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Dive into deep blue sea

From the Resene decorating blog

Today’s on-trend blues have taken a deeper dive into darker territory over their more coastal counter parts.

A dark blue lounge

The walls in this lounge are in Resene Indian Ink, the plywood floors are tinted with Resene Colorwood Whitewash waterborne wood stain, the peg stools are in Resene Halcyon and the magazine rack is in Resene Half Sea Fog. Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

The most popular tones range from deep darks like Resene Twilight Zone and Resene Indian Ink, to sapphire tones such as Resene Bewitched and Resene Wishing Well, nautical navies like Resene Safehaven and Resene King Tide and even more vibrant versions such as Resene Wet N Wild and Resene Submerge.

Dark and dramatic

While midnight blues are often used to create looks with luxury and drama, when mixed with the right tones and textures, walls that have been fully submerged in truly dark blues can be made to feel casual too. Balance them with beachy textures like timber, linen, palms, rattan and sisal for a softer look. Or dress them up with brass and gold details.

Look for shades like Resene Twilight Zone, Resene Indian Ink and Resene Bunting and try them with celadon greens like Resene Rococo, ochres like Resene Influential, spicy reds like Resene Jalapeno or toffee tones like Resene Swiss Caramel.

Resene King Tide, with its touch of indigo, looks lovely layered under lighter tones like Resene Time After Time, Resene Excalibur and Resene Half Dusted Blue, but it’s also a great match for dark earth reds such as Resene Courage or even mixed with pretty pastel pinks, such as Resene Ethereal, and blushes, like Resene Despacito.

Top tip:  Be cognizant of lighting when choosing a dark wall colour, as you may need to increase it or redirect it to get a moody effect that’s free from glare – and appropriate for the activities that will be taking place in that space.

Green meets blue

Aquas, which are also having a moment, have brought a touch of green influence to the deep blue trend as well with shades like Resene Fast Forward, Resene Artemis and Resene Green Meets Blue trending. While the trio looks great together, you can also try them with a sharp yellow white like Resene Rice Cake, a toasted orange like Resene Twisted Sister or a terracotta like Resene Moccasin or Resene Raging Bull.

A bedroom painted in dark and moody blues

Moodboard anchored by moody blues

Bedroom: The Resene White Island walls bring levity to the dark and moody tongue-and-groove paneling in Resene Indian Ink and keep it from overpowering. The floor is painted Resene Half Chicago, the nightstand is in Resene Wishing Well, and the vases are in Resene Poured Milk, Resene Wishing Well, Resene Meditation, Resene Remember Me, Resene Bluetooth and Resene Mystery.  Moodboard: A mood board anchored in some of Resene’s on-trend moody blues. The A4-sized draw down paint swatches (clockwise from top left) are in Resene Remember Me, Resene White Island, Resene King Tide, Resene Wishing Well and Resene Poured Milk. The background is in Resene Half Chicago, the hexagon vase is in Resene Wishing Well and the skinny vase is in Resene Remember Me. Project by Claudia Kozub, image by Melanie Jenkins.

Soften out the look with softer grey that have a hint of green or blue, such as Resene Secrets or Resene Half Duck Egg Blue or go for a trendy milky beige pink like Resene Urbane or Resene Spring Wood.

Bold and beautiful

Punchier blues have been surfacing, too. Shades like Resene Wet N Wild, Resene Submerge, Resene Wishing Well and Resene Bewitched are being used to define a room on furniture or layered on top of midnight and navy blues to bring further depth to dark looks.

Moodboard with aqua tones

Aqua-toned on-trend blues look beautiful together in this tone-on-tone colour palette. The A4-sized draw down paint swatches (from left to right) are in Resene Mystery, Resene Artemis, Resene Fast Forward and Resene Half Duck Egg Blue. The fish ornaments are painted Resene Mystery. Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

Try a pure sapphire like Resene Bewitched with bold reds like Resene Havoc, bright whites like Resene Alabaster or vibrant yellows like Resene I Dare You. For a bolder version like Resene Wet N Wild or Resene Endeavour, try painting a console table in an otherwise neutral room to make a real statement, or use them in smaller doses alongside equally electric pops of a hot pink like Resene Irresistible.

