In association with Resene.
— Build a nook new or repurpose a cupboard to become one. They work in any number of locations: for the mail and keys in your entryway, for the TV in your living room, as a study spot in a guest room…
MAIN IMAGE BACKDROP Wall in Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Half Ash, nook in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Cinnamon, floor in Resene Walk-on in Resene Cinnamon and Resene Half Innocence, resene.co.nz. TOP SHELF, FROM LEFT Arch candle holder by Ferm Living, $235, slowstore.co.nz. Classic candles by Broste Copenhagen, $4 each, tessuti.co.nz. Burning Ears artwork by Alexi Willemsen, POA, melanierogergallery.com. Incense holder by Walk in the Park, from $65, tessuti.co.nz. Moss Garden Nokiba incense stick by Shoyeido, $12/box, everyday-needs.com. BOTTOM SHELF, FROM LEFT Panthella Mini table lamp by Louis Poulsen, from $745, cultdesign.co.nz. Utensil holder by Misma Anaru, $220, instagram.com/mismaanaru. MD Paper Products coloured pencils by Midori, $20/set of six; scissors by Penco, $25, everyday-needs.com. Screen glasses by Izipizi, $85, fatherrabbit.com. Vase by Shanalee James Ceramics, $140, bohzali.co.nz.
— Demarcate the space with Resene paint. Go for a bold, deep colour to accent the built form and draw your eye in, such as this copper brown Resene Cinnamon. Contrast that with a pale colour on the wall, like this dusty grey Resene Half Ash, and one that’s somewhere in between on the floor — we chose grey-green Resene Half Innocence. Use painter’s tape to ensure your lines are as exact as the architecture.
— Designate the shelves for storage and display (or let one double as a desk), curating a selection of objects that get on well with your colour palette or repainting them with inexpensive Resene testpots so they suit.
— For an ultra-matte finish in your nook, use Karen Walker Chalk Colour (available from Resene ColorShops). It’s velvety and can be enhanced with one of two waxes: Vintage and Clear.
PAINT SWATCHES, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Resene Half Ash, Resene Cinnamon, Resene Empress, Resene Half Innocence, resene.co.nz.