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Turn up the texture

From habitat plus - decorating and colour trends 2024

Incorporating visual and touchable texture is a sure-fire way to bring sensory interest to your space.

Bring tactile texture to your interior

Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect can be used to bring tactile texture to walls, plant pots and more.

Left wall painted with a wide brush in a criss-cross motion using Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect in Resene Quarter Linen, right wall in Resene Triple Masala, floor finished in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, bowl in Resene Off The Grid and large plant pots in Resene Quarter Arrowtown. Chair, side table and sideboard from Danske Møbler, artwork from endemicworld.

While adding chunky, woven textiles made from natural fibres is one popular idea, these items will look more at home when layered over surface-level texture. Gentle washes of colour can be brought to painted surfaces with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium. For timber, the Resene collection of stains and colour washes can be used to enhance the beauty of the wood’s natural grain. On concrete floors and walls, the Resene In The Wash collection can be used to create a European fresco-inspired effect. Resene FX Faux Rust Effect can bring authentic-looking aged patina to a wide range of non-contact surfaces. And to bring physical sandy-style tactile texture to interior walls, ceilings, decor and other surfaces, try Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect.

Break it up

Resene FX Crackle is a fast and simple way to add an aged or antique look to small items like picture frames and décor objects, it can also be used to create a uniquely textured statement wall that’s sure to standout. Start by using a tinted acrylic basecoat, such as Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, one coat of Resene FX Crackle and a final coat of an acrylic topcoat in a contrasting colour. Resene FX Crackle will shrink, causing the topcoat colour to crack revealing the basecoat colour. Your crackle effect will vary depending on your application method, enabling many different effects to be achieved with the same product simply by varying your application technique and your basecoat and topcoat colour combinations. A thick coat of Resene FX Crackle will result in fewer larger, deeper cracks while a thin coat will give smaller, shallower cracks. For a more complex look that’s truly one-of-a-kind, you can also create a paint effect on your wall by brushing on another Resene colour over areas of your basecoat before applying your Resene FX Crackle layer and topcoat or apply your paint effect over your topcoat.

On a roll

Textured wallpaper is a quick and easy way to bring tactile texture to a range of flat surfaces. From subtly ridged designs to high-relief options, the Resene Wallpaper Collection has something to suit every colour scheme and style. You’ll also find a range of anaglypta-style paintable Resene wallpaper designs which you can paint yourself so that you can be positive the colour will match or coordinate with the rest of your look. While Resene textured wallpapers are always a great option for walls, you can also use them to create the look of a tin-ceiling by applying designs overhead. Or apply offcuts to add texture to the inset panels of doors, reinvent an old piece of furniture or recover books, lampshades and more.

Resene Crackle effect on interior walls

To increase the connection between your décor and your Resene FX Crackle effect undercoat paint colours, use the same hues to paint vases, accessories or your own DIY artwork.

Wall painted in Resene Bright Spark and Resene Rusty Nail topcoated with Resene FX Crackle effect and Resene Oasis, lamp in Resene Rusty Nail, tall vase in Resene Blackout, small vase in Resene Half Gin Fizz and DIY artwork in Resene Oasis, Resene Half Gin Fizz, Resene Blackout and Resene Nero.

Paintable anaglypta style wallpaper designs

Paintable anaglypta-style wallpaper designs are great for bringing raised texture to your home’s hard surfaces in just the right colour. In this space, the same design has been applied to a DIY clock as on the walls behind – but painted in a contrasting hue – so that the texture is cleverly continuous.

Upper wall and clock in Resene Wallpaper Collection RD5671, wallpaper and lower wall painted in Resene Epic, table and clock in Resene Brown Sugar, dado rail in Resene Toffee, vase in Resene Double Blanc and books in Resene Epic and Resene Toffee.

top tip  Test out your Resene FX Crackle effect colours and application technique on a sample panel before starting your project.

Mottled or marbled

Don’t overlook smaller accessories like plant pots, vases, lamps and more when looking to increase the visual texture within your space. Not only can Resene FX Paint Effects Medium be used to give your walls, ceiling or floor an eye-catching mottled or limewashed look, but you can also apply it to décor items that you’ve painted with Resene testpots to coordinate with your space. With some experimentation and high-contrast colours like Resene Courtyard and Resene Invincible, you can even mimic the look of marble by adding in hand-painted ‘veining’ to your paint effect with a small artist’s brush.

Add texture to items you already own

Look for items you already own that you can add texture to with Resene products. These large plant pots make the entryway more interesting while linking together the colours used to decorate the walls and floor thanks to Resene FX Paint Effects Medium.

Left wall painted in Resene Stepping Stone (top) and Resene Courtyard (bottom) with dado rail in Resene Sea Fog, right wall in Resene Courtyard, floor in Resene Colorwood Shade, table legs and candelabra in Resene Invincible, DIY artwork in Resene Kinship with border in Resene Invincible and plant pots in Resene Kia Kaha with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Courtyard, Resene Kinship and Resene Invincible applied on top. Lamp and faux plants from A&C Homestore, basket from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Bring real nature elements into your home

Bring real nature elements into your home, such as river rocks, by incorporating them into DIY projects and enhancing them with a waterborne clear coat finish in Resene Concrete Clear gloss.

Wall painted in Resene Biscotti with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream applied on top, floor in Resene Biscotti, table in Resene Quarter Doeskin, basket in Resene Cement, large vase in Resene Thorndon Cream, small vases in Resene Soya Bean and Resene Jacko Bean, bowl in Resene Colins Wicket and DIY hook rack stained in Resene Colorwood Ironbark with rocks sealed in Resene Concrete Clear gloss.


Resene Breathe Easy

Resene Kinship

Resene Stepping Stone

Resene Courtyard

Resene Epic

Resene Off The Grid

Resene Shade

Resene Kia Kaha

Resene Invincible

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