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22 Oct 2016

Beach culture isn't just reserved for the holidays... with a living room like this you can enjoy a relaxed, summery vibe in your surroundings all year long.

Be inspired by this surf-seaside lifestyle setting, styled by Megan Harrison-Turner using punchy green and blue Resene shades. Intermixed with rustic decor and accessories to bring about a tropical island feel, this is a fun and boho look for all ages.

So when you're aching to escape the hustle and bustle, consider an area like this to be your sanctuary. And by using similar furniture to this setting – think cane furniture, woven materials and leafy potted plants – it plays just as well outside as it does inside. 

Why it works

  • The colour palette is the right balance of bold and carefree. Megan has purposefully kept to warm greens and blues, with rustic colours to accessorise. Simple, and beautiful.

  • The new Resene The Range fashion colours 18 has some of the punchiest shades, and the blues and greens used here are no exception.

    Two standouts are Resene She'll Be Right, a jewel-like teal blue painted on the wall in this setting, and Resene Left Field, a sporty emerald green sitting pretty on the peacock chair. Don't you immediately think of swaying green palm trees and a glittering ocean?
     
  • If you like the layering of similar shades of the same colour but don't know where to start, pick up a Resene colour chart and look at the differing shades on each page. They often work perfectly together.

    Of the blues, Megan has picked three colours off page 16 of Resene The Range fashion colours 18 to use in this setting: Resene She'll Be Right on the walls, and Resene Sea Crest and Resene Freelance on the peg stools. Works well, right?
     
  • Because the overall palette is so bold, Megan's introduced sandy cream accessories to soften it up. Paint wise, you could go with foamy whites like Resene Chalk Dust or a sandy cream like Resene Popcorn.

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

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With walls in Resene She'll Be Right and a peacock chair in Resene Left Field, the scene is set for a relaxed, surf-seaside inspired living room. Keep the colour palette balanced with different shades of blue and green, and layers of sandy cream to soften.

pictures Melanie Jenkins. Styling by Megan Harrison. Props: Coron Pendant lampshade and Albion Rug from Freedom Furniture, Tretchikoff table lamp and cushions from Homage, bamboo tray, stylist's own.

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Or why not create an outdoor sanctuary with a similar vibe? Simply skip the rug, introduce a raffia umbrella for shade (and style) and beachy outdoor cushions... it's your own little outdoor escape.

pictures Melanie Jenkins. Props: Tretchikoff cushions from Homage, Obi cushions from Freedom Furniture, raffia outdoor umbrella from Beach Kit, bamboo tray, stylist's own.

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The beauty of aqua blues and emerald greens together.

The peg stools are painted in Resene Freelance (front) and Resene Sea Crest, the peacock chair is painted in Resene Left Field and the cane table is painted in Resene Discover. The walls are painted in Resene She'll Be Right.

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