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Stylists' colour loves

From habitat plus - decorating and colour trends 2022

Stylist's colour loves for 2022 – Greer ClaytonAmber ArmitageMelle van SambeekVanessa NouwensGem AdamsLaura Lynn JohnstonMegan Harrison-TurnerEmma RawsonAnnick LarkinKate Alexander 

Greer Clayton


Greer Clayton - colour loves

“I’m currently loving Resene Edward as a beautiful, calm wall colour accented and contrasted by stronger Resene Sante Fe and Resene Undercover. I also love the freshness of Resene Green Spring alongside moodier Resene Spice. Paint the ceiling in either Resene Edward or Resene Green Spring and paint a sideboard or another key piece of furniture in Resene Spice contrasted with a wall in Resene Edward. Mixing it up with Resene Sante Fe and Resene Cut Glass trim also looks great.”

Mood board: Background in Resene Edward with bowl in Resene Undercover and vases in (from left to right) Resene Spice, Resene Green Spring, Resene Sante Fe, Resene Cut Glass and Resene Black White. Sunglasses and wallet from Kmart, jewellery tray from H&M Home.

Amber Armitage


Amber Armitage - colour loves

“I’ve been loving deep inky blues with a hint of turquoise, shades such as Resene Navigate, Resene St Kilda and Resene Tarawera. They provide a real depth of colour which makes a great backdrop if you want a deep and moody atmosphere, but the hint of turquoise makes it a little more playful than a standard navy blue. Pair it with a lighter grey tone such as Resene Flotsam, which has a hint of lilac and keeps the palette warmer. If you want to build on this palette with something really warm, add a deep ochre such as Resene Alert Tan for an extra punch.”

Mood board: Background in Resene Navigate with plate in Resene Tarawera, coaster and cutlery in Resene St Kilda, mug in Resene Alert Tan, vase in Resene Flotsam and creamer and sugar bowl in Resene Snow Drift. Tea towel from Kmart.

Melle van Sambeek


Melle van Sambeek - colour loves

“I’m currently drawn to colours that evoke warm weather. The soft buttery shade of Resene Moonbeam just says spring to me and reminds me of the daffodils and freesias that bring delight when winter is over. It is such a soft pretty shade and even comes in a quarter and half strength for less intensity of colour. I imagine this in a children’s bedroom – or for the bold, some kitchen cabinetry. Resene Soothe is the sweetest dusty shade of pink that reminds me of soft sherbet. Inspired by the soft pastel shades you frequently see in the wonderful Art Deco buildings of Miami that have both bold and gentle mixes of colours all thrown into one space yet they work harmoniously I imagine it being used in a powder room. It can easily be mixed with soft greys like Resene Flotsam – the softest, gentlest grey with a hint of lilac to it. Or, if you’re brave, a beautiful blue like Resene Sail, which reminds me of the bluest sky. Even the smallest injections of these colours together can create a Miami-inspired space.”

Mood board: Background in Resene Quarter Moonbeam, tray in Resene Half Moonbeam and vases in (from bottom to top) Resene Sail, Resene Moonbeam, Resene Soothe and Resene Flotsam. Wallets from Kmart and Miniso.

Vanessa Nouwens


Vanessa Nouwens - colour loves

"While I am a big lover of black and white schemes, I am loving the softer colour combo of Resene Black with Resene Thorndon Cream. Teamed with some muddy greens like Resene Clover, Resene Paddock and Resene Tasman and a smoky grey like Resene Half Gravel, it’s an easy-to-live-with neutral scheme suitable for a bedroom, living room or dining space. Adding greenery to the space will also link the green colours and bring some life into the scheme.”

Mood board: Background in Resene Half Rivergum with tray in Resene Thorndon Cream, vases in (clockwise from top left) Resene Black, Resene Paddock, Resene Rice Cake, Resene Tasman, Resene Clover and Resene Dingley and tealight holder in Resene Half Gravel.

Gem Adams


Gem Adams - colour loves

“My family recently moved house and our new home has a completely different vibe from our previous one. It’s an A-frame design and has all these quirky details and round windows. Because of the shape, our ceilings are now our walls and it’s made me want to bring in more colour as the thought of just whitewashing everything feels so wrong. I can’t get enough of Resene Half Spanish White paired with Resene Grey Olive, so that’s become the heart of our new scheme. We inherited a master bedroom in Resene Gelato, which at first I was keen to change, but after living in it and pairing it with Resene Mai Tai and Resene Smoke Tree, I’ve really come to love it. At home I would find it too much, but since my bach is my creative place to recharge and be inspired, I’d love to lean into a cottagecore vibe with accent colours like Resene Dingley and Resene Fahrenheit layered over Resene Spanish White and Resene Green Leaf.”

Mood board: Background in Resene Half Spanish White with large bowl (with apples) in Resene Grey Olive, small bowl in Resene Dingley, vase in Resene Pale Leaf, large coat peg in Resene Spanish White and small coat peg in Resene Fahrenheit. Tea towels from H&M Home.

