Walls throughout painted in Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Miso (top), Resene Iko Iko (trim) and Resene Rewilding (bottom). Floor in Resene Walk-on tinted to Resene Rice Cake.

Give interiors a seasonal shake-up with this unexpected, chic colour combination

Art direction — Amber Armitage/ Marigold
Photography — Wendy Fenwick/ Flash Studios

In the ever-evolving world of interior design, trends (particularly those attached to colour palettes and tones) tend to ebb and flow with the seasons. Some, however, have staying power, and when it comes to conceiving a colour for the interior of your home, looking to hues that draw from nature will guarantee a degree of timeless appeal. This season, it is the combination of earthy olive greens and clean cream tones that we are loving, a pairing that promises to infuse any living space with warmth, sophistication and a touch of the natural world.

Folk ladder by Design Within Reach, Sahara rug by Cassina, Camaleonda sofa by B&B Italia all from Matisse. Path From The Loop artwork by Dominique Marriott from Ligne Roset. Artie coffee table and Tolv Islet side table from Soren Liv. Blanche floor lamp By Minotti and Bracci armchair by Van Rossum from ECC. Macchia su Macchia Leopardo Olla vase and candle by Stories Of Italy, home scents candles by Loewe from Faradays.

Olive green, reminiscent of lush foliage and offering a sense of calm tranquillity, serves as the anchor of this aesthetic palette. Its muted tones exude a sense of understated luxury making it an ideal backdrop for any room in the house. Paired with creamy neutrals, such as soft ivory or warm taupe, olive green takes on an elevated elegance, and can easily be used to create a space that feels simultaneously cosy and chic. Of course, before considering any major colour changes, it is always to the experts at Resene that we turn first, who not only know how to combine colours in a way that brings out the best of each, but who posses a deep understanding of the kinds of olive and cream hues that will work specifically.  

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New Outlook, 2021, Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle photo rag, by Mickey Smith (leaning on floor to left) from Sanderson Contemporary. Sahara rug by Cassina, Camaleonda sofa by B&B Italia all from Matisse. Zebra throw by Saved NY, Le Ballerine mesh flats by Alaïa from Faradays.

Colours To Try
Beryl Green from Resene
Gold from Resene
Iko Iko from Resene
Xandu from Resene

For those seeking a contemporary look, pairing olive green walls with sleek, minimalist furniture and metallic accents can create a sophisticated urban oasis. Look at colours like Resene Miso and Resene Iko Iko to achieve the best outcome, and pair them with others like Resene Organic or Resene Rewilding, to get that olive and cream combination down perfectly. Alternatively, using a tone like Resene Beryl Green as the base and incorporating olive green accents in hues like Resene Gold and Resene Xanadu will, particularly when paired with natural textures and luxurious upholstery, lend a cool, rustic charm to your space.

In today’s fast-paced world, creating a sanctuary where one can unwind and recharge is more important than ever, and thanks to its organic hues inspired by the outdoors, this calming colour combination fosters a sense of tranquillity and balance, turning any room into a retreat from the stress and busyness of daily life. 

Get The Look

Fork Ladder by Design Within Reach from Matisse
Artwork by Mickey Smith from Sanderson
Camaleonda sofa by B&B Italia from Matisse
Stories of Italy candle from Faradays
Atollo table lamp by Oluce from ECC
Zebra Throw by Saved NY from Faradays
Tolv Islet Side Table from Soren Liv
Artie Oval Marble Coffee Table from Soren Liv
New York by New York Assouline book from Ligne Roset
Orange blossom candle by Loewe from Faradays
Bracci armchair by Van Rossum from ECC
Stories of Italy vase from Faradays
Blanche floor lamp by Minotti from ECC
Noblesse Champagne Saucer from The Studio Of Tableware
Sahara rug by Cassina from Matisse
Halo vases from Powersurge
Alaia Le Ballerine Mesh from Faradays



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