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Answers to your questions from our Colour Experts - page 85

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 are going with Resene Half Concrete for our kitchen and family area walls, Resene Blackjack for the island bench base, Resene White for trims, doors and ceilings. We have oak flooring, which is a light beige with a white/grey wash. We're wondering what white to do our cabinetry - thinking Resene Half Sea Fog?

A. Do you want the kitchen cabinets to be a warmer white and to clash a little with the Resene Half Concrete which is a cooler/silvery grey white on the walls? If you are keener that the white work with the floor and aren't worried about whether it will work with the walls then you could use Resene Half Sea Fog. 

 Personally I would recommend that you considered using Resene Quarter Black White if you want a nice harmonious white to work with Resene Half Concrete.

Resene Half Concrete
Resene Half Concrete
Resene Blackjack
Resene Blackjack
Resene White
Resene White
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Quarter Black White
Resene Quarter Black White
May 2019

Q. We are renovating the master bedroom of a 1920s bungalow that has wooden floors and window sills. We are looking for a purplish/pinkish colour and have looked at Resene Vintage and Resene Siesta, which are close to what we want but not perfect. What would be a good mid-point between them, and possibly a bit lighter than Resene High Tea?

A. You might check out the following colours – Resene Swiss Coffee, Resene Dover White, Resene Balance or Resene Always.

All colours in an interior have the potential to double in depth. Painting up the Resene testpot (all of it/two coats) onto very large A2 card (available from Resene ColorShops) leaving a narrow unpainted (white card) border will allow you to see and judge the reality of the colours.

Resene Vintage
Resene Vintage
Resene Siesta
Resene Siesta
Resene High Tea
Resene High Tea
 
Resene Swiss Coffee
Resene Swiss Coffee
Resene Dover White
Resene Dover White
Resene Balance
Resene Balance
Resene Always
Resene Always
May 2019

Q. I have a COLORSTEEL® Ironsand roof and a Resene Ironsand deck and front door.  I am getting my house painted Resene Gull Grey and thought I'd add a pop of colour with a red front door. What red/s would go with this combo? 

A. You might check out the following reds to see if they appeal to you – Resene Salsa, Resene Dynamite or Resene Pohutukawa.

Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
Resene Gull Grey
Resene Gull Grey
Resene Salsa
Resene Salsa
Resene Dynamite
Resene Dynamite
Resene Pohutukawa
Resene Pohutukawa
May 2019

Q. I am in a rut! I have two Cape Cod chairs ready to paint and family have thrown my preferred choice out the window! At present I have two in Resene Ecstasy and I'd like to paint the other two in a complementary colour. All four chairs will not be together all the time, but I wish to paint the other two one block colour (e.g. not two differing colours).

We are in a rural setting surrounded by restoring forest and garden. I am a fan of green and had chosen a lime green, the others in the family prefer blue! Can you please help give me an idea either way?

A. These colours might appeal to you - they do look rather delicious when seen close to oranges - especially Resene Ecstasy – Resene Hashtag, Resene FOMO, Resene Windfall, Resene Yowza, Resene Cobalt or Resene Bowie.

If it is a collective decision - rather than just yours - I suggest you paint up large A4 cards of all of the colours and play the 'Like it Least' game.

This is when each participant removes the colour sample they like least of all. And by doing this continually eventually there is only one colour left. And guess what! That is the colour that you all like and a decision has been made. All of the colour samples must be placed on the orange chairs. That is necessary as it is their relationship with the Resene Ecstasy colour that makes you see the sample colours as part of a harmony rather than an isolated or random 'other' colour

Resene Ecstasy
Resene Ecstasy
Resene Hashtag
Resene Hashtag
Resene Windfall
Resene Windfall
Resene Cobalt
Resene Cobalt
Resene Bowie
Resene Bowie
May 2019

Q. I'm searching for an all-purpose white paint to use throughout our 1950s house. The house has matai floorboards and is north facing. I prefer black, blue and grey based whites. Right now, I'm considering Resene Alabaster and Resene Half Black White.

Can you please let me know what you think would suit the dark floorboards and era of the house?

A. If you prefer the cooler whites then they will emphasise the rich warmth of the matai floorboards. You won't see much difference between Resene Alabaster and Resene Half Black White as in some lights (natural and artificial) they may look almost the same. Is that what you want?

If that is the case you could use just one colour - either Resene Alabaster or Resene Half Black White - for all surfaces and just change the sheen level to create a subtle difference - i.e. matt for ceilings, low sheen for walls and semi-gloss or full gloss for wooden trims. 

 But if you do want to see a difference between the two colours you have mentioned then you may have to lighten the Resene Alabaster to Resene Quarter Alabaster so it provides more of a contrast with Resene Half Black White.

Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Half Black White
Resene Half Black White
Resene Quarter Alabaster
Resene Quarter Alabaster
May 2019

Q. We have a hundred year old wooden villa house. It has a new Pioneer Red metal roof with Karaka spouting and white window frames.  We're stuck on a colour for the weatherboards.

I am not sure whether to go with a dark exterior colour (e.g. dark browny grey) to try and hide the 1970s brown bronze aluminium windows or a lighter colour which would suit the red roof tiles more but make the windows stand out.  And then which colour to choose?  I definitely want to paint the house all one colour though!

A. You might consider using a little more of the Karaka so it isn't the 'only lonely' green on the house - perhaps for the doors or the window sills? If you didn't want it to be too dark then you might look at the slightly lighter variant as an alternative trim option – try Resene Karaka or Resene Half Karaka.

For the main house colour - with respect to the age of the house and the timber weatherboards - you could look at these options – Resene Triple Merino, Resene Double Sea Fog, Resene Half Spanish White, Resene Double Rice Cake or Resene Pearl Lusta.

To work with the window colour you might check out the following – Resene Double Friar Grey, Resene Pravda or Resene Triple Stonehenge.

Or a colour with a little more olive green in it (because that harmonises well with a red like the roof) might be one of these colours – Resene Lisbon Brown, Resene Raptor, Resene Half Evolution or lighter – Resene Triple Ash.

Resene Karaka
Resene Karaka
Resene Half Karaka
Resene Half Karaka
Resene Triple Merino
Resene Triple Merino
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Half
Spanish White
Resene Double Rice Cake
Resene Double Rice Cake
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
 
Resene Double Friar Grey
Resene Double Friar Grey
Resene Pravda
Resene Pravda
Resene Triple Stonehenge
Resene Triple Stonehenge
 
Resene Lisbon Brown
Resene Lisbon Brown
Resene Raptor
Resene Raptor
Resene Half Evolution
Resene Half Evolution
Resene Triple Ash
Resene Triple Ash
May 2019

Q. We are halfway through our first new build and are planning to paint the weatherboard cladding in Resene Gauntlet. Our window joinery is Appliance White. We want all the trim details to be a fresh crisp white; someone has suggested Resene Black White but it looks a bit too cool to me and also a little dark against the Appliance White.

A. Resene Black White is a cooler grey based white compared to the powder coat colour.

If you want a white for crisp trim details I suggest you ask for the Resene version of Appliance White so you don't have two clashing whites. This is available at any Resene ColorShop or reseller.

Resene Gauntlet
Resene Gauntlet
Resene Black White
Resene Black White
May 2019

Q. Can you please suggest a suitable ceiling paint colour to go with Resene Eighth Parchment walls?

You might check out these whites to see which one that you prefer – Resene Alabaster or Resene Eighth Rice Cake. They both work well with Resene Eighth Parchment.

Resene Eighth Parchment
Resene Eighth Parchment
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Eighth Rice Cake
Resene Eighth
Rice Cake
May 2019

Q. Can you suggest a complementary colour to paint bedside cabinets with Resene Wan White walls?  I was thinking maybe Resene Double Wan White or Resene Triple Wan White.

A. If you want a tone or shade of a colour similar to Resene Wan White you might check out these colours as they exist already which is helpful if you need to test them – Resene Double Sea Fog, Resene Triple Sea Fog, Resene Double Black White or Resene Triple Black White.

Resene Wan White
Resene Wan White
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Triple Sea Fog
Resene Triple Sea Fog
Resene Double Black White
Resene Double
Black White
Resene Triple Black White
Resene Triple Black White
May 2019

Q. We have a 1950s bungalow and I'd like a change of colour. It has a Resene Karaka green roof and fence. A consultant at the reseller advised that Resene Quarter Tapa with white trim would go nicely and it seemed to be ok when I used the testpot. So I started painting with Resene Quarter Tapa.

It looks nice but dull. I'm not scared of colour. I recently put in purple carpet. I just can't bear the thought of white trim with this grey looking house. I want a pop of colour but can't decide what to do. I like the idea of a bright melon or a smoky purple or both or a strong teal. Really I don't care much but I don't want a grey house with white trim. I don't need to worry about offending potential buyers as I've owned the house 16 years and plan never to sell it. I'd like a brighter look but I feel committed to the Resene Quarter Tapa because I've started and we have time restrictions on getting the body of the house painted. I can potter away with the detail later.

A. If you feel you can really embrace something different - a bit of bold and bright - to stop the Resene  Quarter Tapa and Resene Karaka roof etc from being too earthy then you could check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Thumbs Up, Resene Jailbreak, Resene Dynamite, Resene Yowza or Resene Machiavelli.

Resene Karaka
Resene Karaka
Resene Quarter Tapa
Resene Quarter Tapa
Resene Dynamite
Resene Dynamite
May 2019

Q. We are painting our living room ceiling and walls Resene Alabaster, but we are not sure what colour we should paint the trim.

A. You might consider using one of the lighter/whiter variants of Resene Alabaster – Resene Half Alabaster, Resene Quarter Alabaster or real white - Resene White.

Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Half Alabaster
Resene Half Alabaster
Resene Quarter Alabaster
Resene Quarter Alabaster
Resene White
Resene White
May 2019

Q. The walls of my house are stained with Resene Crowshead. I need to paint the existing Monier tile roof which was a brownish terracotta colour but has faded over the years. Any suggestions would be appreciated as to suitable colours.

A. You might check out these colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Element, Resene Windswept, Resene Gauntlet, Resene Canyon or Resene Scoria.

