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We speak beach

From BlackWhite magazine - issue 04, finishing touch

Resene’s wash hues for interior timber bring the beauty of the beach indoors.

We speak beach range

A growing wave of designers and clients have been seeking out ways to tap into the benefits of biophilic design. This shift back to decorating with honest materials derived from nature, which have been shown to be better for the planet and building users, has made timber an incredibly desirable choice. Not only does wood lend projects longevity and inherent beauty, timber flooring, walls and ceilings marry well with today’s popular pared down silhouettes, minimalist furnishings and Japanese and Scandinavian influences.

Many want their project’s interior timber to take on a ‘natural’ look, but even though indoor timber is partially sheltered from direct sunlight, a clear finish alone may not be enough to protect it from damage like fading and discolouration inflicted by UV exposure. This can cause the timber to clash with the other natural materials and colours you’ve decorated with.

Resene Colorwood Whitewash, Resene Colorwood Light Greywash and Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash are excellent choices for bringing a softer look to interior timber. These long-standing favourites allow the beauty of the timber grain to show through while imparting a touch of colour with a weathered finish, softening those harsher inherent tones and providing additional protection from UV light. It’s a waterborne formula which can be built up by adding additional layers in circumstances where less transparency and more pigment is ideal. And if clients later decide they want a different look, Resene Colorwood washes can be stripped back and recoated with a new favourite or painted over.

A home interior with a beachy vibe

Wall in Resene Bone with tongue-and-groove panelling finished in Resene Colorwood Becalm, floor in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, sideboard in Resene Colorwood Bask, lamp and low platter in Resene Colorwood Shade, wooden plant pot and vase (on floor) in Resene Colorwood Shore Thing (left) and Resene Rising Tide (right), stool and painted vase (on sideboard) in Resene Paddock, faux coral in Resene Bone, painted book in Resene Brown Sugar and DIY artwork in Resene Rolling Stone, Resene Paddock and Resene Mine Shaft.

But now, you don’t need to be limited to just monochromatic options. Resene has expanded its range of Resene Colorwood wash options with the launch of the Resene Colorwood ‘We speak beach’ series. These six fresh colourwash hues – Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, Resene Colorwood Becalm, Resene Colorwood Bask, Resene Colorwood Shore Thing, Resene Colorwood Rising Tide and Resene Colorwood Shade – are inspired by hazy summer days at the beach and a selection of Resene’s most popular weathered colours. The collection is ideal for use on everything from walls and ceilings to flooring, furniture and décor where you want to emulate the soothing, lived-in style of a beloved bach, a haven away from busy everyday life. Choose one hue or combine them together into a palette.

Where Resene Colorwood Whitewash and Greywash are neutral, the ‘We speak beach’ hues each carry a unique undertone that can be beautifully complemented by favourite Resene paint colours. Try pairing Resene Colorwood Becalm’s rosy touch with a pink beige like Resene Bone, team Resene Colorwood Shore Thing’s earthy green hue with Resene Paddock, bring out the sugary brown of Resene Colorwood Bask by using it in tandem with Resene Brown Sugar or play to the hints of blue in Resene Colorwood Rising Tide with Resene Rolling Stone.

These beach inspired washes can be tinted into the Resene Colorwood Whitewash range, available from Resene ColorShops.

A moodboard with a beach vibe

Background finished in Resene Colorwood Becalm with driftwood in (clockwise from left) Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, Resene Colorwood Becalm, Resene Colorwood Bask, Resene Colorwood Shore Thing, Resene Colorwood Rising Tide and Resene Colorwood Shade, platter in Resene Colorwood Shade, faux coral in Resene Bone and painted vases in (from top to bottom) Resene Rolling Stone, Resene Mine Shaft and Resene Paddock. Projects by Laura Lynn Johnston, images by Bryce Carleton.

Resene Colorwood washes on...
Canework, cork, doors, dressed and rough sawn timber, fibre and particle board, furniture, kitset and nursery furniture, plywood panelling, rope, timber (imported and native), timber ceilings and beams, flooring, window and door frames.

Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy

Resene Colorwood Becalm

Resene Colorwood Bask

Resene Colorwood Light Greywash

Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash

Resene Colorwood Shore Thing

Resene Colorwood Shade

Resene Colorwood Rising Tide

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If you have a project finished in Resene paints, wood stains or coatings, whether it is strikingly colourful, beautifully tonal, a haven of natural stained and clear finishes, wonderfully unique or anything in between, we'd love to see it and have the opportunity to showcase it. Submit your projects online or email You're welcome to share as many projects as you would like, whenever it suits. We look forward to seeing what you've been busy creating.

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