Botanical and animal looks are making a strong resurgence, but without the tackiness of the over-the-top schemes that were put out to pasture in the mid-90s.
Since today’s looks are all about layering on natural textures and graphic patterns, it’s easy to incorporate some ‘wild’ style into almost any room without things looking too untamed when you start with warm Resene colours.
In the spirit of reducing and reusing, upcycling has continued to be a popular trend. Finding new ways to work pre-loved furnishings and materials into your home is a great way to create a unique space full of personality. Now, upcycling is moving past just one-off efforts to circular thinking to give objects not a just second life, but third, fourth and many more. And, often all it takes is a fresh coat of paint to make something old new again.
Colour blocking on walls has taken a turn towards more randomly placed blocks of colour, often larger and used as a feature in place of artwork. Whether it is a large square of colour on a wall, a wide vertical stripe or a circular shape, the size and focus are what draws in your attention, creating a focal point within the room. Pair it with a neutral backdrop so that it’s the block of colour that shines. For those yearning for more colour, multiple colour blocks can also be used, but the key is to give each enough room to breathe rather than filling up the whole space with shapes.
Circle of life colours...
Block out colours...
As odd as it may sound, choosing classic ‘anti-trend’ colours is a trend in and of itself. For timeless hues that look good in any space, look to the Resene Classics Collection – a curated range of perennial favourite colours. But just because you’re decorating with classic colours doesn’t mean you can’t use them in a modern way.
Classic colours are combined with flexible décor in these entryways. Painted hooks and playful pegboards allow you to decorate to suit wherever the mood and season takes you. In winter, pile up the coats, scarves and umbrellas and, in summer, change to beach towels, sun hats and beach bags.
Wish that you lived in a magnificent manor or a high-end hotel? Add extravagant-looking detail to your walls with a flash wallpaper and by masking off a bit of decorative linework. Here, the walls are in Resene Moby with ‘architectural’ painted details in Resene Alabaster and ‘panelling’ in Resene Wallpaper Collection 433234. Then, create a tiled floor effect using masking tape, Resene Sambuca and Resene Alabaster. Bring a lampshade into your palette by painting it a contrasting colour, such as Resene Memory Lane.
Monochromatic schemes continue to be popular, especially the technique of using more than one variation of a colour in what is called a ‘tonal’ or a ‘tone-on-tone’ colour scheme. The look started with layering different strengths of the same colour into a single space – such as full strength Resene Duck Egg Blue for the walls, quarter strength for the ceiling and double strength for the floor – and has also evolved into deeper, darker territory with the strongest shade being used on the walls with lighter trims and an even lighter floor. To top it off, add in a few contrasting pops of colour through accessories, either in the same hue or a completely different one.
Architectural accents colours...
If your concrete is looking a bit cold or if you have timber beyond saving, painted floors are a trendy way to bring them back to life and allows you the freedom to incorporate colours and designs that simply can’t be accomplished any other way.
Part of the move to add extra dimension to walls, tongue-and-groove wall panelling has made a huge comeback, especially in bathrooms, bedrooms and living areas. Combine floor to ceiling tongue-and-groove with dreamy weathered blues and soft greys for a restful space, or adopt a half-and-half look with a dramatic colour on tongue-and-groove on the bottom half of the wall and a lighter neutral or lighter tonal hue painted direct onto the upper wall.
Fab floors colours...
In the groove colours...
Washed and weathered denim blues and greys continue to be popular colour choices inside and out. To get the look, try shades like Resene Grey Seal, Resene Mystery and Resene Remember Me, which were used to create the wavy wall feature below. The bench in Resene Bewitched grounds the look while the floor in Resene White Island keeps the space from feeling heavy. The vase is in Resene Grey Area and the candlestick and bowl are in Resene Dapper.
Paint is much more than just a pretty colour and Resene has plenty of innovative products that can bring your walls into the 21st century. Tap walls finished in Resene SmartTouch conductive coating to turn lights on and off. Use Resene Write-on Wall Paint to create a customised whiteboard or create interactive wall spaces with Resene Blackboard Paint and Resene Chalkboard Paint. Resene Magnetic Magic can be used under your favourite Resene colour to create a magnetic surface that can hold high quality magnets, just like the noteboard below.
Weathered blues colours...
Smart walls colours...
Shadow boxes and colour block painted wall features can provide spaces to display curated collections of items that are special to you. Use colour to bring your treasures the attention they deserve.
A transition trend has arisen within open-plan spaces to create multi-purpose areas that can change and adapt to have more than one function, providing fluid transformation from one purpose to another. A dining nook, for instance, could become a handy office space during the day by adding a screen that can be moved to hide your work area when guests come over – or, it could be used to provide some privacy from other family members relaxing in an adjacent area when your work takes you into the evening.
A visual horizon or ‘tide line’ creates a dip-painted effect by running it across joinery, trims, doors and even furniture. It’s an easy way to add interest to a space or to help connect different parts of a space together. Use low tack masking tape to mark out your horizon line for a crisp paint finish.
One of the hottest emerging trends we have on our radar is plum, with shades ranging from grape versions like Resene RSVP to greyed purples like Resene Sixth Sense and Resene Rocky Mountain. While trending lilacs are an off-shoot of millennial pink, these popular purples have transitioned out of chocolate browns and deep taupes.
Dimension and design are being added to enhance walls by incorporating battens, which can be arranged in a variety of patterns to bring sophistication and style. An increasingly popular choice for bedrooms, living areas and even bathrooms, this addition of texture instantly adds an ultra-luxe vibe to the space by creating depth through shadows. Try battens on a dark feature wall with both the wall and battens painted Resene Twilight Zone. Or, try mixing weathered blues and greys like Resene Dusted Blue on the walls and Resene Silver Chalice on the battens for a timeless and classic look.
Choose furniture in a similar colour to your walls for a tone-on-tone look.
Different gloss levels affect how your paint colour looks. Dark colours like Resene Twilight Zone look great in a matte finish, which will absorb light and make the colour look darker, creating a velvety finish. Use Resene SpaceCote Flat to get the look.
Dark tone-on-tone rooms are all at once cocooning, welcoming and strikingly rich. The approach of using furnishings that almost blend into the wall colour is also surprisingly versatile – you can use just a couple of designer furniture pieces for a minimalist, architectural feel, or add more accessories and tactile fabrics for a more traditional, plush approach. These dramatic batten walls are painted Resene Twilight Zone, the table top is in Resene Indian Ink, the bowl is in Resene King Tide and the floor is finished in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash over Resene Colorwood Crowshead for a richly layered look.
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