Resene Woodsman Crowshead
Resene Crowshead
Resene Element
Resene Element
Resene Windswept
Resene Windswept
Resene Gauntlet
Resene Gauntlet
Resene Canyon
Resene Canyon
Resene Scoria
Resene Scoria
May 2019

Q. I want to paint our hallway a different colour for a feature. The rest of the house is Resene Half Wan White. I was thinking of a dusky pink/terracotta look. Currently the hall is carpeted but we will be removing it and polishing the floor.

A. You might check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Coral Tree, Resene Just Dance, Resene Flesh, Resene Bonanza, Resene Brandy Rose, Resene Toast or Resene Birthday Suit.

You will need to carefully test the colours. All colours in an interior have the potential to double in depth (or brightness depending on the type of colour) so you need to know exactly what a large area will look like.

I like the idea of a hallway painted in a definite colour - hallways tend to miss out on natural light and furniture and drapes so they can benefit by doing something a little bit different.

Resene Half Wan White
Resene Half Wan White
Resene Coral Tree
Resene Coral Tree
Resene Flesh
Resene Flesh
Resene Bonanza
Resene Bonanza
Resene Brandy Rose
Resene Brandy Rose
Resene Toast
esene Toast
Resene Birthday Suit
Resene Birthday Suit
 
May 2019

Q. We are building a new separate garage that will be close to our house. Our exterior house colours are: ground floor Resene Triple Tana and upstairs Resene Pavlova with a front door of Resene Burnt Sienna. Exterior windows are wooden and painted Resene Half Pavlova. We would like colours for the exterior garage walls, double garage door and entry door and windows. Also the roof of the garage will be visible - the roof of our house is Bone White (but except for the flashings is not really visible). Are you able to give us some ideas on all these areas please?

A. If you did the walls of the garage Resene Triple Tana, the roof and flashings Resene Bone White and the double garage door Resene Burnt Sienna it could look really smart. The entry door and windows could be Resene Half Pavlova or slightly lighter - Resene Quarter Pavlova.

Resene Triple Tana
"Resene Triple Tana
Resene Pavlova
Resene Pavlova
Resene Burnt Sienna
Resene Burnt Sienna
Resene Half Pavlova
Resene Half Pavlova
Resene Bone White
Resene Bone White
Resene Quarter Pavlova
Resene Quarter Pavlova
May 2019

Q. I have an open-plan kitchen and lounge area I am planning to paint after installing insulation and plasterboard. It is currently painted Resene Golden Glow. Although I've liked this colour, it now looks too bright, especially in summer during the day and doesn't really go with my rich cream kitchen cabinets that are in a colour like Resene Dutch White.

I already have Resene Pearl Lusta ceilings and skirting boards and are not planning to change this colour either. I'm looking for a warm, neutral colour that would suit this whole area (lounge, kitchen, etc.), that also complements the kitchen cabinets. I prefer the warmer, browner tones as I'm not as keen on the grey-toned neutral colours as they look too cold to me.

The whole area gets direct sun during a lot of the day in summer, but next to no direct sun in winter, hence my wanting a warm neutral colour.

I had decided on Resene Spanish White, but now I'm not as sure as sometimes it looks a bit green at night, especially next to the cream kitchen cabinets. Also, they are both pale and look like they clash.

Could a darker version of Resene Spanish White (either Resene Double Spanish White or Resene Triple Spanish White) work better with the kitchen cabinets (or will this still be a bit green) or maybe another milk-coffee-coloured neutral, like one of the Resene Biscotti colours work?

A. Rather than introduce a deeper(or dirtier) colour like darker variants of Resene Spanish White had you considered a lighter colour more related to the cabinets? That might work better for you instead of introducing a third type of cream (that is not related) to the kitchen.

You could check out the following colours – Resene Quarter Dutch White, Resene Half Gin Fizz or Resene Half Orchid White.

If you were intent on having a colour like Resene Biscotti please carefully test the colour. You may find it takes on a peachy/beige look that makes the cabinets look yellower.

Resene Dutch White
Resene Dutch White
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Double Spanish White
Resene Double
Spanish White
Resene Triple Spanish White
Resene Triple
Spanish White
Resene Biscotti
Resene Biscotti
Resene Half Biscotti
Resene Half Biscotti
Resene Quarter Biscotti
Resene Quarter Biscotti
Resene Eighth Biscotti
Resene Eighth Biscotti
Resene Quarter Dutch White
Resene Quarter
Dutch White
Resene Half Gin Fizz
Resene Half Gin Fizz
Resene Half Orchid White
Resene Half Orchid White
 
May 2019

Q. I have painted my roof Resene Grey Friars.  What is recommended for weatherboards?  Unsure whether to go darker or lighter; I like moody colours.

A. If your weatherboards are real timber (not a look alike made of fibre cement) I recommend lighter colours to safeguard the integrity of the wood – try Resene Surrender or Resene Geyser.

But if the weatherboards are a fibre cement then mid to deep colours might be considered – try Resene Half Tuna, Resene Triple Truffle, Resene Stonewashed or Resene Quarter Baltic Sea.

Resene Grey Friars
Resene Grey Friars
Resene Surrender
Resene Surrender
Resene Geyser
Resene Geyser
 
Resene Half Tuna
Resene Half Tuna
Resene Triple Truffle
Resene Triple Truffle
Resene Stonewashed
Resene Stonewashed
Resene Quarter Baltic Sea
Resene Quarter Baltic Sea
May 2019

Q. We are doing a kitchen renovation shortly and need to decide on colours. We live in a 100 year old villa which can be a bit gloomy so we want a light neutral colour throughout the new areas which we will probably extend in time to the whole house.  Currently we are thinking Resene Half Rice Cake or Resene Eighth Parchment. The kitchen cabinetry will be Thermoform Alabaster satin which also seems close to those colours, but I'm a bit concerned it may be a bit sterile with the only colour coming from the bench top in ‘metropolis brown.' One idea I've had is painting a low half wall in colour but I'd like advice on what colours might compliment. Or can you advise other ways to bring in colour but keep a light feel to the room?

A. If you were to choose Resene Half Rice Cake for the walls it may be too close (but not exactly the same) as the Resene Alabaster cabinetry. Sometimes it pays to not compete with another 'white' but to choose a colour that has a bit more of its own personality - i.e. Resene Eighth Parchment may be a warm neutral that sits well with the bench top and the cabinets. Another colour that might be considered is  Resene Quarter Fossil or possibly Resene Quarter White Pointer.

I like your idea of painting a low wall in a complementary colour - so perhaps one of the following might be considered – Resene Duck Egg Blue, Resene Helix, or a warmer type of colour – Resene Dawn Chorus or Resene Just Dance.

With a new kitchen please don't underestimate the power of artificial lighting - as well as ceiling lights perhaps strip LED lighting recessed under the edge of the island work top and above the top of the cabinets on the window wall above the cook top will add more light to the kitchen area - not just as mood lighting but to create a lighter brighter look.

Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Eighth Parchment
Resene Eighth Parchment
Resene Quarter Fossil
Resene Quarter Fossil
Resene Quarter White Pointer
Resene Quarter
White Pointer
Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Dawn Chorus
Resene Dawn Chorus
   
May 2019

Q. I'm looking for a paint colour that will go well with a polished concrete floor in a house that has more windows than walls i.e. a lot of natural light. I was think perhaps Resene Eighth Tea on the walls with Resene Quarter Black White for trims and ceilings? Or Resene Half White Pointer with Resene Quarter Black White for ceilings/trims. I want the room to feel warm and light/airy but not too stark.

A. You mention Resene Eighth Tea - this is a delicate pink/grey and Resene Half White Pointer which doesn't have as much definite warmth but is a delicate grey/taupe. Without testing you may not see the undertones within each colour. I always recommend that people paint up all of a testpot (two coats) onto an A2 card (available from Resene ColorShops). If you leave a narrow unpainted border all around the perimeter of the card it helps you to see the reality of the colour. The card can be moved from wall to wall/room to room so you can see how each aspect of light and angle change how the colour is seen.  

Some other very light neutrals that you might check out and compare to the ones you have mentioned might be these colours – Resene House White, Resene Sea Fog or Resene Double Black White.

Resene Eighth Tea
Resene Eighth Tea
Resene Quarter Black White
Resene Quarter Black White
Resene Half White Pointer
Resene Half White Pointer
Resene House White
Resene House White
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Double Black White
Resene Double
Black White
May 2019

Q. I am painting a room in Resene Half Black White.   What ceiling white colour would you suggest? 

A. You might use one of these - both these whites will lift and brighten the room – Resene Eighth Black White or real white – Resene White.

Resene Half Black White
Resene Half Black White
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene White
Resene White
May 2019

Q. We have used Resene White Thunder in the hallways and main living areas of our home with bright Resene Spray as a pop of colour on our lights and a small table. Our kitchen and laundry are Resene Alabaster as is the master bedroom which has black as a contrast in the curtains and cushions. There are two remaining south facing bedrooms that I think Resene White Thunder and Resene Alabaster will make feel cold, or look dirty as there is not much natural light. We are in an area with a lot of native bush so the light is probably green filtered. What will warm up these rooms but still flow okay with the cooler Resene White Thunder? I was thinking I would paint the bathroom Resene Frozen, but also think this will chill the smaller south bedroom. Are there some neutrals or colours you can suggest please?

A. Where you have already used Resene White Thunder it probably looks perfect.  But a south facing aspect does look cool and doesn't need to look cooler or grim.

Of the colours you have mentioned Resene Spray is the warmest. Have you thought of using this colour as either a whole room colour with Resene Alabaster for trims and ceiling or as a feature on one wall with a deeper variant of Resene Alabaster for the main colour - i.e. Resene Half Sea Fog (also known as Resene Triple Alabaster)?

Because you have used Resene Spray for pops of colour already there will be a flow through to help with co-ordination. To add extra warmth to these two rooms you could add some sweet green or soft fruity reds and gentle lilac hues greys as accessories - i.e. similar to these colours - Resene Soft Apple, Resene Rapture and Resene Half Grey Chateau.

