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From Habitat magazine - issue 24

Enjoy the freedom of paint. Create this freehand mural to give your wall extra drama. It's not as hard as it looks.

Freehand mural in your home
*Freehand mural

Feature walls are a great way to give any room added drama, but what about going a step further and adding a freehand masterpiece like this? It's not as tricky as it looks, and because it's freehand, if you make a bit of a mistake with your hill profiles, who would know?

Sure, this one was painted by all-round creative person, stylist Megan Harrison-Turner but even she surprised herself with how easy it was to transform a plain wall into something so gorgeous and dramatic. First, she found an inspirational photograph online, then sketched the outline of the hills in pencil, then added the paint using Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen. The most difficult part was choosing the colours, but Resene can help with that.

Just about any colour-way will do. Megan started with a palette of dusky greens before settling on this purple version. Blues would work, as would warm browns and even golden yellows. Just keep the colours dusky and muted rather than clear and sharp.

*Wall from top: Resene Spindle (sky), Resene Mischka (left hill), Resene Freestyling (right), Resene Santas Grey (right), Resene Mamba (right), Resene Hammerhead (left, behind sofa), Resene Casper (sea). The floor is in Resene Ivanhoe.

Props: Cleo Sofa and Amity Floor Rug from Freedom Furniture. Urn and Ceramic Tea Cup from Xia. Velvet and Linen Cushions and Mira Coffee Table from Nest. Anders Lamp from Republic Home. Cast-iron Roji Teapot from Taylor Road.

Getting shady

The new-look Resene Multi-finish collection, which is being rolled out through Resene ColorShops in the coming months, is perfect for a project like this where tonal variations of colour are needed. This collection is the heart of the Resene Total Colour System, with 896 colours ranging the gamut of the rainbow, presented on a series of 64 palettes. The new palettes are two paint chips wide, rather than the current three which makes it easy to compare colours to each other, or to other swatches or samples.

styling: Megan Harrison-Turner
picture: Melanie Jenkins

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