Laura Lynn Johnston


Laura Lynn Johnston - colour loves

“The hues we use in our homes have so much power over our emotions, and a great colour palette will tap into that. Each of my palettes are typically tied to a memory, whether it be a specific person, place or time from my own life or that of my clients. Given our current limitations on travel, I’m likely not the only expat in the throes of homesickness. It’s a sensation that’s drawing me to colours that recall the colder climate I grew up in; of snowshoeing across frozen lakes nestled amongst boreal forest as I make my way back to a cosy mountain lodge, where log walls are adorned with shed antlers above a roaring fire. Colours like Resene Jet Stream, Resene Ivanhoe, Resene Woodbark, Resene Dune, Resene Lone Ranger, Resene Wild West and Resene Ecru White evoke that. And although many of them are cooler tones, for me they speak of comfort – making them ideal for a lounge or bedroom.”

Mood board: Background in Resene Jet Stream, large hex in Resene Ivanhoe, small hex tealight holder in Resene Wood Bark, pentagon in Resene Ecru White, right angle triangle in Resene Lone Ranger, equilateral triangle in Resene Wild West and square in Resene Dune. Cushion cover from H&M Home, diffuser from The Aromatherapy Co.

Megan Harrison-Turner


Megan Harrison-Turner: colour loves

“With the interiors I’m asked to work on clients are swinging away from Scandi style to a richer ambiance with deep colours that are luxe and jewel tones with a sophisticated city vibe. Colours like Resene Wanaka and Resene Tangaroa remind me of London Blue Topaz. Pair saturated colours, such as amethyst hues like Resene Hendrix and Resene Enigma and old fashioned emerald or malachite colours like Resene Deep Teal and Resene Palm Green, with glam velvets and lots of metallic gold for light fixtures and furniture. Keep walls uncrowded and let the colour capture attention for a surprisingly calming and cocooning space, and explore new ways of using existing finishes. Metallics like Resene Proton and Resene Bedrock work well as neutral wall colours. Instead of spraying them, use dry brushing and sponging techniques to create lovely dimension that changes throughout the day and looks particularly lovely when teamed with Resene Merino.”

Mood board: Background in Resene Wanaka, large bowl in Resene Tangaroa, tiny bowl in Resene Deep Teal and vases in (from large to small) Resene Hendrix, Resene Enigma, Resene Bedrock metallic and Resene Proton metallic. Waffle towel from H&M Home.

Emma Rawson


Emma Rawson - colour loves

“Right now, I’m really loving warm browns and mushroom colours, such as Resene Matakana, which is a lilac-toned brown that embodies cosiness (and reminds me of a warm mug of Milo). Pair with a rich deep cocoa colour, such as Resene Milk Chocolate, to evoke a smoky parlour feeling and a warm neutral, such as Resene Sour Dough. For a nod to the Art Nouveau trend and to soften the look, add accents of mauve, such as Resene Cosmic, or a deep purple, such as Resene Half Aubergine – delicious!”

Mood board: Background in Resene Matakana with plates in Resene Sour Dough, Resene Matakana, Resene Milk Chocolate and Resene Half Aubergine, saucer in Resene Cosmic, cup in Resene Sour Dough, creamer and sugar bowl in Resene Half Aubergine and cutlery in Resene Sour Dough and Resene Half Aubergine.

Annick Larkin


Annick Larkin - colour loves

“I’ve just finished redecorating my two daughters’ bedrooms, which we’ve done in Resene Half Rivergum and Resene Eighth Joss for my younger and Resene Coral Tree and Resene Quarter Bison Hide for my older. They’ve really warmed the spaces up, and they look just beautiful. If I could pick any colour to repaint one of my main living spaces right now it would be Resene Dark Slate. It looks gorgeous in a living room with mustard accents such as Resene Hot Toddy and Resene Twine for the cooler months swapped out with soft pinks and light greens such as Resene Wafer, Resene Linen and Resene Lemon Grass when it's warmer.”

Mood board: Background in Resene Wafer with soap dispenser in Resene Hot Toddy, toothbrush holder in Resene Twine, plant pot in Resene Dark Slate and lidded jar in Resene Rice Cake. Towels from H&M Home, nail brush from Everyday Needs, hand cream from Città.

Kate Alexander


Kate Alexander - colour loves

“I’m loving the freshness and freedom of a grey and white base palette such as Resene Concrete with Resene Quarter Iron or Resene Silver Chalice with Resene Eighth Black White paired with details in black like Resene Blackjack, which holds back from true black, or Resene Nero if you want a sharper look. Then, all that’s needed is to add in your colour pop of choice. As a blue-loving girl, my favourite colour will always be Resene Torea Bay, which could be balanced with something softer like Resene Bud. For an intimate colour palette, I’m loving a tone-on-tone base of mauve-meets-maroon greys from Resene Martini through to Resene Innuendo. Pair these with earthy terracotta, like Resene Prairie Sand and finish the look with a starchy white like Resene Half Rice Cake.”

Mood board: Background in Resene Concrete with hexagon dishes in (clockwise from left) Resene Eighth Black White, Resene Torea Bay, Resene Quarter Iron, Resene Silver Chalice and Resene Blackjack. Sunglasses from Le Spec, gold dish from H&M Home, shoes from Rubi.


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