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the bright, the bold and the beautiful

From Habitat magazine - issue 30

Fully-steeped colours dominate the forecast, while easy-going earthy looks endure.

Our team has been busy scouring the latest trend reports, blog posts, Instagram streams, Pinterest boards, catalogues, magazines and local shops to find out what trends are staying, which ones are going and what’s coming next. While there are certainly some recent trends that seem to have a lot of staying power, there are also some interesting surprises on the not-so-distant horizon.

Staying in touch with nature

Woven natural textures – especially in fibres like sisal, rattan and jute – are everywhere, along with equally earthy colours to complement them: a myriad of greens, terracotta and blushes of warm, barely-there sunset tones like petal pink, lilac and buttery yellows. Try mixing a few favourites like Resene Shilo, Resene Ethereal, Resene Dreamtime, Resene Moonlight, and Resene Elderflower with Resene Peace or Resene Permanent Green and Resene Moccasin or Resene Sunbaked.

The popularity of rich emeralds and jades like Resene Family Tree, Resene Atlas and Resene Mother Nature paired with brass and white marble finishes is still holding strong, and the look can be easily mixed with natural or whitewashed baskets and plenty of plants for more dressed down glamour.

Resene Ethereal

Resene Dreamtime

Resene Moonlight

Resene Elderflower

Resene Peace

Resene Sunbaked

Resene Family Tree

Resene Mother Nature

Keen for kilim

Handwoven kilim rugs by artisans from Kabul to Casablanca can be used to adorn floors and walls alike. The ones pictured here are all 60-90 years old, hailing from central and southwestern Afghanistan, and play off the warm terracotta walls in Resene Sunbaked and the floor in Resene Napa. Vases in Resene Soulful and Resene Moccasin rest on a woven tray in Resene Despacito sitting atop a coffee table in Resene Sambuca. The sisal side table in Resene Rebel holds a vase in Resene Just Dance. Snuggle in for a nap on an armless-sofa like this one - its natural oatmeal colour lends itself well to being covered with cushions and cosy grey or caramel-coloured throws. In a space with this much warmth, you’ll hardly notice it’s winter at all.

Natural colours and kilim rugs
Left: his backdrop in Resene Napa looks toasty with a 60-year-old Balouch Sofrah Kilim rug from Republic and a caramel chenille throw from Furtex. A4 drawdown paint swatches (clockwise from top) are in Resene Sambuca, Resene Sunbaked, Resene Just Dance, Resene Shabby Chic and Resene Despacito. The vase full of vivid pink peonies is in Resene Just Dance.

Right Accessories: Hugo 3-Seater Sofa in Natural and Retro Arm Chair in Whitewash from Indie Home Collective. Balouch Sofrah Kilim Rugs (60-90 years old, from southwest and central Afghanistan) from Republic. Cushions and throws from Furtex. Sisal basket, side table, vases and woven tray are stylist’s own.

The walls of this reading area look warm and toasty in Resene Sunbaked in contrast to the Resene Napa floor. The sisal side table has been livened up with Resene Rebel and the vases are in Resene Just Dance and Resene Moccasin.

Resene Sunbaked

Resene Soulful

Resene Despacito

Resene Sambuca

Resene Just Dance

Resene Shabby Chic

Warm whites with wood

Wood grains stretching from floor-to-ceiling are very popular. Plenty of trend seekers have started decking out their homes in sheets of ply from top to bottom. While this laidback look is fairly low maintenance, plywood accents protected with Resene Colorwood Whitewash look especially fresh and can stand up better against regular wear and tear.

To carry through with an overall neutral scheme, pair it with Resene Half Tea, Resene Half White Pointer or deeper Resene Eighth Stonewashed for a blank canvas to build a more personalised look upon. Resene Coffee Break, Resene Double Ash and Resene Earthen can be brought into spots that need a bit more depth.

Resene Eighth Stonewashed

Resene Coffee Break

Resene Earthen

The passion for pinks prevails

While vibrant Living Coral was declared the 2019 Pantone® Colour of the Year, pinks are still the dreamy, pale, bordering-on-beige versions that have been popular since early last year – and they’re still absolutely everywhere – but they are slowly evolving to take on blush and coral tones too.

If that’s your flavour, there are plenty of pretty hues to tickle your fancy in the Resene The Range fashion colours fandeck: Resene Sorbet, Resene Soulful, Resene Shabby Chic, Resene Despacito and Resene Just Dance, to name a few.

If your passions run deeper for darker versions, add accents of Resene Irresistible, Resene Love Me Do or Resene Virtuoso to bring some life into sleepy spaces that are looking for a pick me up.

