This relaxed deck, set against a backdrop of coastal cream weatherboards in the sophisticated yet laid-back Resene Triple Merino, is a setting perfect for a summer spent lazing in your own patch of paradise. Touches of blue grey paired with deeper inky navy shades, like Resene Bounty (outside) and Resene Big Stone (inside) on the sun screen, round out the timeless nautical palette. Timber decking stained in Resene Woodsman Tiri creates a soft lived in look that's ideal for a relaxed outdoor lounging area. Choose a Resene CoolColour shade underfoot to reduce the sun's heating effect on exterior surfaces; your deck and bare feet will thank you for seasons to come! A handful of accessories in varying hues of ocean blues and cloudy white will keep the space looking fresh, light and beachy all summer long. Ombre plant pot in Resene Half Gull Grey and Resene Balderdash, medium plant pot, sofa and side table in Resene Alabaster and braided plant pot in Resene Bluff.
For a durable semi-gloss finish on exterior weatherboards use Resene Sonyx 101 in your choice of Resene colour.
Other colours to try with coastal creams – toffee beiges, steely blue greys or burnt oranges.
Escape the heat and completely immerse yourself in that carefree vacation feeling all summer long with a blissful bedroom that layers different tones of easy to live with blues. The tongue-and-groove walls in Resene Frozen, a cool delicate blue, set the scene for this serene escapist space and furnishings, such as the bedside table painted in Resene Bali Hai and the tea light candleholder in Resene Blue Moon, build out the tonal spectrum of sky shades. Low-profile window dressings and light bedlinens in barely there blues bring in an airy, breezy feeling. There'll be no sweaty nights tossing and turning in the heat here! The painted floor in Resene Alabaster allows other elements in the room to shine, while subtly adding its own flair. The rug painted in Resene Breathless helps bring it into the room colour palette and adds another layer of texture.
Other colours to try with breezy blues – shell whites, wispy greys or solemn navies.
The summer months are when we are most at one with nature and now that can be true in your home too. This conservatory wall melds the indoors with the outdoors with a delicate Toetoe mural in Resene Quarter Alabaster. Practice on paper first and when you're sure of your ability, take to the wall. If you're less confident with your handiwork, create a stencil for the plant heads. The kinetic design peeks out from behind a cabinet in Resene Quarter Truffle, set against a wall painted in Resene Half Joanna on the bottom and Resene Quarter Alabaster above. Pep up the otherwise neutral room with pops of tangy greens like Resene Planter on the lampshade and Resene Highball on the coffee table. Green fronds in a vase in Resene Iko Iko mimic the pattern on the wall. Warm wooden flooring in Resene Uluru wood stain is the finishing note in this indoor-outdoor look.
If using a sponge for stencilling, make sure you don't overload it, or the paint will bleed underneath the edge of the stencil.
Other colours to try with character neutrals – salty yellows, sesame browns or steamy olives.