Resene White Thunder
Resene White Thunder
Resene Spray
Resene Spray
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Frozen
Resene Frozen
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Soft Apple
Resene Soft Apple
Resene Rapture
Resene Rapture
Resene Half Grey Chateau
Resene Half Grey Chateau
   
May 2019

Q. We are planning to change our bedroom walls and I was hoping you might be able to suggest a colour for us. I am after a sophisticated, warm taupe colour, perhaps with a hint of green in it.

The main colour on the walls throughout the house is Resene Half Black White, ceilings and trim (which I'm not changing for now) are Resene Eighth Black White. We have charcoal grey and white marble tiles in the ensuite adjoining the bedroom, and fairly dark grey carpet (quite a warm grey, almost mushroomy), so it will need to go with greys. Our lounge is Resene Half Fuscous Grey (which goes well with the carpet to give you some idea).

A. Both of the rooms - on my computer - look to have some yellow undertones that warm up the green type of colour. You might check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Thorndon Cream, Resene Double Merino, Resene Quarter Tana, Resene Quarter Ash or Resene Moon Mist.

Resene Half Black White
Resene Half Black White
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene Half Fuscous Grey
Resene Half Fuscous Grey
   
Resene Thorndon Cream
Resene Thorndon Cream
Resene Double Merino
Resene Double Merino
Resene Quarter Tana
Resene Quarter Tana
Resene Quarter Ash
Resene Quarter Ash
Resene Moon Mist
Resene Moon Mist
May 2019

Q. We have opened out our dining/living room/kitchen into one large open plan space. We're thinking of painting the walls with Resene Half Secrets (or possibly Resene Secrets) with the trim in Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta, and the ceiling in flat white. The floors are polished matai.

We're keen to introduce a darker colour and thought we might paint the wall behind our log burner as a feature wall. We are thinking about using Resene Green Spring, but are wondering if it is too similar in shade to give enough contrast against Resene Half Secrets.

A. I think it would be worth you checking out the following colours as they are slightly different (less yellow toned) than Resene Green Spring – try Resene Pumice or deeper toned Resene Ravine.

It is all about comparing colours - so you can see their different undertones - and watching how large painted test samples alter in changing light situations.

Resene Half Secrets
Resene Half Secrets
Resene Secrets
Resene Secrets
Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta
Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta
Resene Green Spring
Resene Green Spring
Resene Pumice
Resene Pumice
Resene Ravine
Resene Ravine
   
May 2019

Q. What colour matches with a Thunder Grey roof for the exterior of a modern house, please?

A. The Resene colour that matches the Thunder Grey roof is Resene Squall. It may be quite a dark slightly oppressive look if you had everything painted to match the roof - are you sure this is the look you want?

Some lighter paint colours that look harmonious with Thunder Grey that you might check out are the following – Resene Climate, Resene Triple Friar Grey or Resene Stonehenge.

Resene Squall
Resene Squall
Resene Climate
Resene Climate
Resene Triple Friar Grey
Resene Triple Friar Grey
Resene Stonehenge
Resene Stonehenge
May 2019

Q. I have a COLORSTEEL® New Denim Blue roof with white around the windows and doors etc.  The house is a 1950s weatherboard with a brick base and I need to repaint it. Any suggestions for colour to tie in the brick base and the roof?

A. You might check out the following colours as they may appeal to you as well as work with the blue/grey roof, white windows and red bricks – Resene Athens Grey, Resene Quarter Tea, Resene Quarter Truffle or Resene Quarter Spanish White.

Resene Athens Grey
Resene Athens Grey
Resene Quarter Tea
Resene Quarter Tea
Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Quarter Spanish White
Resene Quarter
Spanish White
May 2019

Q. We have a full grey roof, fascia and spouting with Silver Pearl joinery.  We would like to put Resene Quarter Ironsand on the weatherboards and use Resene Truffle for the soffits. What do you think we could use for the front door colour and garage door?

A. If you want a deeper version of the main house colour you could use Resene Ironsand or even deeper Resene Double Ironsand. Lighter colours could be one of these colours – Resene Double Truffle or Resene Triple Truffle.

Or a distinctive feature colour - if you want a statement – Resene Dynamite.

Resene Quarter Ironsand
Resene Quarter Ironsand
Resene Truffle
Resene Truffle
Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
Resene Double Truffle
Resene Double Truffle
Resene Dynamite
Resene Dynamite
May 2019

Q. We are painting a 80s bathroom with Denim Blue and white tiles, and contrasting Pimento Melteca® (a soft burgundy) cupboards. I have chosen Resene Quarter Parchment as the wall and ceiling colour but wonder what you would suggest for an accent colour on window trims and door.

A. You have quite a few colours - four - in the bathroom now [and you haven't mentioned the floor colour which would be a fifth colour] so I would be hesitant about suggesting another one as it may look fussy.

You might consider using a whiter/lighter version of the colour you have chosen for the walls - Resene Eighth Parchment. Or alternatively, you could use Resene White as you have white tiles and possibly white bathroom fittings.

Resene Quarter Parchment
Resene Quarter Parchment
Resene Eighth Parchment
Resene Eighth Parchment
Resene White
Resene White
May 2019

Q. What colour would you suggest for a feature wall if the rest of the room is Resene Quarter Scarpa Flow?

A. You don't mention what sort of preferences you have so the following are a random selection of possibilities - try Resene Baltic Sea, Resene Half Fuscous Grey, Resene Fast Forward, Resene Colonial White or Resene Smoulder.

Resene Quarter Scarpa Flow
Resene Quarter
Scarpa Flow
Resene Baltic Sea
Resene Baltic Sea
Resene Half Fuscous Grey
Resene Half Fuscous Grey
Resene Colonial White
Resene Colonial White
May 2019

Q. We want to paint one wall and the ceiling black - are there different blacks? Do you have any suggestions or tips? This is a restaurant environment.

A. Yes there are different blacks. Apart from (real) Resene Black, there are blacks that pick up unique undertones of colour. This might not be apparent if you were looking at each colour in isolation and not comparing them with each other. If you visit your local Resene ColorShop to view the A4 real paint samples in their Colour Library, you will get a better idea of what each colour is really like.

The following are a few that are worth checking out to get you started - Resene Nero, Resene Blackjack, Resene All Black or Resene Double Cod Grey.

Resene Black
Resene Black
Resene Blackjack
Resene Blackjack
Resene Blackjack
Resene Blackjack
Resene All Black
Resene All Black
Resene Double Cod Grey
Resene Double Cod Grey
May 2019

Q. I have been asked to decorate a friend's lounge. They have a mid-grey carpet and dark red couch with gold/brown tones. I'm a bit lost for wall colour paint. It's a villa with very high ceiling. Help!!

A. What do your friends like? Do they have colour preferences? You may need to test quite a few colours until they see a colour that they like. 

The following are a few that may be worth checking out to get you started - Resene Eighth Sisal, Resene Half Spanish White or Resene Half Parchment.

If the ceiling is very high, then you might suggest using the same colour as the walls. This would have the effect of making the ceiling look slightly lower.

Resene Eighth Sisal
Resene Eighth Sisal
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Half
Spanish White
Resene Half Parchment
Resene Half Parchment
May 2019

Q. We are using the following Resene colours for a new build, and are looking for a neutral to complement on the walls and a white for the trim and ceiling. Can you recommend a white which would work best with all of these colours – Resene Green Smoke, Resene Despacito, Resene Crowdpleaser, Resene Nourish, Resene Aura, Resene Mother Nature and Resene King Tide?

A. If you want a neutral for walls you could check out these - Resene Rice Cake, Resene Half Sea Fog and Resene Half Merino or Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream. You could use one of the following whites - Resene Eighth Rice Cake or Resene Half Alabaster.

Resene Rice Cake
Resene Rice Cake
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Half Merino
Resene Half Merino
Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream
Resene Quarter
Thorndon Cream
Resene Eighth Rice Cake
Resene Eighth
Rice Cake
Resene Half Alabaster
Resene Half Alabaster
May 2019

Q. What is the best white for trim and ceiling with Resene Double Merino walls? We have carpet which is a dark brown toned and brown leather furniture.

A. You might consider one of these whites - Resene Quarter Merino or Resene Half Merino.

Some people use the same colour as the walls for the skirting boards; door frames etc. but in semi-gloss enamel finish and just use a 'whiter' colour for the ceiling. You might consider that option - it merges in the trims and there is just the sheen difference.

Resene Double Merino
Resene Double Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Half Merino
Resene Half Merino
May 2019

Q. I have chosen a brick named Ruapehu from the Midland Classic range for the outside walls. Now I have to choose the weatherboard colour for the top of the windows. Could you please guide me on which colour is the best look for my new home? 

A. I think a warm toned grey/beige could look nice with the bricks, the roof and the joinery colour on the weatherboards – try Resene Truffle. But if you would prefer a paler colour then you could look at either of these suggestions - Resene Quarter Truffle or Resene Albescent White.

Resene Truffle
Resene Truffle
Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Albescent White
Resene Albescent White
May 2019

Q. We have an open plan home - upstairs is Resene Fawn Green as is the hallway, which then adjoins via a stairwell a second living space downstairs, which is currently in Resene Canterbury Clay. The curtain and carpets downstairs look good with Resene Canterbury Clay, however the Resene Fawn Green on the perpendicular wall of the stairwell doesn't go well. What colour would work in the hall/stairwell to work with both Resene Canterbury Clay and Resene Fawn Green? Alternatively I've been contemplating changing the downstairs and hall to Resene Half Canterbury Clay but I am still not sure this would work with Resene Fawn Green.

A. You may need to consider using a lighter creamier colour that likes both Resene Fawn Green and Resene Canterbury Clay. That may not be Resene Half Canterbury Clay which still isn't best friends with Fawn Green.  Check out the following - Resene Half Spanish White or Resene Pearl Lusta.

Resene Fawn Green
Resene Fawn Green
Resene Canterbury Clay
Resene Canterbury Clay
Resene Half Canterbury Clay
Resene Half
Canterbury Clay
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Half
Spanish White
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
May 2019

Q. If I have caramello blinds and white walls in my lounge/dining area, what colour should I use on each end of the walls as features?

A. Do you want a contrast/complement to add 'colour' to the neutral toned room? Or do you want a deeper toned colour that might relate to what you already have?

