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Colours of the 1980s


This era was all about major changes both industrial and economic. Pac Man video games, Walkman radios, boom boxes and personal computers coincided with the end of the Cold War, hard rock, heavy metal and ‘glam rock’ music with the bizarre makeup and glitter and – the ultimate luxury – carpet in the bathroom and toilet. Women had big hair, even bigger shoulder pads in their ‘power dress’ suits and casual clothing embraced ripped jeans, crop top sweatshirts, neon bright clothing, leg warmers and head bands lots of lyrca and Aviator sun glasses.

Along with watching Halleys’ Comet and Michael Jackson’s Moon Dance and doing a lot of jazzercise people got in touch with their creative side and stencilled and sponged, stippled and rag rolled their walls. Wallpaper featured chevron waves, diagonal stripes, bamboo foliage and kitchens were pale grey, white, silver and red.

Bright colours of the era were (from the BS5252 and Multifinish collections):

Resene Midnight Express
Resene Midnight Express
Resene Deep Koamaru
Resene Deep Koamaru
Resene Paris M
Resene Paris M
Resene Resolution Blue
Resene Resolution Blue
Resene Cyprus
Resene Cyprus
Resene Mosque
Resene Mosque
Resene Lima
Resene Lima
 
Resene Rose Bud Cherry
Resene Rose Bud Cherry
Resene Hot Chile
Resene Hot Chile
Resene Flame Red
Resene Flame Red
 
Resene Fire Bush
Resene Fire Bush
Resene Golden Tainoi
Resene Golden Tainoi
Resene Turbo
Resene Turbo
 

Clear mid tones appeared, in colours such as:

Resene Lochinvar
Resene Lochinvar
Resene Stromboli
Resene Stromboli
Resene Xanadu
Resene Xanadu
Resene Bud
Resene Bud
 
Resene Madang
Resene Madang
Resene Reef
Resene Reef
Resene Honeysuckle
Resene Honeysuckle
   
Resene Waikawa Grey
Resene Waikawa Grey
Resene Ship Cove
Resene Ship Cove
Resene Jordy Blue
Resene Jordy Blue
Resene Anakiwa
Resene Anakiwa
 
Resene Quicksand
Resene Quicksand
Resene Eunry
Resene Eunry
Resene Petite Orchid
Resene Petite Orchid
Resene Mandys Pink
Resene Mandys Pink
Resene Wax Flower
Resene Wax Flower
Resene Marzipan
Resene Marzipan
Resene Tequila
Resene Tequila

   

Neutrals were featuring more beiges and greys and peachy creams, such as:

Resene Gull Grey
Resene Gull Grey
Resene Ghost
Resene Ghost
Resene Iron
Resene Iron
Resene Geyser
Resene Geyser
 
Resene Westar
Resene Westar
Resene Spanish White
Resene Spanish White
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Scotch Mist
Resene Scotch Mist
 
Resene Sazerac
Resene Sazerac
Resene Egg Sour
Resene Egg Sour
Resene Gin Fizz
Resene Gin Fizz
Resene Oasis
Resene Oasis
Resene Forget Me Not
Resene Forget Me Not
Resene Ebb
Resene Ebb
Resene Pearl Bush
Resene Pearl Bush

Information thanks to Carolyn Atkinson.

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