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Outside the lines

Colour forecast with Resene, from Homestyle magazine

Your walls are one thing, but what about the rest of the room? Go rogue in high style by using paint in unexpected places.

Paint a staircase
Place to paint #2
the staircase
The storage nook above  your bed area
Place to paint #3

the storage nook
Paint your wall and ceiling with mural inspirations
Place to paint #4

the ceiling 

Place to paint #1 – the floor

You know we love a painted floor, and a well-considered patterned one is a confident statement that adds tons of charisma to an otherwise straightforward space. We created this woven look using three distinct Resene shades: Resene Swiss Caramel, Resene Charcoal and Resene Crowdpleaser.

The inspiration:  For this effect, the geometric appeal of quilted creations by New York textile designer Thompson Street Studio meets the symmetrical pleasure of weaving and wicker in colours that echo sweet tooths’ can’t-say-no flavours: nougat, caramel and chocolate.

The tips:  Loud flooring calls for the rest of the room to be the supporting act. Stick to light, soothing colours for your walls, and furniture in blockish forms that hold their own against a large-scale repeating pattern, then take a less-is-more approach to styling.

Paint your floor in shades of brown
Geometric curtain inspiration and accessories
Room view: Backdrop Walls in Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Shabby Chic; floor in Resene Walk-On in Resene Swiss Caramel, Resene Charcoal and Resene Crowdpleaser. Bloomsbury Bay wool fabric (used as curtain), marthas. Accessories: From left - Forma floor lamp by Kelly Wearstler, cavitco. Milou swivel chair, cocorepublic. Elle pillar coffee table, sorenliv. Lucid vase, boconcept. Porcelain vase stylist’s own, painted in Resene Sunbaked. Set build: Nic Fletcher and Todd Neal. Styling assistant: Gem McRoberts.

Inspiration: Patchwork curtain, thompsonstreetstudio. Crown chair by Massproductions, from simonjames. Anca Sculptural side table by Pedro Paulo Venzon, 1stdibs. Mila light by Matthew McCormick, ecc. Layers vase, cittadesign. Stevie vase, marloemarloe.

Resene Shabby Chic

Resene Swiss Caramel

Resene Crowdpleaser

Resene Sunbaked

Place to paint #2 – the staircase

Staircases have a natural sense of drama. Play it up by painting the sides in one shade (we used Resene Helix) and the rise and run in a complementary but contrasting accompaniment (here it’s Resene Route 66).

The inspiration:  This effect is a nod to Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill’s surreal buildings and their geometric stairs, openings and terraces – exemplified by Casa de Verano, a summer house in Spain designed for his parents and extended family in the 1970s (pictured below). It celebrates 3D form and the interplay of light and shade, enhanced by textural and artisanal elements.

The tips:  Not all staircases look the same, but the steps themselves are universal. Stick to neutral hues for your staircase surround and let the steps stand out. If your staircase has a balustrade, this could be used to add another colour to the scheme.

Paint your wall staircase
Staircase inspiration in spain
Room view: Backdrop walls in Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Colins Wicket; staircase in Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Helix and Resene Walk-On in Resene Route 66; floor in Resene Walk-On in Resene Green Meets Blue. Accessories: From left - Artwork by Patrick Pound, Persian rug, babelogue. Standard chair by Jean Prouvé, matisse. Rawson bar cabinet, cocorepublic. 01 raised bowl by Walk in the Park, tessuti. Vase by Kirsten Dryburgh, widdess.

Inspiration: Boat plate by Minami Samejima, aaaselect. No 4 vintage Afghan cushion, babelogue. Cugino stool by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi, simonjames. Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer, studioitalia. Cast iron vessel, fourth-st. Ricardo Bofill: Visions of Architecture book, Gestalten paperplanestore. Photograph of Casa de Verano: Lluis Carbonell, courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.

Resene Helix

Resene Route 66

Place to paint #3 – the storage nook

Putting an end to the very real struggle of the too-cluttered bedside table, a nook behind your bed is design detail, display and storage in one. This architectural element also presents an opportunity to elegantly inject colour into the room without overwhelming it. We went for Resene Sixth Sense.

