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From the Resene Style Guides - styling ideas for your home

The entrance to your home should be like putting on your best dress.

A yellow front door

It’s the first glimpse of the home within, and when you open your front door to guests your entrance and hall should scream welcome! Highlight your front door so visitors can find it easily with well-defined access from the street. The front door is a great place to test out bold colour, or at least a contrasting colour to your exterior palette.

Hallways can be tricky spaces to work with, and aren't always as proportionally grand as we would like them to be. When it comes to decorating a hallway, treat it with just as much importance as any other part of the house. These types of transitional spaces are the perfect places to be bold and confident – to be creative with colour and pattern, to experiment, and make big statements with paint, wallpaper, artworks and lighting. Avoid recessed lighting in a long hallway; this type of space lends itself perfectly to at least two hanging pendants, which will be a much more eye-catching alternative. If your hall is long, consider painting the end wall in a darker colour so it seems closer. If your hall is narrow, paint the side walls lighter so it seems wider.

Tip: Yellow is a very reflective colour so be wary of painting bright yellow on all of the walls of a room. Look for a paler version to use instead or try using it on a feature area or piece of furniture.

Using sculptural elements

All the detail

Make practical stuff look good. A sculptural coat hanger keeps hats, coats and bags in place, while an ornate mirror frame is perfect for that last minute check as you’re running out the door.

Tip: If you’re a fan of white, try reversing the roles. Use colour on the wall and paint all your accessories in white.

Note: If you choose a bold colour for your front door, use high-gloss Resene Enamacryl for extra impact.


Using yellow in small spaces

Love the small rooms too

Just because your laundry falls into the service room category doesn't mean you can’t decorate it with the same thoughtfulness, creativity and fun as any other room. If it’s a compact area

Tip: A row of boldly coloured baskets creates a striking contrast while being the ultimate in unhook-and-go.


Painting with a stencil

Stencil magic

Paint a door or window frame, or both, in an eye-catching colour, or grab a stencil to create a pattern on your walls – it can be more flexible than using wallpaper. You may only need a few testpots to achieve something eye-catching.

Tip: A simple graphic stencil like this will be timeless, and the classic combo of yellow and white is a winner. Resene testpots are handy for stencilling if you decide to use a range of yellows, rather than just one.


Note: Rejuvenate and protect wooden floors with Resene Colorwood stain and Resene Qristal ClearFloor.

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Words: LeeAnn Yare. Pictures: Larnie Nicolson.


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