Habitat plus - colour connection
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It’s not just a fashion thing – the colour red seems to be a perennial favourite at this end of the world. Maybe it’s the saturated, strong quality of our light, or the brightly flowering pohutukawa and wattle trees to which we’ve grown so attached... more
Pink is a fairly polarising colour; you tend to either love
it or hate it. It’s also considered extremely girly. But it’s a
colour that is sneaking its way out of the baby’s nursery.
Subtle use of pink can bring warmth and rosiness to a
Happy, fun, sassy, playful, optimistic and energetic.
Orange is such an irrepressibly cheerful colour that it makes
most of us smile. Some people are not so keen on its inyour-
face exuberance... more
Happy, sunshiny yellow – it’s the colour of spring and summer, of warmth and cheeriness. It brings a bit of brightness into your life and makes you smile... more
Green also has obvious botanic alliances and allusions, whether they are realised in a bright floral fabric or elegantly stylised bamboo-motif wallpaper... more
These crossover greens and blues are a strong and continuing trend which is not surprising in a country with such a lot of coastline... more
Apparently it’s the least gender-specific colour around. It’s also one that inspires a feeling of trustworthiness, sincerity and peacefulness... more
Unlike its close cousins, red and blue, purple can inspire nervousness in home decorators. It’s a powerful colour, even in its softer forms of mauve and lilac, so many of us are wary of using it... more
When you’re decorating, there’s white (which you can buy as Resene White), and there are a slew of other ‘whites’ or off-whites, with touches of yellow, green, brown or grey turning them to alabaster, chalk, ivory, cream... more
It’s probably the most appealing, easiest-to-live-with
part of the colour spectrum – mid-toned neutrals... more
Many of us think of off-white as the only neutral paint colour, but neutrals also encompass dark tones... more
In fact, let’s not call it brown. Try these descriptive tags and brown turns from yuck to yum: cocoa, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, sepia, nut, russet, rust and mahogany... more
Like any other part of the colour spectrum, when it comes to neutrals, there is a fashion... more
We may be known for our love of black clothing, but it seems we also love this colour in our homes... more