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Burnished beauty

Burnished beauty

Texture is a vital part of any complete and cohesive interior design. A simple note of burnished sheen can add a hint of luxury and glamour... more

22 April, 2024

Get busy: The art of more

Get busy: The art of more

Minimalism isn't for everyone. Living in a ‘busier’ space doesn’t mean rooms need to feel cluttered or untidy... more

15 April, 2024

Minimaluxe and our love of simple comforts

Minimaluxe and our love of simple comforts

Today’s modern minimalism skews much more toward comfort, allowing for a softer edge in textiles and colours... more

20 January, 2024

Trendwatch 2024: Colour your year

Trendwatch 2024: Colour your year

What is 2024 going to bring us when it comes to beautiful new design trends?... more

22 December, 2023

Design with texture

Design with texture

What does ‘texture’ mean and how do you work with it in your own home?... more

04 December, 2023

Tiny spaces

Tiny spaces

The increasingly popular tiny house movement is making us all think differently and more creatively about how we can use colour to make the most of smaller spaces... more

30 November, 2023

Reviving the 90s

Reviving the 90s

Let's take a look at some of the biggest ’90s trends and how they can be reinvented to look fresh and modern... more

24 November, 2023

 Bring the bach home

Bring the bach home

There’s nothing quite like that feeling that comes with a stint at the bach, or a family summer holiday of any kind... more

11 November, 2023

 Back to the future

Back to the future

Modern interior design tastes and trends have a renewed appreciation for all things vintage... more

04 November, 2023

Quirky chic

Quirky chic

Learn how to make the Wes Anderson-style work for you in your home... more

05 September, 2023

A floor to remember

A floor to remember

Here are some tips and ideas for creating feature floors using Resene products... more

23 August, 2023

Battens and slats

Battens and slats

Learn how to use wood accents inside and outside your home... more

18 August, 2023

Minimalism without austerity

Minimalism without austerity

It is an easy task to adapt what you might think of as a classic minimalist style to meet your tastes and overcome a sense of austerity... more

09 August, 2023

The art of ageing

The art of ageing

Learn how to create the lived-in look with Resene paints... more

30 June, 2023

Palette cleanser

Palette cleanser

Learn how to master the ‘barely-there’ design trend... more

18 June, 2023

Put the ‘fun’ into functional home offices

Put the ‘fun’ into functional home offices

It’s time to put the fun into these functional home spaces and design rooms that inspire creativity as well as productivity... more

12 May, 2023

From Miami to Cuba – timeless tropical brights

From Miami to Cuba – timeless tropical brights

A sunrise of brights, a cocktail of tropical hues and shades that evoke smile-raising fun, look to the Miami heat and the Cuban summer for colour inspiration... more

04 May, 2023

What’s new in eco-decorating?

What’s new in eco-decorating?

Let’s take a look at what’s new in environmentally friendly design and decorating... more

02 May, 2023

Curve appeal

Curve appeal

Curves are a phenomenon that have garnered great appeal in interior design and with good reason... more

25 April, 2023

Under the surface – a deeper connection to nature

Under the surface – a deeper connection to nature

The idea of getting back to nature and enjoying a simpler life has been at the heart of design trends in recent times... more

22 April, 2023

Stylish ways to theme a room

Stylish ways to theme a room

Choosing a theme for your room, when planning an interior design, can be a very effective way to start building a cohesive finish... more

13 April, 2023

Cooler coastal

Cooler coastal

Our generally temperate climate, mixed with a collective love of indoor-outdoor flow and laid back beach holidays mean a coastal design style is perennially popular... more

31 March, 2023

The art of ‘Aah’

The art of ‘Aah’

"Step into a space in which the colours and forms have been configured to convey a tangible air of calm... more

21 March, 2023

Rustic romance

Rustic romance

Pop on your cardigan, grab yourself a home-brewed kombucha – and check out these four cottagecore looks... more

07 January, 2023

 Wonder walls

Wonder walls

Feature walls have much to recommend them. They can add pizazz to an otherwise lacklustre space... more

30 December, 2022

The new minimalism

The new minimalism

Today’s minimalism, borne out of several years of social upheaval, is a little warmer and a little more relaxed... more

27 November, 2022

Making gothic or noir design work at home

Making gothic or noir design work at home

Moody, gothic or noir interiors are having something of a comeback. Many of us are driven to these dark and moody spaces where we can retreat and recharge... more

