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This heritage cottage fits comfortably within its environment and acts as a gentle backdrop to cheerful garden displays.

With careful colour choices from nature or heritage ideals, it’s easy to achieve a suitably integrated effect. Light shades will help make a small home look larger while clever contrasts in the detailing will bring the scheme to life.

Top tip: If you have an older character house and want to be more classic in your approach to the colour scheme, check out the Resene Heritage colour palette at your local Resene ColorShop or reseller, or see it online at

Four colour panel
This smooth, sophisticated heritage scheme
1.Resene Quarter Rice Cake on the weatherboards and picket fence is the perfect recipe for decorating success here when offset by Resene Half Thorndon Cream on the fascia, fretwork and windows and a roof in Resene Bone White. This smooth, sophisticated scheme is sure to stand the test of time – and it isn’t necessarily only suitable for old wooden houses. In town or in country, it’s a safe, yet smart choice for newbuild dwellings, too.
An original heritage colour scheme
2.The weatherboards in the original scheme for this Akaroa dwelling are painted in the deeply cool Resene Hermitage. The choice for most of its trims and the charming picket fence focusses around the popular Resene Quarter Spanish White. This seemingly neutral, yet versatile shade, provides a tempered finish when pure white seems too bright and overpowering. The roof is in the classic Resene Mid Grey, with window sills in the slightly more blue-toned Resene Inside Back.
Muted shades of green heritage colours
3.The muted herbal green of Resene Coriander for these weatherboards references a favourite colonial colour. The edgy, retro Resene Blumine is used on the window sills with the classic Resene Lattitude on the roof. Teamed with the ethereal white of Resene Half Sea Fog on the fascia boards, fretwork and fence, the effect is grounded yet gorgeous.
Bold and black heritage
4.The recent trend for black weatherboards particularly suits two types of architecture – very modern homes, and character cottages such as this. As a true and simple expression of that look, Resene Black is crisply partnered here by Resene Half Sea Fog trims and fence, and a roof in the silvery grey Resene Atmosphere. It’s a scheme that needs no further embellishment and acts as a superb backdrop to the colourful garden. Not strictly a ‘colour lovers’ scheme but bold all the same.

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Updated 2/17

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