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Reds & plums to enrich your home

These rich hues will bring elegance and suit any room in the house


EPOCH, MULBERRY AND CHERRY — enriching, romantic hues don’t get much better than this. These plums and brown-reds are taking the interior limelight with their deep, reassuring tones. As the prevalence of feel-good colours continues, these hues provide us with even more ways to create a calm, restorativ­e and protective sanctuary in our homes.

It’s a reminder of how a simple choice in paint colour can significan­tly impact the atmosphere of our homes and how we feel when we’re in them.

You’ll find fine examples of these luxurious tones in violet-tinged Resene Memory Lane or red-based Resene RSVP, fruity Resene Plum or the dignified Resene Fandango. If you dare to go darker, opt for evocative and moody Resene Service, the red wine-like Resene Vanquish or the elegant Resene Mulberry.

For the perfect partner, pair with softer shades such as the pale lilac of Resene Poet or the darker Resene Deluge with creamy taupes in Resene Half Joss or Resene Serene. They also look elevated next to warm whites, try Resene Elderflowe­r, giving clarity and freshness. Other on-trend combinatio­ns include Resene Blackjack, the red undertones of Resene Pohutukawa or the dusky blue of Resene Memory Lane.

For the ultimate in sultry sophistica­tion, make darker, more moody statements with partners in russet-tinged Resene Felix, earthy Resene Avant Garde or the strong taupe of Resene Kabul. Accents in Resene Finch’s grey-green, the soft brick of Resene Crail, the pastel mauve of Resene Wonderland or the soft Resene Coral Tree will complete the setting.

Colour blocking is one way to incorporat­e multiple tones from this colour family, picking three of your favourites. The rich red of Resene Arthouse, the plum violet of Resene Pompadour and the lighter muted mauve of Resene Strikemast­er resonate well. Or try the bright magenta of Resene Rouge, followed by the brown mauve of Resene I Do. If not on a wall, bring these together on a set of drawers, alternatin­g one colour per drawer.

A dado in a hallway or bathroom will accommodat­e these sumptuous colours, with immediate impact and warmth. The result is deep and moody, yet restful — ideal for a living room or a reading nook. If you have an open-plan living area with panelling or varying vertical surfaces, this is a chance to apply a tone-on-tone approach, moving from dark to light hues.

Play around with the sense of cosiness, and stop your colour a quarter of a metre below the ceiling. Combine this with a warm, neutral such as Resene Quarter Napa above it, giving the room a heightened sense of warmth.

These plum colours illustrate how the nuances of colour are being celebrated and encouraged. Not quite pink, nor red, these in-between shades continue to come to the forefront. Resene colour consultant Jackie Nicholls says that in the past, red tones were very straight forward and strong, but this has evolved in a positive way.

“Now we are seeing them as undertones with twists of grape, coffee and charcoal,” she says. “These more complex and hazy shades are much softer and more timeless, making them easier to blend with other colours and finishes. They link well with earthy elements, plants and patterned fabrics, pulling a whole scheme together, adding richness and depth.

“If you are feeling bold, try Resene Virtuoso, a moody plum that looks amazing with crisp white and the green of plants. Alternativ­ely, layer with other interestin­g tones like Resene Chocolate Lounge and Resene French Grey, all linked together with grape undertones.

“Resene Merlot, which is a softer velvet red and Resene Wolverine, warm and interestin­g, will make the coldest room lovely to be in. Both are perfect for a reading room or nestled behind some wooden shelving. For a stylish dark accent with subtle plum undertones, try Resene Half Bokara Grey.”

Used as an accent colour, this can have an equally regal impact on a home. A front door or even simply the skirting boards can be painted in a rich plum to pair

beautifull­y with chalky creamy greywhites such as Resene Black White on the walls.

Other ways you can inject personalit­y next to brown-reds are with teal and peach accents. A stool or wooden chair painted in the turquoise blue of Resene Guru or the deep water blue of Resene Blumine will inject new life into your scheme.

The sunset rose of Resene Sunbaked and Resene Cleopatra become features in their own right when applied to bedside tables or mirror frames against walls in deep plum.

Combine these plums and mulberry paints with an Arts and Crafts-style wallpaper from the Resene Wallpaper Collection. Pick out a plum or red from your wallpaper, and find its equivalent in a Resene colour chart.

Apply it to the architrave­s and doorways in the room that features the Resene wallpaper for a harmonious blend of patterned paper and plain paint. To elevate the scheme even more, paint your wooden furniture in a colour that is complement­ary to the wallpaper and paint.

These rich hues will suit any room in the home, be it a bathroom, living area or bedroom, bringing a rich elegance to anything from a feature wall to all four walls.

■ For more ideas and inspiratio­n for decorating your home, visit your Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/ colorshops, check out more purple decorating project ideas from other home decorators, www.habitatbyr­esene.co. nz/purple/ or red decorating project ideas,


 ?? ?? Deep, wine-like reds are balanced by the softest, palest pink in this soothing bedroom, finished with layers of luxurious textiles.
Deep, wine-like reds are balanced by the softest, palest pink in this soothing bedroom, finished with layers of luxurious textiles.
 ?? ?? Muted violet and dusky mauve resonate to create an intimate, sophistica­ted dining area with an art deco feel.
Muted violet and dusky mauve resonate to create an intimate, sophistica­ted dining area with an art deco feel.

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