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Answers to your questions from our Colour Experts - page 25

Here’s a taste of some of the Colour Expert questions and answers to help you with your own colour scheme. If you would like more colour advice for your project, please ask our Colour Expert for help or come in and see our staff at your local Resene ColorShop or Reseller.

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Q. We would really appreciate advice on the planned colour scheme for our family home, which is currently being built. We have come up with the following colour scheme with Resene EzyPaint - weatherboards in Resene Stonehenge, plaster first storey in Resene Quarter Stonehenge, roof in Resene Ironsand, window facings, fascias, deck balustrades (wood) in Resene Sea Fog, window, door joinery (aluminium) - Warm White Pearl and door in Resene Ironsand.

We look forward to your thoughts on our colour scheme and any suggested improvements.

A. It is a good scheme - the only concern I have is that the Resene Sea Fog may look grey alongside of the cleaner/sweeter Warm White Pearl powder coat joinery. If you can get a real metal sample of Warm White Pearl and take it with you to the nearest Resene ColorShop to view A4 real paint samples in their Colour Library you may like to check out these alternatives to see if you like them better – Resene Half Merino or Resene Double Alabaster.

If you compare these with Resene Sea Fog and the Warm White Pearl you may see a more sympathetic co-ordinate. It is always difficult with the pearl colours as they alter so much with the light.

Resene Stonehenge
Resene Stonehenge
Resene Quarter Stonehenge
Resene Quarter Stonehenge
Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Half Merino
Resene Half Merino
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Double Alabaster
   
December 2014

Q. I would like a warm neutral colour that goes well with a Resene Cutty Sark feature wall for a bedroom. I don't want a cold colour.

A. You might check these lovely warm neutrals – Resene Half Wheatfield, Resene Eighth Akaroa, Resene Half Albescent White, Resene Eighth Biscotti or Resene Eighth Fossil. Resene Cutty Sark is a great colour and works really well with lots of neutrals.

Resene Cutty Sark
Resene Cutty Sark
       
Resene Half Wheatfield
Resene Half Wheatfield
Resene Eighth Akaroa
Resene Eighth Akaroa
Resene Half Albescent White
Resene Half Albescent White
Resene Eighth Biscotti
Resene Eighth Biscotti
Resene Eighth Fossil
Resene Eighth Fossil
December 2014

Q. We have recently painted our 1965 weatherboard house in Resene Tana (which we love) with a charcoal roof. Now wondering about the windows and window surrounds. We just tried Resene Sea Fog, Resene Double Sea Fog and Resene Half Sea Fog but are not very keen on them. Wondering if Resene Black White would work?

A. I think you may need sharper, cleaner whites for trims around the windows. You might check these out - Resene Alabaster, Resene Quarter Black White or Resene Quarter Rice Cake.

Resene Tana
Resene Tana
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Black White
Resene Black White
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Quarter Black White
Resene Quarter Black White
Resene Quarter Rice Cake
Resene Quarter Rice Cake
   
December 2014

Q. I am having a new COLORSTEEL® roof and window frames in New Denim Blue. What would be the best colour for the weatherboard wall to match the roof and window frames? We want a modern look house.

A. If you want the weatherboard wall to match exactly then you might look at using the Resene match to the COLORSTEEL® colour - Resene New Denim Blue or a slightly lighter version - Resene Half New Denim Blue. I definitely recommend that you use the Resene CoolColour™ reformulated versions of these colours to try and minimise the extremes of heat absorption and UV damage to the weatherboards that can occur with dark colours.

COLORSTEEL®New Denim Blue
COLORSTEEL® New Denim Blue
Resene New Denim Blue
Resene New Denim Blue
Resene Half New Denim Blue
Resene Half New Denim Blue
December 2014

Q. I would like a stark white colour but I also want a black that can be painted onto mdf board and can be used as a black board.

A. Have you thought of using Resene Blackboard Paint (yes it does come as Black as well as colours) and Resene White, which is the sharpest, crispest, whitest White that Resene Paints has? If you decide not to use Resene Blackboard Paint you can use Resene SpaceCote in Resene Black as it has a very flat surface that can be chalked onto.

A word to the wise - if the MDF board has never been painted you may need to seal it first before painting it as the glues and waxes in the composite board can cause problems with drying of topcoats.

Resene Black
Resene Black
Resene White
Resene White
December 2014

Q. I am looking for the right white for the door trimmings and window skirting. We have a large light living room with walls painted in Resene Double Sea Fog and smaller darker sleeping rooms with walls painted in Resene Designer White.

A. You might like Resene Alabaster. It is amazingly versatile and will work with both the Resene Double Sea Fog and Resene Designer White.

Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Designer White
Resene Designer White
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
December 2014

Q. I have just bought a brick house - 1973 vintage - yellow/orangey coloured brick. There is a pergola extending from the roof edge all around the house and some vertical wooden details on some sections at the top of the brick walls. The pergolas are all painted the reddy/brown colour which I want to change to a charcoal. What colour would be best to use with the brick colour for the pergola?

A. You might check these charcoals out to see if they suit you – Resene Half Baltic Sea or darker Resene Baltic Sea, Resene Half Nocturnal or Resene Gravel.

Resene Half Baltic Sea
Resene Half Baltic Sea
Resene Baltic Sea
Resene Baltic Sea
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Gravel
Resene Gravel
December 2014

Q. I like Resene Lemon Grass for inside our new house but would like a feature wall in the lounge and our bedroom and also another lighter colour for the bathroom. Our kitchen is Resene Pearl Lusta with mid oak vinyl and mushroom carpet. The tiles in bathroom and ensuite are Verona grey but do have a slight beige tint.

A. Do you want a feature that is tonal/related or wild, bright, soft or deep? You might look at these as a start point – Resene Evolution, Resene Into The Blue or Resene Madam M.

Alternatively you might use Resene Lemon Grass as the feature colour and a more neutralised colour as the main – Resene Eighth Lemon Grass - lighter tone or Resene Half Albescent White - soft neutral (might be a good colour for the bathroom as well).

These options allow you a huge amount of freedom to co-ordinate any way you want to and not have the dominant wall colour (Resene Lemon Grass) dictate what you can have or can't have because of its strength and personality.

Resene Lemon Grass
Resene Lemon Grass
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Evolution
Resene Evolution
Resene Into The Blue
Resene Into The Blue
Resene Madam M
Resene Madam M
Resene Eighth Lemon Grass
Resene Eighth Lemon Grass
Resene Half Albescent White
Resene Half Albescent White
 
December 2014

Q. Building a house with cladding in ply and batten. Saw and liked Resene Coastal Blue and Resene Periglacial Blue. What would you suggest for the joinery and roof colour to complement this? We are coastal, on a knob surrounded by sea and green (bush and farmland).

A. To enhance the chalky muted tones of the colours you have mentioned you need to see sharp clean contrast for the joinery and other trims - in this instance Resene White or a very close equivalent will do this nicely. For a roof colour to work with these quixotic grey/green/blue tones you may need to check out these ones to see if they are the sort of colours that will suit the environment – Resene Explorer (matched to (COLORSTEEL® Pacific Blue), Resene Coast (matched to COLORSTEEL® Storm Blue) or Resene High Tide (COLORSTEEL® Indigo Blue) or greyer/slightly more neutral – Resene Grey Friars (matched to COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars).

You may find (depending on the angle of the roof to the sun) that they look a lot brighter/bluer than you might imagine they could. This is hard to test for but if you can pop into a Resene ColorShop to view the A4 real paint samples in their Colour Library you will achieve a lot:

  • You will be better able to judge what the colours look like in reality. Computer representation of colour is deceptive and often not at all as it is in truth.
  • You will be able to look at them in relationship with each other to see if they work together.
  • You will be able to tilt the A4 samples of the roof colours on a 45 degree angle to the natural light to see how much brighter they can look.
Resene Coastal Blue
Resene Coastal Blue
Resene Periglacial Blue
Resene Periglacial Blue
Resene White
Resene White
Resene Explorer
Resene Explorer
COLORSTEEL® Pacific Blue
COLORSTEEL® Pacific Blue
 
Resene Coast
Resene Coast
COLORSTEEL® Storm Blue
COLORSTEEL® Storm Blue
 
Resene High Tide
Resene High Tide
COLORSTEEL® Indigo Blue
COLORSTEEL® Indigo Blue
 
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars
COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars
 
December 2014

Q. I am planning to paint the exterior of my house. How do you recommend I start choosing colours?

A. There are several really easy ways to get great colour ideas. Online help is quick - perhaps pop into www.resene.co.nz/habitatplus which shows photos of many different types of exteriors - 1 look 4 colour ways (it is online as an ebook) - and the Resene ColorShop all have this cute and colourful booklet if you like seeing colour ideas in your hand with a cup of coffee and talking them over with family and friends.

There are many other ways of getting inspiration - Resene has a colourful decorating magazine called Habitat that is good to look through and the magazine is online also at www.habitatbyresene.co.nz which is a great aid and gives you ideas and inspiration.

Ask our Resene ColorShop staff for help and they can help you navigate through the colour options.

December 2014

Q. We are looking into painting our 1910 double storey bungalow house. We have a Resene Double Masala garage door, walls and handrails, Resene Double Napa windowsills and Resene Half Black White trims. What would be the better choice for the house/weatherboards - Resene Eighth Bison Hide or Resene Half Thorndon Cream? We want an elegant look.

A. I think rather than introduce another randomly unrelated brown colour (Resene Eighth Bison Hide) to the Resene Double Masala (murky olive brown) and Resene Double Napa (warm yellow based brown) you might use Resene Thorndon Cream as it is a yellow/green based neutral that looks good with both of the non-related darker browns and is definite enough to contrast with Resene Half Black White. The reason I suggest the full strength Resene Thorndon Cream also is that on an exterior pale colours mute out and often look extremely similar instead of creating a definite contrast.

If however you were desperate for a brown on the house then perhaps look at a related colour - Resene Quarter Napa - as it may co-ordinate in a harmonious way.

Resene Double Masala
Resene Double Masala
Resene Double Napa
Resene Double Napa
Resene Half Black White
Resene Half Black White
 Resene Eighth Bison Hide
Resene Eighth Bison Hide
Resene Half Thorndon Cream
Resene Half Thorndon Cream
Resene Thorndon Cream
Resene Thorndon Cream
Resene Quarter Napa
Resene Quarter Napa
     
December 2014

Q. I have used Resene Black White on ceiling and doors and trim and Resene Double Linen on walls and architraves. In the lounge, which opens onto the hallway, should I use the same colour in the hallway?

A. Hallways aren't usually blessed with natural light and paint colours can look a lot deeper on the hall walls - sometimes doubling in depth. In this particular instance (unless you want the hallway to look deeper in tone) then I suggest you use Resene Linen or even lighter Resene Half Linen.

If you are unsure about what the effect will be then I suggest you paint a testpot (all of the testpot/2 coats) onto A2 card (available from your Resene ColorShop) leaving an unpainted border all around the edges and move it around from wall to wall in the hallway to see if it suits you.

Resene Black White
Resene Black White
Resene Double Linen
Resene Double Linen
Resene Linen
Resene Linen
Resene Half Linen
Resene Half Linen
December 2014

Q. I am using pearl white powder coated windows and doors. What is the best white to use on the interior and on the exterior window trim to blend in with this colour?

A. Pearl White powder coat is a cool greyed white and the closest I can find to work with it (not match exactly) is Resene Half Wan White.

The differences between powder coat window joinery and interior painted window surrounds will always be noticeably different from each other but curtains and blinds may help to merge these two so it is not so apparent.

