Spruce up bed­rooms

Horowhenua Chronicle - - OPEN HOMES -

Your bed­room is not just a place to store var­i­ous pos­ses­sions and cloth­ing, but a place to rest your weary body and al­low your­self to un­wind, re­lax and switch off un­til you feel like you’re rest­ing on a cloud.

Calm­ing, cosy, or in­ti­mate and ro­man­tic, what­ever am­bi­ence helps you sleep at night, pop into your lo­cal Re­sene ColorShop and talk to a colour con­sul­tant.

Re­sene colour con­sul­tant Alex Ped­er­son says, “We live in a so­ci­ety that is 24/7. We live busy and ac­tive lives, so it’s im­por­tant that we have some­where to recharge and re­gen­er­ate.”

Alex sug­gests home­own­ers should think about the tone or the mood of the room, the style of the home, how it con­nects and flows with the rest of the home, the space (size, lay­out, etc) and the style of fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings.

“I would ad­vise to take the Re­sene colour per­son­al­ity test on­line to see where you lie with colour pal­ettes, this test tells you which sea­sonal pal­ette suits you best. The habi­tat plus book has a ‘dis­cover your style per­son­al­ity’ quiz that is also a great way to nar­row down the pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

Soft greys, greens, blues and nude tones all have a sooth­ing and rest­ful feel. Re­sene Duck Egg Blue or Re­sene Dusted Blue from the Re­sene fash­ion fan­deck could be the colour you’re look­ing for.

“Blues are gen­er­ally re­ced­ing colours and make the space feel open light and airy. Green tones, such as Re­sene Se­crets or Re­sene In­side Back, also are great for a bed­room space colours. If you are look­ing for some­thing slightly more neu­tral, soft greys such as Re­sene Quar­ter At­mos­phere, Re­sene Quar­ter Truf­fle or Re­sene White Pointer are fan­tas­tic and ver­sa­tile colours. For a lit­tle bit of a fem­i­nine feel, I would sug­gest colours such as Re­sene Ras­cal, Re­sene Sakura and Re­sene Dawn Cho­rus.”

Muted grey and neu­tral tones are still dom­i­nat­ing mag­a­zine pages and in­te­ri­ors of the res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial sorts; cho­sen for their ver­sa­til­ity and adapt­abil­ity. Neu­trals in­clud­ing Re­sene Half Ash, Re­sene Car­away and Re­sene Thorn­don Cream all have an un­der­tone of green, of­ten pre­ferred over tra­di­tional yel­low or red based neu­trals. For some­thing deeper and a co­coon­ing feel, try Re­sene Quar­ter Baltic Sea, Re­sene Quar­ter Bokara Grey or sRe­sene Dark Side.

Alex rec­om­mends a flat fin­ish paint for ceil­ings, flat or low sheen paint for walls and semi-gloss or gloss for doors and ar­chi­traves. “Flat fin­ishes hide im­per­fec­tions more so than shiny fin­ishes. If you are try­ing to cover a large area it can be dif­fi­cult to lay off, and shiny fin­ishes will high­light roller and brush marks. For doors and ar­chi­traves, these get a bit more ac­tiv­ity es­pe­cially with hands open­ing doors or the vac­uum along the skirt­ing so hav­ing a shiny fin­ish means it is eas­ier to clean and prac­ti­cal.”

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