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Accent colours go rich and dense.

Paint colour isn’t only about large expanses of wall. Today’s interiors layer colours and accents for rich effect – a hit of yellow here, a shot of bitter green there. With just one testpot of Resene colour, you can be accent-happy and change the look of a room with painted accessories for just a few dollars.

Accent colours are often assumed to be bold and bright but the current bias is towards accent colours that are dense and rich, whether it’s saturated jewel tones or earthy colours with a sharp edge.

Accent colours in use
Left: Accents of orange with peg stools in Resene Aloha and Resene Celebrate. The table is Resene Sambuca and the cane tray is Resene Ruby Tuesday. Center: Black and white are classic accents to use with just about any colour, or as a team. Coffee tables in Resene Delta and Resene Half Delta and floor in Resene Colorwood Pitch Black wood stain. Right: Side table and pot in Resene Organic, tall vase in Resene Seaweed, short vase in Resene Paddock, tealight in Resene Ciderhouse and wall in Resene Nocturnal.

Dusky wall, crackle finish table
Left: Greys and ochres against dusky Resene Rascal walls. The sideboard is in Resene Gumboot, the vases are Resene Good As Gold, Resene Quill Grey and Resene Hot Toddy and the bowl is Resene Wafer. Right: A tray painted in Resene Gumboot, sits on a table treated with Resene FX Crackle. The basecoat is Resene Sambuca and the topcoat is Resene Castaway.

Check out these fashion colours to try as painted accents
Go for intense rich colour (left)... or sharp earthy tones (right)...
Fashion colours


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