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Four ways on how to make your home feel new again

Aligning your decorating with your personality, lifestyle and desires has never been more achievable

Spring has sprung and now is the perfect time to remedy the spaces around your home that no longer resonate with your wants and needs. If your blank walls are looking boring, things are feeling stale or your design no longer meets you and your family's priorities, aligning your decorating with your personality, lifestyle and desires has never been more achievable. We share four ways you can make your home feel new again.
Brown, beige and taupe have replaced greys as the top trending neutrals. Where some greys can feel too cold or flat, rich and earthy Resene browns are full of warmth and complexities. Back wall painted in Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream, left wall in Resene Triple Thorndon Cream and floor in Resene Dark Chocolate.

Grounded in nature

Interiors inspired by nature have always been popular. However, earthy looks became even more desirable in recent years as a result of the pandemic. Many homeowners who had previously chosen to decorate with stark minimalist schemes found these spaces difficult and cold to live in once forced to spend extended periods of time stuck inside. Now, they've turned to down-to-earth looks focused on Resene hues pulled from their natural surroundings. If your home is tucked with bushy woodlands, look to colours like Resene Welcome, Resene Saratoga or Resene Forest Green. If your space sits amongst the mountains, consider mossy greens or stone greys like Resene Bitter and Resene Cement. And if you look upon tussock-covered hills, try Resene Tussock, Resene Apache and Resene Hot Toddy.
Bring real nature elements of natural into your home, such as river rocks, by incorporating them into DIY projects and enhancing them with a waterborne clear coat finish in Resene Concrete Clear gloss. Wall painted in Resene Biscotti with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium mixed with Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream applied on top, floor in Resene Biscotti.
Add a chic touch to your earthy green Resene wall colour by pairing it with a range of black and off-black paint and wood stain colours on your floor, furniture and accessories. Wall and hook rack painted in Resene Iko Iko, floor stained in Resene Colorwood Pitch Black.

Turn up the texture

Incorporating visual and touchable texture is a sure-fire way to bring sensory interest to your space. While adding chunky, woven textiles made from natural fibres is one popular idea, these items will look more at home when layered over surface-level texture. Gentle washes of colour can be brought to painted surfaces with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium. For timber, the Resene collection of stains and colour washes can be used to enhance the beauty of the wood's natural grain. On concrete floors and walls, the Resene In The Wash collection can be used to create a European fresco-inspired effect. Resene FX Faux Rust Effect can bring authentic-looking aged patina to a wide range of non-contact surfaces. And to bring physical sandy-style tactile texture to interior walls, ceilings, decor and other surfaces, try Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect.
Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect can be used to bring tactile texture to walls, plant pots and more. Left wall painted with a wide brush in a criss-cross motion using Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect in Resene Quarter Linen, right wall in Resene Triple Masala, floor finished in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy.

An air of elegance

From quiet luxury and timeless looks to gilded glamour and sumptuous moody colour schemes, lending your home the allure of upscale sophistication is hugely appealing.
When it comes to luxurious looks, ruby reds are among the top trending hues. Versions like Resene Persian Red, Resene Aroha and Resene Lonestar – especially when used with warm and welcoming peach and rose tones and spicy browns like Resene Dawn Glow, Resene Summer Rose, Resene Coral Tree, Resene Rebel and Resene Cinnamon – infuse a space with undeniable opulence, drama and sensuality. Pair them with sparkling metallics and deliciously touchable textiles to be on the cutting edge of elegance.
Use a prized artwork or family heirloom as the inspiration for your Resene colour scheme to bring an elegant and unified look to the space it's displayed in. Left wall painted in Resene Twilight, return walls (right) in Resene Zibibbo and floor finished in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy.

Happy hues

Dopamine decorating, another trend that arose as a result of the pandemic, is focused on leveraging colours that have a proven positive psychological effect to lend your home a sunnier disposition. Pink, red, orange and yellow are considered by many to be positive colours, but what makes you feel happy at home differs from person to person. Focus on surrounding yourself with Resene paint colours, furniture, art and objects that make you happy. Think about what you want to wake up to in the morning and return home to in the evening and incorporate things that will bring a smile to your face.
Bursting with positivity, blush beige walls are enhanced with a spritz of cheerful orange along the edge of this built-in headboard wall. Wall painted in Resene Cashmere, built-in headboard in Resene Athena with edges in Resene Tequila Sunrise and floor and vase in Resene Quarter Merino.
For help choosing colours to suit your projects, visit your local Resene ColorShop, ask a Resene Colour Expert online, or book a Resene Colour Consultation,