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Wellington artist’s passion for Resene paints stems from her childhood

22 Jun 2022

Wellington-based artist Audie Wilkinson has been both crafty and entrepreneurial since childhood. At eight-years-old, she held her first market stall selling her creations. “Over the years it changed from one thing...

5 wallpaper and colour pairings worth considering on your next project

15 Jun 2022

There’s no doubt wallpaper is having a renaissance but it’s hard to avoid letting past experiences colour our current design decisions. Wallpapers of the past are night and day in...

How to make DIY geometric wooden wall art

09 Jun 2022

If your walls are feeling a little bare and need something bright and groovy to spice them up, this geometric wall art piece is a winner.


The DIY geometric wall art...

How to make DIY wooden spoon puppets for kids

09 Jun 2022

This is a fun weekend DIY project that kids will love, and even better, the puppets will keep them entertained for the day once you’ve made them. You could paint...

Meet the visual artist inspired by 1960s prints and graphics

19 May 2022

Surf culture, David Bowie and the 1960s psychedelic art movement have all acted as inspiration for Auckland artist Ellie Skeet’s work. Starting her art journey with marker pens and chalk,...

Met Gala glam: Three interior styles for a touch of star-spangled glamour

05 May 2022

The stars were out on the first Monday in May for the annual Met Gala in New York. The event, which is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's...

Shop local with our Mother’s Day gift guide 

21 Apr 2022

Remember to make mum feel special this Mother’s Day with a handmade gift. We’ve put together a collection of some wonderful local artisans and small businesses to help you shop...

Colour your floors with these inspiring designs from the Resene Living rug collection

14 Apr 2022

If you’ve decorated your walls and ceiling to perfection remember to think about your fifth wall – your floor! Colour your floors with the Resene Living rug collection available from...

Ema Frost's unforgettable elephants

07 Apr 2022

Artist Ema Frost is passionate about transporting her viewers to another world through her paintings and sculptures. Resene paints in soft pinks, blues and greens allow her to do just...

Three egg-cellent Easter DIYs to dive into this weekend

31 Mar 2022

Easter brings with it an abundance of soft pastel colours, chocolate bunnies and painted eggs. If you’re hoping to deck out your home with a little Easter flair, Resene has...

Artist Kate Hursthouse on the inspiration behind her Resene Whale Tail

31 Mar 2022

Kate Hursthouse is an Auckland artist creating vibrant, abstract art from her backyard studio in Te Atatu Peninsula. She’s particularly passionate about helping women find their inner joy and calm...

Meet the artists behind Auckland’s Whale Tales Trail

24 Mar 2022

Public art trail Whale Tales is in full swing, with stunning whale tail sculptures painted in Resene colours by adults and kids alike dotted across Auckland. Whale Tales brings a...

Excellent Resene-coloured projects recognised at the 2021 Best Design Awards

18 Mar 2022

In a time when it’s been so difficult to come together to celebrate the amazing work designers across the country have been producing, it was a treat this year that...

Student and artist collaborations splash two Victorian communities with colour

17 Mar 2022

After much anticipation, South Gippsland is now home to two new public art projects designed and curated by Collingwood-based studio, The Social Crew.

The first was painted in the township of Korumburra, which artists David...

Lucia Laubscher creates murals that matter

17 Mar 2022

“When I was five years old, my first-grade teacher looked at a cartoon elephant I drew and exclaimed ‘You are an artist!’. It was a comment at school in South...

Two craft projects that say, ‘I-rish you a happy St Patrick’s Day’

09 Mar 2022

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dust off any green hiding in your closet and shamrock n’ roll. It’s also a great opportunity...

Kids craft project: Rockin' shamrocks for St Patrick's Day

03 Mar 2022

Plan an outdoor treasure hunt with the kids to help them discover a little luck of the Irish including their own pot of gold for St Patrick’s Day.

You will need:


I can seat a rainbow: brighten up your garden with an outdoor bench

24 Feb 2022

Add some colour to your outdoor areas with a garden seat that both young and old will love. Paint a rainbow of colours or match with your house exterior colour.


Grand Casino Dunedin interior retrofit ups the ante and scores big

22 Feb 2022

Located on the first floor of the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross building, the Grand Casino Dunedin is not your typical gaming locale. Originally named the Grand Hotel, it was built...

Graphic and colourful Hundertwasser Art Centre opens in Whangarei

22 Feb 2022

Twenty nine years after the late Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser first sketched his original design for the building, Whangārei’s iconic and highly anticipated Hundertwasser Art Centre has officially opened. The...

Seven new wallpaper designs that will get your clients talking

22 Feb 2022

While there are some clients that you might have a tougher time convincing that wallpaper would be a stellar addition to their project, there are plenty of others that come...

Roar-some tigers adding colour to Chinese New Year

27 Jan 2022

Chinese New Year is getting off to a roaring start with some terrific tigers adding colour to Wellington. To celebrate The Year of the Tiger, five artists have decorated five...

Beyond Very Peri: the other colours you will see more of in 2022

25 Jan 2022

When Pantone announced Very Peri as the colour to define 2022, we found the choice a bit surprising. The hue is also a tricky one to work with across many...

DIY butterfly wreath

12 Jan 2022

Use testpots in your favourite Resene paint colours to upcycle used foil coffee bags and create this quick and easy butterfly wreath. Watch the video to see how it’s done.



The hottest flooring trends for 2022

16 Dec 2021

Flooring with Godfrey Hirst

You’ll be floored by the latest carpet, timber laminate and vinyl sheet options from Godfrey Hirst.

Don’t ignore your floor. You might think of flooring as simply a...

Reader roundup: From a toilet fit for a Pharoah to a rainbow beach installation, our readers are a creative crowd

16 Dec 2021

 ‘Tis the season for creativity as our habitat readers share their ideas for adding colour about the place.


Egyptian fantasy graces a toilet fit for a Pharoah

In Peter's home the smallest...

A feast for the eyes: Christmas table setting ideas

15 Dec 2021

Before the turkey or ham arrives on the Christmas table, deck out your table with napkin rings which set the scene with finishing touches using a splash of Resene colour.