16 November, 2022

Endless summer

Endless summer

With some clever Resene paint touches, you can keep that sunny, laidback vibe in your home the whole year round... more

09 November, 2022

Add the royal touch at home

Add the royal touch at home

With creativity, clever use of colour and smart design, you can satisfy your regal tastes without blowing even a meagre budget... more

05 November, 2022

Get bach fit – fast, cost-effective coastal makeovers

Get bach fit – fast, cost-effective coastal makeovers

Here are some ideas for quick and inexpensive bach makeovers from Resene... more

28 October, 2022

Embrace wabi sabi at home

Embrace wabi sabi at home

Wabi sabi design – a relaxed, easy-going approach that keeps things simple and uncluttered without veering into austere minimalism... more

21 October, 2022

Curves ahead – nail the arch trend

Curves ahead – nail the arch trend

Embrace your curves! Graceful, elegant, whimsical… what’s not to love about an arch?... more

17 October, 2022

Spin the classics

Spin the classics

A classic interior is the perfect template to hang your creativity on. Here’s how to put a modern twist on four timeless looks... more

14 October, 2022

How to evolve into country coastal style

How to evolve into country coastal style

There is a preference for relaxed spaces, soft textures, plants and natural fibres and a seamless flow between inside and out... more

08 September, 2022

The power of pattern

The power of pattern

Patterns bring energy, juxtaposition, angles, vibrancy, depth, interest and contrast into interior spaces... more

22 August, 2022

What is Japandi – and how to do it

What is Japandi – and how to do it

Simply put, Japandi is exactly that – a mix between Japan style and Scandi, with a focus on simplicity, using natural colours... more

29 August, 2022

Checks, spots and stripes – basic patterns to liven up interiors

Checks, spots and stripes – basic patterns to liven up interiors

The world is really your patterned oyster. Use the classics; checks, spots and stripes to liven up your home interior... more

17 August, 2022

Decode design trends

Decode design trends

Here’s a quick guide to decoding some of the trends, ideas and styles around right now... more

02 August, 2022

Design inspiration from art

Design inspiration from art

Can you put together a whole room around an artist or art movement? There’s no reason why not... more

27 July, 2022

The return of the 70s

The return of the 70s

When incorporating elements of 70s style into your home, unless you are creating a true retro theme, keep ‘sophistication’, ‘luxury’ and ‘warmth’ top of mind... more

20 July, 2022

Add charm with stripes and colour block

Add charm with stripes and colour block

Steeped in personality with a dash of eye-catching style, painted stripes and colour blocking charm interiors with character and sophistication in equal measure... more

14 July, 2022

Create a tropical escape without leaving home

Create a tropical escape without leaving home

A holiday in the tropics always seems like a grand idea. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible, for one reason or another... more

11 May, 2022

Design for the seasons – without breaking the bank

Design for the seasons – without breaking the bank

There are some simple hacks to keep rooms up to date for different seasons that will satisfy your seasonal creativity, without breaking the bank... more

30 April, 2022

DIY design tips for small spaces

DIY design tips for small spaces

Being constrained by small spaces can really spark creativity as you’re forced to think outside the box to solve issues while sticking to your design vision... more

25 April, 2022

Design bedrooms that grow with your kids

Design bedrooms that grow with your kids

How do you give your kids a bedroom they love, that’s practical and age appropriate, without breaking the bank?... more

20 April, 2022

The secret of the three S’s in decorating – sumptuous, sultry and smouldering

The secret of the three S’s in decorating – sumptuous, sultry and smouldering

The secret of the three S’s in decorating – sumptuous, sultry and smouldering... more

13 April, 2022

The world of wallpaper

The world of wallpaper

Today’s wallpaper industry is thriving and the range available is diverse... more

09 April, 2022

Creating a nature-inspired interior

Creating a nature-inspired interior

You can create nature-inspired decor with careful choice of Resene paints and wallpapers... more

28 February, 2022

Be inspired by global influences

Be inspired by global influences

If your happy place is on some distant shore, bring a flavour of it to your home so that you can feel a little pick-me-up every day... more

19 February, 2022

Practical minimalism for everyday living

Practical minimalism for everyday living

Minimalism is a perennial influence in the world of interior design, something lots of us aspire to, and something some of us find a bit daunting... more

