The 30th issue of habitat by Resene magazine is on its way!

06 Mar 2019

Our Autumn/Winter 2019 issue is hot off the presses, and it’s a special one. Thanks to dedicated readers like you, habitat by Resene magazine is officially 15 years old – and with a new editor at the helm, we’ve got plenty to celebrate!

Copies of the magazine will begin arriving in mailboxes of Resene DIY cardholders starting this week, with additional copies available for purchase at your local Resene ColorShop from next week.

Learn more about the smouldering and glamourous room that made the front cover of what might just be our most colourful issue yet.

This luxurious lounge sizzles in smouldering Resene Twilight Zone

Can you imagine a better place to enjoy a few celebratory beverages with your closest friends than this alluring lounge that is welcoming yet cocooning, luxurious yet minimalistic, all at the same time? While it may seem contradictory, sticking to a tonal colour palette is the secret to building a deep dark look that’s restrained, sophisticated and anchored in elegance.

The approach of using furnishings that almost blend into the wall colour is also surprisingly versatile. With just a couple of well-designed furniture pieces, you can achieve a more minimalist feel, or pile on some opulent accessories and textiles for a more traditional, plush approach. Complementary tones, such as the coffee table and sideboard in Resene Indian Ink, the vase, tealight holder and bowl in Resene King Tide and the Resene Excalibur tray and pot also add strength and depth to the space, but also prevent it from feeling heavy.

Texture is key too – the batten walls, velvet cushions and ornamental grass all work to break up the density of the deep colour palette. The gold accents in particular work well against the deep navy blues to add a striking touch of glamour; and layering Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash over Resene Colorwood Crowshead on the timber flooring allows the wood grain to show through and adds another layer of texture.

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

dark room, dark lounge, dark living room, blue lounge, blue living room, resene twilight zone

This room has been given an easy-to-achieve feature wall treatment by attaching timber battens in a simple grid format. The entire wall was then painted Resene Twilight Zone, a rich inky blue. The floor is in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash over Resene Colorwood Crowshead while the coffee table and sideboard tops have been painted Resene Indian Ink. The vase, tealight holder and bowl are in Resene King Tide and the tray is in Resene Excalibur.

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The top of this coffee table has been painted Resene Indian Ink. The tray is in Resene Excalibur and the coasters are painted, clockwise from top, Resene Indian Ink, Resene Time After Time and Resene Excalibur.

Get the look: Velo Stitch Cushion, Gold Swirl Cushion and Ethan Swivel Chair from Nood; Hugo 2-Seater Sofa from Me & My Trend; Finsbury Floor Lamp, Ismaila Vessel and Broadway Cushion from Freedom Furniture; Black Cockatoo art print from Pop Motif; Coffee table and side table (painted Resene Indian Ink) from K-Mart.

styling Vanessa Nouwens​
images Melanie Jenkins

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