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A common annoyance for many homeowners is when they’re most of the way there with their decorating but their space still feels like it’s missing something. It can be tricky to figure out just what needs to be done to give it that extra ‘oomph’ and turn it into something you’re proud to show off to visitors.

The good news (for both you and your wallet) is that adding what’s missing doesn’t always involve buying something new. It may simply be a case of reinventing items you already own.

A grey lounge with pink and magenta accessories

Hot pink and magenta mood board

Hot pink and magenta mood board

A grey lounge with pink and magenta accessories

Dressed up moodboard and lounge: Back wall in Resene Half Gull Grey, Left wall in Resene Element, Floor in Resene Colorwood Whitewash, Plinth table in Resene Eighth Black White and Resene Element, Artwork in Resene Eighth Black White and Resene Element, Bench in Resene Pompadour, Plant pot in Resene Scrumptious.

To better demonstrate the impact that even small paint projects and accessory swaps can make, each of these rooms features the same key wall colour: Resene Half Gull Grey. This clean and uncomplicated grey makes a superb backdrop for layering on your own unique style, creativity and favourite Resene accent colours. The timber floorboards have been finished in Resene Colorwood Whitewash, which gives off a softly weathered look that can either feel casual and beachy or trendy and chic depending on what else you pair it with.

Your lounge is likely the room where you spend the most of your waking time at home. Whether it’s the place where you and your family watch TV together or where you and your friends dish over drinks, comfort is key. No matter what your activity, your seating needs to be something you’ll actually enjoy sitting in – so of all the furniture you purchase for your home, don’t be afraid to splurge on a sofa that both looks and feels the part. It’ll be well worth every dollar for the amount of time you’ll spend enjoying it.

Key things your lounge might be missing:

A grey, black and white lounge

Grey, black and white mood board

Grey,  black and white mood board

A grey, black and white lounge

Dressed down moodboard and lounge: Back wall in Resene Half Gull Grey, Left wall in Resene Element, Floor in Resene Colorwood Whitewash, Console Table in Resene Archive Grey, Artwork in Resene Eighth Black White and Resene Element, Vase in Resene Archive Grey, Knobby pot in Resene Sugar Loaf, Pendant lamp with brushstrokes in Resene Archive Grey.

Easy ways to up your style game this weekend:

And remember, paint is one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable design tools out there. If you aren’t completely in love with a colour or are just ready for a change, getting a whole new look is only a day away!

Accessories: Sofa from Dawson & Co; Polka dot cushion and Lips cushion from Kip & Co; Diamond beige cushion from Freedom; Circle vase from H&M Home; Ghan rug from The Ivy House; Table from Der Look; Striped rug and black and white cushion are stylist’s own.

 

Styling by Kate Alexander. Photography by Bryce Carleton. 2022


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