Living room, 3 ways

20 Nov 2014

When Trudie and Mike Nettle moved into their Hawke’s Bay home, with kids in tow, all of the walls and trims were painted in white Resene Alabaster. Trudie was keen to inject colour into the home, to express her own personality as well as creating a happy home for her family. We feature the interiors of the house, a joyous jumble of colour, in the Summer 2014/15 issue of habitat magazine. Here, we look at the Nettle’s bright living room, as well as have two experts suggest alternative schemes.

Industrial chic

Sydney-based designer Meg Tuckett suggested this industrial chic scheme, choosing to use a ‘true grey’ (Resene Armadillo) as a feature wall to frame everything in the room. Although dark, Resene Armadillo does have warm undertones. A ‘warm grey’ (Resene
Eighth Tapa) is then used on the other walls as a perfect complement for most of the furnishing colours, especially the pink and bright whites. It also works well with the natural timbers to really warm up the room.
The room is quite sophisticated but also contemporary and comfortable. The timber floor, finished in Resene Colorwood Teak stain, grounds this scheme and is balanced by other timber elements, such as the furniture. Resene Double Alabaster is Meg’s go-to colour for ceilings and trims. It has warmth and is the ‘perfect white’, she says.

Or colour block crazy

Ursula Vlasic of Yellowfox suggests going colour block crazy in this smart living room, using the blocking effect to help disguise the window.
The colours chosen were from the new Resene The Range fashion colours 16 fandeck – (from left) Resene Scoria, Resene Double Drought, Resene Wild Thing (yellow), Resene Boutique and Resene Triple Rakaia.
It’s fun to play with colour in an area like this. It can be easily repainted when the moment passes or your tastes change. These colours only pop when balanced by the right white, which Ursula chose as Resene Double Alabaster for its warmth.
“It’s best to have neutral well-designed furniture that will last, and then experiment with paint colours. The over-scale pendant light over the coffee table creates a focal point, centered to the room, to add scale and balance.”

Read more: What's your colour psyche?

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

Industrial chic

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Sydney-based designer Meg Tuckett suggested this industrial chic scheme, with walls in Resene Armadillo (feature wall) and Resene Eighth Tapa to frame the bright furnishings. Dutch Shipyard bookshelf and Forget Your Lunch side table and coffee table from The Country Trader; Arteriors Camille floor lamp and Arteriors Heaton mirror from Boyd Blue; a Smooth sofa, Button chair, Haslan rug and fabrics from Designer’s Guild. Styling by Meg Tuckett, phone +61 2 9999 4185, email [email protected]

pictures Illustration by Malcolm White

Block it out

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Ursula Vlasic of Yellowfox suggests going colour block crazy with walls in (from left) Resene Scoria, Resene Double Drought, Resene Wild Thing (yellow), Resene Boutique and Resene Triple Rakaia.  
Floating shelves, Como coffee table and cowhide rug from SM Interiors; Orla Keilly orange cushion and prints from Paper Plane; a Hug chair, Rest sofa and Under the Bell pendant light from Bauhaus; and a Black White cushion from Let Liv. Styling by Ursula Vlasic, phone 09 525 3453, email [email protected]

pictures Illustration by Malcolm White

Original

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This living room was the first of the Nettle’s Hawke’s Bay home to get a vibrant makeover. A feature wall in sky blue Resene Endorphin acts as a calming backdrop for the lively coloured furniture and accessories.

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