Resene paint project: DIY limewash walls

In association with Resene.

Sweeps of subtle colour and depth create all but immediate character. 

How to…
  Achieve this gentle limewashed effect by applying two coats of your base colour to the wall. For our back wall and ledge, we used Resene Field Day, and for our front wall, we used Resene Merino.
–  When that’s dry, mix Resene FX Paint Effects Medium with colour from a testpot and apply it to the wall with a wide brush, creating large, cross-shaped swipes (you don’t need to cover every inch). For our back wall and ledge, we used a Resene Kinship testpot, and for our front wall, we used a Resene Four Winds testpot. Leave the roughly applied brushstrokes for a couple of minutes, then use a clean, dry rag to blend the still-wet paint, filling in all the gaps to create a limewashed look.
  When creating a custom effect like this, it’s best to test your technique on a small panel of the same or a similar substrate first, so you can practise achieving your desired colour and texture before you apply it to the real deal. 

Get the look
  Resene Walk-on is ideal for giving hard flooring a contemporary update. We tinted it to Resene Four Winds, a shadowy taupe-grey that complements this scheme without stealing the show, while tying into the base hue of our front wall. Pop a rug on top to cosy things up and anchor your seating arrangement.
  Team these paint shades with furniture and objects in a nature-inspired colour palette. Ours runs from white through to cream, brown, grey and black, with hints of green in the textiles.
  We’ve opted for timeless pieces, including some covetable designer classics. Replicating this at home will involve going slow, taking your time to hunt out what you love and saving up for the satisfaction of buying it. 

Stylist’s tip
Our vases are an instant-gratification homeware item you can also DIY. We sourced glass vases from an op shop and chose two Resene testpots — Resene Allspice and Resene Black Sand. Working on one vase at a time, stir the paint to mix it well, then pour it into the vase while rotating it to evenly coat the inside. Turn the vase upside down to dry, wedging it inside an old paint can or similar, so the opening is suspended while it dries. Repeat with the second vase for two high-gloss accessories that contrast beautifully with the matte finish of your walls.

MAIN IMAGE, BACKDROP Back wall and ledge in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Field Day and Resene FX Paint Effects Medium tinted to Resene Kinship; front wall in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Merino and Resene FX Paint Effects Medium tinted to Resene Four Winds; floor in Resene Walk-on tinted to Resene Four Winds; vases in Resene testpots of Resene Allspice and Resene Black Sand; DÉCOR ITEMS, FROM LEFT Round D.154.5 chair by Gio Ponti for Molteni&C, $9399, Gavrinis 3 rug by Pierre Paulin, $5200, Untitled 6 2021 artwork by Robin Neate, $5000, IO coffee table by Lars B Fjetland for L Ercolani by Ercol, $5495; Bloom lamp by Svend Aage Holm-Sørensen for Warm Nordic, $1195, Le Bambole sofa by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, $17,765, Hutt throw, $259, Spin stool, $1065, Deflated vase, $795, Second-hand vases and stylist’s own greenery and books. 

FROM LEFT Resene Field Day, Resene Kinship, Resene Merino, Resene Four Winds, Resene All Spice and Resene Black Sand.

Styling Juliette Wanty
Photography Wendy Fenwick

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