Off the shelf

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

New products and ideas for the home.

Meet the new zero

Resene has a proven track record for producing environmental and people-friendly paints. Now, the company is also moving to produce paints that are free of texanol, as well as those that have no added VOCs (volatile organic compounds). To reflect this, Resene Zylone Sheen VOC Free is changing to a new name – Resene Zylone Sheen Zero. The paint is available in a range of Resene colours from the various colour collections. Also watch out for Resene SpaceCote and ClinicalCote products which have been formulated to absorb formaldehyde to improve air quality.

Hot stuff

It can be tricky to find a paint product that withstands high heat. Now Resene High Temp Black Enamel can be used on wood stoves, flues, heaters, barbecues and other metal surfaces that are exposed to high temperatures (up to 538˚C). Resene High Temp Black Enamel gives good rust resistance when fully cured. Available from Resene ColorShops and selected resellers.

Most trusted again

When Readers Digest announced its Most Trusted Brands survey results, Resene was proud to be named Most Trusted Paint for the sixth year running. Resene was also voted sixth Most Trusted Brand out of all brands. Thanks for your ongoing feedback that helps us to continually improve. And remember we always welcome constructive and helpful feedback – email or fill out the feedback form on the Resene website.

Space saver for work or study

Space saver for work or study

This space-saving and innovative Study Unit from Lundia is a great alternative for anyone studying or working from home. Built from versatile Lundia Adjustable Shelving, it features stowaway drawers and enough shelving space for all your favourite things. The unit is designed to provide storage and shelving where others can't. It’s quick to assemble, disassemble or relocate and with tool-free, height adjustable work surface and shelves, it can be customised to fit almost any space in your home. The perfect study and storage solution in one neat little package. See or call 0800 860 460.

Divinely detailed

Divinely detailed

A beautifully detailed teak timber top and smartly durable galvanised black frame make this new coffee table from Artwood a handsome addition to your outdoor room. It’s part of the new Anson range of outdoor timber and steel tables that includes dining, coffee and side tables. For stockists contact 0800 ARTWOOD or

lounge sofa

Donna delicious

A statement piece of modern style and elegance but with a luxe twist, the new Donna sofa from Danske Mobler features button detailing on the softly rolled back and arms for a touch of formality. It would look equally at home in a more casual environment, too. It has premium quality foam in the seat cushions for maximum comfort and, being locally made, you can customise the look with your own choice of fabric. See

Decor handles

Hang ups

The creative minds at Décor Handled have been in full flight with these gorgeous engraved wall handles. Sporting a variety of designs from musical scores, to butterflies and even soccer balls, they are finished in Resene paints - these are Resene White and Resene Cut Glass. See for more designs and products.

Not so straight

If there’s one decorative motif that never gets old, it’s stripes. Be they fat or thin, straight or wiggly, monotone or multi-coloured, stripes look good anywhere. For an adventurous take on stripes, check out the latest Stripes collection of wallpapers from Resene ColorShops. This fun design is code 377213 – great for a feature wall as the perfect summery backdrop.

smart touch lighting

Turn on the lights with paint

If you’re tired of fumbling in the dark trying to find your light switch, how about just touching the wall to turn on the lights? It may sound like something from the future but the new Resene SmartTouch is here now. You simply apply basecoats of Resene SmartTouch conductive coating, connect into the switch plate and overcoat with your choice of Resene topcoat. Or you can use it underneath wallpaper. Resene SmartTouch is ideal for areas such as hallways, open-plan living areas, garages and bedrooms, and handy for those with mobility limitations as the basecoat coating can cover large parts of the wall for anyone who can’t reach or work a switch easily. It also allows you to site your switch plate in a less conspicuous spot, as it will only be a backup.

Karen Walker paints

Poured with paint

The new look Karen Walker Paints collection from Resene truly embraces paint. Each image was painstakingly created by pouring each of the Karen Walker Paints colours into a palette paint pour. This required not only preplanning to get the best colour order to show off each of the hues, but a very steady hand and some clever technical know-how from the Resene technical team to get the paint to flow at just the right rate. Pick up your new Karen Walker Paints chart at your local Resene ColorShop or order online at

artwork necklaces

Clever creatives

We’re always amazed here at habitat magazine how many creative and talented people there are using Resene paints in interesting ways on their artworks or products. We make sure we showcase as many as we can on our website, on a page dedicated to people, their creations and their opinions. Check it out at It’s not always about homewares; these gorgeous necklace pendants using Resene paints are by Julia Huyser (see more of her work at

Whites and neutrals updated

The ever-popular Resene Whites & Neutrals collection is regularly updated to include the latest favourite neutrals. The new collection includes popular neutrals such as Resene All Black, Resene Baltic Sea, Resene Double Black White and Resene Double White Pointer, as the neutrals palette trends away from straight beiges and moves into blackened whites, deeper greys and blacks, and greyed off tones. See the collection at your local Resene ColorShop or reseller.

how to recycle

Waste not want not

Resene has teamed up with The Salvation Army to show how treasures from The Salvation Army stores can be upcycled with Resene paints and stains to give them a whole new look. Everything from a tray to jars, placemats to furniture can be upcycled with ease. Once upcycled the transformed items are returned to a Salvation Army store to be sold. See the growing selection of projects at

Black’s back

We love black. Some might say we’re obsessed with it. It’s one colour that has never gone out of fashion in clothing, cars… and sports teams. And now it’s the turn of architecture. Residential roofing can now be stylishly defined, and underlined, in rich, glossy black. An innovative design statement from Marley, black is the latest addition to the Marley Stratus Design Series® range of uPVC spouting and downpipe systems. Available from leading plumbing and building supply merchants nationwide. See

 Habitat magazines for inspiration

Need fresh inspiration?

