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A snapshot of today’s top colour and design trends.

The return of red has been a long time coming and the popularity of rich brick, carmine and vermillion reds is rising rapidly. However, designers are using what can sometimes be an aggressive hue in new, unexpected ways. The strength of an earthy ‘iron’ red like Resene Lonestar can be softened by a petal pink like Resene Sakura and a hint of mauve like Resene Tom Tom to bring about a sense of rosy optimism. But what is typically a feminine combination has been further offset by details in salted caramel, aquatic blues and creamy whites, bringing a sense of balance to the colours and vibe of this bedroom.

A red and pink bedroom with a curved wall

Back wall in Resene Sakura, curved wall and right wall in Resene Lonestar, floor in Resene Tom Tom, jug vase in Resene Fountain Blue and books in Resene Fountain Blue and Resene Hot Toddy. Chair from Cintesi, bedlinen from Foxtrot Home, rug and cushions from Mulberi, artwork by Carmel Van Der Hoeven.

A deep aubergine and plum interior

While purple can be a polarising colour, designers are in agreement that deep aubergine and plum are in.

Walls in Resene Lonestar, vase in Resene Tom Tom and sculpture in Resene Aubergine.

Blending pink with other popular colours

The popularity of pink shows no signs of slowing down. Though greens have been its most common colour companion, today’s pinks are being blended with other upward trending hues like aqua blues, carmine reds, golden yellows and aubergine purples.

Resene testpots and A4 drawdown paint swatches in (clockwise from top right) Resene Aubergine, Resene Sakura, Resene Fountain Blue, Resene Tom Tom, Resene Hot Toddy, Resene Lonestar and Resene Japonica.

A refreshing spring green bedroom

Forward-looking spring greens are perfect for a refresh as the world looks towards healing and new growth. Softly dusted variations like Resene Rainee make a beautiful base for other trending colours like rusted reds, oranges, golds and peachy pinks, especially when these warmer hues are offset with accents in watery blues. Walls, floor, raised bed platform and steps in Resene Rainee, artwork in Resene Half Innocence, Resene Thor and Resene Green Meets Blue, wood stool (centre) in Resene Colorwood Whitewash and dresser, hooks and stool (right) in Resene Hot Toddy. Bedlinen from Foxtrot Home, rug, cushion and throw from Baya, rattan screen and mirror from Mocka, vase from Danske Møbler.

Popular pale pastels

The use of pale pastels continues to offer the softness we crave in order to cope with the realities of a harsh world.

Resene testpots and A4 drawdown paint swatches in (clockwise from top left) Resene Half Scarpa Flow, Resene Anise, Resene Pale Oyster, Resene Summer Green and Resene Half Sour Dough.

Rising popularity of greys with a slight violet undertone

While the popularity of grey is waning, today’s variations have far more character than the typical flat, one-dimensional greys used in years past. Those with a slight violet undertone are far more interesting and less sterile. Plus, they blend well with popular rosy pinks, blush beiges and warm wood tones. Back walls and floor in Resene In The Mauve, left wall in Resene Dust Storm and timber steps stained in Resene Colorwood Dark Oak. Bench and pendant lamp from Good Form, rug and throw from Baya.

Happy and lively wallpaper patterns

Designers are using happy hues and lively patterns, like those featured in Resene Wallpaper Collection M47705, to inject energy back into commercial office spaces. Try pairing it with a peach pink like Resene Beethoven and a burst of bold peacock blue like Resene Now Or Never.

Resene Now Or Never

Projects: Amber Armitage
Images: Wendy Fenwick


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