Gift yourself a colourful Christmas

07 Dec 2017

'Tis the season to get excited about Christmas decorating... but if your festive ornaments are looking a little lacklustre, it can cast a shadow on the whole event.

Fret not, because there are plenty of ways to freshen up your decorations haul. All you need is a few Resene testpots and a bit of know how.

In this collection of decorating ideas, stylist Vanessa Nouwens shares with us easy ways to bring Christmas holiday cheer to your home. She's used a paint palette of Resene forest greens, a particularly popular colour this season. Bring your own spin to the decorations by playing around with your favourite colours.

Did you know… that Resene stocks beautiful metallic colours perfect for adding sparkle to Christmas decorations, through the Resene Metallics & Special Effects range? Look out for Resene Solid Gold and Resene Silver Aluminium. The range is available at Resene ColorShops and selected resellers.

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

Tone on tone is a popular interior trend right now, so why not go green on green for Christmas? In keeping with the greens of the Christmas tree, Vanessa has used a colour palette of Resene Middle Earth, Resene Yucca and Resene Envy for the tables, Resene Yucca on the floor and upper wall, and Resene Middle Earth on the lower wall. 

pictures Bryce Carleton, styling by Vanessa Nouwens.

Keep it looking plentiful under the Christmas tree by filling it up with painted gift boxes and Santa sacks. The calico sack was made by Vanessa and painted with a triangle design in Resene Middle Earth, Resene Yucca and Resene Permanent Green.

Give shelves a Christmas feel with mini trees painted in nature's hues. These are painted in Resene Gondwana, Resene Permanent Green and Resene Half Tea.

Wooden beads make great tree decorations - simply paint them in various colours, string and hang up. Vanessa has painted hers in Resene Half Tea, Resene Gondwana, Resene Yucca and Resene Envy.

Get two-in-one with these painted gift boxes, stacked on the shelf in the shape of a Christmas tree (complete with star on top). The boxes are painted in Resene Yucca, Resene Rivergum and Resene Envy. 

If you're ready to go with something a bit bolder, make a statement Christmas shelf. Paint a triangle on the wall and then fit the shelf within it, painting it the same colour – Vanessa used Resene Middle Earth. The gift boxes are painted in Resene Yucca, Resene Envy and Resene Permanent Green.

Don't forget to leave a note for Santa! He'll be impressed with all your beautiful decorations. The tables are painted in Resene Middle Earth, Resene Yucca and Resene Envy. The planter is painted in Resene Yucca.

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