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Know your blues: Eight dreamy blues to consider (and how to pick one for your home)

19 May 2022

There’s nothing that sets a mood in a room like blue does. An incredibly versatile colour, blue can be refreshing, tranquil or moody. Its numerous shades can work as a...


The 100-year-old Nelson villa restored by renovation masters, Alice and Caleb

19 May 2022

Alice and Caleb are certainly no strangers to a challenging DIY project – sledgehammers, paint brushes and power tools have been at the ready for the last decade. The couple...


Check it out: Channel the checkerboard with these interior looks

12 May 2022

Checked patterns are by no means new in the design world, popular since the Renaissance period in Europe. But the classic staggered arrangement of contrasting squares has experienced a resurgence...


Inside a whimsical Nelson ‘Gingerbread House’ from the 1860s

12 May 2022

Gemma and Jeremy’s wee home in Nelson is packed with character – and characters. Flamingoes, parrots and flowers from the Resene Wallpaper Collection rub shoulders with Crown Lynn swans, vintage...


Embrace your dark side with vampy interiors

05 May 2022

Go deep, dark and dramatic with a vampy interior look this winter. Inkier hues can be used to suit your existing personal style, be it a moody and mystical look...


A California bungalow damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes, is now sitting pretty in Japandi-style soft neutrals

05 May 2022

Liesbeth and Ewout’s Californian bungalow built in 1934 once sat four kilometres down the road from its current location. The couple, originally from the Netherlands, bought the home when they...


House exterior inspiration with Resene and Marley Stratus Design Series®

28 Apr 2022

Rainwater solutions and exterior style with Marley

Choosing your home’s exterior colour scheme is a huge decision. Not only is it a significant investment but you want to choose a look...


This Horowhenua mum painted her entire home green – and the result is epic!

28 Apr 2022

It was a comment from a friend that set Foxton’s Jinel on a very green-toned path before painting her home. “I love green, and I’d often say before we renovated...


Your guide to pulling off a monochrome room

27 Apr 2022

Sometimes ‘matchy-matchy’ is good thing. Monochromatic design is an incredibly effective and timeless way to bring elegance to your home. It’s become increasingly popular in the interior design world. Skip...


Trend alert: Six colours we can’t get enough of right now

21 Apr 2022

Like trends in fashion, building design or music, our collective taste in colours is constantly evolving. Our fondness for certain colours is influenced by all sorts of external factors from pop...


Goth but make it glam: Creative couple go to the dark side with Resene Double Foundry and Resene Permanent Green

21 Apr 2022

Before Frankie had even moved into her new Auckland home with her partner Max, she knew what Resene paint colour would be splashed on every wall. She’d eagerly mapped out...


Six satisfying home makeover jobs for the long weekend

14 Apr 2022

Two long weekends are stretching ahead of us, and with it emerges the perfect time to tackle a little home improvement. Give your home a glow up with Resene paint,...


A guide to embracing a maximalism décor style

07 Apr 2022

While minimalist styles have dominated interior trends over the last few years, its polar opposite trend, maximalism, is revelling in its return. Farewell muted colour palettes, white walls and restrained...


A travel-inspired terracotta family home with heart

07 Apr 2022

Helen and Phil’s Auckland home exudes life and warmth, so much so it almost wouldn’t surprise you to find a beating heart right in the middle of it. Collected treasures...


Two colourful SheSheds decorated with Resene

30 Mar 2022

Small cabin solutions with SheShed

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When Lea decided to create a garden studio which could also double as a sleepout for her teenage daughter, she pulled out all the stops...


Bring the outside in with nature-inspired interiors

30 Mar 2022

As humans, we’re intrinsically drawn to natural environments. Mountains, rivers and wide open spaces fill our hearts with joy and our minds with a sense of calm. Who said we...


An interior designer’s modern twist on her 1920s bungalow 

30 Mar 2022

Until recently, interior designer Sonja Low’s 1920s bungalow was decked out in aging 80s apricots and faded yellows. Rolling up her sleeves, Sonja got to work modernising the family home...


Peaceful Auckland bungalow makes a bold statement in the living room

23 Mar 2022

Jenny’s painter thought she was crazy when she told him she was painting her Auckland bungalow’s living room a steely charcoal. Thankfully, the end result in Resene Half Foundry sings...


Otago’s stunning scenery is the inspiration for this charming home up for grabs in the Heart Foundation Lottery home

24 Mar 2022

Cromwell in Central Otago is a town rich in history and surrounded by dazzling scenery. It’s because of this that the town has been chosen again as a location for...


Get the Bridgerton look with these Regencycore inspired trends

24 Mar 2022

Whether you’ve delved into the TV genre of period dramas or not, Regency era interiors are all the rage and are here for us to take a little opulent inspiration...


Five feature wall ideas to give your home the X-factor

17 Mar 2022

If you’re looking to add instant wow-factor to a bland room, a feature wall is calling your name. They’re relatively simple to create but can pack a punch in terms...


A 1930s Californian bungalow in Nelson bursts at the seams with colour and character

17 Mar 2022

Guests at Mark and John’s Nelson California bungalow never have any trouble finding their address, all they need to do is look out for the bright red letterbox. Resene Havoc...


A run down 1900s villa finds soul and sophistication with a monochrome makeover

09 Mar 2022

Closing the deal on a derelict 100-year-old villa marked the beginning of a long and winding renovation road for New Plymouth’s Gina and Rick. When they bought the neglected villa...


Revamp any room with a painted arch: Five curvaceous ideas

09 Mar 2022

If there’s a room in your home that you feel needs a little reinvention, a painted archway could be just what you need. A complete room refresher doesn’t mean you...


An enchanting cottage garden with a cute-as-a-button Shepherd's Hut

03 Mar 2022

A cottage garden is a peculiar choice for a perfectionist. Puriri Lane Garden in Drury is like something from a fairy tale, with delicate blooms such as cosmos, nigella and...


This Arts and Crafts style home masters the use of Resene whites and neutrals

02 Mar 2022

It was the elegant character of its street frontage that made Malcolm and Gay fall in love with their house in Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore back in 2015. Using...


Liveable luxury at home: 5 ideas for a touch of affordable glam

02 Mar 2022

Luxury means something different to everybody. We often associate it with opulence and wealth, but luxury can be as simple as 30 minutes of peace and quiet to read a...


A tropical sanctuary with Resene Double Alabaster 15 years in the making

24 Feb 2022

Fifteen years is a long time to dream of renovating your house. But for Leisa and her husband Keith it gave them plenty of time to thoroughly plan the Resene...


Which white is right?: How to choose the best Resene white or neutral for your home

24 Feb 2022

Did you know that among Resene’s top 20 most popular paint colours, 18 of them are variations of white.  

White is one of the most versatile - and most commonly...


Make your mark with wood stains indoors and out

17 Feb 2022

Back in the day wood stain used to really only come in one colour - a good old dark brown. That’s the colour of all wood, right? Particularly if you...


A new build that’s both chic and family-friendly with Resene Black White and Resene Wafer and a cute-as a-button play kitchen for the kids

17 Feb 2022

When Jessica and Nick Robinson built their home in Rolleston, near Christchurch they made sure every detail was just how they dreamed it will be. This included designing two kitchens:...


Popular and enduring shades of Resene blue inspired by sea and sky

10 Feb 2022

In a subtropical climate like ours, it’s easy to be drawn to an ocean-inspired colour palette full of beachy blues. Whether you choose one of the neutrals with a hint...


An 80s-build gets a colour injection with Resene Indian Ink and Resene Green Meets Blue in an interior designer’s own home

10 Feb 2022

Interior designer Carley Lloyd has a passion for colour – and in ten months she and husband Bryn have transformed a formerly beige 80s-build into a brand new look, with...


Ten inspiring wallpapers to bring rooms to life

03 Feb 2022

Wallpaper is one of the quickest ways to add character and make a space feel elegant and composed. If a room is dull with no interesting architectural features, wallpaper can...


A kaleidoscope of colour creates the ‘wow’ factor in a 72 sqm apartment

02 Feb 2022

When Lynette first viewed the Mt. Maunganui flat she would eventually buy, she knew it wouldn’t be staying Resene Tea for very long.  

No, for Lynette, bold colour is far...


In the purple – shades of mauve, lilac and aubergine are frontrunners in 2022

26 Jan 2022

Whether your pick is a full-on purple or more of a neutral undertone, it’s easy to find a purple to suit your personality and home. Purple is a bold and brave...


First homeowners set to work transforming a Lockwood with warm and earthy colours

26 Jan 2022

In just six months, first homeowners Karl and Tim have not just painted their new home – they have prepped, sanded and primed almost every surface.  The young couple have...


High-octane summer colours make a vivid statement in interiors

19 Jan 2022

Take a lead from nature’s summer colours – whether it’s the crimson shots of pohutukawa flowers to the brilliance of bougainvillea, amping up the dial in your home is easy...


One of the oldest villas in the country gets a fresh look with bold and beautiful Resene colours

19 Jan 2022

One of the country’s oldest homes is looking good for another century in fresh coats of Resene paint inside and out. Kohukohu Villa in historic Hokianga, Northland was built as...


Five colour and style trends we’re going to see everywhere in 2022

12 Jan 2022

As 2022 gets underway, nature is inspiring all areas of interior design, from botanical prints and natural materials to paint colours. The desire for calming and restful interiors that counter...


A transitional villa in colours of the rainbow is a real show-stopper

12 Jan 2022

“Why are people so afraid of colour?” Fiona wonders. Fiona has no such qualms and has embraced the Resene rainbow for her dazzling home of many colours. No one needs...


Top stories for 2021: From Resene Duck Egg blue to Peter Wolfkamp’s cottage, these are some of our most-read stories this year

23 Dec 2021

Top stories for 2021: From Resene Duck Egg blue to Peter Wolfkamp’s cottage, these are some of our most-read stories this year

As the year ends, it’s time to take stock,...


Eight Resene dark greens and how to use them

16 Dec 2021

Green is a colour that can evoke powerful emotion, it’s a dominant colour in nature associated with renewal and life and so represents harmony, balance and peace. And who doesn’t...


A country bungalow gets a second life with gorgeous greys and youthful blues and greens

15 Dec 2021

When Chrissie and Tony Kavanagh moved to Cambridge with their two daughters, they loved the heritage feel of the Waikato town. They found their dream house in a hundred-year-old bungalow...


A city warehouse where home living, work and play are defined by colour

09 Dec 2021

Working at home is the trending topic of 2021 - and nothing suits business consultant Cath Vincent and music producer Aron Neale better than working in their own 1950s converted...


Get the most out of outdoor living with the colours of your favourite travel destinations

08 Dec 2021

An outdoor space is like having an extra room in your house, and with all the time spent at home lately, those lucky enough to have a patio or deck...


Create Christmas with the colours of the South Pacific: Blue and green festive ideas

02 Dec 2021

 

Two festive room ideas

Christmas is on the cards… but not the one with snowy winter wonderlands!

Here, in the South Pacific the colours of our world are the calming blues of the...


A Melbourne grande dame gets a graceful colour makeover with Resene Merino and Greek-inspired blues  

02 Dec 2021

Adding a touch of the Santorini vibe to their home was a must for this couple of Greek heritage, Nikki and Steve Koutspis. After all, the Melbourne couple eloped to...


Art-loving couple’s industrial home brings art to life with yellow, red and Resene Half Black White

25 Nov 2021

It would be natural to assume that white would be the best wall colour choice for a home brimming with art. A neutral backdrop to allow the works to be...


How to create the beach-house vibe with shades of the coast

25 Nov 2021

It’s a look that never dates – the washed blues, seafoam greens and subtle shades of white that together create the easy, breezy beach-house style.

The coastal spirit starts with paint....


Get your summer spaces guest-ready: Silly season tips for sleepouts, caravans, outdoor areas and guest rooms

18 Nov 2021

Wahoo, summer’s nearly here! But before you sit back, relax and kick into holiday mode, it’s time to pay special attention to those areas that come into use for gatherings...


What a transformation: This charming 159-year-old Victorian cottage gets a peaceful modern makeover

18 Nov 2021

Tindalls Cottage in Berry was once the home of the town’s first mayor, James Wilson. But while it started its life in 1862 as the pride of the small village...


The Block NZ Auction Grand Final is here! Take a look at the finished builds

11 Nov 2021

Three’s The Block NZ has returned to our screens for The Block NZ Auction Grand Final on Sunday 14 November, and it’s worth the wait. Set in Auckland’s aspirational inner-west...


This Dairy Flat farmhouse features bold wallpapers and wonderful wood stains

11 Nov 2021

An empty paddock was the beginning of the build of a lifetime for couple Brad and Melissa. With several home builds under their belt, the couple decided to take matters...


Nature-inspired interior ideas: Bring the outdoors in with colour

11 Nov 2021

There’s nothing better than a seamless indoor/outdoor flow during the warmer months; the breeze flowing through your lounge or opening up the sliding doors to invite the garden inside. But...


Life in a show home: Meet the young family living in this colourful Cambridge show home

04 Nov 2021

Hannah and Malachi are taking working from home to a stylish extreme. With a flurry of interruptions to their business due to covid, the husband and wife team –  who...


Off the wall: Get creative with these ideas for fabulous floors and clever ceilings

04 Nov 2021

You’ll be floored by the results when you look beyond your four walls and start treating your floor and ceiling as part of your creative canvas. Consider the ceiling and...


Derelict to delightful: Resene Double Foundry and Marley Stratus give this bungalow timeless style

28 Oct 2021

This 1920s bungalow has had an adventurous life. With its handsome Resene Double Foundry exterior colour and matching Marley Stratus Design Series® spouting and downpipes in Grey Friars®, on first appearance...


Take it outside: Simple tips and tricks for painting the exterior of your home

27 Oct 2021

It’s a big, intimidating task, but painting your home’s exterior can instantly boost its resale value and has a huge effect on the way you feel about your home. First...


New mum of twins completes ambitious renovation with pops of dusty coral, gold and ocean blue

27 Oct 2021

If you want something done, ask a busy person, and interior and spatial designer Samantha Rei has definitely been busy in the past year. She project managed the full reconstruction...


How to get the luxe look on a budget: Elegant Resene wallpapers and paint colours to try

21 Oct 2021

Three words come to mind when we think of the luxe look: stylish, sophisticated, expensive. But living in style doesn’t have to break the bank. With some nifty hacks and...


This century-old Brisbane Queenslander is transformed into a tropical oasis with summer green Resene Edgewater and Resene Warrior

21 Oct 2021

For homeowners Maria and Roger, renovating their century-old Brisbane Queenslander helped them fall in love with the features of their heritage home. With a dark, dated interior and tired yellow...


Recharging colour ideas to give your home a pick me up (in under 48 hours)

14 Oct 2021

If you’re after a splash of joy in your life, we have the perfect projects to give your home a revitalising renovation. Embrace the warmer weather and bright Resene paints...


This Morrinsville home strikes the perfect balance of functional, accessible and fabulous with feature walls in elegant Resene Foundry

14 Oct 2021

Marie’s marvellously moody home is the perfect blend of functional and fashionable. After searching for a retirement home that was suitable for a paraplegic in a wheelchair, Marie decided to...


The Block NZ’s Peter Wolfkamp creates a striking monochrome palette inside his Devonport cottage with Resene Half Merino

07 Oct 2021

The Block NZ’s site foreman Peter Wolfkamp traded the rule book for a paintbrush when he renovated his circa 1910 cottage. He and his wife Debbie rose to the challenge...


The hottest paint colours and decorating trends for 2022

29 Sep 2021

Creativity is on trend this year and the hottest Resene paint colours are here to help. We all have our own unique and wonderful style, so much so that some...


What’s black and white and red all over? This Dunedin home’s marvellous monochrome interior with pops of Resene Red Berry

30 Sep 2021

Joanne and Christopher had their work cut out for them transforming a 1970s state house for power plant workers into a monochrome family haven. With good bones, plenty of land...


5 tried and tested whites and neutrals - that make your space come together

23 Sep 2021

While we’re obsessed with Resene’s bold range of vibrant colours and daring hues, it’s often their carefully considered range of whites and neutrals that inspire homeowners when it comes to...


Doug and Jan are creating a piece of paradise for those who need it most

23 Sep 2021

With a fresh coat of Resene Surrender and a smart trim in Resene Kashmir Blue, this Oakura Bay bach is not only a refuge for owners Doug and Jan, but...


An empty Feilding paddock becomes a family home with an inspired moody dark grey colour palette including Resene Blue Charcoal and Resene Crowshead

23 Sep 2021

Sarah and Chris don’t do things by halves. With nothing but a few paddocks on the outskirts of Feilding and an ambitious idea, the couple embarked on the challenge of...


Fresh interior colours to warm up your home for spring

16 Sep 2021

Welcome the early days of spring by inviting fresh colours into your home. There’s nothing better than a crisp spring day and the fragrance of blossoming flowers carried on the...


White done right: Shades of white and green transform this 1930s bungalow

16 Sep 2021

Interior designer Litsa Jackson has a way with white. Ever since she began her interior design business, Inside Storey, she’s loved the way the perfect white can bring a space...


Three’s The Block NZ outdoor areas are a breath of fresh air

09 Sep 2021

The final week on Three’s The Block NZ saw the teams put the finishing touches on their outdoor spaces. Their garden creations popped against their elegant houses in Resene Element,...


How to create the perfect colourful hobby room or shed for your home

09 Sep 2021

Spending more time at home has allowed us to get more creative, take up new hobbies and rediscover old ones. With the changing landscape of working – and with working...


Going for gold: Meet the Olympians juggling home renovations, parenthood and running a business

09 Sep 2021

Olympic duo Jamie Prebble and Sophie Prebble (nee Cocks) are capable of anything. The new parents have proven they are pros both on and off the field, juggling running their...


A splash in time: Eight stylish interior designs that have stood the test of time

23 Dec 2021

Time flies when it comes to the latest trends in interior design. With daring décor and new colour palettes to be discovered around every corner, take a moment to embrace...


From bland to beautiful: This Christchurch couple filled their charcoal and pink bungalow with paintings, plants and peacefulness

02 Sep 2021

For self-confessed serial renovators Leigh and Cory, colour is everything. When the couple first bought their 1920s three-bedroom bungalow in Christchurch it was painted tip to toe in white. With...


Colour yourself happy with primary colours

02 Sep 2021

If primary colours remind you of long days in the classroom, then these colourful red, blue and yellow interiors are here to give you a whole new perspective. With Resene’s...


Cosy courtyards and brilliant balconies on Three’s The Block NZ this week

02 Sep 2021

Week eleven on Three’s The Block NZ saw the teams venturing into the outdoors to create some jaw-dropping courtyards & balconies. With looming deadlines and tight spaces, the teams rallied...


Amazing garage ideas as seen in Three’s The Block NZ Garage & Laundry week

26 Aug 2021

It was the week to win this week on Three’s The Block NZ. With $7000 up for grabs and the chance to remove another team from room reveal, the teams...


Rustically rural: Inspiration for this Taupaki home’s enchanting blue and green feature walls is grown from nature

26 Aug 2021

Warren and his wife Louise had always dreamed of living in the country. Inspired by the classic country lodges of yesteryear, the couple decided to create their very own and...


Our favourite colours for positivity and wellness

25 Aug 2021

Colour yourself happy with our top calming colour picks. With many of us working from home, it’s time to start creating spaces that work for us. Colour psychology states that...


Surprises and second chances on Three’s The Block NZ’s Do Over Week

19 Aug 2021

This was the week for second chances and do overs for the teams on Three’s The Block NZ as they inched closer towards the finish line. The teams were given the opportunity...


Fight off the winter blues with these six warm Resene hues

19 Aug 2021

Even though the end of the cold weather is nearly in sight, it’s awfully hard to close your eyes and picture yourself soaking up the sun on a beach when you’re being stung by...


An inspired home that could only be the handiwork of a fashion designer

19 Aug 2021

Looking at it today, it’s difficult to believe that Vaughan and Noel’s vivacious and sophisticated home started its life as a cottage back in 1912. The couple purchased the house in Auckland’s...


Elegant entrances, stairs, hallways & powder rooms from Three’s The Block NZ this week

11 Aug 2021

The skyscraper heights of the hallways were a tall order this week on Three’s The Block NZ as the teams raced to complete their entrances, stairs, hallways & powder rooms....


