Paint trends

Sooth­ing blues and browns make for a sleep space you’ll be happy to hide out in.

Homestyle New Zealand - - STYLE - STYLING Juli­ette Wanty PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Wendy Fen­wick

- In a boxy bed­room with a high stud, di­vid­ing the walls with paint can cre­ate the il­lu­sion of ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est. Ex­per­i­ment­ing with Re­sene test­pots on sheets of plain pa­per will help you de­cide which colours to use — we chose Re­sene Neu­tral Bay and Re­sene Soothe with a rib­bon of Re­sene Red­wood. - Paint roughly three-quar­ters of each wall in one sooth­ing shade and the up­per quar­ter in an­other — plus the ceil­ing to match. When con­tin­u­ing your colour from your walls onto the ceil­ing, use Re­sene SpaceCote Flat — it’ll give you a matte fin­ish and save you hav­ing to change paints. Brush a 10cm-thick line of your darker shade over the join of your two main colours. - Tie in the paint look with fur­ni­ture in com­ple­men­tary hues. For sum­mer, add bright ac­cents in the form of move­able pieces like cush­ions and can­dles. - Clus­ter art­works and wall fix­tures (like our peg rail) to­gether to give the paint ef­fect room to breathe. BACK­DROP Wall in (from top) Re­sene SpaceCote Flat in Re­sene Soothe, Re­sene Red­wood and Re­sene Neu­tral Bay; bed base in Re­sene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Re­sene Dusted Blue; floor in Re­sene Walk-on in Re­sene Bronco, re­ Wooden peg rack, $49, tea­, painted in Re­sene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Re­sene Dusted Blue, re­ OP­PO­SITE, FROM LEFT Can­dle­holder, $30, ba­be­l­ Green Vin­tage vase, $145, and Brown Rusty mug by Kirsten Dry­burgh, $36, wid­ Sove linen pil­low­case, $70/pair, and du­vet cover, $229/king sin­gle, cit­tade­ Fit­ted linen sheet by Cul­tiver, $219/queen, fa­therrab­ Round Vel­vet squab by Klay, $150, tes­ Orig­i­nal 1227 mini ce­ramic ta­ble lamp by An­gle­poise, $390, cit­tade­

Fruit Shop Trel­lis, $2500, and Hoi An Tem­ple Tile 2 art­works by Erica van Zon, $2500, melanieroger Nusa Lem­bon­gan scarf by Good & Co, $219, tes­ Tote, $59, wid­ Arts & Crafts chair, $950, mid­cen­tu­ Selvedge Edge Hand Loom rug, $129, cit­tade­

On page 26, we show how to use paint like a pro to make a boxy bed­room a bit more in­ter­est­ing while set­ting a sooth­ing scene.

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