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From Habitat magazine - issue 33, top tips

Annick shares some hand-painted wallpaper hacks and handy decorating advice.

Ever fall in love with a design from the Resene Wallpaper Collection and then feel disheartened to find that it is no longer available? Many popular designs sell out quickly while others get discontinued after two to three years to make way for newer collections. With a little time and patience, there are many Resene Wallpaper Collection designs that can be achieved with paint. Annick shows how to recreate the look of the wallpaper designs in her daughters' bedrooms.

Handpainted wallpaper design - dots pattern
Handpainted wallpaper design - scallops pattern
On the dot: Wall in Resene Wafer with polka dots in Resene Double Alabaster, floor in Resene Pearl Bush, bedside table in Resene Big Bang, toy box in Resene Urbane with triangles in Resene Big Bang, cacti pot in Resene Dust Storm, mason jars in Resene Umber White and Resene Spring Wood. Headboard from Incy Interiors, bedlinen and cushion from Castle & Things.

Sweet scallops: Wall in Resene Double Alabaster with scalloped dots in Resene Chelsea Gem, floor in Resene Merino, cot frame in Resene Rose Gold metallic, bedside table in Resene Merino with drawers in Resene Quarter Bison Hide, rainbow toy in Resene Sunbaked, Resene Swiss Caramel, Resene Peace, Resene Artemis, Resene Love Me Do, Resene Soulful, Resene Yuma and Resene Despacito, shelf in Resene Green Meets Blue, house shaped box in Resene Vintage. Blankets from Nature Baby, doll and sheets from Little Whimsy, art from Mrs Mighetto, canopy from Numero 74.

On the dot

"To recreate Esther's wallpaper design, I started with two basecoats in Resene Wafer. Next, I used a ruler and level to draw a grid, with lines 5cm apart in both directions. Then, I used a large round artist's brush to 'dot' Resene Double Alabaster on each of the grid's intersections in two coats. But you don't need to be too precious with the placement of your dots – it looks even better if you take a relaxed approach."

Sweet scallops

"To get the look of Lottie's wallpaper design, I painted a basecoat of Resene Double Alabaster first. Once that dried, I traced a large dinner plate to create an overlapping circle pattern. You can choose to go big like I did or go smaller and more detailed. Using a round artist's brush, Resene Chelsea Gem and a casual, free-spirited approach, dot around the bottom edge of your round outlines. Then, add a second or third ring inside each one."

Annick's top decorating tips:

  • Aim for a neutral base in communal areas and let art and potted greenery add interest and colour to the space – but go for a character neutral like Resene Half Truffle instead of white for warmth and richness.

  • When using colour, don't just think about how it will look on the wall but also how it will make you feel when you are in the room. Paint walls, trims, skirtings and doors all the same colour as it makes a room feel larger and sleeker. You can create contrast by using a low sheen finish on the walls and a semi-gloss finish on trims, mouldings and doors. Try Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen teamed with Resene Lustacryl.

  • Create a mood board of things you love. This can be anything from food and florals, to fashion and other people's design ideas. It will help you identify the themes and colours you are drawn to and can guide you in the direction of your home's colour palette.

Resene Rose Gold

Resene Swiss Caramel

Resene Peace

Resene Artemis

Resene Love Me Do

Styling: Annick Larkin
Images: Bryce Carleton


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