Unlikely colour combos

23 Oct 2014

Warm muted colours and saturated pastels are making their mark on homewares and interiors. And with the retro revival across all creative fields now focusing on the fashion and colours of the 1980s, it’s no surprise that peach, apricot, terracotta, tan (and pink and grey) are popping up everywhere.

To keep an interior scheme of these slightly muddied warm colours from becoming too intense - even sickly - try pairing them with the clear cool tones of cobalt blue. The combination of peach, tan and cobalt may be unexpected but it makes scientific sense. It’s what’s called a complementary colour scheme, taking colours from opposite sides of the colour wheel – blue and orange – and using them to create an eye-catching, more dramatic scheme.

Stylist Vanessa Nouwens put together these creative collections.

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing [email protected].

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Clockwise from left – Flower Tile Blue cushion, $AUD115, from Bonnie and Neil; E27 Halogen socket lamp, $199, from Bauhaus; Kip & Co Matchstick blanket, $199, from Superette; Tero small vase, $54.90, from Country Road; Chloe Croft blue budgies art, $895, from Bauhaus; Eiffjinger wallpaper (Ibiza 330271) from Resene; Lungo coffee table, $749, from Bo Concept.

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Clockwise from left: Ashley & Co candle, $45, from Collected; Carlton Sofa, POA, from Bo Concept; Eiffjinger wallpaper (Ibiza 330242) from Resene; leather Flutter chair in Chestnut, $1750, from Flutter Design; metallic paper tote bag by Uashmama, $195, from Collected; Penny Round cushion, $109, from Small Acorns; X cushion cover, $AUD74, from Pony Rider.

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