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Answers to your questions from our colour experts, p. 92

Here's a taste of some of the Colour Expert questions and answers to help you with your own colour scheme.

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Q&A   p. 92

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Q. I have a large lounge/dining area-open plan-with wooden timber windows plus some walls. My goal is to lighten the rooms with ceiling and wall paint. I will be laying a brown toned carpet. I am thinking of a white ceiling and off white walls.

A. The following colours may be just what you are looking for – Resene Quarter Blanc, Resene White Linen, Resene Quarter Albescent White, Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream or Resene Merino.

They are all quite different to each other. In order to see the unique undertones of colour I recommend you pop into your nearest Resene ColorShop to view the large A4 colour swatches in the colour library. If you view them with a true white – i.e. Resene White – and some possible carpet colours it may make choosing a wall colour much easier.

January 2020

Q. We have particle board flooring which joins matai hardwood in one of our rooms (due to an extension that was done at a later date). I want to paint over the particle board flooring with Resene Walk-on – we attempted to stain the particle board but it doesn't look good.

The walls in the room are painted with Resene Rice Cake and the trims are done in Resene Alabaster. The matai floorboards have been kept light and finished with Resene Qristal Clear satin urethane. I was thinking either a bluey grey or a 'greige'/taupe type colour. Do you have any suggestions for a colour that would go with the walls, and would not be too in your face yet not washed out?

A. Try these colours and see if they suit – Resene Raven, Resene Mako, Resene Triple Truffle or Resene Pravda.

January 2020

Q. We are building a new home in Cromwell. It is LINEA® board. We have a FlaxPod coloured roof as well as aluminium joinery. Any ideas for colour combinations to go with the roof and joinery? We quite like Resene Half Masala but think it might be too dark!

A. I don't think Resene Half Masala would be too dark but if you are a bit nervous then the following colours may give you a few other options to consider – Resene Quarter Masala, Resene Double Friar Grey, Resene Taupe Grey or Resene Double Pravda.

It is only by comparing colours that our eyes picks up the underlying tints and tones of a colour. On the exterior colours often look lighter/brighter because of the way natural light strips back the depth of a colour.

If you are testing colours I recommend that you paint up all of a testpot (two coats) on an A2 size card leaving a narrow unpainted border all around the perimeter. The unpainted border helps your eyes focus on the colour. The card can be moved around the exterior so that you can see how it responds to different aspects – N/S/E/W – and that will help you see the reality of a colour.

January 2020

Q. I'm looking to paint the exterior of my house but am a bit stuck on what colour to go with. The house has brown aluminium joinery and a green roof (not exactly sure of shade as seems lighter than Karaka but that may just be because it has faded over time). I love all things grey but am worried a grey would just add another colour and potentially clash with the joinery and roof. Heading down the more neutral route I had been thinking Resene Thorndon Cream but I've had mixed opinions on this. I don't like anything brown or yellow.

A. I think if you checked out the following colours and compared them with Resene Thorndon Cream it may assist you to make a decision – Resene Quill Grey, Resene Triple Merino or Resene Quarter Taupe Grey.

These colours do have a grey undertone which may work with the brown windows and the green roof.

January 2020

Q. I’m looking for advice for exterior colours. Our house is a 1989 fibre cement clad house – currently a dark terracotta with very dark green trim, a Brunswick Green roof and bronze aluminium windows. I’m thinking we might go lighter – perhaps a light grey or light smoky green. We are happy to paint the trim but won’t be repainting the roof for a while. Any suggestions to help us modernise a little?

A. Do you want the new house colour to co-ordinate well with the green roof and bronze windows? It is hard to ignore these colours on the house if you don't plan on changing them. I am not 100% sure that a light grey or smoky green would work with what you have.

I have had a few thoughts about what might work with the bronze and the green. You might like to check them out to see if they appeal to you – try Resene Greige, Resene Napa, Resene Half Pravda, Resene Double Ash, Resene Tapa, Resene Taupe Grey or Resene Ravine.

January 2020

Q. I have a 1986 house on lifestyle block with decorative weatherboards. It has a high pitched roof, two normal sized garage doors, stucco round the bay window in the lounge and the aluminium windows are very dark brown. The house is currently white. The roof, garage doors and wooden deck railing is ugly brown. I would like to keep the house a white colour but the roof etc perhaps a dark grey or black colour. I am looking to get new garage doors.

A. Your colour choices for the COLORSTEEL® roof and garage doors may be limited a bit if you are wanting to integrate the dark brown windows harmoniously. The following are a few colours that may work for you – COLORSTEEL® Ironsand, FlaxPod or TernStyle.

If you want to maintain the white main colour you might consider using a slightly tinted white so it is still a clean/crisp statement but not too stark – try Resene Double Alabaster or Resene Black White.

