Resene paint project: DIY colour-blocked bedroom/workspace

Everything everywhere all at once? Let colour-blocking help you draw a line between home and work-from-home.

In association with Resene.

Get the look
  The confident, contrasting colour palette we’ve used to decorate and define this spare bedroom/office set-up embodies the orderly appeal of the classic refill pad, with its crisp, white paper and red and blue lines. For the bedroom bit, we chose red-brown Resene Scoria to convey the warmth, comfort and cosiness required for winding down. For an energising effect in the workspace, we went for pale blue Resene Dream Big, an uplifting colour that bounces light around the room.
  Reduce a bit of clutter on your desk and gain clarity via its visibility by keeping your to-do list on the wall. We painted an A3 size rectangle above the desk in Resene Aoraki, then coated it with Resene FX Write-On Wall to turn it into a mini whiteboard you can scribble on then use a duster or soft cloth to erase.
–  Replicate our shelves by purchasing standard floating shelves as well as thick rounds of dowel from your local hardware store (plus screws to attach them). We gave ours a tonal look with more Resene Dream Big, then made the supports stand out with Resene Rulebreaker, a paint we love as much for its name as its true-blue hue.

Stylist’s tip
Updating a past-its-best lampshade with paint could not be easier. Riffing off its terracotta base, we applied two generous coats of Resene Incarnadine to our secondhand lampshade (below) with a Resene testpot brush, revitalising it with a sumptuous new colour that shows off its interesting texture.

MAIN IMAGE, PAINTED ITEMS, FROM LEFT Walls in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Dream Big, bed in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Scoria, floor in Resene Walk-on tinted to Resene Open Sesame,  lampshade in Resene testpots of Resene Incarnadine, shelves in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Dream Big, shelf supports in Resene testpots of Resene Rulebreaker, to-do list in a Resene testpot of Resene Aoraki with Resene FX Write-On-Wall, DÉCOR ITEMS, FROM LEFT Burgundy Wool Boucle fabric (used as curtain), $98/m, Brick Linen pillowcases, $90/pair, and duvet cover, $329/queen, Lake Grass mats, $20/six squares, Glamorous Paul Evans Style desk, $3250, Trace chair, $710, Geo sphere, $80, Write It Down notebook, $12, AL Sport rollerball pen by Kaweco, $169, Jug, $250, Grande glass by Beldi, $26, Bold bench by Big-Game for Moustache, $1790, Zouk Velvet Frost fabric (used as curtain), $120/m, Stylist’s own lampON SHELVES, FROM TOP LEFT Cup, $55, Pod bud vase, $70, Japanese soia candle by Provider Store, $89, Nought stem holder, $60, Lettuce notebook, $12, The Great Poets book by WB Yeats, $30, Tetto vase by Goodwin Ceramics, $46; scissors by Penco, $54, Stylist’s own diary. ADDITIONAL ITEM, MIDDLE Madera bag by Brie Leon, $189,  

FROM LEFT Resene Dream Big, Resene Scoria, Resene Open Sesame, Resene Aoraki and Resene Paint FX Write-On Wall, Resene Rulebreaker and Resene Incarnadine,

Styling Juliette Wanty
Photography Wendy Fenwick at Flash Studios

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