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Colour inspiration – latest looks

Get inspired with colour and the latest decorating and colour trends! If you're getting ready for your next decorating journey, browse through these beautiful mood boards, paints, colours and decorating ideas to help you select just the right look and mood for your space. For more ideas, see the decorating inspiration gallery, habitat magazine or view how-to project ideas

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Pinstriped blue bedroom
Pretty in pinstripe

The ever-charming English countryside is practically synonymous with rest and relaxation... more
Home barre gym area
On pointe

Those interested in Barre – a fitness movement focused on building long, lean muscles – won't need much floor space to get toned... more
Home office space
Home work

If last year taught us anything, it's that it's a good idea to be prepared with a functional home office space... more
Toasty tiles - 70's inspired terracotta interior
Toasty tiles

With the rise in popularity of 70s inspired styles terracotta has quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the trendiest colours for interiors... more
Relaxing grey organic themed lounge
Self care space

The trick to creating a self-care space is to think about the things that make you feel happy and soothed then bring those elements in... more
Black and white apartment with yellow highlights
Pattern play

Is there any colour combination more classic than black and white? A duo like no other, designers and decorators... more
Reading nook -art deco inspiration
Reading ready

For the past two years, shapes, motifs, colours and finishes reminiscent of the Art Deco era have been all the rage... more
Monstera themed bathroom
Monstera bathroom

They're one of those places that don't need to be formal, nor do they need to match or coordinate with the other rooms... more
Peacefull blue calming lounge
Stress buster blues

The colours we choose to decorate with have been shown to have enormous emotional impacts on us... more
Outside living patio for summer and winter
In and out

With more reasons to stay at home than ever before, there's a big draw in turning your home into the kind of place where you can relax... more
Hobby craft room with ample storage and a reading nook
Hobby craft room

Whether you need a relaxing spot to practice yoga or an organised area for your DIY supplies, chances are you don't actually need four walls... more
Warmer tones are making a comeback
Cosy comeback

After two decades of grey reigning supreme as the preferred neutral for most, warmer tones are finally beginning to make a comeback... more
Ship shape - themed kids' rooms
Ship shape

Kids adore fairy tales – especially ones that tell exciting adventure stories about pirates, cowboys or knights... more
Woodland inspired bedroom that grows with your teenager
Out of the woods

As your kids get older and get into their ‘tween' and teen years, decorating their bedrooms can sometimes become more challenging.... more
Danish and Norwegian inspired teal bedroom
Hygge at heart

Hygge (pronounced hyoo-gah) is the Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of cosiness and comfort... more
Girls bedroom in neutral colours in shades of white
Greige for the girls

Neutral hues, especially shades of white, are the most common paint colours used in our homes... more
An adults nautical themed bedroom
Sailing away

When you're a kid, your bedroom is special. It's the only place where you get to express your personality. As adults, it's no different... more
Reading nook with a country grown up vibe
Palette pops

This relaxed reading nook with its grown–up English country vibe shows how far your choice of hues can go in creating interest in a room... more
Master bedroom balanced in blue and green hues
Decorating duo

Designing a master bedroom where both masculine and feminine energies have been captured... more
Shared room using an neutral palette
Shared style

Sharing can be difficult for some children but decorating a shared kid's room room doesn't have to be hard... more
Teenage - tween music inspired personal space
In harmony

There are few things more popular or better at uniting human beings than music... more
Nautical themed relaxing room with your personal style
Smooth sailing

If there is one thing that we have come to realise, it's that everyone needs a place to call their own... more
Retro eighties inspired dining room
Eighties for the twenties

With the cyclic nature of fashion and design, 80s looks are a hit among the hip crowd. Retro design elements... more
Zen inspired japanese tearooms
All in balance

Everything feels right in a space when each of the elements within it have been properly balanced... more
Home solutions - home office, storage, murals
Home solutions

Get creative with your home office, paint a hidden mural or make some built in storage for your home.... more
Classic tones, enduring looks
Lasting appeal

Get inspired by the everyday with these classic tones and enduring palettes. Choosing classic ‘anti-trend' colours is a trend in and of itself... more
Triangled mural to define a reading nook

With an open plan layout, you don't always have walls to rely on to provide definition between different areas and activities... more
Art inspired colour choices
Art starter

Once you've found some that you really love, why not use it to inspire a colour palette... more
Paint an floral mural in your lounge
Positively painterly

In this lounge, a wall in Resene Solitude has been given a gorgeous painterly treatment... more
Paint a plant mural on your lounge wall
Succulently lined

Created with a continuous line in Resene Midnight Express, this wall has been completely brought to life... more
Paint  an mini mural on your door
Simply a-door-able

