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Kitchen Decorating inspiration gallery

Below are a collection of kitchen projects completed by keen DIY'ers.

Click on a picture to find out more about the project or search the Gallery using the search function. If you’d like to submit your project into this decorating inspiration gallery we’d love to hear from you. Simply email information about your project and your images to Every project featured will receive a small gift from Resene.


Decorating ideas from selected magazines

Wooden kitchen
Mid-century mood

Moving the kitchen and bringing the layout into the 21st century... more
Bright kitchen
Vibrant vibe

Colours that reflect the beauty of the home amongst the bush... more
French country kitchen
Elevated with colour

Jo wanted her new home to reflect her and represent the new beginning... more
Kitchen floor paint and wallpaper feature
Wow with wallpaper

Making a real ‘wow' statement in the kitchen... more
Dining and kitchen combination
Colour surprise

Behind the seemingly calm veneer of a classic white villa... more
Kitchen and scullery
Paint by plan

Eclectic describes Cheryl and Juriaan. They love old and new... more
Kitchen of new house
Good things take time

Patience has resulted in a colour scheme they are delighted with... more
Bright kitchen
Living it up

They decided to mix up three colours – green, blue and grey... more
New kitchen
Blue as the night

Kelly has always liked the colour of dark blue and wanted a French look... more
Orange inspired kitchen
Daredevil inspired

The main inspiration for much of the colour was Resene Daredevil... more
Lounge and kitchen combination
Sight unseen

We all know what the word POTENTIAL means... more
Blue bedroom
Helping hand

The Maria family completely gutted a 1950s coast bach... more
New kitchen
Retirement renovation

Retiring 18 months ago, they have spent most of that time renovating... more
Villa kitchen
Character in colour

This villa has been carefully repainted by the Goodall family... more
Bungalow kitchen
The good life

Escaping Auckland for the good life in sunny Nelson... more
Bit by bit

The Thompson family moved into their beautiful home in Nelson... more
Black and white kitchen
On a colour journey

Nadine likes the simplicity of the straight lines... remaining timeless... more
Kitchen with teal wall
Bright spot

The 1950s brick house needed a lot of love... more
New kitchen
Renovate and relocate

They had a vision of pastel greens pinks and blue being by the sea... more
Grey kitchen
Bit by bit

Painting the kitchen cupboards and adding new handles... more
Bright kitchen
Living it up

They decided to mix up three colours – green, blue and grey... more
Bungalow kitchen
The good life

Escaping Auckland for the good life in sunny Nelson... more
Unexpected move
Unexpected move

Building a new farmstyle/villa home on a 1.5 acre hilly property... more
Colour by three - kitchen
Colour by three

A delightful taste of colour. Resene Tangaroa is a deep choice... more
Feature colour makes the space
Feature colour makes the space

Adding in colour to bring rooms to life. A striking feature wall... more
Boldly going with colour...
Boldly going with colour

As part of a major home renovation, the family made some bold choices... more
A simple white kitchen
For the family

A simple white kitchen to enhance the existing beautiful bones... more
Bach conversion to family home
Bad bach no more

This small but perfectly formed home, was once a ‘1980s bad’ bach... more
An unexpected colour journey
An unexpected colour journey

As a new bed and breakfast it needed new colours inside and out... more
Christchurch townhouse
Christchurch townhouse

Easy to live with colours with a little bit of ‘funky’ thrown in... more
Being inspired by the existing
Being inspired by the existing

The green is calming, soothing and inspiring, bringing the outdoors... more
Lemons and limes in the kitchen
Lemons and limes in the kitchen

A bold colour selection would give the kitchen a good dose of fun... more

Farmhouse refresh
The new colour has made the house feel fresh and clean... more
Home of art
Home of art

A colourful kitchen with dark cupboards... more
A door-able in colour
A door-able in colour

A mix of wood, tiles and colour splashes... more
Place of rainbows
Place of rainbows
Our fun colourful and practical holiday home... more
Punchy colour to cook with
Punchy colour to cook with
An updated kitchen with purples and greys... more
Overdue for a makeover
Overdue for a makeover

This 1959 kitchen was replaced for the new owners... more

A helping hand with colour

The use of creme and browns and a bold red... more
Ask an expert
Ask an expert

To get a modern clean look for years to come... more

Magnetic attraction

Muted colours make this kitchen stand-out... more
Coming home to colour
Coming home to colour

Dramatic wood with accents of pops of colour... more
Beach house in the city
Beach house in the city

The 1944 house update with the use of bold colours... more
A touch of colour
A touch of colour

Pale colours highlight the wooden ceiling... more
Unified from inside out
Unified from inside out

The use of traditional bungalow colour scheme... more
Piece de resistance in pink
Piece de resistance in pink

Blue seaside kitchen and bathroom inspirations... more

A dream home

Colours inspired by colourful fabric... more
Best of the blues
Best of the blues

Blues and creme make this kitchen stand out... more
Bringing in the things you love
Bringing in the things you love

Wooden benches make the creme cupboards stand out... more
One for the girls
One for the girls

Repaint the cabinetry for a quick update... more
A labour of love
A labour of love

