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From the Resene Style Guides - styling ideas for your home

Gone are the days of restricting one hue on all four walls of a room. We have embraced our love of colour and our DIY ability to take something plain and make it super-cool, all with the simple sweep of a paint brush.

Practical can be stylish, and Resene Blackboard Paint serves a multitude of purposes – from the drama of a black wall as a backdrop, to an ever-changing wall of chalk-penned art, to a wall of family organisation. While it works in any room, the hallway wall or back of the front door is the perfect position for a last minute reminder as family members exit the house.

These days chalkboard paint isn’t limited to just black, but comes in a rainbow of hues, and by layering magnetic paint underneath you can take your board of lists to the next level. Scale is optional, from an entire wall, to a casually rolled section, or restrained inside a large frame.

Paint is such an easy way to inject colour and personality into any room, regardless of your own personal style, from a punchy full wall to a smaller art-sized piece, or even a colour blocked surprise on the inside of cupboard doors. Your options are endless.


Out of the box

When it looks this cool, a chalkboard will work anywhere; just roll the paint on in any direction to cover an area bigger than your frame. So easy!

Tip: Use hooks for keys or fix a small shallow box to the wall under the frame to store your chalk and duster.

Get the look: Resene SpaceCote tinted to Resene Memphis Belle

Colour block

The laundry may not be the most glamorous room in the house, but with a few clever tricks this workhorse area really can change your life!

Tip: Well-organised storage solutions are the key, and don’t forget to decorate a laundry just as you would any other room of the house. This is a room where you can really think outside the square.

Get the look: Resene Gorse, Resene Spray, Resene Smitten

Well spotted

Cheap can be chic, in this case a handful of affordable Resene testpots really can go a long way. Draw your shapes on to the surface first, so you get your scale and positioning perfectly imperfect before you brandish your brush.

Note: Stick to using just three accent colours for a wall treatment like this. More will make it look messy.

Get the look: Resene Black White, Resene Ecstasy, Resene Galliano, Resene Blackboard Paint

Tip: Did you know that the finish of Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen lets you make a chalkboard out of any colour? Flexibility and practicality all rolled into one.

Note: If you’re painting shapes with straight edges onto a wall, like the grid overleaf, use Resene low-tack masking tape. It comes in a range of widths and will peel off without taking any paint with it. Make sure you remove the tape before the paint fully dries.


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Words: LeeAnn Yare. Pictures: Larnie Nicolson.

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