January 2020

Q. I have a copper theme on the exterior of my home. The spouting is all going to Marley copper-coloured spouting and downpipes. I have cedar weatherboard, deck balustrades in a walnut colour and I'm looking for inspiration for an exterior colour to paint the whole exterior of the house to complement with the copper spouting and cedar weatherboards. I had an idea to do a version of White Pointer, but am undecided. Can you suggest any other colour ideas please?

A. You might check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you and then compare them with Resene White Pointer – try Resene Thorndon Cream, Resene Double Merino and Resene Half Truffle.

January 2020

Q. We are just about to build a house with rendering and boards. I would like a two tone colour that would suit a Monument roof. I quite like the Resene Tea colour.

A. You might check out the following colours as they are related tonally which would provide you with a two tone scheme – try Resene Tea and Resene Triple Tea, or Resene Half Napa and Resene Double Napa. Because Monument is very dark charcoal grey you might also look at using greyer colours – try Resene Half Jumbo with Resene Quarter Bokara Grey.

January 2020

Q. I want to paint the second storey front and rear of my house. The roof is red, not my favourite but it is in good nick and prohibitive to paint. The bottom is green Summerhill stone. The top half is currently a hideous brown board and the bottom window trims are mustard and white. I am looking for a way to tie the whole house together.

A. It can be difficult with all the various and unrelated elements that are on the house to achieve a cohesive look. Are you considering painting over all the Summerhill Stone? That would be one way to get the stone and the second storey to be better co-ordinated.

If not then it is important to work with the existing stonework. One of the following may look quite good – greens always look good with reds. Try Resene Ravine and Resene Spanish Green.

The wooden windows and sills could all be the same colour - not a pure white as that may look a wee bit stark – but a warmer white perhaps. One of these white colours would work – Resene Quarter Rice Cake or Resene Double Alabaster.

The dark bronze window joinery can be painted after carefully clean down and special preparation to match the wooden window frames – if you wanted to.

January 2020

Q. I was hoping you could please help. I'm redecorating a small double bedroom to be an art room/chill out type room. I bought an olive green couch and now want to decide on colours for the walls and ceiling. The wall behind the couch will be a feature wall.

I went into the Kapiti Resene ColorShop today and colour matched the couch with their larger swatches and can tell you the colour of the couch is like Resene Saratoga.

Of the listed complementary colours I do like Resene Elephant and think that could be a good colour for the feature wall. However, when picking colours for the other three walls I'm a bit stuck. I was hoping to paint it a lighter blue that would go with everything. Do you have any suggestions? Can you also tell me if there are other complementary colours to Resene Saratoga that are not listed?

A. Think carefully about the quality of natural light that presents in the room. If it is a shadowy room (east facing) or a cooler aspect (south facing) the lighter blue may feel chilly.

A pale blue that may appeal to you is Resene Slipstream, or a slightly deeper blue that may also work is Resene Half Eskimo.

The first blue has a subtle undertone of nearly green hiding in it so it can look warmer than the second colour which is a bit powdery/muted and may pick up a grey undertone.

If you carefully test the blues and find that they just don't want to work well for you then a warm neutral may work to add more contrast to the Resene Elephant and the olive green of the sofa – you could try Resene Double Rice Cake or Resene Half Cararra.

January 2020

Q. We want to paint two of our bathrooms which have light terracotta colour tiles (mid orange colour), white cabinetry and quite large rooms. We are thinking of a grey with white trim. We’re open to other suggestions if not grey. Which greys would you recommend? We are stuck with the tiles as they too expensive to replace as they are throughout different parts of the house.

A. I think you’re definitely on the right track with using a grey, it will tone in nicely with the terracotta tiles. You could try Resene Half Silver Chalice, Resene Half Foggy Grey or Resene Double Concrete.

January 2020

Q. I am looking for advice on a good colour to paint three bedrooms. My lounge, kitchen and hallway are all Resene Quarter Tea and the bedrooms come off the hallway. Which would be some good colours that go well with Resene Quarter Tea that are suitable for bedrooms. Looking for light, airy, modern. Not looking for anything yellow.

A. Some colours to try that would work well are – Resene Half Sea Fog, Resene Milk White and Resene Quarter White Pointer.

January 2020

Q. I have chosen Resene Athens Grey for my walls and am wondering what white would go best with this for the ceiling and trims.

A. Resene Athens Grey looks good with many whites. Try these ones to see if they suit – Resene Quarter Wan White or Resene Double Alabaster.

January 2020

Q. We have sampled Resene Bali Hai for the exterior of our bungalow and find the colour looks a bit bleached out. Could we get a darker colour?

A. The sun tends to make colours look lighter when used outside. We do have many other blues available – you could try Resene Bermuda Grey or Resene Escapade.

