Resene Paints - home page
Decorating inspiration gallery

Fresh faced

Resene PaintsThe Gauthier family bought their house over a year ago, having fallen in love with its original 1920s detailing and solidity. It was complete with most of the original woodwork and windows but was rather dark and very old-fashioned in style having been refurbished throughout with Victorian wallpapers, swagged curtains and ornate brass light fittings.

When deciding on a new colour scheme Rosemary tried to think elegant rather than antique. She wanted to lighten the rooms up considerably and incorporate modern, fresh touches while retaining the dark, handsome woodwork.

Their furniture is an eclectic mix, collected to suit various other houses and so they decided on a carpet similar to sisal to keep things natural and tie it all in together. This left them with the very dark brown of the woodwork, a wheat beige sofa, a mixture of limewashed and dark wood furniture and only small amounts of colour in the cushions, lamp shades and pictures that were mostly shades of green, old yellow, rusty pink or red, making it all a bit bland and safe.

Rosemary has always loved the contrast of a clean fresh green with dark rich wood and she wanted a slightly surprising colour to bring in the light and avoid the feeling of living in a museum. They chose Resene Poprock on the two back walls without windows and Resene Alabaster on the remaining walls.

The makeover has been a great success and seems to keep its freshness even on a dull winter day. They find it surprisingly restful and warm in artificial light and it makes a great backdrop for their various pieces of artwork.


Resene Alabaster and Poprock

Lounge walls  
Resene Poprock Resene Alabaster

Inspiration gallery 2009
Thanks to the Gauthier family.



Decorating inspiration gallery
Click on the links below to view more great home decorating ideas and colour schemes for home interiors and exteriors.


Resene Paints Ltd

Resene Paints Ltd   –

We would love to hear from you if you wish to use Resene's images, information and ideas for social medial, blogs, newsletters and other media use. Please email and let us know what you need, what it is for and how Resene will be acknowledged as the source of the content. We are happy to assist with most requests.

Our vision is to be respected as a trusted, ethical and sustainable company and acknowledged as the leading provider of innovative paint and colour technology. View Resene’s profile, Quality Policy, Environmental Policy and Health & Safety Policy.

Any personal data, such as name, address, phone, email details, supplied to Resene for the purposes of receiving newsletters, orders etc will be retained by Resene Paints Ltd and used only by Resene Paints Ltd and its trusted agencies for the purposes of communication/promotion/providing service to you. We do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer your personal data to outside third parties. If you wish to opt out of communication from Resene please complete our contact us form. View our full Privacy Policy.

Colours shown on this website are a representation only. Please refer to the actual paint or product sample. Resene colour charts, testpots and samples are available for ordering online.   See measurements/conversions for more details on how electronic colour values are achieved.

View Videos