Resene Half Wan White
Resene Half Wan White
December 2014

Q. We're building and I'm wondering what colour starfire splashback to have in my kitchen. The benchtops and island bench will be Quantum Quartz Bianco Venato, the floor will be a charcoal semi-gloss tile, cupboards will be natural white gloss, walls will be white as well and the ceiling will be a natural white colour

A. You could choose any colour at all - if it is bold and vibrant you may love it forever or go off it in a few years’ time - this is often what bold and vibrant can do - but we love the excitement of the colour which is why it is chosen. Or you might choose a related (but slightly lighter) version of the floor colour or even a gorgeous metallic colour. Check these delicious colours out to see if there is anything that appeals to you – Resene Wimbledon, Resene Pohutukawa, Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey or Resene Blast Grey 2.

Resene Wimbledon
Resene Wimbledon
Resene Pohutukawa
Resene Pohutukawa
Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey
Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey
Resene Blast Grey 2
Resene Blast Grey 2
December 2014

Q. I have painted my hallway in Resene Tea and want a feature colour to see as you walk in the front door. To the left the second lounge is Resene Half Truffle. Can you please suggest a colour that will match both?

A. Try Resene Boulevard, Resene Triple Truffle, Resene Seachange, Resene Madam M, Resene Chapta and Verse or Resene Countdown.

Resene Tea
Resene Tea
Resene Half Truffle
Resene Half Truffle
Resene Boulevard
Resene Boulevard
Resene Half Truffle
Resene Half Truffle
Resene Seachange
Resene Seachange
Resene Madam M
Resene Madam M
Resene Chapta and Verse
Resene Chapta and Verse
Resene Countdown
Resene Countdown
December 2014

Q. We have bought the paint for our house - Resene Quarter Delta Grey and will paint the window sills white with a strip of Resene Half Grey Friars (dark grey) on the bottom of the window sills. I want to paint the door a colour that stands out (not your typical blacQuarter droughtk). Are there any colours (blue/green or red) that would suit? I particularly like Resene Norwegian Blue but am not sure if will complement the grey.

A. You are fortunate - your main colour Resene Quarter Delta Grey works with a lot of accent colours. Because it is warm/sandy/yellow green in its base hue you might look at these colours – Resene Easy Rider, Resene Kereru, Resene St Kilda, Resene Explorer, Resene Madam M or Resene Dynamite.

Resene Norwegian Blue might be not my first choice to go with the main house colour as it does carry a lot of greyed purple in it which to my eye looks gorgeous with cooler whites (i.e Resene Alabaster) or sharp creams (i.e Resene Half Rice Cake) because they enhance the purple and make the colour look more gorgeous.

Resene Delta Grey
Resene Delta Grey

used as half
Resene Half Grey Friars
Resene Half Grey Friars
Resene Norwegian Blue
Resene Norwegian Blue
Resene Easy Rider
Resene Easy Rider
Resene Kereru
Resene Kereru
Resene St Kilda
Resene St Kilda
Resene Explorer
Resene Explorer
Resene Madam M
Resene Madam M
Resene Dynamite
Resene Dynamite
 
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Half Rice Cake
     
December 2014

Q. We are currently going to use Resene Alabaster for our ceiling and Resene Black White for our walls. We are unsure what colour to use on the skirting and internal doors. We have dark tiles with a bronze tinge and darker carpet.

A. You could consider using the same colour as the walls in a semi-gloss enamel for the skirting boards and doors so it is only a sheen level difference. Or if you want a slightly deeper colour you might look at these colours – Resene Double Black White or Resene Triple Black White.

It is always difficult picking out the skirting boards as the common tendency in modern houses is to blend them in. In period houses where woodwork is architecturally distinctive and warrants being picked out I often suggest using the 'whitest' colour i.e Resene Alabaster so the crisp detailing really stands out.

For darker colours the colours in the carpet or tiles will control colour options and you will need to compare paint colours against those.

Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Black White
Resene Black White
Resene Double Black White
Resene Double Black White
Resene Triple Black White
Resene Triple Black White
December 2014

Q. Our exterior colour is too dark by a few shades; we'd like a sandier appearance. We have been trying much lighter but it will give too much glare. The house is on a hilltop in Nelson.

A. Might I suggest that you look at these colours that fall roughly half way between what you have now and what you thought might be good – try Resene Cougar, Resene Bison Hide, Resene Half Foggy Grey or Resene Quarter Craigieburn.

They are warm, dense (but not dark) sandy (but not golden sand) and natural. If you can pop into the local Resene ColorShop to view the A4 real paint samples in their Colour Library it will help you distinguish what the colours are really like. You will be better able to make a good judgement.

A word to the wise - painting a testpot directly onto a coloured surface can mislead you about the reality of the colour. Testing colour by applying all of the Resene testpot as two coats onto A2 card (available from your Resene ColorShop) leaving an unpainted border all around the edges gives you a huge amount of colour that can be moved around onto different sides of the house so that you can judge what it looks like in different qualities of light. The unpainted border holds it away from the existing colour so you aren't misled about how the colour really looks.

Resene Cougar
Resene Cougar
Resene Bison Hide
Resene Bison Hide
Resene HalfFoggy Grey
Resene Half Foggy Grey
Resene Quarter Craigieburn
Resene Quarter Craigieburn
December 2014

Q. I have a Victorian home that I want to paint in Resene Eighth Friar Grey. I want to do the window trim and front door, gutters and iron work in a dark grey to complement or should I use black?

A. You might check out these gorgeous dark charcoal greys – Resene Nocturnal, Resene Fuscous Grey or Resene Foundry.

They will appear quite blackened compared to the main colour but not so hard edged and optically challenging as a real Black. I strongly recommend that you take advantage of technology and use the Resene CoolColour™ reformulated versions of these really dark colours to try and minimise as much as possible the extreme heat absorption/jeopardisation of the surface substrate that is a usually a problem with dark colours. That is what the CC means in the colour codes.

Resene Eighth Friar Grey
Resene Eighth Friar Grey
Resene Nocturnal
Resene Nocturnal
Resene Fuscous Grey
Resene Fuscous Grey
Resene Foundry
Resene Foundry
December 2014

Q. We are renovating our villa, which has 15 foot ceilings, and are considering using Resene Quarter Tea on the walls and Resene Alabaster on the ceilings, doors and all trim. I'd love a second opinion on this combination. We are after a light and bright feel, but would also like the house to have some depth and not look like a showroom. We have chosen grey tones for the bathroom tiles and our large sofa is grey.

A. I think the colours sound really nice together. It is all about accessorising to add eye interest - you have the wall space to use larger prints and mirrors and lovely charcoal, pewter and beige (like Resene Tea) drapes or blinds. Grey and beige together often need touches of deep blue, aqua and white to enliven the palette of colours and make it more homely and less of a 'show home'.

You might also use one of the totally stunning wallpapers that are in the latest wallpaper books to glamorise one room or wall as well.

Resene Quarter Tea
Resene Quarter Tea
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Tea
Resene Tea
December 2014

Q. I have a 1920s bungalow that needs to be painted. It has a COLORSTEEL® tile roof - colour Wedgewood. What colours would you suggest for the wallboards and trim?

A. With such a definite - and somewhat controlling - roof colour you may need to check out some creams, greyed whites and warm beiges to see if they will work for you – Resene Eighth Spanish White, Resene Eighth Biscotti, Resene Sea Fog, Resene Quarter White Pointer, Resene Quarter Drought, Resene Eighth Bison Hide or Resene Half Albescent White.

Most of these colours have deeper variants if you want a bit more depth.

Resene Eighth Spanish White
Resene Eighth Spanish White
Resene Eighth Biscotti
Resene Eighth Biscotti
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Quarter White Pointer
Resene Quarter White Pointer
Resene Quarter Cougar
Resene Quarter Drought
Resene Eighth Bison Hide,
Resene Eighth Bison Hide
Resene Half Albescent White
Resene Half Albescent White
 
December 2014

Q. We are building a new house with Ironsand COLORSTEEL® cladding, a Sandstone Grey COLORSTEEL® roof and the joinery is silver pearl. I need to choose a colour for the trim around the edge of the roof and the soffits. What would you suggest? I was thinking a grey of some sort to match the roof and joinery. With the contrast with the Ironsand walls, the trim will be a feature.

A. You could use the Resene match to the roof colour – Resene Gauntlet or or a lighter variant of this colour -
Resene Half Gauntlet, or Resene Transmission. A softer/lighter variant of the Ironsand cladding is also a possibility using Resene Quarter Ironsand.

COLORSTEEL® Ironsand
COLORSTEEL® Ironsand
COLORSTEEL® Sandstone Grey
COLORSTEEL® Sandstone Grey
Resene Gauntlet
Resene Gauntlet
Resene Half Gauntlet
Resene Half Gauntlet
Resene Transmission
Resene Transmission
Resene Quarter Ironsand
Resene Quarter Ironsand
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
     
December 2014

Q. What white/cream internal colour would best match a Metropolis Warm White Pearl Kinetic joinery? I had selected Resene Alabaster but wonder if this will be too white to match this joinery.

A. I am looking at a small metal sample of the Warm White Pearl as I write and I think you need a slightly warmer colour - perhaps check out these colours – Resene Quarter Merino or Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream.

It is always difficult matching powdercoat colours that have a pearl finish as they make the colour change in different qualities of light. A true match isn't possible because of this but a sympathetic colour can be found to work with them. If you can take a metal sample with you to the nearest Resene ColorShop to check out the A4 real paint samples in their Colour Library you can compare several colours to get a most appropriate colour.

Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream
Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream
December 2014

Q. We are currently looking at colours to paint our little house. I would like to definitely change the blue colour around the trim but I would like some ideas on what would go well with the bulk of the house being white.

A. I like your idea of keeping the little house white - it always looks so fresh and clean doesn't it?

Please check out these 'whites' – Resene Sea Fog, Resene Half Rice Cake, Resene Half Wan White or Resene Double Alabaster.

They are quite different from each other - though this may not be apparent when you first look at the colours. If you were able to pop into a Resene ColorShop to look at the A4 real paint samples in their Colour Library it would help you a lot. I always suggest that when looking at 'whites' that you place a sheet of white printer paper between or slightly over laying the samples as this will help your eye to see the underlying little tints and tones with in these white colours.

If you want to change the trims from the blue they are now you may need to think through what appeals to you. Greys are popular and so are greens so here are a few colours to get you thinking – Resene Grey Chateau, Resene Half Lemon Grass, Resene Inside Back and Resene Triple Rakaia. They are gentle muted colours but they have masses of character.

Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Half Wan White
Resene Half Wan White
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Grey Chateau
Resene Grey Chateau
Resene Half Lemon Grass
Resene Half Lemon Grass
Resene Inside Back
Resene Inside Back
Resene Triple Rakaia
Resene Triple Rakaia
December 2014

Q. I am wanting to paint my fence a dark colour, that will go with my Edwardian Villa. The main colour of the house is Resene Mystic, with Resene Gull Grey trim and the base was/is Resene Mine Shaft. I am tired of the blue/grey tone and will keep the Resene Mystic, but happy to change the trims. I will probably paint the fence the same colour as the base of the house. I have looked at Resene Bokara Grey (too brown) and also Resene Zeus (perfect tone - but not dark enough). I like Resene Zeus for the base of the house, but would like something darker for the fence. My roof is Resene Grey Friars.

A. Resene Zeus is the darkest of a palette of colours (from the older Resene Multifinish GR chart) that includes these lighter variants - Resene Armadillo, Resene Chicago, Resene Gunsmoke, Resene Stack, Resene Silver Chalice and Resene Grey Nurse. They are yellow based greys and not altogether well suited to work with Resene Mystic, which has a soft blue undertone and might not be my first choice to work with the Grey Friars roof colour either.

But you may like them together so that is ok - perhaps rather than strive for a related but much darker version of Resene Zeus you could just use Resene Black as it will go with any other colour. I strongly recommend that you use the Resene CoolColour™ technology re-formulated version of the colour so as to minimise any heat related problems that can occur.

Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Mystic
Resene Mystic
Resene Gull Grey
Resene Gull Grey
Resene Mine Shaft
Resene Mine Shaft
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Zeus
Resene Zeus
Resene Armadillo
Resene Armadillo
Resene Chicago
Resene Chicago
Resene Gunsmoke
Resene Gunsmoke
Resene Stack
Resene Stack
Resene Silver Chalice
Resene Silver Chalice
Resene Grey Nurse
Resene Grey Nurse
Resene Black
Resene Black
   
December 2014

Q. We are renovating our 1970s two storey brick home from top to bottom. Currently the upper exterior has been left as is (red/brown brick) with the front and lower half of the house painted in Resene Ironsand. Living close to the Manukau Harbour with some sea views we love the muted coastal colours such as Resene Sea Fog (in all its various shades), Resene Hermitage, Resene Coastal Blue, Resene Periglacial Blue and Resene Athens Grey to name a few, however we are struggling a bit with deciding whether to choose one main colour and use varying degrees of the chosen colour on the walls throughout or to use several of our favourite coastal colours in different rooms (a large open and light living/dining area and 3 bedrooms). We’d also like some advice on complementary trim, ceiling & door colours to match. Our carpet colour throughout is Godfrey Hirst’s Alabama Range in Paua.

A. I am so pleased that you like Resene Sea Fog in all its variations - this is a perfect colour for you. It will allow you to have any accessories and soft furnishings in the muted coastal colours that you favour. If you use Resene Alabaster (which is Resene Eighth Sea Fog) for all woodwork and ceilings to enhance the soft foggy white walls and to add crisp contrast it will come together really well.

This palette of colours allows so much flexibility - I can envisage your largest, brightest, warmest room looking truly special - this is the one space that a colour like Resene Duck Egg Blue, Resene Powder Blue or Resene Coastal Blue would look really gorgeous.

Not every space or room needs a special wall colour - in some rooms it may be better to use these colours in other ways. Search for the perfect coastal colours to embellish rather than have as a main colour.

Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Hermitage
Resene Hermitage
Resene Coastal Blue
Resene Coastal Blue
Resene Periglacial Blue
Resene Periglacial Blue
Resene Athens Grey
Resene Athens Grey
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Powder Blue
Resene Powder Blue
 
December 2014

Q. Could you possibly make some suggestions for our interior colours? For the majority of the house I am just thinking white on white. But I don't want a really stark white, but a nice soft white (perhaps more of an ivory white). We intend to paint the lounge walls in a really dark bluish grey like the last two pictures I have attached. We are having Carrara marble through the house so I would like the grey to work with the grey veins in the marble.

A. If you are having this marble through the house and a dark blue grey in the lounge then you might check these colours out to see if they are the 'ivory' white you are thinking about – Resene Half Wan White, Resene Half Barely There or Resene Quarter Merino.

If you can pop into your nearest Resene ColorShop to view the A4 real paint samples in their Colour Library it would help you a lot. To judge the underlying tints and tones in these 'whites' I strongly recommend that you pop a sheet of white printer paper between the colours. You will be amazed at the unique qualities within the colours.

Several dark bluish greys that you might also like to check out – Resene Raven, Resene Half New Denim Blue, Resene Avalanche or Resene Allegro.

These are greys with blue undertones and blues with a lot of greys in them.

Resene Half Wan White
Resene Half Wan White
Resene Half Barely There
Resene Half Barely There
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
 
Resene Raven
Resene Raven
Resene Half New Denim Blue
Resene Half New Denim Blue
Resene Avalanche
Resene Avalanche
Resene Allegro
Resene Allegro
December 2014

Q. We are building on a cliff with great rocks behind. We have two box shapes at the front of the house with glass in between and are looking for a colour that would fit in with the natural surroundings. Thinking a black or grey maybe.

A. I like the ideas you have but feel that with the backdrop to the house you might need to use a grey or black that has a lot of earthiness to it otherwise you may look like an industrial building that has been parachuted onto the site. Perhaps you could check out these colours as a start – Resene Half Masala, Resene Double Tapa, Resene Gravel or blacker – Resene Ironsand.

Resene Half Masala
Resene Half Masala
Resene Double Tapa
Resene Double Tapa
Resene Gravel
Resene Gravel
Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
December 2014

Q. Our concrete blocks are going to be painted white. The cladding on the second floor is going to be painted the same white as the concrete blocks though we have considered painting it a dark colour. The windows are aluminium brown (late 70s) and the guttering is COLORSTEEL® Ironsand. Do we paint the trim Ironsand? Can you suggest a colour for the entrance front door? Any suggestions for a pergola - we were thinking black - what shade?

A. I think that both the concrete blocks and the upper level cladding should be the same colour - this will increase the height of the house and not make it look 'segmented’ into strips. Instead of something really stark in the way of 'white' I think you might investigate these colours as they are slightly more coloured – Resene Sea Fog, Resene Quarter White Pointer or Resene Half Barely There. The pergola could be Resene Bokara Grey.

This is a warm charcoal black that might co-ordinate well with the Ironsand guttering and the brown aluminium windows. The trims definitely should be Resene Ironsand.

Some bolder options for the front door - perhaps look at these colours – Resene Intrepid, Resene Pohutukawa or Resene Wimbledon or cooler colours, Resene Timekeeper or Resene True Blue.

COLORSTEEL® Ironsand
COLORSTEEL® Ironsand
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Quarter White Pointer
Resene Quarter White Pointer
Resene Half Barely There
Resene Half Barely There
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
       
Resene Intrepid
Resene Intrepid
Resene Pohutukawa
Resene Pohutukawa
Resene Wimbledon
Resene Wimbledon
Resene Timekeeper
Resene Timekeeper
Resene True Blue
Resene True Blue
December 2014

Q. We have a rather dark and smallish bathroom, which has just one long narrow window, white/glass shower cubicle, white double basin porcelain vanity and an ornate mirror I've painted in Resene Sea Green, which has some fretwork I've painted gold with purple grapes. I'd like the mirror to be a feature but wondered if a lilac-white or lavender-white would work on the walls with the Resene Sea Green. I want the room to be light and warm so am tending away from blue on the walls. Also, I'm thinking of something like Resene Half Duck Egg Blue throughout the rest of our home (we live near the sea) so something that would blend well with that?

A. These are several colours (some have a tiny bit mauve in them which is warmer than some lilacs) that you might check out - a word to the wise - in a dark and smallish bathroom these colours could look a lot stronger due to the close proximity of the walls intensifying the colour and the quality of light and the 'white' bathroom fittings – Resene Ditto, Resene Vista White, Resene Zircon, Resene Rolling Fog or Resene Greywacke.

The duck egg colours are very popular. It definitely would pay you to test colour carefully. If you paint the Resene testpot (all of it/two coats) onto large A2 card (available from your Resene ColorShop) leaving an unpainted border all around the edges it will help you achieve a lot:

  • You will see a huge amount of colour.
  • You will be able to move it from wall to wall/room to room to see how it alters in different areas/different qualities of light.
  • The unpainted border holds it away from any existing coloured walls so you see it in reality - not influenced by the existing colour detrimentally.
  • You can roll the card into a cone shape with the colour innermost and by looking into it you get a good representation of what a whole room might look like as the colour intensifies.
Resene Sea Green
Resene Sea Green
Resene Half Duck Egg Blue
Resene Half Duck Egg Blue
Resene Ditto
Resene Ditto
Resene Vista White
Resene Vista White
Resene Zircon
Resene Zircon
Resene Rolling Fog
Resene Rolling Fog
Resene Greywacke
Resene Greywacke
 
December 2014

Q. We are going to stain our new plywood and batten house in Resene Smokey Ash and use light grey aluminium joinery. There will be a few exterior walls with horizontal COLORSTEEL®. Should we match this to windows or contrast to windows? If the stained walls were the darkest tone I'd be quite pleased. I want a lighter house overall to minimise fading issues - I'd like it to look good as long as possible.

A. For a lighter look you might consider for this for joinery - not light grey but more of a neutral contrast – COLORSTEEL® Titania or a light grey – COLORSTEEL® Gull Grey or a slight mid toned grey that blends in - COLORSTEEL® Sandstone Grey or a metallic silver powder coat – COLORSTEEL® Silver Pearl.

For the horizontal, Titania or Gull Grey will stand out more against the Resene Smokey Ash stained plywood and batten but the other two joinery suggestions may not stand out as much. For the base of the house (around the garage) I would be inclined if you want darker to look at Resene Half Ironsand and use the same colour as the joinery for the garage roller door.

Resene Woodsman Smokey Ash
Resene Smokey Ash
COLORSTEEL® Titania
COLORSTEEL® Titania
COLORSTEEL® Gull Grey
COLORSTEEL® Gull Grey
COLORSTEEL® Sandstone Grey
COLORSTEEL® Sandstone Grey
Resene Half Ironsand
Resene Half Ironsand
December 2014

Q. I'm looking for a colour for my front door - outside only. The house is mid-brown and dark brick. I'm having a vinyl plank light wood colour with a hint of grey laid on the entry floor.

A. Because of the mid brown, the bricks and the light wood plank vinyl you might look at these colours to see if any of them works for you – Resene Paddock, Resene Bellbottom Blue, Resene Double Tapa or Resene Ayers Rock.

Resene Paddock
Resene Paddock
Resene  Bellbottom Blue
Resene Bellbottom Blue
Resene Double Tapa
Resene Double Tapa
Resene Ayers Rock
Resene Ayers Rock
December 2014

Q. I have painted a young man’s bedroom in Resene Delta, a grey colour. I wish to use an accent, preferably in a similar grey but a little darker on the skirtings, wardrobe doors and window frames.

A. Resene Delta has a quixotic yellow undertone and when you try it alongside other colours that appear similar it doesn't want to play the game at all. I have usually had to resort to a lighter variant rather than a darker variant - i.e Resene Quarter Delta. If you don't mind a little discord between the two greys you might use Resene Trojan or Resene Chicago.

Resene Delta
Resene Delta
Resene Quarter Delta
Resene Quarter Delta
Resene Trojan
Resene Trojan
Resene Chicago
Resene Chicago
December 2014

Q. I'm currently trying to choose wall colours for my bedroom in a new house that we are building. I'm just wanting to know which shade of white (preferably warm) that you would pair with a feature wall of Resene Retro Linen 47190 wallpaper? Is the white background of this wallpaper a stark or warm white?

A. It is considered a stark white. I usually pair it up with Resene Eighth Black White, which is slightly less stark than pure White if it is for ceilings and woodwork. But if I want the wallpaper on one wall only as a feature then I use a 'coloured' white like Resene Black White or Resene Double Black White so that the white background of the wallpaper pops more and looks super sharp by comparison.

Resene
Resene Retro Linen 47190
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene Black White
Resene Black White
Resene Double Black White
Resene Double Black White
December 2014

Q. We are planning to paint our newly built house and would appreciate some advice. We would like to consider mid to dark grey tones (but not a blue grey). Can you please provide some modern recommendations for our home, which is set on a lifestyle block? We have white window joinery and a charcoal roof.

A. You might like to check out these colours – Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey, Resene Half Baltic Sea, Resene Double Stack, Resene Quarter Masala or Resene Double Trojan.

If you can pop into the nearest Resene ColorShop to view the A4 real paint samples in their Colour Library it will help you to judge and compare the colours. Without doing that you may misread the underlying tones within the colours if you only rely upon small colour chips on a chart - or a digital representation of the colour on the computer - which is misleading.

Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey
Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey
Resene Half Baltic Sea
Resene Half Baltic Sea
Resene Double Stack
Resene Double Stack
Resene Quarter Masala
Resene Quarter Masala
Resene Double Trojan
Resene Double Trojan
December 2014

Q. We have a Shadowclad® house stained with Resene Waterborne Woodsman Driftwood. Is there a product that we could stain or paint over it that would give it a whitewash effect - similar to blonding?

A. There is a product in the Woodsman range of coloured stains that may work for you. It is called Reseme Woodsman Whitewash. I suggest you get the Resene testpot of this product and do a test over the Resene Driftwood colour on a offcut of the Shadowclad® so that you can see exactly what it might look like. Usually it is applied over new or weathered timber.