07 February, 2022

Add mid-century modern flair to your home

Add mid-century modern flair to your home

Mid-century modern design is one of those design styles that has had a life well beyond its own era to become a movement that is increasingly popular today... more

31 December, 2021

A little bit country: How to embrace the Cottagecore trend

A little bit country: How to embrace the Cottagecore trend

The popular-right-now Cottagecore trend harks back to more simple times and pastoral living on farms and in small villages with vibrant cottage gardens... more

21 December, 2021

A beginner’s guide to wallpaper

A beginner’s guide to wallpaper

Wallpaper is having a surge in popularity as we develop a collective taste for rooms with impact, variety and interest... more

11 December, 2021

Star stripes

Star stripes

Draw the line at an insipid interior with a motif that’s tried and true... more

31 November, 2021

Design for your batch, adapt for your home

Design for your bach, adapt to your house

Coastal living calls for houses that let us live lightly, while still being inspiring and uplifting to be in... more

29 November, 2021

Be inspired by Bridgerton

Be inspired by Bridgerton

We can all add a touch of period glamour and some decorative details to our interiors using Resene paint and wallpaper... more

25 October, 2021

Warm minimalism – how to use paint to create a Japandi style interior

Warm minimalism – how to use paint to create a Japandi style interior

Japandi combines Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics, creating a look that celebrates warm minimalism, organic materials and simplicity... more

31 September, 2021

Bring the world home

You can take inspiration from far-off places to create exotic, relaxing and fun spaces in your home... more

31 July, 2021

Flip the look – go bold on the walls

Here are some ideas and tips for successfully decorating with bold walls... more

26 July, 2021

Making maximalism work for your home

Try thinking of maximalism simply as ‘more’ rather than the minimalist ‘less’ - suddenly it can become a fun decorating approach that works in any home... more

17 July, 2021

How to evoke the palette of nature in your home

What better way to evoke a peaceful, retreat-like environment at home than with the colours of nature?... more

11 July, 2021

Create cosiness in large spaces

Whether you’re at home in a vast villa or lounging in a loft space, there are times we all want cosiness... more

06 July, 2021

Create hotel chic at home

Simple elegance with layers of texture are at the heart of most chic hotel spaces and that is easy to recreate at home... more

05 June, 2021

Minimalism, but make it warm for winter

How do you make minimalism work in winter when you want more ‘comfortable and calming’ than ‘cold and clinical’?... more

31 May, 2021

Design a talking point – create eye-catching video backgrounds

Show off your design flair by creating vibrant and interesting backgrounds... more

20 May, 2021

Ideas for an appealing winter outdoor area

Here are some simple areas to pay attention to that will help you transform your outdoor living areas so they’re usable all year round... more

15 May, 2021

Texture talk – how to use anaglypta wallpaper in every vintage of house

Texture talk – how to use anaglypta wallpaper in every vintage of house

When it comes to bringing character and personality into a home, Resene wallpaper will always have its place... more

19 March, 2021

How to perfect the flow of different colours throughout a home

How to perfect the flow of different colours throughout a home

The flow of more than one colour in different spaces carries vitality. A series of colours will bring interest and life... more

07 December, 2020

How to bring the holiday vibe home to enjoy all year round

How to bring the holiday vibe home to enjoy all year round

Thanks to colour and accent items, there are ways to blur the lines between home and holidays, making your dwelling more like the spaces you relax in... more

27 November, 2020

Small space decorating ideas

Small space decorating ideas

Most of us have at least one small space in the home that can be tricky to maximise with a beautiful statement. Here are some tips on how to make those small spaces big on style... more

29 October, 2020

How to work in an eye-catching statement hue into your colour scheme

How to work in an eye-catching statement hue into your colour scheme

Are you someone who is naturally drawn to a vibrant colour, and want to bring it into your home in a tasteful way? The good news is you can!... more

27 October, 2020

Designing for wellness

Designing for wellness

Learn how to use colour to create a sense of well-being and a peaceful, nurturing environment... more

25 October, 2020

An inside guide to interior styling

An inside guide to interior styling

When your carpet doesn’t match your drapes and your renovation budget doesn’t quite match your dreams, you need a clever fix... more

