Interior Style

How 3 key pieces of furniture can work with 5 different looks

Need a living room makeover but having trouble picking a palette? We created five different looks using the same key furniture pieces to show how a single space can be transformed through confident use of colour

The three key pieces of furniture:

  1. Hugo velvet sofa, $2695, from Me & My Trend.
  2. Tilt coffee table, $1290, from Citta.
  3. Noughts Weave rug, $1900, from Nodi.

The looks:

1. Sunny terracotta

A vivacious colour palette suits your summery style.

The room: Inspired by the tones of the desert, this colour adds so much warmth and vibrancy to a space.

Colour notes: Resene ‘Sunbaked’ is a timeless terracotta. Try it with gentle apricots such as Resene ‘Soulful’, blackened blues or red browns such as Resene ‘Cedar’.

Shop this look:
– Arch chair in beige, $895, from Me & My Trend. Ikea picture ledge, $24.90, from Urban Sales.
– Ikea Frosta stool, $29.99, from Swedish Furniture.


2. Moody Blue

The sublime hues of oceans, forests and lakes make you feel calm and comfortable.

The room: A creative and restorative space, this room is ideal for contemplation.

Colour notes: Resene ‘Fast Forward’ is a deep slate blue warmed with a moody undertone of green. Try this colour with blue greys (eg Resene ‘Raindance’), sharp yellow whites (eg Resene ‘Rice Cake’) or yellow greens. Pale, textural furnishings and a pop of mustard add contrast.

Styling tip: Paint some shelves the same shade as your walls for a seamless effect.

Shop this look:
– Nice Coastlines print, from $75, by Amber Armitage.
– Kingdom candle, $47.90, from Good Thing.
– This is Home book, $59.99, from Sunday Homestore.
– Mini drum ottoman in mustard, $495, from Me & My Trend.


3. Violet whimsy

A devoted flower fan, floral tones and textures are your preferred home accessory.

The room: Playful and fresh, this pretty space is inspired by the magnolia flower.

Colour notes: Resene ‘Whimsical’ is a pastel lilac, a fanciful, dreamy colour. Try it with chilled whites (eg Resene ‘Poured Milk’), velvety mauves (eg Resene ‘Memory Lane’) or fuchsia pinks (eg Resene ‘Smitten’).

Shop this look:
– Magnolia cushion fabric in copper from James Dunlop Textiles.
– Sandals, $229.90, from La Tribe.
– Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden book, $59.99, from Father Rabbit.
– Large pot, $179.99, from Kings Plant Barn.
– Blush Magnolia print, from $75, by Amber Armitage.


4. Bold & black

Confident with colour, you enjoy the straight-up simplicity of black on black.

The room: Cinematic and dramatic, this moody monochrome room packs a punch.

Colour notes: Resene ‘Noir’ is a deep midnight black with an edge of magic and mystery. Try this colour with chilled whites (eg Resene ‘Poured Milk’), rich purples (eg Resene ‘Machiavelli’) or charcoal metallics (eg Resene ‘Extraterrestrial’).

Shop this look:
– Mini pin-tuck ottoman, $525, Saigon arch mirror, $495, from Me & My Trend.
– Moonstone cushion, $169, from Penney & Bennett.
– Tall Sicilian carafe, $105, from Father Rabbit.
– Watering can, $85, from Sunday Homestore.


5. Light-hearted white

The clean, crisp feel of a white interior suits your love of minimal furnishings and natural textures.

The room: Simple and nurturing with a strong Scandi vibe, this relaxed space can be layered up.

Colour notes: Resene ‘Poured Milk’ is a chilled white with a touch of blue-grey hiding at its heart. Try it with mushroom taupes or lilac greys. We added the warmth of Resene ‘Napa’ and ‘Sambuca’ (in the artwork) to create some depth.

Shop this look:
– Ash peacock chair, $795, from Me & My Trend.
– Cait porcelain cup, $16.50, Remodelista book, $54.99, from Father Rabbit.
– Ikea Frosta stool, $29.99, from Swedish Furniture.
– Wooden coat hooks, $8, from Kmart.


Words & Styling by: Amber Armitage. Photography by: Melanie Jenkins.

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