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.
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.
Accent colours to try with pale blues and whitewash:
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.
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.
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.