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Habitat plus - jewel tones

Indulge in rich gem-like shades.

Face the world with confidence and energy by indulging in bold, rich tones. Inspired by gemstones and borrowing their glamorous appeal, there is amethyst, sapphire, emerald, ruby and more. Pair them with burnished metals for an edgy luxe glamour, or less-than-perfect antiques for a shabby chic vibe.

Up-lifting and sometimes playful, these colours are also powerful and sensual. Combined with rich plush textiles like velvet and matched with glossy dark timber they create a sophisticated ambiance that rocks the senses.

These saturated colours echo with heritage and tradition to help us make sense of an increasingly digital world. Embellishment is on the way back, as a rebellion to overly earnest, monkish interiors.

Colour blocking / using jewel tones outdoors
Left: Colour-blocking in style with a wall in Resene Atlas and Resene Zinzan, and fireplace mantel in Resene Avenger. The floor is Resene Colorwood Greywash. Top tip: Resene Colorwood Greywash gives a weathered look that suits both rustic and sophisticated schemes.

Right: Take your jewel colours outdoors with a Resene Atlas exterior, a deck in Resene Iroko wood stain, a chair, bench seat and planter in Resene Alabaster, and pots in Resene Rascal, Resene Ayers Rock and Resene Celebrate.

Using rich jewel tones
Left: Immersed in amethyst with walls and a shelf in Resene Couture, floor and an old oil can in Resene Pioneer Red, side table in Resene Stetson, bookends in Resene Ringo, candlestick in Resene Entourage and plant pot and corbel in Resene Dawn Chorus. Right: A jade green wall in Resene Kaitoke Green, in a house designed by Lick Light + Colour.

Strong colour loves company. Pair rich tones with other bold choices, as well as dramatic accessories and furniture

Colour combinations to consider
Left: Resene Smashing is a provocative ruby red. Try it with sea blues, pastel chartreuses or carbon browns such as Resene Discover, Resene Fresh or Resene Blackout. Right: Resene Double Resolution Blue is a determined sapphire blue. Try it with summer greens, bold oranges or cool whites such as Resene Freelance, Resene Clockwork Orange or Resene Half Black White.


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