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From Habitat magazine - issue 30

Whatever the colour, incorporating strong lines can make a strong statement.

An artful colour block

Using geometric blocks of colour in an artistic way looks stunning in this warm, earthy den. Inspired by a bird’s eye view of rural landscape, Resene Grey Olive, Resene Napa and Resene Earthen are given strong structure through a stripe of Resene Route 66, which has also been used on the fireplace. The floor has been painted Resene Quarter Spanish White and the bowls and vases are in Resene Crowdpleaser, Resene New Leaf, Resene Tablelands and Resene Barnstorm.

Resene Grey Olive

Resene Earthen

Resene Route 66

Resene Crowdpleaser

Resene New Leaf

Resene Tablelands

Resene Barnstorm

Geometric blocks of colour

DIY striped stool

A simple peg stool is an easy makeover item for graphic stripes. Simply use the width of your masking tape to form your stripes and run them in blocks in different directions. Use it as a stool or as a bedside table.

This stool uses Resene Charcoal and Resene Poured Milk, while the walls are in Resene Cleopatra and the floor is Resene Colorwood Light Greywash.

Resene Poured Milk

Resene Cleopatra

Paint a striped stool

Dividing lines

Much like the locker-lined hallways of our school days, this mudroom has been divvied-up using contrasting stripes so that every family member has a place for everything, so that everything will (hopefully) be in its place.

These cute cactus-patterned wallpapers are new to Resene ColorShops and include Resene Wallpaper Collection designs.

From right:

Patterned cactus wallpaper

Half and half

This two-toned look not only gets elevated with a vertical split, adding structure and height to the space, it even goes the extra mile by taking it across the floor and through the shelves.

A fun idea for any palette, this room has been given a sophisticated spin with the use of warm neutrals Resene Tablelands and Resene Eighth Stonewashed.

Resene Tablelands

Resene Eighth Stonewashed

Two toned wall

Wild waves

Linear looks don’t always have to be strictly side-to-side to be striking. The curvy ribbons of Resene Mystery and Resene Remember Me loop over the Resene Grey Seal wall. The bench makes a bold statement in Resene Bewitched and the floor lightens things up a little in Resene White Island.

Resene Mystery

Resene Remember Me

Resene Grey Seal

Resene Bewitched

Resene White Island

Wave wall

Shoreline shades

A great way to add interest to any wall is to paint one section in one colour and the other in another. This tonal blue scheme has been taken to the next level with a two-tone wall in Resene Mystery, on the upper wall, and Resene Raindance on the lower wall. The shelf has also been painted in Resene Raindance to keep the scheme calming, while the only accent colours are the warmth of copper and timber.

The top of the cabinet has been painted in Resene Artemis and the cabinet drawer is painted in Resene Slipstream. The vases on the shelf are in Resene Aura, Resene Unwind and Resene Safehaven and the lamp and hooks are also in Resene Safehaven.

Resene Mystery

Resene Raindance

Resene Artemis

Resene Slipstream

Resene Aura

Resene Safehaven

blue panels for beachy wall

Styling: Gem Adams, Lisa Morton, Vanessa Nouwens
Images: Bryce Carlton, Wendy Fenwick, Melanie Jenkins


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