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Colour inspiration – latest looks

Get inspired with colour and the latest decorating and colour trends! If you're getting ready for your next decorating journey, browse through these beautiful mood boards, paints, colours and decorating ideas to help you select just the right look and mood for your space.

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Danish and Norwegian inspired teal bedroom
Hygge at heart

Hygge (pronounced hyoo-gah) is the Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of cosiness and comfort... more
Girls bedroom in neutral colours in shades of white
Greige for the girls

Neutral hues, especially shades of white, are the most common paint colours used in our homes... more
An adults nautical themed bedroom
Sailing away

When you’re a kid, your bedroom is special. It’s the only place where you get to express your personality. As adults, it’s no different... more
Reading nook with a country grown up vibe
Palette pops

This relaxed reading nook with its grown–up English country vibe shows how far your choice of hues can go in creating interest in a room... more
Master bedroom balanced in blue and green hues
Decorating duo

Designing a master bedroom where both masculine and feminine energies have been captured... more
Shared room using an neutral palette
Shared style

Sharing can be difficult for some children but decorating a shared kid’s room room doesn't have to be hard... more
Teenage - tween music inspired personal space
In harmony

There are few things more popular or better at uniting human beings than music... more
Nautical themed relaxing room with your personal style
Smooth sailing

If there is one thing that we have come to realise, it’s that everyone needs a place to call their own... more
Retro eighties inspired dining room
Eighties for the twenties

With the cyclic nature of fashion and design, 80s looks are a hit among the hip crowd. Retro design elements... more
Zen inspired japanese tearooms
All in balance

Everything feels right in a space when each of the elements within it have been properly balanced... more
Triangled mural to define a reading nook

With an open plan layout, you don’t always have walls to rely on to provide definition between different areas and activities... more
Art inspired colour choices
Art starter

Once you’ve found some that you really love, why not use it to inspire a colour palette... more
Paint an floral mural in your lounge
Positively painterly

In this lounge, a wall in Resene Solitude has been given a gorgeous painterly treatment... more
Paint a plant mural on your lounge wall
Succulently lined

Created with a continuous line in Resene Midnight Express, this wall has been completely brought to life... more
Paint  an mini mural on your door
Simply a-door-able

A mini mural doesn’t have to be relegated to your walls. It can be on a door, floor, ceiling... more
Artwork inspired personal colour palette for your dining room
Repetition and rhythm

The artwork you choose for your space should feel very personal and can inspire a colour palette... more
Terrazzo mural inspired bathroom wall
Terrazzo on tap

Paint a terrazzo feature wall in dramatic colours and random shapes to transform your bathroom... more
Paint a mural on your lounge or bedroom
Room with a view

It’s simple to create a landscape–inspired mural in your lounge or bedroom using your favourite Resene paint colours... more
Grey on grey bedroom ideas
Going grey grey grey

If you’re looking for grey bedroom ideas, you’re in good company. From atmospheric dark charcoals to light ashen hues... more
Darker shades of terracotta for your living room
Trending to terracotta

While show-stopping bright reds may have been having a moment last year, the trend has shifted sharply and swiftly toward ruddier... more
Weather inspired nursery mobile and bookshelf
Whatever the weather

Rain or shine, you and your kids will never get tired of looking at these cheerful bookends and cloud mobile... more
Paint an motorway to play cars in your childs bedroom
Way for creative play

When you love playing with cars, the world is your motorway. Help pave the way for creative play... more
An smart touch headboard for lighting
Seasonal switchouts

A change of seasons is the perfect time to spruce up the design scheme of your home, inside and out... more
Blue on blue bedroom
Oceans of blue

In a subtropical climate like ours, it’s easy to be drawn to an ocean-inspired colour palette full of beachy blues... more
An smart touch headboard for lighting
Inspired by art

Stuck in a rut and need inspiration? Look to the arts for ideas. Floral art, photography, textile design, art forms... more
Seventies inspired lounge
Tranquil in monochrome

The choice to stick to classic Resene blacks and whites creates a sense of tranquillity within a space... more
Art deco inspired dining room
Stencil makes a space

By stencilling the triangular tiles in Resene Peace on to the Resene Elderflower floor, they bring a more casual look to the room... more
Seventies inspired lounge
Mellowed out

Mellow mustards, bitter oranges, toasted terracotta and spicy browns – the tell-tale tones of 1970s design aesthetic... more

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Latest inspiration in print

Darryl Church
Darryl Church

Darryl Church discusses nature, context and the process of integrating colour, from Architecture NZ... more
Art from Hannah Jensen
Carved from colour

Hannah Jensen reveals the magic within her art, from NZ H&G... more
Nick Eagles
Nick Eagles

Collaboration, turning transience into sculpture and the importance of colour, from Architecture NZ... more
Megan Harrison-Turner
Colours for the soul

Megan Harrison-Turner says colours are her happy place... more
Bibby + Brady, Napier interior design firm
Right at home

Napier interior design firm Bibby + Brady, from Style... more
Tried and true colours chemes
Colour Play

Tried and true schemes can teach us a thing or two, from NZ H&G... more

It's only natural

Colours inspired by nature have a firm place in the work of these designers, from NZ H&G... more
Daniel Marshall
Daniel Marshall

Modernity, Mexican architecture, surrealism and luminescence inspire this Auckland architect to create a moody and highly textural photograph, from Architecture NZ... more
The colours of winter - pick a path
Pick a path

Firmly rooted in nature, you can’t go wrong with this key colour trend, from Mindfood Decor... more
The colours of winter - green light
Green light

Mother Nature has a knack for creating harmonious colour combos, from Mindfood Decor... more
Annabel Cropper
Annabel Cropper

Her day job is that of graduate architect at C Nott Architects but in her time off, Annabel blends graphic and object design with curiosity and architecture for the sake of large, sculptural objects, from Architecture NZ... more
Karen Walker Chalk Paints
Back to the chalkboard

Designer Karen Walker has dipped into her past to create her latest collection for Resene, from Denizen magazine... more
Buster Caldwell
Buster Caldwell

In his time off, the creative director for the Wonder Group makes engaging art from photos of banal architecture, from Interior magazine... more

The colours of autumn, from Mindfood Decor...


