Trending: tonal freehand murals

09 Mar 2016

This cool hill mural is not as hard as it looks. For a start, it’s done freehand, which means that if you make small mistakes, it doesn’t matter. Who’s going to know that you didn’t intend the hill at the back to be a bit higher?

Feature walls are a great way to give any room added drama, but this takes the concept a step further. A bold Resene paint colour or wallpaper can look great, but this is something special.

This particular tonal hill mural was painted for the cover of the latest habitat magazine by stylist Megan Harrison-Turner. She may already have a strong creative streak but even she surprised herself with how easy it was to transform a plain wall into something so gorgeous and dramatic.

First, she found an inspirational photograph online, then sketched the outline of the hills in pencil. Then she added the paint using Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen. The most difficult part was choosing the colours, but Resene colour collections are set up to help with that.

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The new-look Resene Multi-finish collection, which is being rolled out through Resene ColorShops in the coming months, is perfect for a project like this where tonal variations of colour are needed. This collection is the heart of the Resene Total Colour System, with 896 colours ranging the gamut of the rainbow, presented on a series of 64 palette cards.

The new cards are two paint chips wide rather then the current three, which makes it easy to compare colours to each other, or to other swatches or samples.

Just about any colour-way will do for this type of mural. Megan started with a palette of dusky greens before settling on this purple version. Blues would work, as would warm browns and even golden yellows. Just keep the colours dusky and muted rather than clear and sharp.

The colours she used are, from top: Resene Spindle (sky), Resene Mischka (left hill), Resene Freestyling (right), Resene Santas Grey (right), Resene Mamba (right), Resene Hammerhead (left, behind sofa), Resene Casper (sea). The floor is in Resene Ivanhoe.

Resene ColorShops and selected resellers have a set of the new palettes that you can view in store. 

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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Cleo Sofa and Amity Floor Rug from Freedom Furniture. Urn and Ceramic Tea Cup from Xia. Velvet and Linen Cushions and Mira Coffee Table from Nest. Anders Lamp from Republic Home. Cast-iron Roji Teapot from Taylor Road.

pictures Styling by Megan Harrison-Turner; photograph by Melanie Jenkins

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