Open plan hacks: How to make your spaces work for you

11 Aug 2021

Open up to the idea of doing more with your space. Open plan homes have become increasingly popular and with a range of Resene colours and some creative hacks, it’s...


Two Thumbs Up: This blue and yellow house captures the spirit of Wellington

11 Aug 2021

Walking into Ann and Matt’s Wellington home is like stepping into a giant version of the Wellington’s iconic Bucket Fountain. Playful and fun, the couple’s home makes a splash by...


Find out which fabulous family room took out the top prize on Three’s The Block NZ this week

05 Aug 2021

What a week on Three’s The Block NZ! The teams were under the pump to finish their family rooms and used luscious green Resene Middle Earth and elegant Resene Stack...


A gate to remember: A garden that pops with colour in Hurunui

13 Aug 2021

When Meg calls her Hurunui home a “do-up”, she just might be making the understatement of the year. When she and her husband, Tom, moved in 30 years ago, the...


Picture perfect: How to create a gallery wall for any type of artwork  

05 Aug 2021

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a wall of pictures can take you on a journey. The trend of creating gallery-style walls has been taken to...


Moving on in Merlin’s Requiem: Wallpapers star in this home renovation which celebrates singledom

05 Aug 2021

When Caroline’s partner of five years left there was only one thing to do; completely renovate her house. Caroline says she coloured herself happy using everything from hand-crafted Masons wallpaper...


See what’s cooking in the drool-worthy kitchen & dining rooms on Three’s The Block NZ

29 Jul 2021

The teams were busy cooking up some creative designs on Three’s The Block NZ this week as they tackled their kitchen & dining rooms. With a packed schedule and grand...


7 kitchen designers share their top kitchen design tips and Resene colour choices

29 Jul 2021

We’ve rounded up some of the most drool-worthy kitchens and their talented designers to bring you a smorgasbord of advice to spice up your kitchen with colour. With a sprinkle...


A former sailmaker’s shed becomes a colourful home to a creative family of five

29 Jul 2021

When Bec and Zac bought a Mapua art gallery called the Tin Shed in 2013 they kept the building’s creative spirit alive as they converted it into their colourful family...


Functional or fashionable? Bold batten ideas to inspire your interiors

22 Jul 2021

Batten down and get ready for an elegant design hack to embellish your interiors. Gone are the days of battens being solely used for fastenings and functional purposes. Now, battens...


From derelict to dreamy: Solo mum uses Resene Half Sea Fog to transform this 50s home into a misty retreat

21 Jul 2021

Flood-damaged tiles, bug infestations and holes in the walls hardly sound like features of a dream home, but for solo mum Ché it was love at first sight. When the...


Check out these luxurious living rooms from Three’s The Block NZ

21 Jul 2021

Block-a-holics were treated to another week of creativity on Three’s The Block NZ. Living Room Week took the competition to new heights, with some of the cathedral-like spaces transformed in...


Home delivery: This shipping container has been transformed into a cosy 65 sqm family home

15 Jul 2021

Shanon and Shelley packed up their city life and shipped out– literally. The couple chased their dream of living in a shipping container to a place you’d least expect; the...


10 paint colours we’re obsessed with right now

05 Nov 2021

The hottest paint colours right now are both grounding and ground-breaking. The focus this season is on renewal and nurturing with colours that are going back to nature with interior...


Three storey 110-year-old villa is rejuvenated with Resene paints after surviving tornado and 600km relocation

15 Jul 2021

The renovation of Huntly House has more drama than a reality TV show. Homeowners Hayley and Chris embarked on an incredible adventure when they restored their triple storey, seven bedroom...


The drama continues on Three’s The Block NZ for Master Bedroom, Ensuite & Wardrobe week

14 Jul 2021

This week saw the teams on Three’s The Block NZ vying for a massive $10,000 prize for their master bedrooms, ensuites & wardrobes. With some clever building skills and creative...


A decade in the making: This 70s A-frame home’s Hamptons renovation was well worth the wait

07 Jul 2021

After a decade of living in her 70s Auckland home, Nicky Werder said bon voyage to boring and bought a ticket to happiness with fresh Resene paint. Nicky can travel...


48 hour bedroom updates that will transform your home

07 Jul 2021

Two days is all it takes to revive your bedroom with a lick of Resene paint and a whole new style. These bedroom upgrade ideas have a small budget and...


How to create a cosy living room using colour PLUS make your own plant stand and giant Jenga

01 Jul 2021

There’s nothing better than cosying up on the couch with a hot cuppa and listening to the rain pattering on the roof. Make your living room winter worthy with a...


The castle on the hill: This Whangamata home has a modern take on family living, but what’s behind the dark exterior?

01 Jul 2021

Homeowners Sara and Brendon live life on the edge. They mountain bike along steep forest trails, surf the shoulders of Whangamata’s rolling waves, and live in a house that teeters...


Three’s The Block NZ picks up the pace with Kid’s Bedroom week

01 Jul 2021

Another exciting week on Three’s The Block NZ saw the four teams create five colourful Kid’s Bedrooms. With $7000 on the line, the teams continued to up the ante treating...


Three’s The Block NZ gets off to a colourful start with showstopping Guest Bedrooms

24 Jun 2021

This season of Three’s The Block NZ promises to be quite colourful if the first room reveal is anything to go by. The Guest Bedrooms revealed in last Sunday’s episode...


Shortland Street behind the scenes: Michael Galvin shares his thoughts on Chris Warner’s colourful new townhouse PLUS check out the Warner house through the ages

24 Jun 2021

On 17 May Kiwis were glued to the screen, watching in shock as Chris Warner’s house went up in smoke. Shortland Street’s drastic cliff-hanger saw the beautiful beige home of...


Why neutral lovers should try pastels: Seven spectacular ways to incorporate pastels in your home

24 Jun 2021

Soft, simple, and playful, pastels are back – and these gentle tones will pack unexpected punch to your interior. Embrace the optimism of the 50s in your home with Resene’s...


Auckland eco home built from recycled power poles is splashed with vibrant Resene yellows and rocky coast greys

24 Jun 2021

The environment is at the heart of Joe and Peta’s stunning home in Mangere Bridge, Auckland — from the upcycled building materials used in construction to the interior and exterior...


A roomy rebuild in Onehunga is colour matched to the last detail with Marley and Resene

17 Jun 2021

When Louise and Eugene bought their home in Onehunga, Auckland in 2009 their four-bedroom house was squeezed into only 112 square metres. More than a decade and two kids later...


Goodbye white, hello colour: A daring blue/green and a dusky black transform this Oamaru home into a moody retreat

17 Jun 2021

Serial renovator and decorator Kaye was a Resene Black White devotee but her new home in Oamaru has seen her side-line her favourite white to embark on a brave new...


Creature comforts: Animal prints and wild room designs for grown-ups

17 Jun 2021

New Zealanders and Australians love animals. Both countries have some of the highest pet ownership rates in the world and we love spinning yarns about sheep, going cracker over quokkas,...


You wouldn’t know this oasis of calm is home to a family of seven – and a French bulldog called Frank

10 Jun 2021

Juggling five kids and a French bulldog called Frank while undergoing a renovation during a lockdown is no mean feat. When Rachel and Jarrad, who are parents to Milla (18),...


Six wonderful ways with wallpaper - PLUS a wallpaper evening in Nelson and Blenheim

10 Jun 2021

Wallpaper has made a glittering comeback in our homes over the years, from fabulous feature walls to magical murals. Whether you’re after a contemporary look or a casual atmosphere, Resene...


These colour ideas will have your home fit for royalty – from jewel tones to purple reign

03 Jun 2021

Give your home the royal treatment this long weekend. Embrace your inner king or queen and pamper yourself with a room painted in royal colours. Resene has a rich range...


Off the wall: This 111-year-old villa gets a modern update with hand-painted wallpaper and zesty lime green

03 Jun 2021

Behind Ben and Helen Masters stately 1910 villa, painted in a restrained Resene Quarter Foggy Grey, lies a secret. Walking through the Resene Black front door lies a riot of...


10 room makeover projects for under $500 (that you can do in a weekend)

27 May 2021

If you’re strapped for time and strapped for cash, then these ideas are for you. Having a budget before you start your renovation is a great way to stay on...


Hamptons with a country twist: This serene new build glows with touches of Resene Foggy Grey and Resene Robin Egg Blue

27 May 2021

The Hamptons are a long way from Canterbury - 15,000km away to be precise – but homeowners Nick and Sarah combined the best of both and gave the classic coastal...


From tired villa to heritage haven; Roseberry Villa shines with an update in white and charcoal

20 May 2021

Roseberry Villa got more than a makeover when Interior Designer Abbey Lang moved in – it got a new lease on life. Old and new collided in this 110-year-old villa...


Contemporary ideas to update your heritage home

20 May 2021

Modern colour palettes aren’t just for contemporary homes. Freshen up your villa or heritage home with on-trend colour combinations that are anything but old fashioned. Resene’s extensive range of interior...


How to be flaw-some: Ten perfect touch ups to help you embrace your home’s imperfections

13 May 2021

Everyone needs a bit of TLC every now and then, including our homes. It’s easy to see the flaws in our living spaces; a scuff mark here, a nail hole...


These transportable cottages provide modern living with a vintage twist

13 May 2021

David and Kirsty Wraight’s cottages aren’t just transported to you – they transport you to another time. The couple own and run David Wraight Cottages; a company that specialises in...


A derelict century-old Carterton villa is restored to its original glory (you won't believe what it used to look like)

13 May 2021

Chessa Stevens realised her childhood dream when she restored this century-old villa. As a young girl, Chessa remembers driving past the dilapidated house in her hometown of Carterton and wishing...


Timber is the star of this Whitianga home, coloured to perfection in Resene wood stains

05 May 2021

Cove Construction’s Hollie and Nick Gill started their building journey with a bare plot of land and a big dream. Nick had always wanted to build an architectural house where...


Know your whites: 13 whites and neutrals to consider (and how to pick one for your home)

05 May 2021

When it comes to repainting your home, chances are your colour palette will include some off-whites – whether that’s just for the trims and joinery or tip to toe. But...


A heartfelt design for a lucky winner: Take a tour of the fully furnished home up for grabs in the Heart Foundation Lottery

05 May 2021

When the chance of turning a new house into a home is presented to an interior designer, there is a desire to bring style and design. For Trace Beaumont Orr...


Rebellious colour: Rule-breaking colour combinations to try in your home

29 Apr 2021

Should red and green really never be seen? Will brown and blue really never do? The old colour rhyme rules have been around for years, but sometimes ‘rules’ are made...


This artist’s Brisbane home is so colourful even the 85m fence is an elegant rainbow

28 Apr 2021

Artist and colour consultant Kelly Southee isn’t on the fence about using colour in her Brisbane home. Originally from Upper Hutt, Kelly’s new home on the outskirts of the Toohey...


Celebrate the colours of planet Earth with orchard-inspired Resene hues and a greener outlook

22 Apr 2021

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on 22 April encouraging new ways of looking after the planet. Resene is committed to helping the environment with the most extensive range...


This classic Mt Maunganui Art Deco treasure sparkles with an exotic update

22 Apr 2021

Interior designer Lorraine Brennan felt a weight of responsibility on her shoulders when she renovated her Mt Maunganui home, Trouville. Built in 1945 in an Art Deco style, Trouville was...


Keep calm and paint it Duck Egg Blue: Six chic updates

14 Apr 2021

There’s no need to feel blue when it comes to repainting your home. Marie Antoinette didn’t when she covered her private boudoir in Versailles with the colour duck egg blue....


A funeral assistant looks on the bright side of life using bold Resene Scrumptious and Resene Fizz in her home

14 Apr 2021

Often, the best things come to those who paint. This was certainly the case for Kirsten and Trevor, who have taken their time renovating their Nelson home with a vivid...


Ensure your roof choice will stand the test of time

30 Mar 2021

Whether you’re building new or repairing an existing home, you want to make sure that your roof a choice will not only look great but will also stand the test...


Colour experts paint a Napier villa with vibrant Resene blues and yellows - and a green/white you’ll fall in love with

08 Apr 2021

When homeowner Rachael wanted to update her 140-year-old villa in Napier’s Bluff Hill, she called in the pros. Vic Bibby and Dael Brady from Napier-based interior design firm, Bibby +...


Creating the relaxing bach feeling at Flaxmill Bay Hideaway

08 Apr 2021

In Flaxmill Bay, nestled amongst three hectares of lush gardens and trees lies a cosy cottage that on first glance appears to be the quintessential bach. Except it isn’t -...


Calming interior colours: Six pretty-quick fixes that’ll help you relax to the max.

07 Apr 2021

Is there a space at your place in which you can really switch off? Everybody needs a little time away, and with Resene paints and a little know-how, that can...


What a transformation! Elegant Resene silver greys and blues take this 1930s Takapuna home from tired to triumph

01 Apr 2021

Designer Natalie DuBois had a challenge on her hands renovating this petite 1930s semi-detached home into a family space with room to move. With windows on three sides and only...


Five fun home renovations you can do in a long weekend

31 Mar 2021

Make the most of the Easter weekend with these quick and effective home renovations. With four days up your sleeve and your choice of Resene products you can transform your...


Great green ideas to transform your home into an indoor oasis

24 Mar 2021

As the natural world blazes with the rich reds and oranges of autumn, find your indoor oasis with Resene’s wide range of revitalising greens. From a small splash of paint...


This icy shade of blue helps this new build blend into the Wanaka landscape

24 Mar 2021

Jan and John's icy blue Wanaka home is hidden in plain sight, blending into the snowy mountain landscape like a chameleon. When designing this holiday home for the couple, architect...


Five on-trend seasonal autumn updates that are easy to achieve

18 Mar 2021

Loving the end of the golden weather and ready to flip the script? As the blues and greens of summer turn to autumnal ambers and browns, Resene paints come into...


A 1970s Lockwood is transformed into a Scandi-inspired delight with Resene Spanish White

18 Mar 2021

When Nathalie and Ross bought their 1970s era Lockwood home in 2019, they knew they had bought a quality home from a local Kiwi company. When they renovated their beautiful...


Embrace a pop of colour: Get brave with colour

11 Mar 2021

Adding colour to a room is a quick and affordable way to update your home and add energy and vibrancy to a space. But for first-time decorators choosing colours can...


Makeup artist gives her villa a character makeover with bold pops of colour including blush pink

11 Mar 2021

Makeup artist Amber Carroll is used to transforming her clients for weddings and photoshoots, so when it came to her own she was keen to give it a bit of...


From convent to luxury lodge: The heavenly transformation of The Marlborough

04 Mar 2021

The serene feeling in the luxury hotel, The Marlborough, comes from both its exquisite colour palette as well as the building's divine history. The lodge in Rapaura began its life as...


America’s Cup fever: Sailing away with nautical inspiration from Resene

04 Mar 2021

The action packed racing of the 36th America’s Cup is sure to dominate New Zealanders’ hearts and minds as it sets sail.  If you’re feeling a yearning for the sea...


This Governors Bay home uses a clever colour trick to link two storeys together and fill the home with warm light (that’s not too bright)

03 Mar 2021

Balance and light were at the top of Sarah Eaton’s mind when she was decorating a new home in Governors Bay, near Lyttleton. The director of Christchurch-based interior design company,...


All Black Sir John Kirwan keeps it simple with black and white bach

25 Feb 2021

All Black legend Sir John Kirwan and his wife Fiorella have a long connection with Waihi Beach so when they came to creating their dream bach they wanted to get...


Beachside cottage bought online on an impulse receives a contemporary coastal refresh while retaining original bach style

25 Feb 2021

Spontaneous home buying is not for the faint of heart but when a worn down 1950s Glenbrook Beach bach popped into her inbox it was love at first click-of-the-mouse for...


Create an endless summer in your home using a sun-kissed colour palette that brings the warmth indoors

24 Feb 2021

Summer is sitting outside watching golden sunsets settle over the water and celebrating in the sun-warmed goodness of a fun-filled long day. It’s flipping through magazines while condensation gathers on...


Six dining rooms that will make each meal a family celebration

18 Feb 2021

The saying may be 'home is where the heart is' but really, it's the dining room specifically that is often the beating heart of a family home. It's where we...


Choosing roof profiles: These striking homes prove there’s more to an eye-catching roof than just colour.

27 Jan 2021

Colour is a key driver when choosing your new roof, but the profile also plays an equally important role in achieving the look and style you want.

With a wide range...


A 1990s home gets a nature-inspired refresh using Resene Merino and bold blues and greens

10 Feb 2021

Kitchen and interior designer Karen Warner is used to coming up with colour schemes for her clients, but she found it harder to create a brief when it came to...


7 unbelievable reader house exterior makeovers – plus house exterior painting tips

11 Feb 2021

This Christchurch home has new street appeal with a fresh coat of Resene Element and zesty Resene Hot Toddy on the garage door

7 unbelievable reader house exterior makeovers – plus...


Holiday at home: A Hurunui home inspired by international travel

16 Feb 2021

Meg and Tom have painted memories into the walls of their home. Well, Meg did all the painting, but Tom, who has been busy on their Hurunui cattle and sheep...


Smart and colourful solutions for supersizing your kitchen storage capabilities.

04 Feb 2021

The ply millwork and ceiling in this kitchen, designed by Strachan Group Architects (SGA), lets the beauty of the woodgrain shine through in Resene Colorwood Natural wood stain and looks...


The perfect neutrals: This seaside home is anchored by a simple but stunning grey palette

04 Feb 2021

"Know the rules to break the rules,” is Nicky Scott’s interior design motto. Their 1920s bungalow has been home to the interior designer and her partner Andrew, and their two...


6 bright and beautiful yellow ideas for your home

28 Jan 2021

Add street appeal with a yellow front door. The door on this villa is painted in Resene Turbo with Resene White on the trim and weatherboards in Resene Triple Concrete....


Going, going gone: Expert shares décor and colour tips that will help sell your home

28 Jan 2021

Considering selling your house? Interior designer Meisha Campbell has styled many homes for customers who are putting their homes on the market. She shares her top tips for attracting potential...


Oh la la! A maximalist’s colourful home inspired by 18th Century France

27 Jan 2021

Eat your heart out Marie Antoinette. Claire Crosby doesn’t do anything by halves. Her home is packed with antique treasures and painted in bold colours such as Resene Cinderella –...


Four easy-peasy colour blocking bedroom ideas from Resene Living

20 Jan 2021

The Astra Alabaster duvet set from the Resene Living range is a handsome neutral duvet set designed to work with Resene paint colours. The neutral design allows you to be...


Minor changes that make a big impact: Ways to improve a rental property using paint

20 Jan 2021

Painting walls and furniture are two minor changes you can make to rental properties. When painting walls seek written permission from a landlord.  The green wall block is painted in...


A Kāpiti Coast home’s beachin' blue update

19 Jan 2021

Bold Resene blues add character to this Kapiti Coast home’s spectacular contemporary update.

When you’re building your ‘forever home,’ it can be difficult to design it in a way that’s forward-thinking enough...


Dividing lines: How to create shared spaces using paint

14 Jan 2021

Sharing space can be hard for many of us, but these clever paint ideas will make it easier to create office spaces, study zones - and keep the peace.

Left wall...


The owners of this Banks Peninsula villa were inspired by nature with their Resene makeover

13 Jan 2021

The owners of this Banks Peninsula villa took inspiration from their natural environment when giving their home a floor-to-ceiling Resene makeover

Tucked in the Prices Valley on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula is...


Spring to it: Six ways to decorate your deck and make the most of outdoor living

04 Oct 2021

 

Decks are a transformative part of the home. Not only do they instantly extend your living area, but there's nothing better than enjoying a crisp spring day or long summer...


Exterior inspiration: Patio perfection in a 1930s bungalow

16 Dec 2020

Old world charm and colourful contemporary character meet at Rachel and Steven’s 1930s Auckland bungalow, which they share with their two children, Elias and Ivy. While open plan living may...


Going coastal: How to create the laid-back beachy bach look using blues and whites

17 Dec 2020

There’s nothing like getting away from it all to shed the stresses of everyday life. A change of scene with a vacation at a bach, crib or holiday house creates...


A historic Mount Eden villa gets the loving touch from an interior designer who calls her mother a client.

15 Dec 2020

When interior designer Clare Kitching set about creating a new Resene colour scheme for her mother Raewyn’s late-1800s villa, she started by reviewing her own taste.

“My mum is more of...


