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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)

 

Velvet dark: RESENE


Create a sophisticated look for an outdoor living space, using the velvety depths of Resene Porter on the wall and Resene Woodsman Light Greywash Light on the framed trellis to break up the dark wall. The trellis even has the potential to act as a growing frame for a flowering climber.

Styling by Megan Harrison-Turner, Images by Bryce Carleton

 

The deck is finished in Resene Woodsman Mid Greywash as a tonal complement to the trellis.

The Resene Woodsman finishes on both the deck and trellis, add an on-trend look to any timber product while allowing the beauty of the timber grain to show through.

They are also available in interior formulations under the Resene Colorwood stains range.

Against the neutral appearance of the black and grey, add pops of colour in any shade you like.

This chair and tall pot are painted in Resene She’ll Be Right (turquoise) with other pots in Resene Away We Go (green) and Resene Cleopatra (mustard).

Pour yourself a refreshing drink, grab a book or magazine to read and settle in for some relaxing outdoors time.

Paint colours:
Wall: Resene Porter
Trellis: Resene Woodsman Light Greywash
Deck: Resene Woodsman Mid Greywash
Chair: Resene She’ll Be Right
Plant pots: Resene She’ll Be Right, Resene Away We Go and Resene Cleopatra

 

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


 

Prestigious timber projects


Timber’s benefits make for a lengthy list – spanning both form and function and, while its longevity of use speaks of its function, it’s the NZ Wood Resene 2020 Timber Design Awards that speak of its form.

ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH

 

The Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown may have put paid to the celebratory event for the highly-acclaimed, annual showcase of the innovative, structural and aesthetic use of timber, but local winners of this prestigious event have been announced.

Haus Expresso (Dalman Architects), Arvida Living Well Park Lane (Jasmax), St Patricks Church (WSP Opus), CSO Centre, Christchurch Town Hall – Ron Ball Studio (Warren & Mahoney), Boat Shed – Lyttelton (Christchurch City Council), Farmers Corner Pavilion Ashburton (PTL Consultants) and the James Hay Theatre Timber Floor – Christchurch Town Hall (Timbers of NZ) are just some of the exceptional local projects to receive awards this year.

St Patricks Church (pictured) offers a stunning example of how structural timber elements can be expressed as the main architectural feature of a building.

Utilising New Zealand grown radiata pine with a clear coat finish, the timber creates a warm feel for the 250 square metre church.

The Lincoln project by WSP Opus was the winner of a new category – Public Design.

It was also the proud winner of an Interior Architecture award in the NZIA’s 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards (page 79).

“Once again, the quality of entries is exceptional,” judges agree.

“More and more novel, innovative applications of timber are submitted every year. The quality, design, materials and build philosophies employed demonstrate the evolving and imaginative use of timber in New Zealand and indeed, around the world.”


 

Find your focal point: RESENE


Rooms decked out in dramatic shades from top to bottom are everywhere right now. But while you might be in love with the look of these schemes, implementing them can be intimidating for many.

 

If you’d like to dabble in a bold or moody look, bathrooms and ensuites are the ideal place to try out dark or vibrant Resene paint colours or Resene wallpapers.

If you’re investing the time, money and effort to do a bathroom renovation, why not make it one to remember?

Try something courageous and it’ll surely be the talk of every guest you host.

To start building the look, find a focal point that you are drawn to when you walk into the room – that’s the best place to create a feature with interesting materials, textures or colour that give some real oomph to the space.

This master ensuite is inspired by Resene Wallpaper Collection E384534.

Contrary to the popular belief that they make spaces feel smaller, fully saturated shades can work well in bathrooms.

This deep blue tongue-and-groove panelling in Resene Bunting makes the glossy white bathroom fixtures pop.

The rest of the colours in the space coordinate perfectly with the wallpaper – from the bright coral Resene Apple Blossom on the towel ladder and stool, the dusty rose Resene Coral Tree on the soap and lotion dispensers, and the soap dish in Resene Coriander, to the side wall in Resene Pewter and the rich Resene Coconut Cream floor.

Finish the look with a large statement mirror to help reflect more light around the room, add in layers of soft towels and no-care plants.

