Soothing blues and browns make for a sleep space you’ll be happy to hide out in.
- 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, resene.co.nz. Wooden peg rack, $49, teapea.co.nz, painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Dusted Blue, resene.co.nz. OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT Candleholder, $30, babelogue.shop. Green Vintage vase, $145, and Brown Rusty mug by Kirsten Dryburgh, $36, widdess.co.nz. Sove linen pillowcase, $70/pair, and duvet cover, $229/king single, cittadesign.com. Fitted linen sheet by Cultiver, $219/queen, fatherrabbit.com. Round Velvet squab by Klay, $150, tessuti.co.nz. Original 1227 mini ceramic table lamp by Anglepoise, $390, cittadesign.com.
Fruit Shop Trellis, $2500, and Hoi An Temple Tile 2 artworks by Erica van Zon, $2500, melanieroger gallery.com. Nusa Lembongan scarf by Good & Co, $219, tessuti.co.nz. Tote, $59, widdess.co.nz. Arts & Crafts chair, $950, midcenturyswag.co.nz. Selvedge Edge Hand Loom rug, $129, cittadesign.com.
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.