You could check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you - Resene Stonewashed or Resene Half Oilskin. Contrast/complementary colours that might also be considered could be - Resene Fast Forward or Resene Twilight Zone. 

Resene Stonewashed
Resene Stonewashed
Resene Half Oilskin
Resene Half Oilskin
May 2019

Q. For my house exterior I am looking for a grey for weatherboards to complement Resene Sheer Black wood stained cedar vertical boards and FlaxPod joinery.

A. You might check out the following colours - they look really nice with FlaxPod and Resene Sheer Black stain - Resene Taupe Grey, Resene Friar Grey, Resene Grey Area or Resene Foggy Grey.

Resene Sheer Black
Resene Sheer Black
Resene Half Grey
Resene Taupe Grey
Resene Friar Grey
Resene Friar Grey
Resene Foggy Grey
Resene Foggy Grey
May 2019

Q. I have a pre-1900s cottage. I was really interested in doing the window sills a dark blue/grey and then having the rest of the house a lighter cream colour. Do you have any suggestions for this?

A. For cottages of this era the following colours are considered traditional - Resene Villa White, Resene Double Pearl Lusta, Resene Half Colonial White or Resene Half Spanish White.

These are some dark blue/greys for you to check out - Resene Tuna, Resene Raven, Resene Avalanche or Resene Rhino.

Resene Villa White
Resene Villa White
Resene Double Pearl Lusta
Resene Double Pearl Lusta
Resene Half Colonial White
Resene Half Colonial White
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Half
Spanish White
Resene Tuna
Resene Tuna
Resene Raven
Resene Raven
Resene Avalanche
Resene Avalanche
Resene Rhino
Resene Rhino
May 2019

Q. I have a bathroom, powder room and laundry for tiling and painting - all the same tile and colour. The tile I've chosen is very light since the bathroom will not get a lot of light. I'm thinking of getting laundry cupboards in Melteca® Baikal and wondered what white based Resene colour would go with that?

A. If you wanted the Melteca® Baikal to look like a subtle colour then you could use a pure clean white - Resene Half Alabaster, Resene Eighth Black White or Resene White (this is a standard real white).

Otherwise you could ask for the Resene match version of Melteca® Baikal at your Resene ColorShop so you could use the same colour.

Resene Half Alabaster
Resene Half Alabaster
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene White
Resene White
May 2019

Q. Could you tell me what colour goes with Resene Karaka and Resene Redwood. I am looking at an outdoor wall colour that will go with these two. I see on your site that they complement each other which is great! So the deck is in the red and the roof is in the green.

A. Perhaps one of these colours might be considered - Resene Double Thorndon Cream, Resene Triple Ash, Resene Tapa, Resene Castle Rock or Resene Craigieburn.

Resene Karaka
Resene Karaka
Resene Redwood
Resene Redwood
     
Resene Double Thorndon Cream
Resene Double
Thorndon Cream
Resene Triple Ash
Resene Triple Ash
Resene Tapa
Resene Tapa
Resene Castle Rock
Resene Castle Rock
Resene Craigieburn
Resene Craigieburn
May 2019

Q. I have painted a feature wall in my bedroom Resene Baltic Sea and I'm struggling with a colour for the rest of the walls that will go with that. I don't want a blue tinge with it.

A. Creams and beiges wouldn't have a blue tinge to them.  Even though you haven't said what type of colour you are looking for, I am guessing you want to use a grey. Perhaps warmer greys like the following would appeal to you - Resene Quill Grey, Resene Silver Sand, Resene Half Foggy Grey, Resene Dusted Grey or Resene Triple Black White.

Resene Baltic Sea
Resene Baltic Sea
Resene Quill Grey
Resene Quill Grey
Resene Silver Sand
Resene Silver Sand
Resene HalfFoggy Grey
Resene Half Foggy Grey
Resene Dusted Grey
Resene Dusted Grey
Resene Triple Black White
Resene Triple Black White
May 2019

Q. If I paint my walls Resene Black White, what colour would be best for the trims and ceiling?

A. If you want to see a nice crisp contrast then you might use one of the following whites - Resene Quarter Black White or Resene Eighth Black White. If you didn't want to see the contrast then you could use the same colour as the walls (Resene Black White) or Resene Half Black White.

Resene Black White
Resene Black White
Resene Quarter Black White
Resene Quarter Black White
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene Half Black White
Resene Half Black White
May 2019

Q. We have found a stain colour that we really like – Resene Shadow Match. We need to use Resene Lumbersider paint, is there something similar available in a very dark grey, with a hint of brown?

A. You may have to carefully test a few colours like these ones to see if they appeal to you – try Resene Bokara Grey, Resene Blackjack, Resene Dark Web or Resene Porter.

All paints appear stronger/darker than stain does. Paint isn't a 'see through' coating like stain.

Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Blackjack
Resene Blackjack
May 2019

Q. Is it trendy at the moment to paint skirtings, window and door trims the same colour as the walls? Also, is it on trend to paint doors bold/dark colours? I'm thinking of Resene Black White walls and trims and a dark colour like Resene Nocturnal or Resene Nero for the doors. Would that work in general?

A. It depends very much on what style of house you have as to whether or not you want to blend in the woodwork trims and doors by using the same colour as the walls. Sometimes just using a different sheen – semi-gloss enamel - in the same colour as the walls - for the trims and doors opens up the spaces and allows for flooring, drapes, furniture etc. to have more presence in the house.

In some very large contemporary houses, having really dark colours for the doors, works really well. But if your house isn't large, open plan, contemporary and open to dramatic statements then having a mass of dark doors (especially in hallways) can dominate the space.

Resene Black White
Resene Black White
Resene Nocturnal
Resene Nocturnal
Resene Nero
Resene Nero
May 2019

Q. I have just done a scheme for a coastal crib. It has painted tongue and groove look walls. I have used Resene Cut Glass and Resene Half Robin Egg Blue in two bedrooms. There is Resene Double Villa White in the living and kitchen and Resene Double Alabaster.

My only disaster is the master bedroom in Resene Sandy Beach as it is too bright for me. I chose it as I wanted something that looks like golden sand. Can you please give me some options in the same theme but not so bright?

A. Resene Sandy Beach might be called Sandy Beach but that is its only similarity to a sand colour. It is a bright yellow/orange peach. So yes – bright and not at all like any golden sand beach I have ever seen.

Taking into account, the late afternoon bright red/gold quality of light in the room, and the other colours that you have used, in my mind perhaps one of the following may work - Resene Half Sisal, Resene Sandspit Brown or Resene Quarter Canterbury Clay.

N.B. The westerly light in the later part of the afternoon is when you need to check out any colour samples, to see how they respond to this particular low cast of the sun.  All colours have the potential to look double their depth or brightness in an interior but the west facing rooms get the most sunset glow, and any clean yellow or orange based colour will be fluoro intensified.

Resene Cut Glass
Resene Cut Glass
Resene Half Robin Egg Blue
Resene Half Robin Egg Blue
Resene Double Villa White
Resene Double Villa White
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Sandy Beach
Resene Sandy Beach
Resene Half Sisal
Resene Half Sisal
Resene Sandspit Brown
Resene Sandspit Brown
Resene Quarter Canterbury Clay
Resene Quarter
Canterbury Clay
May 2019

Q. The current wall and door colour is Resene Solitaire. I want to paint the wall a lighter colour but don't want to paint the doors. I have painted some Resene Quarter Solitaire but it is just a little too pinky. We want the warmth of colour as the lounge is south and west facing. The carpet is going to be replaced so matching that is not an issue.

A. If you do go lighter on the walls, will you mind if the doors take on more of a pinky/peach/cream colour and look stronger by comparison?  If that doesn't worry you then it is all good. You might check out these colours - they are slightly creamier - Resene Island Spice or Resene Quarter Spanish White.

Resene Solitaire
Resene Solitaire
Resene Quarter Solitaire
Resene Quarter Solitaire
Resene Island Spice
Resene Island Spice
Resene Quarter Spanish White
Resene Quarter
Spanish White
May 2019

Q. I have a 25 year old house with green joinery and black/grey carpet. Years ago the inside was painted Resene Pearl Lusta and over the years, different colours have hit the walls but the ceiling has remained the same. Now I want to paint a family room and lounge in a lighter/whiter colour that will go with Resene Pearl Lusta ceilings and doors.

A. My main worry is that once you change the wall colour, the remaining Resene Pearl Lusta on the ceiling may look much yellower and (depending on the wall colour you choose) may look a bit too strong or even a bit dingy. 

 The safe default option is to use a lighter variant of Pearl Lusta - perhaps Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta. Alternatively, you might check out Resene Half Villa White.

Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta
Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta
Resene Half Villa White
Resene Half Villa White
May 2019

Q. We are trying to choose colours for our weatherboard house. We are thinking Resene Double Villa White or Resene Villa White on the weatherboards and then Resene Black White for the windows but we are not sure what for the roof. Would you have any other recommendations for the windows that would go well with Resene Villa White and Resene Double Villa White? And then should we paint the baseboards the same colour as the roof?

A. If you wanted a good white to use with either Resene Double Villa White or Resene Villa White, you could use one of these slightly warmer whites - Resene Quarter Villa White or Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta or a whiter colour - Resene Alabaster. 

 A roof colour might be one of these colours - Resene Steel Grey, Resene Canyon, Resene Ironsand or Resene High Tide.

If the baseboards are painted the same colour as the roof it can create a 'sandwich' effect on the house. You could consider using the same colour as the windows.

Resene Double Villa White
Resene Double Villa White
Resene Villa White
Resene Villa White
Resene Black White
Resene Black White
 
Resene Quarter Villa White
Resene Quarter Villa White
Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta
Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
 
Resene Steel Grey
Resene Steel Grey
Resene Canyon
Resene Canyon
Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
Resene High Tide
Resene High Tide
May 2019

Q. We are doing a kitchen upgrade with the cupboards in Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream and the windows painted Resene Alabaster. The bench top is old, awaiting a black stone bench top and white subway tiles will be installed under the window. What would be a good colour to go on the walls? We think the colour at the moment is a shade of Resene Spanish White.

