Resene paint project: DIY comforting colours and textures

In association with Resene.

  Making your interior inviting and interesting yet not bland or too much of a mishmash can be as simple as combining a harmonious selection of warm tones that offer variation in a cohesive way, then tying things together with texture. Our beautifully homely colour palette includes grain-like ochre Resene Amaranth and ginger-tan Resene Yogi on the walls, with soft beige Resene Otter underfoot. 

  Natural materials graciously do the heavy lifting with their innately grounding presence. Introduce any number of textures — we’ve favoured timber, rattan and ceramics, plus an aged-metal effect on the sideboard, which you could recreate with Resene FX Metallic and Resene FX Paint Effects Medium. Use Resene testpots to make a sample panel first that you can refer back to for continuity as your painting progresses.

  Dining chairs are a good entry- level project for DIY enthusiasts wanting to make their mark. We sourced ours secondhand, gave their legs a light sand, then painted them with Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Pandemonium, a rich shade that works well with our walls, in a high-gloss finish for a little polish. We then reupholstered the seats, a simple matter of unscrewing the originals and stapling on new fabric. 

  When choosing which Resene paints to use to create a varied yet united effect throughout your house, visit your local Resene ColorShop for Resene testpots or order A4 Resene drawdown swatches online. With these you can try out the colours at home and move them around to check how the light hits each shade in each room at different times of the day — the key to confident decision-making.

  We went for Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen on our walls, but you could use a matte finish like Resene SpaceCote Flat to emphasise the depth of your hues.

MAIN IMAGE BACKDROP Hallway wall in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Yogi, main wall in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Amaranth, floor in Resene Walk-on tinted to Resene Otter, DÉCOR ITEMS, FROM LEFT Storing Seeds 2211 artwork by Cindy Leong, $650, Vintage French dining chair, $1100, Paravent screen by Marie C Dorner, $5210, Harley cabinet, $10,000, Marian vase, $350, Coastal vase, $129; Rosa bowl, $489, Oberon Eclipse 150 dining table, $5618, Secondhand dining chairs in Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Pandemonium,; upholstered with John Lemon fabric, $56/m, Arc lightshade, $389, Funnel-neck vase by Walk in the Park, $200, Marlowe vase, from $299, No. 84 cup, $50, Books stylist’s own.

FROM LEFT Resene Amaranth, Resene Yogi, Resene Pandemonium, Resene Otter.

Styling Juliette Wanty
Photography Wendy Fenwick

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