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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. For more ideas, see the decorating inspiration gallery, habitat magazine or view how-to project ideas.

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Plaid-tastic
Plaid-tastic

Lure out your creative side and get graphic with paint in a way that will leave a lasting impression... more
Natural healing
Natural healing

For most people, your bedroom is your sanctuary – the place where you begin and end each day, and where you retreat to recharge your batteries... more
Face value
Face value

Discover your inner artist with a Bauhaus inspired wall mural for your lounge... more
Making a Mondrian statement
Making a Mondrian statement

A bathroom is the perfect place to get a little creative. Tucked away behind closed doors, it’s a veritable blank canvas to experiment with colour and style... more
It's a breeze
It's a breeze

Create an outdoor shower inspired by the sea. Using aqua hues will transform your outdoor shower into a room in itself... more
New life
New life

Repurposing current household favourites in soothing new hues and calming tonal colour schemes can completely transform a space... more
A warm welcome
A warm welcome

Stepping into a stunning hallway sets the tone for what’s in store throughout the rest of a home... more
Easy breezy
Easy breezy

A holiday home is somewhere we spend our precious time, with the idea of getting away from it all... more
Get out more
Get out more

This palette champions a selection of Resene blues and whites that subtly convey a seaside theme... more
They call it cubby love
They call it cubby love

These cool coloured block striped cubbies are a fun way to bring order to the after school dumping ground... more

Character study

Let rebooted neutrals bring a multidimensional minimalism to your bedroom... more
Second nature
Second nature

A colour scheme like this one is a no-brainer for rest and relaxation... more
Coastal christmas
Coastal christmas

With blue tones often associated with the ocean and clear skies, it makes sense to embrace these beach-inspired hues at Christmas time... more
Sun-day style
Sun-day style

When the sun is shining and the air is warm, a place to relax outside, read a book and enjoy a tipple should be on everyone’s to-do list... more
Natural attraction
Natural attraction

Encourage sweet soothing sleep with a bedroom painted in soft character neutrals, filled with natural texture and a warming palette of colours... more
One outdoor look, two ways
One outdoor look, two ways

If you’re fortunate to have your own outdoor area, treat it as an extension of your internal living space... more
Pastel pops
Pastel pops

For a dining space that’s filled with energy and whimsy, pair pretty pastels with bright fruity hues on a crisp white backdrop... more
Green light
Green light

Grant yourself permission to bring in some fresh colour for your finest dining yet... more
The greatest of ease
The greatest of ease

This contemporary space is styled using neutrals from either end of the spectrum to create a harmonious feel and timeless sense of refinement... more
Block it out
Block it out

If you’ve made the switch to working from home, one of the biggest challenges you might have faced was finding a place to set up a desk where you can concentrate... more
Nature's finest
Nature's finest

Bask in the best nature has to offer with a conservatory that feels like springtime all year round... more
Dressed to impress
Dressed to impress

Dark sea greens and pale blues come together in a dressing room you’ll never want to leave... more
Pretty in pink
Pretty in pink

Create a soft pink and grey space where you can prepare for the day ahead in peace... more
Draw the line
Draw the line

If working from home means sharing a desk, here’s how to make sure your areas stay separate while being together... more
In reverse
In reverse

If you have a long span of wall, such as in an open plan living room, you could add tongue-and-groove panelling or wainscotting... more
Chocolate indulgence
Chocolate indulgence

Dark chocolate browns and warm, rich caramels are decadent additions to your sleeping space... more
Mellow yellow
Mellow yellow

Enjoy the sunshine, even on a rainy day, in a lounge that celebrates the radiance and joy of tonal yellow decorating... more
Out of the box
Out of the box

A tonal colour palette of green greys is translated into three unique spaces with a clever wall feature and cosy, on trend styling... more
Setting the bar high
Setting the bar high

An intimate corner with an elegant bar cart and a cosy, layered blue setting makes for the perfect sophisticated spot... more
Greyscale
Greyscale