A. If you wanted a warmer (slightly peach/beige) colour for the walls like Resene Half Spanish White, it would pay to note that it may make the kitchen cabinetry (Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream) look a little dull/green edged at certain times of the day or night according to the changing light. 

 A few alternative colours for you to carefully check out might be these ones - Resene Double Rice Cake, Resene Half Thorndon Cream or Resene Albescent White.

It is all about comparing colours and judging them with the things you have (or hope to have) in order to see how they like each other.

Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream
Resene Quarter
Thorndon Cream
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Half
Spanish White
Resene Double Rice Cake
Resene Double Rice Cake
Resene Half Thorndon Cream
Resene Half
Thorndon Cream
Resene Albescent White
Resene Albescent White
May 2019

Q. I have a New Denim Blue roof and want to know what colour to paint the walls which are rough cast?

A. You do have a few options to check out to see what appeals to you – try Resene Barely There, Resene Half Thorndon Cream, Resene Quarter Truffle or Resene Quarter Delta.

Resene Barely There
Resene Barely There
Resene Half Thorndon Cream
Resene Half
Thorndon Cream
Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Quarter Delta
Resene Quarter Delta
May 2019

Q. I've painted my villa, Resene Siam with Resene Double Sea Fog windows. I now need a colour for the front cement steps, veranda floor and garage door. I want a grey that's not too harsh, but dark enough to act as a solid base for stairs and floor.  I've looked at Resene Zeus as it relates to the Resene Siam, but wonder if it's too green? Otherwise I have considered Resene Ironsand and Resene Element.

A. Resene Ironsand may look too brown at certain times of the day (later afternoon possibly to the west side of the house) and too olive/bronze (south or east sides of the house), so I think that Resene Element may be slightly better.

Resene Siam
Resene Siam
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Zeus
Resene Zeus
Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
Resene Element
Resene Element
May 2019

Q. We are going to paint our exterior in Resene Baltic Sea. Can you recommend a colour for the roof?

A. You don't say whether you want a pale roof, a very dark roof or a very specific coloured roof. The following are a few options to consider - Resene Lighthouse, Resene Atmosphere, Resene All Black, Resene Rustic Red or Resene Palm Green. 

Resene Baltic Sea
Resene Baltic Sea
       
Resene Lighthouse
Resene Lighthouse
Resene Atmosphere
Resene Atmosphere
Resene All Black
Resene All Black
Resene Rustic Red
Resene Rustic Red
Resene Palm Green
Resene Palm Green
May 2019

Q. Could you give me some natural colour suggestions, for a dark villa hallway with matai floorboards?

A. There are a lot of options available to you - the following may be worth checking out - try Resene Pearl Lusta, Resene Villa White, Resene Double Bianca, Resene Half Wheatfield or Resene Ecru White.

Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Villa White
Resene Villa White
Resene Double Bianca
Resene Double Bianca
Resene Half Wheatfield
Resene Half Wheatfield
Resene Ecru White
Resene Ecru White
May 2019

Q. We are renovating and have converted an existing sleepout into two girl's bedrooms (9 and 10 years) and a kid's playroom. I'd like to do the playroom in Resene Half Lemon Grass as that works nicely with its existing blinds. I'm keen for recommendations please for colours for the girl's rooms they can choose from, as I'd like them to have some input but also tie into the overall scheme for their zone.

One room is quite small but north facing with lots of windows/light, the other is larger but southwest facing and less glazing. At this stage we're looking at Resene Sea Fog or Resene Half Sea Fog as the ceiling colour with woodwork in Resene Quarter Sea Fog to tie in with the base neutral through the main part of the house.  

A. I think that Resene Quarter Sea Fog may be better as a ceiling colour. It might also be used as window surrounds/sashes, skirting boards and doors to give the rooms a crisp clean contrast. Usually ceilings look more shadowy, so in order to stop the colour on the ceiling from looking deeper - twice the depth that you might imagine it will be - it is better to go paler.

The following colours are  worth showing your daughters - they are pretty, playful, dreamy and full of charm - and they look nice in relationship with the grey/green of Resene Half Lemon Grass - Resene Duck Egg Blue, Resene Solitaire, Resene Half Colonial White, Resene Half Rakaia, Resene Half Opal or Resene Alaska.

Resene Half Lemon Grass
Resene Half Lemon Grass
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Quarter Sea Fog
Resene Quarter Sea Fog
Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Solitaire
Resene Solitaire
Resene Half Colonial White
Resene Half Colonial White
Resene Half Rakaia
Resene Half Rakaia
Resene Half Opal
Resene Half Opal
Resene Alaska
Resene Alaska
May 2019

Q. We have a bright north facing master bedroom that we want to paint, as well as two bedrooms afterwards. There is a black headboard, black side tables, drawers and a grey bedspread. There are white sheers going on the windows next week and we want to add some personality and colour! We have a number of testpots and are looking for a light blue colour for the entire room. We probably like Resene Frozen the most at the moment but are concerned it is a little too ‘baby boy's room blue'. I like the Scandinavian inspired colours like your website has listed under 'Trends'. Looking for advice on how light/dark we could/should go. Also any colour recommendations for this room and potential complementary colours, for another north facing room and a south facing room.

A. The brightness that you mention is what is seen out of the windows and onto a small portion of the floor in the room. North facing rooms receive more natural light during the winter when the sun is lower in the sky and reaches further into the room - sometimes even to the far end of the side walls or to the back walls of the room.

You don't mention which other colours you have looked at - apart from Resene Frozen. These are some blues that you may not have looked at - Resene Half Spindle, Resene Half Eskimo, Resene Quarter Frozen, Resene Slipstream or Resene Remember Me.

Because of the shadow on the walls, it is very important to test colours. Please take the time to carefully test by painting all of a testpot (two coats) onto A2 card (available from Resene ColorShops), leaving a narrow unpainted band all around the perimeter. The white unpainted portion does two things - it helps you focus on the reality of the tested sample and the unpainted portion stops the existing wall colour from negatively influencing how you see the test colour. It is important to move the large painted card from wall to wall and watch how it alters during the day and at night under electric light.

Resene Frozen
Resene Frozen
Resene Spindle
Resene Half Spindle
Resene Half Eskimo
Resene Half Eskimo
Resene Quarter Frozen
Resene Quarter Frozen
May 2019

Q. We have a two storey house with a concrete block ground floor and vertical wooden cladding on the upper level. We have previously painted the top cladding in Resene Double Pavlova, and now need to paint the concrete block ground level. Can you help with a colour idea or two please?

A. You don't mention whether you want a lighter colour or a darker colour so the following address both options - Resene Quarter Pavlova, Resene Double Fossil, Resene Masala or Resene Triple Friar Grey.

Resene Double Pavlova
Resene Double Pavlova
Resene Quarter Pavlova
Resene Quarter Pavlova
Resene Double Fossil
Resene Double Fossil
Resene Masala
Resene Masala
Resene Triple Friar Grey
Resene Triple Friar Grey
May 2019

Q. Should the door frame and the door be painted the same colour? If not, should the door frame be the lighter colour or darker colour?

A. There is no one right choice - it is a case of what you like. A darker door frame (and lighter door colour) would frame it and make it pop.  A lighter door frame (and darker door colour) especially if the light colour is very closely related to the wall colour, will not make such an eye catching feature of the door. Painting the frames and the doors the same colour, sorts out a lot of problems.

May 2019

Q. We have a house with Woodland Grey eaves and would like a mid-tone bluey colour for the walls. Is there one that would go with the greenish tinge that the grey has?

A. Woodland Grey is an earthy olive based grey. It is tricky to find a blue that works well with it. Greeny/greys are more harmonious than blues. But the following blue colours may appeal to you - Resene Triple Duck Egg Blue or Resene Dusted Blue. 

 I suggest you look also at other alternatives to see if you might prefer them after due consideration - Resene Grey Area, Resene Helix, Resene Haven or Resene Ravine.

Resene Dusted Blue
Resene Dusted Blue
Resene Haven
Resene Haven
Resene Ravine
Resene Ravine
May 2019

Q. Could you please advise me on the best white trim/ceiling colour to go with Resene Half Truffle and Resene Quarter Truffle? I have considered Resene Alabaster, however, I think it is too white and stark looking.

A. All whites take on a slightly 'greyer' undertone when seen on a ceiling. Yes even real Resene White.

But if you want a softer tint of white, you might consider one of the following but please note they all will look more ‘coloured' - Resene Black White, Resene Double Alabaster, Resene Half Sea Fog or a definite colour - Resene Eighth Truffle.  This particular colour may look the same as Quarter Truffle.

Resene Half Truffle
Resene Half Truffle
Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Quarter Truffle
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene White
Resene White
Resene Black White
Resene Black White
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Eighth Truffle
Resene Eighth Truffle
May 2019

Q. We are doing up a café and would like some colour options. We would like an industrial look for the inside and currently have carpet on the bottom half of the walls. We were thinking of removing this and putting chequer plate on there and painting the top. The ceiling is going to be lowered as well.

A. If you favour the industrial look, then using the metal cladding on the lower part of the walls will go some way toward achieving this look.

Were you considering the cool contemporary look of white and using grey and black to increase the industrial aspect?  If this is the case you might check out these options - Resene Black White, Resene Grey Area and Resene Extraterrestrial. The last colour is a sparkly metallic in a warm charcoal shade which may be seen as an alternative to using a true black - just to be a bit different and fitting the criteria of 'industrial'.

Resene Black White
Resene Black White
May 2019

Q. I would like to make my laundry units out of marine ply. Can you please recommend a white wash and sealer?

A. You can use Resene Colorwood Whitewash, followed by several coats of Resene Aquaclear over this. Resene Colorwood Whitewash is available in a testpot - so suggest you do a trial on an offcut to confirm this is the look you want.

May 2019

Q. I am going to have my house painted and was thinking of a very light grey with white Resene Black White windows and a darker accent colour, maybe a darker grey. What colour greys do you suggest?  I don't want a lilac looking house.

A. Here are some colours you may like; these do not have a blue or lilac undertone - Resene Athens Grey, Resene Half Silver Chalice, Resene Quarter Delta, Resene Eighth Tapa or Resene Eighth Lemon Grass. 

