8 moods to achieve with colour in your home

In this year of disruption and change, everything has been up for reassessment, and that includes colour and design.

Trends as we’ve known them have been turned on their head, and it’s the perfect time to shape or reshape your spaces to suit you and your family’s lifestyle.

Resene has curated ideas into a range of moods to embrace in your own home and to create spaces that you’ll never want to leave.

Cool and calming

Create a calming atmosphere with blue hues that evoke the sea and sky. Dusty shades will enhance the serenity of your living spaces; while dark, moody blues with hints of cobalt are right on trend.

Blues with green undertones are rising in popularity, as seen with Resene Green Meets Blue, Resene Dark Slate and Resene Jurassic.

Duck egg blues are timeless, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be the base of a trend-forward space too. Pair them with accents in a trendy terracotta like Resene Sante Fe on the stool and Resene Kalgoorie Sands on the bowl, a deeper greyed green blue like Resene Inside Back on the sideboard and finish the look with sharp black and white accessories. Walls in Resene Duck Egg Blue with paint effects finish for visual texture created using Resene FX Paint Effects mixed with Resene Rolling Stone and floor in Resene Half Villa White. Art from Father Rabbit, rug from Me & My Trend, lamp from Paper Plane.

Back to nature

Nature has long been a common inspiration for indoor colour trends, and the events of 2020 mean we’re craving hints of the living world in our interiors more than ever. But colours inspired by Mother Earth extend beyond forest greens – experiment with woodland tones including silvery sages such as Resene Bud, muddy stone greys like Resene Nomad, jades like Resene Palm Green and olive greens such as Resene Saratoga.

Earthy greens like Resene Rivergum and Resene Mangrove are perfect to use together to create contrast, or the versatility of olive greens such as Resene Waiouru, Resene Clover or Resene Scrub gives you plenty of flexibility when decorating.

Wall, rounded vase and rubbish basket in Resene Peace, desk, chair and floor in Resene Elderflower, stencilled painted ‘tiles’ in Resene Peace, coat rack, skirting board, chair and desk legs, wreath and geometric vase in Resene New Leaf, tall vase in Resene Smoothie and tiny vase (on books) in Resene Grey Olive. Tote from Città, shoes from Mood Store.

Neutrals with soul

Shades associated with minimalism are perfect for embracing a pared-back lifestyle in our homes. Warmer neutrals are making a comeback, and add a little extra ‘something’ to your space with their subtle undertones.

Try Resene Thorndon Cream – a timeless cream that becomes richer and deeper as the sun sets – with beige neutrals such as Resene Double Tea, blackened whites like Resene Alabaster or deep dusk greens like Resene Warrior.

Different character neutrals can easily be layered with one another if they share a similar undertone. Wall in Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay, floor and headboard in Resene Eighth Joss, side table in Resene Parchment and vase in Resene Beethoven.

Dawn to dusk

Create cosiness with dusty desert and terracotta hues that are reminiscent of hot days. Deeper clays like Resene Desperado, Resene Redwood or Resene Hairy Heath are great choices for grounding a space; or desert-like shades such as Resene Crail, Resene Sante Fe, Resene Cashmere and Resene Burnt Sienna can be combined to create a tonal sunset effect.

Pink also continues to be popular – play with cool blush pinks like Resene Dust Storm, Resene Soothe, Resene Wafer or Resene Ebb, and surround them with contrasting greyed greens, steel blues or iron reds such as Resene Rainee, Resene Bluff or Resene Moccaccino.

Wall and pots in Resene Shilo, floor in Resene Sunbaked. Sofa and chair from Me & My Trend, rug and screen from Mood Store.

Minimalist Mediterranean

Embrace minimalism inspired by Italian, Spanish and Moroccan traditions with soft, earthy colour schemes.

Anchor your colour palette with warm neutrals and experiment with textured surfaces using Resene Resitex, Resene Sandtex or Resene FX Paint Effects. Complete the look with naturally-derived materials like stone, terracotta and textiles made from natural fibres such as cotton, linen and wool for furnishings.

Back wall in Resene Aspiring with paint effect in Resene FX Paint Effects medium coloured with Resene Moon Mist, right wall, breeze blocks and vase in Resene Moon Mist, bench seat in Resene Aspiring, deck in Resene Woodsman Uluru, table and large plant pot in Resene Teak, tray in Resene Flax and small plant pot in Resene Siam. Cushions from Allium Interiors and Shut the Front Door.

Sunny side up

Adopt an optimistic mood in your home by invigorating your space with yellows, oranges and reds. Colour experts say no hue expresses hope and reassurance better than yellow, so try soft and buttery shades like Resene Mellow Yellow, Resene Chenin, Resene Essential Cream and Resene Chamois to add a burst of brightness to your interiors.

Yellow also helps to bring out the best in other colours, so consider pairing softer shades like Resene Sweet Corn and Resene Manuka Honey as accents to duck egg blues, earthy greys or olive greens like Resene Duck Egg Blue, Resene Schooner or Resene Quarter Grey Olive.

Walls in Resene Chenin, floor in Resene Mellow Yellow, sideboard in Resene Double Spanish White, coffee tables and small accessories in Resene Stinger, Resene Mellow Yellow, Resene Chenin, Resene Gin Fizz, Resene Laser, Resene Golden Sand and Resene Double Spanish White and picture frame in Resene Blank Canvas. Sofa from Freedom Furniture.