January 2020

Q. We are painting a friend’s house with Resene Bastille on the front, a cement board entry wall and cement board above the windows. We want to paint the brick white. Which white would be the best companion for Resene Bastille?

A. Two good options to try are Resene Sea Fog or Resene Wan White.

January 2020

Q. Our house is south facing and doesn't get a huge amount of sun. I have read that we should be using warmer whites to warm our rooms up. But we love grey tones and are using them in other areas of the house, for example on our kitchen bench (superwhite granite) and our carpet (dark grey). I love Resene Double Sea Fog as a colour for our interior walls but I think it will be too cold and wonder if you can recommend something that will work with grey but still warm a room.

A. I actually think Resene Double Sea Fog could work quite nicely. It's not stark and has a little bit of ochre tinter in it so it isn't really a cold off white. You could also try Resene White Pointer and Resene Quarter Foggy Grey and compare them with Resene Double Sea Fog to see what you prefer.

January 2020

Q. I have a new home to be built. The roof and exterior joinery is likely to be Ironsand in colour. The wall cladding will be a Resene construction masonry overlay system. What's the best matching colour for the walls?

A. A matching colour to Ironsand would be exactly the same colour or perhaps slightly lighter variants. They may be a little too dark.

However there are quite a few colours that harmonise and co-ordinate well with Ironsand that are much lighter but very smart and contemporary looking.

You might check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Napa, Resene Double Tea, Resene Double Fossil, Resene Double Thorndon Cream, Resene Quarter Stonehenge or Resene White Pointer. There are many others also but these are a good start point.

January 2020

Q. We are in need of some help with a colour for our new batten fence (not see-through) and want it to complement the current weatherboards/windows/roof colour combo. Stain is out as the fence has been primed and undercoated. The house is 1890-1900s cottage/villa with the roof in Resene Element, weatherboards in Resene Concrete and window joinery in Resene Quarter Alabaster.

A. If you would like a dark colour on the fence, you could try Resene Element or Resene Windswept. But if you would prefer a lighter colour – more related to the main colour on your house – then this colour may be appealing to you – Resene Triple Concrete. Resene Concrete – both lighter variants and the one I have suggested do throw a warm lilac undertone.

January 2020

Q. I am just after a bit of colour advice for the exterior of my house. We have been looking at either Resene Duck Egg Blue and Resene Titania or Resene Athens Grey for weatherboards and Resene Black White for joinery.

A. Any of the colours that you have mentioned would look very nice on the weatherboards with the white for the joinery. It is very much your choice.

However all colours look lighter on an exterior because of the way the bright natural light strips back the depth of the colour.

I recommend that you carefully test the colours by painting up all of the testpots, two coats, onto very large A2 card and moving them around the exterior of the house so that you can see how they alter in natural light throughout the day. But there will be times during the day when the difference/contrast between the main house colour, whichever you choose, and the trim – Resene Black White – won't be very apparent.

If you wanted the joinery to look lighter/whiter and see if more as a definite contrast then you might consider using Resene Half Black White or even Resene Quarter Black White.

January 2020

Q. I am going to replace my flooring in the kitchen and living areas with a darkish brown oak. Which colour should I use for the kitchen cupboards, benchtops and the walls?

A. I recommend that you consider carefully what types of colours you favour. Most any colour would work well with a darkish brown oak flooring. But you should at least gather some samples of bench top options that you really like as there is a lot less of them to choose from compared to paint.

If you have no preferences at all then the following colours may be a start point for you to consider – Resene Alabaster – kitchen cabinets with Resene White Pointer – walls, or Resene Half Thorndon Cream – kitchen cabinets with Resene Half Tea – walls.

January 2020

Q. I am going to whitewash a Lockwood. I want white ceilings but which white to use that is soft? The ceiling is extremely high and I want the walls to be a different colour to get a Cape Cod look.

A. If you are using Resene Colorwood Whitewash on the Lockwood walls – which looks really nice and gives a warm light white look to the varnished wooden walls – you might try one of the following whites on the ceiling – Resene Double Alabaster or Resene Half Bianca.

January 2020

Q. We are planning to paint the living areas of a 1950s renovated weatherboard home in Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream. This is to show eclectic artworks and black and white photo art against. I need suggestions for the ceiling colour and also little skinny architraves. Other accent colours will be red, black, rimu timber and gold, mirrors etc. The kitchen unit is a deep blue at the moment.

A. Unless you really want to highlight the skinny architraves I suggest you might like to paint them to match the wall colour so they blend in.

You could do them in a semi-gloss water based enamel – Resene Lustacryl – as it is easier to clean than a standard low sheen wall paint. The ceilings could be the same as the wall colour in a matt finish acrylic paint as the walls are very 'white'. But if you would prefer a bit of contrast then a standard white – Resene White – would also work for you.