A Canterbury artist chooses punchy pastels and sunny-day blues to give her family’s old-school villa a fresh, modern twist.

09 Dec 2020

Old-school character was top of the list when Libby Chambers and her husband Aaron went searching for a new home. They moved into a 120-year-old villa seven years ago just...


7+ ideas for creating an outdoor space that’s great for guests and entertaining

08 Dec 2020

As the temperature rises so too does the demand for parties and social gatherings.
By using a few fundamental design principles, you can transform your outdoor space into an area that’s...


Create peaceful and relaxed festive flair with beach-themed Christmas decorations

02 Dec 2020

For many of us, Christmas at the beach resonates more than festive scenes with snowflakes and snowmen. This year has been quite a year. Make the festive season as relaxing...


Georgian-style heritage home gets a light and breezy refresh with Resene Double Sea Fog

02 Dec 2020

When it comes to an expensive lunch in the Hunter Valley Scott Bentley and his partner Guy may hold the record. However, it wasn’t an expensive shiraz which blew the...


How to pick the right colour for your new roof

03 Nov 2020

How to pick the right colour for your new roof

If you’re living under a quality, well-constructed roof, chances are you don’t give it much thought day-to-day. It’s only when...


Is it time for a fence refresh? 6 ways that paint can elevate your home’s fencing and exterior 

26 Nov 2020

Is it time for a fence refresh? 6 ways that paint can elevate your home’s fencing and exterior  

 First impressions count. Refreshing a fence with Resene paints or wood stains gives the whole house and...


Shelley Ferguson tackles a tricky renovation to transform a tired bungalow into a stylish grey home with a modern Art Deco feel 

25 Nov 2020

 Shelley Ferguson has seen it all as a host on the TV3 DIY show, The Block NZ, but even she was shocked by what she encountered when she began renovations on a...


Try these home office ideas for a stylish working nook

18 Nov 2020

The adage ‘dress for success’ is also true of office nooks. Having a work space at home that’s organised and conducive to your practice, projects and thought processes is a...


A charismatic Christchurch villa’s relaxed, earthy refresh

18 Nov 2020

Charm and a good location are elusive qualities in a home, curiously difficult to come by – and even more difficult to come by together. So, when Christchurch-based first-home buyers...


A clever renovation has infused this Auckland home with pep and personality

11 Nov 2020

There’s much to be said for decorating’s domino effect, where one alteration leads onto the next, and the next after that, in a long and beautiful chain reaction. Just ask...


Try these 5 blue bathroom ideas for a true showstopper

11 Nov 2020

The possibilities of blue seem to continue ad infinitum. In one’s bathroom, it has the ability to turn your space into a true at-home sanctuary, calm and unwinding and perfect...


Our guide to the ultimate media room

04 Nov 2020

A great media room is the sum of its parts, from the materials and colours it harbours to its curtains and, of course, its screen. It’s about those considerate details....


A Nelson new build with a cool, timeless palette

04 Nov 2020

For their first home, Joshua and Niall wanted what most people want: something safe. They had toyed with the idea of buying a character home but eventually dismissed it in...


How to instantly refresh your home with yellow

28 Oct 2020

Tart yet radiant, yellow is the secret to your home’s day-long golden hour. While it’s used most frequently as an accent colour to bring an acidic punch or a certain...


A renovated Te Awamutu home that’s full of colourful surprises

28 Oct 2020

For several years Amy and Mark looked for a new home. What they wanted was clear: a new chapter that their young children, aged two and four, could grow into....


This Invercargill villa is transformed with maximalist interiors

21 Oct 2020

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” So said British poet, novelist, translator and textile doyen William Morris. It’s a...


5 summer looks that prove green and pink are simply heavenly

21 Oct 2020

Positioned diagonally across from one another on the colour wheel, pink and green are outright opposites. Combined, they’re a recipe for maximum contrast, and with the right Resene shades, can...


A 50s brick and tile is thoughtfully revamped for modern living

14 Oct 2020

When Alastair and Demelza bought their 1950s home, a brick-and-tile nestled in Dunedin’s Anderson’s Bay, it was a shell of its former self. For many years, the home had lived...


Try these room ideas for the ultimate style statement

14 Oct 2020

Energise your inner stylist with interiors inspiration straight from the pages of NZ House & Garden. Backed with some serious know-how, these rooms are the perfect spaces from which to...


5 two-toned rooms that’ll make you want to double your colour

07 Oct 2020

‘Twice the colour, twice the impact’ is a maxim that can apply to a lot things, but it is especially true of interiors. Dividing your walls from your wainscotting, your...


A triumphant Katikati home where Mad Men and Bauhaus unite

07 Oct 2020

Rachel and Shane’s home on a hill may be known in local lore as The Blue House, taking its name from the arresting, effervescent Resene Half Smalt Blue that coats...


A modern Waikato home is given an old world sensibility

30 Sep 2020

After living in a bungalow alongside their ever-growing collection of antiques, Jo and Sean began their property search five years ago wanting the scope to blend their love of history...


How to turn your indoors into an earthy oasis

30 Sep 2020

The oft-repeated phrase ‘bring the outdoors in’ always has its merits. Plants calm, clean and reduce stress, so much so that the benefits of home-friendly foliage have breathed life into...


Phil and Emma’s revamped home is a minimalist’s paradise, with one bold twist.

23 Sep 2020

The floor-to-ceiling renovation in Emma and Phil’s late 90s home started with a simple decision to swap their curtains to blinds. Plans for a couple of easy cosmetic swaps to...


Easy ways to reclaim the old as new and incorporate upcycling into your décor

23 Sep 2020

With the shared responsibility of environmentalism becoming mainstream these days, the interest in sustainable furniture and décor has skyrocketed. Not only are production methods evolving, helping to reduce the waste...


A 70s home gets a clean makeover that preserves its character

16 Sep 2020

When asked to think of colours of the 1970s, your mind probably goes to saturated disco inspired hues, intense yellows and warm oranges. It’s unlikely you immediately think of the...


5 ways to bring Scandi style home, downunder

16 Sep 2020

We may be half a world away, but Scandinavian style feels right at home to many of us. In fact, the tell-tale markers of Scandi-inspired design - think warm and...


6 beautiful blue rooms that will convince you that it’s time to redecorate

09 Sep 2020

Restful, relaxing and reassuring, blue hues have long been used to create tranquil spaces in our homes. A colour that calls to mind the sea and the sky, it’s ideal...


This eclectic Greytown home is a celebration of creative colour use

09 Sep 2020

Every design decision Nikki makes when decorating her Greytown home follows a simple rule: it has to be pretty and practical. Working with a lively palette of Resene colours, Nikki...


This Gulf Harbour home was brought up-to-date with a clean palette of Resene colours

02 Sep 2020

When Angela and Scott moved into their Gulf Harbour home in December 2018, the home’s interior had been pretty much untouched since it was built in 1997. But the bones...


9 stylists weigh in on the hottest trending colours to decorate with now

02 Sep 2020

We’ve found ourselves in the midst of a unique time in history that has thrown us all for a curve. Whatever our plans were, they’ve either been disrupted, cancelled, shifted...


Try these on trend hues to paint your space with positivity

26 Aug 2020

With many of our best laid plans long since out the window, we’ve hunkered down at home and rediscovered a love for making the most of what we have. From...


An atmospheric paint palette gives this hardworking Hamilton house a feel-good refresh

26 Aug 2020

Anna loves her house. She’s made a lifetime of happy family memories in the Hamilton home she’s shared with husband Grieg and their children for the past eight years. In...


How to embrace your inner maximalist with a carefully curated collection

19 Aug 2020

Thanks to Marie Kondo’s ‘KonMari’ method, the successfully organised among us have managed to minimalise our homes to stark perfection. And while elegant neutral walls, soft curves and earthy, homespun...


A modern Christchurch new build with a cosy family atmosphere

19 Aug 2020

Jacqueline and Richard had one priority for their new Christchurch home: it needed to be warm. After a spate of living in cold rental homes, the couple were adamant that...


Modern meets heritage in this 1912 transitional villa renovation

12 Aug 2020

When your home sits in a lush tropical garden by the sea, great indoor-outdoor flow is the number one priority. It’s something that Jane and Steven have relished in their...


5 sophisticated colours to covet for your home

12 Aug 2020

Staying in is always a bit of a trend in the cooler months, but this year it seems even more appropriate. With hunkering down in mind, toasty colours and cosy...


An owner-builder turns a dated bungalow into a dreamy contemporary home

05 Aug 2020

Looking at it now, you would never believe that Jeff and Kay’s home used to be a 1960s bungalow. “We had been living in the house behind it for five...


The perfect kitchen island: where form and function meet

05 Aug 2020

If you're planning a kitchen renovation or are in the process of designing a new home, you'll probably be thinking about incorporating a kitchen island. The ultimate multi-tasking space, a...


Greys and blues transform a Sandringham bungalow into a sophisticated family home

29 Jul 2020

Interior designer Jennifer Domett of Domett Design knows the power that colour has for connecting spaces. She recently pulled together a palette of shadowy Resene greys and blues to create...


10 unique ways to enliven your floors with paint

29 Jul 2020

When it comes to floors, we often forget that a paintbrush is a great option for giving them a colourful refresh. Much like your walls, your ‘sixth wall’ – the floor...


How to use your art as inspiration when choosing a colour scheme

22 Jul 2020

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to finally settle on a wall colour only to be stumped on what to hang on the walls afterwards. There’s an easy solution to this,...


An earthquake-damaged home gets a modern makeover

22 Jul 2020

Ask Emma what the best decision she made during the renovation of her 1950s earthquake-damaged Christchurch home was and her answer is immediate; “the green doors.” The soft olive hue...


A 1920s family home makes an elegant return to its former glory

15 Jul 2020

Justine had a very straight forward design brief for her 1929 home; ‘return to elegance’. “It was a very beautiful house once, and I wanted to bring those elements back...


Transform your garage into a space you actually want to be in

15 Jul 2020

For most of us, if we’re lucky enough to have one, a garage starts off as a place to park our cars, bikes and lawn mower, but generally ends up...


These eight mini mural ideas will transform your walls

08 Jul 2020

If you’re wanting to make a statement in your space, lending an ear to the old adage ‘a little goes a long way’ could be just the ticket. For those...


An old bungalow is brought back to life with hard work and shadowy blues

08 Jul 2020

Jason knows when to trust his instincts. When he first set eyes on this 1920s Californian bungalow in the heart of New Lynn, he immediately fell in love with its...


The ins and outs of painting in winter

01 Jul 2020

Painting the house, inside or out, is something that usually sits on that endless list of home renovation or maintenance jobs earmarked for spring and summer – or worse, the...


Kelly Gammie gives her Auckland home a light and bright lift

01 Jul 2020

The last time we featured interior designer Kelly Gammie’s Auckland home, it was decorated with a blend of dark Resene neutral, hand-painted and custom coloured grasscloth wallpapers from the Resene...


Three spectacular garden sheds that do more than just store tools

24 Jun 2020

For most, a shed is a basic garden structure where we might keep our lawnmower, potting mix or general outdoor bits and bobs. But, for these three creatives, a shed...


A Helensville villa gets a charming pastel-coloured renovation

24 Jun 2020

When Tineka and Sam first set eyes on their 1990s Helensville villa a year ago, to put it lightly, “it wasn’t in the best shape,” says Tineka. But it was...


These design pros tell us which three Resene colours they’re crushing on

15 Jun 2020

As we enter a new season, it’s natural to want to change things up around the home. What better than a new colour scheme to freshen up your bedroom or...


This striking Alexandra home makes a case for blue ceilings

15 Jun 2020

During the design of their new home, Ian and Lynda had a pretty good idea of what they wanted. In fact, it was nearly identical to a home they had...


See how this 120-year-old Wellington villa finally got the renovation it deserved

08 Jun 2020

When Hannah and Tim first set eyes on, what was at the time, the worst house on one of Wellington’s most well-known streets, they knew they could restore it to...


Soothe your stress with these relaxing colour palettes

08 Jun 2020

There’s something to be said for stepping inside your home and feeling relaxed and soothed from the moment you open the door. With our increasingly busy and stressful lives, more...


Get your backyard ready for winter with these expert top tips

04 Jun 2020

The end of spring marks the beginning of a trying time for homeowners. Thanks to our favourable climate, many of us don’t have to worry about the ground freezing or...


Claire and Aaron craft an eclectic dream world out of a 1940s cottage

04 Jun 2020

Set on a large mature section nestled above Little Shoal Bay on Auckland’s North Shore is a sweet 1940s brick-fronted cottage. Now owned by Claire and Aaron, the home is...


8 colours to cosy up to this winter

28 May 2020

Starting to feel the winter blues? The mercury may be dropping, but there is a silver living: now’s the perfect time to fluff up your interiors and introduce beautiful Resene...


Jane and Pim reawaken a beauty in this Waiuku farmhouse

28 May 2020

With broken weatherboards, asbestos in the kitchen linoleum and a long list of other fixes, this century old farmhouse needed major commitment from its homeowners Jane and Pim to bring...


Claire and Dave’s modern beach house brings the ocean indoors

20 May 2020

Finding the balance between beach chic and modern design can be a tricky task, but thanks to some clever designers and a carefully selected palette of Resene colours, Claire and...


9 steps to devising a colour scheme the way professional designers do

20 May 2020

A cohesive colour scheme is a sure-fire way to ensure your space feels well-considered and carries a unified look. But if you’ve never attempted it before, how do you actually...


Paul and Sheree didn’t let distance stop their rejuvenation of this Mount Eden villa

13 May 2020

Paul, a Chartered Accountant who now runs his own consulting firm, 5th Green, and Sheree, a legal contractor, spent 15 years living and working in London before returning to New...


6 strategies for nailing a modern monochromatic look

13 May 2020

What is it about interiors that are tip to toe in a single hue that makes them so striking? Sometimes you might be drawn to a single signature colour, or...


Laura and Jarred bring a colour boost to this beautiful Californian bungalow

06 May 2020

With gorgeous colonial features, a rambling backyard and plenty of interior space on offer, it’s no wonder Laura and Jarred Hedwig fell in love with this 1920s Californian-style bungalow when...


Selena and Mike give this Lake Taupo cottage a charming reno

29 Apr 2020

With a light, bright interior painted in Resene Alabaster, oodles of character and views of Lake Taupo, this newly renovated cottage is a homeowner’s dream – but it wasn’t always...


11 decadent living room looks that will convince you to indulge in colour

29 Apr 2020

Ever walked into a living room that’s left you green with envy, one that exudes richness and a sense of luxury? Well, we have good news – bringing that same...


Kim and Isaac’s soulful farmhouse embraces the simple life

23 Apr 2020

In 2011, Kim was ready for a change and looking for a slower pace of life, so she decided to sell her beloved Auckland villa and move to a beautiful...


How to dip your toes into braver colour choices

23 Apr 2020

Stylist and creative director of Places & Graces, Kate Alexander, shares her tips on how to embrace a variety of colours in your home, in ways beyond the walls.

When I...


Emma and Peter’s beautiful bungalow reno well worth the wait

15 Apr 2020

In late 2007, needing more space for their growing family, Emma and Peter purchased an  arts and crafts bungalow in Auckland’s Mt Albert neighbourhood. “Even though the house needed work,...


5 classic colour combinations that work virtually anywhere

08 Apr 2020

From peanut butter and jelly to nuts and bolts, there are some combinations that you can never go wrong with. The same can be said of classic paint colour pairings...


Trudy and Al’s imaginative home makes and takes the cake

08 Apr 2020

For those who have had the pleasure, to meet Trudy is to love Trudy. From her fabulous ‘Ink’ and Retro-chic hairstyle to her quirky Rock-n-Roll-meets-vintage-glam clothing, Trudy oozes cool and...


David and Jenny’s coastal beauty comes alive

01 Apr 2020

Their Tauranga home was still in its original 1960s condition when David and Jenny discovered it – solid, but dull. With their children now working, the couple were ready to...


Take the texture of your walls up a notch

01 Apr 2020

If you’ve been looking at your space lately and yearning for something to take it to the next level beyond a dazzling paint colour or bold art piece, there are...


Richard and Tracy's Love of Colour

16 Dec 2010

“It’s not like me to have white walls,” says Tracy, “but I felt that this home needed them to look modern and light.” While the hallways, master bedroom, family room...


Darren and Lee's Inner-City Oasis

18 May 2015

After living in their Californian bungalow for 17 years, Darren and Lee wanted to create a private backyard haven that would inspire them to relax and unwind. By using every...


Rhys and Wanda's Dramatic Hand-Stencilled Walls

02 Nov 2014

With its boldly patterned walls and bright accent colours, the elegant interior of Rhys and Wanda's Devonport villa is a visual delight. It took a major renovation to get it this way, though. When the couple bought the old...


A very glamorous boat house

17 Mar 2011

When the owners of this waterfront home told architect Jack McKinney that they wanted a house like a boat shed, it was a good thing that he had worked with...


Chris and Lesley's All-White Interior Transformed by Lots of Colour

24 Nov 2011

Chris and Lesley bought their three-bedroom townhouse in 2004 and, after living with the all-white interior for a while, decided to give it some colour and personality. Inspired by the Mediterranean, they painted the...


Red - the colour of passion

21 Jun 2012

Hi, welcome to the new-look Habitat of the Week. I’m Sharon Newey, the editor of this and Habitat magazine, both showcasing gorgeous Resene colour. We’ll still be bringing you superb...


The most daring colour trend in years – black

18 Jul 2012

We’re in love with black it seems, especially to wear. It’s a source of constant wonder as to why people in such temperate Pacific Rim countries as New Zealand and...


The not-so-naked truth about painted furniture

26 Aug 2015

Bored of naked furniture? Does the timber look not fit your style? Just paint it. Painted furniture is the new craze and is borne of a convergence of various current trends:

1. The vintage...


Eco warrior or just a really cool colour?

30 Aug 2012

It’s the colour that’s had the most profound change in status in decades, if not centuries. Green. This simple adjective for the colour of grass and leaves now carries the...


Colours of the sand and sea

31 Jan 2013

Mellow, aged tones with weathered texture and washed shades of sea blue and sandy golds. These are the colours of the sea and shore, but you certainly don’t need to...


Vincent and Sarah give old bones an eco twist

13 Aug 2015

A grand old home is the perfect canvas for strong Resene colour… but has posed a few problems for its sustainability-aware owners. How do you, after all, make a draughty, energy-sapping heritage home...


Luc’s awesome alpine sanctuary

13 May 2015

When Belgian chef Luc bought a house close to Queenstown, he could see past the green exterior, yellow painted interior and carpeted floors. He even had a way to integrate...


Melanie coaxes colour from chaos

16 May 2013

Something good often comes out of adversity and in the aftermath of the devastating Christchurch earthquakes, a new and arguably better city is being reborn.

For one resident, having to repair...


Glenn puts the acid on colour

02 May 2013

Adventurous homeowner Glenn London is certainly a man who develops a passion for colours. At the moment Resene Ipanema (a caustic yellow) is his new favourite accent colour and he...


Lorna shares the love

25 Jul 2015

When you run a creative endeavour from home, it makes sense that your home would be a product of that creativity.

For Lorna Anderson, owner of LornaLove – an inspirational and fun interiors and craft...


Lian and David get fearless with colour

25 Jul 2013

Fearless use of Resene colour lifts Lian Bruce’s house way beyond the one-neutral-fits-all philosophy. Feature walls of the Papamoa house she shares with husband David add zing to rooms which...


Dave and Clare go bush with colour

11 Jul 2013

A can-do attitude and a talent with colour meant that this family’s limited home-building budget didn’t affect the amazing results they achieved.

Dave Ritchie and Clare Cosson live on the South...


Today's hot new neutral - grey

15 Aug 2013

Like any other part of the colour spectrum, when it comes to neutrals, there is a fashion. For years, warm biscuit tones and dark smoky browns have been popular, but...


Step outside: get colour clever

28 Nov 2013

The sun is shining, we’ve emerged from our houses and into the garden… If you’re like us, you’ve winced a little at the faded fence, the scruffy side garden and...


Revealing the colour within

05 Dec 2013

While earthy colours were an important device to blend this new house with its rural landscape, inside the owners splashed a variety of vibrant colours, like the Resene Kombi in...


Hazel and Chris's super cute retro bach

06 May 2015

This tiny 1950s bach is legally protected from change, inspiring its owners to honour its origins with a delicious refurbishment using seafoam turquoise Resene paint and mid-century furniture.

