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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Outdoor greens come inside your lounge
Jade meets sage

A room like this one is perfect for bringing a sense of the outdoors in during the winter... more
Dark and stormy blues and greys
Dark and stormy

Moody navy blues that look like they came straight out of the Mariana Trench... are making waves in the interior design world... more
Six murals to paint with your own style
Unleash your inner artist

The trend in hand-painted wall murals is for a relaxed... more
Five different colour choices
One room, different personalities

Needing a colour makeover in your living room but don’t want to spend the earth?... more
Spring fresh colours with white walls
Spring fresh

One of the most wonderful things about paint is that you can use it on almost anything, and a just a little bit can go a long way... more
Contrasting art deco themes
A nineties nook for now

This reading nook, while reminiscent of the late 80s and early 90s, still feels current today... more
A teenagers lounge area
Teen time

As your kids get older, it’s understandable that they’ll start to crave more independence... more
Memphis design
Memphis moves

Just like that old adage goes – everything comes back around... more

An tidy office space at home
Working the corners

When you’re trying to use space efficiently, adding a small desk area to serve as a home office... more

Home office
Space to work

If you need a dedicated place to work at home but are already squeezed for space... more
Retro dining room
Why revive when you can thrive

The noughties kicked off with a 1980s electropop renaissance... more
Contrasting colours for your lounge
Contrast choice

There are plenty of interesting ways that the principle of contrast, one of the key tenements of interior design... more
Outdoor greens come inside your lounge
Homework zone

A home workspace can be much more transient than it used to be, something that can be moved around to suit the task or need at hand... more
Childrens bedroom with repetition of shapes for design
Rule of three

Repetition is one of the key tenements of interior design, a principle that can be followed by professionals and homeowners alike that helps to ensure all the results of our hard work will look great.... more
80s retro citrus colours
Trendy yet timeless

The Resene Classic Collection is a selection of favourite Resene colours that people are drawn to time and time again... more
Moody dark pallet
Beautiful in blue green

Aqua is at the front edge of trending interior colours at the moment for walls, painted furniture, accents and even fabrics... more
Entryway storage
Space to stash

This simple and stylish entryway is designed to keep things tidy and takes up next to no floor space... more
Teal shades in your bedroom
Get a feel for teal

Aquas and teals are splashing into interiors right now, particularly accents in shades like Resene Yowza, Resene Freelance, Resene She’ll Be Right and Resene Yes Please... more
Turquoise in the bathroom
Signature liveliness

Turquoise is one of most calming and soothing colours you could use to make your space feel relaxing... more
Keen for Kilim. Woven, natural textures
Keen for Kilim

Woven, natural textures – especially in fibres like sisal, rattan and jute – are everywhere, along with equally earthy colours to complement them... more
Moody dark pallet
Finely toasted

While dark looks have been dominating design trends lately, too much of a good thing could leave you with a room that seems more like a cavern than a cocoon... more
80s retro citrus colours
Vibrantly mid-mod

Mid-century modern design was first made popular in the post-war Western world after designers sought to shift away from the fussy looks of the Edwardian era... more
Find your focal point
Find your focal point

If you’d like to dabble in a bold or moody look, bathrooms and ensuites are the ideal place to try out dark or vibrant colours or wallpapers... more
Bedroom in greens and greys
Soothing sanctuary

Sticking to a single colour may seem like an easy way to decorate, but it can take a bit of finessing to really nail a tone-on-tone look... more
Complementary colours
A study in contrast

Decorating with complementary colours can be a challenging look to pull off, but when everything comes together, the results are memorable... more
Dramatic dining and lounge area
Classically curved

In an age where it can sometimes feel like trends change even faster than the weather, classic design styles and colour combinations will always be in high demand... more
Dramatic entry way
Welcome home

Your entryway or mudroom is a pretty crucial spot in your house... more
Dramatic entryway
Embrace the dark

There’s a dramatic colour trend doing the rounds – dark tone-on-tone rooms that are at once cocooning and welcoming, but also strikingly rich... more

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Latest inspiration in print

Feeling fresh
Feeling fresh

Tones inspired by nature’s most invigorating season, from FQ... 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 Decor... more
Shades of the season
Shades of the season

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

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

Wreaths, lights, ornaments … there’s nothing like styling your home for the holidays, from Mindfood... 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 imaginationt, 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 Style... 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... 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 magazine... 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 magazine... 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

More colour, wallpaper and design trends

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