Add touch of out­doors to in­te­rior

The Leader (Nelson) - - BACKYARD BANTER -

toned down vis­ually by in­tro­duc­ing a sofa or rug in cooler tones, like dark dusky blue, French grey or char­coal. knob­bly rugs, knit­ted or fur throws, weath­ered tim­ber cof­fee ta­bles and hand-crafted pot­tery to lounges and bed­rooms. You can even add tex­ture to walls; browse through the range of anaglypta wall­pa­pers in the Re­sene Wall­pa­per Col­lec­tion.

One way to en­hance the nat­u­ral tex­ture in tim­ber is by stain­ing it a warm au­tum­nal colour in­stead of cov­er­ing it up with paint. Fol­low that with a coat of Re­sene Aqua­clear ure­thane to pro­tect it from the el­e­ments.

To en­hance the rich­ness and warmth of these nat­u­ral colours and tex­tiles, com­ple­ment your light­ing with pil­lar can­dles, seed lights and ta­ble lamps. The re­cent pop­u­lar­ity for warm metallics sits well along­side these earthy colours too. Think about us­ing bur­nished cop­per, an­tique brass, aged gold or rusted ef­fects in your de­sign. Keep an eye out on Neigh­bourly; you never know, one of your neigh­bours might be get­ting rid of some­thing that could be­come your next in­te­rior trea­sure.

WENDY FEN­WICK

Brown comes in myr­iad tones per­fect for ev­ery part of the house.

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