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Paint colour trends to future-proof your home

10-Nov-2016 08:23:06

It’s time to make a colour connection.  

While it may seem like only yesterday we were celebrating the trends for this summer, colour experts are working well ahead, predicting our palettes for as far our as 2018. The new The Range 2018 fashion colours fandeck from Resene includes the latest on trend paint colours for a quick fashion update for homes and buildings. Choosing paint that will last the distance in terms of trends is a great way to future-proof your home.



Time to escape… indoors. Nature has always had a strong influence on choices, and never more so than now. With many addicted to technology and more time spent indoors, the great outdoors is coming in… in our surfaces, finishes, colours and accessorising.

Clear finishes and natural wood stains protect against modern life and allow the natural beauty to be seen. Teamed with greens, blues and pops of colour that would be at home in a flower garden, nature provides a beautiful palette to choose from.

We are also taking our indoor spaces outdoors with ‘’outdoor rooms’’ with all the luxury of the interior but protected from the harshness of Mother Nature; enjoying the great outdoors without being exposed.

The new colour collection has an abundance of greens from sharp and clean to muddied and botanic: Resene Fresh, Resene Good Life, Resene Left Field and Resene Vitality.

Green is not the only colour of nature. Think of the splendour of sunsets and sunrises, the bright blooms of a spring garden. Uplifting colours that fill us with hope: Resene Turkish Delight, Resene Ruby Tuesday and Resene Celebrate.


Black white shower: Fresh from the beach, what better way to wash off the salt and sand than in this fish-scale outdoor shower? Set into a private courtyard painted in Resene Delta, the shower wall is painted in hard-wearing Resene Lumbersider low-sheen paint, tinted to various colours: Resene All Black, Resene Quarter Delta, Resene Quarter Truffle and Resene Double Alabaster. Softened with potted palms, and with shells underfoot, it’s both a practical and beautiful space. The pots are painted in Resene Passport, Resene Hideaway and Resene Karaka. The duckboard is stained in Resene Woodsman Iroko.


Outdoor dining: Add sizzle to your outdoor dining with saturated fiery shades of orange, ochre and yellow. Ultimately adaptable, these types of colours can be used in a myriad of styles from a mid-west desert feel to this contemporary Pacifica look. Resene Rumour Has It is used on the wall; orange can be very intense but this colour has a muted ‘burnt’ edge that makes it particularly easy to be with. In the same ‘hot’ colour vein, the stools are in Resene Aloha (at back), Resene Malarkey (right) and Resene Celebrate (left and front), while the table is in soothing coffee bean Resene Sambuca. A side fence is made of bamboo panels, and painted in the classic Resene Pearl Lusta. A random length ‘deck mat’ is made of pine planks stained in Resene Woodsman Banjul. Add some basketry accessories (painted in Resene Ruby Tuesday and Resene Celebrate), some fruit and palm leaves, then sit back and enjoy the day.


Neutrals are dusky and earthy too, with grey and beige co-mingling and blackened white, such as Resene Black White, popular as a backdrop. If you love the feel of grey but need a touch more colour, look to the dusted tones of grey blended with blue for a timeless look that can be easily accessorised to suit each season. Look for Resene Half Dusted Blue.

Our love of greyed browns has been put to one side as truer greys emerge, from silvery shades to slatey charcoals: Resene Half Grey Chateau and Resene Steam Roller. That’s allowed browns to become earthier and richer, and for bronzed hues to emerge: Resene Road Trip, Resene On Track and Resene Rumour Has It.


Bedroom: Use washed pastels for a dreamy vibe. It’s easy to defer to sea and sand tones when decorating a beachy bedroom, but this range of dusky washed pastels creates a heavenly haven that would look sublime anywhere. It all begins with a great new colour, Resene Rascal, for the walls. It’s a delicious merging of blush, soft tan and peach, so answers the current desire for neutrals that have extra personality. It’s teamed up with a floor in Resene Unwind, a cane bedside table in Resene Mozart, and an ottoman in Resene Inside Back. The pots are in Resene Inside Back and Resene Stetson. Add a floaty bed-net made from Pause voile in colour Naturalle from the Resene Curtain Collection, and some washed linen bedding. It’s a room that would be hard to leave each morning.


Want more intensity? Pops of colour remain strong - boldly coloured front doors, blocks of colour co-ordinated into a single wall or as random blocks as accents. Art meets design, and both meet colour.

Whether it’s a feature wall, ceiling or area in a single striking colour, a colourblocked effect or a freehand painted design, bold saturated colour is becoming the artwork, taking centre stage on walls, floors, ceilings and furniture.

Look to Resene Energise, Resene Happy, Resene Hashtag and Resene Drop Dead Gorgeous.


Triangle wall: The humble triangle is being used in all sorts of inventive ways. This stunning triangle wall is easier to achieve than it looks, although the trick is in the colour selection. We’ve taken 10 colours, and started with the darker ones in the bottom left-hand corner, then gradually lightened the scheme as it heads to the top righthand corner. Pop in an unexpected colour (the dusky gold) in three spots, and there you have it. A stunning feature wall all for the cost of some Resene testpots and masking tape... and time. Get the look with Resene Essence, Resene Castaway, Resene Cruising, Resene Half Raven, Resene Melodic, Resene Mozart, Resene Nauti, Resene Reflection, Resene Steam Roller and Resene Whirlwind. The sideboard drawers are in Resene Bianca and the cork tile floor is in Resene Blast Grey 1


The world continues to shrink. Not only are people nomadic, ideas also flow freely across borders and space. Exposure to new cultures encourages mixing and matching of colours in unexpected combinations. Colours that would once have never been seen together are now happy partners; it’s colour clash with a purpose.

Try Resene Discover, Resene Aloha, Resene Freelance, Resene ASAP and Resene Passport.

  • View the latest fandeck online at or view it at your local Resene ColorShop. For the first time, the new fandeck includes two fandeck pages of the most popular colours from the Resene Whites & Neutrals collection, including classics like Resene Spanish White and today’s top-ranked whites like Resene Black White and Resene Alabaster, to help you complement the new colours.



Hanging chair/brown wall

Paint effects specialist Greer Clayton used Resene Resitex and Resene Sandtex to texture the wall of this garden courtyard, then painted it in an ombre of Resene Sambuca, Resene Papier Mache and Resene Martini. The hanging egg chair is stained in Resene Waterborne Woodsman Bleached Riverstone with Resene Alabaster stripes. The deer heads and stool are in Resene Woodsman Whitewash and the stool legs are painted in Resene Alabaster. The tray is in Resene Spark metallic and the pot has been textured then ombred in Resene Alabaster and Resene Gravel. The timber bench seat is in Resene Waterborne Woodsman Limed Gum and the pergola is Resene Rice Cake. Fabrics and cushions are from James Dunlop Textiles.

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