Five must-have mauves for next-level sophistication

07 Dec 2021

Out of the way, flat grey – there’s a new darling neutral that’s come into vogue. Dubbed mushroom mauve, the hue has been surging in popularity within the fashion scene...

Shop crafty and local for Christmas with this roundup of handmade gifts from New Zealand makers

02 Dec 2021

Stuck for that unique gift for the person who has everything? We’ve corralled a collection of the unusual and beautiful from artisan makers, and you can order direct from them...

Make your own Christmas tree

02 Dec 2021

Transform your backyard or bach into a festive wonderland with a tree built from plywood. Use this tree as part of your decorations by stringing it with fairy lights or...

Resene Total Colour Awards 2021 winners announced

22 Nov 2021

In Resene’s 75th year, it seems fitting that the latest Resene Total Colour Awards have been a true celebration of all things colour. From neutral to bright, pastel to weathered,...

Reader roundup: From intricate dollhouses and little libraries to vibrant hospital murals, our readers are taking creativity to a whole new level

11 Nov 2021

It’s amazing what wonderfully whimsical and astounding things can be created with a simple paintbrush, Resene testpot and dash of imagination. Readers from across the country have been cooking up...

Upcycling project: Create a colourful geometric coffee table

14 Oct 2021

With the weather outside becoming more cheerful, why not brighten up your interiors as well? This geometric coffee table combines a charming collection of Resene colours with clever design to...

You won't believe the detail in Fleur Thorpe's colourful teeny house

13 Oct 2021

You could stare at Fleur Thorpe’s teeny house (order yours here) for hours. The intricacies of her work unveil themselves over time: tables made from cotton reels, cabinets fashioned from...

How to make these five classic colour combos feel cool and contemporary

11 Oct 2021

Despite their long-lasting appeal, working with classic colour combinations can still be tricky. On one hand, their timelessness makes them a smart choice for clients looking for longevity. But on...

Designer Adrian Nancekivell’s approach to commercial projects is changing the face of retail and hospitality

11 Oct 2021

When we last spoke to Adrian Nancekivell to get his insights on the future of retail and hospitality for the inaugural issue of BlackWhite magazine, we were stuck at home...

Three hot wallpaper trends in the new Pip Studio 5 collection

07 Oct 2021

If you’re a floral fanatic, crazy about all things cottagecore, or just after some good old rustic vibes in your home, then the Resene Pip Studio 5 Wallpaper Collection is...

Latest colour trends from local show homes and how to use them in your home

30 Sep 2021

Stuck for interior design inspiration or not sure what colour to paint your walls next? Look no further than these sophisticated show homes from Jennian Homes. Brimming with personality and...

Purr-fect DIY ideas for World Animal Day

30 Sep 2021

Here in New Zealand and Australia we love our pets – in fact we have some of the highest pet ownership statistics in the world. There’s no better time to...

Interior designer Annick Larkin transforms a cardboard box into a Japandi Chic teeny house

29 Sep 2021

There were squeals of excitement when interior designer Annick Larkin and her daughters first saw their teeny house.

“There was a blank canvas for me, a lovely little miniature size house...

Take a tour of interior designer Vanessa Nouwens' tonal teeny house

29 Sep 2021

Interior designer Vanessa Nouwens is known as the queen of tone-on-tone interior style. So it’s not surprising she put her colour skills to good use creating a cohesive teeny house (order...

Our readers are creating everything from colourful cabinets and caravans to entire solar systems

23 Sep 2021

From creative lockdown upcycles to schoolroom projects, this reader roundup sees our readers leading colourful lives with Resene paint. With splashes of Resene Hot Chile, Resene Edward and Resene metallics,...

These two DIYs will have your kids buzzing

23 Sep 2021

Celebrate Bee Aware Month with these two creative DIY ideas sure to transform your home into a hive of activity. Bee Aware Month is a time when we are encouraged...

Stop and square: Artist Caroline della Porta colours outside the lines

16 Sep 2021

Artist Caroline della Porta got her start as an illustrator for London newspapers in the 1980s creating fast and furious work for tight newspaper deadlines. More than three decades later...

Our top striped wallpaper picks to line up for your next project

13 Sep 2021

Wallpaper in and of itself has been surging in popularity but there are also certain types of designs that are more prominent than others. While we’re still seeing plenty of...

12 paint and decorating trends to design with now

13 Sep 2021

The ripple effect created by recent challenges has been hugely disruptive for decorating and design trends, given the massive interruption to global supply chains and the cancellation of significant fashion...

Keep yourself busy with these DIY décor ideas for any room

30 Aug 2021

Spend an afternoon crafting and spruce up your home with these fabulous DIY ideas. DIY isn’t just limited to the shed or the kid’s craft table anymore; it’s become a...

Father’s Day gift ideas to help you shop local or get creative at home

26 Aug 2021

Celebrate local creativity this Father’s Day with a range of hand-crafted gifts from small businesses. We’ve gathered some local artisans and funky DIY gift ideas together to help you find...

Flight path: Meet the artist turning bicycle tubes into fabulous feathers

11 Aug 2021

Elaine Grant-Dolby’s feather jewellery is taking flight across the country. Her iridescent works, created from upcycled bicycle tubes, are soaring to new heights with a splash of Resene paint and...

Wallpaper personality quiz: Find out your interior style and what it means for your home

11 Aug 2021

The Resene Wallpaper Collection has a wallpaper for any personality. We’ve created the ultimate wallpaper quiz to match your personality to an interior style and range of wallpapers. For more...

Six highly adaptive whites and what to pair them with

06 Aug 2021

As much as we’d like to believe that white is a ‘one size fits all’ colour choice, it can actually be one of the hardest hues to specify. While Resene...

Embrace your inner night owl with this starry DIY art

05 Aug 2021

Birds of a feather rock together in this creative DIY canvas. This is the perfect opportunity to venture into the garden for pebbles and make the most of those wintery...

Five wallpaper murals that bring some serious ‘wow’ factor

16 Jul 2021

Looking to make a lasting impact through a single wall? Try one of these five show stealing mural designs from the Resene Wallpaper Collection, which are guaranteed to make an...

Two colourful DIY ideas to help you celebrate midwinter Christmas

01 Jul 2021

The weather outside is frightful, but inside it can be quite delightful so get decorating and spruce up your home for a midwinter Christmas feast. Yule be all set with...