The inspiration:  Something as simple as a décor item you absolutely love can be a starting point for adding interest to your interior with paint, the beauty of it being how easy it is to redo if you want to change it in future. We based our colour story around a pair of silk Penney & Bennett pillowslips that we surrounded with harmonious hues.

The tips:  Paint all the recessed elements in a single shade and the non-recessed surround the same colour as the remaining walls in your room. Keep this choice neutral to ensure the nook remains the focal point.

Paint your storage nook
Storage nook inspiration colours and products
Room view: Backdrop Cabinetry in Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Eighth Stonewashed; nook and shelf in Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Sixth Sense. Accessories: From left - Bowl by Elena Renker, aaaselect. Kylix & Sandpaper artwork by Amy Unkovich, amyunkovich. Pedestal candlestick by Walk in the Park, tessuti. Arch card stand by Ferm Living, capricho. Ceramic jar by Minami Samejima, aaaselect. Apollo bookends cocorepublic. Turn 01 wall light, douglasandbec. Beauty Pillow pillowcases, penneyandbennett. Fitted linen sheet, flat linen sheet, and linen duvet cover, by Cultivar, fatherrabbit. Opart throw, boconcept. Books stylist’s own.

Inspiration photo: Beauty Pillow pillowcases, penneyandbennett. Arch vanity chair, douglasandbec. White Lexicon vase by Kirsten Dryburgh, precinct35. Linen duvet cover, by Cultivar, fatherrabbit. Isosceles book stand, powersurge. Callisto bowl, cocorepublic. Typography Rib sconce by Studio Truly Truly for Rakumba, ecc.

Resene Eighth Stonewashed

Resene Sixth Sense

Resene Grey Area

Resene Rocky Mountain

Place to paint #4 – the ceiling

Its large surface area makes the ceiling an element you can use to turn colour (in this case, Resene Excalibur) into a hero feature of a room, yet when you’re actually in the space, it’s only just inside your field of view, so the effect is somehow subtle at the same time. The ceiling’s connection to the walls effortlessly unifies the look.

The inspiration:  Our cue for the sky-blue hue we chose for our ceiling was the dreamy impressionist vibe of this mural by heritage Netherlands brand Eijffinger. It informed the soft-edge shapes of the décor items in the room too.

The tips:  If your ceiling has architectural details such as beams or ceiling roses, paint them as well. It’ll simplify the detail, and the light and shadow around them will bring an additional dimension to your chosen paint colour. We’ve grounded our look with solid furniture.

Paint your storage nook
Storage nook inspiration colours and products
Room view: Backdrop Ceiling in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Excalibur; walls in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Dapper; window frame in Resene Safehaven; pedestal in Resene Napa; floor in Resene Walk-On in Resene Coffee BreakAccessories: Masterpiece E358120 mural by Eijffinger, resene. Stay sofa by Space Copenhagen for Gubi, cultdesign. Ribe cushion by Missoni, tessuti. Scandinavian rug, artisancollective. Native coffee table, dawsonandco. Wooden sphere by Kristina Dam Studio, capricho. Luna vase, boconcept. Alabaster pot, babelogue. Lampampe lamp by Ingo Maurer, ecc. Port Wall Relief Section II artwork by Amy Unkovich, amyunkovich. Felix Chubby armchair, sorenliv.

Inspiration: Masterpiece E358120 mural by Eijffinger, resene. Roly Poly chair by Faye Toogood for Driade, skinnerdesign. Torus vase by AYTM, dawsonandco. Uncover sofa by Marie Christine Dorner for Ligne Roset, domo. Skulk artwork by Emily Wolfe, melanierogergallery. Moon Lists journal by Leigh Patterson, sundayhomestore. Lampe de Marseille light by Le Corbusier, matisse.

Resene Dapper

Resene Excalibur

Resene Safehaven

Concept and Styling: Juliette Wanty. Photography: Wendy Fenwick.

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