Hazel Kirkham and Chris Elphick have owned the cute leasehold bach in the Marlborough Sounds since 2006. Living in...


7 colour stars of 2014

13 Feb 2014

With a new year comes new possibilities, and if you’ve been planning changes at home, now is a perfect time to get going and make it happen. When it comes...


Hot and spicy on the outside

13 Mar 2014

There's a rising tide of bold and bright colours, and it's not being contained or confined to our interiors. Hot sizzling colour is finding its way into our gardens. The...


Decadent, delicious… dining spaces

22 May 2014

Dining room, dining space or just a dining table? Many of us don’t have the first, and even if we do have a dedicated dining room, we will often have...


Fiona goes bold and bountiful

11 May 2015

Hand on heart, we can honestly say there are few people in this world who would paint their house purple. Fiona Sheffield is one of the rare ones; her Auckland...


Noelene and Alan’s red-hot home

19 Jun 2014

It’s no surprise to learn that this family love colour… any colour. It may have been tempting to give free reign to that passion during the renovation of their 1950s...


Monde and Michael's role reversal

06 Jul 2014

For Monde Norden and her American-born husband Michael Glazer, their home overlooking Karekare beach on Auckland’s west coast seems a million miles away from the bright lights of Los Angeles....


1 room, 4 ways

06 Jul 2014

We’ve all done it – pondered long and hard over the paint colour charts, worried over our interior colours, bought armfuls of Resene testpots to check out those choices. Are...


Danny and Lisa’s age-appropriate reno

20 May 2014

Making sure a gorgeous Edwardian villa was given age-appropriate interior colours without ending up looking like a museum was a challenge taken on by homeowners Lisa and Danny… with some...


Retro, metro or pops of colour

09 Jul 2014

This cosy dining room with a Scandi-bent featured in the Winter 2014 issue of habitat magazine. We had two experts suggest an alternative scheme.  


Cindy and Neville seize the eco moment

03 Jul 2014

Building a new farmhouse-style home in semi-rural Auckland gave Cindy and Neville Poole a chance to use up-to-the-minute energy efficient and eco-friendly products – including Resene VOC-free paint.  

Having lived...


Debra's bold experiment with colour

23 Jul 2014

Walk into the home of Debra Yearsley, and you’ll quickly recognise her love of colour. But when the Yearsley family first moved into their 1980s plaster home, it was beige...


Susan and Jeremy's life beyond white

16 Jul 2014

Sure, Susan Templer is in a lucky position. As an interior designer she has the skill to choose a range of colours for her house with confidence, and not just opt...


The power of purple

09 Jul 2014

Purple is one of those colours that we can't seem to get enough of. Other on-trend colours swirl about our interiors while purple, and its quieter sidekick mauve, may wax and wane… but...


Clever ways with staircases

23 Jul 2014

We run up and down it daily, and yet the staircase is a part of the household that often gets overlooked – but with clever uses of colour, it can...


Cosy up with colour

31 Jul 2014

It took a while – not that we’re complaining – but winter is now here in full force. All it takes is a couple of icy southerlies or frosty nights...


Be a glamazon

14 Aug 2014

Who doesn’t like a dash of glitz, a bit of bling and lashings of glamour? Even the most die-hard minimalist loves the soft glow of gold, the sheer strokeability of...


1 look, 4 ways: open-plan living and dining room

06 Aug 2014

In an excerpt from our popular Habitat Plus interior colour schemes booklet, we check out how different a living area and dining room can look with different Resene colours.

See double

Nowadays,...


These are two lucky kids

21 Aug 2014

The kids were in for a treat when parents Carrie and Bryn Plimmer inherited money from a relative – both getting a colourful bedroom makeover and a fun playroom to...


Talia and Chris cross to the dark side

05 Sep 2014

When Talia O’Connor and husband Chris Taylor along with their family moved to New Zealand, dealing with the challenges of renovating a villa was completely foreign to them. Having lived...


Resene Total Colour Awards: winners announced!

08 Sep 2014

A rainbow of waterfront buildings, playfully-coloured ceilings and a retro coastal bach were some of the highlights from last night’s Resene Total Colour Awards – showing carefully chosen Resene colour...


4 fab colour-shot kitchens

07 Sep 2014

Still wedded to the idea of a white kitchen? Never fear, choosing white cabinetry doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of colour in your life, or rather your kitchen.

In...


Fashion forward

25 Aug 2014

The little black dress takes a back seat this weekend when up-and-coming designers from New Zealand Fashion Tech join forces with Resene at New Zealand Fashion Week this week.

The students were tasked...


Resene's new collection of colours

05 Sep 2014

The latest Resene The Range fashion fandeck was launched this week, introducing a rich array of exciting new colours.

Against a backdrop of perennial favourites like deep blue reds, blacks and...


Let nature lead you

24 Sep 2014

Many successful interior colour schemes take nature as their inspiration, and in a country such as this where we have such abundant and interesting natural settings, why not? If it...


Amanda tackles an 80s makeover

24 Sep 2014

Sparkling sea views, a scenic reserve next door… it’s not rocket science as to why the colour palette for this Auckland home was inspired by the outdoors.

A home stuck in...


An unlikely colour combo

26 Aug 2015

Yellow is one of the colour accents of the moment, sizzling out of accessories, interiors and on feature pieces like painted walls and furniture. The latest Resene fandeck is rich...


A splash of citrus

01 Oct 2014

A slice of lemon with that? It’s a question that evokes images of a cooling drink by the pool… and it’s what’s happening with our interiors this summer.

A shot of...


Grey and indigo: the new deep neutrals

18 Sep 2014

You could say that grey is the new black but in fact, it’s the new dark espresso brown. While dark toasty brown-blacks are still a great choice for many interiors,...


Six easy paint ideas

15 Oct 2014

It’s amazing what you can do with a small amount of paint and a bit of inspiration. Take a look at some of these clever projects to get you inspired:

Summer...


Amanda’s creative cultural fusion

08 Oct 2014

In her just-released book, Green Modern, Claire McCall visits houses built for sustainability, including this Coromandel hideaway that uses VOC-free Resene paint. We have a copy of Green Modern to give...


Sheer magic: today’s wood stains

01 Oct 2014

Long gone are the days of brown stains… and more brown stains. Today’s collections from Resene may have a healthy representation of earthy tones but there are also a slew...


Unlikely colour combos

23 Oct 2014

Warm muted colours and saturated pastels are making their mark on homewares and interiors. And with the retro revival across all creative fields now focusing on the fashion and colours...


Gay and Jon mix old and new

15 Oct 2014

A newly built home was the perfect canvas for a makeover using Resene white, black and grey.

House hunting is never an easy feat, and for most couples checking off the...


Lolly scramble: using bright colour

01 Oct 2016

It’s the season of unashamedly bright colours. Last year, interior fashion dipped its toe into crisp gelato-style colours but this year those icy tones have become bolder, brasher and brighter.

Sunny...


Summer loving

23 Oct 2014

We love our outdoor living, that’s for sure. And now that the weather seems to have turned, it’s a good time to check whether your outdoor living is up to...


Mark and Andrea's seaside-inspired getaway

06 Nov 2014

A cream interior was not going to cut it for Mark and Andrea, whose newly purchased bach by the seaside left them yearning for more vibrant colour.

The couple turned to...


1 house, 4 ways: exterior

05 Nov 2014

It’s coming up for house painting season so to help you settle on a colour scheme, here are some ideas from our Habitat Plus booklet ‘1 look, 4 ways: exterior...


Ann and Noel mix soft with hard

30 Oct 2014

A careful blend of quiet Resene colours to sit alongside the raw beauty of plywood and concrete has resulted in a stunning home that responds to its wind-swept Wairarapa setting.

When...


5 bright and beautiful homewares

03 Nov 2014

You may have seen interior designer LeeAnn Yare on page 80 in our Summer 2014/2015 issue (available now at Resene ColorShop and resellers), as well as her clever work both...


2 living looks: Sandra and Nicola’s designer spaces

04 Dec 2014

The living area is the hub of any home – it’s where we spend most of our time and the place our visitors see. The style of this important space...


Ian and Sharon’s sand and sea-toned escape

20 Nov 2014

Faced with rebuilding a broken-down bach at Mangawhai Heads north of Auckland, Ian and Sharon took inspiration from the spectacular view of islands, sea and sand dunes for their palette...


Living room, 3 ways

20 Nov 2014

When Trudie and Mike Nettle moved into their Hawke’s Bay home, with kids in tow, all of the walls and trims were painted in white Resene Alabaster. Trudie was keen...


Discover your style

11 Dec 2014

Many of us struggle to decide what style of interior we like and want to live with. It’s the reason interior magazines are so popular as we pore over the...


Readers share their tips

04 Dec 2014

Over the years DIYers have kindly sent in lots of tips and ideas to make decorating easier. Here’s a selection for your education… and amusement.

Note that these tips have not...


Wonderful ways with wallpaper

27 Nov 2014

It’s no great revelation that wallpaper has become a go-to component of modern interiors. There is so much choice available in the Resene ColorShop wallpaper library, and in colour and pattern, from...


Create LeeAnn’s summery boho setting

18 Dec 2014

Create a relaxing corner with a retro vibe, with dusky purple tones and shots of copper. Whether you call it hippy chic, modern boho, or retro 70s, this look takes...


Designers’ go-to neutrals

11 Dec 2014

Whites and neutrals continue to be a popular choice for home renovators, either used as a stand-alone colour or to anchor a scheme of brighter, more intense shades.

A neutral colour...


Annabel and Simon bring coast to the country

08 Jan 2015

The soft greys and whites of driftwood and sand; the luminous teal blue skies of North Otago. These colours inspired the interiors of Annabel and Simon Berry’s home on the rolling...


Heidi and Kim's storybook apartment

15 Jan 2015

‘Globetrotter’ is an apt description of Heidi, of Yohm Interiors, and husband Kim.

For several years, the couple has split their time between working and living in London, exploring Europe, and...


Peter and Kathy’s contemporary cool bungalow

18 Mar 2015

After earthquake damage left their Richmond Hill home unsafe, Christchurch couple Peter and Kathy didn’t abandon the area, choosing to build anew in Sumner. It’s here where they now live...


Trend spotting for 2015

21 Jan 2015

While we might go by the strict confines of a calendar year, other processes ebb and flow with much less regard to particular blocks of time. So while we can...


Be inspired by nature

15 Jan 2015

Summer’s the perfect time to get in touch with life beyond the walls of our house – a walk on the beach or through the bush, a dip in the...


A study of studies

21 Jan 2015

It seems every time you turn around, how we use technology is having an impact in the way we design our homes. Smart TVs, laptops and tablets, wireless modems… these...


Pam and Allan's beachy vibe

18 Mar 2015

With the soft blues and long white sands of Mount Maunganui beach just down the road from their home, Allan and Pam decided on a restful and clean colour palette...


What's your colour psyche?

12 Feb 2015

Do you love being enveloped in warm, earthy tones? Or are soft pastels more your taste? Have you ever felt uncomfortable with the colours in a room but didn't know...


Hallway decorating tricks

26 Feb 2015

It may be a lot smaller than a conventional room, but the hallway and entrance of your home is just as important as any other space in the house.

An entranceway...


John's design takes flight

19 Feb 2015

Take a magnificent site, adventurous homeowners, an architect known for his edgy thinking, and a palette of Resene colours… and the result is a stunning home with surprise elements perfectly...


Kids get creative

12 Feb 2015

You might not feel that comfortable painting a cloud mural on your living room wall but the one place we feel quite free to let our fancies fly is our...


Designer doggie digs

05 Mar 2015

When you’re poring over colour schemes for your home, take a moment to think about the canine members of the household, and be inspired by the Designer Dog Houses created...


Rennee and Bryan's born-again kitchen

18 Mar 2015

With a lot of elbow grease, a huge dollop of imagination and some old 1940s cabinets, Rennee and Bryan Lawrence have not only created a kitchen on a ‘zero’ budget...


Where eco meets zen

10 May 2015

When it comes to bathrooms, nothing beats a fresh scheme that’s simple and relaxing. Because bathrooms are generally small spaces, it’s good to choose a style that allows you to...


Michele and James go bright but earthy

05 Mar 2015

Michele Powles and James Winton’s basic 1950s bungalow was in a sad state. Its skin was peeling and its tongue hanging out, but with a good drink of Resene paint,...


Fraser and Sandy's exotic retreat

08 May 2015

It’s a risk of the job – when you’re a designer, your own home can become a constant work in progress. That’s true of Fraser Gillies’ home, which was originally designed...


How to... colour block

14 Mar 2016

Colour blocking is exactly what it sounds like – a design technique that groups blocks of colour together. It’s a simple way to not only dress up your walls but also your...


7 super creative painted walls

26 Mar 2015

Stencils, over-sized geometric patterns, simple murals, colour blocking… we’re keen to give our homes the edge and add a bit of individuality. Happily, there are many ways of doing that...


Tina's bach to the future design

19 Aug 2015

Designer Tina Stephens of Roomie Interior Design was recently given a very personal commission – to redesign both the structure and the interiors of her parents’ home, using soft beachy...


7 cool coloured ceilings

09 Apr 2015

Homeowners across the globe are spurning the safe option of choosing white or cream for their ceilings, and opting for colour. The ceiling makes up a big part of a...


Create an exciting exterior

23 Apr 2015

As with many things, house exteriors are subject to changing tastes and fashions. Unlike the inside of your house, however, repainting the outside of your house is a lot more...


Kelly’s edgy design for a modern man

08 May 2015

Modern men can be both bachelors and fathers and this granny flat conversion needed to satisfy this man’s multi-faceted roles. As a home of a single professional man, it also...


Megan and Gordon embrace the lifestyle

16 Apr 2015

Highland cows, chicks, bees, a kunekune pig, cats, dogs… oh, and a special spot for mother-in-law Noeline. A marriage of stylish Customkit home and Resene paint gave Megan Ashe and...


DIY project: wicker chair makeover

20 Apr 2015

Are you looking for ways to inject more colour into your home? This project by Good magazine takes a simple wicker chair and pretties it up using Resene Flamingo… with striking results. Follow their...


Choosing the right grey

01 Mar 2015

Grey. It’s the colour of the moment, the new go-to neutral for fashion followers. It used to be seen as a a dreary, battleship, sombre colour but has risen from...


Kathy’s crew go bright and breezy

13 May 2015

Light, bright and breezy with a subtle palette of Resene colours, the Wardlaw house from TVNZ’s Our First Home is a relaxing place to be. Mick and Kathy Wardlaw teamed...


Amy’s family adds some edginess

08 May 2015

With an edgy yet polished design and a palette of Resene colours and wallpaper, the Gourley house from TVNZ’s Our First Home is rich with creative touches. Al and Anne...


Mike and Robyn’s sun-filled Omaha beach house

06 Aug 2015

There's a natural tranquility to Mike and Robyn's home, with its sun-filled deck and open plan living area. Located in Omaha, an hour's drive from Auckland, the newly built home...


DIY paint ideas for the bedroom

07 May 2015

There’s much satisfaction that comes from creating with your hands, which is why the do-it-yourself trend is one that’s really sticking around.

If you’re new to the game, making furnishings for...


James' retro style for work and play

02 Jun 2015

Mixed fringe-city zoning lets the owner of this small two-storey inner-city villa work from the ground floor, and live upstairs. Interior designer James Peters helped him convert it from a...


For your own baby prince or princess

04 Jun 2015

Do you have your own little royal on the way? A future prince or princess of your family? Before you go decking out the new nursery in red, white and...


Colour tips, and more, for small spaces

27 May 2015

Declutter, adjust your scale and use the right colours and materials. There are many ways to visually manipulate a small space to make it look larger.

Go light and singular: Single-colour paint...


Two small living successes

02 Apr 2015

As the small home movement gathers momentum, habitat by Resene looks at two projects that answer the call, and use Resene paint to great effect. Read more with our feature on colour tips...


A slice of Parisian life

19 Jun 2015

Blocks of moody yet vibrant colour sing out from these styled setting from Citta Design, showing off their winter collection Decor Decor.

The designers took inspiration from Paris in the 1920s, a particularly fruitful...


Baby baby

04 Jun 2015

Creating the perfect room for a baby can be one of the most significant decorating projects in a parent’s life – especially when it’s our first. We all want to...


Vintage kitchens keep it real

25 Jun 2015

Hands up who’s a bit bored of sleek integrated all-white kitchens? They may be great for minimalist architectural interiors or for people who have the time and inclination to keep...


Loveable living rooms

18 Aug 2015

There are many good reasons why many of us stick to neutral Resene paint colours for our living spaces. These rooms are often quite visually busy with different pieces of...


Lisa and Dan’s modern coastal cottage

09 Jul 2015

Paraparaumu Beach is a perfect sweep of golden sand and views of Kapiti Island – and a wonderful mirror to this modern coastal cottage, just 15 minutes walk away. 

Built in the 1980s, the cottage needed freshening up...


Rachael and Ben turn yuck into yum

20 Jun 2015

It was ‘hate at first sight’ when Ben and Rachael Shadbolt bought their Wellington house 10 years ago. But now, washed in a soothing palette of Resene classic neutrals, love...


Sarah and Brian’s retro revival

18 Jun 2015

Starting with a tight budget and a passion for Resene Wasabi, a sharp green, Sarah and Brian have given their 1970s home the retro revival it deserves.

How did the project...


Curtains know-how

15 Jul 2015

When you're new to home renovating, curtains are one of those furnishing details that can sometimes be taken for granted... until it's time to have them installed. All of a sudden the...


Jan’s off-the-wall home design

13 Aug 2015

This house is all about texture… and unexpected use of Resene colour. Where a bold red, yellow and grey kitchen is joined by a bright pink bathroom, a grass green...


Dining rooms go nice and neutral

08 Aug 2015

It’s a modern problem – how do you give your dining area a bit of lift when it’s part of an open-plan living space? It used to be that you...


Michele makes a dazzling door

01 Feb 2015

When it comes to making an entrance to a quirky home office, new home builder Michele Powles and her husband James wanted something a little out of the ordinary, but...


Rick and Carolyn’s elegantly grand ‘barn’

26 Jul 2015

When Rick and Carolyn Thompson were looking for a new home, the classic lines of Customkit’s designs allowed them to create a home that’s strikingly simple… yet a little bit...


Good looking... and clever

01 Jan 2015

Resene paints are certainly known for their good looks and high quality. But aside from the startling array of colours and the regular fashion colours fandeck launches, Resene also has...


Dennis and Mel's leafy suburban project

23 Jul 2015

When the structure of a home is near perfect when you buy it, there comes a little more freedom (read time and money) to sprucing up the paint work with...


Tim and Annick's cornucopia of colour

10 Sep 2015

Back in 2009, Tim and Annick Larkin were combing Auckland’s city fringe for a character-filled home that could cope with the needs of their growing family. This neutrally decorated, weatherboard beauty...


First impressions count – front door heroes

03 Sep 2015

It’s the smile on your house, the thing that says ‘here we are; come on over’. Front doors. Perhaps that’s why front doors are so often painted in cheery, welcoming...


Millie and Duncan's special memory home

20 Aug 2015

A new home that combines character and charm, and a stunning palette of Resene colours is the result of a true family collaboration… and stands in memory to a very...


Vivienne and Geoff get modern with French country

27 Aug 2015

French country meets modern... as seen in this Cambridge country home, where great styling and confident Resene colour choices are involved the two can live in harmony.

Homeowners Vivienne and Geoff...


Maggie's charming 'forever' home

17 Dec 2015

Elegant, tasteful and yet still adventurous with colour. It's almost unbelievable that Maggie Robertson's renovation of her Auckland villa, which she purchased in the mid-90s, was done remotely from her...


Colour's fashion fusion

01 Apr 2015

The Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion collection is bringing Resene fashion colours to life on the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week for the second year, while also giving...


Bedrooms made for sharing

06 Jan 2016

Master bedrooms. For a start, why are they called ‘master’ bedrooms? Let’s call them ‘main’ bedrooms instead.

Right, that’s out of the way, now we can get onto the delicious stuff...


Resene Total Colour Awards announced: Enduring solutions win

24 Sep 2015

Timeless colours were clear winners in this year’s Resene Total Colour Awards, announced last night.

The Residential Interior award went to Lisa Day and Scott Donnell of Donnell & Day Architecture...


