Our stylists’ current colour loves and how to use them in your home

12 Sep 2019

Recently, we asked some of our stylists what Resene colours they’re most looking forward to using in their own homes and upcoming projects.

What did we learn? The popularity of pink continues to prevail, spicy sunbaked shades are heating up, the love for navy runs deep and blue-greens tones are gaining traction.

But of course, it’s one thing to be cognisant of the trends that are out there and quite another to know what to do with them. Check out our accompanying top tips to learn how to use these trending hues in your own home.

Amber Armitage

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Background in Resene Shabby Chic with vessels (clockwise from top) in Resene Atlas, Resene Crowdpleaser and Resene Sunbaked and A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left) Resene Crowdpleaser, Resene Sunbaked and Resene Atlas.

“When it comes to putting together my favourite colours into palettes, I am drawn to a monochromatic palette with an added pop to set it off. So, this might be a family of blues like Resene King Tide, Resene Time After Time and Resene Half Dusted Blue with a contrasting pop of Resene Twisted Sister. Or, it could be grouping earthy tones such as Resene Crowdpleaser, Resene Shabby Chic and Resene Sunbaked together, offset with a deep green like Resene Atlas. I like to find a balance of light and dark, bold and recessive colours by the quantities used of each colour.”

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Wall in Resene Half Spanish White, floor in Resene Colorwood Whitewash, peacock chair and large plant pot in Resene Sunbaked and peg stools in (from left to right) Resene Sunbaked, Resene Despacito and Resene Shabby Chic.

Top tip: Desert pinks like Resene Shabby Chic naturally lend themselves to be layered with other sunset shades. Build a tonal look in an otherwise neutral dining area with chairs and accessories in Resene Crowdpleaser, Resene Shabby Chic and Resene Sunbaked with just a touch of Resene Atlas on a plant pot, a pendant lamp or a piece of artwork for added interest.

Gem Adams

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Background in Resene Sunbaked with lidded containers in Resene Santa Fe and Resene Stonewashed and vases in Resene Waiouru and Resene Grey Olive.

“My husband and I have been renovating our 1910 cottage for the last few years and the end is finally in sight! Of course, it’s always Resene that comes up with the goods, and I have been poring over the Resene The Range fashion colours 20 fandeck to add that perfect little hint of colour to our otherwise neutral home. We have painted our tongue-and-groove bathroom cabinets in the rich scrubby Resene Waiouru green with Resene Stonewashed making an appearance around the mirror. Resene Grey Olive brings a modern traditional putty to the mix, and I can't go past the classics like Resene Black White – it’s unparalleled as the base colour of our home.”

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Wall in Resene Sunbaked, floor in Resene Earthen, woven side table in Resene Thunder Road, coffee table in Resene Sambuca, tray in Resene Despacito, woven texture vase in Resene Sunbaked, grid vase in Resene Just Dance, large rounded vase in Resene Soulful.

Top tip: Toasted terracottas like Resene Sunbaked look lovely with a range of earthy tones. Try it on the walls of a lounge with Resene Stonewashed on the floor, Resene Grey Olive on a coffee and side table, then add accessories in Resene Waiouru. To keep the space from feeling heavy, use Resene Black White on the ceiling to bring in a sense of levity.

Annick Larkin

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Background in Resene Coast, tray in Resene Ethereal with small vases in (clockwise from left) Resene Twilight Zone, Resene Rice Cake and Resene Grey Olive.

“Right now, I’m completely enamoured with the muddier palette of navy, lilac, sage and muted creams. I love this refined combination of colours as they all pair beautifully with one another and look great mixed with natural elements such as timber, warm metals and indoor greenery. A rich navy hue – such as Resene Twilight Zone or Resene Coast – creates just as much drama as black, but its complex undertones make it a warmer and more welcoming choice. Lilac is a fantastic alternative to blush as an accent colour – my go-to is Resene Ethereal – which is delicate and sophisticated as well as being somewhat less feminine than pink. Resene Grey Olive and Resene Rice Cake are my favourite neutrals – they’re elegant and warm and can be mixed with just about any colour, making them an ideal choice for any paint project.”

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Wall in Resene Coast with Harris Sofa, Astoria Cushion, Velo Stitch Cushion, Swirl Metallic Cushion, and Silhouette Side Table all from Nood.

Top tip: Resene Coast is a deep dusty denim that’s ideal for anchoring a moody room, shown on the wall of this lounge. Balance it with major furniture in dark colours like Resene Twilight Zone but keep the flooring and accessories light in shades like Resene Rice Cake and Resene Ethereal. Resene Grey Olive can be used strictly as a neutral in places where you feel your eyes need a place to rest and can help bridge the contrast.

Kate Alexander

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Background in Resene Green Meets Blue with vases (clockwise from top) in Resene Endeavour, Resene Dreamtime, Resene Sixth Sense and Resene Hive and A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top) Resene Unwind, Resene Secrets, Resene Hive, Resene Sixth Sense and Resene Endeavour.

“My favourite Resene The Range fashion 20 colour is – hands down – Resene Green Meets Blue. I’ve used it to define all four walls of my open plan lounge which now feels luscious, cosy and encompassing. To keep it fun, I’ve contrasted this soft grey green with the punch of Resene Endeavour and Resene Hive. It also hangs out nicely with the new mushrooms, mauves and violets like Resene Sixth Sense, Resene Whimsical and Resene Eye Candy. Or pair it with Resene Secrets and Resene Unwind for a gentle, grey-green tone-on-tone scheme.”

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Wall in Helix (upper section) and Resene Artemis (lower section), floor in Resene Poured Milk, shelf and hooks in Resene Armadillo, toy box in Resene Silver Chalice and vases and pots (from left to right) in Resene Cleopatra, Resene Swiss Caramel and Resene Sunbaked.

Top tip: Resene Green Meets Blue is an extremely versatile hue that lends itself well to pops of bright colours, making it ideal for a nursery. Use it on the bottom section of walls as high up as little hands can reach to bring in some rich colour while masking the appearance of smudges. Try lighter Resene Secrets on the upper section of the walls, go for a floor in Resene Poured Milk, then add in pops Kate’s recommended brights like Resene Endeavour and Resene Hive. For something softer, swap them for Resene Sixth Sense and Resene Dreamtime instead.

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styling Gem Adams, Kate Alexander, Laura Lynn Johnston, Claudia Kozub

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