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1 lounge, 3 looks

21 Jun 2018

In every issue of habitat magazine we ask the experts to suggest an alternative scheme for one of the rooms in the featured homes. We turned to designer Clem Wallace of CRW Studio and Resene colour consultant Sarah Gregory to redesign this formal lounge, part of a redecorated Taranaki villa – click here to see the full home. Here are their alternative solutions.

Before: This formal lounge is painted in Resene Inside Back, giving it a timeless feel. The trims and ceiling are painted in Resene Albescent White.

Alternative Solution 1: Fun and inviting

Designer Clem Wallace of CRW Studio has suggested turning the formal lounge into more of a vibrant space, with watermelon walls in Resene Glorious. The fireplace has been removed taking the formality out of the room, while a window seat alcove has been added for an inviting place to hang out with friends or read a book.

The rest of the scheme mixes trims in Resene Half Sea Fog, floorboards blonded in Resene Colorwood Rock Salt wood stain and soft, natural elements like wood, wool, leather and greenery – giving the feel of being safe and protected, while allowing Resene Glorious to shine.


Accessories: Wilkie Occasional Chair and Plantation Sofa from Soren Liv; Armstrong 8 Light Pendant from Social Light; Hot Madison CH1249/420 fabric from Unique Fabrics on the window seat squabs; cushions from Le Forge; 1.5m Fiddle Leaf Tree from Flower Systems; Riad Coffee Table from Backhouse; Paxi plant pot from Palmers; shutters from Window Treatments; Berber Knot Zulu Rug in Natural and Shale from The Ivy House.

Alternative Solution 1: Drama queen

Resene colour consultant Sarah Gregory suggests this alternative look for the formal lounge, going deeper with Resene Zinzan on the walls to add more drama. Resene Double Alabaster is her go-to for ceilings and trims because of its slight warmth and works perfectly here to bring out the inky blue tones of Resene Zinzan. Navy blue is also one of this season’s stand-out trends. The touches of gold give the room elegance and sophistication while the velvet armchairs give a tonal contrast to the walls.

Accessories: Manuka Pendant from David Trubridge; Butter Table in Gold, Boyd Armchair Vic Velvet and Caliente planter from Freedom Furniture; Monstera plant from Palmers; Rise and Shine Artwork by Glenn Jones Art.

This article features in the latest issue of habitat. Click here to read the full issue.