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Three’s The Block NZ: Study or upstairs sitting room week

11 Aug 2022

The teams from Three’s The Block NZ had a choice this week to either create a study or sitting room in their upstairs space. Bold Resene Gunmetal features in one...


Become a special effects artist in your home: A beginner’s guide to limewashing, chalk paint and Resene FX Paint Effects medium

11 Aug 2022

You’d be surprised at the range of completely unique looks you can achieve with paint, from watercolour walls to faux stone finishes. It’s all possible with the Resene FX Paint...


Interior designer Holly’s deep love for colour is clear looking at her front door

10 Aug 2022

A bold Resene Galliano yellow door greets roadside passers-by at Holly and Brett’s home in Taupō, and hints at playful colour use inside. The couple signed on the dotted line...


5 ways to play with pattern in your home

03 Aug 2022

Nothing adds character to a room like a pattern – whether you’re a fearlessly bold decorator or relaxed minimalist, patterns are worth embracing in any home. It can feel easier...


Three’s The Block NZ: It’s Family Bathroom week

03 Aug 2022

Another action-packed week on Three’s The Block NZ saw the teams create four stunning family bathrooms. The soft and neutral Resene Half Bianca, Resene Half Sea Fog and Resene Eighth Pravda all...


Kid’s bedrooms revealed on Three’s The Block NZ

27 Jul 2022

Another exciting week on Three’s The Block NZ saw the teams create four colourful kid’s bedrooms. Bold use of the colours Resene Bounty and Resene Sea Fog saw one team score a...


Three’s The Block NZ room reveal: Guest bedrooms are first up

27 Jul 2022

This season of Three’s The Block NZ promises to be action-packed if the first room reveal is anything to go by. The Guest Bedrooms revealed in last Wednesday’s episode of the hit Three reality...


This home shows why you shouldn’t fear using edgy Resene Black on your walls

27 Jul 2022

Arna and Dave say when it comes to picking colours and styling a home, don’t overthink it. Choose what you love and you can’t go wrong. This meant bold and...


The best berry tones for 2022

20 Jul 2022

Think boysenberries and raspberries, cranberries and strawberries. This is one mouth-watering interior trend you don’t want to miss. As the temperature drops, bring out the berry tones and embrace these...


1950s ex-rental transformed into chic family home with barely there neutrals

21 Jul 2022

When Sarah moved into her Tauranga ex-rental home, it was a little on the neglected side. Despite its worn carpets and some interesting colour choices (one room a frightening deep...


Five ways with wall panelling to jazz up any room

14 Jul 2022

The simple addition of wall panelling can transform a space, offering a classic look. Adding texture and height to a flat wall is a creative, on-trend way to refresh a...


Cosy wooden Wanaka home’s makeover in Resene neutrals inspired by the snowy landscape

13 Jul 2022

Enveloped by the mountains and sitting lakeside in Wanaka, Maggie and Lawrence’s home needed a colour palette to match their picturesque setting. Resene Foggy Grey and Resene Half Periglacial Blue...


Three slick new looks for your home with Marley Stratus Design Series® in Copper

06 Jul 2022

Sprucing up your home’s exterior? Marley Stratus Design Series® spouting and downpipes make for a sophisticated look when paired with Resene colours. Installing quality spouting and downpipes can save you...


Create a bedroom your child won’t grow out of

06 Jul 2022

While growth spurts might have you overhauling your child’s wardrobe each season, thankfully a well-designed bedroom doesn’t have to be outgrown quite so quickly. With a little inspiration from Resene,...


Wow, wow, wow! This 1893 villa’s Victorian-inspired colour palette is a must-see

06 Jul 2022

Rachel’s home is rich in history, having long peered out towards Auckland’s harbour on Buchanan Street. One of Devonport’s earliest villas, the iconic home’s interior has just received a head-to-toe...


Transform a room with colour: 3 interior designers dish their top tips

29 Jun 2022

It can be overwhelming or even downright intimidating figuring out how to incorporate colour into your home. Perhaps there’s a space you love but you know it could do with...


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...


Architectural designer’s moody and minimal 80sqm 1970s townhouse

16 Jun 2022

Edd Coomber’s Christchurch townhouse wasn’t exactly charming when he first stepped foot in it. Having been rented for a number of years by students, it was filthy, stank and broken...


Travel-inspired interiors: 5 looks to transport you

16 Jun 2022

Who said you had to leave your home to gain all the glorious inspiration travel offers? Take a voyage across the globe by incorporating these travel-inspired Resene colours and wallpapers...


Creative family’s eclectic home nestled in the Karangahake Gorge

09 Jun 2022

After living off-grid on their land in the Karangahake Gorge for five years, Roshan and Metuisela felt it was time for something new. With busy working lives and their children...


How colour affects your mood: 5 top paint colours to promote wellbeing

09 Jun 2022

If peering up at the sky, out across the water or down at fallen leaves offers you a sense of calm, why not bring this feeling indoors? In an instant,...


Get in shape: Five geometric wallpaper looks for your home

01 Jun 2022

There’s nothing that refreshes a space in a dramatic way quite like wallpaper. Contrast and character can spill into a room with the right wallpaper. Walls can come to life...


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...


Friluftsliv: The Scandi interior trend taking the world by storm

26 May 2022

Friluftsliv is a Norwegian philosophy making a big impact in interiors– even if most people don’t know how to say it. Pronounced ‘free-loofts-liv’, the phrase loosely translates to ‘free air...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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),...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


Gerard and Shelley Renovate a Half-Missing Villa

01 Mar 2012

The previous owner of Gerard and Shelley's home was a builder who, in the process of doing it up, decided to sell it. At the time, it had no kitchen, no deck and...


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 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Create this rustic potting shed

05 Feb 2015

Create this country-style potting shed setting using dreamy grey blue tones, accented with some lively greens.

These lovely old barn-style doors are our backdrop. They’ve been given a coat of Resene...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Bright ideas: Concrete bedside table

13 Dec 2015

You'll need: Resene 10L plastic bucket, premix concrete, a jug of water, testpot in Resene Nero, 3 x wooden dowels, measuring tape, washi tape, and Resene testpots in your chosen...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Make a compost bin

02 Jan 2016

Turn your scraps and cuttings into plant food with this compost bin.

You will need

Tools and equipment (all available to hire from Hirepool):

·      Compound mitre drop saw

·    ...


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’...


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...


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...


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...


Phil and Yvonne’s modestly beautiful new build

27 Oct 2016

When Phil and Yvonne Dorn faced their new build project, they knew what they didn’t want. They felt that many modern homes were too big, lacked character, were too minimalist...


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...


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,...


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...


Take a testpot... kid's edition

10 Jan 2017

When it comes to decorating kids' bedrooms, it's okay to indulge in a bit of imagination. After all, with so many colours in the Resene paint range, there's really no limit.

Get the kids involved...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Louise gives her garden the magic touch

16 Nov 2017

When landscape designer Louise Dunning purchased this North Auckland home, the well-established yet tired garden that came with it was a welcome challenge. 

Louise, who owns landscaping design business Noble Fox, put her green fingers to work, transforming...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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’...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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