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the new neutral

From Habitat magazine - issue 12

Neutral colours are the mainstay of any decorating scheme. This one is set to be a winner.

Art Deco look
Art Deco dreaming

During the years, Resene has produced many superb paint colours, including a raft of popular neutral tones. The success of those neutrals inspired Resene to produce a fandeck specifically devoted to neutrals some years ago, The Range Whites & Neutrals, which was recently extended to include up to six colour strength variations of one hue. And Resene’s official Top 20 is dominated by whites and neutrals, reflecting their broad acceptance and use on a vast array of projects.

During recent decades, as fashions change, often one particular neutral takes out top spot as the most popular. Who hasn’t heard of Resene Pearl Lusta or Resene Spanish White? Who didn’t paint at least part of their interiors with Resene Tea recently? And what architect wouldn’t have been seen dead not specifying Resene Black White inside one of their minimalist designs, or Resene Bokara Grey outside?

Now, another of Resene’s wonderful neutrals is coming to the popularity fore. Resene Thorndon Cream is a neutral of the moment – fresh but also slightly muddy and moody, great alongside most other colours and adaptable to many styles of interior. It’s versatile and has the ability to change depending on the light.

Vikki Gorton of interior design company Yellow Fox describes it as a very trustworthy colour because it can be used in so many ways.

Use it as a half-strength to create a beachy Cape Cod look, as full strength in a glamorous and sophisticated scheme, or as double strength for a lodgey masculine look. She also notes that Resene Triple Thorndon Cream makes a superb exterior colour. It is also a great colour on which to base an all-over scheme using varying strengths, i.e. full strength for the walls, half for trims and eighth for the ceiling.

We asked Vikki Gorton, Shelley Brockliss, Peta Davy and Jenny Harris, all of Yellow Fox, to create three quite different schemes using Resene Thorndon Cream as the backdrop.

Art Deco dreaming look

Table and chair from May Time Marketing, Chrome lamp from CC Interiors, Mecca fabric in Charcoal from the Resene Curtain Collection.

Accents in Resene Tall Poppy, Resene Synchronise.

Art Deco look

By the beach look

Milano Chair and Ottoman from CC Interiors, Fir louvered screen from Citta Design, Coco Catkins lamp from May Time Marketing, Gravity Dot mosaic from Tile Warehouse.

Accents in Resene True Blue, Resene Ipanema. Trims and ceilings in Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream.

Beach look 1
Beach look 2
Beach look 3

Romantic chic look

Fleurance desk, Bordeaux chair, raspberry stripe quilt and wooden chandelier from CC Interiors. Akoya wallpaper from Vision Wallcoverings available from Resene ColorShops.

Accents in Resene Paper Doll, Resene Metamorphis, Resene Alabaster. Trims and ceilings in Resene Half Thorndon Cream.

Romantic chic look 1
Romantic chic look 2
Romantic chic look 3

The many faces of Resene Thorndon Cream...

Stockists: CC Interiors, Citta Design, May Time Marketing, Resene Curtain Collection, Tile Warehouse, Vision Wallcoverings

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