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From Habitat magazine - issue 29

New products and ideas for the home...

Wallpaper palms

Of palms and pink

Two of the most popular interior trends in recent times come together in this luscious new wallpaper from Resene ColorShops. It’s pink meets palms to create a modern and fresh look for spring and summer. This is design 384601 from the Resene Wallpaper Collection and part of the Vivid range that includes a variety of palm designs and colourways as well as other botanic prints and interesting plains.

New resene testpot

Quick view

The ever-popular Resene testpot is changing its lid – with a clear viewing panel so you see what colour is inside, without having to open the testpot. The overall size and pricing is the same, just with a new lid and a flatter finish, which provides a little extra grip when opening the lid. Always remember that wet paint doesn’t look identical to dry paint so the colour through the viewing hole is just a guideline. Use the Resene colour charts or the colour library folders to view the colour when dry.

Nood tables and walls

A tasteful team

An industrial take on midcentury shapes, the Santiago table and sideboard from Nood are a perfect pair. Featuring oak veneer and curving metal legs they lend softness and sophistication to any space. The designers and stylists at Nood chose Resene Half Perfect Taupe for the walls to complement these pieces and commented that the mink-toned taupe provided the warmth they needed to tie in with the large format architectural print. Other pieces include the Chelsea Dining Chair and Monty Shag Rug. See

wooden pegs

Pegged out

Why settle for a plain or plastic peg, when you can have one of these beautifully painted creations? Inspired by the need for a peg to attach a muslin cloth for shade on her daughter’s pram, Kylee Dillane painted some wooden dolly pegs using Resene paint. Then started gifting them, then started selling them. The bee design seen here is still one of her favourites and is joined by floral designs and lately, some in tropical leaves and plants. For more, see

Habitat plus

Tracking the trends

Two new booklets recently joined the habitat plus series to explore trends in wallpaper as well as trends in colour and decorating. The habitat plus – wallpaper booklet looks at exciting designs from botanicals and geometric to textures and over-sized prints. It also shows some fun and unexpected ways to use wallpaper and includes a handy how-to-hang section for DIYers.

The habitat plus – colour and decorating trends booklet explores the colours and ideas that are influencing our interiors this year, from the return of red to the new greens and neutrals. Both booklets are available free at your local Resene ColorShop or reseller. While you’re there, pick up one of the new season’s colour trends inspiration card sets, also available free.

Resene SpaceCote Clear

Clearly tough

New Resene SpaceCote Clear is a clear finish, designed to bring enamel-style toughness to walls so you get a low sheen finish without sacrificing durability. It’s ideal to protect interior wall paints (in wet and dry areas) and also hand-printed Mason wallpaper. Resene SpaceCote Clear is low odour with scuff, scrub and burnish resistance, available at Resene ColorShops or resellers.

PDL Iconic

Style meets efficiency

From standard switches and power points, to simple smart home functionality, PDL Iconic sets a new standard in modern living. With seven different colours and finishes that complement any décor, Iconic’s intelligent design makes it easy and safe to make style updates in the future. With additional options like Bluetooth connectivity, this new accessory range is a future-proof choice for a modern, connected home. See

Window Treatments

Shelter overhead

Create shelter and style with the new motorised Louvre Roof system manufactured locally by Window Treatments. Made of corrosion resistant aluminium and marine grade stainless steel fittings, the louvre roof can be made to specific requirements. Louvres can be rotated open or closed to shelter an outdoor area, and can be enhanced by a Securo exterior screen or clear PVC roller blinds for further functionality. Call 0800 36 36 39 for more information or visit

Most trusted brand

Most trusted brand

When Readers Digest announced its Most Trusted Brands survey results, Resene was proud to be named Most Trusted Paint for the seventh year running. Resene was also voted seventh Most Trusted Brand out of all brands. Thanks for your ongoing feedback that helps us to continually improve. And remember we always welcome constructive and helpful feedback – email or fill out the form on the Resene website.

Tv art console

Tv off… art on

Becoming an art collector has been made easy with Samsung’s The Frame TV, bringing you internationally recognised art, from masterpieces, photography, contemporary art and more. When the TV is off, the art is on. Samsung is partnering with an expanding roster of the world's leading art galleries and museums to offer a growing library of established and emerging artists' work. That means that the Frame TV can integrate perfectly with your décor, whatever the style. See highlights/.

