Today’s on-trend natural looks...
While nature has long been a common inspiration for décor, woodland tones like mushroom greys, such as Resene Napa, and fern-inspired shades, such as Resene New Leaf, are among the most popular hues. Flora and fauna motifs are wildly popular too, which has led today’s on-trend natural looks to split into two main sub-categories: those built from tonal palettes with natural textures layered on, and those with graphic botanical patterns.
To get the best of both worlds, start with a palette built from warm and neutral Resene colours. It’s easy to incorporate a bit of jungle flavour through tropical plants and something out of the menagerie to add some interest but still keep the space from feeling completely untamed.
The trend in hand-painted wall murals follows a relaxed, freehand style including small painted features that meander over corners or other architectural details with sections of colour, doodled lines and curves that break the transition between walls, floor and ceiling. Gone are the days when the whole wall needed to be filled for the work to be finished. All you need is a small collection of Resene testpots and a little imagination.
Wall mural: Organic shapes and colours know no bounds – not even the edges of walls. These walls are painted Resene Rice Cake with freeform shapes painted in Resene Soothe and Resene Haystack with outlined shapes in Resene Noir. Trend: see "minimalist murals"
The dusky earthy tones of this calm space layered with the natural fibres and wood tones make it feel as though you’ve just stepped in to a luxury lodge after a trek through the savannah. It’s the sort of look that the well-travelled – or those who dream of travelling well – bring into their interiors to evoke exotic destinations. The look can be easily adapted to echo cultural motifs and colours from other countries and cultures.
The strong bold lines of the colour-blocked wall’s asymmetric pattern were inspired by a bird’s eye view of the patchwork formed by farmers’ fields. The rich dark brown fireplace and vertical stripe have been painted in wonderfully warm Resene Route 66 to create a focal point in contrast with the more neutral Resene Grey Olive (upper left), Resene Napa (right) and Resene Earthen (bottom). The whole look is grounded with the floor in Resene Quarter Spanish White, leaving the warmer shades space to shine.
Other colours to try with earthy tones are sunset pinks, deep forest greens or a mix of greys such as Resene Soulful, Resene Family Tree or Resene Porter.
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