Resene Driftwood
Resene Driftwood
December 2014

Q. We are currently renovating and would like to repaint our exterior weatherboards. Our roof is Ironsand and the joinery is Resene Alabaster. The weatherboards were painted in Resene Barely There but we found it a bit plain and cold. We have a bush setting and overlook bush and sea. Could you please suggest some colours for the weatherboards? We would be happy to repaint joinery to match if necessary.

A. I think the Resene Alabaster for the joinery will work with any other colour and it gives such a smart, crisp contrast - so that isn't a problem. I feel you may need a bit more earthy depth for the main colour so perhaps you could check out these colours – Resene Titania - a little ashy stone/green, Resene Quarter Foggy Grey - a warm stone/grey or Resene Truffle - a beige and stone.

All of these colours work well with Resene Alabaster and Ironsand and are deeper than Resene Barely There.

Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Barely There
Resene Barely There
Resene Titania
Resene Titania
Resene Truffle
Resene Truffle
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey
December 2014

Q. We have a Grey Friars roof, Resene Double Sea Fog on the weatherboards and are going to do white around the windows. On a 1929 Californian bungalow what would be a good contrasting colour for shingles. For the last 22 years our house was a rich yellow cream with dark green roof and forest green shingles.

A. The fundamental, timeless and traditional neutrals that you have chosen for your house are lovely. If you aren't keen on the exact same charcoal being used on the shingles have you considered using darker Resene Double Cod Grey which is blacker? Or alternatively you might consider a lighter version of the roof colour - Resene Quarter Grey Friars - to maintain a tonally related palette of colours.

A different way to go is to use a red oxide like Resene Scoria - a traditional trim colour that might also be used for doors or fences. This adds definite warm contrast to the grey and white palette and visual interest.

COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars
COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Cod Grey
Resene Double Cod Grey
Resene Quarter Grey Friars
Resene Quarter Grey Friars
Resene Scoria
Resene Scoria
December 2014

Q. I am struggling to decide what colour tones to go on my interior walls. I have contrasting stones, which are both very prominent in the house. A Caesar Stone (Calcutta) cubed island bench in the kitchen but, a mere 6 metres away, a large classic travertine feature wall is also within the open plan room. The flooring will be Perfect Timber Floors (espresso). I would prefer to stick to white tones but certainly not stark as it is a large area.

A. You may find that in order to find that perfect colour you have to compromise a little bit so that the contrasting Caesar stone and travertine feature wall don't create a discord with another white in the house.

Perhaps a little colour in your 'white' main colour may allow the other stone and travertine to work better together.

You might look at these options to see if they suit you – Resene Double Sea Fog, Resene Double Merino, Resene Black Haze, Resene House White, Resene Half Concrete or Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream.

The complex undertones of colour with in these 'whites' will appear more interesting and obvious if all ceilings and woodwork are much starker/whiter. I suggest you use real Resene White.

Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Merino
Resene Double Merino
Resene Black Haze
Resene Black Haze
Resene House White
Resene House White
Resene Half Concrete
Resene Half Concrete
Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream
Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream
December 2014

Q. We are painting Resene Wishlist in a loft but do not want to paint it into the adjacent bathroom. What colours do you suggest to go with it?

A. Try Resene Opal, Resene Cut Glass, Resene Sea Fog or Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream.

The last two are 'whites' that may allow you to accessorise with paua and seaside hues in the bathroom that would relate back to the Resene Wishlist that you have used in the loft.

Resene Wishlist
Resene Wishlist
Resene Opal
Resene Opal
Resene Cut Glass
Resene Cut Glass
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream
Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream
December 2014

Q. I would like advice on a colour to paint the feature wall in our bedroom. The main part of the bedroom is painted Resene Sisal. The feature wall is a three quarter wall that wraps around to the ensuite. What would go with Resene Sisal without being too bright?

A. Because Resene Sisal is such a strong definite colour you options may be somewhat compromised. You might go lighter and tonally related – Resene Quarter Sisal, or deeper/tonally related – Resene Triple Sisal, contrast/warm – Resene Coffee Break, contrast/cool – Resene Snapshot or metallic/gorgeous – Resene Alcatraz.

Resene Sisal
Resene Sisal
Resene Quarter Sisal
Resene Quarter Sisal
Resene Triple Sisal
Resene Triple Sisal
Resene
Resene Coffee Break
Resene Snapshot
Resene Snapshot
Resene Alcatraz
Resene Alcatraz
December 2014

Q. We are painting the exterior of our house which was built in the 1960s and has a lot of beige/cream/yellow brick. We are not painting the brick. What colours would work for the painted areas? We like greys as we are using a warm grey/beige on the interior and feel it would modernise the house. The roof is brown, the joinery is grey. We are unsure whether to use a dark or light colour. It currently is a light lime green.

A. Perhaps you could use complex grey/beige colours because of the brown roof and the grey joinery.

You might look at these colours to see if they will work for you – Resene Triple White Pointer, Resene Cloudy, Resene Quarter Friar Grey, Resene Double Truffle or much greyer – Resene Stack or Resene Half Tapa.

Resene Triple White Pointer
Resene Triple White Pointer
Resene Cloudy
Resene Cloudy
Resene Quarter Friar Grey
Resene Quarter Friar Grey
Resene Double Truffle
Resene Double Truffle
Resene Stack
Resene Stack
Resene Half Tapa
Resene Half Tapa
December 2014

Q. We have a standard 1988 spec house. The exterior is painted in Resene Quarter Sail and the baseboards and gutter boards are Resene Hammerhead. What would you recommend for the roof colour?

A. My first thought for your roof is a charcoal - you might look at Resene Grey Friars or Resene Nocturnal. Alternatively you could look at lighter colours - Resene New Denim Blue or if this is too similar to the Resene Hammerhead that you have used on the trims of the house, a much paler option would be Resene Forecast. For a completely different option you could try warm brown - Resene Lignite.

Resene Sail
Resene Sail
Resene Hammerhead
Resene Hammerhead
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Nocturnal
Resene Nocturnal
Resene New Denim Blue
Resene New Denim Blue
Resene Lignite
Resene Lignite
December 2014

Q. We are renovating a 1930s Californian bungalow and have had a new roof installed in COLORBOND® Basalt. What colour could we paint the weatherboards and exterior windows and doors to make the features of the windows and doors stand out? Also we have a gable above the front verandah with panelling to consider.

We were thinking maybe a pure white colour around the windows and door and maybe a tan sort of colour for the weatherboards? Do dark colours around the windows and doors tend to hide the features and openness of the windows and doors? We want to make the windows and front door stand out and look larger than they actually are.

A. The windows in the house and the door that have the amazing lead lights in them may well look more effective and larger if the window frames/sashes and door frames were a coloured 'white' - but nothing too stark - because of the era of your home - 1930s. Check these colours out to see if they are what you have in mind – Resene Double Drought with Resene Quarter Villa White, Resene Howlin Wolf with Resene Eighth Spanish White or Resene Double Parchment with Resene Double Alabaster.

A front door often deserves a definite colour - of your choice - this is where you are allowed free rein to your favourite colour.

The gable is very interesting but if you use a special 'other' colour on it, it may compromise the overall height of the house. I suggest you use the main house colour on the flat panelled portions and the 'white' on the battens so that the house appears tall and not truncated. By keeping the look simple it will look elegant and timeless.

Resene Double Drought
Resene Double Drought
Resene Quarter Villa White
Resene Quarter Villa White
Resene Howlin Wolf
Resene Howlin Wolf
Resene Eighth Spanish White
Resene Eighth Spanish White
Resene Double Parchment
Resene Double Parchment
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Double Alabaster
December 2014

Q. Still trying to work out colours for our 1950s house, which has a flat roof. We are building on it and replacing all windows. I was thinking blue grey exterior with off white/cream aluminium joinery. We are looking at contemporary/bach feel. One thought is to do the majority of the house a main colour and a small part a contrast, also a good colour for the entrance door. We have looked at Resene Powder Blue and Resene El Nino.

A. If you used Resene Powder Blue or Resene El Nino for the main colour and a white powder coat for the joinery it would definitely give the contemporary bach type feel that you are after. But Resene El Nino may develop a little purple undertone especially in corners or on the westerly side of the house.

You could also try Resene Casper, Resene Half Regent Grey or Resene Instinct.

They are slightly greyer - which might be considered more contemporary - than those that have a bit more blue in them.

If you can pop into a Resene ColorShop to view the real paint A4 samples of these colours in their Colour Library you can compare them all and make a good judgement on what they are truly like.

For a door colour - if it is really exposed to bright sunlight - I would suggest a really 'white' colour to add the contrast with the main colour i.e. Resene Quarter Wan White. Or alternatively if it is really sheltered from extremes of sunlight you might look at a deep blue/charcoal like Resene New Denim Blue or - for a punchy out there statement - you could investigate a deep red like Resene Madam M.

Resene Powder Blue
Resene Powder Blue
Resene El Nino
Resene El Nino
Resene Casper
Resene Casper
Resene Half Regent Grey
Resene Half Regent Grey
Resene Instinct
Resene Instinct
Resene Quarter Wan White
Resene Quarter Wan White
Resene New Denim Blue
Resene New Denim Blue
Resene Madam M
Resene Madam M
   
December 2014

Q. We have bought a small painted brick, 3 bedroom, 100 sqm home. It has been used as a rental with very plain white paint. We wish to update the colour scheme inside and out. Nothing outrageous but modern.

A. If it is to remain a rental property then I suggest you repaint the exterior bricks in Resene Albescent White, which is a warm neutral or Resene Quarter Bison Hide, which is an earthy beige that should work well with the dark bronze aluminium windows. If the garage door is Lignite, I recommend that you paint the roof to match - Resene Lignite.

For the interior, if the flooring, kitchen bench top and cabinets are remaining then you might look at using Resene Quarter Albescent White for all rooms/walls and maintain a sharp clean white for ceilings and all woodwork - Resene Half Alabaster.

The appropriate paint system for all woodwork is Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel. I would be inclined to use this also on all ceilings and walls in the bathroom, toilet and laundry for ease of cleaning.

Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom waterborne enamel could be used on the kitchen, bathroom and laundry walls for ease of cleaning.

For all main rooms you might use Resene Zylone Sheen low sheen acrylic or if a tougher/scrubbable surface film is needed then definitely Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen waterborne enamel would be a good choice.

Resene Albescent White
Resene Albescent White
Resene Quarter Bison Hide
Resene Quarter Bison Hide
Resene Lignite
Resene Lignite
Resene Quarter Albescent White
Resene Quarter Albescent White
Resene Half Alabaster
Resene Half Alabaster
December 2014

Q. We are recladding a 1950s farm cottage with board and batten. My husband suggests a rich cream and we’re wondering if Resene Duck Egg Blue trim would suit, if not what colours do you suggest? We are also reroofing so would you use same colour on roof as the trim?

A. The same colour could be used as the trim but might be better as fences etc so that a softer (duck egg perhaps) could be used on the house.

If you did use a rich cream you might need to add a lot of depth to any trim colour to get a nice co-ordination and balanced look to the house.

The following are some colour palettes that you might look at -
A not so rich cream – Resene Double Bianca (main), Resene Quarter Bianca (window sashes, battens and under the soffits), Resene Dusted Blue (any other trims -fascias, barge boards, window sills, doors etc) and COLORSTEEL® Indigo Blue (this is called Resene High Tide as a paint match). Or for a rich cream – Resene Triple Pearl Lusta (main), Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta (window sashes, battens and under the soffits). Resene Seachange (any other trims - fascias, barge boards, window sills, doors etc) and COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars (this is called Resene Grey Friars as a paint match).

As an alternative thought - you might dispense with the lightest colour on the window sashes and just use the 'all other trims' colour on windows as well.

It would be a quaint and very different but a 1950s farm cottage might benefit by a 'retro theme' approach to colours.