Colour trending: mono goes ethnic

31 Dec 2015

Black and white has been a classic interior colour combo for… well, forever. Now stylist Gem Adams takes this ultra versatile monochromatic palette and gives it a twist for today....


Mark and Claire's ever-changing home

16 Dec 2015

There are some people who are serial renovators, doing up homes then moving on to the next project. Mark and Claire Bramwell have done their serial renovating quite differently –...


DIY: painted bathroom tiles

15 Dec 2015

When you don’t want (or can’t afford) tiles in your bathroom you can still get bold with colour and pattern.

In her new build home, Michele and husband James worked out...


Tracy revives a kiwi icon

14 Dec 2015

One kiwi icon met another when Tracy Murphy transformed her ex Lockwood showhome with Resene paint. Both Lockwood and Resene are New Zealand companies born mid last century… and both are...


5 key interior trends

16 Sep 2015

Interior designer Nicola Manning was invited to gaze into the crystal ball of trend forecasting when she attended this year’s Décor + Design show in Melbourne. 

Forecasting company Scarlet Opus shared...


A world of colour

09 Dec 2015

Colourist Megan Harrison-Turner takes us to exotic places, and shows how colour can bring a little bit of overseas into our homes. 

Moroccan spice

Inspiring writers, poets and designers for decades, the...


Liz and Jody's enchanting country home

12 Dec 2015

Once upon a time, there was a couple who wanted a renovation challenge. They found it in Ashfield, a house built in 1913 for a country doctor to reside and...


Let’s lead you up the garden path – beautiful outdoor looks

31 Dec 2015

What is it about our psyche that as soon as we have a higher-than-18-degrees sunny day, we look out the window and think: “Got to get the garden sorted.”

During winter...


Keeping it coastal – Lisa and Scott's winning interiors

10 Dec 2015

Think about the feelings you get on a sky-blue day by the sea... watching those calming hues and changing colours along the coast, as the sunshine bounces off the ocean.

Inspired by...


Bedrooms: go bold or stay neutral?

11 Dec 2015

Whatever your style, there’s a bedroom colour and theme that definitely won’t send you to sleep.

We gave stylist LeeAnn Yare the challenge of coming up with two distinct looks using...


Blake and Gabs find the right white

31 Dec 2015

White airy homes are all the rage these days, and with good reason. Paint your walls the right white, and you're inviting glorious light and space to any room – it's so natural and so...


Colour trending: pastels as neutrals

08 Dec 2015

For many more cautious colour users, these muted pastels are a great step up from neutral colours. They still have that easy-on-the-eye appeal and flexibility of neutrals like grey and greige but they give a...


5 one-of-a-kind colour uses

09 Dec 2015

During the years here at habitat, we’ve seen some pretty unusual uses of colour – people who have taken Resene colour and used it in unexpected ways like bright green...


5 juicy fruit kitchens

05 Dec 2015

Getting your 5+ a day is easy in these fruity coloured kitchens. Zesty, juicy tones have been popping up in all the right places in our homes, even in the...


Michelle and Andrew show some vision

07 Dec 2015

Let’s be up-front and honest – this house is a show home. Surprised? So were we when we saw it. The assumptions we carry about show homes is that they...


Mike and Jenni do it for the dog

06 Dec 2015

It may be partly in jest, but ask Mike and Jenni Callaghan what influenced the colour scheme of their new Christchurch home, and they’ll tell you they didn’t want it...


Two super stylish gardens

31 Dec 2015

Gary and Phil’s sensational sizzling garden 

Indoor/outdoor flow – it’s the catch-cry of every real estate advert and something we’re all told we should strive for.

One Auckland architect and his partner...


Colour trending: Christmas goes casual

14 Dec 2015

Some of us get off on the whole hype of Christmas – buying and decorating the tree, wrapping the presents, laying on a full-monty Christmas dinner with all the traditional...


Janey turns cabin from hokey to heavenly

19 Nov 2015

Small space, set budget, stunning makeover... it is possible, folks. We only have to look at this stylish holiday home on Auckland’s West Coast, simply made over with a couple...


Colours of the world

27 Jan 2016

Colourist Megan Harrison-Turner brings home the colours of the Americas, and the Resene colour matches, so you can get the look at your place.? One look is pale and relaxed,...


Anita turns on some rustic homely charm

21 Jan 2016

It’s always a dilemma for an interior designer when their ‘client’ could be… well, anyone. When Anita Thomas was asked by Navigation Homes of Wellington to design the interiors for...


Brandon and Anna choose the unusual

25 Jan 2016

When Anna and Brandon Barclay took on their first house-building project, they didn’t tread the usual path. No all-white colour scheme for them. No off-the-shelf standard fittings. Rather, they trawled...


Colour trending: Is dark green the new normal?

25 Jan 2016

We’ve seen a couple of international trend blogs declaring that ‘hunter green’ is the new colour of the moment.

Hunter green is a rich everglade green most of us associate with...


Glenn and Mandy reclaim the bach vibe

11 Jan 2016

When Glenn and Mandy got together with their architects to plan their Taupo bach rebuild, it was a meeting of creative minds. The result is a beautifully detailed dwelling, and...


Chill out: create a calming bedroom

03 Feb 2016

Colour has the power to transform our emotions. Blues and greens are calming colours which is why they are ideal for bedrooms whether the rooms are for adults, kids or...


Brooke’s garden design goes with the flow

02 Feb 2016

When landscape designer Brooke Mitchell was told the brief for this garden, it was music to his ears. Especially with a stunning mountainous setting such as this. The owners wanted...


Emma ups the style stakes

01 Feb 2016

Designing a home that's both grand and tasteful is an act usually reserved for architects and experienced interior designers. Emma is neither – but that didn’t stop her from taking full...


Make work fun

16 Feb 2016

The kids are back at school, and you’ve probably been back to work for a few weeks now.

Are you one of the lucky ones who are able to flexi-work –...


Deck rescue

09 Feb 2016

Give your tired deck a new look. The experts at Hirepool show us how in four steps. 

You will need

·       A trolley to shift any large pots

·    ...


Nick and Ingrid's dreamy, close-to-nature new build

04 Feb 2016

For many years, Nick and Ingrid dreamed of the perfect home – open and fresh, with a great indoor/outdoor flow; a place to enjoy the breeze in summer, and cuddle...


Weaving colour and pattern

27 Jan 2016

This summer's fabrics from James Dunlop Textiles are all about making a statement, with fresh, vibrant designs sorted into themed collections. 

To showcase the collections, merchandising manager Celia Faris captured the...


Gareth and Jolie come home to happiness

23 Feb 2016

For Gareth and Jolie Hodson, happiness has been all about coming home to New Zealand, finding the right house and then turning it into their own family sanctuary.

Now finished in...


What colour should my roof be?

16 Feb 2016

It’s often the last colour decision you make for an exterior – the roof. Just because the roof is the finishing touch to a house it doesn’t mean it should...


Exteriors: rebels with a cause

03 Mar 2016

There are pretty house exteriors, simple house exteriors, ones that blend with the landscape, then there are others that demand a second look. Strong, handsome exteriors that exude confidence. And...


Sheryl surprises with her colourful manor

03 Mar 2016

Alongside the curved driveway of Sheryl and Kevin’s Cambridge house grow lush, neatly coiffed hedges and neatly manicured lawns. At the end of the driveway is a Georgian manor-style home, seemingly restrained...


Lou's love affair with colour

18 Feb 2016

Blue is clearly a hue that Christchurch stylist and retail owner Lou Barker loves. The signs are all there – the gorgeous (and sharp turquoise) Resene Seeker splashed across the walls...


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...


Been shopping? Colour match it here

17 Feb 2016

We went shopping to check out the latest homewares around town, and to see what colourways are coming through for the year. Here’s what we found, and the Resene colour...


Jill’s ever-changing honey coloured home

15 Mar 2016

Decor, colour, houses and furniture have been Jill Gibbs' life for years, advising clients through a variety of retail outlets. After-hours she plays havoc at home with a palette of...


Sonia and Yasmine chase away the shadows

04 Apr 2016

When two designers collaborated on a project south of Sydney, they turned a gloomy, shadowy home into a sophisticated retreat with a striking palette of Resene neutral colours. And they...


1 dining space, 3 ways

04 Oct 2015

In each issue of habitat magazine, we ask designers to give a new look to a room in a house we have featured. In the latest issue, we visited a...


Create the best black and white scheme

25 Mar 2016

You’d think it would the easiest colour scheme in the world to create – black and white. It’s certainly a striking and dramatic combo that can be adapted to many...


Hayley and Darryl find peace with white

16 Aug 2016

Designer Hayley French of Crush Interior Design loves white. She’s used Resene Black White and Resene White Pointer to transform a 1980s kitset cottage north of Auckland into a calming...


Colour from yesterday, for today

16 Mar 2016

Resene turns 70 this year. Known as a leader in fashion paint colour since the beginning, let’s look at the colours that we’ve loved to use in our homes since...


Debbie gets fearless with colour

05 May 2016

One room is bright orange, another is turquoise, a third is bright blue and the living room sports a rampant floral wallpaper from Resene. Designer Debbie Omond doesn’t shy away...


Trending: tribal luxe and bitter browns

11 Apr 2016

There are some interior styles that transcend the seasons, and this is one of them. Call it ‘native natural’, ‘tribal luxe’ or ‘eclectic ethnic’, it’s a look that is based...


Be inspired… by food

24 Mar 2016

Colour is all around us – on our walls, in nature and at our table. When you’re planning a Resene colour scheme, there are so many examples of great colour...


Rachel and Paul’s global getaway

14 Apr 2016

When Paul and Rachel Steinmetz came home to New Zealand after years of living in Europe, they didn’t arrive with just the kids and furniture. They also bought a love...


Amber’s awesome colour curation

04 Apr 2016

Put a stylist and a bunch of Resene testpots and Resene Multi-finish palettes in a room, give them an Instagram challenge… and this is what you get. A collection of...


Create a cool kids table set

10 Feb 2016

Your kids will love this super-smart table and chairs with a matching noticeboard. The patterns on the chair are drawn in chalk then sealed on so they don’t smudge off...


Harley’s sumptuous French-style home

28 Apr 2016

With rich red walls, a tent-like painted ceiling, a paint-striped hall and a collection of opulent furnishings this house was never going to be ordinary.

“Minimalist and plain have never been...


Sharon and Grant’s modern villa success

12 May 2016

Hardly a week goes by when someone doesn’t knock on the door of the McDonald home and ask what colour it’s painted. It’s Resene Half Napa, a colour that beautifully...


Kid's room 3 ways

01 May 2016

In each issue of habitat magazine, we ask designers to give a new look to a room in a house we have featured.

In the latest issue, we visited a Wellington...


Sarah rescues a plain Jane house

25 Apr 2016

Sarah Clarkson has taken a plain Jane of a modern house and turned it into a character-filled home with fun features using a variety of Resene colour, and despite a...


Jackie and Jeremy’s stunning upcycled bach

21 May 2016

Just one year ago, Jackie Jones and Jeremy Patston took over a dark, small timber-lined bach at Matarangi on the Coromandel. Today, it’s unrecognizable, thanks to Jackie’s skill as an...


Take one Resene testpot…

18 Apr 2016

Resene testpots are the handiest little tubs of colour around. For just a few gold coins you can use one, two or three Resene testpots for smaller projects – a...


5 top winter colours for 2016

20 May 2016

This season’s top colours for winter are a mix of deep rich tones, as well as those with a distinct hippy retro vibe. All are rich, some are dark –...


Chris and Janet unlock the perfect colour

01 Mar 2016

When Chris and Janet Gardner renovated their sumptuous looking villa, their interior design problems were solved in one fell swoop – with the discovery of Resene Thorndon Cream.

As they declare...


Tracie and David's brooding Belgian-style design

19 May 2016

Brooding interiors that are evocative of the Belgian aesthetic are a result of a very clear vision by homeowners Tracie and David Ellis… and from a palette of moody Resene...


Form meets colour

26 May 2016

When local furniture manufacturer Platform 10 wanted to showcase their new ranges, stylist Amber Armitage turned to Resene colour to help highlight the furniture’s contemporary lines and versatile good looks. 


Fresh ideas from the mantelpiece

19 May 2016

Shelfies, flatlays and vignettes are just some of the ways stylists and home enthusiasts are inspiring on social media these days. We asked Wellington stylist Nikki Astwood, of Revised Edition,...


Colour up to your new homewares

17 Apr 2016

Our latest shopping spree found that this season’s homewares have kept a bit of lightness in their looks – blush, copper and naturals are still shining bright. Or if you...


Steve and Lynn’s slice of country in suburbia

09 Jun 2016

Getting the feel and feature of a rural lifestyle property with only a typical-sized suburban plot to play with – that was the challenge facing designer Steve Birkhead of Integrating...


Get the cover look

08 Mar 2018

Resene sea greens and the rich texture of wood come together on our latest cover, a rich backdrop to this contemporary, colourful living room styled by Claudia Kozub.

To create the...


6 paint trends that just keep on going

17 Jun 2016

1. Resene Black White

There’s something about this colour that homeowners love. The answer is possibly in the Resene description of the colour: ‘a calcite grey white, chalky and soft’. Despite...


Sandra and John’s designer oasis in suburbia

02 Jun 2016

When landscape designer Sandra Batley and partner John Eagleton were looking for a stepping-stone home, they found the perfect solution buried deep in suburbia – an untouched 1970s brick and...


Jessica goes simple and sophisticated

16 Jun 2016

When Jessica Cameron bought an earthquake-damaged home in Christchurch, it couldn’t be touched for two years while insurance claims were settled. Haunted by butter yellow walls and a green kitchen,...


2 super cute kids’ rooms

16 Jun 2016

It’s blue for boys, pink for girls and stripes are the theme: neat and even, or wide and wonderful.

Two families flex their renovation muscle by starting on their lucky kids’...


Timber: treat it right

21 Jul 2016

Ply, planking, slats and veneers in any depth of colour… timber has a certain feel that can’t be replicated. It has always featured in older character homes, was a darling...


Traci and Nick’s sensational colour collision

20 Jul 2016

“I don’t do neutral. I love colour.” Traci Stanbury’s new house certainly supports that declaration, resplendent as it is in bold Resene colour. She and husband Nick bought their dream...


Mike and Monica’s stunning modern colour fusion

03 Aug 2016

Most contemporary homes take a fairly restrained approach to colour – lots of white walls, raw concrete and artisan timbers. But architect Gerald Parsonson doesn’t run with the herd, and...


5 colour assumptions you can ignore

16 Jun 2016

Dark colours will close in a room

Dark colours will always make a room feel cosier but dark, cool colours (say a cool grey rather than a warm dark brown) are actually...


3 beautiful bold bathrooms

23 Jun 2016

Why should a bathroom be plain? Just because it’s normally a small room, or there for a practical use, doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fun. In fact,...


Perfect colours for low-light rooms

25 Jul 2016

The shortest day of the year may be behind us (just) but we still have a few months of winter to go. Gloomy overcast or rainy days are not your...


Amanda unlocks the magic in white

22 Jun 2016

Amanda Neill is a designer who’s known for her ability to tie gorgeous furnishings with the right Resene paint. And when some clients wanted a relaxed feel for the new...


Erin and Jaron’s cleverly recycled alpine retreat

07 Mar 2016

It may not look recycled in that vintage way we’ve become used to, but this Nelson Lakes holiday home is, in fact, an example of extremely clever re-use. Its interior...


Reader project: Sandra and Greg get with the greens

14 Oct 2015

When Greg and Sandra decided to downsize, they gave their new home their own take on ‘neutral’. Given that the previous house had been painted in red and purple, ‘neutral’...


Colin and Wendy find purity in white

30 Jul 2016

When Colin and Wendy planned a house to replace their old 1950s Mangawhai Heads bach, they had a very clear vision from the outset. The new house would be pure...


Mark’s team transforms a muddled 80s house

14 Jul 2016

This was a home of two halves. On the inside, the muddled and fragmented layout meant you walked straight into the living room, and the dining room blocked access to...


1 fireplace, 3 ways

31 May 2016

Fireplaces were lost in the decorative wilderness for a while as we struggled with efficiency, fuel types and visual appeal.

Closed wood burners and mock electric fires had a particular look...


4 bedrooms to laze away winter

30 Apr 2016

Some days you just never want to get up. Having a bedroom that’s an ultimate haven of gorgeousness doesn’t help… but then again it’s a room where we can go...


Chalk it up in original style

09 Mar 2016

Chalkboards aren’t a new idea. List-making homeowners have been using them for some years now, spurred on by the ready access to chalkboard paints like Resene Blackboard Paint.

But chalkboards aren’t...


5 strong but not scary colours

04 Aug 2016

Welcome to the world of strong colour. It won’t be new to ardent home decorators, but those entering the game may be nervous about going bold (and getting it wrong).

Never fear!...


Godfrey and Adele’s stunning ultra-individual home

25 Aug 2016

When Godfrey Sadler and Adele Bird began their self-build home project seven years ago, they weren’t keen on following the crowd. Exposed steel beams, a soaring wall of honed concrete...


Colour combos to try right now

01 Sep 2016

There’s something about pulling together interesting and good looking colour combos that makes us want to pat ourselves on the back. Oh, the satisfaction of a stunning colour palette. Picking up...


Amy and Brendon’s beach town beauty

01 Sep 2016

What happens when a house references Hamptons-style, old English cottages and a 1920s bungalow? This shining jewel of a new build, belonging to New Plymouth couple Amy and Brendon.

The couple embraced...


Darren and Stacey’s tranquil weatherboard villa

05 Jul 2016

It was 10 years ago when Darren invested in a 1900s weatherboard villa in Auckland’s now trendy suburb of Kingsland.

Only a short walk away from Eden Park and Kingsland’s lively...


Annie and Mark’s superb little barn

17 Aug 2016

It was while waiting on a new build to be finished that Aucklanders Annie and Mark upped and left for the countryside, moving into a renovated barn they now call...


6 textile-inspired room sets

01 May 2016

What better way to display the latest collection of textiles than through gorgeous in-situ room sets? Celia Faris, merchandising manager at James Dunlop Textiles, did just that in showing the...


Resene's new fashion range

22 Sep 2016

This week sees the launch of the Resene The Range fashion colours 18, with even more on-trend paint colours to love – the brand new fandeck brings a collection of 95 new shades and current...


Resene award winners show true colour spirit

09 Sep 2016

A house that marries yellow, turquoise and red; another that allows playful textures and architectural lines to shine; and an apartment block that turns a striking colour-blocked wall to the...


Ron and Sheryl reveal their beauty in beige

15 Sep 2016

Beige. Bland and boring? Not on this Cambridge beauty, painted in varying strengths of warm beige Resene Bison Hide. The home plays with natural light and contemporary art, bringing to...


Trending: calming spring bedrooms

09 Sep 2016

The trend for all-white bedrooms is everywhere you look and a dream come true for minimalists the world over. But for those looking for something with bit more of a twist, there...


2 rocking boys rooms

06 Sep 2016

If it's looking time to transform the little trooper's nursery into a 'big kids' bedroom, it can be as easy as switching up the paint colours and bringing in a few larger pieces...


Trending: botanic greens

14 Sep 2016

Filled your house with plants yet? Got the veggie plot ready for this season’s crop? Our love affair with all things green is flourishing anew. And that includes the Resene...


Josh and Fleur go to town with Resene colour

18 Sep 2016

The delicate stencilling throughout this Christchurch home is enough to make you marvel. The whole house, in fact, sings with creativity, painted using a wonderful array of Resene paint colours. It's enough to...


Trending: triangle formation

06 Oct 2016

The cover of the latest issue of habitat is hard to miss, with this stunning triangle wall painted in ten Resene colours. And the look is easier to achieve than you might think.

Stylist Megan...


Cam and Deb turn basic into beautiful

29 Sep 2016

When Cam and Deb first bought their 1950s bungalow, it was tired, basic and awash with creamy apricot. They were lucky enough to purchase a house that had good solid...


Marcus and Melanie ring in the blues

20 Oct 2016

At just 23-years-old, Marcus and Melanie decided to buy and do up their first house... and what a house it is.

Drawn to dramatic dark colours (cue Resene New Denim Blue on the...


Trending: romantic interlude

20 Oct 2016

Feeling ready to switch up your bedroom decor? With summer fast approaching we're drawn to this bedroom transformation, styled by Megan Harrison-Turner with Resene paint, from winter luxe to soft, cool and romantic.... ready...