30 September, 2020

Small talk: Styling pint-sized spaces

Small talk: Styling pint-sized spaces

With a little help from interior designer Annick Larkin, we outline which paint colours make small spaces feel more spacious... more

30 August, 2020

The colourful secret to warming your home this winter

The colourful secret to warming your home this winter

Redecorate your space with Resene’s most fashionable seasonal shades, and pile on the texture... more

25 April, 2020

Open to fresh ideas

Open-plan homes have become the people’s choice in recent decades – a development that has necessitated some creative thinking... more

31 March, 2020

Birds of a feather decorate together

Birds of a feather decorate together

Birds are ruffling up the interior decorating world. Try these ideas for feathering your nest... more

28 March, 2020

The popularity of mid-mod design prevails

The popularity of mid-mod design prevails

The pioneer for modern home interiors, mid-century modern design showcases high quality, detailed pieces that use clean lines... more

26 February, 2020

Scandi style, our way

Scandi style, our way

Acclaimed Auckland-based interior designer Mal Corboy knows a thing or two about the prevalence of Scandi style in our homes... more

16 December, 2019

How designing for a bach differs from your everyday decor

How designing for a bach differs from your everyday decor

Bach living and bach decorating can be compared to the flip side of our usual lifestyle. It’s the contrast between weekend living and normal day-to-day bustle... more

04 December, 2019

How to make small spaces look bigger than they are

How to make small spaces look bigger than they are

Paint colour is certainly one of the easiest and most cost-effective solutions for expanding your space visually... more

23 September, 2019

Why your home doesn’t look cohesive – and what to do about it

If your home feels disjointed, chances are you might unknowingly be making one of these common colour mistakes.... more

17 June, 2019

The dream of the 80s is alive

An 80s revival of bold colours, geometrics, ethnic patterns, house plants, brass and shiny things have crept back into our homes... more

14 April, 2019

Turning a feature wall into a feature room

Feature walls have definitely not disappeared. In fact, they’ve made a huge comeback in a more sophisticated guise over the last few years... more

24 March, 2019

Inside out ingenuity

How to create a feature wall to protect, define and anchor your outdoor space... more

09 February, 2019

Building a Pacifica look with an eastern flair

Pacific style design with an eastern influence may seem incongruous until you think about the key motifs they share... more

08 February, 2019

Build a contemporary coastal look that’s extra chic

Here are some creative ideas for putting together a modern coastal palette that brings in colours from the surf, sun and sand... more

01 February, 2019

Decorating a bach

Nothing else symbolises the relaxed holiday lifestyle quite like the bach. A soulful place where you can add your own personality and character... more

14 December, 2018

Today’s feature walls

Feature walls may change from year to year, but they will always be an extremely handy way to add personality, character and definition to a space or room... more

10 December, 2018

Making Mondrian at home

The bold geometric abstraction style of early 20th century Dutch artist Piet Mondrian has struck such a chord with modern sensibilities... more

15 October, 2018

Global roaming from your armchair

Travel is just one of the ways styles and traditions from other cultures make their way into our homes... more

20 September, 2018

Dark paint or light paint for a small room? That’s the ultimate question for small-space dwellers... more

09 April, 2017

Top bathroom decorating trends

Today’s bathrooms are all about luxury and high-end design. Follow these four trends to bring your dream bathroom to life... more

13 March, 2017

Feature walls

There’s no quicker, easier or more affordable way to make a statement in a room than to give it a coat of brightly coloured paint... more

23 April, 2016

Blending masculine and feminine styles

From raw industrial design to feminine floral chic, everyone has different tastes. How do you appeal to two different taste aesthetics?... more

08 September, 2015

Masculine style

A style that represents strong, no-fuss lines, deep colour tones and finespun fabrics... more

06 July, 2014

What goes with wood?

We love wood. Many people have panic attacks if others suggest painting over it... more

03 June, 2013

What makes a good home?

A good home is one that you can't wait to go back to... more

16 March, 2011

Decorating in a feminine style

When it comes to decorating, adding femininity to a room need not mean girlie or over-the-top pink... more

17 June, 2009

Feng Shui

Harnessing energy for happiness, contentment and abundance... more

11 June, 2006

Vastu decorating

Vastu is somewhat of an Indian equivalent to Feng Shui, based on related elements but interpreted in a different manner... more

03 June, 2006

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