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Pink prevails

From Habitat plus - decorating and colour trends 2020

Whether you love it or hate it, pink has been, and continues to be, one of the most defining colours of the decade.

In fact, there hasn’t been any other colour that has become quite as sensational or made as much of an impact on decorating trends. While one particular ‘millennial’ shade may have kicked off pink’s popularity, the hue has since transitioned into a much dustier territory, becoming more refined and ‘grown up’ in the process.

Softer, rosier shades and muted near-beige blushes are being favoured now, as are those with a ruddier feel to them. The good news is that, unlike millennial pink, these versions don’t carry the same ‘flavour of the month’ vibe – meaning schemes built with today’s pinks are likely to have a much longer shelf life and result in a look with more timeless appeal.

A trendy teen's bedroom using softer rosier shades of pink
On-trend pinks mood board
Trendy bedroom: This trendy teen’s bedroom shows how this same mood board look can be translated into a real space. The wall is in Resene Bone, the floor is in Resene Blanc, the bedframe is in Resene Cashmere, the table and pendant lamp are in Resene Moccasin, the mirror is in Resene Just Dance, the chair is in Resene Kalgoorie Sands and the patterned under bed boxes and wall hanging are in Resene Sante Fe, Resene Just Dance, Resene Sorbet and Resene Cleopatra.   Mood board: This mood board captures the epitome of what’s currently on trend, with tone-on-tone shades of dusty pink, terracotta and blush with hints of mustard and lilac. The background is painted Resene Bone and the A4 drawdown paint swatches are in (from top to bottom) Resene Sante Fe, Resene Moccasin, Resene Sorbet, Resene Just Dance, Resene Bone, Resene Cashmere and Resene Kalgoorie Sands.

As a result of pink’s soaring popularity, reds, browns and beiges have all been affected, with each taking on more of a pinky hue. This could be attributed in part to the continued prevalence of the tone-on-tone trend, where these desert-like shades often get combined and layered to create something of a sunset effect. To get the look, try combining Resene Just Dance, Resene Sunbaked, Resene Sorbet, Resene Soulful and Resene Despacito.

Dusty pink wallpaper  with Resene Apple Blossom panelling
A blush toned mood board brings warmth and softness
Panelled wall: Resene Wallpaper Collection HAN100353233, seen here on the top section of the wall, is a dusty pink pattern with a distinctly Japanese feel to it. Try it with lower wall panelling in Resene Apple Blossom, dark timber flooring stained with Resene Colorwood Jarrah and mix in plenty of natural textures.   Mood board: Blush tones bring extra warmth and softness to this Resene Half Spanish White background and, when combined with plenty of tactile elements, can result in a trendy, well-travelled vibe. The A4 drawdown paint swatches are in (from left to right) Resene Despacito, Resene Shabby Chic and Resene Sunbaked.
An on-trend study nook using dark and moody colour with a pink undertone
A gallery wall using Resene Wax Flower
Study nook: Resene Just Dance on the back wall sets the tone in this on-trend study nook. Dark and moody Resene Smoulder, used as an accent on the return walls, has a definite pink undertone. The large vase is painted Resene Soulful, the spouted jug is painted Resene King Tide and the small vase in Resene Cleopatra plays off the mustard colour in the artwork.  
Trend: dark, see "dark and stormy"

Gallery wall:
Wall and plant pots painted in Resene Wax Flower, skirting in Resene Japonica.

Abstract art

Make your own trendy abstract collage to carry a colour palette into your space. This one was created with little more than a few Resene testpots and adds a level of interest that makes the space really shine. Two coats of Resene Cleopatra, Resene Smoulder, Resene Love Me Do, Resene BFF and Resene Soulful were painted onto sections of heavy white cardstock and allowed to dry fully before being doodled on with a series of black polka dots and squiggles using a permanent marker. Wavy, freeform shapes were then cut out at random and glued on to a stiff cardboard background, where a grid pattern had been drawn on with a fine-lined black pen. The effect is one of a kind, yet it’s entirely easy to replicate yourself.

A little about lilac

The pink trend has also diverged into another emerging trend: lilac. Restful and calming in nature, this romantic hue is an ideal choice for a bedroom. Lilac pairs well with both cool and warm whites, and if you look to nature, you’ll see how lovely it can look with greens and greys.

Abstract art - a trendy collage and a lilac room, a fresh option to pink
Dining room: In this minimalist dining area, the back wall is painted Resene Despacito while the wall at the left is in Resene Soulful. The floor is in Resene Yuma, the pendant lamp is in Resene Alabaster, the vase is in Resene Ethereal and the bowl full of lemons is painted Resene Just Dance.   Lilac room: Shades like Resene Mozart, Resene Dreamtime and Resene Whimsical (used on the walls above) are a fresh option for those looking for an alternative to pink.

Resene Just Dance

Resene Sunbaked

Resene Sorbet

Resene Soulful

Resene Despacito

Resene Sorbet

Resene Shabby Chic

Resene Smoulder

Resene King Tide

Resene Cleopatra

Resene Love Me Do

Resene BFF

Resene Ethereal

Resene Dreamtime

Resene Whimsical

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