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Nothing but blue skies

While open plan spaces offer plenty of benefits, these layouts can create different challenges, such as expansive empty walls. An affordable and convenient alternative to finding just the right artwork to suit your space, home murals have been skyrocketing in popularity and can add a punch of personality in a big way – literally. This tonal rainbow design in Resene Frozen, Resene Spindle, Resene Gelato and Resene Zircon livens up what could have been a flat, one dimensional dining space without deviating from its dusty blue colour scheme. And rather than being isolated to the wall in Resene Half Spindle, this mural breaks typical boundaries by spilling its cheerful energy on to the Resene Half Spindle floor below. As a finishing touch, the lamp, plant pot and stool in Resene Black White add a contrasting point of difference to the palette.

Light blue and white dining room, rainbow mural

A blue, pink and white sky inspired moodboard

Accessories: Dining table from Freedom. Mood board: Background in Resene Black White and Resene Gelato with A4 drawdown paint swatches in Resene Half Spindle (left) and Resene Frozen (right) and bowl in Resene Black White (outside) and Resene Spindle (inside).   Styling @emsomervilleryan  Images @brycecphotos

Use matte finishes, such as Resene SpaceCote Flat, to soften a tone-on-tone palette.

Other colours to try with icy blue – deep coastal blues, violet blues or ochre creams.

Second nature

In Scandinavian countries, where winters are cold and long, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere is a way of life. There is even a Danish word for it – hygge. The concept has gained international attention year round as we’ve begun to recognise the benefits that the design of our homes has on our well-being. With its nod to Scandi design, this airy and ethereal bedroom with walls in Resene Triple Merino, floor in Resene Half Merino and a timber headboard finished in Resene Colorwood Whitewash is all about creating a cosy place to rest and rejuvenate. Full of earthy touches such as the sideboard in Resene Hemlock, large vases in Resene Brown Bramble and Resene Sour Dough, plant pot in Resene Cashmere, and its supple natural textures, the space acknowledges the grounding, nurturing and healing effects that nature has on us and the need to refocus on self-care.

A warm green and brown nature inspired bedroom - hygge

A scandinavian nature inspired moodboard

Accessories: Bedlinen from Foxtrot Home, cushion and rug from Città, slides from Blackbird Goods.  Mood board: Background in Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta with A4 drawdown paint swatches in Resene Triple Merino, Resene Merino, Resene Papier Mache, Resene Alamo, Resene Sour Dough, Resene Half Bison Hide, Resene Bison Hide and Resene Alabaster, textured artwork in Resene EzyFill and Resene Half Bison Hide and pot in Resene Triple Pearl Lusta.   Styling @blackbirdgoods   Images @flashstudiosnz

Use Resene Colorwood wood stain indoors and Resene Woodsman wood stain outdoors to bring beautiful natural colour to timber.

Other colours to try with light cream – soft grey greens, oranges or celery greens.

Patio party

Gardening is among the world’s most popular and relaxing hobbies, but not everyone with a green thumb is lucky enough to have a large yard to cultivate as much greenery as they might like. If a small patio or balcony is all you have on hand, maximising surface area becomes hugely important – and if you can’t spread out, you might as well spread up! Upcycled crates painted in Resene Zeus and attached to a screen in Resene Gunsmoke free up space by getting smaller plant pots in Resene Quarter Sea Fog up off the ground and table while providing privacy from neighbours and light protection from prevailing winds. And keeping the colour palette of the patio neutral, which features walls in Resene Quarter Friar Greystone, floor in Resene Triple Friar Greystone and a table, chairs and bench in Resene Delta and Resene Gunsmoke, will really make the colour of your plants pop.

A modern patio that incorporates nature

A brown, green, and purple nature inspired moodboard

Accessories: Plants from Kings Plant Barn.  Mood board: Background in Resene Triple Friar Greystone with A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left to right) Resene Gunsmoke, Resene Delta and Resene Mamba, screen in Resene Friar Greystone and birds in Resene Abbey Road (top) and Resene Opal (bottom).   Styling @meganstylist   Images @brycecphotos

When using darker paint colours outdoors, consider using the Resene CoolColour version to better protect your substrate.

Other colours to try with stone grey – grey blacks, grey blues or warm browns.

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