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Colours of the 1990s


Fashion and decor reflected the dirtier colours and minimal look of Gothic, Grunge and Hip Hop.

A classless society developed due to the economic recession, businesses fell on hard times and the electronic age altered lives. The world wide web was born in 1992, waistlines of mens’ pants dropped lower than the interest rates, cargo pants, cowboy boots, floral skirts, stonewashed denim were de riguer and smaller was better – laptops and mobile phones and pay rises.

Neutral colours were paler and bolder colours swung wildly to reflect ‘holiday dream venues’- Greece, France, Tuscany and Thailand. Wallpapers were faux paint effect in rich ochres, terracottas, reds and friezes featured Aztec/ethnic pattern and the celestial influence - stars, suns and moons - were featured in fabrics and art. Black and white started to appear in wallpaper. The race to the Millenium was both feared and desired.

Bright colours of the era were (from the Multifinish collection):

Resene Deep Koamaru
Resene Deep Koamaru
Resene Mariner
Resene Mariner
Resene Genoa
Resene Genoa
Resene Pelorous
Resene Pelorous
 
Resene Tom Thumb
Resene Tom Thumb
Resene Xanadu
Resene Xanadu
Resene Atlantis
Resene Atlantis
   
Resene Monarch
Resene Monarch
Resene Fire
Resene Fire
Resene Rock Spray
Resene Rock Spray
   
Resene Texas Rose
Texas Rose
Resene Chardonnay
Chardonnay
Resene Golden Glow
Resene Golden Glow
Resene Drover
Resene Drover
 
Resene New Orleans
Resene New Orleans
Resene Shalimar
Resene Shalimar
     

Paler was better - the new Whites colour chart featured tints, hints of colour, such as:

Resene Tide
Resene Tide
Resene Alto
Resene Alto
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Geyser
Resene Geyser
Resene Black White
Resene Black White

 

White Colours heritage chart 1999

 

Resene Red Haze
Resene Tint Of Orange
Resene Green Squeeze,
Resene Yellow White
Resene Purple Haze
Resene Aqua White
Resene Umber White


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Muted colours embraced nature, sea and sky in hues such as:

Resene Ship Cove
Resene Ship Cove
Resene Echo Blue
Resene Echo Blue
Resene Jordy Blue
Resene Jordy Blue
Resene Sail
Resene Sail
Resene Rainee
Resene Rainee
Resene Gin
Resene Gin
   
Resene Gimblet
Resene Gimblet
Resene Mint Julep
Resene Mint Julep
   
Resene Cape Honey
Resene Cape Honey
Resene Buttermilk
Resene Buttermilk
   

Information thanks to Carolyn Atkinson.

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