A bold orange and white tiles compliment this kitchen update... more
Yeehaa wins for a splashback
Yeehaa wins for a splashback

Sky blue colours are the inspiration for this splashback and cabinets... more
Separating spaces with colour
Separating spaces with colour

Using pale yellow to lighten the kitchen... more

Inspired by Japan

A dark wall colour makes an dramatic impact... more

For the love of colour

A villa built in 1890's... more
Colour brings character
Colour brings character

Dark and whites complement each other... more
Going on a painting spree
Going on a painting spree

Colour accents on cupboard doors... more

A touch of us in teal

Greys and whites with a bold feature wall... more
Resene Half Thorndon Cream
Cottage kitchen

Light and simple interiors with Resene Half Thorndon Cream... more
Resene Flash Point
Vibrant colour

Resene Black White walls and Resene Camarone ... more
Resene Black White and  Resene All Black stripes
Creative with colour

Resene Black White and Resene All Black stripes... more
Resene Hyperactive kitchen wall
Bold with brights

Resene Hyperactive works well with the triangles wrap... more
Resene Half Black White with Resene Quarter Black White trims and ceilings
Art meets colour

Resene Half Black White quarter strength trims and ceilings... more
Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream walls
Wonderful in white

Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream walls brighten this kitchen... more
Resene Black Forest in this renovated kitchen
Black Forest leads

Resene Black Forest in this renovated kitchen and dining room... more
Resene Rice Cake
Colour to enjoy

Resene Rice Cake, Resene Triple Rice Cake and Resene Licorice... more
Resene Sour Dough, Resene Parchment
Kitchen blackboard

Resene Sour Dough, Resene Parchment, Resene Double Pearl Lusta... more
Resene Trinidad fridge
Resene Trinidad fridge

Resene Trinidad makes a striking statement in the lounge... more
Resene Black White, with a contrast of Resene Grenadier
Black White and Red

Resene Black White, with a contrast of Resene Grenadier... more
Kitchen art on wall and floor
Kitchen art
The kitchen has Resene Blue Bark cabinets with Resene Gold accents... more
1920s kitchen redecoration
1920s redecoration

Created a more lived in, homely feel with pops of colour... more
The design above the splashback was painted using Resene Sakura, Resene Moby, Resene Hampton, Resene Paris White, Resene Corn Field, Resene Westar, Resene Half Rice Cake and Resene Norwester
She loves colour

The wall design was painted using Resene colours... more
Resene Mint Tulip
Resene Mint Tulip
Once tried she knew Resene Mint Tulip was the one... more
Vibrant colours
Vibrant colours
Goodbye pastel pink - hello vibrant colour... more
Resene Powder Blue above the kitchen cupboards and the stools were painted to matc
Brightening the kitchen

Resene Powder Blue above cupboards and stools... more
Resene Clementine Orange and Resene Summer Green
Orange and green

Resene Clementine Orange and Resene Summer Green... more
Resene Wasabi, Resene Gothic, Resene Black and Resene Blanc
Resene Wasabi

Resene Wasabi, Resene Gothic, Resene Black and Resene Blanc... more
French provincial distressed cabinet and shelves
Distressed furniture
French provincial distressed cabinet and shelves... more
Resene Conifer
Art deco kitchen

The kitchen is stunning in Resene Conifer... more
Resene Loblolly
Complements the garden
They are thrilled with how Resene Loblolly looks... more
Resene Half Iron walls
Soft grey walls

Resene Half Iron Works well with the timber flooring... more
Resene Black White, with a contrast of Resene Grenadier
Retro theme

Resene Quarter Napa was chosen for the wall colour... more
Resene Half Envy
Bold with colour
Resene Half Envy and Resene Quarter Spanish White... more
Resene Double Stack walls
Depth and warmth
Resene Double Stack walls for this unique look... more
Resene Poprock
Calming and peaceful

Resene Poprock glows in this renovated kitchen... more
The colour palette of Karen Walker palette 4
Soft colour palette

The colour palette used was Karen Walker palette 4... more
Their Axminster rug was the inspiration for this kitchen redecorating
Summer bouquet

Colourful inspiration from their Axminster rug... more
Resene Gulf Stream
Beachside colour
Resene Gulf Stream for that 'beachy' feeling... more
Resene Eighth Napa walls and Resene Pacifika splashback
Resene Eighth Napa

Resene Eighth Napa walls and Resene Pacifika splashback... more
These Resene Milan walls make a statement
Kitchen with flair

This Resene Milan wall makes a statement... more
Resene Pale Slate, with the rest of the interior painted in Resene Half Pale Slate
Soft colour palette

Resene Pale Slate and Resene Half Pale Slate... more
Resene Wan White
A stunning fresh result

A homely, but classy ambience in this kitchen using Resene Wan White.. more
Resene Alabaster on kitchen walls with a Resene Orange Roughy splashback
Striking colour splash

The walls are Resene Alabaster and the glass splashback uses Resene Orange Roughy... more
Resene Akaroa on kitchen walls
Kitchen makeover

New look with Resene Akaroa walls and Resene Wood Bark features... more
Resene Akaroa on kitchen walls
Brightly bold