Blayne turns talents to own winning home

25 Oct 2016

When you're the owner of a home renovating business, it's hard not to pick up a million and one decorating ideas along the way. And so when Blayne, owner of...


Designer captures the Cape Cod style

06 Oct 2016

Before its renovation, this late 1990s home on Auckland's North Shore was in desperate need of a refit. But it had something great going for it – a fabulous location right by the seaside. 

It's...


Jo and Richard rejuvenate a 100-year-old beauty

11 Nov 2016

When Richard purchased this run-down Ponsonby villa 14 years ago, he knew it needed some serious love (and money) to get it back to its former glory. Jo agreed when...


6 dreamy ideas for outdoor living

16 Nov 2016

Gone are the days of boring outdoor styling. Instead, there are a thousand and one ideas to spice up your backyards, decks, patio areas... And these inspiring outdoor looks, livened...


Antanas and Tara's reno of two halves

10 Nov 2016

Returning from England twenty years ago, Antanas and Tara had just enough money for a house deposit and insurance.

Settling in Cambridge they found the perfect property, a simple 1920s weatherboards bungalow with no architectural embellishments...


Trending: surfer's paradise

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...


Trending: deep yellows

08 Nov 2016

Mustard, rich gold, yellow clay... whatever you like to call it, deep yellow shades are taking centre stage lately. Once relegated to retro wallpaper, they are now cropping up on walls and as accents in the trendiest...


Get the trends for 2017 from Habitat plus

02 Nov 2016

What colours will be embraced in our homes during the next few years? What decorating directions will emerge? Trends don’t happen overnight. They gestate over many months, even years and...


Trending: terracotta heads indoors

29 Nov 2016

It's not just the temperature that's hotting up. Terracotta is the shade of the moment, in all its burnt, reddy goodness. Using Resene Desperado as a starting point (painted on the hall table) we've brought terracotta indoors with...


Julie-Ann turns dated into delicious

25 Nov 2016

The basics of Julie-Ann Ross’s family home were good. The split-level 1970s home had good bones, a lovely aspect and was well sited but after 17 years of family life,...


Nick designs a garden for all seasons

24 Nov 2016

The decorative exterior of this Arts and Crafts-style home is such a standout, painted in soft Resene Seashell. The house backdrops a garden just as beautiful, influenced by the Arts and...


Julie's art deco black beauty

20 Dec 2016

Julie Atwell was working in a garden centre in the UK when she was tasked with painting an internal wall – the plan was for it to be a pale soft green.

The boss bought the...


Wallpaper trends: the weird and wonderful

21 Nov 2016

Wallpaper designer Dave Abbotts takes us on a journey of current wallpaper trends.

If you look at the current landscape of wallpaper trends, the term “whatever” is apt. There are now...


Jema and Peter turn tradition on its head

14 Jun 2015

Jema Swann admits that grey would have been the more obvious for her home's entranceway. The deer farmer settled on dramatic Resene Magnetic from the Resene Metallics and special effects collection, instead. "When the sun shines through the...


Exteriors: rescuing plain Jane houses

19 Dec 2016

So many of our city suburbs and small towns were populated in the middle of last century. We needed houses to live in, and new styles were emerging. We no...


Kirsty and James find joy in colour

15 Dec 2016

Homeowners James and Kirsty are not shy of colour. Their mantra is ‘be brave’ and it’s one they’ve taken to heart when renovating their Wellington home, bestowing it with a...


Kate goes light and bright for summer

15 Dec 2016

When Kate Gardham purchased a 50-year-old home on Auckland's North Shore last year, it was in dire need of modernising. Despite a tight budget, Kate has transformed the old dame into a modern beauty,...


Decorating a bach

29 Nov 2016

Will your bach be a sea of appropriately themed accessories and colours? Will it be chaotic collection of handy-me-down bits and bobs? Or will it be somewhere in between –...


Juliet and Colin's seaside dream come true

29 Jan 2017

As a purchase, this Coromandel holiday home is what dreams are made of. Surrounded by native bush, panoramic views of Hahei Beach and Mercury Bay, and not much needed in the way of...


Yvette’s tropical heart-felt paradise

18 Jan 2017

When Yvette Parker of Studio Y Interior Design was asked to design the interiors of a house for the Heart Foundation Lottery, she decided to use light fresh Resene colours to...


Stacy brings old Hollywood to the suburbs

31 Jan 2017

The Garden of Alla (later The Garden of Allah Hotel) is Hollywood glamour at its best. An enclave of Spanish Mission Villas developed in the 1920s, it's where stars such as Marilyn Monroe,...


New trends to try (and their colour matches)

11 Jan 2017

If your list of New Year's resolutions includes 'freshening up the house'... we hear you. We went shopping for homewares that will update homes in 2017, and found two big trends: a reinforcement of slow-living, where quality...


Is Scandi still in style?

01 Feb 2017

The short answer is yes. With its misty white walls, timber accents, hints of rustic elegance and monochromatic good looks, this is a style that will stay around for a...


Insiders' top colour picks

08 Feb 2017

Who better to tell us their favourite Resene colours and why they're hot for 2017/2018 than Resene colour experts themselves? We asked three colour experts about what's trending in interior colour for...


Hallway heaven

23 Feb 2017

The entrance and hallway are part of those areas in the home that often get overlooked, even though they see most of the thoroughfare. It got us thinking: why not give the humble hallway...


Two colour-sweet kitchens

14 Feb 2017

We so often play it safe with our kitchens when it comes to colour. The fear of spending that much cash on something that won’t be timeless or will deter...


Scott and Vanessa's beautiful take on a rental reno

02 Mar 2017

We don't often come across a beautiful rental renovation such as this one, especially when the reno has been undertaken by its tenants.

But when Scott and Vanessa moved into a rental property as a stop gap...


Diane dresses her new build to perfection

23 Feb 2017

It all started with a dress. A summery number with a pattern of cherry red hibiscus and lush green leaves. And when Diane Norman met with an interior designer to talk about the...


Glen and Sara embrace traditional style

16 Feb 2017

Having had a been-there, done-that moment of building a "very modern" house, Glen and Sara were ready to settle into something a little more traditional for their next build. This home ticks all...


Harriet helps heritage along

09 Feb 2017

With ponies in the paddock, a house steeped in history, and a loving family that resides within, the home of interior designer Harriet Di Maio is picture perfect.

Recently renovated and painted...


For the love of zen

02 Mar 2017

Where in the house do you retreat to when the going gets tough? Within the folds of your favourite blanket on the couch? Or do you prefer sinking into a hot...


3 favourite colours

15 Mar 2017

We asked three Resene colour experts to pick their favourite colours from the Resene The Fashion Range 18 fandeck, with insights to colour trends for the home.

What did we learn? Strong greens...


Ian and Sharon's breezy seaside scheme

16 Mar 2017

When Ian and Sharon first saw their house, it had lumpy plaster cladding, dark rooms and multiple levels. It was retro 70s… but not in a good way. Today, it...


Pink for grown-ups

09 Mar 2017

Call it blush, pale rose, nude or just plain pink, but this colour has come out of the little girl’s bedroom and into more grown-up areas of the house. It...


Mel and Logan's stylish Southland reno

09 Mar 2017

There's something special about a home that's been kept in the family for generations. Mel and Logan McKenzie's Southland home is no exception, built in the 1960s by Logan's grandparents and...


Banish boring living spaces

12 Apr 2017

If you’re after living spaces that are up to date, but don’t want to drown in a sea of Scandi-inspired white, there are plenty of other ways to go. It...


Bruce and Denise’s utterly artful approach

23 Mar 2017

Denise Bryce and Bruce Church have managed to combine a love of three things… all in the one house. They love art, hospitality and colour, so their recently established Arthouse Bed...


Gwen and Lloyd's retreat among the Waikato hills

30 Mar 2017

South Africa, England, Hong Kong... and finally, New Zealand. Gwen and Lloyd Bryce have lived in a fair few countries, but it's among the hills of the Waikato where they've decided to...


Get the best from bronzy browns

30 Mar 2017

Nutty, leathery, rich and smooth – there’s something about bronzy and terracotta browns that warm the soul. These are the colours of cosiness - feel-good tones that speak of autumn...


The rise of the reading nook

23 Mar 2017

Has open-plan living had its day? Some commentators would say so, or at least point to the increasing desire for smaller, personalised spaces.

While we might still have an open-plan kitchen...


Kim and Isaac go big with colour

31 Mar 2017

While Kim Brebner can appreciate a neutral colour scheme in other people's homes, it's simply not for her. And so when it came to repainting her own, she went big and bold with...


Kelly brings the Hamptons home

31 Mar 2017

It’s hard to believe that this home was once filled with shag pile carpet and salmon-coloured bathroom fittings. Today, it’s a serene and beautiful retreat sporting a dreamy palette of...


Get our cover look

11 Apr 2017

You'll recognise this exquisite living room from the cover of our latest issue... painted in beautiful jewel tones, it also features a stunning floral print cleverly created using wallpaper from Resene ColorShops.

For this look, stylist...


Sally’s secret walled garden hideaway

13 Apr 2017

When well-known garden photographer Sally Tagg was deciding on the right colour for her walled garden and home exterior, it’s no surprise that she saw it with an artist’s eye....


Handcrafted wallpapers revived

29 May 2017

Resene has revived the work of one of the country’s celebrated wallpaper designers – and given homeowners the chance to customise those designs with their own colours.

The new Mason Classic...


From drab to fab: Julia and Jordan's edgy character home

27 Apr 2017

Sun streams into the open plan kitchen and dining room of Julia and Jordan Rogers' home, hitting the bold Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey walls and beautiful ornate trims at the top....


Daringly dark house exteriors

04 May 2017

There’s something about a dark house exterior that seems to connect with us. Maybe it looks more grounded, stronger and more distinctive, or just out-and-out eye-catching.

A dark exterior paint job...


On trend: green walls and wood stains

19 Apr 2017

Combining swampy green walls with stained timber doesn't often evoke a space with an architectural sensibility. But in this case, that's exactly what's going on... in an artsy retro way...


Bring the country look to your home

09 May 2017

If you love the country look, but live a fair distance from anywhere remotely rural, that's okay. There's a way for city dwellers to integrate all the charm and atmosphere of country living into...


Julia and Alastair say yes to French romance

04 May 2017

Earthy Resene Double Grey Olive walls, dark chocolate oak floors and ceiling roses... you'd be forgiven for thinking Julia and Alastair's home is from a much earlier decade. 

When the couple sold their previous...


2 rooms, 4 designer looks

17 Aug 2017

Ever looked at a room in your home, and wondered what it would look like with a completely new colour scheme and furnishings? In every issue of habitat, we ask designers to create...


1 room, 3 ways

15 Jun 2017

Stylist Sarah Heeringa shows us how to use warm colours and luxurious textiles to create the cosiest winter lounge retreat.

Colour is a complex phenomenon and theories about its effect on our...


Inside a dreamy modern farmhouse

18 May 2017

Nestled on a farm in Waikato, there's so much to love about the Scott family's home... from its contemporary meets classic farmhouse vibe, to the beautiful palette, painted in a mix of Resene grey, white...


Susie works her magic on an 80s do-up

11 May 2017

Turning a dated 1980s townhouse into a restful haven was a challenge seized upon by interior designer Susie Cropper. Faced with faux brass, pink bathroom fittings, peeling floral wallpaper and...


Marc and Maria go French Country cosy

08 Jun 2017

Located on a working dairy farm just outside of Cambridge, Little Villa is as country as it gets. Painted in Resene Paddock, the guesthouse blends in beautifully with its natural surrounds, an oasis...


It’s all in the family for Debbie and Brett

01 Jun 2017

With six children and 12 grandchildren under their belt, you can understand why having a home with plenty of space is important to Debbie and Brett.

When designing their new build, they thought...


Dare to go dark

25 May 2017

Look, we get it. Even the thought of painting the bedroom walls a dark hue feels risky. But when applied correctly, dark walls can make a room look moody and becoming... which is exactly what's...


Susan helps ravaged house rise again

25 May 2017

A ranch-style home, painted in Resene Rodeo Dust, by American-born designer Susan Templer. You've got to love the irony.

Susan was enlisted to help the owners of this Auckland home, after a...


Which Resene white to choose: Find the right white paint for your home

29 Jun 2017

Alabaster, chalk, ivory, cream… which is which? There are so many wonderful Resene whites to choose from.  

All whites are not created equal… and that’s particularly true with paint colour....


Anya and Richard go bold with eco living

15 Jun 2017

A low energy house painted in bold Resene colour, this Wellington home is a winner in more ways than one. Chosen as the Residential Interior winner of last year's Resene Total...


Lee and Kristin bring their modern barn to life

06 Jul 2017

After living in a renovated state house with small wardrobes and cupboards, Kristin Turner’s wish for her new home was to have open plan living, and the ability to see her daughters play outside from...


Kate and Matt's ever bolder colour adventure

29 Jun 2017

Tucked down the end of a forking driveway, sharing a fence with the local school, Kate Alexander and Matt Kardos' home feels a long way from its urban location.

The 1950s weatherboard sits...


Bryce and Olivia switch up the industrial look

22 Jun 2017

Bryce and Olivia Mael like to do things differently, and so when it came to designing their new Hamilton home, they found a look that’s perfectly them.

With walls freshly painted...


Ideas for small space living

20 Jul 2017

Small space living is a hot topic in property circles, as many flock to the idea of downsizing and living comfortably in a way that takes up less space. If you're...


Glen and Sarah find the fun in colour

13 Jul 2017

When Sarah Mallia and Glen Robertson planned their newly built house, they were very aware of creating a home that was fun and easy to live in for them and...


Donna does it for the art

27 Jul 2017

Located in Seatoun, Wellington, with incredible seaviews and an envious art collection, Donna Cross’s home / art-gallery is special in more ways than one.

The illustrator and graphic designer turned her home...


Kate adds magic to this beach bungalow

20 Jul 2017

With sweeping views above the tree tops, and sitting privately between a park and the beach, there was inspiration aplenty for Kate Alexander when asked to update this character bungalow...


Turn your home from brr to brilliant

27 Jul 2017

Winter is well and truly upon us... and if you're feeling less than cosy in your home, it may be time for a few interior touch-ups. Changing your home from brrr to...


See the colour that adds dollars to your home

06 Jul 2017

Are you selling your home and wondering what colour interiors will appeal the most? The common philosophy is to play it safe and have a broad appeal by painting everything in inoffensive...


Say hello to glorious yellow

09 Aug 2017

It brings warmth and playfulness to every room, whether it's the shade of pineapple or a gold-y hue. Look around interior stores and magazines, and you'll notice how popular yellow has become for...


On trend – going natural

29 Aug 2017

Getting close to nature in an interior sense isn’t just about popping a few house plants around the room. As the trend for authenticity and honest finishes grows, we’re choosing...


Jenna and Paul turn plain into perfect

10 Aug 2017

When hunting for their first home, Paul and Jenna Sims didn't have to look long before falling in love with this design and build property, with its open plan living and walls painted...


Janice and Jeffrey's dazzling lakeside reno

24 Aug 2017

When Janice and Jeffrey Clague purchased a very dated villa on the hills above Queenstown, they got stuck in immediately, setting upon a complete renovation.

Out went the passé fireplace and poorly laid...


Anna and Ren double down on green

03 Aug 2017

When Anna and Ren built their sustainable home in Queenstown, they went green in more ways than one... installing vibrant green cabinetry in the kitchen, and using one of Anna's favourite colour...


Colour on the catwalk

16 Aug 2017

Sixteen key looks, 80 metres of silk, Resene's latest fashion colours... this New Zealand Fashion Week, a colourful parade of beautiful designs will hit the catwalk as part of the Resene Designer...


Barry brings beauty to the beachside

17 Aug 2017

Stained in striking Resene Pitch Black, with a pop of Resene Lemon Ginger on the front door, this award-winning Christchurch home is a real stand out. 

Designed by Barry Connor Design, the new build home...


5 paint effects to try right now

03 Aug 2017

In the latest habitat plus booklet, we look at paint effects techniques commonly used, updated using Resene paint and product. From French wash to crackle, woodgrain to marbling, there are so many...


Trends: hot looks for the year ahead

07 Sep 2017

Any decorating trend doesn’t occupy a moment, a month or even a year in time. 

We get used to seeing fashion trends come and go with the seasons – it’s fitted...


Resene colour winners go all out

31 Aug 2017

This year’s winners in the Resene Total Colour Awards created schemes of often multiple strong colours for their projects, pushing the boundaries of colour use both inside and out. 

The winner...


Alison and Callum get cute with colour

07 Sep 2017

How do you add colour to a home without overwhelming the spaces? Paint the doors in cheerful, happy colours, of course. It’s one device employed by colour-loving homeowners Alison and...


Amber's colours of travel

14 Sep 2017

?Travel enriches our understanding of the world, delving into rich, new cultures and exploring landscapes that take your breath away. Stylist Amber Armitage recently set off on a world trip, and was...


Jo and Jeremy swap beige with beautiful

14 Sep 2017

Out with the beige. This was the mantra of Jo and Jeremy when renovating their Hamilton villa, painting over the beige walls inside their home with modern, hint-of-pink Resene neutrals – from soft blush Resene Just Right...


Steve's sad to stunning bungalow makeover

21 Sep 2017

When Steve bought this 1920s bungalow seven years ago, it had seen a fair few renovations through its life time. The most recent was a glasshouse extension built in the...


Walls that wow: 2 ideas 4 ways

26 Sep 2017

We’re all looking for ways to make a statement, add some individuality to our interiors, and be a bit different from everyone else.

So, we set a challenge for stylist Megan...


5 must-have colours this season

11 Oct 2017

Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s time to shrug off the dark, cocooning colours of winter and brighten up your home with the on-trend colours for spring and summer.

The...


Jessica finds the beauty in bold neutrals

12 Oct 2017

When Jessica Judge and husband John Cowan bought their brand new house in Cambridge, Waikato, it was painted completely in Resene Thorndon Cream... and while a great neutral, Jessica wanted a bit...


Paul's tour-worthy garden design

05 Oct 2017

Garden and house tours are the perfect opportunity to release your inner voyeur, be inspired by the work our clever local designers and homeowners, and to imagine transporting the ideas...


Maree brings sparkle to show home design

28 Sep 2017

You may not expect to be inspired by a show home – they are meant to appeal to a broad market, and can be bland as a result. But this design by Maree Hynes Interior blows...


Get our beachy bedroom cover look

02 Nov 2017

Beach brights, watery blues, honey yellows... the cover of our latest issue is all about celebrating the look of summer. We bring the best of the sunny season indoors with this stunning...


Pete and Sarah bring vigour to 100-year-old villa

05 Oct 2017

Thanks to its owners, age is just a number for this 100-year-old villa, which has been lovingly renovated with fresh Resene neutrals and a newly installed swimming pool.

When Pete and Sarah...


Dave and Barb's divine Auckland retreat

19 Oct 2017

Hidden away in a secluded part of Auckland's North Shore, and painted in an array of soothing Resene colours, Warblers Retreat is Dave and Barb Milina's slice of paradise.  

The lodge was built in 2000...


Mia and Michael's charming country escape

02 Nov 2017

With views to the Kaimai ranges, beautiful sunsets over the rolling Matamata countryside, and an interior painted in tranquil Resene colours, this charming bed and breakfast is a perfect country escape.

Owned...


Green goes lush

26 Oct 2017

As we transition into a new season, so do the colour trends. And while khaki greens have been the darling of winter, coming into summer we are turning to more tropical...


Anna and Andrew bring beach style to the big city

26 Oct 2017

When it came to renovating their 1940s home, Anna and Andrew were drawn to a beach-house meets city-living look. Living so close to Auckland beaches, they spent a lot of...


3 beautiful-in-blue boys' bedrooms

06 Nov 2017

Blue has always been a popular colour for kid's bedrooms, from pastel and dusky blues for a restful environment, to bold and bright blues for a themed space.

Using Resene paints, these parents stuck to modern (but still...


Amber and Tony take modernist to the bush

09 Nov 2017

Hidden beneath bush-clad hills, this striking modernist home manages to look right at home in its surroundings – thanks to the clear vision of its homeowners Tony Stoddard and Amber Bill.

The couple spent...


Vivienne and Geoff's elegant, French-style home

07 Dec 2017

Finished in elegant Resene neutrals and glam-meets-French Country furnishings, Vivienne and Geoff Pitman's home is a beautiful new build.  