Three’s The Block NZ is back and is bigger and better than ever

01 Jul 2021

Three’s The Block NZ returns to NZ screens this week – and this season promises to be bigger and better than ever. Set in Auckland’s aspirational inner-west suburb of Point...

Growing a dream: Alegra’s flowerpots delight with colour

17 Jun 2021

In 2020 an idea for a creative business was taking root in Nataly Castano’s head.  Her green-fingered business, Alegra, sees her creating handmade miniature concrete planters painted in vibrant Resene...

Seven pastel paint picks for sophisticated spaces

15 Jun 2021

Not since the 1980s have pastel hues been as popular as they are today. It can be one of the trickier colour categories for designers to navigate, though; and it’s...

Amber Hamilton gives new meaning to fashion first

15 Jun 2021

Designer Amber Hamilton began her career back in the late 80s as a professional artist and graphic designer working in the news media. She had a particular interest in fashion...

It’s a kind of magic: Inside Arty Vicky’s dragon’s den

13 May 2021

When it comes to art, the magic is in the colour for Vicky Millman. Vicky, also known as Arty Vicky, has always been creative but only began thinking of herself...

Make your own arrow art

13 May 2021

You’re sure to hit the mark with this crafty arrow wall décor. DIY has never been easier; all you need is some popsicle sticks and Resene testpots to smarten up...

Five soothing colour palettes for chill-worthy spaces

05 May 2021

Stress has a way of sneaking up on you. It often doesn’t take much, and it may be as simple as feeling flat out at work or like you don’t...

Reader Round up: Our readers are painting everything from massive murals to miniature libraries

28 Apr 2021

Our creative readers have been painting up a storm. In this round up, we see readers using Resene paints and colours to produce a sensational sensory playground, add some vibrancy...

Mother’s Day gift ideas to help you shop local

22 Apr 2021

Mum’s the word when it comes to these creative gift ideas. We’ve gathered some fabulous local artisans and small businesses together in one place to help you support local and...

Meet the artist whose fine lines have captivated the fine art world

22 Apr 2021

When it comes to serious art, painting is child’s play for internationally renowned artist Tim Christie. Working with fine lines and Resene paint, Tim creates magnificent compositions that morph and...

5 wallpaper ideas that will inspire you to be brave with patterns — PLUS a wallpaper info evening in Timaru and Dunedin

14 Apr 2021

Residents of Timaru and Dunedin will be treated to an evening that will showcase upcoming wallpaper trends as well as a hands-on DIY option to learn how to hang wallpaper...

Bold and artistic updates to keep your bedroom colourful

25 Mar 2021

When embracing your artistic side, don’t feel limited to the canvas. Bring modern art to life in your bedroom with the bold brushstrokes of Resene Living’s new range of duvet...

Five winning wallpapers for clients who want the royal treatment

15 Mar 2021

While it’s a hue best known for its monarchical associations, the colour purple is also a meaningful symbol for an important cause. 26 March 2021 is Purple Day for Epilepsy...

Six warming palettes that are perfect for the shift in season

15 Mar 2021

It’s tough to admit, but the tell-tale chill that signals the start of autumn is already in the air. As the weather continues to cools off, it can be a...

Colourful balloons to paint the sky in annual festival

10 Mar 2021

The sky is about to be splashed with colour once again as hot air balloons take to the air in the annual Balloons over Waikato festival. This non-profit event is...

DIY: Upcycle old wooden bowls into a trinket bowl for your treasures

25 Feb 2021

Turn scratched and worn wooden bowls into a home for trinkets and jewellery using jewel-coloured Resene paints. 

You will need:
- Small wooden bowls or dishes
- Sandpaper fine grit
- Painter’s masking tape

Two soothing bedroom ideas

Bedrooms are one of the simplest rooms to redecorate and the possibilities are endless. Resene Soothe is a soft pink neutral that makes a sumptuous base for several bedroom looks...

Two soothing bedroom ideas

Bedrooms are one of the simplest rooms to redecorate and the possibilities are endless. Resene Soothe is a soft pink neutral that makes a sumptuous base for several bedroom looks...

Around the world in eight elegant wallpapers

16 Feb 2021

Travel bug biting and nowhere to go? Bring some foreign – or not so foreign – flair home to an interior near you with these designs from the Resene Wallpaper...

A match made in bathroom heaven

11 Feb 2021

If bathroom renovations are on the agenda this year we’ve got the perfect towel for you. Resene Palazzo towels from the Resene Living range are designed to complement and match...

5 romantic decorating ideas for your home

11 Feb 2021

With Valentine’s Day approaching on February 14th take the opportunity to add a little romance to your home.

The walls of this reading nook are Resene Pohutukawa with an accent circle...

Move over, Art Deco – Art Nouveau is back

26 Jan 2021

If you’ve read a design magazine or set foot inside a furniture shop sometime within the past two years, you’ve undoubtably witnessed overwhelming evidence of the resurgence of Art Deco-inspired...

Graveyard restoration project helps honour those that have passed

21 Jan 2021

Brian McIntyre and a team of ‘guardian angel’ volunteers have been honouring the dead by restoring and repainting headstones in a historic Nelson graveyard.

Brian and his team of 15 volunteers...

DIY: Create a kids’ animal face stool

21 Jan 2021

DIY: Create a kids’ animal face stool

Upcycle an old stool with a cute-as-a-button animal face design that the kids will love. This bright and friendly face will encourage kids to...

Meet the artists behind Christchurch’s Pop Up Penguins

17 Dec 2020

There's never been a better time to be a birdwatcher in Christchurch. One hundred twenty penguins waddled into Canterbury at the end of November and have made themselves right at...

Colourful locally made gifts to buy for Christmas

09 Dec 2020

Short of Christmas present inspiration? Never fear, we've gathered together our favourite colourful gift ideas from local artisans and small businesses.

Add a little magic to the garden with a forest...

DINZ announces 2020 Best Design Award winners

08 Dec 2020

With awards season in full swing – though not in the manner that many of us are used to – we’ve been overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of truly...

It’s now easier than ever to check out Resene’s top colours

08 Dec 2020

When you’re feeling stuck for where to get started on your colour choices for a project, or to narrow down your options, it’s common for people to reach out and...

