching side table.

The use of an overlaid stencilled floor pattern in Resene Time After Time is a clever way to add texture and interest to the space, cooling down the reds, while still enhancing their impact.

Elegant furniture and accessories in natural tones and textures, work in perfectly with these dramatic background colours, adding a lightness and simplicity, without sacrificing style and elegance.


 

Dark and stormy: RESENE


Moody navy blues that look like they came straight out of the Mariana Trench, such as; Resene Twilight Zone, Resene Bewitched, Resene Wishing Well and Resene Submerge are making waves in the interior design world. When paired up with equally dark and stormy greys like Resene Dark Web, Resene Suits and Resene Quarter Bokara Grey, you can build up a deeply layered look – especially in a bedroom. If done right, the result is sure to make you want to dive right into bed and stay there until winter’s over.

 

STYLING CLAUDIA KOZUB PHOTOGRAPHY MELANIE JENKINS

 

Cloudy greys and moody blues are layered sky high in this sophisticated master bedroom, while brass details and ochre velvet chair provide a touch of warmth to balance out this otherwise cool space – creating the perfect place to seek shelter from temperamental winter weather.

The Resene Quarter Emerge walls bring levity to the dark tongue-and-groove paneling in Resene Indian Ink and keep it from being overpowering.

The flooring is in Resene Half Chicago – a smoky grey – while the bedside table looks bold in Resene Wishing Well.

The small angular vase is also painted Resene Wishing Well, the white vases are in Resene Poured Milk, the tall blue vase is in Resene Meditation and the shorter blue vase (with twigs) is in Resene Remember Me.

Pile on charcoal-on-navy-on-charcoal bedding and finish with a soft, low-pile rug in steel blue.

If an ochre-coloured accent chair isn’t for you, try one in an equally vibrant contrasting colour like aqua or coral.

Mood board: Background in Resene Half Chicago with A4 drawdown paint swatches (clockwise from top left) in Resene Remember Me, Resene Quarter Emerge, Resene Kind Tide, Resene Wishing Well and Resene Poured Milk. The hexagon vase is in Resene Wishing Well and the skinny vase is in Resene Remember Me.

 

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

** Artwork: Calm of the Sea/ Laolao by Alice Berry  (aliceberrydesign.com)

 

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.


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