Be careful however if you are considering using a distinct colour on the battens - it will make your eyes pixelate a bit looking at the reoccuring stripes.

Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Duck Egg Blue
       
Resene Double Bianca
Resene Double Bianca
Resene Quarter Bianca
Resene Quarter Bianca
Resene Dusted Blue
Resene Dusted Blue
COLORSTEEL® Indigo Blue
COLORSTEEL® Indigo Blue
Resene High Tide
Resene High Tide
Resene Triple Pearl Lusta
Resene Triple Pearl Lusta
Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta
Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta
Resene Seachange
Resene Seachange
COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars
COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
December 2014

Q. I have recently purchased a 1970s Hardiplank® home. I need some advice as to external colour schemes that will work with brown aluminium window frames.

A. By removing the bold green trims around the windows and on the guttering and opting for softer tonal neutrals you may achieve a more modern look. Is this what you had in mind? Perhaps to start the ball rolling you might look at these types of colours – Resene Double Sea Fog (main) and Resene Napa (trims), or Resene Half Ash (main) and Resene Quarter Evolution (trims), or Resene Duck Egg Blue (main) or Resene Half Masala (trims).

The only reason I have maintained a bit of deeper colour around the windows is to integrate the brown aluminium a bit.

Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Napa
Resene Napa
Resene Half Ash
Resene Half Ash
Resene Quarter Evolution
Resene Quarter Evolution
Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Half Masala
Resene Half Masala
December 2014

Q. What is the best colour contrast for a front door for a new house with a Hapuka coloured concrete tile roof, Desert Sands coloured brick wall and Ironsand coloured trims?

A. Assuming you have a wooden door and are wanting to paint both the door and the frame, I think I would be inclined to choose a soft earthy cream like Resene Quarter Biscotti or deeper/warmer like Resene Nougat or richer/darker like Resene Desperado. These colours may relate to the colours in the bricks. Or alternatively try a lighter version of the Ironsand – i.e. Resene Quarter Ironsand.

Resene Quarter Biscotti
Resene Quarter Biscotti
Resene Nougat
Resene Nougat
Resene Desperado
Resene Desperado
Resene Quarter Ironsand
Resene Quarter Ironsand
December 2014

Q. We have just installed glossy white kitchen cabinets and white benchtop. We have Rimu polished flooring and going to run with charcoal roller blinds. It is a bright airy kitchen/dining room. We like the idea of a soft light grey – perhaps Resene Half Surrender? Do you have any ideas on a warm soft grey or any other light colour that may suit?

A. Resene Half Surrender is a lovely colour. Perhaps you might also check out Resene Concrete, Resene Quarter Silver Chalice and Resene Half Rakaia. It is only by comparing colours that we adjust our eye and make good judgements about what they are truly like. If you can pop into your nearest Resene ColorShop to view the large A4 real paint samples inFaspir their Colour Library it would help you a lot, especially if you pop a sheet of white printer paper between the samples. The true white helps you see the underlying tints and tones within each colour and helps you judge the depth of colour. No, that doesn't rule out testing the colour in your kitchen - it makes you more inclined to choose the right colour. Testpots are your best friends.

Resene Half Surrender
Resene Half Surrender
Resene Concrete
Resene Concrete
Resene Quarter Silver Chalice
Resene Quarter Silver Chalice
Resene Half Rakaia
Resene Half Rakaia
December 2014

Q. I have Resene Perfect Taupe for my kitchen cupboards and the splashback is Resene Rendezvous. What colour should I paint the walls? The interior walls are currently Resene Pearl Lusta.

A. The Resene Pearl Lusta/Resene Perfect Taupe/Resene Rendezvous combination is rich and dynamic. By changing the wall colour to a lighter colour the cabinets will look a lot heavier. If you used a soft subdued beige/white like Resene Half Albescent White a mellow warm look will replace the sharp clean Resene Pearl Lusta. If you used a greyed white like Resene Sea Fog it will look softer but slightly cooler. You might like to investigate these two colours to see how they respond to the natural light in the kitchen.

Resene Perfect Taupe
Resene Perfect Taupe
Resene Rendezvous
Resene Rendezvous
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Half Albescent White
Resene Half Albescent White
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
December 2014

Q. I have a small open plan kitchen/dining nook/living room currently painted Resene Quill Grey on the walls, ceilings and trim, with the same on kitchen cabinetry. The kitchen cupboards will have to stay Resene Quill Grey, but I want the rest of the walls to be a warmer white that will be okay with the grey. The room doesn't get any morning sun. It has American Oak flooring.

A. By changing the walls, woodwork and ceilings to a warm white this will increase the light factor in the room and make the Resene Quill Grey cabinets and American Oak flooring really come into their own. The spaces may also seem a lot larger. You might look at these warm whites to see if they are what you favour – Resene Half Rice Cake, Resene Half Bianca, Resene Quarter Merino or Resene Double Alabaster.

Resene Quill Grey
Resene Quill Grey
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Half Bianca
Resene Half Bianca
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Double Alabaster
December 2014

Q. What colour black would you recommend for an old bach. We’d like a contrasting light grey for the roof.

A. You might try either of these blacks – Resene Chimney Sweep or Resene Black. For the roof – Resene Mid Grey, Resene Half Tuna or much lighter – Resene Atmosphere.

Resene Chimney Sweep
Resene Chimney Sweep
Resene Black
Resene Black
Resene Mid Grey
Resene Mid Grey
Resene Half Tuna
Resene Half Tuna
Resene Atmosphere
Resene Atmosphere
December 2014

Q. I am at a complete loss as to what colour to paint the master bedroom. I really want something nice and calming... I was looking at Resene Opal today but I’m not sure it would work with other things in the room including the chunky bedroom suite. The curtains we bought are black but I can always go for another colour. I’m not sure what colour for the duvet. Our bedroom is around 20 square metres with big windows taking up two of the walls.

A. I am a great believer in having what you fancy in the way of colour - after consideration and testing carefully to see what changes occur to the colour when the natural light changes. In regard a duvet and curtains - please choose these first. With duvets there is a limited choice - colour, pattern or plain, style and cost all contribute to controlling what you might have. So choose a truly wonderful duvet and then if the curtains don't suit please do change them. Life is too short to not have what you adore.

You can have a plan for the room but if you do all the decorating and then go looking for the duvet and the curtains you may find a limited choice is further limited and you end up getting something that suits the wall colour but isn't at all what you would have chosen if you had free choice.

A word to the wise - colour in an interior often appears much deeper than you might imagine it will be. I tend to recommend looking for slightly lighter versions of what you fancy. I also recommend that you test paint carefully. Resene testpots really are your best friend. If you use all of the Resene testpot (two coats) on an large A2 card (available from your Resene ColorShop) leaving an unpainted white border all around it will help you:

  • See a large enough amount of colour to judge what is really is like.
  • The card can be moved from wall to wall so you see how it changes.
  • The unpainted border holds the colour out and away from the existing wall colour so you aren't influenced negatively by that .
  • If you roll the card into a cone with the colour innermost and look into it you will see the colour deeper - as if all four walls were painted - this is great because you can then know for sure whether you need lighter or darker or a just completely different colour.

It may be that the wall behind the bedhead has nothing else of interest on it - no doors or windows - and would be perfect for a feature wall. But if you love a colour - don't be afraid to use it. It may be curtains and duvet that are the coloured element and the walls may be a flexible neutral that enhances everything else. Never forget the rich possibilities and the unique gorgeousness of wallpaper. Resene has a huge range of wallpaper to choose from – you can view thousands of options in the wallpaper library at Resene ColorShops.

Resene Opal
Resene Opal
December 2014

Q. The colour in our bedroom is French Blue. I have painted our ensuite Resene Quarter Periglacial Blue but it looks too strong. Would adding more white to it help? Failing that can you recommend a colour that would tone in more?

A.It is always difficult finding a perfect co-ordination between two different manufacturer’s colour ranges in adjacent rooms.

As a rule of thumb bathrooms are not usually blessed with large windows and lots of light and given that all colours in an interior look stronger because of angles, light, shadow lines and the close proximity of the walls concentrating the intensity of the colour perhaps you need to go for the merest hint of a water colour. You might look at these colours as they are cleaner (not too grey) and whiter – Resene Half Carefree or Resene Catskill White.

Or alternatively you might paint the room Resene Alabaster and just have one wall of Resene Quarter Periglacial Blue (the wall that gets the most natural light), which may help by stopping the colour from developing too much depth.

Resene Quarter Periglacial Blue
Resene Quarter Periglacial Blue
Resene Half Carefree
Resene Half Carefree
Resene Catskill White
Resene Catskill White
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
December 2014

Q. We have used Resene Quarter Aspiring in our bathrooms and kitchen surrounded by ferns and bush – it looks great. Can you suggest a colour to complement it for a lounge that adjoins? The room is darker, has lots of wall space and needs to be warmer.

A. It isn't quite as easy as one might expect - a colour has to work with existing components i.e carpet, curtains, furniture as well as appeal to you personally and look good in constantly changing qualities of light. You might check these colours out - hopefully they will offer you a bit of inspiration: Resene Rice Cake, Resene Ragamuffin, Resene Ecru White, Resene Half Joanna, Resene Quarter Parchment or Resene Half Wheatfield.

Please take your time and test colours really carefully. They always look a lot deeper than you might expect them to look. Testpots applied to A2 card (available from your Resene ColorShop) and moved from wall to wall will help considerably. Colour looks quite different on different walls. If you apply the testpot directly to a coloured wall then you might be very misled about what the colour truly looks like in reality. Colour is totally reactive and any existing colour seen in a greater amount close to a test patch alters your perception of it - but not in a good way.

Resene Aspiring
Resene Aspiring
Resene Rice Cake
Resene Rice Cake
Resene Ragamuffin
Resene Ragamuffin
Resene Ecru White
Resene Ecru White
Resene Half Joanna
Resene Half Joanna
Resene Quarter Parchment
Resene Quarter Parchment
Resene Half Wheatfield
Resene Half Wheatfield
     
December 2014

Q. Can you please tell me is Resene Grey Friars the same colour as COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars? If not, what Resene colour is the closest match?

A. Resene Grey Friars is a match to COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars. In the Resene Roof Colour System brochure you will find written under the paint colour name - in brackets - what the Resene colour matches to in COLORSTEEL® and COLORBOND® powdercoat colours.

Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars
COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars
December 2014

Q. We have just bought a house which is painted Resene Edward (stucco). We would like to paint the windows Resene Eighth Spanish White with a dark green border around the windows and the window sills. I have painted some wood samples with Resene Swamp, Resene Oracle, Resene Plantation and Resene William. The darker colours look better than the lighter ones, but I'm not sure any of them really goes nicely with the Resene Edward colour. I see online that Resene Dark Slate is complementary to Resene Edward. Would this be a better option or do you have any other suggestions? The roof colour is terracotta tile.

A. Some deeper greens may make the Resene Edward look greyer. Resene Dark Slate is very well suited to work with Resene Edward but so is Resene Swamp and you might also check out Resene Kermadec. The colours will undergo a colour shift when seen in close association with Resene Eighth Spanish White, which is quite 'sweet' and loaded with warmth. You might also try looking at the colours with an alternative 'white' like Resene Half Orchid White, which is sharper and enhances green colours a bit more to see if you might like it better.

Resene Edward
Resene Edward
Resene Eighth Spanish White
Resene Eighth Spanish White
Resene Swamp
Resene Swamp
Resene Oracle
Resene Oracle
Resene Plantation
Resene Plantation
Resene William
Resene William
Resene Dark Slate
Resene Dark Slate
Resene Kermadec
Resene Kermadec
Resene Eighth Spanish White
Resene Eighth Spanish White
Resene Half Orchid White
Resene Half Orchid White
December 2014

Q. I have just purchased a dark turquoise leather lounge suite of two sofas. My rooms are very large in a 1920s house. The walls are cream. Please suggest accessory colours for curtains and cushions. Red does not work at all.