The Waikato townhouse is influenced by French style from the ground up – it was after...


Warren and Heather's small reno makes big impact

29 Nov 2017

A cosy 100 square metres with a generous backyard, this bungalow was the perfect size for Warren, Heather and their young family when they bought it 10 years ago. But as the kids...


Jen's serene, Scandi-style design

21 Dec 2017

When Jen Domett of DomettDesigns was given the brief to design the interior of this show home by Compass Homes, she took her inspiration from retro, Scandinavian and contemporary living to pay...


Colour your Christmas stocking

01 Dec 2017

With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve been keeping an eye out for ways to treat our friends and family this festive season. We happened upon these great gifts, which...


Amanda brings cool design to classic villa

23 Nov 2017

With original pressed ceilings, high stud height and classic villa features, this North Auckland home was already in great shape. So when Amanda Neill of Designworx was asked to design the...


Gift yourself a colourful Christmas

07 Dec 2017

'Tis the season to get excited about Christmas decorating... but if your festive ornaments are looking a little lacklustre, it can cast a shadow on the whole event.

Fret not, because there are...


Owen and Mary go shades of blue

14 Dec 2017

It’s a case of classic meets contemporary in Mary and Owen’s Christchurch rebuild, where modern Resene blues bring a new feel to this otherwise traditional home.

The house was originally designed...


Kaye and Dwight's heavenly new build

18 Jan 2018

Kaye Coyne and Dwight Whitney have a tradition of calling their properties Tengoku, after the Japanese word for ‘heavenly’.

Having spent some time in Japan, the Auckland couple have come to...


Heather goes coastal cool

11 Jan 2018

Imagine the dream Kiwi bach… chances are it would closely resemble this Coromandel Peninsula beauty.

The four-bedroom holiday home was styled by Heather Kirkwood, who went for a coastal cool look – with...


Dining goes soft and citrus

21 Dec 2017

Whether your dining room stands alone or is part of an open plan living area, it's always nice to have something that differentiates it from the kitchen and lounge area. Using Resene greys...


Amanda’s beachy modern take on mid-century

25 Jan 2018

When designer Amanda Neill helped renovate a 1970s architect-designed apartment in an Auckland beachside suburb, she skilfully combined the owner’s love of mid-century style with the colours of the sea....


Enviable outdoor living

14 Dec 2017

The summer months call for us to head outdoors and spruce up our exteriors. Whether it's a splash of colour or a bigger renovation, from Resene Atlas board and batten to a...


Our favourite homes from 2017

08 Jan 2018

Every week, we feature a home that uses Resene colours in interesting and beautiful ways, and at the end of each year we take a look at which homes were the most...


Bold outlook

14 Feb 2018

Love home exteriors with a bit of oomph? These homes are no wall flowers, painted and stained in bold Resene colours – they might even inspire you to go down...


To paint or paper?

01 Feb 2018

Not so long ago if anyone had suggested you wallpaper your walls, you would have thought they were mad. Wallpaper was an old-fashioned concept best left to those who had...


Cameron brings the wow factor in green

15 Feb 2018

When Cameron Grindlay of Dwelling Architectural Design was asked to design this new build in Dunedin, he immediately knew that it needed to stand out – hence the slices of...


Jane and Rory bring modern earthiness to their reno

01 Feb 2018

After the Canterbury earthquakes left their house damaged, Jane and Rory were 50/50 on whether to renovate or rebuild their 1929 bungalow.

The Christchurch couple chose to keep their old house...


Sally stays true to green

22 Feb 2018

Often when renovating a house, it’s out with the old colour scheme and in with the new. However, such was Sally Fitzsimmons’ love for Resene Oxley that when it came...


Why be blue?

08 Feb 2018

How many reasons do you need to fall in love with Resene inky blues? We give you three very good ones.

We asked stylist Kate Alexander to show us how versatile...


Kitchens: is it blue for you?

22 Feb 2018

Why is blue such a well-loved colour? Well, it’s soothing, it’s peaceful and it’s versatile. You have deep inky blues, light airy blues, dusky duck egg blues, sea blues… one...


Graham and Jo give heritage a new home

15 Mar 2018

When Graham and Jo moved into an old farm worker’s cottage in 2005, they riffed on the idea of a renovation – but realised it would be more cost effective...


Luke and Casey's character bungalow goes grey and gorgeous

01 Mar 2018

When Casey and Luke Muraahi first moved into their 1930s stucco bungalow, Casey imagined repainting the interior in lots of bright colours.

Instead, they went the opposite route, painting the walls...


What a difference a door makes

01 Mar 2018

Such practical household fixtures – doors. They plug the person-sized hole, keep out the weather, and inside they keep out the noise and give privacy.

Just because they are practical doesn’t...


Liz revives a Kiwi classic bach

08 Mar 2018

The term ‘Kiwi classic’ is at risk of being over-used, but this old-timer bach on Auckland’s rugged west coast is just that. Built in the 1920s when Piha would have...


Bruce and Olè's dark and dreamy Victorian-style home

05 Apr 2018

Filled with character and dramatic Resene colours, this Victorian-style bed and breakfast is a beautiful asset to Oamaru’s tourist accommodation – it’s hard to think that it was on its...


The wabi sabi way

15 Mar 2018

First there was hygge, now there is wabi sabi. It’s time to start speaking a different language if you want to understand the latest philosophies behind global decorating.

While the Danish...


Autumn colour with Resene

12 Apr 2018

Even if you don’t live in an area where the trees turn in autumn, flashing vibrant shades of red, russet, gold and orange, the season is associated with warm, glowing...


On trend: tone on tone goes dark

18 Apr 2018

There was a time when a ‘tonal’ scheme was all about pale dreamy schemes using variations of light neutrals.

Not this season. We’re seeing more and more dark, moody schemes that...


John goes vibrant with harbour side views

12 Apr 2018

With walls swimming in vibrant Resene blues and jewel-toned greens to reflect the views of the Wellington harbour, the colour palette of this home is a world away from its...


Steve and Susie keep it coastal

22 Mar 2018

When Steve and Susie Webling did a major renovation of their Oakura property, they called on interior designer Anna Major from Haus of Design to help them turn their bach...


Kitchen and colour

29 Mar 2018

Some people fall in love with the idea of a colourful kitchen, while others like theirs to be softer on the eyes. These two kitchens are like chalk and cheese...


Jamie and Harriet find the perfect white

29 Mar 2018

When Harriet Booth saw how beautiful Resene Merino looked on the walls of her sister’s house, she knew that this was it… the perfect white for her home.

Harriet and her...


From the runway to your room

06 Mar 2018

Colour fashions go in cycles – no surprise to anyone, but they also flow from one area of our lives to another. First, they appear in clothing fashion; the colours...


Dean and Delia’s delightful blue cottage by the sea

19 Apr 2018

What was once a modest bach in a seaside East Auckland suburb is now an eye-catching beauty, painted in an array of Resene coastal colours.

As its been told to homeowners...


What’s on trend for whites?

03 May 2018

White paint colours are the mainstay of many interiors and for a long time now the go-to whites of the decorating world have been clean, cool and dense. These ‘cool’...


Franny’s home goes from blah to bold

03 May 2018

After six years living in a “dull and dreary” home, Franny had finally had enough and decided it was high time to bring more of her personality into the interiors...


Joanne and Chris bring beachy brights to their B&B

10 May 2018

With orange as her happy colour, it’s no surprise to see it feature throughout Joanne’s home – from a beautiful barn door painted in Resene Tangerine to splashes of orange...


Laura and Michael’s award winning black and white beauty

26 Apr 2018

For anyone that thinks black and white is boring, it couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to the home of Laura and Michael of the Bay of...


How to create a tone-on-tone scheme

07 Jun 2018

Put one stylist and a load of paint into a room, give her the task of creating tone-on-tone tabletops, and this is what you get.

We’ve been talking about tone-on-tone schemes...


Amber brings her happy place home

26 Apr 2018

Many of us have a ‘happy place’ – a particular spot, town or location that makes us feel good. Your happy place might be a particular type, like a bush...


Ben and Kate bring harmony to their Californian-style bungalow

24 May 2018

When Ben and Kate Campion set about building their new home, they not only based it on the look of a character Californian-style bungalow but decided to create their own...


Bathing in colour bliss

10 May 2018

Two bathrooms, both painted in rich Resene colour and each boasting an individual style. When it came to creating these beautiful bathrooms, the designers went bold with their colour choices...


Corina and David bring colour to castle living

31 May 2018

Your home is your castle, so the saying goes. Except for Corina Montgomery and David Lawrence, their home is exactly that… a castle set on a flat 7000 square metre...


More vs less – which one are you?

16 May 2018

Are you a minimalist? Or a maximalist? Take a look at these different versions of the same room – which one appeals to you most?

We took one room and had...


Blair and Becs go Scandi and stylish

17 May 2018

Husband and wife team Blair and Becs McDonald seem to have found the perfect formula for creating beautiful homes, completing several successful building projects over the years through their Palmerston...


Christine and Andy go for striking yet simple

07 Jun 2018

When Christine and Andy were deciding on a new scheme for their 15-year-old builder’s spec home in Papamoa, the choices were fairly simple – a striking yet simple scheme of...


Seasonal switch-outs: 1 colour 4 ways

24 May 2018

Some paint colours are just made for flexibility. White is one of them, and black and charcoal are others. We took Resene Nocturnal, a black-charcoal, and teamed it with other Resene...


Corrine and Emanuel’s bungalow goes bold with colour

27 Jun 2018

At first glimpse, Corrine and Emanuel’s Wellington home, freshened up in Resene Eighth Friar Grey, looks like another neutral-infused bungalow. Take a second look and the yellow letter box and...


Fiona’s exquisitely detailed homage to heritage

28 Jun 2018

So often older homes are given a millennium makeover with rooms opened up for open-plan living, a modern kitchen… and then we paint it all white.

Not so for Fiona Saville...


Michael brings coastal charm to character villa

21 Jun 2018

What was once bordering on a student flat aesthetic has been transformed into an elegant home painted in coastal-inspired Resene colours thanks to its homeowners and designer Michael Mansvelt.

During the...


Gemma and Sam’s fabulous farmhouse renovation

14 Jun 2018

It’s always exciting to see the renovation of an old farmhouse, and this Gisborne home is no exception. Built in the 1930s, and recently given a makeover, it has retained...


Maurice and Marije’s colour-cosy holiday cabin

05 Jul 2018

Tucked away in the Ohakune mountains, this holiday cabin brings together modern design and rustic aesthetics – making it a dream place to escape to any time of the year.

With...


3 easy-peasy ideas for kids’ rooms

14 Jun 2018

When it comes to decorating kids’ rooms, it’s a really fun time to let your imagination loose and get creative with colour schemes and ideas. These ideas can stem from...


Maureen and Paul brighten up a blank canvas

02 Aug 2018

On the surface, a home filled with beige walls has little appeal… but to Maureen and Paul, it meant they were given a blank canvas to fill with their favourite...


Colours go dark and twisted

04 Jul 2018

Dark colours can be a little intimidating for home decorators. Nobody wants to be left with a gloomy, depressing or unwelcoming room. But to avoid dark colours completely is to...


David and Robin’s eye-catching style – what a reaction!

26 Jul 2018

Such is the beauty of this Christchurch home’s exterior, that strangers leave notes in the letterbox exclaiming how much they love the colour. With a front door in lively orange...


Rethinking pink and red walls

26 Jul 2018

Pink and red is a divisive colour combo and can have homeowners scratching their heads on how to get it right. But when you do find the perfect pink and...


Get the dusky and dreamy look

02 Aug 2018

You’ve definitely heard of millennial pink and scandi white, but there’s another trend that’s quietly snuck into interiors of late: dusky hues. And these styled settings, painted in Resene colours,...


Shane and Nic’s sparkling white ‘glasshouse’

19 Jul 2018

When the bones of your new home are so strikingly strong, there’s one colour that will do it justice – clean, pure white. Shane and Nic Burnett found that two...


TV couple’s stunning renovation

12 Jul 2018

Being part of an intense and demanding reality TV show like The Block might put some contestants off renovating for life. Dynamic Australian husband and wife team Michael and Carlene...


Choosing paint colour, room by room

09 Aug 2018

Ever been struck by paint paralysis? Anyone who’s been overwhelmed by choosing paint colours can tell you it’s a real thing – and Resene is here to help with their...


Kitchens that catch your eye

16 Aug 2018

This year we’ve featured some stellar kitchens painted in Resene, styled to perfection and showing the different ways to create a beautiful (and well-functioning) kitchen.

The most popular kitchens we feature...


Natalie and Dan’s modern, monochromatic Waikato build

16 Aug 2018

Natalie and Dan Isaac may have had to live in a sleepout for a year while waiting on their house to be built, but the resulting home, a modern beauty...


Bob’s award winning ultra efficient 'superhome'

09 Aug 2018

With a contemporary design and walls freshly painted in Resene Black White, this Christchurch home is already full of appeal. But its seamless looks hide a wonderful secret – it’s...


Our favourite rooms on Three’s The Block NZ… so far

23 Aug 2018

We’re halfway through this year’s The Block NZ, with six room reveals under the teams’ belts. Week by week, the four homes are becoming more and more beautiful as the...


Dave’s garden goes from simple to stunning

23 Aug 2018

A busy garden can still provide a restful space, as proven by homeowner Dave Lewis’s detailed yet calming outdoor area. And with a new paved area, large existing fireplace, garden...


Bold and beautiful colour awards announced

30 Aug 2018

The winners of this year’s Resene Total Colour Award were announced at a gala evening last night, with some unexpectedly bold projects taking top honours.

From a full-on pink dining room,...


On trend – take it tonal

06 Sep 2018

Not long ago this gorgeous mellow-toned room would likely have been awash in millennial pinks but here there’s a subtle shift away from that side of the spectrum into the...


Stuart and Tracey’s stunning light-flooded home

06 Sep 2018

When Stuart and Tracey were making over their transitional villa in Devonport, Auckland, they turned to layers of Resene whites and neutrals to preserve the building’s character while creating a...


Zane and Suzanne’s dramatic eco facelift

13 Sep 2018

Zane and Suzanne Raphael knew the renovation of their rundown villa in Auckland’s Greenhithe would be epic. What they didn’t expect is that through the 12-month project they’d catch the...


Trend watch: going grey

30 Aug 2018

Grey can sometimes be side-lined with thoughts of it being too cold or uninviting, yet the right shade of grey can actually be a wonderful and warm way to makeover...


Settlers’ cottage gets a cheeky new look

27 Sep 2018

A stunning makeover of one of Nelson’s historic settlers’ cottages has left it looking rich and colourful, much like its past. Right down to the hot pink Resene Scrumptious front...


Jenny and Peter river-inspired heritage masterpiece

20 Sep 2018

Jenny and Peter Brown have renovated plenty of houses over the years but their commitment to keeping true to the essence and original style of their Whanganui B&B made this...


Work that kerb appeal

20 Sep 2018

Much is made of the importance of street appeal when it comes to selling your house. That’s all well and good, but there’s nothing wrong with having a home that...


New ways to go green

13 Sep 2018

Going green is a phrase with plenty of connotations beyond simply choosing a colour scheme, and they influence the shades of green we prefer at different times. Like all trends,...


On trend: Laundry love

04 Oct 2018

The laundry is not the sexiest room in the house, often overlooked in favour of kitchens and bathrooms when it comes to spaces that are both functional and impressive. But...


On trend: Shaping up

27 Sep 2018

Do you have a large expanse of white wall? Or a square box room with few architectural features? Good news! They make the perfect blank canvas for styling with painted...


Sustainable home lets the colours flow

25 Oct 2018

Using a colour consultant helped the owners of this new build in Kapiti decorate their home in a way that reflects its wetland surroundings, which complements their environmentally sustainable approach....


Sonia creates a live-in work of art

04 Oct 2018

This 1960s architecturally designed house in Cronulla, New South Wales, has been given much more than a facelift with a new coat of paint. Sonia van de Haar, creative director...


Marcelle and Simon’s colour-lover’s villa

18 Oct 2018

When advertising executive Marcelle Baker  came to designing the interior of her renovated, century-old villa in Onehunga, Auckland, colour was key in the form of a bold Resene palette. “I...


David and Cheryl go from ordinary to extraordinary

11 Oct 2018

When David and Cheryl Aitken bought their Stanley Pt home on Auckland’s North Shore in 1988 it was a modest home but in a stunning location. Over the next 30...


On trend: warm white 3 ways

25 Oct 2018

It’s been a classic of the home decorating for as long as most of us remember – Resene Spanish White. Along with its close cousin, Resene Pearl Lusta, it’s been...


Go beachy chic Hamptons-style

18 Oct 2018

Mention the Hamptons as an interior decor style and most people will probably envisage the huge houses and glamorous parties as represented by any number of TV shows.

But while the...


Stylists’ colour loves

11 Oct 2018

When the new Resene The Range fashion fandeck 20 was launched recently we asked some of the stylists we work with to pick their favourite colours. These stylists are working with...


On trend: The return of red

08 Nov 2018

Red, with all its associations of passion, power and personality, is a colour we come back to again and again in our preferred design trends. The shades of red in...


Rebecca and Sean swap 70s beige for bold colour

08 Nov 2018

When Sean and Rebecca set about making over their solid 1970s brick home it was an all-beige blank canvas from top to toe, both inside and out. From the outset...


Lara and Isaac’s artful and magical makeover

01 Nov 2018

The day after Lara Bui and Isaac Weston bought their 1970s home in Matua, Bay of Plenty, in 2010 they launched into a renovation with gusto. It would turn out...


On trend: go natural

01 Nov 2018

While there are plenty of trends about at the moment that focus on bold saturated colours or edgy deep shades, there’s another contrasting trend toward fresher subtler shades, all grounded...


Helen and Ian’s bold coastal garden

22 Nov 2018

There was no staying neutral for Helen and Ian Ivess when they made over their home exterior and garden. Instead of the common restrained palette of creams and whites, the...


Harriet’s dreamy scheme for a rebuilt farm cottage

15 Nov 2018

Charged with decorating a Waikato country cottage, designer Harriet Di Maio opted for a palette of soft heritage colours, reminiscent of those found in English country homes.

Her clients had almost...


Colour your bathroom bigger

29 Nov 2018

Small bathrooms can be a tricky design challenge – and probably one of the most common. The good news is colour choice can make a big difference into how the...


Rod and Heather’s captivating Cape Cod cottage

29 Nov 2018

With its cape-cod style architecture and fresh blue Resene French Pass exterior, Heather and Rod Claycomb’s Sand Dollar Cottage in Matarangi is a real head-turner.

The couple built the new building...


Krissy and Stefan find their extraordinary balance

05 Dec 2018

Homeowners Krissy and Stefan faced a very familiar story when it came to renovating their 1920s bungalow in the character-filled suburb of Westmere, Auckland. The house had great bones but...


On trend: Peach to pomegranate

22 Nov 2018

Shades of pink and wine are always among current design trends, but there is a whole spectrum of shades within those two colours that allow for endless design options. So...


Shed makeover houses new rural lifestyle

13 Dec 2018

A rural Waikato shed has been transformed into a stylish country home thanks to the vision of its owners. Having owned the land for several years, while they lived in...


Colour your stocking this Christmas

05 Dec 2018

With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve been looking for imaginative ideas for colourful gifts that are locally made using Resene paint. Here are a few of the cool things...


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...


On trend: Colours to improve your mood

20 Dec 2018

There is nothing quite like opening the front door of your home and feeling your whole mood lift. It’s the sure sign of a house that is a true reflection...


Tim and Angela renovate from woodsy to coastal

20 Dec 2018

Many of us dream of living the bach holiday lifestyle all year round, but few of us have the opportunity to actually do so. Tim and Angela Kinnersley are the...


Cushla and Richard’s mid-century home beautifully blends traditional and modern

17 Jan 2019

With a seven-year-old boy and six-year-old twins, life for Cushla and Richard Waites is as busy as you’d imagine, but they still took on the task of renovating their Tauranga...


Sheryl and Kevin’s bright and eclectic Tudor transformation

10 Jan 2019

After their kids left home, Sheryl and Kevin Mace were ready to downsize and looking for a change. When they stumbled upon this early 90s Tudor-style house in Waikato, Sheryl...