Colours outside will appear roughly half a shade lighter, so keep this in mind when selecting house colours. You may need to make the colour slightly deeper in order to get the contrast you like. All of the colours I've suggested can be made darker if required.

Resene stores stock folders with A4 sizes of each of our colours and these are great to look at before deciding on your final colour. Ask one of our staff to show you the larger samples before purchasing a testpot or paint. You may need to carefully test colours to see how they respond to light and shadow. Don't apply a testpot to the already coloured walls - it won't look true to reality because of the greater amount of existing colour influencing it negatively. If you paint large A2 card which is available for a modest cost from all Resene ColorShops with all (two coats) of the testpot, it lets you see a huge amount of colour. Please leave an unpainted white card border all around the edge of the card to act as a barrier between the tested colour and the existing wall colour. You can move it from wall to wall so you can see how it alters during the day and night. Each wall may show the colour in a different way. 

Resene Black White
Resene Black White
       
Resene Athens Grey
Resene Athens Grey
Resene Half Silver Chalice
Resene Half Silver Chalice
Resene Quarter Delta
Resene Quarter Delta
Resene Eighth Tapa
Resene Eighth Tapa
Resene Eighth Lemon Grass
Resene Eighth
Lemon Grass
May 2019

Q. We have varnished pine timber walls and ceilings in our house and it can seem quite dark at times in some rooms. We are thinking of painting the ceiling out in a 'white' type colour to try and lighten up the place. What shade/colour would you recommend?

A. Would you like a solid painted finish on the ceilings, or would a whitewash on the timber (grain still visible) work too? I ask because we have a product called Resene Colorwood Whitewash which is essentially a white polyurethane, applied directly onto previously varnished timber, and will give you a cool white finish.

Alternatively, you will either need to sand all of the existing varnish off, then apply a primer and two topcoats. Or you can use a sealer called Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer directly onto the varnish, leave 48 hours, then overcoat with topcoat. These are both solid paint systems and no grain will be seen. If you are in a Lockwood® type house, I would recommend using a warmer white for the ceilings. Try Resene Half Bianca.

Resene Half Bianca
Resene Half Bianca
May 2019

Q. We are building a house and have chosen Resene Surrender for most of the house. What colour should we have on the doors, skirting boards and ceiling?  Our aluminium windows are Grey Friars.

A. You might consider using two colours - a paler version of the wall colour for doors, door frames, window frames and skirting – Resene Quarter Surrender. And a whiter colour for the ceiling to reflect a crisp contrast – Resene Eighth Black White.

Resene Surrender
Resene Surrender
Resene Quarter Surrender
Resene Quarter Surrender
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene Eighth Black White
May 2019

Q. We are repainting the whole exterior of our house and have decided on Ironsand for the roof spouting and garage door and have Resene Pearl Lusta window frames. What would you suggest for the exterior which is a plaster house? 

A. Perhaps some of these colours may appeal to you – Resene Bison Hide, Resene Quarter Surrender or paler colours – Resene Half Spanish White or Resene Half Pearl Lusta.

Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Bison Hide
Resene Bison Hide
Resene Quarter Surrender
Resene Quarter Surrender
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Half Pearl Lusta
Resene Half Pearl Lusta
May 2019

Q. Please could you advise me if Resene Spanish White would be good trim colour for windows and doors etc with Resene Clotted Cream exterior weatherboards?

A. Resene Clotted Cream is a warmer/yellower colour by comparison to Resene Spanish White, which appears slightly earthier (green/brown toned) but if you didn't mind that slight discord then you could definitely use it. Or you might check out Resene Astra or Resene Popcorn.

Resene Spanish White
Resene Spanish White
Resene Clotted Cream
Resene Clotted Cream
Resene Astra
Resene Astra
Resene Popcorn
Resene Popcorn
May 2019

Q. We are moving into a 1950s brick home next week and the first thing we are going to do is rip off the old wallpaper and then start painting. My goal is to freshen up the house, add colour and lighten it up without being all white. We are from America so are used to colour in our homes.

For the lounge I have chosen Resene Lazy River. Resene Quarter Merino will be on all ceilings, walls and trims. The small kitchen and dining room graduates into the lounge. What would be a complementary colour to Resene Lazy River for the kitchen/dining space? Something lighter perhaps so it's not all too dark. Most of our art is blues and teal (we are big water people), if that helps. The master bedroom is Resene Half Duck Egg Blue.

A. A lighter colour for the kitchen/dining room might be one of these colours – Resene Raindance, Resene Breeze or Resene Opal.

But a complement (in the true sense of the word) is a colour that is directly across the colour wheel from your main colour - i.e. blue/orange (yellow/purple and red/green) and because you are water people I haven't suggested that you use an orange (or peach, apricot or terracotta) for the kitchen/dining room. But you might think about accessories picking up the complementary colour to balance the watery hues I have suggested.  

Another thing to take on board is how natural light and artificial light alters how colours are seen and colours in an interior can appear double the depth that you might imagine they will look. 

Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Quarter Merino
Resene Half Duck Egg Blue
Resene Half Duck Egg Blue
Resene Breeze
Resene Breeze
Resene Opal
Resene Opal
May 2019

Q. We are needing some advice on exterior house colours for the renovation of our small house near the beach.  The inside will be kept fairly neutral with maybe some muted blues. We want a neutral colour for most of the house but to have a contrasting yet complementary colour for one part and another darker colour for the door and some trimmings.  We have a silver (flat) roof and 'White Pearl' aluminium joinery.  Do you have any suggestions? I do like Resene Duck Egg Blue.

A. I like Resene Duck Egg Blue too.

Colours on an exterior can look a bit lighter due to bright natural light reflecting off the surfaces. This may need to be taken into account. You might check out these colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Triple Duck Egg Blue, Resene Dusted Blue or Resene Half Inside Back. Some deeper colours that may work for a complementary contrast could be like these ones – Resene Safehaven, Resene Atomic or Resene Dark Slate.

Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Duck Egg Blue
Resene Dusted Blue
Resene Dusted Blue
Resene Half Inside Back
Resene Half Inside Back
Resene Atomic
Resene Atomic
Resene Dark Slate
Resene Dark Slate
May 2019

Q. l would love colour advice for a hallway/entranceway project in our home. To date we have Resene Quarter Tea on all walls and ceilings and this continues throughout our multi-level home. The front door is Resene Double Sea Fog with Resene Element trim.  There is a black slate floor in the hallway with a rimu staircase.  I would quite like to keep Resene Quarter Tea on the ceiling, but from there down l am unsure. I am beginning on a room by room project sequence, and prefer a contemporary flow throughout the house. We have timber flooring and ceilings, grey carpet (soon to be updated to a natural possibly sisal looking carpet). The timber is rimu and cedar on sloping ceilings. The front door will need to be painted on both sides.

Any advice about how to get the front door to work in a colour scheme in the hallway would be appreciated. I am unsure about what to do with skirting boards, doors, walls and architraves. I would like the hallway to still flow with the rest of the house but l am looking for a more luxurious entranceway. I have testpots including Resene Tea and Resene Pearl Lusta. Are they warm whites?

I quite like looking at those whites, plus l have a Resene Half Truffle drawdown card which l also like the look of. Black aluminium joinery and the exterior colour scheme is black and grey.

A. If you were to use Resene Tea, which is a warm colour.  It would harmonise well with the Resene Quarter Tea which is on the ceiling.  Resene Half Truffle is slightly greyer/cooler than Resene Tea but it would still work with the Resene Quarter Tea which is on the ceiling.

Resene Pearl Lusta is a brighter colour and it is warm but if it was used with Resene Quarter Tea which is on the ceiling it would make the ceiling look dirty.

I think the door needs to have more colour - had you thought of using a deeper variant of the wall colour - whichever one you choose?

At the moment the Resene Double Sea Fog on the door is a little bit random as it doesn't harmonise with Resene Quarter Tea or the other colours you mention. Plus it is a cooler colour. The door architraves painted in Resene Element will look smart and relates well to the black slate floor and the warmth of the rimu and cedar. If you are unsure about the skirting boards you could paint them to match the wall colour or the ceiling colour.

Resene Quarter Tea
Resene Quarter Tea
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Element
Resene Element
Resene Tea
Resene Tea
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Half Truffle
Resene Half Truffle
   
May 2019

Q. We want to repaint the exterior and front door of our house, with a view to sell it. What colours are 'on trend' at the moment? Greys?

A. Greys are a very popular trend at the moment. If you are planning on selling the house in the near future you might consider one of the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Eighth Bokara Grey, or slightly lighter – Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey, or paler - Resene Delta.

If you paint all the window joinery and the garage door in a toned white like Resene Sea Fog it keeps the house looking fresh with lots of contrast.  The front door could be a statement colour – Resene Salsa or Resene Thumbs Up.

Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey
Resene Quarter
Fuscous Grey
Resene Delta
Resene Delta
Resene Salsa
Resene Salsa
May 2019

Q. I am looking for guidance on exterior house colours. My question is whether we should change the colour of some of the woodwork to white, particularly the window frames. 

I am proposing to use the Resene colours of Resene Fuscous Grey or Resene Double Gravel for the dark grey and Resene Quarter Foggy Grey or Resene Quarter Delta for the light grey on the shingles and Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream for stucco walls.

If I used white on the window frames instead of dark grey would I need to paint the walls the same colour as the shingles? And I think the veranda balustrades would also need to be painted white?

A. If you painted the shingles a different colour to the stucco it would make the house seem shorter in height. It will emphasise the shingles and make the upper storey which is all shingles sit like a hat on the lower storey. Is that the look you want?

If you used white on the window frames instead of dark grey then you might use a light grey for both the stucco and the shingles so there was a distinct contrast. 

If your preference for the main body of the house and shingles was Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream you may not see the contrast between the white window surrounds and the main colour. You could use Resene Quarter Foggy Grey or Resene Quarter Delta for the window surrounds and sashes.