Colourful statement walls survive ‘approval by committee’ in this Sydney apartment lobby

08 Dec 2020

As the saying goes, having too many cooks in the kitchen can spoil the broth. For designers working in public spaces – or being paid with public funds – ‘approval...

Create a wonderful wooden Christmas tree

No space for a Christmas tree? Create festive cheer with this easy-to-build wooden Christmas tree which sits flat against a wall, handy for small houses, apartments or baches. Update the...

Upcycle timber offcuts to make a rustic house number sign

25 Nov 2020

There are many clever ways to utilise old pieces of timber to avoid them being sent to landfill. This project is a good example of how you can turn scrap...

Go with the flow with this easy paint pour coffee table

18 Nov 2020

Create a rainbow marble effect by pouring layers of Resene paint onto the surface of a coffee table. It’s hard to predict the colourful end result of this freestyle project,...

Bring in some glam with this easy DIY bar cart

11 Nov 2020

With just a few licks of Resene paint, an old wooden trolley can be transformed into a shimmering bar cart that’s perfect for your favourite tipples.

You will need:

A wooden trolley...

Why mulch matters: How to keep your garden hydrated this summer

11 Nov 2020

In the face of a warm and parching season – and subsequent hose bans for part of the country – it can be difficult to know just how to help...

5 larger-than-life wallpaper designs that will fill your home with personality

04 Nov 2020

Bold wallpaper designs are often the life of a room. They draw your eye in, hold your attention and leave you entranced with their fearless palettes. We’ve put together five...

Lisa Tran Kelly’s murals enthral and inspire

04 Nov 2020

Lisa Tran Kelly began her art practice in miniature, crafting drawings on tiny canvases and equally diminutive sketchbooks. It was a scale influenced by her grandmother, an artist who works...

Elevate your entryway with this DIY welcome sign

28 Oct 2020

Turn some hand-painted letters and a vintage print into a welcome sign with major retro vibes.

You will need:

Retro artwork in a frame
Printed letters that spell ‘Welcome’ (or whatever message you...

Style your sofa like a pro with these plush cushions

21 Oct 2020

Whether you’re wanting to update your living room, bring in cosiness or inject some colour into your home, cushions are an affordable, stylish way to amplify that all-important comfort factor.


These gold wallpaper designs will bathe your house in shimmer and shine

23 Sep 2020

Sister to the happy colour yellow, gold is a colour synonymous with the finer things in life. It symbolises success, magic, glitz and glamour. In your home gold can be...

6 trending colour palettes to get you in the mood for spring

15 Sep 2020

As the weather finally begins to warm, both designers and clients alike are being drawn to decorating with different colours. For as long as humans have been decorating, we’ve been...

For an outdoor area that combines beauty with functionality, choose pebbles

09 Sep 2020

We’re spending more time at home than ever before. So it’s key that every inch of our homes is a space we can use and enjoy. As summer approaches, why...

Reader’s Roundup: August 2020 Edition

02 Sep 2020

Your creativity continues to brighten our inboxes and social pages! Here are a few of the ingenious ways our readers have cleverly used Resene paints.

Eddison’s adventure filled bedroom in Resene...

These six sea green wallpaper designs will wash your home in tranquillity

12 Aug 2020

Inspired by the ever-changing colours of the sea, these green and blue wallpaper designs from the Resene Wallpaper Collection will bring the ocean into your home, no matter your style....

This beautiful blue built-in bookcase will convince you to get the paintbrush out

12 Aug 2020

Believe it or not, a multi-coloured rug was the ultimate decider of this stunning deep marine blue bookcase. Interior designer Charlotte Minty says, “my clients had a multicolour rug that...

Fiona’s painted pots are the finishing touch your indoor plants need

05 Aug 2020

With a background in landscape design, you could say that Fiona’s way with plants is in her nature. After she recognised a niche in the market for designer pots with...

How Elissa created a show-stopping splashback

29 Jul 2020

Elissa Eastwood is a certified Resene Eco.Decorator focused on minimising waste from painting. From set up to clean-up, she aims to think smarter about her methods. Rather than going for...

6 floral wallpaper designs that will almost convince you it’s spring

29 Jul 2020

Flowers and floral patterns are inextricably linked with springtime and warmer weather – so why not have them in your home all-year round? A beautiful floral wallpaper design has the...

Reader's Roundup: June 2020 Edition

08 Jul 2020

Yet another month goes by and your creativity continues to inspire us. We’ve rounded up a few reader projects that really wowed us this month.

Maungatapu School’s colourful tyre project

Resene Turbo...

Opulence is the name of the game when it comes to these rich-looking wallpaper designs

24 Jun 2020

While some feel like look of pared down minimalism is the epitome of luxury, unless it has been executed perfectly, it can run the risk of being something much worse:...

Art as an antidote

24 Jun 2020

For many years, art and creativity have proved to be an effective outlet for self-expression and healing. With the rise of popularity in activities like adult colouring books, painting parties...

Give a coffee table a glamourous upgrade

20 May 2020

Tabletops are a fantastic place to get a bit creative. Adhesive vinyls are available from a variety of hardware and homeware stores, and here Sarah Heeringa has transformed a boring...

Give a mini easel a luxe makeover

23 Apr 2020

Transform an old wooden easel into a statement piece for a glam office or homework desk!

You will need:

• High quality painter’s masking tape

• Sandpaper

• Clear drying and strong hold glue


6 geometric wallpapers that will make your space sing

15 Apr 2020

Despite the often orderly appearance of geometric patterns, they can be just as useful in adding to the casual appeal of a space as they can be to building structure...

Check out Miss Lolo’s colour picks

15 Apr 2020

Tamzyn Adding, the powerhouse behind the brand, launched Miss Lolo in 2013 and for three years now has been expertly curating paint colours that perfectly complement her collection of eye...

DIY carrot garland

08 Apr 2020

Put bad news to good use with this simple Easter-themed DIY where kids can turn old newspaper into a chain of cute and colourful carrots.

You will need:  

Masking tape 
Green crepe or...

Tuning into young talent

27 Feb 2014

Part of the Ellerslie International Flower Garden on in Christchurch’s Hagley Park this week, this cute cottage façade has been painted by the children at Chisnallwood Intermediate School for the School...