Happy hues like Resene Moana and Resene Tomorrow can really attract attention. Try them with smouldering reds like Resene Pohutukawa or Resene Dynamite, soft yellows like Resene Moonlight or Resene Chorus Line, or paler clear blues like Resene Slipstream or Resene Mystery.

A dusky-toned blue lounge

The sky’s the limit when it comes to the ways in which you can incorporate a dusky tone like Resene Half Duck Egg Blue into your home. The walls of this lounge are in Resene Half Duck Egg Blue, the sideboard is in Resene Fast Forward (outer frame) and Resene Mystery (doors), the side table is in Resene Artemis and the lamp shade is in Resene Fast Forward.

A sophisticated navy mudroom

This navy mudroom looks both whimsical and sophisticated in a classic combo of navy, red and white. The walls are in Resene Bunting, the coat hanger is in Resene Hammerhead, the floors are in Resene Sea Fog. On the wall, the house-shaped box shelves are the perfect place to stash smaller belongings, like keys, wallets or sunglasses. They’re painted in Resene Hammerhead, Resene Alabaster, Resene Jalapeno and Resene Breathless while the pendant lamp, stool and umbrella stand are in Resene Jalapeno. Project by Vanessa Nouwens, image by Bryce Carleton.

Take it tone-on-tone

A tonal colour palette that’s anchored by midnight or navy blue can create a space that’s both classic and elegant. Layering in plenty of lighter weathered or denim variations will add strength and depth to the look while breaking things up visually.

Try Resene Twilight Zone, Resene Excalibur, Resene King Tide and Resene Time After Time together in a room you’d like to relax in, such as a bedroom or a lounge. If you’re feeling brave, bring Resene Twilight Zone onto the walls, use Resene Excalibur on a major piece of furniture, such as headboard in a bedroom or a dining room table, then layer in Resene King Tide, Resene Time After Time and Resene Indian Ink on accessories, chairs, light fixtures, trims, floors – you name it. Contrast is king in a tone-on-tone look, so aim for plenty of variety and visual texture.

To take it a step lighter, opt for Resene Safehaven on the walls, try Resene Liberty for your statement piece of furniture, and layer in accents of Resene Bismark Resene Raindance, Resene Moby and Resene Lazy River for interest.

A sultry black-blue lounge

The batten walls of the sultry looking lounge are painted Resene Twilight Zone, a nearly black blue. The floor is in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash over Resene Colorwood Crowshead waterborne wood stain, the coffee table and sideboard tops are painted Resene Indian Ink, the vase, tealight holder and bowl are in Resene King Tide, and the tray, pot, star ornament and mirror frame are in Resene Excalibur. Project by Vanessa Nouwens, image by Melanie Jenkins.

Lighter looks

While this trend generally sees deep and darks shades taken to the walls, you can still bring in moody midnight blues making an impact on furniture. Try a petrol blue sofa in a room with greyed-white walls, such as Resene White Island or Resene Black White and timber flooring finished in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash waterborne wood stain. Then, bring in accessories in a high-octane orange like Resene Jailbreak or Resene Party Zone, a golden yellow like Resene Cleopatra or Resene Thumbs up, or desert pinks like Resene Just Dance or Resene Sunbaked.

Resene Poured Milk

Resene White Island

Resene Moonlight

Resene Ethereal

Resene Despacito

Resene Meditation

Resene Bluetooth

Resene Mystery

Resene Halcyon

Resene Slipstream

Resene Remember Me

Resene Breathless

Resene Raindance

Resene Lazy River

Resene Liberty

Resene Time After Time

Resene Excalibur

Resene Safehaven

Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash

Resene Artemis

Resene Fast Forward

Resene Twilight Zone

Resene Chorus Line

Resene Rococo

Resene Influential

Resene Thumbs up

Resene Cleopatra

Resene I Dare You

Resene Just Dance

Resene Sunbaked

Resene Swiss Caramel

Resene Twisted Sister

Resene Jailbreak

Resene Party Zone

Resene Tomorrow

Resene Moana

Resene Bewitched

Resene King Tide

September 06, 2019

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