Needing a colour makeover in your living room but don’t want to spend the earth?
We create five different looks using the same key pieces of furniture to show how a space can be transformed through the use of colour. If you invest in a neutral base for your key living room furniture (couch, coffee table and rug) paint colours and accessories can be updated to create different looks with little expense. We have chosen five key colours of the season to show how dramatic this change can be.
Playful and quaint, a pretty space inspired by the beauty of the Magnolia.
Resene Whimsical is a pastel lilac, a fanciful, dreamy colour. Try this hue with chilled whites, velvet mauves or fuchsia pinks, such as Resene Poured Milk, Resene Memory Lane, or Resene Smitten.
Wall in Resene Whimsical, large pot painted in Resene Excalibur.
Furniture and accessories: Hugo sofa in Storm Grey velvet, Me and My Trend. Tilt coffee table, Citta. Noughts Weave rug in Marl Grey, Nodi rugs. Magnolia cushion fabric in copper, James Dunlop Textiles. Grid wool throw and Bernard Collared Vase, Citta. La Tribe Pool slides in Olive and Cut Flower Garden book, Father Rabbit. Blush Magnolia print, Amber Armitage.
Cinematic and dramatic this moody monochrome room packs a punch.
Resene Noir is a deep midnight black with an edge of magic and mystery. Try this colour with chilled whites, rich purples or charcoal metallics such as Resene Poured Milk, Resene Machiavelli or Resene Extraterrestrial.
Wall and bookshelf in Resene Noir.
Furniture and accessories: Hugo sofa in Storm Grey velvet, Me and My Trend. Tilt coffee table, Citta. Noughts Weave rug in Marl Grey, Nodi rugs. Sai Gon Arch Mirror in black, Mini Pin Tuck Ottoman in Grey Velvet, Me and My Trend. Black moonstone small cushion, Penney and Bennett. No.5 Fringed black cushion cover and Segment tray, Citta . Patterned throw, Kim Soo (stylist’s own). Sicilian Carafe in charcoal, Father Rabbit. Watering can, Sunday Store. Magazines and plants, stylist’s own.
Inspired by the tones of the desert, this colour adds so much warmth and vibrancy to the space.
Resene Sunbaked is a Mojave Desert terracotta, versatile and timeless. Try this colour with gentle apricots, blackened blues or warm red browns such as Resene Soulful or Resene Cedar.
Styling tip: Cool down this hot colour with cool greys, black iron and plenty of greenery.
Wall and shelf in Resene Sunbaked, stool and (small) pot in Resene Soulful, large pot in Resene Shabby Chic, small vases (on shelf) in Resene Just Dance. Painting on wall in a mix of Resene Poured Milk, Resene Shabby Chic, Resene Soulful, Resene Just Dance, Resene Sunbaked, Resene Family Tree and Resene Mother Nature.
Furniture and accessories: Hugo sofa in Storm Grey velvet, Me and My Trend. Tilt coffee table, Citta. Noughts Weave rug in Marl Grey, Nodi rugs. Spring Cushion Cover (small) linen cushion cover in toffee, Citta. Arch Lounge chair in beige, Me and My Trend. All else stylist’s own.
Simple and nurturing, with a strong Scandi vibe, this relaxed space can be layered up.
Resene Poured Milk is a chilled white with a soft edge of blue-grey hiding at its heart. Try this colour with mushroom taupes or lilac greys. We added the warmth of Resene Napa and Resene Sambuca to create some depth.
Wall and pot in Resene Poured Milk. Hooks and stool in Resene Napa. Painting in Resene Poured Milk, Resene Napa, Resene Sambuca and Resene Thumbs Up.
Furniture and accessories: Hugo sofa in Storm Grey velvet, Me and My Trend. Tilt coffee table, Citta. Noughts Weave rug in Marl Grey, Nodi rugs. Ash Wood Peacock chair in natural, Me and My Trend. Cait porcelain cup, Remodelista book, Lavender framed print, Father Rabbit. Forget Me Not Cushion Cover and neutral cushion cover, Citta. All else stylist’s own.
An active, creative and energising space, this room will not go unnoticed.
Resene Fast Forward is a deep slate blue warmed with a moody undertone of green. Try this colour with blue greys, sharp yellow whites or yellow greens such as Resene Raindance or Resene Rice Cake. Pale, textural furnishings and a pop of mustard yellow add contrast.
Styling tip: Paint shelves the same shade as your wall for a seamless effect.
Wall and shelf in Resene Fast Forward. Pots painted in Resene Poured Milk.
Furniture and accessories: Hugo sofa in Storm Grey velvet, Me and My Trend. Tilt coffee table, Citta. Noughts Weave rug in Marl Grey, Nodi rugs. Mini drum ottoman in mustard, Me and My Trend. Linen cushion cover in SeaFoam and Moss Stitch Cotton Throw in Smoke, Citta. Nice Coastlines print, Amber Armitage. Kingdom candle, Good Thing. This Is Home book, Sunday Store. Menu vase and cup, stylist’s own.
Styling by Amber Armitage. Photography by Melanie Jenkins. 2019
Colour inspiration gallery
Get inspired with colour and the latest decorating and colour trends! Select just the right look and mood for your space.
The most common wall colours used
Unleash your inner artist
Hand-painted wall murals