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An architecturally designed mid-century gem has a timeless refresh

29 Jun 2022

Once upon a time Ian and Georgia’s Auckland home would have likely been adorned with macrame and shag rugs. The home was designed by renowned architect Marshall Cook in the...


Small wonders: Teeny House winners revealed!

23 Jun 2022

The winners of the Habitat by Resene Teeny House Competition show that size doesn’t matter when it comes to creativity and style. Decorators young and old entered the competition which...


Leafy and floral wallpapers are in full bloom: Branch out with these 5 design ideas

23 Jun 2022

Leafy and floral motifs are a budding trend in the interior design world. Get a whiff of the great outdoors in your home with a new nature-inspired look from the...


A photograph from space inspired the colours in this 1920s bungalow

23 Jun 2022

Palmerston North homeowners Bridget and William haven’t shied away from bold use of colour in their 1920s character bungalow – bright Resene turquoises, yellows and deep blues feature throughout.  “We’ve...


Devonport villa’s refresh shows why a cohesive colour palette is key

02 Jun 2022

Sometimes small changes can make a huge difference, especially when it comes to choosing neutral paint colours. The theme of this Auckland villa’s facelift was light, bright and modern, achieved...


This Californian bungalow in Northland is pretty in pink

26 May 2022

It’s hard not to smile when you see Tanya’s front door. Resene New York Pink brings a slice of the Big Apple to Whangarei which hints at further colour to...


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...


Renovation of dilapidated villa is a master class in how to use neutral paint colours

13 Apr 2022

When Bridget and Tom bought their grand old villa on top of a sunny hill in Whanganui it was never intended to be their forever home. Instead, they planned to...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


1 living room, 3 ways: tranquil, classic or playful excess

15 Jul 2015

Blues and greens and splashes of rich yellow make up the paint palette of this transitional Edwardian villa, a 'forever' home to owner Maggie Robertson.

The house was recently updated, turning it into a tasteful meld of 19th century practicality...


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...


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...


Designer headboards hit the mark

13 Jan 2016

Two stunning ranges of upholstered headboards have been launched by Oamaru-based Design Federation – and have been matched to Resene colours.

The creative power behind the ranges is provided by designer...


Build a birdhouse

25 Feb 2016

Adding a birdhouse to the garden is a win-win – you’re supporting local bird life and gaining a slug and bug buster.

You will need

Tools and equipment (all available to hire...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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: 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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....


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...


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...


Making magic with masking tape

10 Jul 2017

No DIY toolkit is complete without masking tape, adding the magic touch to your decor projects. From creating geometric patterns to keeping lines clean, there are 101 ways (and more) to decorating...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Off the wall decorating ideas

21 Jun 2018

In a decorating slump? Wanting to get stuck into a new project for the home? If the ideas are running dry, these five easy decorating projects will get the fire...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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....


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...


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...


Our 3 favourite exteriors of 2018

17 Jan 2019

After looking back at some of the most inspiring exteriors we’ve seen over the past year, and now that summer is in full swing – at least when the weather...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


The dream of the 80s is alive in these four throwback rooms

26 Jun 2019

The 80s heralded a raft of brave new styles full of glitz, glam and electropop hues. Though the economic times that inspired those trends have changed, a revival of bold...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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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