If you have one or more neutral walls in your home that are screaming out for colour and zing, it’s time to take action! Lure out your creative side and get graphic with paint in a way that will leave a lasting impression.
There are plenty of patterns with which you can apply paint to a wall, depending on your taste. When it comes to gingham, there’s something undeniably timeless and classic about it. Combined with a fresh, modern hue, you have the perfect partnership. Whether you want to add personality to a feature wall in a bedroom or bring the walls of a hallway to life, a bold plaid will make a real statement. It’s a sophisticated way to combine dramatic colour in a formulaic way and can help you to zone areas within your home.
Choose any colour that makes your heart sing, but consider the emotional impact of your colour too. The regal blue of Resene Indian Ink and Resene Rhino make their mark in this hallway and bedroom. With blue known to evoke stability and tranquillity, what better hue to walk through in your hallway or wake up to in your bedroom each day? It symbolises a place to reset and recharge.
Select a dark shade for the horizontal strip and a light shade for the vertical line. The background should be light enough for both colours to shine. Ours is in Resene Sea Fog. Once you conquer this stylish paint design on your wall, relish in the satisfaction of a job well done. After all, this DIY project is easier than you may think!
Sometimes in a bedroom a little fun is needed on the walls, but not necessarily throughout the whole room. A feature wall solves this issue. This plaid wall sits behind the bed, complemented by side walls in Resene Double Sea Fog, a hint darker than the background of Resene Sea Fog. Harmonise your bedroom by carrying one of the colours from your plaid throughout, such as the dark navy of the Resene Indian Ink. This appears in accents such as the fireplace, bedlinen and cushions. Create further depth by bringing in elements of lighter blue too, as we've used in the bedside table in Resene Rhino, and vase in Resene Kashmir Blue. Rugs in natural-coloured fibres such as jute or sisal, will soften the entire scheme. A simple cushion or mat in earthy tones does this easily.
It's easy to overlook the hallway as a place to get creative with colour and pattern. Such underused spaces have potential; it’s a matter of honing in on your creativity. The hall is the main thoroughfare in our homes, so it makes sense to express the personality of those who use it.
Once you do, you’ll be greeted by a cheerful, upbeat interior when you enter your home. When deciding on how to organise your hallway consider your family’s lifestyle needs. A bench seat provides a place to put on or take off shoes and the boxes underneath allow for a tidy place for bags, keys and shoes. These are accessible for any age, even the young ones, at the ideal height. And being under the bench they don’t take up valuable floor space. Personalise them with a colour dedicated to each member of your household, to give some order to the chaos. Add a touch of welcomed greenery with a large plant in a pot in the same hue. A coat hook in the same stylish colour stores jackets and bags. Polish the scheme off with an artwork that stays in keeping with the general colour scheme. If you can’t find artwork to suit, create your own with a few Resene testpots.
With graphic use of your favourite colour, thoughtful accents and smart storage solutions, you’ll streamline your hall from a dumping ground into a chic, inviting space or your bedroom from bland to bold.
Project by Vanessa Nouwens. Images by Wendy Fenwick. 2021
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