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Bespoke glamour

Decorating with one-of-a-kind hand-painted décor really is the ultimate in luxury because it can never be exactly replicated in someone else’s home. This bedroom, with its scrumptious palette of chocolate, caramel and latte browns balanced with delicate slipper pinks and luscious lilac, has glamour in spades – anchored by its unique handpainted ‘wallpaper’. To bring this look home, start with two basecoats in Resene Bleach White. Then, apply layers of random brushstrokes of Resene FX Paint Effects Medium coloured with Resene Cashmere. Create drama with a DIY headboard in glossy Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Caffeine, a bedside table built from upcycled wooden crates in Resene Tom Tom and add contrast with flooring and a pendant light in Resene Dover White. Make your luxurious bedroom liveable with natural, textured linens and layer in décor painted in Resene testpots in coordinating colours like Resene Cashmere and Resene Karry for a sumptuous space that’s as unique as you are.

A bespoke glamour bedroom

A bespoke glamour moodboard

Accessories: Rug from The Ivy House, quilt from H&M Home.  Mood board: Background in Resene Dover White with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left to right) Resene Caffeine, Resene Tom Tom, Resene Cashmere, Resene Bleach White and Resene Dover White, skirting board in Resene Bleach White, box in Resene Tom Tom, vase in Resene Dover White with swirls in Resene Tom Tom and shell in Resene Cashmere.   Project: @placesandgraces.   Images: @brycecphotos.

Layer glossy accents in Resene Enamacryl gloss waterborne enamel over low sheen walls in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen to catch light and create additional interest.

Other colours to try with dusty coral – muted grey blues, classic creams and mid-toned browns.

A place amongst the pines

Scheduling in some time for rest and relaxation becomes a far easier feat when you have the right physical space to make some mental space. Because rich forest greens with a touch of grey like Resene Jurassic have strong ties to nature, these hues make the perfect base for the walls of a chill space like a reading nook as they help reduce stress. Whitewashed timber flooring in Resene Colorwood Whitewash creates balance and levity while supporting the woodland vibe by allowing the natural beauty of the wood grain to show through. While it may sound counterintuitive to a casual, restful retreat, adding some formality to the space through minimal timber wall panelling enhances the tranquillity. And by building a shelf into your design, you’ll have plenty of space to display books, accessories and DIY artwork in other serene tones like Resene Emerge, Resene Urbane, Resene Half Rakaia, Resene Double Rakaia and Resene Alpaca.

A rich forest green lounge in Resene Jurassic

A forest green moodboard

Accessories: Chair from Nood, cushion from Città.  Mood board: Timber boards in Resene Colorwood Whitewash with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top to bottom) Resene Double Rakaia, Resene Jurassic, Resene Half Rakaia and Resene Urbane, vases in Resene Half Rakaia and Resene Double Rakaia.   Project: Laura Lynn Johnston.   Images @brycecphotos.

When using darker paint colours on your wall, keep in mind that you may need to adjust your lighting to suit.

Resene Colorwood Whitewash

Other colours to try with dusky green – greyed greens, chartreuse greens or red oxides.

Stratified slumber

When it comes to restful colours, shell blues can’t be beat. While the colour scheme in this serene bedroom is primarily tonal, it features a full range of shades and tints from soft chalk white that carries a whisper of blue grey through to inky charcoal blue. And because the décor and accessories are unadorned, this look is all about layering those blue hues sky high to create depth and cosiness. A few deliberate touches of dusty brick red in Resene Mocha contrast with the greener tones of Resene Hermitage on the far back wall, deeper Resene Inside Back on the return wall and paler Resene Half Duck Egg Blue on the floor. A bedside table and a few small accessories in murky Resene Cinder play off the dark navy bedlinen to ground the space while the DIY artwork – created by combing Resene EzyFill over a canvas before painting it in Resene Barely There – brings in a touch of texture.

A serene shell blue bedroom

A serene shell blue moodboard

Accessories: Lamp, bedlinen and throw from Città.  Mood board: Background in Resene Half Inside Back with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left to right) Resene Blanc, Resene Barely There, Resene Cinder, Resene Mocha and Resene Half Duck Egg Blue, mug in Resene Mocha, book in Resene Blanc, with these hues also repeated on the vases.   Project: Laura Lynn Johnston.   Images: @brycecphotos.

If you’re not sure what accent colours to use in your space, look on the back of your Resene paint swatch for colour pairing suggestions.

Other colours to try with greyed green blues – summer yellows, porcelain whites and pewter greys.

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