Resene Sorbet

Resene Soulful

Resene Shabby Chic

Resene Despacito

Resene Just Dance

Resene Love Me Do

Resene Virtuoso

On red alert

If your perceptions about pink have started to feel more like fatigue than frenzy, there may be an end in sight. A slow shift towards deep burgundies has begun, and rich poppies are, well, popping up. Layered over midnight blues like Resene King Tide or Resene Indian Ink and complemented with creamy whites like Resene Poured Milk and gravel greys like Resene Silver Chalice, shades like Resene Salsa, Resene Pohutukawa and – of course – Resene Poppy, are hot options.

Resene King Tide

Resene Poured Milk

Dark and stormy nights

Cloudy greys and moody blues are layered sky high in this sophisticated space, while brass details and an ochre velvet chair provide a touch of warmth to balance out this otherwise cool space - creating the perfect place to seek shelter from temperamental winter weather.

The Resene White Island walls bring levity to the dark and stormy tongue-in-groove panelling in Resene King Tide and keep it from being overpowering. The flooring is in Resene Raindance, while the bedside table looks bold in Resene Wishing Well. The small angular vase is also in Resene Wishing Well, the white vases are in Resene Poured Milk, the tall pale blue vase is in Resene Meditation and the shorter blue vase (with twigs) is in Resene Remember Me. Pile on the charcoal-on-navy-on-charcoal bedding and finish with a soft low-pile rug in steel blue and an accent chair in a contrasting colour like mustard, aqua or coral.

This nightstand really makes a splash in Resene Wishing Well. The short vase is also in Resene Wishing Well and the tall vase is in Resene Meditation. The dramatic tongue-and-groove panelling has been painted in moody Resene King Tide.

Accessories: Tulip Armchair in Ochre Velvet from Me & My Trend. Pure Linen Quilt Cover Set in Navy, Brushed Marl Quilt Covers in Navy and Grey, Broadway Cushion in Sapphire, Crushed Cotton Pillow in Magnet, Nakuru Floor Rug and Mooring Side Table (painted Resene Wishing Well) from Freedom Furniture. Majestic Velvet/Linen Cushion in Navy and McMurdo Acrylic Throw in Navy/Taupe from Furtex. Papaya Bruno Ceramic Vase (Small and Medium) from Indie Home Collective. Poster from Pop Motif.

Resene King Tide

Resene Raindance

Resene Meditation

Resene Remember Me

Resene White Island

Resene Poured Milk

Deep blue sea

Speaking of midnight blues, moody navies that look like they came straight out of the Mariana Trench like Resene Twilight Zone, Resene Bewitched, Resene Wishing Well and Resene Submerge are making waves. Along with equally dark and stormy greys like Resene Dark Web, Resene Suits and Resene Quarter Bokara Grey, you can build up a deeply layered look in a bedroom – like the one opposite – that’ll make you want to dive right into bed and stay there until winter’s over.

If those are a little too intense for your tastes, go for something a little more coastal like Resene Slipstream, Resene Mystery, Resene Raindance or Resene Lazy River. Pair these with darker grey-blues like Resene Coast or Resene Safehaven for some contrast and grey-whites like Resene Sea Fog or Resene Black White for some levity.

Resene Twilight Zone

Resene Bewitched

Resene Dark Web

Resene Suits

Resene Slipstream

Resene Mystery

Resene Raindance

Resene Lazy River

Resene Safehaven

Getting a feel for teals

Aquas are also splashing into interiors right now. Try incorporating accents in shades like Resene Yowza, Resene Freelance and Resene She’ll Be Right. If you’re particularly daring, double down by teaming them with mustards like Resene Influential or Resene Cleopatra, or keep it simple and pair them with light Resene Half Duck Egg Blue or Resene White Island. Try layering them on top of a deep, steeped base of Resene Fast Forward trimmed with Resene Merino.

For more ideas on how to bring bold, rich colours into your home – both in big and small doses – check out our tips...

Resene Yowza

Resene Freelance

Resene She’ll Be Right

Resene Influential

Resene Cleopatra

Resene White Island

Resene Fast Forward

Did you know: a selection of Resene paints and accessories can be purchased online? You can choose to click and collect or get your order delivered. See

Stockists: Freedom Furniture, 0800 469 327. Furtex, 0800 333 456. Indie Home Collective, 09 524 6971. Me & My Trend, 0800 MY TREND. Pop Motif, , 09 974 2715. Republic, 09 361 1137.

Styling: Claudia Kozub
Images: Melanie Jenkins


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