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Organic vs geometric

From BlackWhite magazine - issue 05, wallpaper

Our top picks from the Resene Wallpaper Collection that tap into two of today’s hottest trends.

Concrete jungle

Just because you or your client want to add an organic touch to your project that doesn’t mean it has to be green. Resene Wallpaper Collection 539646 is one of many neutral options that lends leafy softness in a chic achromatic colour palette. While there are virtually limitless colours you could pair it with, we love it with bold pops of yellow and pink such as Resene Wild Thing and Resene Awaken on pieces of statement furniture supported with a blush beige like Resene Athena and flooring in Resene Tino Pai.

Concrete jungle - 539646 wallpaper pattern

Nostalgic charm

With movements like traditionalism and ‘Grand Millennial’ looks making big waves in the decorating world, organic wallpaper designs with old world flair have made a comeback. The delicate and romantic floral and bird pattern of Resene Wallpaper Collection 220442 looks rightly at home in a centuries-old palace in Versailles, but it works just as well in a contemporary eclectic bedroom when combined with doors and architraves in Resene Sunbeam, an accent wall and headboard in Resene Carpe Noctem and accessories in Resene Soul Searcher and Resene Aloe Vera.

Organic wallpaper with old world flair

Turn over a new leaf

For projects that need to stand out from the crowd, Resene Wallpaper Collection 541250 is just the ticket. This graphic pattern taps into up-and-coming colour trends like teal and aqua with a touch of already popular rusted red and tussock gold. With a design as bold as this one, it’s wise to keep the furnishings in the space simple with flooring and furniture in a chalky white like Resene White Pointer. But to tie it all together, add statement furnishings and accents in Resene Scoria, Resene Savour and Resene Liquid Gold to pull colours off the wall and into the rest of the room.

A graphic wallpaper pattern featuring teal leaves - 541250
Turn over a new leaf

A tropical wallpaper design - M37904
Timeless tropics

Timeless tropics

If a prototypal tropical design is what your project demands, look no further than Resene Wallpaper Collection M37904 because its layered palms are as classic as they come. Pair it with exotic, warm-toned timber flooring stained in Resene Colorwood Natural, ceiling and furniture in a crisp white like Resene Merino and a stone grey like Resene Credence, then finish the look with accents in a spicy orange like Resene Kombucha for a space that’s equal parts welcoming and timeless.

Best of both worlds

Why choose between geometric or organic designs when you can have a wallpaper with elements of each? The soft-edged circles of Resene Wallpaper Collection 539752 work beautifully in both casual and formal spaces and with a huge range of furnishings. Play up the pattern’s Scandi styling with warm wood décor and furniture stained in Resene Colorwood Meranti, flooring in Resene Stepping Stone and bring in touches of soft sea glass hues like Resene Infused, Resene Eau De Nil and Resene Duck Egg Blue for a fresh and inviting residential, commercial office or retail space.

Organic and geometric wallpaper design - 539752
Best of both worlds

A wallpaper pattern with a three dimensional appearance - M35002
Another dimension

Another dimension

Resene Wallpaper Collection M35002 gets its unique, three-dimensional appearance from two layered geometric patterns and a drop shadow. The result feels like it leaps off the wall, making it best suited for engaging or collaborative spaces like reception areas, meeting rooms or a physiotherapy clinic. To balance the design’s movement, it’s ideal to support it with an achromatic or monochromatic palette of cream, grey and black such as Resene Spanish White, Resene Truffle and Resene Element or recessive violet-hued tones like Resene Black Doris and Resene Tenor.

Added draw

Dark and moody with plenty of interest and visual movement, Resene Wallpaper Collection M34709 has an almost gravitational way of pulling people in – making it a fabulous choice for hospitality settings like restaurants and hotels. Play up its inherent glamour with plush velvet furnishings in rich jewel tones like Resene Epic, Resene Rulebreaker and Resene Blackberry and add some sparkle with a ceiling in Resene Deep Space metallic and glittering accessories in Resene Gold Dust metallic.

A dark and moody wallpaper design - M34709

Time after time

While the classic appeal of mid-century modern designs never truly retreats from relevancy, elements of ‘MCM’ or ‘mid-mod’ style have begun climbing in popularity once again. Thanks to its classic blue and gold colour palette and restrained geometric design, Resene Wallpaper Collection M26201 fits well both in spaces where you may just want to add a touch of the trend and ones where you want to go full bore ‘Don Draper’. Combine it with Resene Rice Cake skirting boards, doors and architraves, wood flooring in Resene Colorwood Whitewash and anchor it with select details in Resene Black Sand and Resene Happy for a scheme that will beautifully support vintage mid-mod furniture that’s been reinvigorated with Resene Danska Teak Oil.

A mid-century modern wallpaper style - M26201

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Resene Athena

Resene Awaken

Resene Stepping Stone

Resene Credence

Resene Tino Pai

Resene Eau De Nil

Resene Infused

Resene Tenor

Resene Rulebreaker

Resene Epic

Resene Aloe Vera

Resene Soul Searcher

Resene Sunbeam

Resene Liquid Gold

Resene Kombucha

Resene Savour

Resene Carpe Noctem

Resene Black Doris

Resene Black Sand

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