Neutral hues, especially shades of white, are the most common paint colours used in our homes.
They are easy to live with and lend themselves well to being teamed up with a wide range of different colours. But how do you keep them from looking boring or becoming stale?
Firstly, it comes down to the main neutral you pick as the base of your palette. Not all neutrals are created equal – some are inherently more interesting than others. These particular shades are often referred to as ‘character neutrals,’ which refers to the other subtle undertones that inject a little extra energy, warmth or soul into your run-of-the-mill white, grey, beige, brown or black.
Resene Eighth Stonehenge is absolutely a hue that falls into the category of character neutrals, which is seen on the back wall of this bedroom. A clever and infinitely changeable muted grey, it works well with everything from complex and moody purples like Resene Revolver to deep masculine maroons like Resene Spitfire.
Choosing a strong accent colour is another great way to bringing more life to your neutral-based colour scheme. While a striking colour like Resene Half Gin Fizz – a flaxen yellow white – could be overpowering in large quantities, it’s one that can work magic in the right quantity and setting. Seen here on a small accent wall at the right, its balanced out by the main wall in Resene Eighth Stonehenge, the slatted headboard in Resene Double Stonehenge and the floor finished in Resene Colorwood Greywash timber stain.
It’s the other finer finishing touches – especially those that contrast sharply – that really seal the look. The DIY artwork plays off of the Resene Corvette pendant lamp, mirror and apricot pillowcases while the dusty rose throw ties the brick tone of the small Resene Cinnamon vase on the bedside chair.
While this room has a strong feminine vibe, the same space can easily be given a more masculine spin with some quick and easy switch-outs while keeping the main wall, floor and headboard colour the same. Rather than Resene Half Gin Fizz, the accent wall could be painted in a brandy ochre like Resene Stinger. Swapping out the peach and rosy coloured bedding with olive, the stone coloured quilt for a denim toned one, and adding a striped statement cushion will bring more of a manly feel. Finish off the look with a pendant lamp and artwork in dramatic Resene Nero for sharp contrast.
Paint: Main wall in Resene Eighth Stonehenge, Return wall (at right) in Resene Half Gin Fizz, Floor in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash, Slatted headboard in Resene Double Stonehenge, Skirting board in Resene Ebony Clay, Shelf in Resene Ebony Clay, Lamp in Resene Corvette, Mirror in Resene Corvette, Tote bag in Resene Corvette (bottom) and Resene Half Barely There (side pockets), Vases on chair in Resene Double Stonehenge (tall), Resene Half Barely There and Resene Rakaia (medium) and Resene Cinnamon (small), DIY artworks in Resene Corvette and Resene Rakaia, Cork tea light holder in Resene Corvette.
Accessories: Duvet cover, pillow cases, quilted bedspread, mirror (painted), rug and canvas tote bag (painted), from H&M; Waffle throw, cushions and slippers from Collect Living; Ink moon by George Sands from endemicworld; Bamboo Chair from Kmart; All other props are stylist’s own.
Styling by Kate Alexander. Photography by Bryce Carleton. 2020
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