Dark and dramatic

Dare to be different with deep and dramatic colour by painting your rooms with moody blues, grey and browns. Resene Indian Ink, Resene Armadillo and Resene Monkey are perfect for building up a deeply-layered look in spaces.

Design rules are made to be broken, so don’t be afraid to use dark colours in small spaces too. Look for colours with cool bases which will visually recede, and re-adjust your lighting as necessary to suit your new paint colour.

This wall and floor in moody Resene Licorice make a strong statement with a collection of DIY art in Resene All Black. Table from Domo, chair from Simon James Design.

Sultry and sophisticated

Ramp up the sophistication in your home with a colour scheme that makes a grand statement. Black goes with everything, and it’s unquestionably classic, glamorous and timeless. A little goes a long way to chic up a room.

Wall in Resene Cinnamon, furniture and accessories from Nood.

Easy breezy

Make your home feel like a holiday with the colours of the beach. Try a delicate greyed blue like Resene Half Dusted Blue, a chilled-out ice blue like Resene Oxygen, a sea glass green like Resene Nebula or a cloudy white like Resene Sea Fog to recreate the sea, sky, sand and surrounding scenery.

Easily adapt your colour scheme to warmer and cooler weather by pairing these hues with blonde timbers, natural rattan, seagrass baskets and linen in the warmer months and heavily textured woven throws and rugs when the cooler weather sets in.

Layer up tactile textures to create more visual interest – and cosiness – in your casual space. Tongue-and-groove panelled wall in Resene Pewter, right wall in Resene Spanish Green, floor in Resene Colorwood Dark Ebony timber stain, pot in Resene Quarter Duck Egg Blue. Bench and chair from Good Form, bolster and stool from Città, cushion, throw and lambskin from Mulberi.

Coffee break

With the retro obsession on the rise, brown is gaining in popularity and with the right shade, your space will be anything but boring. Browns gives a sense of stability, reliability and safety to a space, calling to mind a more down-to-earth lifestyle.

With cocoa, cinnamon, caramel and creamier coffee colours all gaining traction, look to Resene Felix, Resene Hairy Heath, Resene Pendragon and Resene Americano. Or bring in touches of Resene Swiss Coffee, Resene Alpaca and Resene Monkey or Resene Rebel to provide interest and contrast.

Wall in Resene Gold Coast, ‘tile’ painted floor effect in Resene Pendragon and Resene Hairy Heath, nesting tables in (from large to small) Resene Hairy Heath, Resene Pendragon and Resene Gold Coast with legs in Resene Noir and vase in Resene Hairy Heath. Art by Helen Bankers, pendant lamps from Monmouth Glass Studio, chair and ottoman from Soren Liv.

For more of the latest inspiration see Habitat plus – decorating and colour trends and visit your Resene ColorShop.

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How to Reduce Your Wardrobe’s Impact on the Environment

Every year millions of garments are discarded as consumers ditch fast-fashion styles for a new wardrobe. Slowly but surely the industry is acting – but more has to be done. While a large amount of responsibility lies with the manufacturer, there is an equal amount of responsibility in the hands of the consumer. The choices we make as shoppers influence the business choices manufacturers make. If the demand for sustainable clothing increases, manufacturers will be forced to respond.

As Dr Margo Barton, professor of fashion at the Otago Polytechnic and iD fashion creative director and chair, explains: “Change comes where there is a demand for something. Many wearers want to buy sustainable and ethically made clothing, and so there’s a real change in the industry.”

So what can you do to reduce your impact on the environment?

Firstly, shop sustainably when possible. Dr Whitty, senior lecturer of fashion design at Massey University and director of social enterprise Space Between, says we need to be more mindful and considered when purchasing clothing. “Choose wisely, do your research and act accordingly,” she advises. “Ask yourself some hard questions, like does this price really seem fair? Will I wear this more than 30 times? What will I do with it after I’m finished with it?”

Gosia Piatek of Kowtow suggests investigating a brand’s values and practices. “Looking for independent certifications is a good start, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for – ask questions!” Once you have done your research, try to choose clothing made from organic or recycled materials with plant-based dyes to prevent chemical and textile waste. Buying local is another option, as it reduces export waste from processing, packaging and transport pollution.

However, it’s no secret the cost of sustainable fashion is significantly greater than the cost of fast fashion, and while some are persuaded enough by the knowledge that what they are buying is better for the environment, others simply cannot afford sustainably made garments. Thankfully, there are other ways you can reduce your environmental footprint when it comes to fashion.

Start by purchasing clothing you will treasure for years to come rather than something you will only wear a handful of times then throw out. “It’s not about buying something and throwing it away, rather it’s about buying something you love that you will cherish,” says Anna Gedda, head of sustainability for H&M. Think quality, not quantity. A few beautifully-made garments created to last countless washes without losing condition is better than a tonne of poorly-made pieces that will shrink, stretch, unravel or fade after just a couple of wears. “Choose something you absolutely love,” Dr Whitty recommends. “You will never grow tired of the items you truly adore.” Op-shopping is also a great alternative that gives clothing a second life, saves you money and encourages creativity.

Once you’ve purchased something – new or second hand – try to be more thoughtful in your practices. Care for your clothing by washing and storing it correctly, repair damages and alter items so they fit rather than throwing them out.

There’s much to be done before we reach an appropriate level of sustainability in the fashion world, but there are steps we can take to get there sooner rather than later. If manufacturers refine processes and we, as consumers, adjust priorities, with any luck the fashion world will transform into an industry that puts the planet first.