Transform your lounge into a film noir set with clever greyscale styling... more
Spanish revival
Spanish revival

Take inspiration from Californian Spanish-style homes to create a conversation pit that’s a conversation piece in itself... more
Taking shape
Taking shape

Say hello to brave choices, with geometric shapes and creative patterns bringing homes to life... more
Frozen beach blues bach
Frozen beach blues bach

View a beach bach's bedroom, living room, and hallway, all painted in calming Resene blue's... more
Ahead of the curve
Ahead of the curve

This Art Deco inspired office nook features generous curves, warming saturated hues and graphic contrast for a space where creativity can flow... more
Sweet deco dreams
Sweet deco dreams

Curved or square, multicoloured or in your favourite hue, coloured headboards can make a stylish statement in a bedroom... more
Green with envy
Green with envy

Create a room that’s sophisticated and grown-up without being stuffy or precious with deep emerald green... more
Brown is the new black
Brown is the new black

A tonal brown lounge proves it’s not just light, soft colours that can create a nurturing, soothing space... more
A sunny disposition
A sunny disposition

You’ll find it hard to frown in a room brimming with this joyful, sunny hue... more
Get smart
Get smart

A hallway with a smart black and beige colour palette is the perfect welcome note for a home’s entrance... more
Pinstriped blue bedroom
Pretty in pinstripe

The ever-charming English countryside is practically synonymous with rest and relaxation... more

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Latest inspiration in print

Pippa Ensor
Pippa Ensor

Athfield Architects associate Pippa Ensor has worked in all three of the practice's studios... more
Ermanno Cattaneo, bespoke landscapes
Ermanno Cattaneo

Ermanno Cattaneo works for Suzanne Turley Landscapes, where he creates bespoke residential landscapes; from Architecture NZ... more
Shades of the season - winter
Shades of the season

Embrace an on-trend colour palette; from Fashion Quarterly... more
How to choose the perfect white paint
The perfect white paint

How to choose the right white shade for your space; from Denizen... more
Create magical settings with deep moody colours
Evening light

Create magical settings with deep moody Resene paint colours and dimly lit spaces; from Remix magazine... more
Modern meditteranean
Modern mediterranean

Bring a touch of the Med home, with textured walls and living spaces that seamlessly link the indoor to the out; from Remix... more
Carving a path - Hannah Jensen
Carving a path

Hannah Jensen... this New Zealand artist is one to watch; from Denizen... more
Melle Van Sambeek
Transformed by colour

Stylist Melle Van Sambeek delights in paint's instant effect; from NZ H&G... more
Creating space - curated spaces
Creating space

Indulge in curated spaces that are edited just for you, filled with objects you love, from Remix.. more
Colour play - runway inspiration
Colour play

The runway has all the inspiration you need this season, from Fashion Quarterly... more
Resene berry colours
Berry nice

Resene berry hues... a mood-enhancing splash of colour, from Mindfood... more
Resene Shed of the Year
Resene Shed of the Year

Shed of the Year runner-ups use prize to splash colour on their New Plymouth garden projects, from NZ Gardener... more
Natasha Markham
Natasha Markham

Founder of MAUD (Markham Architecture + Urban Design) and co-host of architectural podcast 76 Small Rooms, from Architecture NZ... more
Heat your foodie spaces
Heat your foodie spaces

How to bring some fire into your kitchen, from Cityscape... more
Art from Hannah Jensen
Carved from colour

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

Darryl Church discusses nature, context and the process of integrating colour, from Architecture NZ... 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
Its only natural
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...

Blush
Blush

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

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

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

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
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
More is good

The more colour, the better says stylist Loui, from NZ H&G... more
HIt the right tone
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
Summer sensation

Sunshine, sand, and iridescent surf, from Hotel magazine... more
Mix and match
Mix & match

Colour combinations inspired by the coast, from Fashion Quarterly... more
Charlotte Minty
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
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
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 - admire the epic beauty that surrounds us
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 and green
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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