On the hunt

02 Apr 2014

Have you found and photographed your giant easter eggs yet? You have
until April 22 to find the eggs in The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt in support of
Starship, and compete for...

Emerging colour trends in stone

26 Jun 2014

Engineered stone company ROXX has launched four forecast palettes to help homeowners stay ahead of the latest trends. Each ROXX range also comes with complementary colour suggestions from Resene. The...

Schemes that work

31 Jul 2014

Why reinvent the wheel when there are various types of colour schemes that work well?

Complementary schemes

This is a more dramatic style of scheme, using colours that are opposite one another on the colour wheel....

Build your own Christmas tree

18 Dec 2014

If you’ve left buying a fresh Christmas tree a bit late this year, take the lead from habitat reader Diana and make your own.

Diana gathered family and friends to make...

Keeping New Zealand beautiful

02 Apr 2015

Last month, conscious Kiwis across the nation got out their paint and rollers and took to the streets in support of Graffiti Free Week.

The campaign, which is part of Paint...

Designworx launches online

14 Jul 2015

Abstract art by local artist Michael Anderson, matte porcelain bowls from Jonathan Adler, Jasmine Sparrow 22 carat gold jewellery – these are some of our favourite finds from the newly...

Greer Clayton’s paint effect wizardry

19 Aug 2015

Give Greer Clayton a plain surface, and she’ll turn it into an intricately stencilled work of art using Resene paint. It might be a wall, a piece of furniture, a...

Pretty planters

03 Sep 2015

Last week we talked about preparing your garden for spring. This time, it's all about the pretty accessories for your new planters.

We like these colourful hanging planter boxes by Native...

Emma-Jayne Scott’s quirky furniture

16 Oct 2015

If it has a set of legs and a certain quirkiness, Emma-Jayne Scott will give it a great new look with paint. We’re talking furniture, many pieces of which are...

Builders awarded

18 Nov 2015

A new home in Mt Maunganui and a renovation in Auckland (above) that have been recognised as New Zealand’s top homes both use Resene paints. The houses won the Supreme...

Citta cosies up to winter

23 Mar 2016

As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, Citta Design's Winter 2016 catalogue is out now, playing on the theme of Beautiful Utility – the products are as hardwearing as...

Resene film festival coming soon

13 Apr 2016

The fifth annual Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival is coming to a city near you. This year’s line-up will showcase the most acclaimed and current films in architecture and...

Hayley takes autumn colour into the kitchen

05 May 2016

Designer Hayley French turns to the kitchen for autumn colour:

The seasons change and as they do they bring new colours and feelings.

With each season’s end we welcome the next, and are...

Glam it up

27 Apr 2016

These Scandi-inspired marble effect planters are the perfect addition to any décor. Add a touch of class with a glimmering drippy metallic effect, and a succulent, and you're set!

The 7cm-high...

Colour trends from Milan Design Week

26 May 2016

Each year, the global interiors phenomenon of Milan Design Week is a mecca for creatives from around the world. Local interior designer Nicola Manning reveals the colour trends she spotted...

Hayley-Ann’s top colour combos

18 May 2016

Interior designer Hayley-Ann Brown, of Lou Brown Designs, is in love with these three great colour combos.

I’ve been squirrelling away images of colour combinations that really rock my boat. It’s...

The Block NZ – Living room week

07 Jul 2016

The teams on TV3's The Block NZ: Girls Vs Boys are one step closer to completing their homes, and it's been fun (for the viewers, at least) to watch it all come...

Leonie Mulqueeney turns compulsion into art

04 Nov 2015

Australian artist Leonie Mulqueeney is a self-confessed ‘compulsive doodler’ who turns her imaginings into dramatically colourful works of art… with a bit of help from Resene paints.

How did you get...

Heritage Rescue: Cromwell revived

11 Aug 2016

From gold rushes to hydro-lake drowning, Cromwell has a colourful history and a museum to tell it. But needing to shake off it’s dated colour scheme and disconnected feel, the...

Heritage Rescue: a pop-up museum for Christchurch

09 Sep 2016

Five years after the devastating Christchurch earthquakes, the Heritage Rescue team created a pop-up museum showcasing amazing archaeological finds from the devastation.

Since the quakes more than 1200 buildings have been...

Get the handcrafted look

15 Sep 2016

This delightfully pretty wallpaper, now available at Resene ColorShops, answers the current desire for interior elements that look handcrafted. From the Modern Artisan collection by Candice Olson, the background has...

Heritage Rescue: A model project for Thames

15 Sep 2016

Thames played a major role in New Zealand’s early colonial past but the history of the area goes back even further. When Captain Cook sailed into the Firth of Thames...

2 easy DIY projects for the weekend

28 Sep 2016

Getting crafty is a great way to unwind, get the creative juices flowing and finish with something pretty for the home. Nikki Astwood of Revised Edition whipped up these two DIY projects...

Heritage Rescue: the revisit

29 Sep 2016

Seven museums, seven successful rescues – the team at Heritage Rescue revisit to see what impact the changes have made.

At the Mokau Museum, the exterior was freshened up with a...

Try delicate blooms for spring

27 Oct 2016

Delicate painterly flowers bloom across the wall in this new wallpaper design available from Resene ColorShops. Hanae in Grey Lime (98660) is part of the recently launched Kyoto collection, offering a...

Upcycling for Good project

03 Nov 2016

Resene and The Salvation Army have partnered up for the Upcycling for Good project, to show how easily you can transform the secondhand items that can be found at your local...

Reader project: a sparkly Rubik fridge

16 Nov 2016

What do you get when you cross an old fridge with a Rubik's cube? You get this cool project by Wellington reader Cathy Gandy. With a bit of help from...

Winning builders use Resene paint

30 Nov 2016

Both of the supreme winners of this year's Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards used Resene paints. A new build in Auckland and a renovation in Hamilton...

Clipped to colour

21 Mar 2017

The creatives at Decor Handled continue to expand their product range, and use Resene colours to brighten up their pieces. These very cool clipboards (above) are detailed in Resene Atlas...

Going for gold

27 Apr 2017

If you're feeling not so rich in the pocket but ambitious in nature, get yourself in the mood with this novelty wallpaper. It's jumble of gleaming gold bars will add a...

