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Charcoal cocoon

A stress-free living environment is simple when you employ the notion of ‘cocooning’ – a decorating concept that revolves around the idea of creating a safe, comforting interior removed from the uncertainty of the outside world. The look is about going all-in with an inky shade to create a space that envelops you. Start by choosing a deep and timeless tone, such as Resene Nocturnal – a sophisticated and soothing midnight grey – to take across your walls and ceiling. This consoling colour is supported with timber flooring stained in Resene Colorwood Dark Ebony, which allows the wood’s natural grain to show through without deviating from the all-encompassing concept. By adding an interesting batten design in Resene Half Tuna, your wall becomes the artwork. From here, an array of minky mauves like Resene Martini, Resene Tom Tom and Resene High Tea can be brought in through vases, plant pots, candleholders and cosy textiles to soften your serene new nest.

Charcoal cocoon lounge

Charcoal cocoon - moodboard

Accessories: Sofa from King, cushions and throw from Allium.  Mood board: Background in Resene Colorwood Dark Ebony with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left to right) Resene Nocturnal, Resene Blue Smoke, Resene Martini and Resene Half Silver Chalice and accessories in Resene Tom Tom, Resene Nocturnal and Resene Tiara.   Project: @nesdesign.  Images @flashstudiosnz.

Dark paint colours absorb more light, so remember to adjust or increase your lighting to compensate.

Other colours to try with midnight grey – succulent greens, earthy yellows and steel greys.

Artistic freedom

It’s hard not to wake up inspired every morning when your bedroom wall is a work of art. But you don’t need to be a professional artist to create this surprisingly easy yet effortlessly chic look. First, start with a basecoat of Resene Wax Flower. While your paint is still wet, build up sweeping brushstrokes of Resene Cab Sav from the floor upward blended with Resene Wax Flower to create a loose, painterly effect. Once this has dried, soften the look from top to bottom by buffing in Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Scotch Mist using a clean rag. Painting the floor and a lamp base in Resene Cab Sav, a large vase in Resene Wax Flower and a bedside table in Resene Scotch Mist will carry these colours off the wall and into the room. Keep linens simple, soft and solid coloured to let your beautiful artistic wall effect take centre stage.

Artistic freedom - chic bedroom

Artistic freedom - moodboard

Accessories: Side table from Good Form, bedding from Foxtrot Home, cushions from Mulberi.  Mood board: Background in Resene Double Rice Cake with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from top right) in Resene Wax Flower, Resene Scotch Mist and Resene Cab Sav and vase and tealight holder in Resene Sauvignon.   Project: @amberarmitage_, @nesdesign.   Images: @flashstudiosnz.

When using Resene FX Paint Effects Medium to create a wall design, build up thin layers slowly for a softer, subtler effect.

Other colours to try with blush apricot – burnt oranges, deep blue greens and moody blues.

Serene in green

As our lives become increasingly complicated and we have been forced to spend more time at home, it’s natural for us to seek out colours that we find comforting and soothing. Earthy greens like Resene Wilderness have skyrocketed in popularity as the base hues of choice for grounding colour schemes – and with good reason. This warm and welcoming tone has nature written all over it, and what could be more relaxing than being cosily tucked away in a cabin in the woods? Bring this bedroom look home with walls and a lamp painted in Resene Woodland supported with timber flooring stained in Resene Colorwood Rock Salt and furniture stained in Resene Colorwood Natural, then layer in small accessories painted in Resene Scotch Mist, deliciously soft bedding in hues inspired by Resene Brown Sugar and Resene Vista White and a few literal nods to nature like fresh greenery or dried florals.

A serene green bedroom

A serene green moodboard

Accessories: Table and chair from Good Form, bedding from Foxtrot Home, rug and cushions from Mulberi.  Mood board: Background in Resene Cargo with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top) Resene Wilderness, Resene Woodland and Resene Moon Mist, bowl in Resene Scotch Mist and basket in Resene Mai Tai.   Project: @amberarmitage_, @blackbirdgoods.   Images: images @flashstudiosnz.

Prime slippery surfaces, like a ceramic lamp base, with Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer before painting your colour coats for better adhesion.

Other colours to try with woodland green – mossy greys, velvety browns and deep beiges.

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