Close Give Feedback
Resene Paints - home page
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on Instagram Follow us on YouTube


From habitat magazine - issue 11, editorial

Let’s shrug off any lingering gloominess and celebrate summer.

Sharon Newey - editor

After the doom and gloom of recent economic times and, frankly, a shockingly cold start to winter this year, it’s a tonic for the soul to feel the warmer weather. There’s something about the sun and its warmth that buoys our spirits. It’s no doubt a mix of irrational emotive reaction and that of our body’s need for vitamin A. Certainly, a lack of sunlight is considered a primary cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a serious form of the ‘winter blues’.

So let’s shrug off any lingering gloominess and celebrate summer. What better way than by splashing about a bit of bright colour – there are the fresh greens in "go for green", the cooling elegance of the house interior colours in "iconic inspiration", the snazzy Art Deco buildings in "deco-rated hero", and the quirky colours on our retro caravan birdhouse project in "camping for birds".

Obviously at Habitat, we love colour and would love to see more of it used. As one person in these pages suggests, maybe recent events will have a colourful spin-off as people stay put in their houses and feel they can make them more individual with bolder paint shades. Go on, be bold and enjoy summer.

Sharon Newey editor


There’s nothing like warm weather to bring out the spring cleaning and redecorating bug in most of us. For many it’s the signal to turn off the heater and crank up the air conditioning instead.

Traditionally we might have picked a red, blue or perhaps a dark green just because they looked good, but with advances in modern technology you can now pick a colour that not only looks great but that will keep your place cooler. Resene Cool Colours reflect much more of the sun’s heat than standard paint colours, so you can get a stunning exterior paint finish that’s also very practical.

Of course, if you’re planning some exterior painting this spring and summer make sure you protect yourself as well as your place, and slip, slop, slap and wrap before you start. Sounds simple, but often it’s the one thing that decorators forget to do.

Talking about hot tips, there’s nothing worse than paint drying too fast in summer, so if you find that’s a problem give Resene Hot Weather Additive a go. It’ll slow down the drying, giving you more time to get the finish you are after without feeling like you are in a race against time. Happy painting!

The Resene team


Search habitat magazine stories

Want to get your own free copy of future issues of habitat magazine?

Printed copies of habitat highlights are available from late March 2024 at Resene ColorShops and resellers, while stocks last. You can view back issues of habitat magazine online.

If you have an idea, project or story that you think would suit habitat, we’d love to hear from you. Please drop us an email with your details and include photos if submitting a project.

Sign up for a DIY card and Save! Australia | New Zealand

Return to habitat 11


Order online now:
Testpots | Paints | Primers and Sealers | Stains | Clears | Accessories

Get inspired Get inspired ! Subscribe      Get saving Get saving ! Apply for a DIY card

Resene Paints Ltd

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask us!

Resene Paints Ltd   –

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on Instagram Follow us on YouTube
Videos on how to paint and stain your house

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.

What's new | Specifiers | Painters | DIYers | Artists | Kids | Sitemap | Home | TOP ⇧