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A patio for the gods

For millennia, Grecian art and architecture have influenced design all around the world. From monumental columns to shapely pottery, Greek-inspired décor is always simple to spot since the forms are so iconic. To make these old-world charms work within a contemporary context, take a minimalist approach with simple Greek-inspired shapes like amphora pots and vases. Focus on classic colours that will stand the test of time – the way the Parthenon has – with divine neutrals like Resene Sea Fog, Resene Quarter Tea and Resene Cloud anchored with heavenly blue green walls in Resene Nebula and timber decking stained in Resene Woodsman Uluru. Construct a pergola and encourage climbing plants to envelop it for atmospheric relief from sun, wind and rain. Paint it in Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Sea Fog to coordinate with your colour scheme and ensure it too will be protected against the elements.

A Greek inspired patio

Greek inspired moodboard

Accessories: Chair from Poynters, table from King, throw from Città.  Mood board: Background in Resene Nebula with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left to right) Resene Yucca, Resene Nebula, Resene Eighth Tea and Resene Cloud and vases in Resene Yucca and Resene Cloud.   Styling: Laura Lynn Johnston.   Images: @flashstudiosnz.

When using darker paint or wood stain colours outdoors, ask for a Resene CoolColour formula to help keep your home cooler.

Other colours to try with cloudy blue green – carmine reds, deep earthy greys or dark green greys.

Bring the Hamptons home

Light, bright and whitewashed with a sophisticated yet beachy vibe, Hamptons-style interiors are inspired by the architecture and decorating of holiday homes in the luxury seaside communities that hug the eastern coast of upstate New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The style is known for its relaxed atmosphere, yet it accomplishes it in a slightly formal way – making it ideal for those who are after classic, traditional appeal in their home. The fresh, airy palette of white linens, natural textures and freshly painted white timber finishes that are synonymous with Hamptons style work just as beautifully in coastal homes Down Under. Get the look with batten walls in Resene Black White, timber flooring stained in Resene Colorwood Dark Ebony and furniture in Resene Merino then layer in beachcombed finds like shells and driftwood painted in Resene Cloudy, Resene Ash, Resene Silver Chalice and Resene Half Tuna.

A Hamptons inspired lounge

A Hamptons inspired moodboard

Accessories: Sofa from Johnston Imports, rug from Freedom, cushions from The French Villa.  Mood board: Background in Resene Colorwood Dark Ebony with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top to bottom) Resene Black White, Resene Linen, Resene Cloudy, Resene Silver Chalice and Resene Merino, tray in Resene Cloudy and seashell box in Resene Silver Chalice.   Styling: @nesdesign.   Images: @flashstudiosnz.

Finish interior timber in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash or Resene Colorwood Whitewash for a weathered coastal look.

Other colours to try with calcite grey white – blackened purples, navy blues or green taupes.

A penchant for plaid

Plaid has been experiencing a sharp rise in popularity thanks to the emerging cottagecore trend, a movement which idolises a simple, self-sufficient life. The ethos of this look is nostalgic with décor that is often handmade, muted and pastoral. A plaid cushion or throw is an ideal starting point for a customised cottagecore colour palette because most designs feature three to five colours for you to draw from. In this cosy, minimalist bedroom, we started with walls in a warm and timeless blue, Resene Jet Stream, and natural-looking timber flooring stained in Resene Colorwood Rock Salt then used our throw to choose our accent colours: Resene St Kilda for the skirting boards and drawer front and Resene Digeridoo, Resene Lone Ranger and Resene Wild West for our accessories. Simply take a photo of the item you would like to match and upload it to Resene’s free online colour match tool at or ask for help at your local Resene ColorShop or reseller.

Using plaid in your bedroom cottagecore design

A plaid moodboard highlighting the cottagecore look

Accessories: Lamp from Good Form, bedspread from Penney + Bennett.  Mood board: Background in Resene Jet Stream with painted vessels in (clockwise from top left) Resene Wood Bark, Resene Wild West, Resene Dune, Resene Lone Ranger, Resene Ivanhoe and Resene Ecru White.   Styling: @amberarmitage_.   Images: @flashstudiosnz, @brycecphotos.

Use each one of your accent paint colours in at least three places within your space to create a cohesive look.

Other colours to try with misty blue green – milky latte browns, periwinkle blues or forest greens.

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