On the dark side

From Habitat magazine - issue 27, spring/summer 2017 /18

Most homeowners follow the theory that bathrooms benefit from light and bright colours to make them look clean and spacious.

Jenna and Paul Sims didn’t follow the rules. When they moved into their new builder’s spec house, Jenna knew that the bathrooms needed more personality. Rather than go to the expense of changing tiles and fittings, she gave both the main bathroom and the ensuite an instant transformation with dark Resene Half Fuscous Grey walls.

Jenna’s sister had used the full strength version of the colour, and Jenna loved it. Using the colour as a feature wall was an obvious solution to both bathrooms, one behind the bath, and the other is the wall you see as you look through the walk-in wardrobe from the bedroom. The other walls in both bathrooms are in Resene Double Black White.

Says Jenna: “The ensuite gets a lot of light so I knew a dark colour would work, and not overwhelm or close in the space. It’s also an easy colour to accessorise as it goes with just about any other colour you’d like to use.” At the moment, the ensuite is accessorised in soft turquoise and the main bathroom in fresh green.

“The colour has totally lifted both rooms and given warmth to what were quite sterile rooms. Paul wasn’t convinced about the edge of brown that you get in the half strength of Resene Fuscous Grey – it’s quite different in that respect to the full strength version but it really enhances the grain effect in the tiles.” Jenna is a master at finding stunning looking accessories at reasonable prices. The towel ladder in the ensuite is from Kmart, for example, and the green vases in the main bathroom are from Spotlight.

Both the ensuite (left) and the main bathroom (right) were given a colour facelift with Resene Half Fuscous Grey feature walls.

Did you know: that the Resene Kitchen & Bathroom range combines anti-bacterial silver protection and MoulDefender to minimise unwanted nasties in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries? Available in white and off whites. Use Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen or Resene Lustacyl semi-gloss for darker colours.

Search Habitat Magazine Stories

Want to get your own free copy of future issues of Habitat?

If you have an idea, project or story that you think would suit Habitat, we’d love to hear from you. Please drop us an email with your details and include photos if submitting a project.

View Videos

Resene Paints Ltd

Choose your Resene paint colours

Our vision is to be respected as an ethical and sustainable company and acknowledged as the leading provider of innovative paint and colour technology. View Resene’s profile and Environmental Policy.

Any personal data, such as name, address, phone, email details, supplied to Resene for the purposes of receiving newsletters, orders etc will be retained by Resene Paints Ltd and used only by Resene Paints Ltd and its trusted agencies for the purposes of communication/promotion/providing service to you. We do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer your personal data to outside third parties. If you wish to opt out of communication from Resene please complete our contact us form. View our full Privacy Policy.

We would love to hear from you if you wish to use Resene’s images, information and ideas for social medial, blogs, newsletters and other media use. Please email and let us know what you need, what it is for and how Resene will be acknowledged as the source of the content. We are happy to assist with most requests.

Colours shown on this website are a representation only. Please refer to the actual paint or product sample. Resene colour charts, testpots and samples are available for ordering online.   See measurements/conversions for more details on how electronic colour values are achieved.

PO Box 924, Beenleigh, Queensland 4207
P: 1800 738 383. F: 1800 064 960

New Zealand:
PO Box 38242, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045
P: +64 (4) 577 0500, 0800 RESENE (737 363). F: (04) 577 0600