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.
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.
Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.
Many homes don’t have a dedicated mudroom, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a place to stash your stuff right after you walk in the door. This simple and stylish entryway is designed to keep things tidy and takes up next to no floor space.
This soft and understated scheme, with walls in Resene Moonlight and floors in Resene Grey Olive, looks warm and inviting to guests.
The vintage bench offers a cheerful surprise, painted in Resene Chorus Line and Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta, and offers seating for those heading out to tie their shoes with plenty of space underneath for painted baskets to keep footwear that’s waiting to be worn out of sight.
The hooks are handmade using a small piece of pine and painted in Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta – to match the picture frame and bench legs.
Turquoise is one of most calming and soothing colours you could use to make your space feel relaxing. Named after a mineral of the same brilliant chroma, its hue is reminiscent of Tiffany boxes to some and Caribbean waters to others.
Turquoise is often confused with aqua, teal and light blue. While it’s true that turquoise is pretty similar to all of them, it is still a unique colour all on its own, and is obtained by mixing light blue, light green, and a tiny of vibrant yellow for its signature liveliness.
Turquoise home décor is often perceived as exotic, although it’s considerably easy and practical to combine with a wide variety of styles from bold and vibrant to more traditional looks.
In what would have otherwise been a very basic bathroom, this space has been given a massive mood lift with Resene Yes Please on the tongue-and-groove panelling to complement the creamy yellow undertones of the Resene Elderflower walls.
Staining the floors with Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash nods to a natural, beachy feel, which inspired the incorporation of sea-coloured accessories in Resene Meditation, Resene Kandinsky, Resene Remember Me and Resene Freelance.
By sticking to crisp white bath linens and bathroom fixtures with stainless steel chrome finishes, like the LeVivi Marbella Freestanding Bath and Devon Vanity from Plumbing World, the result feels restful and spa-like.
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:
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.
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.
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.
This fresh, cool room manages to take the essence of trendy Scandi cool and blend it with a distinctly local, natural style.
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:
Use bold verdant green accents and consider layering them in different strengths for a lush glade feel.
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.
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.
This rich, warm dining space is a sophisticated take on a classic citrus. Rather than using the fresh, light colours normally associated with a citrus-inspired scheme, this one opts for a richer, full-bodied look instead.
The orange rear wall packs a punch in Resene Twisted Sister, while the complementing accessories pop in softer, more muted shades, such as a short round vase in Resene Thumbs Up, a small bowl in Resene Moonlight, a tall angular vase in Resene Yuma and a table bowl in Resene Crowdpleaser. The sideboard they sit on is painted in Resene Swiss Caramel, the chair in Resene Moccasin and the pendant light in Resene Spanish White.
The room is fresh and appealing but escapes being too pretty and light, plus it’s a citrus scheme that will transcend the seasons and not be locked into summer or spring. Other walls in the space are painted in Resene Half Spanish White as a neutral counterpoint, while golden-stained Resene Colorwood Natural finished timber adds further oomph to the warm glow of the room.
Despite this deep orange being such a striking colour, it is surprisingly adaptable to a variety of interior styles; here it has a clean architectural look. By changing out some accessories, colour accents and furniture, you can style to your own taste for a completely unique look. Here’s some tips to get you started:
Swap the table for a chunkier version, add leather chairs, a potted cacti and denim blue accessories and you have an American dessert theme.
Go for mid-century furniture and teal and mustard accents for retro appeal.
Stay with the mid-century furniture but add pop art and palms for a Californian cool vibe.
Add textured pots, baskets, an old oak table, potted lavender or daisies, and classic cream earthenware for a Mediterranean feel.
Or how about touches of turquoise, antiqued silver, purple, large urns and tiles for some Moroccan magic?
Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.
Dark exteriors have always held appeal, and while there will always be a place for black and charcoal, the trend has moved away from pure colours such as these to more character dark colours. Think sooty, faded black, brackish green, bruised purple-grey, bitter brown and briny blue.
Black-painted weatherboards or other styles of cladding give a house a smart urban look, or when teamed with white trims and a classic gable profile, they take on a rustic country barn appeal. These are stormy, twisted colours that, on the one hand, can be brooding and torrid, but on the other, can be comforting and enclosing.
The cladding on this house is in Resene Safehaven; a blue that has interesting stormy depths but also allows itself to be paired with a variety of accent colours. Dark colours such as this are a robust backdrop to allow bolder and brighter accent colours to shine. Consider creating a crisp scheme using just a dark colour and white – dramatic!
These kinds of colours need stronger shades to match their power but if you want soft and dusky, just go all out. Accessories and furnishings can also be switched out for seasonal effect – these vibrant coloured pots bring a Moroccan or Pacifica vibe to the courtyard, painted in Resene Daredevil (deep orange), Resene Party Zone (bright orange), Resene Pink Ribbon, Resene Lazy River (blue) and Resene Poppy (red). A series of hook racks, painted in Resene Lazy River, offer handy storage.
The bench seat is finished in Resene Furniture and Decking Oil, which is specially formulated for exterior use so that timber stays looking good. The concrete has been finished in Resene Non-Skid Deck & Path tinted to Resene Traffic – this gives a gritty texture for non-slip safety.
Remember, if you are choosing a dark exterior colour, ask for Resene CoolColour paint and stain which are specially formulated to reflect more of the sun’s harmful UV light and helps protect your paint, stain and cladding.
Hot tip: Layering retro colours over fresh, modern shapes will keep your space looking anything but dated.
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.