This beautiful serene space has been created to be an inviting and comfortable escape that’s refreshingly gender neutral.
Just a quick change of the focus artwork shifts the room subtly from more of a 'she-den' to a 'he-den'.
It might seem an unusual way to think about a space but there are key times when a room that appeals to as many people as possible is important. In a shared office, for example, as this room could be, it really needs to be a space that whoever needs it, want to spend time in to get that work done.
This lush jade green space with its walls in Resene Mother Nature has the feel of a warm tropical jungle escape. The layers of green accessories throughout the room from the darker Resene Permanent Green and Resene Family Tree to the grey-green of Resene Rivergum and the pale Resene Peace on the desk chair, all enhance that feeling.
The delicate and streamlined design of the furniture in this space means the use of Resene Noir never becomes over-powering. It emphasises the drama of the green walls, without weighing the room down.
The floors are stained in Resene Colorwood Greywash for a relaxed, textural anchor to the room. Extra texture also comes in the velvet armchair and the leafy green plants for a look that is warm and inviting.
Accessories in greys such as Resene Silver Chalice pull it all together to create a space that is not too warm, not too cool, but just right.
Paint colours: Walls in Resene Mother Nature. Floorboards in Resene Colorwood Greywash. Desk top, bookshelf and large planter in Resene Noir. Chair and vase in Resene Peace. Pen pot, book ends, round box and plant pot in Resene Silver Chalice. Boxes on shelf in Resene Permanent Green (big), Resene Rivergum (medium) and Resene Family Tree (small).
If black is not your thing, try furniture in the fresh, warm white of Resene Elderflower with Resene Colorwood Whitewash on the wood floor. Then add layers of mustard tones in Resene Thumbs Up and Resene Yuma.
Instead of green as a gender neutral try teal Resene Fast Forward on the walls, with a weathered grey-blue such as Resene Raindance and crisp Resene Rice Cake accents.
Or you could try shades of often-overlooked deep brown on the walls such as Resene Thunder Road, with layers of softer browns and neutrals such as Resene Double Pravda, Resene Poured Milk and Resene Artisan.
Styling by Vanessa Nouwens. Images by Melanie Jenkins. 2019
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