Easy upcycle: 1920s glam side table

22 May 2017

There's treasure to be found in secondhand shops. All this scruffy table needed was a good sanding and brush up with Resene paints to turn it into a fetching 1920s-inspired side table. Sarah Herring...

Living walls

23 May 2017

Create your own version of a living wall with this delicate tendril leaf wallpaper. It answers the current trend for organic, botanical themes and has a luminescent, shimmering texture - but...

Classic with a twist

15 Jun 2017

An unexpected colour combination of dusky gold and jade-turquoise lift this classic wallpaper pattern beyond the usual. It also gives a traditional design motif a new purpose, epitomised here by the casual beachy,...

Easy DIY: Scandi wall hanging

27 Apr 2017

This Scandi collage was made using linen and a Resene testpot in Resene Good As Gold. Isn’t it gorgeous? Fleur Thorpe shows us how.

You will need

Fabric (Fleur’s is left-over cotton curtain...

Megan’s art hanging tips

06 Jul 2017

Stylist Megan Harrison-Turner shares her art-hanging and colour secrets.

While art galleries frequently have white walls so there is no colour to distract from the artist’s work, we often have colour on...

Megan's room recipes

11 May 2017

Colour expert and stylist Megan Harrison Turner uses certain rules when creating rooms for Resene. She shares her secrets.

Baking a cake successfully is about getting the proportions of ingredients right,...

Journey of a house build

11 May 2017

When you're in the thick of renovating, it's easy to forget to document the progress. But when Shaan and Luke Ronchi started the reno on their 70s weatherboard home, they made sure to...

Easy DIY: pretty leaf print

15 Jun 2017

Autumn may be over, but the beautiful red, gold and orange leaves of the season continue to linger. Bring the beauty indoors with this easy DIY leaf print. 


You will need: leaves from...

Easy makeover: magazine rack

25 Jul 2017

Transform a plain wicker magazine rack with a modern and colourful update using Resene testpots. Sarah Herring shows us how.

You will need:

Wicker magazine rack
Craft beads and cord
Masking tape
Testpots in Resene Licorice,...

The Block NZ recap: No lounging around

10 Aug 2017

There was no lounging around for The Block NZ teams last week, as they scrambled to finish their living rooms before room reveal – on top of competing in dinner wars. Here's what the teams...

Easy DIY: spice jars

24 Aug 2017

Spice up your kitchen bench with these stylish labelled jars, painted in dusky oranges and neutrals from the Resene range.

These jars don't have to be exclusively to hold spices... use them in your...

Easy DIY: Pinnable mood board

13 Sep 2017

Have a creative project on the go and need somewhere to pin the bits and bobs that inspire you? Both stylish and practical, this pinnable mood board is exactly what...

Waihi's gold mine of information

28 Sep 2017

A beige museum, but with colourful stories to tell and even richer stories below the ground – this week, Heritage Rescue II reveals the dramatic tales of Waihi’s past in this fascinating episode. From the...

Devonport Museum gets a makeover

05 Oct 2017

Being almost completely surrounded by sea has shaped Devonport’s history and its positioning at the harbour entrance has given it strategic importance… it’s still the primary base for the New Zealand...

Easy DIY: 3 creative ideas for interiors

19 Oct 2017

Looking for a new DIY project to dive into this weekend? Using Resene testpots, Fleur Thorpe shares these three creative ideas that will look gorgeous in any interior.

Pallet kid's quote

Quote art and...

3 cute and clever craft projects

16 Nov 2017

One for the kids five years and up, these cute and clever craft projects are a great way to get creative with Resene testpots – from making paper plate UFOS to painting little...

Boh's boutique of colour

22 Nov 2017

With a delightful colourful scheme of candy pinks and teal blue, it's hard not to fall in love with Boh Runga's new Auckland 'Bohtique'.

The jewellery designer and singer-songwriter recently opened the doors...

DIY alternative Christmas tree

07 Dec 2017

While having a traditional Christmas tree in the home has its obvious appeal, not everyone loves the idea. These mini painted trees are a great alternative, painted in a festive palette...

Starry, starry night

20 Dec 2017

Add twinkle to your outdoors with this starry DIY from NZ Gardener. The star has been made out of pieces of pine and painted in Resene FX Metallic Solid Gold,...

Get artful with vases

24 Jan 2018

Looking for fresh ideas to dress the table? How about these quirky vases, painted using Resene testpots and materials from the recycling bin – from old glass bottles to plastic...

Deck out drab planters

20 Feb 2018

Sometimes you come across something at a Salvation Army family store that’s just the right shape, but the rest of it is really drab.

As part of the Upcycled for Good...

Robert’s art legacy

08 Feb 2018

For 30 odd years, artist Robert Wallace has been wielding a paintbrush, bringing his imagination and talent to the world.

His latest works look to the past, using Resene paint and...

Anna unveils her Athena

26 Feb 2018

People have mistaken Anna Leyland’s art as being created digitally, such is the precision of her work. In reality, her screenprints are reproduced from large, original, hand-painted canvases, the work...

2 easy DIY Easter crafts

14 Mar 2018

Get crafty this Easter with these easy DIY ideas, from themed jars to collect chocolate from the Easter bunny to an occasion-themed twig bowl. 

DIY Easter Jars

You will need:

Two jars
Resene testpots of...

2 small ways to bring in autumn colour

29 Mar 2018

As the we drift into a new season, those delicious colours of autumn will be starting to appear, from the reds and burnt brown hues of fallen leaves to the...

Ideas for decorating Easter eggs

29 Mar 2018

We love this egg-cellent colour palette used to paint these Easter decorations (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves!).

The hand painted papier mache eggs feature in the latest issue of Australian Women’s Weekly,...

Backing black and gold

19 Apr 2018

As we head into winter, we become naturally attracted to colour schemes and decorating tricks that cosy up our homes. Black and gold is that timeless mix that only needs...

2 ways with old postal tubes

03 May 2018

Before throwing out old postal tubes, did you know with a little DIY and Resene paint they can become great pieces for the home? Fleur shows us how easy it...