A mini mural doesn't have to be relegated to your walls. It can be on a door, floor, ceiling... more
Artwork inspired personal colour palette for your dining room
Repetition and rhythm

The artwork you choose for your space should feel very personal and can inspire a colour palette... more

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Latest inspiration in print

Ermanno Cattaneo, bespoke landscapes
Ermanno Cattaneo

Ermanno Cattaneo works for Suzanne Turley Landscapes, where he creates bespoke residential landscapes; from Architecture NZ... more
Shades of the season - winter
Shades of the season

Embrace an on-trend colour palette; from Fashion Quarterly... more
How to choose the perfect white paint
The perfect white paint

How to choose the right white shade for your space; from Denizen... more
Create magical settings with deep moody colours
Evening light

Create magical settings with deep moody Resene paint colours and dimly lit spaces; from Remix magazine... more
Modern meditteranean
Modern mediterranean

Bring a touch of the Med home, with textured walls and living spaces that seamlessly link the indoor to the out; from Remix... more
Carving a path - Hannah Jensen
Carving a path

Hannah Jensen... this New Zealand artist is one to watch; from Denizen... more
Melle Van Sambeek
Transformed by colour

Stylist Melle Van Sambeek delights in paint's instant effect; from NZ H&G... more
Creating space - curated spaces
Creating space

Indulge in curated spaces that are edited just for you, filled with objects you love, from Remix.. more
Colour play - runway inspiration
Colour play

The runway has all the inspiration you need this season, from Fashion Quarterly... more
Resene berry colours
Berry nice

Resene berry hues... a mood-enhancing splash of colour, from Mindfood... more
Resene Shed of the Year
Resene Shed of the Year

Shed of the Year runner-ups use prize to splash colour on their New Plymouth garden projects, from NZ Gardener... more
Natasha Markham
Natasha Markham

Founder of MAUD (Markham Architecture + Urban Design) and co-host of architectural podcast 76 Small Rooms, from Architecture NZ... more
Heat your foodie spaces
Heat your foodie spaces

How to bring some fire into your kitchen, from Cityscape... more
Art from Hannah Jensen
Carved from colour

Hannah Jensen reveals the magic within her art, from NZ H&G... more
Darryl Church
Darryl Church

Darryl Church discusses nature, context and the process of integrating colour, from Architecture NZ... more
Nick Eagles
Nick Eagles

Collaboration, turning transience into sculpture and the importance of colour, from Architecture NZ... more
Megan Harrison-Turner
Colours for the soul

Megan Harrison-Turner says colours are her happy place... more
Bibby + Brady, Napier interior design firm
Right at home

Napier interior design firm Bibby + Brady, from Style... more
Tried and true colours chemes
Colour Play

Tried and true schemes can teach us a thing or two, from NZ H&G... more
Its only natural
It's only natural

Colours inspired by nature have a firm place in the work of these designers, from NZ H&G... more
Daniel Marshall
Daniel Marshall

Modernity, Mexican architecture, surrealism and luminescence inspire this Auckland architect to create a moody and highly textural photograph, from Architecture NZ... more
The colours of winter - pick a path
Pick a path

Firmly rooted in nature, you can't go wrong with this key colour trend, from Mindfood Decor... more
The colours of winter - green light
Green light

Mother Nature has a knack for creating harmonious colour combos, from Mindfood Decor... more
Annabel Cropper
Annabel Cropper

Her day job is that of graduate architect at C Nott Architects but in her time off, Annabel blends graphic and object design with curiosity and architecture for the sake of large, sculptural objects, from Architecture NZ... more
Karen Walker Chalk Paints
Back to the chalkboard

Designer Karen Walker has dipped into her past to create her latest collection for Resene, from Denizen magazine... more
Buster Caldwell
Buster Caldwell

In his time off, the creative director for the Wonder Group makes engaging art from photos of banal architecture, from Interior magazine... more

The colours of autumn, from Mindfood Decor...