A sophisticated slate bedroom gets a tropical twist

24 Jan 2019

When you think about a traditional tropical interior, it often evokes images of green palm leaves, pink flamingos and light-coloured cane furniture in bright sun-drenched rooms. This colour scheme –...


Dion and Rebecca reimagine their Cambridge beauty

31 Jan 2019

It’s colour and more colour for Dion and Rebecca’s Cambridge home, which has seen itself transform into the beauty it is today after 10 years of renovations – with the...


Sian’s Lyttelton villa gets the magic touch

19 Feb 2019

It goes without saying that the kitchen in this renovated villa is exceptionally beautiful. The home is owned and decorated by kitchen and interior designer Sian Gillander, after all.  

Overlooking...


George and Yvonne turn a neutral palette on its head

07 Feb 2019

When talking neutrals in a home, it’s understandable that your first thought would turn to shades of whites and greys. But for Nelson architect George Hilgeholt, neutral meant a home painted...


Go for grey

31 Jan 2019

Two kitchens, completely different in style, but both with something in common – their stunning use of Resene greys.

The first is a stunning two-tone kitchen, inspired by black character doors...


Chris and Kim’s lavish Lockwood in Nelson is the beach house of our dreams

24 Jan 2019

Four feature walls in stunning Resene Aviator spectacularly tie together an otherwise neutral space with blazes of bold blue.

Lockwood owners are often looking for inspiration to spruce up the timber...


One Room, Three Ways: Duck Egg Blue

07 Feb 2019

Since being made famous by Marie Antoinette nearly 300 years ago, we’re not sure there’s any colour that’s been quite as pervasive in the interior design world as duck egg...


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 –...


Lisa calls in the colour pros for a refined revival

14 Feb 2019

After doing some research on Sunday drives, Lisa knew that she wanted to go grey to update the exterior of her 1947 Wellington home. The tricky part was deciding which...


This striking black kitchen is the crown jewel of a contemporary North Otago farmstead

06 Mar 2019

Situated in Ardgowan, just west of Oamaru, this jaw-dropping house has a spectacular vista overlooking farmland and the Kakanui mountain range. The hardworking couple who own it are in their...


Tim & Amanda’s ever evolving New Plymouth home

13 Mar 2019

After Tim and Amanda Parker bought a two bedroom 1960s weatherboard home in New Plymouth, they spent six weeks renovating it before moving in. Like many families, six weeks wasn’t...


The return of rattan

14 Feb 2019

For some, the love of rattan was left in the 70s. In the world of interior trends though, it’s back – and in a big way. And we’re seeing stylists...


Adam’s modernised mid-mod in Napier lets the art speak for itself

28 Feb 2019

Adam Harris, Graphic Designer and Managing Director for NZ Digital, bought this sunny 1950s brick and tile home in 2014.

Set on a completely flat section atop Napier’s Bluff Hill, the...


Tuck into this beautiful bedroom painted in Resene Dreamtime

19 Feb 2019

This elegant yet relaxed bedroom is the master in a single-floor waterfront apartment – a quiet retreat from sun-filled, beach living in Milford, Auckland. Once the permanent home of an...


On trend: getting in touch with nature

13 Mar 2019

There are few trends as hot right now as ones based on earthy, natural looks.

Woven natural textures – especially in fibres like sisal, rattan and jute – are everywhere, along...


Courageous colours to take your space from weary to wow

21 Mar 2019

Brights and bolds may be just the thing you need to inject some life into your space.

One of the main reasons people typically opt for inoffensive shades like white, cream,...


Becky’s colourful Christchurch bungalow gives us something to smile about

21 Mar 2019

When Designer Becky Lee purchased her 1956 brick bungalow in Christchurch nearly five years ago, it was essentially a blank canvas with Resene Half Black White throughout the interiors. Being...


Start with the art

28 Mar 2019

Have you ever finally settled on just the right colour to paint a room and then felt completely lost for what to hang on the walls?

While it’s a common decorating...


A balance between warm and cool brought this coastal charmer to life

10 Apr 2019

For a couple balancing busy careers in swim coaching and economics, home is the place to relax and take time out, surrounded in Resene colours. It was the lifestyle that...


A classically-styled Matarangi bach makes the most of open-plan living

17 Apr 2019

With an empty half-acre section in The Pines at Matarangi on Coromandel Peninsula, an Auckland-based couple with busy jobs at multi-national corporations already had an ideal setting for creating a custom...


Kelly transforms a sea of vanilla into an art-inspired masterpiece

03 Apr 2019

Designer Kelly Gammie of Eucalyptus Design is no stranger to using colour to transform a home. A past recipient of the Resene Residential Interior Colour Creativity award, she received another...


Create a complementary colour palette worthy of compliments

17 Apr 2019

If you can remember back to your days in primary school, you might recall learning that complementary colours are hues that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. In...


Warm your space with a statement rug this winter

10 Apr 2019

We sure felt that crisp telltale breeze that signals the start of autumn blowing in with the beginning of April. While warmer weather was still around mere weeks ago, it’s...


Janice and Eddie’s brave use of bold colours pays off

30 Apr 2019

Now that their top-to-bottom renovation is done and dusted, Janice and Eddie Cowley are happy to be living their most colourful lives – thanks to a whole spectrum of Resene...


This stunning showhome proves that neutral need not be bland

08 May 2019

Designed as a showhome for Masonry Design Solutions (MDS) to demonstrate the quality of their handiwork, this impressive property overlooks the North Shore Golf Course in Auckland’s Albany neighbourhood. But...


Aquas are splashing into interiors right now

08 May 2019

Aqua is at the front edge of trending interior colours at the moment for walls, painted furniture, accents and accessories. From lighter versions like Resene Freelance to saturated shades like...


Keeping with the classics

16 May 2019

In an age where it can sometimes feel like trends change even faster than the weather, classic design styles and colour combinations will always be in high demand. But, formulating...


The most overlooked element in nearly every home renovation

02 May 2019

Lighting has a drastic effect on your paint colour choices – to the point that you really should be considering your lighting before, or at the latest, when you pick...


Liven up your living space with a twist of lemon

24 Apr 2019

Guided by the same prevalence that started on the catwalk, the colour yellow is now stealing the spotlight in our interiors – and not just the vibrant marigold/mustard ‘Gen Z’...


Hana and Samuel make space for six

23 May 2019

Artist Hana Carpenter and her husband Samuel, a historian, live in Lower Hutt, Wellington. Like many houses in the area, theirs was a three-bedroom 1940s weatherboard at the front of...


Black and white and fab all over

30 May 2019

There's a phrase in interior decorating that claims that "every room can use a touch of black." Using black can be a great way to create a focal point that...


Kathy and Greg’s character villa gets a cosy update

30 May 2019

15 years ago, when Kathy and Greg Chiles purchased their Edwardian villa in Dunedin’s Belleknowes neighbourhood, they were drawn to its character, sunny north facing position, interior layout and child-friendly...


Deborah and Stuart’s remarkable rebuild is a cut above

16 May 2019

Tucked into a steeply sloping section, this impressive Nelson home was born out of what started as a simple alteration but ended up as a near complete rebuild – decked...


On trend: moody blues

20 Jun 2019

Midnight and navy blues that look like they came straight out of Mariana Trench are making some serious waves in the design world. Today’s on-trend tones range from deep darks...


Annabel and Simon’s new wave of coastal living

12 Jun 2019

When interior designer Annabel Berry and her husband Simon built their house on the outskirts of Oamaru, they chose a coastal theme for their décor. Seven years and three children...


5 common colour decorating dilemmas (and how to avoid them)

13 Jun 2019

A lot can go wrong when trying to pick the right colours for your home, even with the best of intentions, but some predicaments pop up more than others.

Here are...


A simple palette looks superb in this Cambridge showhome

05 Jun 2019

Those on the lookout for a new place to call home in the Cambridge region will be pleased to learn that Sentinel Homes has just opened a brand new showhome...


Kay’s whimsical wallpapered Morrinsville home

19 Jun 2019

For Kay, building her first home was a life-long dream. With the help of her architectural designer son and builder friend, she was able to turn that dream into a reality,...


Sharon crafts a colourful haven for two

04 Jul 2019

Sharon Skylark loves colour. If she had to choose a favourite, it would be red, but then it could also be turquoise, or pink. “Turquoise goes with everything,” she says. 

Her...


Oliver and Ella’s six-month journey to their enviable dream home

26 Jun 2019

Known for playing Mike Galloway on Shortland Street, Oliver Driver embarked on a new role in 2018 when he decided to build his dream home with wife Ella Mizrahi. What...


Maurice & Marije build a scenic alpine hideout

11 Jul 2019

On what was an unoccupied and solitary patch of land in the alpine mountains now sits an uncomplicated cabin, positioned effortlessly among nature. It’s the creation of Maurice Regeer and...


Debra and Tony DeLorenzo play the long game with their period property

31 Jul 2019

Debra DeLorenzo is no stranger when it comes to interior renovation and design. As an interior designer by trade, there’s nothing she loves more than to unleash her creative prowess and...


Emma and Henry’s Pt. Chev bungalow gets an indoor-outdoor makeover

18 Jul 2019

With two children and another on the way, Emma and Henry were rapidly outgrowing their three-bedroom traditional 1930s bungalow in Auckland’s Pt. Chevalier neighbourhood. The house didn’t have a bathtub...


Yvette transforms a rural Kauri property into a soothing sanctuary

24 Jul 2019

Five minutes north of Whangarei in the beautiful, scenic township of Kauri sits a quaint and traditional brick and mortar bungalow. Built in the 1990s, it’s a property that’s been the...


All lined up

18 Jul 2019

When it comes to deciding on a design and colour palette for your home, incorporating strong lines within the aesthetic can make such a bold statement.

As a method used in...


On-trend marble remains a solid design choice

24 Jul 2019

Marble is one of the most elegant building materials out there – and one that’s been in use nearly as long as buildings have existed. While marble is inherently timeless,...


Bronze and black define Hobsonville Point’s next generation of golden living

08 Aug 2019

Nestled on the banks of the western coast and a stone’s throw from Auckland CBD is Hobsonville Point. It’s a suburb that’s been under construction as workers carefully renovate the...


Sarah’s cute and colourful family home in Invercargill

15 Aug 2019

Choosing a location to purchase a property is often a challenge. But for Sarah Chapman, husband Riki and their three children, relocating to Sarah’s home town was an easy choice....


7 quick ways to perk up your place with paint and wallpaper

22 Aug 2019

While you’re stuck inside waiting out the last of winter, now is the perfect time to tackle some interior projects that got pushed onto the back burner while the beach...


4 ways you can use colour to create more visual space

08 Aug 2019

When it comes to decorating, the primary goal should always be to make the most out of what you have to work with. Sometimes, you might be lucky enough to...


Maggie and Hugh put a retro twist on a Scandi-inspired interior

11 Sep 2019

Located down a suburban street in west Auckland sits a handsome new property. Built in 2018, the two-storey home’s exterior is wrapped in dark and moody weatherboard cladding with timber...


Lara and Ben’s mid-century modern home stays true to its roots

04 Sep 2019

When Lara and Ben bought their 1950s Wellington home, it was bursting with tell-tale signs of the era; floral wallpaper adorned every wall in the house and carpet was laid...


Flint & Celia’s subtropical outdoor living space in Hawke’s Bay

28 Aug 2019

When Flint and Celia Collinson built their home in Hawke's Bay, they approached the project with a unique point of view, working their design from back to front. With plans...


Our stylists’ current colour loves and how to use them in your home

12 Sep 2019

Recently, we asked some of our stylists what Resene colours they’re most looking forward to using in their own homes and upcoming projects.

What did we learn? The popularity of pink...


Sarah’s grand and glittering Riccarton home

22 Aug 2019

Perfectly positioned down a suburban street in Riccarton sits a property of palatial means. Shrouded by a black cast iron fence and clad in silvery grey, the home is located...


Colour lessons from a showhome

02 Oct 2019

How many times have you looked at photographs of a showhome and sighed with envy? They always look so, well, perfect. Not to mention tidy with none of the detritus...


Erina and Matt’s fearlessly colourful family home

02 Oct 2019

With an unashamedly eclectic home and an eye on budget, designer Erina Emery and husband Matt have created a fun and colourful home for their family.

Clad in white stucco, the...


A curious cottage transforms into a contemporary haven

24 Sep 2019

When a shack-like cottage changed hands in New South Wales, Australia, it was the subject of much curiosity. Formerly owned by a well-loved character in the small seaside suburb of...


Charlotte and Greg create colourful character in a newly constructed home

18 Sep 2019

Since Charlotte and Greg Quinn bought their first house in the UK in 2006, they have loved living in houses with a strong architectural style and plenty of character.

“Most houses...


Beachy looks to bring to your bach

16 Oct 2019

Summer is just around the corner so now’s the ideal time to get your bach ready before you get bogged down by the pre-Christmas rush.  And if you don’t have...


Sven and Fuailelagi find happiness with their sunshiny scheme

07 Oct 2019

Inspired by Island Bay’s rugged southern coast, Sven and Fuailelagi Samoa Saleupolu Heger wanted their renovated home to have materials and a Resene colour palette that was earthy but crisp, and to...


Lizzie’s cute cottage glows like a jewel

16 Oct 2019

Sometimes a momentous event will spur us into action. That was the case with Lizzie Cook of Christchurch when earthquake repairs gave her the opportunity to complete renovations on her...


Amanda and Steve make a massive move and end up with their dream home

22 Oct 2019

Homeowners Amanda and Steve found the perfect piece of land in the heart of the Waikato with the intention of developing a Clydesdale stud and horse care facility. The couple...


7 surprising uses of exterior colour

07 Oct 2019

Sometimes it seems we’ve all been struck with a lack of courage, when you drive down residential streets to see home after home painted in varying shades of grey and...


6 tips to get your exterior looking its best – and keep it that way

12 Nov 2019

You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and when it comes to your home’s exterior, the same rule applies.

If your exterior is looking a little worse...


Kirsten and Julien’s small home has style to spare

06 Nov 2019

Perched on the upper slopes of Mt Pleasant Hill in Christchurch is a petite two bedroom home with sweeping views to the alps, Kaikoura mountain ranges and Pegasus Bay. As...


Jen and Dan’s blissful master bedroom sets the stage for more colour to come

28 Nov 2019

When Jen first moved to New Zealand from her native Scotland in 2005, she hoped and dreamed of the day that she and her husband would own a house on...


Mia and David’s award-winning modern Kiwi-meets-Scandi-chic Canterbury home

20 Nov 2019

After their Christchurch home was devasted by the February 2011 earthquakes, Mia and David were forced to start again from scratch. Originally from Sweden, Mia was naturally partial to bringing...


Sarah creates an expertly coloured country chic sanctuary

11 Nov 2019

When Sarah Eaton of Tailormade Space was hired to provide a full interiors concept on a new build in Canterbury, the leafy rural setting became the perfect opportunity to create...


10 designer tips for making a dark room brighter

06 Nov 2019

A well-lit space isn't just more inviting, it can also improve your overall well-being by boosting your mood and lowering your stress level. But just because a room lacks natural light...


Melanie and Andrew’s Waitara home is a vibrant work of art

05 Dec 2019

After moving into their 1990s home, Melanie, her husband Andrew and their three kids Alex, Sam and Lucy, faced quite the conundrum. The nearly 17 metre long hallway that connect...


Petra and Milan’s nautical-themed haven in Brightwater

18 Dec 2019

Petra and Milan’s 1960s home in Brightwater, not far from Nelson, has undergone a colourful transformation since they purchased it a little over two years ago. Over a year-long period,...


The hottest colours to watch for in 2020

11 Dec 2019

The announcement that colour lovers wait in eager anticipation for each December has finally arrived. This week, Pantone officially declared Classic Blue to be the ‘Pantone Colour of the Year...


Liam’s Cambridge bungalow has been transformed by a light and earthy palette

11 Dec 2019

Having completed a number of renovations in Auckland with his DIY-savvy parents, Liam was more than ready for the challenge of tackling the 1987 Cambridge bungalow he purchased in 2018....


Get your dining room ready for holiday entertaining

05 Dec 2019

It’s only a matter of weeks until Christmas feasting commences, but before you pull out your stretchy pants, you might want to turn your attention to your dining room. With...


Step into the future with these smart paint technologies

19 Dec 2019

Technology has progressed leaps and bounds over the years, so it should come as no surprise that paint also boasts some modern features. Moving beyond colour and protective coatings, Resene...


Charlotte Coote’s expertly coloured Mt Macedon home has style to spare

28 Jan 2020

When interior designer Charlotte Coote of Coote & Co and her husband Geordie purchased their aging yet promising Mt Macedon home in 2017, they certainly had their work cut out...


From cot to college: managing multiple bedroom transitions

28 Jan 2020

Children change so fast, and so do their tastes. But let’s face it – not everyone has the time to constantly change their kid’s bedroom décor every time they outgrow...


Kate and Nick’s Meadowbank home is a vision of light and movement

22 Jan 2020

As the owner of Williams Road, a furniture company that creates beautiful commercial fit-outs, homeowner Kate definitely has a strong sense of style – one that set the vision for...


8 tips to refresh your interior with the changing seasons

03 Feb 2020

New seasons bring a welcome change in the weather, inspiring us to update everything from refrigerator and pantry staples to our wardrobe. Similarly, seasonal changes are the perfect excuse to...


Jo and Mike’s family home is a haven of earthy tones

19 Feb 2020

After 14 years in their family home, Jo and Mike felt it was high time for a fresh lick of paint throughout – but the usual neutrals wouldn’t do this...


Stephanie’s post-quake overhaul honours lush surrounding

11 Feb 2020

Following the devastating Christchurch earthquakes, Stephanie Waterhouse was faced with a major decision: rebuild her beloved but damaged 110-year-old villa or pack up and move. However, her stunning St Albans...


How to create the look of an open plan (even if you don’t have one)

12 Feb 2020

Open plan layouts offer an enviable airy, spacious aesthetic that draws the eye in the most beautiful way. However, the open plan dream isn’t always immediately easy to set up...


5 ways to update your space without buying new stuff

20 Feb 2020

Keeping the planet healthy has become increasingly important, and many of us are searching for ways to help do our part. This new priority has led a number of homeowners...


On trend: neutrals with soul

04 Mar 2020

When we think neutrals, our minds tend to wander to whites, creams, tans and light greys. However, in the decorating world, the kind of neutrals warming up across the board...


These spicy shades are the next big thing

26 Feb 2020

Swipe your way through Instagram or Pinterest, flip through a design magazine, or step foot into your local décor shop and you’ll have no doubt that the interiors world is...


Lisa Maria and Paul’s electric Kapiti Coast home

11 Mar 2020

It takes a great eye and flair for colour to achieve what Lisa Maria and Paul have with their 1950s Kapiti Coast home. Just two minutes from the beach by...


Rachel and Steven’s character-filled 1930s bungalow

26 Feb 2020

‘Old world charm meets colourful, contemporary character’ perfectly sums up Rachel and Steven’s 1930s Devonport bungalow, which they share with their two children, Elias and Ivy. With its ornate high...


Philip and Jane’s glamorous villa looks pretty in pink

04 Mar 2020

While it may have served previous life as a modest bungalow, Philip and Jane’s 1920s Auckland home has since seen a complete transformation into the bold and modern multi-level stand...


Joe and Lisa’s bright and beautiful family home

18 Mar 2020

Through their building company, Byrne Homes, builder Joe and designer Lisa are no strangers to creating a beautiful home. But when it came to constructing and customising a space of their...


5 ways to use colour to define your desk space

18 Mar 2020

Whether you’re lucky enough to have a home office all to yourself or have to fit your desk into an existing space, it’s important to clearly define your working environment...


A pair of heritage bathrooms clean up nicely

11 Mar 2020

Renovating a heritage bathroom is a behemoth of an undertaking. But when done right, it’s also a truly rewarding experience. It’s the kind of project which requires that perfect meeting...


Douglas and Shelley’s neutral haven is filled with creative touches

25 Mar 2020

When Douglas and Shelley moved to Dunedin with their two children, Oscar and Eli, an exciting opportunity presented itself. Their north facing property showed plenty of promise, but was in a poor state – leaving full renovation as their...


5 perfect ways to go purple

25 Mar 2020

Where does your mind go when you think of purple? Chances are a certain shade will stand out to you – be it vibrant violet, spicy plum, or gentle lavender or lilac.

Whether...


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