How to create a rope basket

03 May 2018

Love the recent rope basket trend and want to learn how to create your own? This DIY project using Resene testpots will show you how easy it really is.

Rope baskets...

Create your own clay pots

17 May 2018

Give your indoor plants and succulents the love they deserve with these homemade clay pots, decorated with a lace effect –  you won’t believe how easy they are to create...

Go bright for winter

06 Jun 2018

In Beauty EQ’s latest Resene colour and new season fashion round up, style director Louise Hilsz has dreamed up some wonderfully colourful combos for winter. From yellow and pink to...

1 lounge, 3 looks

21 Jun 2018

In every issue of habitat magazine we ask the experts to suggest an alternative scheme for one of the rooms in the featured homes. We turned to designer Clem Wallace...

Three’s The Block NZ recap: kids’ bedrooms get a colour kick

02 Aug 2018

And they’ve done it again! For the third time in a row, Amy and Stu won room reveal – this time with a pink and gold kid’s bedroom that made the...

Matt brings a colour splash

09 Aug 2018

Artist and photographer Matt McLarty lives a life full of colour and beauty, capturing it on camera and various art mediums. Some of his latest works include giant plaster cast...

Going for gold

23 Aug 2018

It’s all about golden ochre tones and dusky olive brown in the latest lookbook for Me & My Trend. Featuring their trademark lush sofas and armchairs, against feature walls in...

Three’s The Block NZ recap: living rooms you’ll love

16 Aug 2018

The teams had a fun time last week, with challenges that included meme creating and cake decorating, on top of getting their living rooms ready for room reveal. The cherry...

Jeanine and Heike’s fabulous furniture finds

13 Sep 2018

Byebyelove owners Jeanine Oxenius and Heike Rzehulek-Schmitt are doing their bit to help the environment in creative ways, saying goodbye to waste and hello to upcycling forgotten pieces of furniture...

Three’s The Block NZ recap: seriously impressive kitchens

13 Sep 2018

Last Sunday on The Block NZ, all of the teams impressed the judges with their striking and colourful kitchen creations. The kitchens and adjoining dining and living areas were warm...

Three’s The Block NZ recap:

20 Sep 2018

Last Sunday on The Block NZ, the teams tacked the space which often sets the scene for the style of a house – the entranceways and stairwells, and the powder...

Blue and white - a timeless combo

25 Oct 2018

Some colour combinations transcend seasons or trends. Designer Kate Alexander takes a look at what makes blue and white such a classic match, and how to use it well in...

Easy DIY art: Maximum impact

01 Nov 2018

Try these simple techniques to create dramatic retro-style art.

Poured paint art

Simply pour on the paint for a freestyle artwork.

You will need:

Testpots in Resene Sea Green, Resene Gold Dust metallic, Resene Kaitoke...

HOMEmade recap: Tammy and David’s dramatic new kitchen

25 Oct 2018

After: The HOMEmade team opted for Resene Double Merino on the walls of the kitchen, to contrast nicely with the use of dark cabinetry.

David and Tammy bought their 1970s home...

Leaf designs to love

08 Nov 2018

Botanic designs and motifs are continuing their place in the popularity stakes – growing their way across wallpapers, on cushions, rugs, on accessories and now on two whimsical fabric designs...

DIY shelf Christmas tree

05 Dec 2018

Make this easy vertical Christmas tree shelf. You can either paint it direct to the wall, or make it as a shaped board to hang or prop against the wall.


DIY ideas for crafty Christmas decoration

13 Dec 2018

Decorating your home for Christmas is always a fun family time, and with a little bit of imagination your decorations can not only be unique to you, but easy on the...

Colour me coral

13 Dec 2018

Sociable and spirited is how Pantone is describing its 2019 Colour of the Year – Living Coral.

Pantone says the choice is all about finding a little fun among the modern...

Dressed down glamour

24 Jan 2019

Green and gold glam isn’t going away any time soon, but it doesn’t always have to look like it’s dressed to the nines. We love the distressed effect of Resene...

Colourful for a cause

31 Jan 2019

Local, recycled and painted in bright Resene colours – just a few of the reasons why these stunning artwork boards by The Paper Rain Project stand out from the crowd.


The name game

31 Jan 2019

When you look at a paint chart ready to choose a shade to bring your vision to life, have you ever wondered: “Who names all those colours?”

Making up monikers for...

Paste up pure glamour with these new metallic wallpaper designs

21 Mar 2019

The aptly named ‘Glasshouse Collection’ from the Resene Wallpaper Collection is an eclectic array of sophisticated fashion-led patterns that are sure to spark some glittering conversation. Here are a few...

3 casual-glam looks where wallpaper is the hero

03 Apr 2019

Adding glamour to a room can be as simple as incorporating jewel tones, dramatic contrast, metallic accessories or textiles like velvet, silk and satin. But with luxe looks, a little...

Art Deco-inspired looks could not be more in right now

30 Apr 2019

With its simplified forms, daring colours and marked geometry, the Art Deco styles that were originally popular in the 1920s are currently enjoying a second youth.

Art Deco revival looks are...

Artist Hana Carpenter finds fresh inspiration in small things

07 May 2019

In 2008, artist Hana Carpenter and her husband, Samuel, made the move from Auckland to Wellington to start a family. While she was busy raising their four children, her life...

DIY rocking horse revival

23 May 2019

Take a classic rocking horse and modernise it with colours from the Resene KidzColour collection.

You will need:

Resene testpot brush
Small artist or detail brushes
Old cloths (suitable for wiping excess stain)
Resene Quick...

DIY vintage sideboard revival

15 May 2019

With a bit of TLC and careful colour choice, old pieces of furniture like this vintage sideboard can easily be revived and renewed.

Although this was a beautiful piece of solid,...

The tropical trend turns over a new leaf

15 May 2019

Today’s tropical patterns have come a long way from the trendy bold emerald-green-plus-millennial pink version that was hugely popular. If you’re tired of seeing that all too familiar look, try...

One sofa, two warm winter schemes

19 Jun 2019

Sofas are a big investment – one that needs to be comfortable and flexible enough to accommodate not only your day-to-day seating needs but also when you entertain or move...

