Merry and bright with a coastal Christmas
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Decorating your home in calming, tranquil blues will lend a calming, serene feel...
With blue tones often associated with the ocean and clear skies, it makes sense to embrace these beach-inspired hues at Christmas time. With festivities falling into our summer season, most of our time is spent at the beach. It’s natural to bring these blues of nature indoors when we’re celebrating.
Background in Resene Cut Glass
with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from left to right) in Resene Foam
, Resene Cut Glass, Resene Half Kumutoto
, Resene Reservoir
, Resene Retreat
, Resene Wishlist
, Resene Ziggurat
, Resene Hippie Blue
, Resene Teal Blue
and Resene Teal Blue, reindeer in Resene Scandal
, shell garland in Resene Kumutoto
and Resene Teal Blue and gift box in Resene Retreat.
With the hustle and bustle of Christmas being stressful for many of us, decorating your home in calming, tranquil blues will lend a calming, serene feel – the ideal medicine for a busy time! It’ll tie in with those sun-soaked beach days, sandy feet and long hours of sunshine.
As you decide which blues you like, you can explore all of the tones that are on offer – from bright aqua like Resene Freelance, to the energetic Resene She’ll Be Right or the dusky element of Resene Moby. With the options endless, one guarantee is that there’ll be a blue for you.
Tongue-and-groove wall and floor in Resene Cut Glass, dining table in Resene Black White
, bench seat in Resene Teal Blue, chair in Resene Wishlist, cabinets in Resene Kumutoto, large tray coffee table in Resene Teal Blue, small tray table in Resene Foam, reindeer in Resene Ziggurat and Resene Scandal, star on tree in Resene Scandal, tealight holder in Resene Dauntless
, mid-size round vase in Resene Scandal, coasters in Resene Norwester
, small bowl in Resene Wishlist (on book stack), smallest round vase in Resene Hippie Blue, tall mid-size vase in Resene Wishlist, jumbo tall shaped vase, place mats and large bowl in Resene Teal Blue, wooden Christmas trees, large in Resene Teal Blue, small in Resene Ziggurat, rounded tall ceramic Christmas tree in Resene Scandal, faux books in Resene Teal Blue and Resene Scandal and low flat large bowl in Resene Dauntless.
A crisp, upbeat blue in Resene Cut Glass is a hue that will boost the energy in the room, refreshing and energising, like the sea. This shade coats the floor and tongue-and-groove wall, ensuring a light, serene base from which to layer your Christmas theme in varying levels of darker blue tones to master visual contrast.
Look beyond your walls and floor when being creative. Get your artistic juices flowing with paint, scattering the blue tones across furniture and accents such as vases, bowls, throws and cushions. Keep building your layers to achieve a refined look.
A cabinet can store presents and games on Christmas day, and any cutlery or crockery that you’ll use for your festive meal. Painted in Resene Kumutoto, it’s deep aqua is full of personality and shows how complementary colours lend bright character. The beauty of furniture is that you can bring in multiples tones. Why not opt for a darker tone on the cabinet fronts with a lighter shade on the sides?
in Resene Cut Glass, Resene Kumutoto, Resene Dauntless, Resene Wishlist, Resene Teal Blue, Resene Retreat, Resene Scandal, Resene Maestro
, Resene Foam, Resene Reservoir, Resene Hippie Blue, Resene Norwester and Resene Ziggurat. Bauble decorations
in Resene Cut Glass, Resene Kumutoto, Resene Dauntless, Resene Wishlist, Resene Teal Blue, Resene Retreat, Resene Scandal, Resene Maestro, Resene Foam, Resene Reservoir, Resene Hippie Blue, Resene Norwester and Resene Ziggurat. Painted Christmas present boxes
in Resene Cut Glass, Resene Kumutoto, Resene Dauntless, Resene Wishlist, Resene Teal Blue, Resene Retreat, Resene Scandal, Resene Maestro, Resene Foam, Resene Reservoir, Resene Hippie Blue, Resene Norwester and Resene Ziggurat. Accessories:
Sofa, flutes and plates from Freedom, white shells in bowl from Republic Home, cushions and throw from Adairs, hurricane lamp from The Warehouse
Explore your blues further with the bench seat in deep Resene Teal Blue and chair in aquamarine Resene Wishlist. Some accents items are dark and moody but can be swapped out easily for a brighter contrasting colour when the time is right.
Find your inner artist and create your own decorations this year. Crafting them is a festive fun project of its own, transforming your house into a wonderland – a summer version! Swap out the traditional decorations and extend your beach décor theme onto the tree, presents and tabletop with homemade shell ornaments. Their curves sit perfectly amongst the traditional baubles, breaking them up with their unique shape – don’t forget the star at the top! Let the tonal blues flow further onto your gift wrapping, with present boxes painted in tonal blues with impressive effect. Finish with delicate blue ribbons and homemade shell gift tags.
Take the shells and paint a letter on each, spelling out a word that evokes a Christmas meaning. Link each shell with twine to create your garland, hanging it on the wall for a personal touch that emphasises your blue tones. You can even extend this beach theme by painting the guest's name on the shell and using it as a place name for the table.
Touches of glistening gold in the cutlery, the earthy hue of the rustic twine and the timber legs in the side tables bring the scheme down to earth. For another visual break from the blues, the crisp blue of the white couch provides a sharp contrast.
Layering your tones from light to dark blues ground your festive space in a relaxed setting in which to soak up the festive fun.
How to make a shell Noel garland
You will need:
- 4 large shells and 4 small shells
- 2 Resene testpots in your colours plus white for lettering
- Resene testpot brush
- String or twine
- Hot-glue gun and glue
- Fine art paint brush
- Paint the four large shells in the same colour. Ours were painted in Resene Teal Blue.
- Paint the four small shells in the same colour. Ours were painted in Resene Kumutoto.
- Paint the letters ‘Noel’ onto the large shells in white paint using a very fine art paint brush.
- Cut a piece of string which is approximately 140 cm in length.
- Lay out shells onto string, first and last shell should be 20cm in from the end of the string. Shells should be approximately 15cm apart.
- Once you have worked out spacing, glue the shells to the string using a hot-glue gun.
- Leave shells to set for an hour before hanging garland up.
How to paint a shell name place setting
You will need:
- Large smooth shells
- Resene testpot in your chosen colour and white for lettering
- Testpot brush
- Paint your smooth shells in your desired colour and leave to dry.
- Using a fine paintbrush, paint the person’s name onto the shell in white paint and leave to dry.
- Place named shell on table setting.
How to make shell Christmas decorations
You will need:
- A mix of sizes in shells
- Resene testpots in desired colours
- Testpot brushes
- Hot-glue gun and glue
- String (to make tree hangers)
- Wash all shells and dry to get rid of excess sand.
- Paint all the shells in a range of colours.
- Cut your string into 15cm lengths and tie a knot to create a loop.
- Glue the string loops to the back of each shell using a hot-glue gun.
- Hang on tree.
Project by Vanessa Nouwens. Images by Bryce Carleton. 2021
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