Resene Alabaster kitchen walls increase the light reflectivity with brightly painted panels... more
Resene Quarter Concrete on kitchen walls with Resene Limerick splashback
Enter colours

Resene Quarter Concrete walls with glass splashbacks in Resene Limerick... more
Resene  on kitchen cabinets
Painted granite bench

Resene Blackboard Paint black and green. Resene Double Pearl Lusta on cupboards... more
Resene Tweet and Resene Wan White
Rimu island cabinetry

Resene Wan White and Resene Tweet gives a great mid-century feel... more
Resene Buttermilk on kitchen cabinets
Resene Buttermilk

Kitchen cabinetry finished in Resene Buttermilk with a distressed look on the pantry shelves, cupboard... more
Resene  Smashing on kitchen walls
Simply smashing

The kitchen is very unique and industrial looking and now with Resene Smashing... more

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Kitchen ideas from Cusine magazine

Getting a kitchen look to last
Standing the test of time

Putting a contemporary twist on classic ideas.... more
How colour effects your appetite
A matter of taste

How the colours you use to decorate your kitchen affect your appetite... more
Island benches in your kitchen
Island life

Bold, beautiful and practical, a well-curated island is a shore thing... more
Kitchen with mixed chairs
Mixed not matched

Not only is an eclectic dining room more in tune with current trends... more
Warm toned wooden kitchens
Grain expectations

Highly-textured woods in warm tones are heating up contemporary... more
Pale kitchens
Soft touches of kitchen love

Misty whites and eggshell blues are go-to colours for summery kitchens... more
Blue colours
Defining the dining

Make your dining room look delicious with resene paint and wallpaper... more
Colour in the kitchen
Colour in the kitchen

Go on, be bold and splash some colour around your kitchen... more
Bright to light
Bright to light

Is your style vibrant or soft? These striking and sophisticated kitchens show... more
Goodbye to white?
Goodbye to white?

Has the all-white kitchen finally been eclipsed?... more
Dine in colours...
Dine in colour

Whether you go neutral or colourful, or take to the outdoors, here are some great dining room... more
Two kitchens with ideas based on classic looks
Tradition with a twist

Two kitchens deliver new takes on classic good looks while another disappears from sight... more
An attention-grabbing orange kitchen
Tangerine dream

Step out of your comfort zone and go for an attention-grabbing orange kitchen... more
A dream kitchen
Hearth home

The quest for the perfect kitchen began 10 years ago... more
Kichens with a stylish but casual look
Kitchens go casual

Soft colours and quirky details are all you need for a casual looking kitchen... more
Use colour to define the dining area in an open plan room
Defining the dining

Use colour to give open-plan dining areas a sense of occasion... more
Timber in kitchens
Natural instincts

Beautifully finished timber can be the hero of any kitchen... more
Traditional kitchens
Timeless with a twist

Traditional kitchens embrace current looks with Nordic, industrial and vintage... more
Add bursts of colour
Colour-shot kitchens

Add bursts of colour to a neutral backdrop for great effect... more
How colourful do you want your kitchen to be?
How much colour?

How colourful do you want your kitchen to be? Nice and neutral, with a touch of colour, or... more
Successful kitchen redesigns
The personal touch

Gone are the days of the slick showhome kitchens. Now we want to be highly personalised... more
Successful kitchen redesigns
Design inspiration

Have a kitchen that’s tailor-made to suit your house and lifestyle with a good kitchen designer... more
Successful kitchen redesigns
The perfect design

The right ingredients come together to create sensational spaces in the makeover... more
Kitchen transformations
Kitchen transformations

Resene paint colours highlight the dramatic looks of these kitchen makeovers. What was a dark... more
A white kitchen with colourful detailing.
White magic

With the right detailing and colour accents, the classic white kitchen can look stunning. See the options... more
Bold colours in kitchens
Splash out

Bold use of colour is a new trend in kitchen design, giving the hub of the home a dramatic... more
Kitchen concepts
Kitchen concepts

If your kitchen is looking a bit tired, get the inside scoop on the latest trends... more
Kitchen design information
Kitchen colour trends

Be more flamboyant when selecting kitchen finishes and inject colour... more
Kitchen design information
Kitchen design ideas

It’s important to give all elements of kitchen design careful consideration... more
Kitchen surfaces feature
Kitchen surfaces

The kitchen is one of the most used and abused rooms in a home... more

Kitchen ideas from other magazines

Bright ideas for Kitchens from Simply You Living
Bright ideas for kitchens
from Simply You Living

There’s more to renovating your kitchen than just the newest tools and gadgets... more
Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly magazine
Kitchens & Bathrooms

Two stunning kitchens have been chosen as the winners of the Resene Total Colour Connection... more
Creating a dream kitchen with Homestyle magazine
Creating a dream kitchen with Homestyle

There are no hard and fast rules to constructing a salvaged kitchen. There are a few guidelines... more
Choosing kitchen colour schemes
Cooking with colour
NZ House & Garden

You’re likely to spend a lot of time in your kitchen, choose a colour scheme you’re comfortable with... more

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