The shade has become one of the most defining colours of the decade... more

Dark and dramatic colours have captured the imaginations of courageous colour lovers... more

Grey is such a universal colour that you can easily dress it up to suit any season or style... more

For an elemental, nature-inspired colour with a truly contemporary feel... more
The ritual of dining
Ritual of dining

Celebrating the beauty of connection created through the ritual of dining, from Remix magazine... more
Weather report
Weather report

Rust is in this season. Add a touch of aged charm to your outdoor space with Resene's exciting new release, from Simply You Living... more
Colour and light - Daniel Marshall
Colour and light

There's synergy between the two, from NZ H&G... more
Feeling fresh
Feeling fresh

Tones inspired by nature's most invigorating season, from FQ... more
Captivating coral
Captivating coral

Officially the colour of the year, according to Pantone, coral couldn't be more apt for summer, from Simply You Living... more
Moshin Mussa
Moshin Mussa

We caught up with the RTA Studio associate to discuss colour and how it has influenced his design choicest, from Interior... more
Botanical garden
Botanical garden

Greens and blues fill-up the tropical sphere, from Hotel... more
For the love of timber
For the love of timber

Timber brings a relaxed feel to any home, from Mindfood Decor... more
Shades of the season
Shades of the season

Splash uplifting summer colours around your home, from Mindfood Décor... more
Moody monochrome colour scheme
Moody monochrome

Moody monochrome is a classic, elegant colour combination, from Mindfood Décor... more
The colours of Christmas
Colours of Christmas

Wreaths, lights, ornaments … there's nothing like styling your home for the holidays, from Mindfood Décor... more
A calming interior inspired by the elegant
aesthetic of local fashion brand Marle
Everyday luxury

A calming interior, elegant aesthetic, from Remix... more
More is good
More is good

The more colour, the better says stylist Loui, from NZ H&G... more
HIt the right tone
Hit the right tone

The modern interior is moving on from stark white or deep, moody colours. Instead, it's time we embraced the middleground, from Denizen... more
Summer sensation
Summer sensation

Sunshine, sand, and iridescent surf, from Hotel magazine... more
Mix and match
Mix & match

Colour combinations inspired by the coast, from Fashion Quarterly... more
Charlotte Minty
Charlotte Minty

Wellington-based interior designer discusses the colours of her childhood and how they still hold a place in her imagination, from Interior magazine... more
(not so) accidentally Wes Anderson
(not so) accidentally Wes Anderson

Creating your own Wes Anderson-inspired interior, from Remix magazine... more
Dream in green
Dream in green

Shades of green are the hottest trend in interior design, from Mindfood Décor... more
Moroccan mood
Moroccan mood

Transform your interior with a little touch of Morocco, from Hotel magazine... more
Adding humanity
Adding humanity

Harmony is a key driver for designer Charlotte Minty, from NZ H&G... more
Paint it black
Paint it black

In this contemporary take on the traditional farmhouse, a dark, Resene-rendered palette paints country living in a new light, from Denizen... more
Green scene
Green scene

Fashion's love of greenery endures, so bring nature inside the home with lush and relaxing forest hues, from Simply You... more
Gerald Parsonson
Gerald Parsonson

We caught up with the award-winning, Wellington-based architect to discuss colour, the built environment and the sweet spot where the two meet, from Interior magazine... more
Colour is king
Colour is king

Throwing out the rule book and embracing shades of green, blue and blush, from Mindfood Décor... more
Still life
Still life

Take your winter colour palette cues from centuries past, bringing deep yet comforting... more
Interior colour schemes - trends
Q&A Colour Confidence

Resene consultant Rebecca Long gives Cityscape the skinny on the trends... more
Tickled pink from Hotel magazine
Tickled pink

Pink is no longer a gendered colour... It's warm, vibrant, from hotel magazine... more
Deep in the forest from MiNDFOOD Decor
Deep in the forest

Take inspiration from nature and layer up greens, from Mindfood Décor... more
Softly does it
Softly does it

For stylist Amber Armitage, soft and organic is the way to go, from NZ H&G magazine... more
Seasonal colour palette
Through falling leaves

Be inspired by Mother Nature's seasonal palette as summer leaves turn gold and amber beneath sweeps of grey-blue sky, from Simply You magazine... more
New beginnings
New beginnings

Ensure your home is as fresh as your wardrobe, from Fashion Quarterly... more
Dark matter
Dark matter

Transform your home into a moody paradise this winter, from Fashion Quarterly... more
Shades of grain
Shades of grain

Wood is one of the world's oldest and most enduring materials, from Hotel magazine... more
Hues to inspire your work
Get to work

Hues to inspire your work with Mindfood Décor... more
Autumn tones
Autumn tones

Warmth and depth with wood stains plus create a statement with bold colour from Remix magazine... more
You are here - admire the epic beauty that surrounds us
You are here

Don't forget to look around and admire the epic beauty that surrounds us every day... more
Crisp in colour
Crisp in colour

Balance and harmony with the colour green plus fun with florals from Remix magazine... more
Orange and green
Orange & green

Unexpected contemporary looks from NZ House & Garden... more
Coastal colour palette
Coast to coast

Let a coastal palette wash over your home with these ideas from Simply You Living magazine... view

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