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With their beautiful character fretwork and corbels, villas are a dream when it comes to devising a colour scheme.

In this country, we’ve never been especially flamboyant in terms of exterior colours for our character homes but your choices can help define both the home’s history and your contemporary tastes.

Did you know: That if you need more help when devising a colour scheme, Resene has a colour consultant service either in-store, on-line or available at home? In fact, one of the Resene colour consultants developed many of the schemes you see in this book. For more information, go to

Four colour panel
Villa whites and fawns
1.The long-established corner-stone of civic buildings and churches, Resene Grey Friars is a timeless stony shade for the roof. The honest warmth of Resene Quarter Sandstone glows on the fascia board, detailing and sills, complementing gently with the neutral-come-beige Resene Double White Pointer on the weatherboards. Resene Half Black White stars on window frames, window sash – and the all important style-statement front door.
Villa bluish greys
2.The bluish-grey ocean tones of Resene Forecast on the roof of this handsome villa tops off a solid, grounded scheme, gently contrasted with the serious armour-like Resene Armadillo on the fascia board, window surrounds and barge board. The watery, ethereal stillness of Resene Half Foggy Grey does service on the weatherboards, while brave, black Resene Nero packs a punch on the front door and crisp Resene Black White highlights the window sashes.
Villa classic look cremes and red
3.This scheme recreates a classic look that has stood the test of time as a traditional fool-proof scheme for villas. It starts with Resene Brie as a tasty creamy off-yellow for the weatherboards, joined by the champagne-tinted white of Resene Orchid White on the fascia board and window surrounds. Resene Rustic Red gives a warm deep cap on the roof while another, brighter red, the ever-popular Resene Pohutukawa, glows out from the front door.
Villa blues and greys
4. In summoning the colours of the night, Resene Nocturnal stands guard on the roof of this villa scheme. Blue-tinged Resene Loblolly brightens the weatherboards while Resene Hint Of Grey is genteel yet unprepossessing on the fascia board – returning to great effect on the detailing, window frames and window sash. Adding pep to an otherwise demure scheme, Resene Arapawa, a lively teal-tinged blue, is used on the front door.

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Updated 2/17

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