A.Turquoise, which is a green based blue, usually works well with lighter and deeper variants and orange based reds, ginger based terracottas, warm browns, soft beiges and earthy creams. You could try these colours: Resene St Kilda, Resene Half Kumutoto, Resene Countdown, Resene Ayers Rock, Resene Barista, Resene Quarter Drought or Resene Quarter Spanish White.

Resene St Kilda
Resene St Kilda
Resene Half Kumutoto
Resene Half Kumutoto
Resene Countdown
Resene Countdown
Resene Ayers Rock
Resene Ayers Rock
Resene
Resene Barista
Resene Quarter Drought
Resene Quarter Drought
Resene Quarter Spanish White
Resene Quarter Spanish White
     
December 2014

Q. We have painted our wooden A-frame ceiling Resene Quarter Rice Cake and have painted our bedroom Resene Quarter Perfect Taupe. This looks a bit dull though, so we are considering a feature wall. We also have James Dunlop Baltimore petrol curtains so I'm very cautious as to what colour we should inject into the room to make it stand out?

A. Generally speaking A frame ceilings drop low on the end walls so you see a lot of ceiling colour (less of the wall colour) and the two opposing walls show more of the wall colour - is this the case in your room? Is there no furniture at all in the room? I ask this because usually the furniture and especially the bedding on the bed add a lot of visual interest in a room. Beautiful mirrors, unique light fittings and art work also add a huge amount of interest. But if you have none of these things at all then have you considered using a gorgeous wallpaper to add the 'feature' that you feel is missing.

Please do pop into your local Resene ColorShop to view the inspirational wallpaper options - one roll of luscious wallpaper will make a very unique statement. Another 'feature' idea is making more of the floor area - rugs and giant floor cushions - as this draws the eyes down and creates a 'different' feature.

Resene Quarter Rice Cake
Resene Quarter Rice Cake
Resene Perfect Taupe
Resene Perfect Taupe
December 2014

Q. Which wall and window colours go best with a light red pressed tile COLORSTEEL® roof (Mediterranean style)?

A. Are the windows wooden (to be painted) or new powdercoated ones? If they are to be powdercoated I suggest you look at any of the 'whiter' powdercoat colours to allow for any colour changes that you might make in the future.

You might try creams, beiges, green influenced neutrals or taupes - these give you a good selection of colour choices. These options will be a starting point for you: Resene Half Spanish White with Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta for wooden windows, Resene Half Tea with Resene Alabaster for wooden windows, Resene Double Merino with Resene Quarter Merino for wooden windows or Resene Eighth Stonehenge with Resene Sea Fog.

Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta
Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta
Resene Half Tea
Resene Half Tea
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Double Merino
Resene Double Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Eighth Stonehenge
Resene Eighth Stonehenge
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
December 2014

Q. We have raised and relocated our house out of the floodplain in Emerald. The exterior colours are - roof dark green, the guttering is dark red, the walls are dark red, the balustrade is a clotted cream with the centre dark green and top rail dark green. We’re not sure what to use for the doors and windows – maybe the clotted cream? What colour should the internal window and door frames be?

A. I am inclined to agree with your idea of using a cream. Choosing another colour to go with the dark green and dark red naturally directs you toward cream (lighter to balance the deeper colours you already have) or alternatively lighter greens that are very related to the dark green of the roof. I think the cream option is the best way to go. I suggest you look at these creams – Resene Pearl Lusta or Resene Villa White.

In the interior you have two options for the windows and door frames - the same as the walls (this blends in the woodwork so it isn't noticeable) or the same as the ceilings (this provides crisp clean contrast) in a semi-gloss enamel (solventborne or waterborne).

The choice is yours - but I think keeping it simple with White may be the traditional way to go.

Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Villa White
Resene Villa White
December 2014

Q. We are currently painting outside our house. The main colour is Resene Robin Egg Blue. What do you recommend for the window colour? It’s currently Resene Tia Maria. Also any idea for the porch, door steps and roof?

A. For a nice change to coastal themed colours you might look at these – roof options: Resene Lattitude or Resene Coast and for trims on the house: Resene Half Tasman or Resene Quarter Cararra and for the porch and door steps: Resene Explorer or Resene Double Trojan.

Resene Robin Egg Blue
Resene Robin Egg Blue
Resene Tia Maria
Resene Tia Maria
Resene Lattitude
Resene Lattitude
Resene Coast
Resene Coast
Resene Half Tasman
Resene Half Tasman
Resene Quarter Cararra
Resene Quarter Cararra
Resene Explorer
Resene Explorer
Resene Double Trojan
Resene Double Trojan
December 2014

Q. I am on a body corporate charged with assisting in a new colour scheme for our unit block at New Farm. We are interested in a muted/neutral look - not repeating the colour we've got - grey/blue. We don't want it to date and would like it to look elegant. The building can be seen for miles. We have started with Resene Quarter Truffle, Resene Eighth Friar Grey and Resene Eighth Stonehenge. We probably only want two colours potentially with a lighter shade in the middle panel or a muted white.

A. You could try Resene Truffle and Resene Eighth Truffle, Resene Eighth Stonehenge and Resene Double Sea Fog or Resene Eighth Friar Grey and Resene Barely There.

I have listed them as deeper and lighter/whiter in sets so that you can start thinking and possibly being inspired.

Colours tend to wash out a bit in bright natural light so I have tried to use colours that create some contrast but are softly modern and elegant.

Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Eighth Friar Grey
Resene Eighth Friar Grey
Resene Eighth Stonehenge
Resene Eighth Stonehenge
Resene Truffle
Resene Truffle
Resene Eighth Truffle
Resene Eighth Truffle
 
Resene Eighth Stonehenge
Resene Eighth Stonehenge
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
 
Resene Eighth Friar Grey
Resene Eighth Friar Grey
Resene Barely There
Resene Barely There
 
December 2014

Q. Can you suggest a contrasting COLORSTEEL® roof colour that complements Resene Tea (or derivations thereof)?

A. You are really lucky as Resene Tea goes really well with lots of COLORSTEEL® roof colours. You might look at these colours – COLORSTEEL® Stone, Lichen, Sorrell, Lignite or Ironsand. These ones range from very light to deepest in the brown co-ordinates. Or try COLORSTEEL® Sandstone Grey, Thunder Grey or Karaka. These ones range from earthy stone to deepest olive green.

Resene Tea
Resene Tea
COLORSTEEL® Stone
COLORSTEEL® Stone
COLORSTEEL® Lichen
COLORSTEEL® Lichen
COLORSTEEL Sorrel
COLORSTEEL® Sorrell
COLORSTEEL® Lignite
COLORSTEEL® Lignite
COLORSTEEL® Ironsand
COLORSTEEL® Ironsand
COLORSTEEL® Sandstone Grey
COLORSTEEL® Sandstone Grey
COLORSTEEL® Thunder Grey
COLORSTEEL® Thunder Grey
COLORSTEEL® Karaka
COLORSTEEL® Karaka
     
December 2014

Q. I am trying to figure out which colour I should paint my outdoor pergola (soon to be built). I have a dark grey COLORBOND® roof (Ironstone) and Classic Cream COLORBOND® gutters and fence. The exterior of house is an interesting brick tan/beige colour. I would like to do something other than COLORBOND® Cream. The polycarbonate roofing will be a very light (diffused ice), which will be a light cream colour, which I would like the underneath wood panels blend into when looking up. However I’m open to a darker or different colour on the posts etc.

A. Your desire to have a pergola in something other than COLORBOND® Cream but requiring it to blend in with the polycarbonate roofing or be a darker colour really takes you back to the sort of colours you already have . 'Different' sounds good in theory but may end up totally unrelated to the house. Is this what you want? Or do you want a stand alone coloured feature that draws attention to its completely different self, such as say lime green or navy blue?

I recommend that you look at a lighter variant of the cream – Resene Villa White, or a lighter variant of the roof colour – Resene Quarter Ironsand or a red/tan colour to work with the bricks – Resene Desperado.

COLORSTEEL® Classic Cream
COLORSTEEL® Classic Cream
Resene Villa White
Resene Villa White
Resene Quarter Ironsand
Resene Quarter Ironsand
Resene Desperado
Resene Desperado
December 2014

Q. I am building a modern timber home (alpine look with pitched roof) and am fitting white PVC windows. I really want a fresh, but also natural look to fit in with the surrounding landscape. My daughter has suggested Resene Riverstone stain, and we also like Resene Silvered Grey. What would you recommend and which Resene roof colour might best match?

A. I think your idea to use natural colours of the environment is good. If you are planning on staining the pine weatherboards I recommend that you get some Resene Woodsman stain testpots and do some off cuts as the stain colours often look a lot different than you might imagine. If you apply two reasonably heavy coats (all of the testpot) you will see the effect of the recommended stain coating and it will help you a lot. If you favour soft greys you might also test Resene Woodsman Smokey Ash and Resene Woodsman Limed Ash.

For the roof you might check out these options – Resene Nocturnal, Resene Grey Friars or Resene Bright Grey.

The rationale for the darker grey toned roof is that it relates well to the grey stain colours that you have a preference for and because it is a pitched roof it will hopefully merge into the timber.

Resene Riverstone
Resene Riverstone
Resene Silvered Grey
Resene Silvered Grey
Resene Woodsman Smokey Ash
Resene Smokey Ash
Resene Limed Ash
Resene Limed Ash
Resene Nocturnal
Resene Nocturnal
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Bright Grey
Resene Bright Grey
 
December 2014

Q. We are looking for a colour for our bedrooms and bathrooms. We would like red or dusty pink as a feature wall for bedroom 1 - what would you recommend? And what colour to go with it? Also for bedroom 2 we would like a green colour for a feature wall. We have small bathroom and toilet and wonder what colour would you recommend?

A. Try these reds and greens to see if they are the sort of colours you had in mind – Resene Quickstep, Resene Forbidden, Resene Salsa, Resene Madam M, Resene Scaramanga, Resene Easy Rider, Resene Bach or Resene Port Phillip.

I suggest you use the same main colour for both bedrooms - this will keep it simple and uncomplicated and allow you to use almost any feature colour. Try Resene Eighth Bison Hide, Resene Eighth Joss or Resene Half Tea.

Bathrooms and toilets that are small need simple colours to visibly increase space and light. You might look at these ones – Resene Quarter Tea or Resene Eighth Spanish White.

Resene Quickstep
Resene Quickstep
Resene Forbidden
Resene Forbidden
Resene Salsa
Resene Salsa
Resene Madam M
Resene Madam M
Resene Scaramanga
Resene Scaramanga
Resene Easy Rider
Resene Easy Rider
Resene Bach
Resene Bach
Resene Port Phillip
Resene Port Phillip
   
Resene Eighth Bison Hide,
Resene Eighth Bison Hide
Resene Eighth Joss
Resene Eighth Joss
Resene Half Tea
Resene Half Tea
Resene Quarter Tea
Resene Quarter Tea
Resene Eighth Spanish White
Resene Eighth Spanish White
December 2014

Q. We're painting the outside of our 60s stucco house. The roof is COLORSTEEL® Ironsand. The walls/foundations are painted in white/green, which we think looks terrible. I think the interior walls have been painted Resene Tea or Resene Half Tea. The interior window surrounds are a pure white like the exterior surrounds.

Can you please suggest a pure white we can use to repaint the exterior windows/soffits and a complementary colour scheme for the exterior walls/foundations and accent areas? Interested in a conservative scheme and a bold scheme and maybe something in between?

A pure white is Resene White. All other 'whites' are lightly tinted so they are not pure white. You might look at these colours: Conservative - Resene Thorndon Cream or Resene Triple Merino; bold - Resene Sidecar or Resene Snapshot; middle of the road - Resene Parchment or Resene Quarter Foggy Grey. These will give you some inspiration. 'Bold' in this case is not OTT but more a definite colour as opposed to a neutral colour.