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

 

Background in Resene Merino with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from top) in Resene Apple Blossom, Resene Coral Tree, Resene Bunting, Resene Coriander and Resene Coconut Cream and a strip of Resene Wallpaper Collection E384534. The soap dispenser is painted Resene Coral Tree and the dish is painted Resene Coriander.

 

Tropical goes sophisticated: RESENE


When you think about a tropical inspired interior it often evokes images of green palm leaves, pink flamingos and light-coloured cane furniture in bright sun-drenched rooms. This colour scheme, inspired by the wrapping paper featured in the frame, takes the concept for a more sophisticated spin.

 

* Background in Resene Eighth Bokara Grey, vase in Resene Virtuoso, tealight holder in Resene Rebel and A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left) Resene Dreamtime, Resene Quarter Bokara Grey, Resene Virtuoso and Resene Ethereal.

 

The key textural elements and motifs of a tropical theme are all still present in this look but anchored in the deep smouldering tones of Resene Quarter Bokara Grey, it becomes elegant and modern, rather than kitsch.

The designer has doubled down on the moody grey by opting for Resene Eighth Bokara Grey on the floor and the living room sideboard, and by filling the space with grey bed linen, cushions and rugs.

That deep base makes the plum Resene Virtuoso on the bedhead, bedside table and the vase bloom like a tropical flower.

The whole look is kept fresh with notes of barely pink Resene Ethereal on the lightshade and ladder, a duskier tone on the bedside Resene Rebel tealight holder and crisp notes of Resene Dreamtime on the wall planter and bedside vase.

Put a twist on traditional tropical and style with sophistication.

Styling by Vanessa Nouwens, Images by Melanie Jenkins

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


 

The white way


We will forever love the white room; it’s clean, serene and the stuff of interior dreams. We’ve pulled together our top tips for painting the white way.

 

  1. The right white

    White has long reigned supreme in the world of interiors – and for good reason; it’s perhaps the most typically used wall colour for our internal spaces due to its safe practicality and versatility.

    But which shade of white does one choose? Will it be pure white, off-white or simply white?

    Taking the time to choose the ‘right white’ makes more of a difference than you might think.

    ADAIRS WHITE GENOA VINTAGE WASHED LINNE CUSHION
  2. Complement with colour

    As with any other interior colour, the shade of white you choose needs to complement the other colours and furnishings in the room – and don’t forget about the lighting.

    Blue undertones give a crisper, cooler shade of white which best suits a modern, urban space where strong, dark colours like navy or black prominently feature.

    Yellow undertones, on the other hand, provide a warmer and creamier appearance that’s more relaxed and works well with rustic, earthy colour palettes like browns, reds and oranges.
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  3. Pick your palette

    When it comes to decorating a white room, it’s important to firstly choose your colour palette – will it be tonal or complementary?

    The danger of a white room is the tendency to stick solely to a neutral colour palette, which can often make a space look washed out.

    Consider the classic décor rule of 60-30-10 – 60 percent of the room should account for the primary colour palette, 30 percent should be the secondary colour or texture, and the last 10 percent is for your accent hue.

    A bright pop of the right colour can go a long way, adding depth and variation.

    While white will always combine particularly well with black for eye-catching contrast, interior trends are telling us to opt for other bold colours like emerald green or crisp yellow.

  4. Let’s talk themes

    It’s also equally as important to pick a theme – namely what textures, furnishings and accessories you will use.

    Gold detailing works best with warmer whites, and silver with cooler tones.

    Warm woods complemented by weathered, whitewashed finishes provide a comfortable, country rustic vibe, but if it’s a sleek, modern atmosphere you’re after, consider materials with a colder feel like metal and stone.

    A carefully curated collection of plants can also add to the atmosphere of any white room.

    PILLOW TALK BENSON TABLE
  5. Fabulous fabrics

    Selecting the right fabrics is critical to creating contrast successfully – texture is your best friend, particularly when it comes to an all-white interior.

    For instance, a carefully chosen rug will tell the textural story of a room, allowing the other furnishings to subtly reference back to it.

    Remember to choose one that’s the right size so it doesn’t look out of place – interior designers recommend that the rug is large enough to stretch underneath all the core furniture pieces like the sofa, armchairs and coffee table.

When executed well, the bright white interior offers serenity and sophistication that truly stands the test of time.


 

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.


 

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.