The habitat team has been busy publishing themed booklets to help you with your decorating inspiration and projects. During the past few months, we’ve published booklets on paint effects, whites and neutrals, and new trends for the coming year. All of them are packed full of information, ideas and handy tips to help you get inspired for your home projects. Pick up your free copy at your local Resene ColorShop, reseller or read online at

Resene wallpapers

A little luxe

If you’re looking for some luxe for your interiors this season, the Reflect collection of wallpapers from Resene ColorShops could be the answer. It’s full of brilliant colours, elegant leaf patterns, perky peacocks, glistening scales, and textured plains with shimmering dots in a variety of shades to catch the light. There are rainbow foils, luxurious beads and velvety flocks. Colours range from rich emerald to peacock blue, from petrol and turquoise to sparkling gold and deep grape, and from warm whites to cool silver. This design is code 378006.

Dress your doors

Classic lines with a modern twist, Verta window and door hardware sets a new standard for style. A complete suite is available for interior doors, windows, and sliding and folding doors. The 800mm entrance pull handle creates a grand entrance, which can be echoed throughout the house with matching door levers and window fasteners. The marine-grade stainless steel is suitable for both interior and exterior use. Available through Fairview window and door manufacturers. Visit

pots as an artform

It's a wrap

With their bold lines and striking asymmetry, Susan Christie’s ceramic vessels offer a contemporary take on an ancient art form. Each piece is hand built by a process of folding and wrapping the clay. Teetering on the line between art and design, the glazed vessels have form and function covered. Susan combines Resene paints with Formantics shelves to create the perfect 'shelfie' installation for her ceramic creations. These vessels are seen against a geometric background shape painted in Resene Dark Side. See

Screens for outdoor living

Need a screen?

Great products are often inspired by personal need. habitat illustrator Malcolm White (he does the wonderful illustrations you see on our Alternative Solution features) needed some screens for his outdoor living area so had his own design made into laser cut steel panels by The Outside then set them between posts stained in Resene Woodsman Crowshead. The Outside can make panels out of plywood, stainless steel or aluminium and finish them in a variety of Resene colours or urethane them in Resene Aquaclear. They can be used inside or out. There is a range of standard patterns or Malcolm can create a custom design especially for you. For more see

Resene Instagram page


If you’re needing a colour boost and some ideas to get you going on your next colour palette, check out the @resenecolour Instagram page. It features styled photos of the latest Resene colours and wallpapers in various flatlays, moodboards and room settings to inspire you to combine colours and wallpapers in new ways. Fresh photos are loaded throughout each week. For an extra dose of habitat inspiration, see the @habitatbyresene page.

Black tapware

Tapping into trends

Black tapware seems to be taking over our interiors, and looks superb in both traditional and contemporary homes. This Eclipse Black/Chrome Sink Mixer from Voda is part of a new collection from Foreno. See


Floored by colour

Colour has always been at the core of Sallee and their famously high quality wool carpets; now that has been taken to another level. Spring 2017 sees the release of a new colour range of stocked product, starting with 45 colours across five textures – this one is from the Whenever range, in colour Right Now. If those colours aren’t quite right for your particular project, then Sallee’s Bespoke Carpet Service allows you to create your own. See or call 0800 SALLEE (0800 725 533).


Curtains for all

Harrisons Curtains & Blinds have launched a new and exclusive range of fabrics called the Urban Collection. With a large range, and a 10 working day turnaround time, the collection has affordable neutral tones through to something a little bit more adventurous and luxurious. See

Bedside colour tables

Bedside colour

These customisable Mr and Mrs Ward boxes offer simple, versatile storage. They are a classic yet contemporary design which can be tailored to suit any age or personal style. You choose the door design and pick one of the four standard colours or customise the unit by choosing any colour from the Resene range. This is the Frills design in Resene Birthday Suit. Doors can be hung left or right to suit your space. They can be wall hung or have legs. See

Plywood bathroom furniture

Personality in ply

Ply25 is a new architectural range of bathroom furniture with a retro twist – perfect for casual contemporary interiors. The collection includes vanities with drawers and open shelves, mirrors and storage units all made from high-quality 18mm birch plywood. They are also available overlaid with a black or white hardwearing laminate giving the ability to mix and match between the three colours. There are numerous standard sizes available as well as custommade options. Manufactured in New Zealand by Plumbline and available from all leading bathroom showrooms nationwide. See

Gas fire

Little hottie

If this past winter was a bit chilly, plan ahead for next year and check out the new Rinnai Ember, a compact gas fire that's ideal for new builds or renovations. The Rinnai Ember delivers more than 5kW of heat output and is designed and manufactured in New Zealand. With a large viewable flame area, black or titanium frame colour options and the choice of ceramic logs or glowing river stones, the Rinnai Ember is easy to use with a simple, intuitive remote control. Visit

Window vac

A better view

Perfect for effortless, streak-free window and smooth surface cleaning, the Karcher WV5 Premium Window Vac will certainly improve your view. The kit includes an extra rechargeable replacement battery for continuous window cleaning and is available at Plumbing World. See

Shetland throws

Soft and light

Soft, generously sized and surprisingly light, these pure wool Shetland throws are ideal for any time of year. Available in four fashion ranges - Merino, Coastal, Contemporary Plaid and Traditional Plaid - and a range of colours from relaxed soft hues to strong contemporary brights. See

Palmers gift card

Spring into the garden

Spring and summer are busy times in the garden. Here to help, Palmers has a wide range of plants and gardening products. It’s a company known for quality, value, excellent customer service and inspirational garden ideas. Palmers experienced and knowledgeable staff are happy to help with any gardening queries and the stores have a comprehensive range of BioGro certified organic products. See

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