I personally wouldn't make a 'feature' of the foundation unless you perceive it as beautiful and in need of highlighting so more attention is drawn to it. I think by painting the foundation the same as the house it makes the house look taller and less sectioned off into strips of colour. This however is my opinion and it may not be yours.

If you do want to highlight it or some other trims you might consider using a softer/lighter version of the roof colour to co-ordinate the two surfaces – Resene Quarter Ironsand.

COLORSTEEL® Ironsand
COLORSTEEL® Ironsand
Resene Tea
Resene Tea
Resene Half Tea
Resene Half Tea
Resene White
Resene White
Resene Thorndon Cream
Resene Thorndon Cream

Resene Triple Merino
Resene Sidecar
Resene Sidecar
Resene Snapshot
Resene Snapshot
Resene Parchment
Resene Parchment
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey
Resene Quarter Ironsand
Resene Quarter Ironsand
       
December 2014

Q. 31 December 2014

My roof is Rivergum, my walls are Desert Sand. My wooden windows are painted Rivergum also, which in hindsight might have been a mistake. What colour would you recommend for the windows?

A. You might look at using a lighter version of the strong house colour - not a related colour (because there isn't one that relates exactly) but a sympathetic co-ordinate – Resene Spanish White, Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay, Resene Half Drought or Resene Biscotti.

The reason I haven't suggested a green is because you have already done that and you aren't happy with it and I tend to think that a green may be 'swamped' by the depth of the main colour on the house.

Resene Spanish White
Resene Spanish White
Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay
Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay
Resene Half Drought
Resene Half Drought
Resene Biscotti
Resene Biscotti
December 2014

Q. Bought a renovator’s delight project. Needs lots of exterior work and paint. Want to choose a colour that can bring the character of the house out (thinking light grey with white for trimmings, bullnose veranda darker gum metal grey). Any specific colour advice would be great.

A. You might look at these colours to see if they might suit you – Resene Surrender (main), Resene Quarter Alabaster (trims), Resene Windswept (roof) or Resene Rakaia (main), Resene Half Black White (trims) and Resene Grey Friars (roof).

Resene Surrender
Resene Surrender
Resene Quarter Alabaster
Resene Quarter Alabaster
Resene Windswept
Resene Windswept
Resene Rakaia
Resene Rakaia
Resene Half Black White
Resene Half Black White
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
December 2014

Q. We live in a small north facing 80s townhouse with brown aluminium joinery. Our ceiling has just been repainted (Resene Alabaster). We are near the sea so are planning on having a sandy Resene Half Parchment on the walls throughout.

What colour should our doors, skirting boards/scotia and architrave be? We would like a definitive white contrast to make the sandy wall colour look and the colours to ‘pop’. We have a lot of windows and light. Which white should we pick? Stick with Resene Alabaster or try something else?

A. I think the simple choice would be to stay with the Resene Alabaster. But if after undercoating the woodwork in White (and after painting the walls in Resene Half Parchment) you decide it looks a bit too 'white' then that might be the time to check out a softer tone like Resene Quarter Sea Fog or Resene Half Sea Fog, which will still give good contrast but not be so optically challenging.

Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Half Parchment
Resene Half Parchment
Resene Quarter Sea Fog (Double Alabaster)
Resene Quarter Sea Fog (Double Alabaster)
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
December 2014

Q. What is a good colour scheme for our property, which is going to be a long term rental?

A. I suggest it would be wise not to go too pale or too dark - you might check these colours out as they are smart and versatile – Resene Half Foggy Grey, Resene Quarter Merino, Resene Touchstone or Resene Tea, Resene Half Sea Fog and Resene Ironsand. The first colour listed might be the main and the lighter used for trims/windows and under soffits and the darkest for roof, fences or any other detail that you want to highlight.

Resene HalfFoggy Grey
Resene Half Foggy Grey
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Touchstone
Resene Touchstone
Resene Tea
Resene Tea
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
December 2014

Q. We are going to paint our house Resene Gravel and are not sure what colours to paint the windows, art deco trim, front door, path to front door and front fence. Any help would be appreciated.

A. The following colours create pleasantly balanced palettes that works really well with the main house colour - Resene Gravel, Resene Foggy Grey (fence/porch/path), Resene Rice Cake (windows and trim), Resene Pioneer Red (doors) or Resene Half Atmosphere (fence/porch/path), Resene Black White (windows and trim) and Resene Flourish (doors).

The very dark grey as the main colour on the house is a modern trend for this style of house - it was never used originally on Art Deco houses but it can look stunning as long as there are crisp/bright and warm accents.

Resene Gravel
Resene Gravel
Resene Foggy Grey
Resene Foggy Grey
Resene Rice Cake
Resene Rice Cake
Resene Pioneer Red
Resene Pioneer Red
Resene Half Atmosphere
Resene Half Atmosphere
Resene Black White
Resene Black White
Resene Flourish
Resene Flourish
 
December 2014

Q. We have recently moved into a two year old house, which was painted throughout the interior in the same colour scheme. The ceilings are painted in Resene Alabaster ceiling paint. The walls are all Resene Half Truffle and the doors and trims are painted in Resene Double Truffle Lustacryl semi-gloss. This makes for a very dark interior and does not blend well with the carpet in certain lights. The kitchen cabinetry is white. The carpet is grey, which we will keep. The curtains will be changed. We do not want to paint the ceilings. I would like some suggestions for the walls to create light plus fit in with the ceilings. I understand that the ceilings should usually be lighter tone than the walls. I have seen Resene Double Alabaster on a friend’s walls but thought it is very grey.

A. I can only think that the amount of doors one has in a house (painted Resene Double Truffle) it could look twice as deep as one might imagine and be quite 'bossy' and dominating. I think if the doors were a lighter colour to reflect more light - Resene Alabaster or a much lighter Resene Truffle variant - Resene Eighth Truffle - and the walls were as light as Resene Quarter Truffle it would radically change the look of the house interior. The grey of the carpet will have a definite effect upon how the wall colour is seen as carpet is a dominant colour within a house but if the walls were much lighter it might work better for you.

Usually Resene Double Alabaster isn't seen as a grey at all but if the rooms in your friend's house were south facing (cool/grey/sour natural light) or very shadowy then it might appear as a lightly shaded white. All colour is a chameleon and changes often in a spectacular way with changing natural and artificial light and when any other colour is seen in close proximity. It may look totally different in another situation.

Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Half Truffle
Resene Half Truffle
Resene Double Truffle
Resene Double Truffle
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Eighth Truffle
Resene Eighth Truffle
Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Quarter Truffle
December 2014

Q. Can you please suggest some good colour options for a villa exterior?

A. Some colour ideas to get you started:
Resene Double Merino (main), Resene Quarter Merino (trims) and Resene Gauntlet (roof) or Resene Half Duck Egg Blue (main), Resene Quarter Cararra (trims) and Resene Coast (roof) or Resene Half Tea (main), Resene Eighth Rice Cake (trims) or Resene Groundbreaker (roof).

Resene Double Merino
Resene Double Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Gauntlet
Resene Gauntlet
Resene Half Duck Egg Blue
Resene Half Duck Egg Blue
Resene Quarter Cararra
Resene Quarter Cararra
Resene Coast
Resene Coast
Resene Half Tea
Resene Half Tea
Resene Eighth Rice Cake
Resene Eighth Rice Cake
Resene Groundbreaker
Resene Groundbreaker
December 2014

Q. We have to decide on a colour for our kitchen splashback. The house walls are Resene Albescent White, the kitchen cabinets are designatek Caribbean White. We have a rustic American oak kitchen floor and a Caesarstone Atlantic salt bench. The splashback is the back wall behind the cooktop and then the other side right along the bench up to the plug height.

A. You might look at these options - metallic colours may not date as much as 'trendy' colours – Resene Meridian, Resene Basalt or Resene Silver Aluminium or if your heart is longing for a colour that is totally distinctive and attention seeking you might look at these colours – Resene Madam M, Resene Snapshot or Resene High Tea.

Or - this is the safe timeless option - you might use plain crystal clear low iron oxide glass over the wall colour. This particular glass shows the colour behind it in a totally true way and doesn't make it look greenish (or totally unlike it looks in reality) as the standard float glass splashbacks do.

Resene Albescent White
Resene Albescent White
   
Resene Meridian
Resene Meridian
Resene Basalt
Resene Basalt
Resene Silver Aluminium
Resene Silver Aluminium
Resene Madam M
Resene Madam M
Resene Snapshot
Resene Snapshot
Resene High Tea
Resene High Tea
December 2014

Q. I have a COLORSTEEL® shed in Stone that I need a Resene Lumbersider colour to match.

A. The Resene match to COLORSTEEL® Stone is called Resene Outback. It can be seen on the Resene Roof Systems colour chart and is available in Resene Summit Roof satin acrylic roof paint as a testpot. There should be no problems having the colour (once approved by you) made up into Resene Lumbersider.

COLORSTEEL® Stone
COLORSTEEL® Stone
Resene Outback
Resene Outback
December 2014

Q. We are planning to repaint the internal doors and wardrobes of our house and I am wondering if a black colour is suitable for the doors as our floorcovering is sort of black (dark grey). Can we paint the bedroom doors and wardrobe doors in different colours?

A. Black may be very strong, dark and hard for all the doors. Have you thought of using a deep warm charcoal?

You might check out these colours – Resene Baltic Sea, Resene Fuscous Grey or Resene Grey Friars.

Resene Baltic Sea
Resene Baltic Sea
Resene Fuscous Grey
Resene Fuscous Grey
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
December 2014

Q. I need some advice on painting the exterior of my house. Recently the previous owner painted the roof and top of the chimney a dark charcoal colour which I like. There is the brick, under the brick, steps and garage for which I would like advice on a colour palette. I am in two minds about painting the brick as I have had mixed reactions about painting it or not. I like a fresh, modern, clean colour scheme.

A. I would be slightly wary of painting the bricks - once done it can't be undone. Even though there are houses where the bricks have been painted that look really nice (and of course it is a personal choice), the houses that look the nicest are those where the bricks have been completely plastered over so the bricks are not seen at all as it is a smooth surface.

If you really like the dark charcoal on the roof and chimney then perhaps the roof and roller door of the garage might look good in the same colour. The base of the house and the main colour on the garage could look well co-ordinated if they were the same colour - perhaps you could look at these colours – Resene Quarter Arrowtown (might look like the grout between the bricks), Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey (a softer tone of the grey/charcoal), Resene Delta (an earthier stone grey) or Resene Triple Sea Fog (a stone grey/white).

Resene Quarter Arrowtown
Resene Quarter Arrowtown
Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey
Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey
Resene Delta
Resene Delta
Resene Triple Sea Fog
Resene Triple Sea Fog
December 2014

Q. We are building a new flat roofed house. The material is LINEA® but we will be having features of stone blockwork. We quite like Resene Middle Earth for the exterior but we are having trouble matching this to a roofing and aluminium window colour. Do you have any other suggestions?

A. If you want to totally match the powder coated window joinery and the roofing to the exterior LINEA® then you may have to look at the roof chart - Resene Roof Colour Systems - and choose a colour that has a COLORSTEEL® match name written in small print under the Resene name. I know that the roof is matching to COLORSTEEL® but you may need to check that the joinery also has a match - there are far less colours available as joinery powdercoat colours.

I think if you compare Resene Canyon (COLORSTEEL® Fern Frond) you will find that it is very similar to Resene Middle Earth.

A lighter green to look at as an alternative is Resene Rivergum (COLORSTEEL® Rivergum), which I do know is available as both roof Colour Steel and joinery powder coat. If you just want a nice colour for the roof and window joinery (not an exact match colour) to go with Resene Middle Earth or Resene Canyon then you might consider using an earthy grey like Resene Lattitude, which is a match to COLORSTEEL® Smokey.

