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bring your holiday home

From habitat magazine - issue 39, holiday at home

Recreate the feeling of your dream destination by bringing the essence of that location into your home to enjoy every day.

With the world’s borders open, many of us are dreaming about getting back into travel, taking those longed-for adventurous journeys. Even if an overseas trip is out of reach that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the sensations you experience when travelling to your favourite locations. Recreate the feeling of your dream destination by bringing the essence of that location into your home to enjoy every day. The simplest way to do this is through colour. Resene has a vast selection of paint colours to help you evoke the feeling of whatever destination your heart desires in your home. All you need is your imagination.

A Moroccan inspired interior

This rustic Moroccan-inspired room has walls colourwashed with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Fahrenheit over Resene Wax Flower and flooring finished in Resene Colorwood Shade. Side table and small book in Resene Wax Flower and planter, tray, large book and bowl in Resene Apple Blossom. Rug and cushions from Yuva Rugs, lantern from Exhibitionist, chair from French Country Collections, glassware from Hunt&Foster.

A Cotswolds-inspired library

This beautiful Cotswolds-inspired library is created from the ground up.

Floorboards in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, walls and bookcases in Resene Infused and side table in Resene Chapta And Verse.

Magical Morocco

When you think of sensory laden Morocco, rich colours blended with desert sands and fragrant cuisine spring to mind. And if you can’t travel there, you can still bring that sensory experience into your own home. Resene Colour Expert Meryl Southey says, “Start with colours and textures associated with Morocco, which means rich reds and warm ochres like Resene Fahrenheit and Resene Cashmere, and add in deep blues like Resene Blumine.”

Cosy Cotswolds

The idyllic Cotswolds are renowned for their luxurious cosy cottages, filled with books and colour. The shades reminiscent of the Cotswolds are soft and harmonious, building up layers of colours to create just the right palette, Meryl says. Think of muted greens like Resene Infused and Resene Chelsea Cucumber, woven with blush pinks like Resene Martini and accents of dusty blue like Resene Wedgewood, all rich in tone but soft in essence. Bring this beautiful palette into your home to recreate the cosy, natural calm of the Cotswolds to evoke peaceful days surrounded by comfort and colour.

A Mediterranean inspired floor pattern

The pattern on this floor painted in Mediterranean inspired hues is the star of the room.

Resene Half Alabaster is contrasted with Resene Sail Away to create a crisp repeating wave motif, adding visual interest and elongating the space. Walls painted in Resene White Noise, archway in Resene Sail Away, Resene Eau De Nil and Resene Comfortably Numb, lightshade and bench seat in Resene Half Alabaster, planter in Resene Eau De Nil, side table in Resene Sandy Beach with cup in Resene Sail Away and dish in Resene New Day.

A bright and cheerful Palm Springs inspired bedroom

Bright and cheerful, this room captures the essence of a Palm Springs retreat.

Walls painted in Resene Corn Field, flooring in Resene Bianca, scalloped clamshell bedhead and lightshade painted in Resene Pale Prim with edges in Resene Paris Daisy, side table drawers in Resene Sauvignon with frame in Resene Paris Daisy, vase in Resene Pattens Blue, arches in Resene Waikawa Grey and Resene Havelock Blue and hamper in Resene Havelock Blue. Bedlinen from George Street Linen, throw and cushion from Adairs.

Gorgeous Greece

The seas surrounding the Greek Islands define that warm summer feeling of rest and relaxation. Bring that feeling, reminiscent of a seaside getaway, into your home with the beautiful blue tones of Resene Sail Away paired with the crisp white of Resene Half Alabaster, says Meryl. “Or bring that contemporary twist with chalky denim and violet blues teamed with Resene Echo Blue or try Resene Hendrix with Resene Half House White and Resene Deep Koamaru.”

Picturesque Palm Springs

The soft summery tones reminiscent of Palm Springs bring fun and bubbly energy into your home. The region’s nod to mid-century modern architecture and colours, means it’s a breeze to treat the walls and furniture of a bedroom or office to a ‘Palm Springs’ makeover. Meryl suggests using fresh yellows like Resene Sweet Corn or Resene Moonbeam to reflect the sunshine, then add oceanic blue accents like Resene Havelock Blue to remind you of the endless blue skies. Or try a combination of a fresh summer green like Resene Staycation with Resene White Noise.

With Resene paints, dreams of far-flung destinations and a dose of imagination, you can recreate your ideal holiday haven within your home.

Resene White Noise

Resene Breathe Easy

Resene New Day

Resene Comfortably Numb

Resene Eau De Nil

Resene Staycation

Resene Infused

Resene Sail Away

Resene Shade

Projects: Kate Alexander, Annick Larkin, Moneuan Ryan, Melle Van Sambeek
Images: Bryce Carleton


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