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Habitat plus - misty and muted

Seek sanctuary with hushed tones.

Soft and simple, these sanctuary colours create a hushed environment to retreat to, and to embark on mindful living. Somewhere we can recharge our emotional and physical batteries after being constantly bombarded by technology, social media and fast-paced graphics.

This is the Scandi look of recent years, but in a slightly stronger way. The colours are still soft but where there might have been just pale grey and cool white, there are now a range of soft muddied pastels. Weathered, aged surfaces feed our souls with nostalgia.

Possessions are restricted to only those we love, which are purposeful and beautiful as we shift our clutter online and into the cloud.

Colours are warm greys, weathered pinks, ochres, dusty greens, washed blues and aged translucent creams.

A hushed environment using soft tones
Walls in Resene Half Duck Egg Blue and a floor in Resene Inside Back are accented with khaki greens like Resene Passport (shelves) and Resene Half Evolution (basket planter).

Muted pink walls and smokey accents
Muted pink walls in Resene Rascal with smokey soft accents in Resene Half Biscotti (shelves), Resene Gumboot (tray and sideboard), Resene Spanish White and Resene Dusted Blue (tables), Resene Wafer (bowl), Resene Quill Grey (tall vase) and Resene Sour Dough (bowl). The floor is Resene Half Sandspit Brown.

Santuary colours
Left: Skirting boards and ceiling roses in Resene Quarter Black White and Resene Alabaster create ornate panels on a Resene Merino wall, showcasing the Ascend range of fabrics by James Dunlop Textiles. Right: A panelled wall in Resene Silver Chalice.

Textured walls are part of the look, from rustic tongue-and-groove panels to more sophisticated board-and-batten

Board-and-batten bedroom / colour combinations to consider
Left: A Resene Silver Chalice bedroom. Top right: Resene Quarter Atmosphere is a stony off-white, airy and aqueous. Try it with blushed taupes, faded blacks or earthy greens such as Resene Martini, Resene Quarter Baltic Sea or Resene Terrain. Bottom right: Resene Lynch is a smokey blue, good with deep yelllows, greyed whites or stormy blues such as Resene Good As Gold, Resene Double House White or Resene Coast.

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