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1 look 4 ways - interior colour schemes

A six-step colour choosing process to get you started The 6 step colour scheme
If you’re about to create a colour scheme and don’t know where to begin, here’s a six-step process to get you started... more
An entrance foyer Making an entrance
If you have the space for one, an entrance foyer is a blessing. It creates a sense of arrival, it’s a place to pause, and to help lead you to where you want to go next – whether that’s up the stairs or on to other rooms. A hallway or foyer may be just a transitional space, but it sets the tone for the rest of the interior... more
Central hallway of a character villa Easy transitions
The classic central hallway of a character villa cries out for a bit of creativity. Often, these hallways are treated quite formally or as an almost forgotten zone, simply a space to pass through. But because halls aren’t places you hang around in, they can afford to be visually bold. Use a dark or strong colour, something with wow factor... more
Layout with white leather tub chairs Take a seat
The sculptural lines of these tub chairs and the clean white of the leather makes them a stand-out feature against any wall – especially a wall that uses some striking colour. Taking inspiration from the cushions and the wonderful circular artwork, we have walls in deep golden yellow, through to dusky purple. All of these colours could be used as a feature wall... more
Open plan living Seeing double
Nowadays, we love open-plan living, frequently allowing the spaces in our homes to run seamlessly into one another. This can present a problem – where do you end one colour and start another, or do you just use the one colour everywhere? This reconfigured villa has two rooms sitting side by side, so allows for a layered colour scheme... more
Colour scheme for a living room Cosy up
Sleek and streamlined, this living room is perfect for families, with loads of space for lounging around the fire together in winter, or entertaining friends in summer. It’s a simple yet smart space that can be given interest by picking out the fireplace wall... or leave it to blend in with the other walls... more
A fireplace in the room I see fire

Fireplaces often figure in our interiors, not just as a generator of warmth but for their visual appeal. There’s nothing quite like our emotional response to glowing flames on a winter’s night spent at home. Fireplaces also offer scope for adding architectural flavour to a room. Often centrally placed, they become a focal point for the interior, whatever the season. Here, the fireplace is part of a symmetrical setting, reinforced by the placement of the windows and sofas, to create an ordered and calming ambiance... more

Kitchen living Heart of the home
The kitchen is without doubt the hub of a family home, so needs to be a friendly and welcoming space. While it can be fertile territory for making bold style statements, these tend to work better in moderation where kitchens are concerned. Classic kitchen joinery can be re-coloured as often as you like to reflect current fashions, as can walls. ... more
When a kitchen is part of an open-plan space... New but old
When a kitchen is part of an open-plan space, it needs to be integrated in both colour and style. In this relocated villa, kitchen designer Celia Visser created various elements to ensure this kitchen visually blends within its built environment – tongue-and-groove side panels, panelled doors, a symmetrical arrangement of tall cabinets with a deep pelmet at the top... more
Kitchens fulfil a multitude of purposes Variety on the menu
A great kitchen needs to fulfil a multitude of purposes. First and foremost it’s a place to cook, but it’s also a space to gather, talk and eat – and in this case it spills over neatly into a warm and welcoming open-plan living room. This particular space is large enough to entertain a variety of colours... more
Today’s dining spaces are often integrated Dine in style
While traditional dining rooms tended to be stand-alone affairs, only used on high days or holidays, today’s dining spaces are often integrated with the kitchen for an effect that’s airy, friendly and relaxed. If yours needs a spruce-up, have a play with some paint colour charts, and see if you can dream up a new scheme.... more
An elegant and streamlined dining room Modern dining
This simple, elegant and streamlined dining room calls for a similarly sophisticated choice of paint. It needs to be friendly yet not fussy, and certainly not overbearing. We’ve stayed with more natural-toned palettes – the types of greens and golds found in our coastal bush and rural pastures – to enhance the honeyed tones of the table and chairs... more
The dining area is cleverly defined by a feature wall Defining the dining
In our open-plan living spaces, dining tables are often left to float, unanchored, somewhere between the kitchen and the sitting area. In this example, designed by Wellington architect John Mills, the dining area is cleverly defined by a feature wall that grows organically out of the kitchen cabinetry... more
Painting feature walls And so to bed
Feature walls are a wonderful tool because they allow us the freedom to make significant changes on a regular basis. Let’s face it, with a relatively modest amount of paint, we can effectively undertake a total bedroom transformation every time a stylish new duvet cover set or classy curtain fabric takes our fancy... more
habitat-plus-03 Nature or nurture?
While our bedrooms are primarily places of rest, they’re also a very private spot, so when you’re choosing a decorative scheme you can go one of two ways. You can choose paints in the soft colours of nature for a space that’s cosy and enveloping... more
Striped walls Up down or sideways
Stripes are going up, down and across walls, floors and ceilings. Stripes are a great way to have a bit of fun and create a feature area in any room of the house. They can be multi-coloured or part of a simpler scheme of just two colours.... more
Childrens bedrooms For the kids
There is no place as full of potential as a child’s room when it comes to letting your decorating imagination – and theirs – run riot. Bright colour is practically a prerequisite, and the Resene KidzColour range is guaranteed to provide the perfect colour for the job... more
Nurseries Baby baby
Creating the perfect room for a baby can be one of the most significant decorating projects in a parent’s life – especially when it’s our first. We all want to achieve a space that is restful and sleep-promoting, but with subtle little touches such as this pretty bunting to stimulate the newborn’s interest... more
Highly functional bathroom Bathing beauty
A beautiful looking highly functional bathroom is an essential part of any home and getting what you want can be pricey. With this in mind it’s wise to factor longevity into your plans (remembering those who were seduced by avocado or peach-coloured fittings in the early 1980s, and lived to regret it). Buy the best you can afford... more
habitat-plus-03 Simple character
Look a bit closer and you will see that the stripes on the wall of this bathroom are painted on with a paint roller… freehand. Rather than use masking tape to form clean edged stripes... more
habitat-plus-03 A character corner
The rich detailing of this corner cries out for clever combinations of colour. The very villa-ness of it is obvious in the intricate window architrave and the tongue-and-groove panelling on the lower part of the wall... more
Painting laundries Washday blues
And greens, and even pink! Many of us these days have very streamlined laundries, cleverly hidden in cupboards, but if you’re blessed with a good-sized room for your washing machine and dryer, it can be a great place to play around with paint colour... more
Making a study welcolming Study secrets
Studies are working spaces that also need to be slightly stimulating in order to keep users ‘on task’. This can mean surrounding yourself with various favourite items of furniture or accessories, but can also be achieved by clever use of colour... more
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