Joseph Joseph Duo

New and exclusive

Joseph Joseph Duo is a new addition to the popular homewares range. Exclusive to Mitre 10, the Duo range combines the great, on-trend designs and colours of the Joseph Joseph range with affordable pricing. This is the Duo Six Piece Bowl Set. See

wooden toys

Toys go old school

Sisters Alesha and Jenna are bringing old school back, ditching plastic toys for handmade wooden pieces for kids – some left natural and finished in Resene Aquaclear, others painted in fun Resene colours. Selling through their store, Expressions of Winter, products include rainbow bookends, colourful building blocks and alphabet block sets. One of the pair’s favourite pieces is their original block sets, which can be customised with any colour or design. See

Danske Mobler

Grow your hospitality

Crafted in Danske Mobler’s local factory, this outdoor table extends from 2.2m to a very impressive 2.74m, making it ideal for large family occasions and entertaining. Team the table with matching Eden chairs in your choice of acrylic Planosol fabric colours or select a different style from Danske Mobler’s large range. See

Resene Qristal Clear

Easier on the nose

Resene Qristal Clear Poly-Flat, Satin and Gloss are moving to a new lower odour formula so you can clear finish your interior timber, without the strong odours. Or choose Resene Aquaclear or Resene Qristal ClearFloor for waterborne options. Interior timber is always best protected to help it keep looking its best. Available at Resene ColorShops or resellers.

chalk paint

Chalk it up

When it comes to blackboard paint, most people think of black, black and black. That doesn’t have to be so. Resene has released tintable Resene Chalkboard Paint that can be made in a range of deep and bold colours. For other colours, Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen can be used as a chalkboard finish. Talk to the staff at your local Resene ColorShop or reseller.

hydra block

Paint beats the pressure

Hydrostatic pressure can cause moisture to rise through the pores in concrete, damaging an impermeable film sitting on the surface, usually through blistering or pressure sufficient to blow off sections of the coating. New Resene HydraBlock is a transparent two-pack low VOC waterborne epoxy barrier coating for interior cementitious surfaces, such as masonry – walls, insitu concrete – walls/floors and plastered walls, subject to hydrostatic pressure. It has excellent adhesion and is tolerant of application over damp surfaces. Available at Resene ColorShops.


Cloudy days

One of the big trends for children’s rooms is to keep the look whimsical and neutral. This sweet cloud wallpaper does just that with its delicate, up-to-the-minute pattern and colouring. It’s design 219262 from the new Small Talk range in the Resene Wallpaper Collection, available at Resene ColorShops, which also includes other kid-friendly neutral designs as well as palm prints, geo patterns and fun murals.

couch metallic finish

Luxe touches

The addition of luxe metallic touches isn't new but the difference this year is the choice of metallic finish – think less copper and more brass. Brass furniture, mirrors and accessories all help to add a luxe finish to any room, teamed here with a plush rich blue Macy sofa from Freedom Furniture, along with an Adeline coffee table. See

te reo clock

Be captivated

Gorgeous and glamorous, the new Nest Pendant from Halo has a lightweight industrial outer cage and is available in three sizes and in three finishes: Natural, Brass or Rust. See for more details and stockists.

Art inspiration

Art inspired...

Have the days of grand masters in frock coats welding a paint palette of carefully mixed oil paints gone? Probably not, but more and more artists are turning to Resene paints to use in their works. Universally, they cite the reasons for using Resene as being the consistency and durability of the paint, along with the huge array of colours available in affordable Resene testpots.

We have featured many artists on the website – see blogs-people – but here are a few examples of artworks that have been created with Resene paints, from wildlife to abstracts.Top: One of Casey McLeay’s mesmerising nature studies, Green Heads.

popular posts

Our most popular posts...

Our social platforms have been buzzing lately with lots of feedback from followers and readers. Here are the posts that proved the most popular so far this year:

Top: Over on the Resene Colour Instagram page, @resenecolour, the most popular posts aren’t those with gorgeous rooms, but – surprise, surprise – those with Resene testpots and brushes. This one showing a range of gorgeous green paints was the most popular.

art inspiredart inspired

Art inspired..

Top: An untitled work by Nikki-Jean Croad.

Left: An intricate floral artwork, Maybe Today’s The Day, by Natalie Parker. Right: One of Julia Holden’s ‘living canvases’ where models are painted to represent historic figures, then photographed.

popular posts

Our most popular posts...

Above left: The story you loved the most on the habitat by Resene website featured the renovation of an old 1930s Gisborne farmhouse, where the exterior was painted in Resene Baltic Sea and Resene Titania (white). See

Above right:
The quirky use of a fun wallpaper really caught the imagination of our Instagram followers with hundreds of likes in the first week. The wallpaper is Resene Wallpaper Collection design 12401 and the drawers are painted in Resene Half Coriander.
See more @habitatbyresene.

popular posts

Our most popular posts...

Above left: On our habitat by Resene Facebook page, you loved this restful kitchen painted in Resene Merino. See Above right: On our YouTube channel, our wallpaper hack really appealed. We show you how to recreate a wallpaper pattern using a simple kitchen sponge – see


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