Resene Middle Earth
Resene Middle Earth
Resene Canyon
Resene Canyon
Resene Rivergum
Resene Rivergum
COLORSTEEL® Rivergum
COLORSTEEL® Rivergum
Resene Lattitude
Resene Lattitude
COLORSTEEL® Smokey
COLORSTEEL® Smokey
   
December 2014

Q. We have a new garage in Ironsand. I will be painting the roof of the house the same colour and a white (tbc). I would like to have a feature door to the house in a bright colour but want one which will make the Ironsand look darker rather than throwing off the greeny/brown colour of it. What do you suggest?

A. This is rather tricky - reds, yellow and oranges will emphasise the warm/earthy hue in the Ironsand and blues and greens will emphasise the green/brown undertone. In order for Ironsand on the roof and the garage to look darker (do you mean blacker?) then you may have to use a white colour. It forces the eye to see the darkest colour (Ironsand) as darker than it really is because there is no alternative colour to base a judgement on.

But if you just want a bright fun colour for a door feature (whether it makes the Ironsand darker or less brown or not) then you could check these colours out - Resene Dali, Resene Juicy or Resene Irresistible.

Resene Dali
Resene Dali
Resene Juicy
Resene Juicy
Resene Irresistible
Resene Irresistible
December 2014

Q. I am looking at painting the exterior of my double story house in Resene Linen. What do you recommend for the trim and roof? Is the Resene Linen going to be too dark? Should I halve it? It is a house built in 2000 with lots of light and views.

A. Generally speaking colour looks lighter on the exterior of a house because bright natural light makes it seem brighter/lighter. It would pay to test the colour very carefully. I always recommend that all the testpot as two coats be applied to A2 card leaving an unpainted border all around the edges so that the eye focuses on the reality of the colour. Moving the card from wall to wall you will see how much it alters in natural light. A2 card to paint up can be purchased for a small cost from your nearest Resene ColorShop or you might elect to buy the BigColour cards, which do cost a bit more and need to be ordered as they are screen printed for you.

The roof colour could be just about anything at all but you might look at Resene Touchstone (earthy/greenish) or Resene Windswept (warm soft grey) or Resene Groundbreaker (warm stone brown) or Resene Paddock (a soft fresh green) - any of these colours will work well with Resene Linen.

Trims might be the same as the roof or a much lighter version of the house colour or a fresh sharp white to enhance the main house colour.

Resene Linen
Resene Linen
Resene Groundbreaker
Resene Groundbreaker
December 2014

Q. I have a 1970s house with no real features to pick out. We have painted the fences Resene Double or Triple Mondo but am stuck on what to paint the actual house, roof, door and deck railing. We have the old silver aluminium windows but are replacing the ranchslider at the back with an arctic white aluminium French door so need something that will work with both (eventually we are hoping to be able to replace all the windows but it is likely to take us many years!). I don't want the fence to necessarily define the colours for the house and realise we have done things the wrong way round. Given the option over again I probably would have chosen a more grey fence paint. Which house colour could we use that wouldn’t emphasise the brown. I am thinking a neutral perhaps for the house but am really open to any suggestions. I like stronger neutrals with a grey/beige tone but without any ability to break it up and provide contrast I don't think that will work? What I really don't want is to end up with the house looking cold or dreary!

A. Even though your house is plain it isn't without features. It has doors, mock shutters, entry porch/deck and garage, all of which can be emphasised to create visual interest. I suggest you look at these colours to see how the main colour and the deeper accent might work well together – Resene Taupe Grey and a very dark accent colour Resene Bokara Grey, or lighter colours – Resene Triple White Pointer and a deep but not too dark accent colour Resene Half Masala. If you pop a surprise colour on the front and back door (obviously you would choose what you absolutely adore) it will be amazing. When the windows are slowly replaced with Arctic White you will see a huge difference because of the contrast.

Resene Double Mondo
Resene Double Mondo
Resene Triple Mondo
Resene Triple Mondo
Resene Half Grey
Resene Taupe Grey
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Triple White Pointer
Resene Triple White Pointer
Resene Half Masala
Resene Half Masala
December 2014

Q. We have a 1940s weatherboard house. Resene Triple Tea has been suggested as the weatherboard colour. The roof colour is Resene Grey Friars and the windows are white aluminium. Could you suggest a colour for the back door and several other doors of the outside - laundry, toolshed and woodshed?

A. Here’s a few colour ideas to get you started… Resene Pioneer Red, Resene Tiki Tour, Resene Barometer, Resene Rough N Tumble, Resene Quarter Grey Friars or Resene Tea.

Resene Triple Tea
Resene Triple Tea
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
       
Resene Pioneer Red
Resene Pioneer Red
Resene Tiki Tour
Resene Tiki Tour
Resene Barometer
Resene Barometer
Resene Rough N Tumble
Resene Rough N Tumble
Resene Quarter Grey Friars
Resene Quarter Grey Friars
Resene Tea
Resene Tea
December 2014

Q. I want to repaint a work smoko room. It has always been a warm yellowy colour but needs a change. Must be happy and cosy. We have a conflict of staff opinions.

A. Everyone has a different take on 'happy and cosy' and where there are staff who have opinions then it can make for a difficult situation. You might look at a warm orange based yellow - Resene Oscar. This is a lot richer/deeper than you might imagine! Or a toffee colour - Resene Nougat - it would be very cosy.

Alternatively you could keep the exciting warm yellowy colour on most walls and just splash out on one wall - Resene Red Red Red (a little bit of an exciting red).... yes it is a compromise but sometimes a little bit of a change is enough - especially when there are several staff opinions.

Or - this is the happy/fun option - just get a whole lot of cheap boxed art frames - in all different sizes and shapes - and go mad painting them wild colours using Resene testpots and make a random display on one wall - that allows all those staff members who have opinions to be involved… if a warm neutral is used on all the walls, such as Resene Spanish White - it will stop the room looking too plain.

Perhaps look at using these colours – Resene Smashing, Resene Origin, Resene Spotlight, Resene Elvis and Resene Flashback.

Resene Oscar
Resene Oscar
Resene Nougat
Resene Nougat
Resene Red Red Red
Resene Red Red Red
 
Resene Smashing
Resene Smashing
Resene Origin
Resene Origin
Resene Spotlight
Resene Spotlight
Resene Elvis
Resene Elvis
Resene Flashback
Resene Flashback
December 2014

Q. I have just had my kitchen done up and I am having difficulty with the choice of paint. I have chosen white cupboards and a white gloss benchtop called Mineralstone to offset the bright blind I have in the window. I chose to go with a grey to keep it neutral then add bright colours in the appliances, etc. The colour I chose is Resene Double Barely There, but it just isn't right. It looks fine during the day, but it comes out looking dirty when in shadow. The room gets a lot of light, and is very small (2.3M x 2.3m) The blind colours almost match Resene Geronimo and Resene Crisp Green with a dark purple colour as the vine. I am lost as to what to put with it now, but I know when I started, my idea was a nice white and fresh green kitchen. I really want a colour that will help the blind to stand out and make the green look as green and crisp as possible. I don't want it to tend towards the yellow tones in the green. I was looking at Resene Lime White, but am just not sure whether a green will work. Can you help me?

A. These are the things that you need to know in order to make a good colour choice:

  • All colour in an interior has the potential to look twice as deep as one might imagine.
  • All colour changes when the quality of light changes.
  • Testpots are your best friend. They allow you to see a huge amount of colour. If you paint two coats (all of the testpot) onto A2 card leaving an unpainted white border all around the edges - it helps your eye focus on the colour. Move it from wall to wall and check the colour during the day and under electric light at night so you can truly judge whether it will work for you.

Resene Lime White may work (it is lovely and fresh) but it does have a slight yellow undertone - test it carefully the way I have indicated to see what it really will look like.

A handy hint - when you have the A2 card (available from your Resene ColorShop) painted up you can roll the card into a cone shape with the colour innermost. Look into it. The colour will have developed more depth and brightness as if all four walls were painted - this may help you decide whether it is the right colour or if it is too bright/intense. If it is too green/bright you might try Resene Quarter Ecru White or Resene Quarter Rice Cake.

Sometimes it is the least likely colour that proves itself the best one to have.

Take your time and test the colour to make sure it is perfect.

Resene Double Barely There
Resene Double Barely There
Resene Geronimo
Resene Geronimo
Resene Crisp Green
Resene Crisp Green
Resene Lime White
Resene Lime White
Resene Quarter Ecru White
Resene Quarter Ecru White
Resene Quarter Rice Cake
Resene Quarter Rice Cake
December 2014

Q. I'm having trouble deciding on an exterior colour for Rockcote cladding on our new house, which I need to decide on soon. The flat roof is Gull Grey which you don’t see much of. The aluminium joinery and garage door is Gravel. There is some cedar trim in Resene Crowshead or Resene Pitch Black. We are surrounded by lovely green hills and bush. What would you suggest ? Also what colour for the spouting and drainpipes? The house is an L shape with decking on the north and west.

A. Are you using powdercoated guttering and downpipes? If that is the case I would be inclined to use the same colour as the roof. It keeps everything neat and tidy. If it is PVC then you can paint it with very light colours and you might consider Resene Atmosphere as it is the Resene colour match to COLORSTEEL® Gull Grey - or alternatively a half tone version Resene Half Atmosphere.

Rockcote cladding has a requirement that it be coated in light to mid toned colours (not dark) so you might investigate these colours which have a slightly green/grey undertone which may suit the environment and still look really modern – Resene Triple Sea Fog, Resene Triple Merino, Resene Triple Black White or Resene Quarter Foggy Grey.

These colours have soft shadowy depth to them so that they won't look too white or glary in bright natural light. I am thinking of the north and west sides of the house, which will absorb the brightest/hottest sun rays.

COLORSTEEL® Gull Grey
COLORSTEEL® Gull Grey
Resene Woodsman Crowshead
Resene Crowshead
Resene Pitch Black
Resene Pitch Black
Resene Atmosphere
Resene Atmosphere
Resene Half Atmosphere
Resene Half Atmosphere
Resene Triple Sea Fog
Resene Triple Sea Fog

Resene Triple Merino
Resene Triple Black White
Resene Triple Black White
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey
 
December 2014

Q. I have honey oak accents/cabinets/furniture, saddle leather couches, dark countertops (black/grey/pinkish specks) and tan/white window fixtures. But we can repaint the trim, are planning on installing a splashback (not sure on the colour) and are installing new flooring (hate carpets). What colour should we paint the walls? We are also considering putting a horizontal trim on the walls right where kids damage the walls the most so we can repaint the bottom portion more frequently.

A. If you are planning on replacing the flooring it might pay to check that out first. Often there are constraints in this regard - how much to spend, what type to choose (colour/style etc) and you have to consider whether the colour works with existing elements (furniture, curtains, work tops, kitchen flooring etc) so it is wise to sort that out first so you have freedom of choice.

It would be really sad if you chose a colour and painted the walls now and then went out looking for flooring and it looked horrible with the newly painted walls. This would mean a lot of tears and heartbreak and not wanting to repaint the walls but knowing you will have to in order for the carpet to look good. Does that make sense? I hope so.

I suggest that while you are sorting out the carpet you undercoat the walls (white undercoat) and any painted woodwork trims in preparation. This will allow you to trial colours with the carpet samples you bring home from the flooring shop.

Your idea of a dado rail at mid wall height (so that you can repaint the lower walls more frequently because of the children damaging the walls) is a practical idea. I would be inclined to use a mdf beading strip that you paint to match the wall colour so it merges seamlessly into the walls and doesn't draw undue attention to itself and break up the walls into segments.

For a splashback behind the stove you need to think this through carefully - will it be a super trendy 'out there' colour (you might tire of it or it might date so be careful) - or a soft modern colour (blues or greens will work well with the wooden cabinets etc) or a metallic colour to link in the stainless refrigerator? There are two kinds of glass used in splashbacks - standard float glass that has a greenish cast and makes all colour seen behind it look totally unlike what you expect it to look like and crystal clear low iron oxide glass which allows you to see the colour absolutely true and doesn't alter it. This is important to know in advance.

December 2014

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