Interior Style

This nature-inspired paint palette is the perfect colour combination

Article by Simply You

This expert guide will show you how to take inspiration from nature and design your interior using the latest paint and wallpaper combinations

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Taking cues from nature to guide our interior style is a popular way to decorate.  As summer leaves turn gold and amber beneath sweeps of grey-blue sky, Mother Nature’s seasonal palette change is a great place to start your makeover journey.

If you’re feeling inspired but you’re unsure where to begin, these fail-safe tips will show you how to put together the perfect paint palette combination.

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1. The perfect colour combination

Cool tones such as blue and grey appear alongside warm shades of camel and maple in nature, so apply the same logic to your autumnal-inspired colour scheme and don’t be afraid to mix and match.

2. A fail-safe dark accent colour

If you require a darker shade to anchor the lighter, warmer tones in your space, a nearly navy blue is a lovely choice. Resene ‘True Blue’ will provide a solid accent without being overpowering.

3. Try cool blues for small spaces

Soothing Resene blue tones provide a calming atmosphere in the home and choosing to paint your walls in a lighter shade will make a small space appear larger, too. Then adding subtle hints of warmth through lighter hues such as pale yellow, soft peach and cream.

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4. Use wallpaper to create a colour story

Whether you’re creating a feature wall or using Resene wallpaper throughout your space, the colour palette of your chosen design can pull the whole room together. Choose accent colours from your wallpaper and work them into your soft furnishings, artwork and upholstery repeatedly for a feeling of cohesion and well-considered design.

5. Subtle ways to use bold colour

Bold shades such as mustard, burnt orange and saffron can seem like a big commitment, so you may choose to paint a single wall, door or recessed shelf for a statement pop of colour instead. Keep the rest of your space light, neutral and airy for an understated yet modern feel.

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6. Anchor with a neutral grey

With scores of chic greys to choose from, Resene ‘Grey Seal’ makes the perfect base to anchor your autumnal tones.


View the huge range of wallpaper options in the wallpaper library at your local Resene ColorShop.  All paint colours are from the Resene colour range. View A4 swatches of all colours in the colour library at your local Resene ColorShop. Colours as close as printing allows. Always view a physical sample or try a Resene testpot before making your final choice.

Resene paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. resene.co.nz/colorshops or 0800 RESENE (737 363).

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