Resene Fuscous Grey
Resene Fuscous Grey
Resene Double Gravel
Resene Double Gravel
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey
Resene Quarter Delta
Resene Quarter Delta
Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream
Resene Quarter
Thorndon Cream
May 2019

Q. We are going to paint the exterior of our house which is by the sea and has plenty of planting around it.  We are limited by bronze aluminium joinery, the deck balustrade which is pretty much like Resene Akaroa, and greenish tiles in the front porch.  It has an iron roof and Hardiplank® walls, with no trims round the windows.   The double garage door is near the front door.  A painter has suggested Resene Ironsand as a good colour for the roof, spouting and barge boards (as it is very close in colour to the bronze joinery).  I'm wondering about Resene Akaroa for the walls and a highlight colour (red or yellow) for the front and garage doors.  But maybe this is a bit boring and dated looking.  I'm not very keen on greys, preferring greens and warmer neutrals.   Note that the fold-out shade awnings are not green as in one of the photos, they are a similar colour to the walls and balustrade.  We've lived here a long time and I feel that fresh eyes looking at it might give us new ideas.

A. If you like Resene Akaroa you may also like to check out Resene Parchment and Resene Fossil and compare them with each other. Any of them would work well with Resene Ironsand. 

Some nice greens and reds for the front door and garage door might be one of these colours - Resene Family Tree, Resene Atlas, Resene Seaweed, Resene Pohutukawa, Resene Salsa or Resene Dynamite.

Resene Ironsand
Resene Ironsand
Resene Akaroa
Resene Akaroa
Resene Parchment
Resene Parchment
Resene Fossil
Resene Fossil
 
Resene Atlas
Resene Atlas
Resene Seaweed
Resene Seaweed
Resene Pohutukawa
Resene Pohutukawa
Resene Salsa
Resene Salsa
Resene Dynamite
Resene Dynamite
May 2019

Q. We have painted our art deco two storeyed house Resene Surrender with Resene Innuendo detail i.e. stripes and chimney base. We would like a complementary bright colour for our front door.

A. You might check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Green Leaf, Resene Bird Flower, Resene Thumbs Up or Resene Yowza.

Resene Surrender
Resene Surrender
Resene Innuendo
Resene Innuendo
Resene Bird Flower
Resene Bird Flower
May 2019

Q. I need to select a white exterior paint for our rural property's Rockcote plaster walls.  The facade also has a black banner of paint - we have selected Resene Black.  The interior of the house is all in Resene Half Barely There.  The house has some cedar under the soffit and black corrugated steel on the back.  Can you please recommend a white that would be suitable? 

Also we have two twin boys aged 10.  We were keen on adding a block of colour to the back walls as a feature in both their rooms, any recommendations?  The house has a dark charcoal/black carpet upstairs.

A. Some 'white' colours for you to check out for the exterior – Resene Barely There, Resene House White, Resene Double Black White or Resene Double Sea Fog.

If you were to compare these 'whites' with a real white - like a sheet of printer paper - it would help your eyes pick up the undertones of colour that are hiding in them.

Boys of 10 usually have very definite ideas of what they like and what they don't like. Have you encouraged their input? I would - it helps them personalise their space and adds an individual element - this may be important to them.

But if they don't really care then perhaps you could show them a few colours to see if they are interested – try Resene Away We Go, Resene She'll Be Right, Resene Code Red, Resene Adrenalin or Resene Moana.

Resene Black
Resene Black
Resene Half Barely There
Resene Half Barely There
Resene Barely There
Resene Barely There
Resene House White
Resene House White
Resene Double Black White
Resene Double
Black White
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene She'll Be Right
Resene She'll Be Right
Resene Code Red
Resene Code Red
Resene Adrenalin
Resene Adrenalin
 
May 2019

Q. I'd love to get some inspiration on possible paint colours to help modernise a stucco house with an Ironsand roof.  I haven't seen many good examples around here but these days everyone seems to be painting things grey or black so keen to try something a bit different but still on the reasonably safe side! 

A. You are right in regard the widespread use of grey, charcoal and blacks on the exterior of houses - it is considered to be a trend driven choice. If you prefer to walk a middle path between trendy and a more timeless (safe) option for the exterior you might  check out the following colours – Resene Triple Blanc, Resene Thorndon Cream, Resene Tea, Resene Truffle, Resene Quarter Stonehenge, Resene Double Ash, Resene Triple Sea Fog or Resene Merino.

These colours offer you a lot of neutral influenced colours all of which will work with your roof and joinery.

Resene Triple Blanc
Resene Triple Blanc
Resene Thorndon Cream
Resene Thorndon Cream
Resene Tea
Resene Tea
Resene Truffle
Resene Truffle
Resene Quarter Stonehenge
Resene Quarter Stonehenge
Resene Double Ash
Resene Double Ash
Resene Triple Sea Fog
Resene Triple Sea Fog
Resene Merino
Resene Merino
May 2019

Q. I am painting my bathroom walls and door Resene Blackberry and the ceiling is going to be Resene Quarter Black White. I am having trouble deciding whether to use a different colour for the window sill. Do you think I should use a different colour or just paint the window sill Resene Blackberry too?

A. I think that painting the window - all of it not just the sill - in Resene Quarter Black White might add a bit of crisp contrast to the main colour of the bathroom. Resene Blackberry is such a rich deep colour it can suck up a lot of natural light. If the vanity, bath, shower etc are white and you have a large mirror it would add more lightness over all to the room. 

Resene Blackberry
Resene Blackberry
Resene Quarter Black White
Resene Quarter Black White
May 2019

Q. We are painting our weatherboard house Resene Quarter Grey Friars with Resene Quarter Black White trim on windows, balustrades etc. What colour would you recommend for our timber veranda? I don't want it too dark so it gets hot on the bare feet in summer. 

A. You might check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Silver Chalice, Resene Grey Chateau, Resene Triple Concrete or Resene Raven.

Alternatively you could use a whiter colour that is related to the colour you are using on the windows – Resene Triple Black White.

I recommend that you use Resene Walk-on which is a paint specifically made to withstand a lot of foot traffic. Also if you were to have the reformulated Resene CoolColour™ version of the colour (this is what the CC means in our colour charts} it will help reflect the sun's rays away from the timber surface of the deck so it doesn't get as hot.

Resene Quarter Grey Friars
Resene Quarter Grey Friars
Resene Quarter Black White
Resene Quarter Black White
   
Resene Silver Chalice
Resene Silver Chalice
Resene Grey Chateau
Resene Grey Chateau
Resene Triple Concrete
Resene Triple Concrete
Resene Raven
Resene Raven
Resene Triple Black White
Resene Triple Black White
May 2019

Q. We have painted our downstairs hall and one of the bedrooms walls with Resene Triple White Pointer and a Resene Black White ceiling; what's a good colour for the doors and door frames in these areas?

A. If you want the doors and door frames to pop out you could use Resene Black White. But if you wanted a softer transition you might use Resene White Pointer. The default choice would be to use a semi-gloss enamel version of the wall colour - i.e. Resene Triple White Pointer - so it was a different sheen level but not a different colour.

Resene Triple White Pointer
Resene Triple White Pointer
Resene Black White
Resene Black White
Resene White Pointer
Resene White Pointe
May 2019

Q. I want to paint the interior of my house with soothing pale grey walls and white ceilings. I am painting over textured wallpaper. Two bedrooms are quite sunny but the hall, third bedroom and office are quite dark. 

A. Some soothing (but not cold}  greys  might be like these ones – Resene Quarter Foggy Grey, Resene Quarter Delta, Resene Half Silver Chalice or Resene Double Concrete.

Any rooms that are quite dark may not look their best in a grey - they could look quite grim and industrial. Greys can be like that if the space isn't large and very bright. 

Perhaps you might consider using a greyed/white for these areas – Resene Half Barely There or Resene Half House White.

For the ceilings and any other trims one of these whites would work well – Resene Quarter Alabaster or Resene Eighth Black White.

Resene Quarter Foggy Grey
Resene Quarter Foggy Grey
Resene Quarter Delta
Resene Quarter Delta
Resene Half Silver Chalice
Resene Half Silver Chalice
Resene Double Concrete
Resene Double Concrete
Resene Half Barely There
Resene Half Barely There
Resene Half House White
Resene Half House White
Resene Quarter Alabaster
Resene Quarter Alabaster
Resene Eighth Black White
Resene Eighth Black White
May 2019

Q. We have a dark bedroom that also feels a bit cold. Which colour would be good on the walls? I have white textured curtains and a soft white textured bedspread with a red throw at the end of the bed. The floor is light sage toned carpet.

A. You could check out these colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Eighth Drought, Resene Half Secrets, Resene Quarter Spanish White, Resene Quarter Parchment or Resene Quarter Tea.

Resene Eighth Drought
Resene Eighth Drought
Resene Half Secrets
Resene Half Secrets
Resene Quarter Spanish White
Resene Quarter
Spanish White
Resene Quarter Parchment
Resene Quarter Parchment
Resene Quarter Tea
Resene Quarter Tea
May 2019

Q. I am building some small units 7.2m by 3m and they have one side with two sets of double sliders so they will get a bit of light into them. Unit A has dark charcoal carpet, dark chocolate brown plank vinyl and a black kitchen, white benchtop and I am wanting to do grey walls, maybe Resene Concrete? What would you suggest for the trims, sills and ceiling? Unit B has light plank flooring and light grey carpet, a white kitchen and grey benchtop. I want to do a bright grey based white (not cream).  What would you suggest for the walls etc? And could I just paint everything the one colour?

A. It would be a simple and economical thing to do - painting the same colours in both units and using a lighter/whiter ceiling and trim colour. So with that in mind the following may provide you with some palettes of grey/white toned neutrals that may appeal to you – option 1 – Resene Double Sea Fog for walls and Resene Half Sea Fog for ceilings and trims, or option 2 – Resene Double Black White for walls and Resene Quarter Black White for ceilings and trims.

Resene Concrete
Resene Concrete
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Half Sea Fog
Resene Double Black White
Resene Double
Black White
Resene Quarter Black White
Resene Quarter Black White
May 2019

Q. Our house exterior bricks are painted Resene Sandcastle - now we have started painting our concrete foundations with Resene Stack but it is too light a colour vs the Resene Sandcastle. Can you please recommend a darker colour that would suit?

