A sophisticated slate bedroom gets a tropical twist

24 Jan 2019

When you think about a traditional tropical interior, it often evokes images of green palm leaves, pink flamingos and light-coloured cane furniture in bright sun-drenched rooms. This colour scheme – drawn from the wrapping paper featured in the frame, takes the concept for a more sophisticated spin.

While the key textural elements and motifs you’d expect are all still present, they’ve been anchored in the deep smouldering tones of Resene Quarter Bokara Grey, creating a modern, elegant look that’s chic rather than shabby.

Designer Vanessa Nouwen has doubled down on the moody grey by opting for Resene Eighth Bokara Grey on the floor and the living room sideboard and piling on charcoal bed linen, cushions and rugs. The deep backdrop makes the plum Resene Virtuoso on the bedhead, bedside table and the vase bloom like a tropical flower.

The whole look stays fresh with notes of barely pink Resene Ethereal on the lightshade and ladder, duskier Resene Rebel on the bedside tealight holder, crisp notes of Resene Dreamtime on the wall planter and bedside vase, Resene Despacito on the tall living room vase and Resene Dreamtime on the floor basket.

Natural fibres and colours, so important to the tropical theme, have been given a touch of bling with Resene FX Rose Gold on the sideboard basket; a hint of shimmer to a very jewel-like finish.

Even in this strong saturation, Resene Eighth Bokara Grey is nearly as flexible as a lighter neutral and lends itself well to a host of other colours.

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Accessories: Duvet Cover Set, and small plum and medium pink cushions from H&M Home; Waffle Euro in Dusty, Grey Textured Throw and Cushion from Allium Interiors; Charcoal Linen Robe from Ezibuy; Woven Lounge Chair from Early Settler; Ribbed Runner Rug from Kmart; Tote Bag from Citta; Wrapping paper (used as framed art) from Father Rabbit.

styling Vanessa Nouwens​
images Melanie Jenkins

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The walls of this bedroom have been painted Resene Quarter Bokara Grey, the floor is in Resene Eighth Bokara Grey, the cane headboard and sidetable are in Resene Virtuoso, the pendant light and ladder are in Resene Ethereal, the slender vase, tea light and hex wall planter are all in Resene Dreamtime and the cork tealight holder is in Resene Rebel.

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Mood board: Background in Resene Eighth Bokara Grey, vase in Resene Virtuoso, tealight holder in Resene Rebel and A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left) Resene Dreamtime, Resene Quarter Bokara Grey, Resene Virtuoso and Resene Ethereal.

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Carry this look over to a reading corner by painting the walls and sideboard in Resene Eighth Bokara Grey. The tall vase is in Resene Despacito, the small basket is in Resene FX Rose Gold and the floor basket is in Resene Dreamtime.

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