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Seasonally purple


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Purple shades – and those with purple undertones – are some of the most overlooked hues on the fandeck. However, this colour has recently been working its way back into the spotlight.

Restful, romantic and often associated with royalty, purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. But, it doesn’t have to be a fully saturated version to still bring those same qualities into your space. Deep violet-hued taupe, lilac and plum tones, in particular, are newly emerging colour trends that are positioned to gain even more popularity in the upcoming months – and they’re typically much easier colours to live with than truly violet hues. This lounge, decked out in muted purples, is a perfect example of how to use these shades in an on-trend scheme.

Seasonally purple mood board - cool colours
Purple changeouts for seasons - cool room
Purple changeouts for seasons - cool room
Cool colours — mood board: Background in Resene Sixth Sense with A4 drawdown paint swatches in Resene Rocky Mountain, Resene Sixth Sense, Resene Shabby Chic, Resene Crowdpleaser, Resene Peace, Resene Courage and Resene Indian Ink. The tray is painted Resene Rivergum and the candlesticks are in Resene Courage and Resene Noir.   Paint: Walls in Resene Rocky Mountain, Floor in Resene Sixth Sense, Door in Resene Thunder Road, Side tables in Resene Rivergum, Chest of drawers in Resene Alabaster with harlequin pattern in Resene Despacito, Resene Peace, Resene Safehaven, Resene Shabby Chic, Resene Porter and Resene Crowdpleaser. Short ribbed plant pot in Resene Safehaven, Large ribbed plant pot in Resene Indian Ink, Large Basket (with plant) in Resene Safehaven, Tray in Resene Courage, Plant pot (on tray) in Resene Grey Olive, Candlesticks in Resene Courage and Resene Noir, Basket (with throws) in Resene Eighth Stonewashed (top) and Resene Courage (bottom).

According to experts, colours like Resene Rocky Mountain, used on the walls, Resene Sixth Sense, on the floor and Resene Thunder Road, which is painted on the door, are all trending shades that are on the upswing. Dark, but not too dark; purple, but not too purple; these colours are easy on the eyes, making for a cocooning space that’s ideal for curling up in with a magazine and a cup of tea. Violet-hued taupes like these lend themselves well to other trendy colours like barely-there blush such as Resene Ethereal (seen on the mason jar), dark and dusty navy such as Resene Safehaven (seen on the short ribbed vase and the tall candle stick), faded peach such as Resene Shabby Chic (seen on the small plant pot on the tray), wine red such as Resene Courage (seen on the tray and short candlestick) and sage green such as Resene Peace (seen on the side table).

The chest of drawers in Resene Alabaster has been made the focal point of the room with a painted harlequin pattern in Resene Despacito, Resene Peace, Resene Safehaven, Resene Shabby Chic, Resene Porter and Resene Crowdpleaser – colours that were chosen to coordinate with those that appear on the round statement cushion. By painting these same hues onto accessories, furniture and accents in other areas of the room, it makes the space feel cohesive rather than busy.

Seasonally purple mood board - warm colours
Purple changeouts for seasons - warm room
Purple changeouts for seasons - warm room, alternative layout
Warm colours — mood board: Background in Resene Sixth Sense with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from back to front) Resene Rocky Mountain, Resene Ethereal, Resene Moccasin, Resene Shabby Chic, Resene Crowdpleaser, Resene Peace, Resene Safehaven and Resene Alabaster. The mason jar is painted Resene Ethereal and the pot is in Resene Safehaven.  Paint: Walls in Resene Rocky Mountain, Floor in Resene Sixth Sense, Door in Resene Thunder Road, Chest of drawers in Resene Alabaster with harlequin pattern in Resene Despacito, Resene Peace, Resene Safehaven, Resene Shabby Chic, Resene Porter and Resene Crowdpleaser, Short ribbed vase in Resene Safehaven, Mason jar in Resene Ethereal, Small plant pot (on drawers) in Resene Moccasin, Small plant pot (on tray) in Resene Shabby Chic, Vase (on tray) in Resene Alabaster.

The shapes, too, help add further repetition and cohesion to the small. The roundness of the artwork, ottoman, cushion, vases and lamp create a sense of continuity.

As the seasons change, swap out smaller, easy to store items such as cushions, artwork, plant pots and the velvet ottoman in lighter shades with others in darker hues, the space can subtly transition from a warmer weather look to a cooler one.


Resene Rocky Mountain

Resene Sixth Sense

Resene Thunder Road

Resene Despacito

Resene Peace

Resene Safehaven

Resene Shabby Chic

Resene Porter

Resene Crowdpleaser

Resene Ethereal

Resene Eighth Stonewashed

Resene Noir

For a more elegant and refined look, strip out the patterns and stick to jewel tones for accents and accessories, such as Resene Indian Ink, Resene Courage and Resene Family Tree, choose fabric accessories in soft velvet and finish it off with a toasted almond coloured high pile rug for an extra bit of cosiness.

For a completely different look, try pairing violet-hued mushroom mauves like Resene Sixth Sense and Resene Rocky Mountain with stone greys, green off-whites or slate charcoals such as Resene Grey Seal, Resene Merino or Resene Porter.


Resene Family Tree

Resene Grey Seal

Resene Porter

Accessories: Chesterfield Button Armchair in Ochre; Mini Drum Ottoman in Dusty Pink and Low Drum Ottoman in Port Velvet from Me & My Trend; Armadillo & Co Savannah Rug in Natural from The Ivy House; Glamdom Tray Table from Shut the Front Door; Boudoir Fringed Cushions from A&C Homestore; Finsbury Floor; Ally Brass Tray; Acrylic Tray and Mallowa Vessels from Freedom Furniture; Throw from DMI Homestagers; Pink/Gold Artwork by Julz Donald; All other props (including dark artwork) are stylist’s own.

Styling by Annick Larkin. Photography by Melanie Jenkins. 2019


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