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Habitat plus - 1 look 4 ways - interiors

Welcome — We’ve all done it – pondered long and hard over the paint colour charts, worried over our interior colours, bought armfuls of Resene testpots to check out those choices. Are they too bold? Or are they too blah?

And while it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to repaint the walls if we get it wrong or you feel like a change, getting it right the first time does feel good. And a happy homeowner means a happy Resene customer.

Which is why we’ve devised this helpful booklet to let you see how different rooms and styles of interiors from living rooms to nurseries, traditional to modern look in various colour schemes. We’ve taken photographs of existing homes, then virtually painted them with alternative schemes to show you the difference that paint colours can make. There’s a mix of schemes from calming and neutral through to bolder and, well, challenging.

So take a look through these pages for inspiration, head down to your local Resene ColorShop or reseller to pick up your Resene colour charts and testpots… and start painting. Happy decorating!

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1 look 4 ways - interior colour schemes

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The 6 step colour scheme

The 6 step colour scheme

If you’re about to create a colour scheme and don’t know where to begin, here’s a six-step process to get you started... more

The entrance way

Making an entrance

If you have the space for one, an entrance foyer is a blessing. It creates a sense of arrival, it’s a place to pause, and to help lead you to where you want to go next – whether that’s up the stairs or on to other rooms... more

The classic hallway

Easy transitions

The classic central hallway of a character villa cries out for a bit of creativity.Often, these hallways are treated quite formally or as an almost forgotten zone, simply a space to pass through... more

Chairs and a feature wall

Take a seat

The sculptural lines of these tub chairs and the clean white of the leather makes them a stand-out feature against any wall – especially a wall that uses some striking colour... more

Open plan living

Seeing double

Nowadays, we love open-plan living, frequently allowing the spaces in our homes to run seamlessly into one another. This can present a problem – where do you end one colour and start another, or do you just use the one colour everywhere?... more

lounge and fireplaces

Cosy up

Sleek and streamlined, this living room is perfect for families. With loads of space for lounging around the fire together in winter, or entertaining friends in summer... more

fireplace is the heart of the home

I see fire

Fireplaces often figure in our interiors, not just as a generator of warmth but for their visual appeal. There’s nothing quite like our emotional response to glowing flames on a winter’s night spent at home... more

 fireplace is heart of the home

Heart of the home

Fireplaces often figure in our interiors, not just as a generator of warmth but for their visual appeal. There’s nothing quite like our emotional response to glowing flames on a winter’s night spent at home... more

Kitchen is new but old

New but old

When a kitchen is part of an open-plan space, it needs to be integrated in both colour and style. In this relocated villa, kitchen designer Celia Visser created various elements to ensure this kitchen visually blends within its built environment... more

kitchen with variety on the menu

Variety on the menu

A great kitchen needs to fulfil a multitude of purposes. First and foremost it’s a place to cook, but it’s also a space to gather, talk and eat – and in this case it spills over neatly into a warm and welcoming open-plan living room... more

retro dine in style

Dine in style

Here, retro-based vintage colours are used for the new-look rooms, inspired by the furniture. While traditional dining rooms tended to be stand-alone affairs, only used on high days or holidays... more

Modern dining

Modern dining

This simple, elegant and streamlined dining room calls for a similarly sophisticated choice of paint. It needs to be friendly yet not fussy, and certainly not overbearing... more

Defining the dining

Defining the dining

In our open-plan living spaces, dining tables are often left to float, unanchored, somewhere between the kitchen and the sitting area... more

And so to the bedroom

And so to bed

Feature walls are a wonderful tool because they allow us the freedom to make significant changes on a regular basis... more

Bedroom nature or nurture?

Nature or nurture?

While our bedrooms are primarily places of rest, they’re also a very private spot. So when you’re choosing a decorative scheme you can go one of two ways... more

Up down or sideways

Up down or sideways stripes

Stripes are going up, down and across walls, floors and ceilings. Stripes are going up, down and across walls, floors and ceilings.... more

For the kids

For the kids

There is no place as full of potential as a child’s room when it comes to letting your decorating imagination – and theirs – run riot... more

Baby baby

Baby baby

Creating the perfect room for a baby can be one of the most significant decorating projects in a parent’s life – especially when it’s our first... more

Bathing beauty

Bathing beauty

A beautiful looking highly functional bathroom is an essential part of any home and getting what you want can be pricey... more

character bathroom

Simple character

Look a bit closer and you will see that the stripes on the wall of this bathroom are painted on with a paint roller freehand... more

A character villa

A character corner

The rich detailing of this corner cries out for clever combinations of colour. The very villa-ness of it is obvious in the intricate window architrave and the tongue-and-groove panelling on the lower part of the wall... more

Washday blues

Washday blues

And greens, and even pink! Many of us these days have very streamlined laundries, cleverly hidden in cupboards... more

Study secrets

Study secrets

Studies are working spaces that also need to be slightly stimulating in order to keep users ‘on task’ This can mean surrounding yourself with various favourite items of furniture or accessories... more

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