The shade has become one of the most defining colours of the decade... more

Dark and dramatic colours have captured the imaginations of courageous colour lovers... more

Grey is such a universal colour that you can easily dress it up to suit any season or style... more

For an elemental, nature-inspired colour with a truly contemporary feel... more
The ritual of dining
Ritual of dining

Celebrating the beauty of connection created through the ritual of dining, from Remix magazine... more

Weather report

Rust is in this season. Add a touch of aged charm to your outdoor space with Resene’s exciting new release, from Simply You Living... more
Colour and light - Daniel Marshall
Colour and light

There’s synergy between the two, from NZ H&G... more
Feeling fresh
Feeling fresh

Tones inspired by nature’s most invigorating season, from FQ... more
Captivating coral
Captivating coral

Officially the colour of the year, according to Pantone, coral couldn’t be more apt for summer, from Simply You Living... more
Moshin Mussa
Moshin Mussa

We caught up with the RTA Studio associate to discuss colour and how it has influenced his design choicest, from Interior... more
Botanical garden
Botanical garden

Greens and blues fill-up the tropical sphere, from Hotel... more
For the love of timber
For the love of timber

Timber brings a relaxed feel to any home, from Mindfood Decor... more
Shades of the season
Shades of the season

Splash uplifting summer colours around your home, from Mindfood Décor... more
Moody monochrome colour scheme
Moody monochrome

Moody monochrome is a classic, elegant colour combination, from Mindfood Décor... more
The colours of Christmas
Colours of Christmas

Wreaths, lights, ornaments … there’s nothing like styling your home for the holidays, from Mindfood Décor... more
A calming interior inspired by the elegant
aesthetic of local fashion brand Marle
Everyday luxury

A calming interior, elegant aesthetic, from Remix... more

More is good

The more colour, the better says stylist Loui, from NZ H&G... more

Hit the right tone

The modern interior is moving on from stark white or deep, moody colours. Instead, it’s time we embraced the middleground, from Denizen... more

Summer sensation

Sunshine, sand, and iridescent surf, from Hotel magazine... more

Mix & match

Colour combinations inspired by the coast, from Fashion Quarterly... more

Charlotte Minty

Wellington-based interior designer discusses the colours of her childhood and how they still hold a place in her imagination, from Interior magazine... more
(not so) accidentally Wes Anderson
(not so) accidentally Wes Anderson

Creating your own Wes Anderson-inspired interior, from Remix magazine... more
Dream in green
Dream in green

Shades of green are the hottest trend in interior design, from Mindfood Décor... more

Moroccan mood

Transform your interior with a little touch of Morocco, from Hotel magazine... more
Adding humanity
Adding humanity

Harmony is a key driver for designer Charlotte Minty, from NZ H&G... more
Paint it black
Paint it black

In this contemporary take on the traditional farmhouse, a dark, Resene-rendered palette paints country living in a new light, from Denizen... more
Green scene
Green scene

Fashion’s love of greenery endures, so bring nature inside the home with lush and relaxing forest hues, from Simply You... more
Gerald Parsonson
Gerald Parsonson

We caught up with the award-winning, Wellington-based architect to discuss colour, the built environment and the sweet spot where the two meet, from Interior magazine... more
Colour is king
Colour is king

Throwing out the rule book and embracing shades of green, blue and blush, from Mindfood Décor... more
Still life
Still life

Take your winter colour palette cues from centuries past, bringing deep yet comforting... more
Interior colour schemes - trends
Q&A Colour Confidence

Resene consultant Rebecca Long gives Cityscape the skinny on the trends... more
Tickled pink from Hotel magazine
Tickled pink

Pink is no longer a gendered colour... It’s warm, vibrant, from hotel magazine... more
Deep in the forest from MiNDFOOD Decor
Deep in the forest

Take inspiration from nature and layer up greens, from Mindfood Décor... more
Softly does it
Softly does it

For stylist Amber Armitage, soft and organic is the way to go, from NZ H&G magazine... more
Seasonal colour palette
Through falling leaves

Be inspired by Mother Nature’s seasonal palette as summer leaves turn gold and amber beneath sweeps of grey-blue sky, from Simply You magazine... more

New beginnings

Ensure your home is as fresh as your wardrobe, from Fashion Quarterly... more
Dark matter
Dark matter

Transform your home into a moody paradise this winter, from Fashion Quarterly... more
Shades of grain
Shades of grain

Wood is one of the world’s oldest and most enduring materials, from Hotel magazine... more
Hues to inspire your work
Get to work

Hues to inspire your work with Mindfood Décor... more
Autumn tones
Autumn tones

Warmth and depth with wood stains plus create a statement with bold colour from Remix magazine... more

You are here

Don’t forget to look around and admire the epic beauty that surrounds us every day... more
Crisp in colour
Crisp in colour

Balance and harmony with the colour green plus fun with florals from Remix magazine... more

Orange & green

Unexpected contemporary looks from NZ House & Garden... more
Coastal colour palette
Coast to coast

Let a coastal palette wash over your home with these ideas from Simply You Living magazine... view

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