A. If you are wanting to use a deep grey on the concrete foundations you might check out these ones to see if they appeal to you – Resene Friar Grey, Resene Gunsmoke or Resene Stonehenge.

If none of these colours do it for you have you considered using a warm beige colour, such as Resene Half Biscotti, or a warm cream, such as Resene Half Spanish White.

Resene Sandcastle
Resene Sandcastle
Resene Stack
Resene Stack
Resene Friar Grey
Resene Friar Grey
Resene Gunsmoke
Resene Gunsmoke
Resene Stonehenge
Resene Stonehenge
Resene Half Biscotti
Resene Half Biscotti
Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Half
Spanish White
 
May 2019

Q. Do you think Resene Quarter Napa goes with Resene Wafer? The Resene Wafer would be the feature wall. This will be in my living and dining area.

A. Those colours create a slight discord when seen together. They are both the exact same depth of colour which is not what one usually looks for in a feature colour - usually one is lighter and one is deeper.

But it is all about personal taste.  If you absolutely have to have Resene Wafer as the feature then I suggest using a slightly cleaner pale colour for the other walls - i.e.  Resene Eighth Akaroa. If you absolutely have to have Resene Quarter Napa as the main colour perhaps you might change the feature wall to a deeper colour like Resene Del Rio.

Resene Quarter Napa
Resene Quarter Napa
Resene Wafer
Resene Wafer
Resene Eighth Akaroa
Resene Eighth Akaroa
Resene Del Rio
Resene Del Rio
May 2019

Q. I'd like a suggestion to paint our house including the bricks and iron fence. I'm looking for a white colour palette with brighter white windows and trims. We live in the city. I'm thinking about changing the roof to a silver. There's blue stained glass in the door so I thought I'd go with a deep blue front door. Are there any popular combinations that would work?

A. Try these colours to get you started – Resene Athens Grey for the main walls and brick base, Resene White for all trims, Resene King Tide for the door and Resene Sword for the roof.

Resene Athens Grey
Resene Athens Grey
Resene White
Resene White
Resene Sword
Resene Sword
May 2019

Q. We are deciding between Resene Quarter Atmosphere, Resene Double House White and Resene Truffle for the walls and perhaps Resene Alabaster for the trims, ceiling and door. Our wall trimmings have also a lot of detail. Our house is currently a warm, reddish tone however we would like to keep it neutral to a light grey for walls throughout and a white for the rest.

Also we are looking to paint the kitchen cabinet and staircase rails, would the same colour as the ceiling/trimmings be appropriate?

A. The colours that you favour are radically different from each other – Resene Quarter Atmosphere has a yellow/grey undertone, Resene Double House White has a mushroom/grey under tone and Resene Truffle has a yellow/beige undertone and is deeper than the first two.

Before the colour decision comes the hard work of stripping, sanding, sealing and plastering all the walls to ensure you get the best outcome. It also creates a lot more light and makes you see spaces in a completely different way - often your initial idea of a space undergoes a radical change once all walls are clean, totally smooth and white. 

You do need to carefully test colours to ensure that you know exactly how they will look on every wall/every room during the natural and constantly changing daylight and under the artificial light. All colours alter and you need to see this in order to know what will work best. Every room (using the same colour) will look different.

I like the idea of maintaining a crisp fresh white - Resene Alabaster for all the trims, ceilings and doors. Yes it is a very good idea to paint the kitchen cabinets and stair rails the same colour.

There may be soft furnishings that exist now and are not being replaced, likewise flooring and furniture. You need to ensure that the grey tone you choose looks marvellous with all of these elements. If you are planning to change soft furnishings or flooring please choose these first so you have freedom of choice. The paint colour comes last - it is what ties everything else in the house together. 

Resene Quarter Atmosphere
Resene Quarter Atmosphere
Resene Double House White
Resene Double
House White
Resene Truffle
Resene Truffle
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
May 2019

Q. We are painting the walls of our 80s Lockwood home - we are keeping the timber ceilings. We want to paint our walls white and really like the fresh look of Resene Alabaster but want to know if it will draw the orange colour out of the timber. What whites would you suggest?

A. In order to not overly emphasise the warm orange/gold tone of the timbers you might consider using a slightly less stark white - perhaps one of these – Resene Quarter Bianca or Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta.

Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Quarter Bianca
Resene Quarter Bianca
Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta
Resene Eighth
Pearl Lusta
May 2019

Q. I'm renovating a 70s flat. The curtains and carpet are good quality and in good condition so I am keeping them. The curtains are almost exactly the colour as Resene Pearl Lusta. The carpet is taupe with a little fleck of green, but the overall appearance is taupe.  What colour should I paint the walls and trims/doors please? I have already chosen Resene Alabaster for the ceiling.  Resene Rice Cake seems to work, and I was thinking Resene Eighth Rice Cake for the trims and doors, but now I wonder if Resene Half Rice Cake would be better for the walls?

A. Colours in an interior can look quite a bit stronger than you might imagine so choosing a slightly lighter colour is often a wise choice. I like your idea of using Resene Eighth Rice Cake for the trims and doors and Resene Half Rice Cake for the walls. Other options might be Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta for doors and trims and Resene Half Pearl Lusta. You might compare the colours to see which appeals more to you.

Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
Resene Rice Cake
Resene Rice Cake
Resene Eighth Rice Cake
Resene Eighth
Rice Cake
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta
Resene Eighth
Pearl Lusta
Resene Half Pearl Lusta
Resene Half Pearl Lusta
   
May 2019

Q. I have painted my bedroom Resene Sea Fog but am unsure what colour to paint the windowsill, trims and doors. Any advice would be much appreciated.

A. If you like the idea of a lighter/whiter colour (so the walls look a wee bit more coloured) you could use Resene Double Alabaster. Or if you prefer a bit more (a soft tone deeper version of the wall colour) then you could use Resene Double Sea Fog. The default choice would be to use the same colour as the wall – Resene Sea Fog - in a semi-gloss enamel finish so it is just a different sheen compared to the wall but not a different colour.

Resene Sea Fog
Resene Sea Fog
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Double Alabaster
Resene Double Sea Fog
Resene Double Sea Fog
May 2019

Q. I want to paint my windowless laundry which is of a good size and has a wall of shelving. White? But which white? The floor is aqua.

A. A warm bright light reflecting white may appeal as it stops a windowless room look cold or grim.

You could check out these colours as they like aquas as well - Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta, Resene Half Orchid, Resene Half Bianca or Resene Half Rice Cake.

Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta
Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta
Resene Half Orchid White
Resene Half Orchid White
Resene Half Bianca
Resene Half Bianca
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Half Rice Cake
May 2019

Q. I am interested in a 'warm' white for our large lounge area. The house has verandas so it's quite dark (hence keen on a light warm colour). The lounge has little sunlight - only in the winter. The carpet is dark brown/grey and the curtains are charcoal.

A. A warm light reflecting white may appeal as it stops a dim room (that is not blessed with hours of bright sunlight each day) from looking cold or grim. You could check out these colours – Resene Eighth Biscotti, Resene Half Orchid White, Resene Half Bianca or Resene Quarter Albescent White.

Resene Eighth Biscotti
Resene Eighth Biscotti
Resene Half Orchid White
Resene Half Orchid White
Resene Half Bianca
Resene Half Bianca
Resene Quarter Albescent White
Resene Quarter
Albescent White
May 2019

Q. I would like to paint my wooden front door yellow. Our house is weatherboard and recently painted Resene Rakaia with a white trim. I am looking for some recommendations for a strong mustard yellow that would be complementary.

A. You might check out these mustard/gold colours – Resene Coyote, Resene Harvest Gold, Resene Apache or Resene Thumbs Up.

Resene Rakaia
Resene Rakaia
Resene Coyote
Resene Coyote
Resene Harvest Gold
Resene Harvest Gold
Resene Apache
Resene Apache
May 2019

Q. Our house is Resene Half Tea and I need a change. I'm leaning towards Resene Half Rice Cake, but I want to paint a feature wall in my 5 year old daughter's room. She loves pinks, purple and turquoise and her room has a small window so it is dark. I need a colour to brighten it up.

A. Your new main colour - Resene Half Rice Cake - will look really fresh in a lighter/whiter way compared to Resene Half Tea which is a deeper toned beige.  Some of these colours might be worth checking out for the feature in your daughters' room – Resene Unicorn, Resene Ballerina or Resene Aqua.

Resene Half Tea
Resene Half Tea
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Half Rice Cake
Resene Unicorn
Resene Unicorn
Resene Ballerina
Resene Ballerina
Resene Aqua
Resene Aqua
May 2019

Q. What goes with Resene Half Caraway and Resene Quarter Caraway?

A. Any of these colours would look good with Resene Half Caraway and Resene Quarter Caraway: Resene Grey Olive, Resene Earthen, Resene Camouflage, Resene Desperado, Resene Volcano, Resene Eighth Rice Cake, Resene Matakana or Resene Pavlova.

Resene Half Caraway
Resene Half Caraway
Resene Quarter Caraway
Resene Quarter Caraway
Resene Grey Olive
Resene Grey Olive
Resene Camouflage
Resene Camouflage
 
Resene Desperado
Resene Desperado
Resene Volcano
Resene Volcano
Resene Eighth Rice Cake
Resene Eighth
Rice Cake
Resene Matakana
Resene Matakana
Resene Pavlova
Resene Pavlova
May 2019

Q. What exterior colour schemes might work well with our COLORSTEEL® Azure roof and white window frames?  We currently have Resene Sandy Beach walls with a touch of Resene Tia Maria and stained garage and front doors.

A. Your bright roof colour does compromise your freedom of choice in regard what exterior colours you use. The joinery will go with anything which is a blessing. These warm tones might be worth checking out - Resene Quarter Spanish White, Resene Orchid White or Resene Anglaise.

Removing the strong definite colour (Resene Tia Maria) and using the same colour on the fascias and barge boards as the house will lift the look of the exterior by making it look taller. 

Resene Sandy Beach
Resene Sandy Beach
Resene Tia Maria
Resene Tia Maria
Resene Quarter Spanish White
Resene Quarter
Spanish White
Resene Orchid White
Resene Orchid White
Resene Anglaise
Resene Anglaise
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