A den for everyone

13 Dec 2018

This beautiful serene space has been created to be an inviting and comfortable escape that’s refreshingly gender neutral. Just a quick change of the focus artwork shifts the room subtly from more of a 'she-den' to a 'he-den'.

It might seem an unusual way to think about a space but there are key times when a room that appeals to as many people as possible is important. In a shared office, for example, as this room could be, it needs to be a space that whoever is using it, will want to spend time in to get that work done.

A beautiful colour like this that everybody who uses the room loves, also allows you to create personalised zones within a shared space – a writing area, a reading area, a gaming area, for example - with the additional of a few favourite accessories.

This lush jade green space with its walls in Resene Mother Nature has the feel of a warm tropical jungle escape. The layers of green accessories throughout the room from the darker Resene Permanent Green and Resene Family Tree to the grey-green of Resene Rivergum and the pale Resene Peace on the desk chair, all enhance that feeling.

The delicate and streamlined design of the furniture in this space means the use of Resene Noir never becomes overpowering. It emphasises the drama of the green walls, without weighing the room down.

The floors are stained in Resene Colorwood Greywash for a relaxed, textural anchor to the room. Extra texture also comes in the velvet armchair and the leafy green plants for a look that is warm and inviting.

Accessories in greys such as Resene Silver Chalice pull it all together to create a space that is not too warm, not too cool, but just right.

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A striking colour that’s refreshing gender neutral such as Resene Mother Nature used here on the walls, creates an inviting space that can easily and frequently personalised to whoever is using it. The floor is Resene Colorwood Greywash. The desk top, bookshelf and large planter are Resene Noir. The desk chair and the round vase are in​ Resene Peace. The pen pot, book ends, round box and plant pot are Resene Silver Chalice. The boxes on the shelf are in Resene Permanent Green (big), Resene Rivergum (medium) and Resene Family Tree (small).

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Background in Resene Colorwood Greywash, vase in Resene Peace, boxes in Resene Silver Chalice and Resene Permanent Green, A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left, anti-clockwise) Resene Peace, Resene Permanent Green, Resene Family Tree, Resene Aura and Resene Rivergum.

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A simple change of chair and artwork can change the feel of the space to suit a different personality. The walls are Resene Mother Nature. The floor is Resene Colorwood Greywash. The bookshelf is Resene Noir and the round vase is Resene Peace. The book ends, round box and plant pot are Resene Silver Chalice. The boxes on the shelf are in Resene Permanent Green (big), Resene Rivergum (medium) and Resene Family Tree (small).

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Layers of paler tonal greens against the Resene Mother Nature wall and Resene Noir side table intensify the impact of the bold colours, while also adding lighter notes. Vases are from left, Resene Rivergum, Resene Peace and Resene Aura.

Styling by Vanessa Nouwens​
Images by Melanie Jenkins

Accessories: Harrison Armchair from Nood, Anglepoise Type 75 Mini Desk Lamp from Citta, Sofia Print by Linn Wold from Popmotif, Arro Vase in Sage Green from Shut The Front Door, Stationery items and magazine file boxes from Kmart, Glass carafe and glasses from Allium Interiors, Grey chair, hourglass and geometric wall art, stylist’s own. 

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