A Kmart cubby house gets a creative Kiwi update

12 Jun 2019

Jarrod Rendle and his family turned a $199 Kmart Cubby House into a playhouse palace fit for a princess (and prince), injecting a bit of Kiwi flavour into the Kmart Cubby House...

Aussie couple builds bespoke playgrounds to expand young minds

04 Jul 2019

For children, a great playground at school can do wonders for their physical health as well as their emotional well-being, social skills and self-confidence. So, when Andrew Brenchley and his...

Three’s The Block NZ recap: family bathrooms revealed

11 Jul 2019

This week on The Block NZ was one of ‘firsts’. It was the first time a fifth team was welcomed to the show (though temporarily).


As a major selling feature of...

DIY board game

24 Jul 2019

School holidays might be over, but when the weather is bad it can be difficult to keep kids stimulated without turning to the TV. Get crafting with your little ones...

Three’s The Block NZ Recap: living and media rooms

08 Aug 2019

This week, the teams were asked to create two beautiful and functional spaces: the living and media room. There was also an extra point up for grabs for the team...

The colour connection in Tawa Historical Society’s commemorative memorial

01 Aug 2019

Placed adjacent to the quiet and calming Grasslees Reserve in Tawa is a special commemorative memorial. It’s a project that’s been ten years in the making, representing years of local community...

Three’s The Block NZ recap: Apartment 5 revealed

25 Jul 2019

On the fifth week of the programme, it seemed fitting that the teams worked together to tackle the remainder of Apartment 5 in a way that would result in a...

Three’s The Block NZ: Entrance, hallway & laundry

15 Aug 2019

This week, the teams were challenged with completing the entrance, hallway & laundry of their apartments. The entrance is a space that provides the critical first impression to a home....

Three’s The Block NZ recap: do-over rooms

22 Aug 2019

This week the teams got the chance to do over a room in their apartment. The teams were all given $10,000 to complete the space. If the space received a...

Resene award winners show courageous uses of colour

29 Aug 2019

Resene has a long history of colour and today's colour range of thousands of hues is a far cry from the handful that was available when Resene started 73 years...

The latest on lattice

11 Sep 2019

Intersecting geometric repeating patterns, often called ‘lattice’, are classic designs that you have likely seen before. Many of these timeless patterns have been used for hundreds of years in art...

Tammy bootstraps a business of a different colour

18 Sep 2019

For over three years now, Tammy Cowan has been a successful small business owner – though she will still tell you that her main job continues to be the same...

Readers’ Roundup: October 2019 Edition

22 Oct 2019

We know spring has sprung when we start seeing plenty of fresh new projects popping up in our inbox.

If you’re looking for inspiration as you head into the long weekend,...

Keep NZ Beautiful Awards celebrate positive environmental action

29 Oct 2019

This week, Keep New Zealand Beautiful has revealed the winners for the 2019 Beautiful Awards, which celebrate environmental excellence and positive actions taken by communities, businesses, schools and individuals throughout New...

6 tonal wallpaper designs that add just the right amount of texture

10 Dec 2019

Too much of a good thing ends up being a bad thing. Some wallpaper designs, while their pattern is beautiful, can overwhelm a space – especially if they have other...

Paint it black

28 Nov 2019

With Black Friday growing in popularity each year, why not use this as inspiration and bring black into your home?

When it comes to interior decorating, black sometimes gets a bad rap. Some...

Holiday gifts for him, her and the home

05 Dec 2019

With the festive season sneaking up, our minds quickly turn to gift shopping. If you’ve been coming up short for ideas - never fear. We’ve curated a list of colourful,...

Two simple Christmas crafts to make with your family

11 Dec 2019

Looking for some extra décor to dress up those empty shelves this Christmas? Get the kids involved and spread festive joy with these two child-friendly Christmas DIY projects from Kiwi Families.

Make a...

Louise’s colourful co-working space is proof risks can pay off

10 Dec 2019

When Louise Evans decided to leave the big smoke and chaotic ad agency life to move home to Invercargill, nothing could have prepared her for the colourful journey she was...

Last minute ideas for Christmas decorating

17 Dec 2019

Christmas has a way of sneaking up on us, and whether you’re super organised or behind the curve, finding yourself with a never ending to do list is part of...

Make your own photo booth

18 Dec 2019

Scrambling to find that little something extra for your New Year’s party or summer wedding? A photo booth is the perfect way to bring people together to create lasting memories....

Street style

14 Jan 2020

Colour works wonders when it comes to enhancing kerb appeal, whether it be a small feature or showcased on every possible surface. Whether your home is country chic or modern...

Playing up plywood

05 Mar 2020

Kids have a special superpower. When they see a simple shape, they don’t just see a square, circle, rectangle or triangle – they see a robot, flower, spaceship or tree,...

6 bold wallpaper designs we’re currently coveting

04 Feb 2020

Why blend into a bland crowd when you can stand out? That’s the spirit we’re carrying into 2020 when it comes to interiors, with eclectic wallpapers being the very first...

DIY painted herringbone mirror

19 Feb 2020

Upcycling is taking over in a big way – not only keeping the planet happy, but also providing those with an eye for design a way to get crafty and...

7 textured wallpaper designs you’ll want to get your hands on

19 Feb 2020

Have you ever stood back to look at your space and felt like it was missing something, but you couldn’t put your finger on it? If your room is lacking...

One dining room, three beautiful ways

19 Feb 2020

The gabled dining space in Stephanie Waterhouse’s Christchurch home is a superb space. The design is a brainchild of Architect Don Jamieson and architectural graduate Joshua Dubbeld, one that is full...

Change up your wallpaper without actually changing your wallpaper

25 Mar 2020

Some wallpaper is actually designed to be painted, making it easier than ever to personalise it to go with your home’s existing colour scheme. These paintable designs from the Resene Wallpaper Collection can...

Create a garden oasis with Central Landscapes

18 Mar 2020

A quiet city oasis is easily achievable with Central Landscapes’ products. 

Try growing your own vegetable garden in a Sleeper edged raised bed filled with quality planting media like Living Earth Garden Mix, which contains...

7 wallpaper designs that pay homage to our feathered friends

18 Mar 2020

There’s something charming about birds of every kind, and design-wise, they’re brilliant fodder for décor inspiration. Whether your home is country chic or minimalist and modern, you can weave in...

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