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Nomadic traveller

The dusky earth tones of this calm space, mixed with the natural fibres and wood tones make it feel as though you’ve just stepped in to an airy, cool luxury lodge after a trek through the desert or savannah. It the kind of look that keen travellers, or those who dream of travelling, can have at home as a reminder of exotic destinations. Based mostly around an African aesthetic, it can be easily adapted to echo other cultural motifs and colours.

The room is cleverly, but subtly detailed with the colour palette being used to created shapes and shadow on the walls.

Project photo Mood board - Earthy colourblock living
Mood board Nomadic traveller: The dusky earth tones of this calm space, mixed with the natural fibres and wood tones.
Mood board: Background in Resene Quarter Spanish White, green vase in Resene New Leaf, A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top) Resene New Leaf, Resene Grey Seal, Resene Napa, Resene Route 66, Resene Grey Area and Resene Sambuca. Accessories: Coffee table and Malawi cane chair from Citta Design, Crusoe Teak Root Side Table, Woven Squab and Woven Wall Hangings from Indie Home Collective. Sunset Vibes art print from Paper Plane. Vintage Kilim Cushion and Kami Wooden Mug from Everyday Needs.

The strong bold lines of the colour-blocked wall and its asymmetric patterning were by the patchwork view of farmland and fields from the sky. The rich dark brown vertical stripe, painted in Resene Route 66, gives the wall a focal point and echoes the colour of the fireplace.

The pattern is very simple to recreate by masking the lines. You just need to have a good look at the room or wall you’re painting to see how the shapes might be adjusted to your space. Look for areas you want to really stand out, and how the use of dark and light shades to create the appearance of structure.

Resene Grey Olive is used on the upper left part of the wall, with Resene Napa on the right. Resene Earthen runs across the lower part of the wall, made more striking by the vertical stripe of the wonderfully warm Resene Route 66, also used on the fireplace. The whole look is literally grounded in Resene Quarter Spanish White. The lighter floor cools off the whole space, highlighting the warmer shades and preventing them becoming oppressive.

The small dark bowl is in Resene Sambuca, the larger bowl and small round vase are in Resene New Leaf, the tall vase is in Resene Tablelands and the textured vase is Resene Barnstorm.

Wall and accessory details

Adapt this colour-blocked wall with other colourways:

Paint colours: Wall in Resene Grey Olive (top left), Resene Earthen (bottom), Resene Route 66 (vertical stripe), Resene Napa (upper right). Fireplace in Route 66, floor in Quarter Spanish White. Small bowl in Resene Sambuca Larger bowl and small round vase in Resene New Leaf Rounded vase in Resene Tablelands Textured vase in Resene Barnstorm.

Extras: Larger bowl on coffee table in Resene Crowdpleaser Jug in Resene Grey Area Candlestick in Resene Dapper.

Resene New Leaf

Resene Grey Sea

Resene Route 66

Resene Grey Area

Resene Earthen

Resene Tablelands

Resene Barnstorm

Resene Crowdpleaser

Resene Grey Area

Resene Dapper

Styling by Gem Adams. Images by Wendy Fenwick. 2018

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