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Good couples – with Resene, from Homestyle magazine

Colourwashed walls in a calming dusty nude blur the line between contemporary and good old-fashioned.

Colourwashed walls and painted floor

Colourwashed walls and painted floor

Step by step

  1. Apply a basecoat of Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Half Tea.

  2. Mix together your paint effect using one part water, one part Resene Rascal and three parts Resene Paint Effects Medium, ensuring there’s enough paint mixture to complete the entire project.

  3. Brush the paint effect mixture onto the walls in big cross shapes, making broad strokes until you’ve covered the whole wall. Blend the crosses together as you go by adding smaller crosses between them.

  4. Continue until you’re happy with how the blending looks. For a more subdued effect, you may want to repeat the process to create a second coat.


The warm, textural shades that filter through natural sandstone.

Colourwashed walls details and inspiration.
Backdrop walls in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Half Tea and Resene Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Rascal; floor in Resene Walk-on in Resene Flintstone, prepped with Resene primer/sealer and sealed with Resene Uracryl 402 Clear.

Accessories: (top photo, from left): City Slicker tote, Nordic desk, freedomfurniture. CN Parfum bottles, Arc clutch by Georgia Jay, Onyx bowl, Disk mirror, Abbey chair by General Eclectic, Ceramic vase by Jaime Jenkins, floral arrangement, Petunia rug by Armadillo & Co, from Octo 4240 pendant by Secto Design, Wooden bowl stylist’s own.

Hero colours:

Supporting palette:

Styling: Juliette Wanty. Photography: Wendy Fenwick. 2018

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