Mood-board / Turbo-charged living

Nothing says 'come on in, to where it's warm and inviting' like a room swathed in yellow. It's the colour of the sun after all. And the tone of Resene Turbo is the speediest, full-strength yellow there is. Bold, energetic and literally, glowing. It needs equally supersonic colours to ride the fast lane with it, the softness of pale pink to slow it down and the contrast of black, and white, to bring it to a stop.

The inspiration for this living room was the mid-century modernism movement – and their skill for celebrating primary colours. It's an aesthetic that knows how to make a statement without being fussy. Each element has its place. Slim silhouettes combine with robust structures, and shapes find themselves to be organic.

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This turbo-charged living room shows you how to go forth and be bold without overheating. The hero colour is, quite proudly, Resene Turbo. Roadster (red) and Party Zone (orange) back it up. Sorbet offers some pink relief, and Noir provides the all important black backdrop.

Here’s your shopping list for creating your own turbo-charged mid-mod living room :


Cintesi Berkeley Tan two-seater sofa >>  Bold enough to hold its ground in this Turbo-charged room. The tan leather fits right in with the warm tones.

Cintesi Berkeley Tan two-seater sofa >> Bold enough to hold its ground in this Turbo-charged room. The tan leather fits right in with the warm tones.

Soren Liv Elle Pillar coffee table >>  Elegant and unfussy in its proportions. The black marble connecting with the floor below, and shelf above.

Soren Liv Elle Pillar coffee table >> Elegant and unfussy in its proportions. The black marble connecting with the floor below, and shelf above.


Endemicworld Inaluxe Morning Sun art print >>  Organic shapes in both soft and strong soft tones, this was the inspiration for our own DIY abstract artwork : )

Endemicworld Inaluxe Morning Sun art print >> Organic shapes in both soft and strong soft tones, this was the inspiration for our own DIY abstract artwork : )

Ivy House Paragon rug >>  Soft and textured to give the eye a break and the feet a treat, and the tassles provide a guiding white line against the black floor.

Ivy House Paragon rug >> Soft and textured to give the eye a break and the feet a treat, and the tassles provide a guiding white line against the black floor.


Bolt of Cloth Pieni Tiliskivi Cushion >>  a simple, structured pattern to combat its flat-colour companions, also from Bolt of Cloth.

Bolt of Cloth Pieni Tiliskivi Cushion >> a simple, structured pattern to combat its flat-colour companions, also from Bolt of Cloth.

Cinquanta floor lamp >>  Graceful and slender, the diagonal slant is a welcome contrast to the many horizontal lines in the room.

Cinquanta floor lamp >> Graceful and slender, the diagonal slant is a welcome contrast to the many horizontal lines in the room.


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For an extra bit of fun, try your hand at painting your own abstract artwork, DIY instructions this way >>


Save this room for later, over on pinterest >>