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Timeless and classic

From habitat plus - decorating and colour trends 2022

There is a good reason classic designs are called timeless.

A bedroom with a sophisticated hotel look
Get the look of a hotel at home*

These colours and shapes evade the normal waxing and waning of trends because they quite simply always look good, no matter what year or season it is. However, it doesn't mean that classic designs don't continue to evolve. Today, traditional colour palettes and motifs are being blended with more pared down, contemporary forms rather than overly fussy or shapely furnishings, resulting in a hybrid style. Perennially popular hues like dusty blues, greys and whites such as Resene Duck Egg Blue, Resene Forecast, Resene Regent Grey and Resene Sea Fog continue to endure in these settings, with carefully curated pops of hues like red, periwinkle or navy, such as Resene Fahrenheit, Resene Ship Cove and Resene Blue Night, being used to add extra style points and interest.

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Resene offers a range of home décor fabrics designed to work with popular Resene colours. The Resene Curtain Collection includes fashionable stripes and patterns through to neutrals designed to complement a wide range of colour schemes – available from Resene ColorShops and selected curtain specialists.

*Get the look of a hotel at home with a sophisticated and classic Resene colour scheme paired with high quality bedlinen, a supple rug and other luxurious details that'll encourage you to linger in bed a little longer. Wall and tray in Resene Atomic, wall design, floor and bedside table in Resene Half Concrete, vase in Resene Gecko and bowl in Resene Fahrenheit. Linen from Ezibuy, lamp and rug from Freedom, cushion from Nood.

A painted arch screen

A blue/grey lounge

Arch screen: Wall in Resene Half Alabaster, floor in Resene Rakaia, arch screen in Resene Half Alabaster with stripes in Resene Pattens Blue and side table in Resene Ship Cove. Resene Harmony Voile – Blonde curtain from the Resene Curtain Collection, chair from Wolf & Co, lamp from Lighting Plus, cushion from Adairs, vase from Bed Bath N' Table.  Lounge: Wall in Resene Forecast with lower panelling in Resene Sea Fog, floor in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash, pendant lamp in Resene Alabaster, side table in Resene Half Black White, screen in Resene Regent Grey, cabinet in Resene Sea Fog with inset panels in Resene Blue Night, timber lamp base in Resene Colorwood Whitewash, vases in Resene Azure and Resene Sorrento and bowl in Resene Blue Moon. Sofa and cushions from Johnston Imports, rug from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Resene Mid Greywash

Resene ColorWood Whitewash

Period design

Most of today's popular colours and design influences may hail from the 1970s, but there are other trends that have come from much further back in time. Mid-century modern design remains a timeless era to emulate and chic Art Deco-inspired shapes that were popular in the 1920s and 30s continue to be desirable for decorators. But now, even earlier periods are also making a comeback, with Arts & Crafts and Victorian-era details finding their way back into our homes. Textured anaglypta wallpapers and motifs that hark back to William Morris and Frank Lloyd Wright are poised to have their own resurgence. Go for age-appropriate greens like Resene Midnight Moss and dark stained timbers that emulate oak or walnut such as Resene Colorwood Dark Oak and Resene Colorwood Bark to embrace the look.

A classic dark green lounge, art-deco inspired screen

Wall and fireplace in Resene Midnight Moss, floor in Resene Half Fossil, screen in Resene Tequila with design in Resene Midnight Moss, Resene Bandicoot, Resene Rob Roy and Resene Lightning Yellow and small accessories in Resene Rob Roy, Resene Bandicoot, Resene Lightning Yellow, Resene Clover, Resene Tequila, Resene Leather and Resene Sushi. Sofa, rug and tables from Freedom, throw from Città, mug from Public Record.

Green mid-century modern lounge with bold graphic designs
Mid-century modern design

A classic Art Deco dining room design
Hallmarks of the Art Deco period

Green lounge: Bold, graphic designs and colours are a staple of mid-century modern design. Wall design in Resene Robin Egg Blue, Resene Half Robin Egg Blue, Resene Quarter Robin Egg Blue and Resene Smoky Green, vases in Resene Smoky Green and Resene Half Robin Egg Blue. Sofa, coffee table and cushion from Nood, pendant lamp and candleholders from Good Form.  Dining room: Dramatic colours, structured vertical lines paired with geometric forms and rich fabrics and wallpaper designs are all hallmarks of the Art Deco period. Wall in Resene Wallpaper Collection KEN207.

The great divide

It is becoming increasingly common for homeowners to seek out creative solutions to a lack of walls and division within their open plan spaces.

A colourful room divider/screen

While walls can block the flow of traffic and natural light, moveable screens and dividers offer up a flexible solution to creating temporary 'zones' or a layer of privacy when you or your family members need to get stuck into work at home or homework. Outdoors, permeable screens designed with slits or louvres can help provide a moderate amount of protection from wind, sun or rain without completely cutting off airflow.

Wall, floor and divider frame in Resene Half Scotch Mist with divider panels in Resene Wonderland, Resene Half Scotch Mist, Resene Flax, Resene Elephant, Resene Lemon Twist, Resene Paua and Resene Leather. Ottoman from Contempa.


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