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From BlackWhite magazine - issue 02, picks + tricks

A roundup of some of our editor Laura Lynn’s favourite designs from the latest Resene Wallpaper Collection releases and how to use them.

Tropical meets traditional

“Tropical, botanical wallpaper designs have long been popular, but those that feature green fronds can sometimes limit options that will work for your complementary colour palette. The tonal taupe design of Resene Wallpaper Collection 219912 offers plenty of flexibility for not only what colours you can pair with it, but it also gives your clients the ability to swap out their accent décor seasonally. Try it with Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream, Resene Parchment and Resene Inside Back for a timeless living room.”

Resene Wallpaper 219912
Tropical meets traditional: Resene Wallpaper 219912

Resene Wallpaper 24110
When only damask will do: Resene Wallpaper 24110

When only damask will do

“Some of you (like me) may have had just about all you can take of damask wallpaper in the early 2000s, but there always seems to be that one client that can’t get enough of it. If damask is the only design for them, then please let it be this gorgeous and moody teal and chartreuse combination. Go the whole hog in a dramatic space by teaming it with Resene Teal Blue and touches of Resene Highball.”

Classic yet quirky

“I love the energy and verticality of this striped design, and it’s one of those ones where you instantly know the perfect project it would work in the second you see it. It’s easy to create a mural that would make a real splash in a restaurant or office reception area. Pair it with walls in Resene Xanadu, ceiling and trims in Resene Half Alabaster and accents in Resene Paradise or Resene Cosmos to pull some of the design’s vibrant hues off the wall and into your space.”

Resene Wallpaper 539134
Classic yet quirky: Resene Wallpaper 539134

Resene Wallpaper 1907-140-06
Glam geometry: Resene Wallpaper 1907-140-06

Glam geometry

“I love this simple, geometric design. It’s an obvious fit for an Art Deco-inspired scheme, but it could also work well in an otherwise minimalist setting when paired with timber finishes. Try it with a floor in Resene Colorwood Bark, furniture in Resene Colorwood Rock Salt and accents in Resene Palm Green for a chic look.”

Not all heroes wear capes

“The bathroom in the first apartment I bought was surrounded by internal walls with no method of ventilation, so the unrelenting moisture made a dog’s breakfast of the ceiling. When I fixed it, I opted for a similar Anaglypta wallpaper design to this one painted misty grey like Resene Ghost and it made the space feel so glamourous. Now, Anaglypta designs are my go-to for tricky plasterboard walls that still require textural distraction when even proper prep work doesn’t suffice. Resene Anaglypta Wallpaper comes in a wide range of designs that you can paint in any colour you please, making it the superhero of wallpapers in my eyes. Try painting yours in Resene Spanish Green for a similar look to this bedroom.”

Resene Wallpaper RD80000
Not all heroes wear capes: Resene Wallpaper RD80000

Resene Wallpaper HX4-019
Love story: Resene Wallpaper HX4-019

Love story

“It’s not for everyone, but I’ve been head over heels for Art Nouveau design ever since Victor Horta’s dreamy Hôtel Tassel staircase flashed up on the overhead projector in my History of Residential Furnishings class back in uni. I adore the new Alphonse Mucha-inspired wallpaper murals from the Resene Wallpaper Collection, and the colours in this design would make it ideal for a romantic bedroom. Try it with sultry Resene Persian Red and accents in Resene Coral Tree and Resene Soothe.”

For more wallpaper designs, tips and tricks, pick up a copy of the new habitat plus – wallpaper from your local Resene ColorShop or reseller. It’s packed full of ideas on how to incorporate popular wallpaper trends into your project.

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This is a magazine created for the industry, by the industry and with the industry – and a publication like this is only possible because of New Zealand and Australia's remarkably talented and loyal Resene specifiers and users.

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