January 2020

Q. My husband and I have taken the carpet up in the hallway and now we would like to paint the floor as it’s MDF. We have painted the walls Resene Merino and the ceiling is Resene Alabaster we also have dark wooden trim. It is quite a dark hallway so going a white I think would be best, just not sure which is the best white.

A. If you wanted a lighter/whiter colour than the walls - but not as white as the ceiling – you could consider one of the following colours – Resene Half Merino or Resene Half Sea Fog.

But if you wanted a white that was slightly deeper than the wall colour then one of these may appeal to you – Resene Double Merino, Resene Triple Merino, Resene Double Sea Fog or Resene Triple Sea Fog.

January 2020

Q. We have purchased a 1970s red brick house that has panels of yellow and we want to paint over the yellow panel to be a shade of grey to make it look more modern but are unsure if we should go with a lighter grey or darker grey. I would love your opinion on which colour would look best next to the red bricks and alongside the white trim.

A. I think a deeper mid toned grey may look better than one that is too light. One of the following greys may appeal to you – Resene Armadillo, Resene Half Baltic Sea, Resene Half Fuscous Grey, Resene Gravel, Resene Eighth Bokara Grey or Resene Grey Friars.

They are all quite different to each other and have unique undertones of colour in them.

I recommend that you either use Resene Lumbersider low sheen waterborne paint if you don't want too shiny a finish or – alternatively – if you do want a bit more sheen then Resene Sonyx 101 semi-gloss may appeal to you.

January 2020

Q. I’m after advice on a paint colour for the guttering and soffits. Currently they are a dark blue/grey. The house is being painted Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream. It's a Mediterranean style house with an orange roof. We are also looking to paint the roof. I'd like to move away from orange, but my husband would like to keep it.

A. If the terracotta tile roof is not going to be painted then you might use a deeper version of the house colour for the guttering, down pipes and fascias – try Resene Thorndon Cream. This is the default choice – it is not too much of a colour so it won't attract a lot of attention but it is very well balanced and harmonious.

If want something more distinctive then perhaps it is about relating the colour to a new roof colour. You could try Resene Quarter Ironsand with Resene Ironsand for the roof, Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey with Resene Fuscous Grey for the roof, Resene Quarter Bokara Grey with Resene Bokara Grey for the roof, or Resene Mother Nature with Resene Family Tree for the roof.

Resene Mother Nature

Resene Family Tree

January 2020

Q. My 1970s fibre cement house needs new paint outside. I have fully renovated it inside, now I'd like to get a more modern look outside. The anodised bronze windows and red-brownish concrete tiles roof will stay as they are. I would like to paint the rest of the outside.

There's a green hedge and other plants at the front, trees around, and also there will be plenty of timber structures outdoors (two decks, front gate, fences, etc) that I'd like to stain to keep the natural wood look.

Could you please recommend a colour scheme for that house that would match the existing joinery and roof colours? I guess I need a main colour for the fibre cement boards, something darker for the basement and concrete porch and something for the eaves and barge boards? It's a rental, so I'd like neutral colours for a wider appeal.

A. I am inclined to agree with you in regard neutral colours relating to the joinery – I think a new scheme with a little depth will be very smart.

One of these colour palettes may appeal to you –

Option 1 – Resene Half Bison Hide as the main colour with Resene Triple Bison Hide for the base of the house, steps and porch, Resene Woodsman Dark Oak for all timber structures and Resene Quarter Rice Cake for the soffits, guttering and fascias.

Option 2 – Resene Eighth Napa as the main colour with Resene Napa for the base of the house, steps and porch, Resene Woodsman Iroko for all timber structures and Resene Black White for the soffits, guttering and fascias.

January 2020

Q. We are looking for a dark exterior colour to complement our New Denim Blue window and door frames. What would you suggest?

A. Were you thinking about a blue/grey with deep undertone – similar to your windows and doors? If that is the case then the following colours may appeal to you – Resene High Tide, or a bit greyer/less blue toned – Resene Ebony Clay.

January 2020

Q. We are re-cladding our bach using James Hardie EasyLap panels and Abodo Vulcan Cladding in Patina finish. We are searching for a suitable colour to paint the EasyLap, in a colour that is complementary to the Vulcan Patina. We have new matt Grey Friars aluminium window and door frames and an existing COLORSTEEL® New Denim Blue roof. We are thinking we would like a colour darker than the Vulcan Patina but lighter than the Grey Friars joinery. The Abodo Vulcan cladding will be on a few feature parts of the exterior but the majority of the exterior will be clad in the James Hardie EasyLap.

A. Have you looked at the lighter shades of Grey Friars which would tone well with your new joinery? You may or may not know but Resene has lighter options available of this colour. You could try Resene Quarter Grey Friars. Or try Resene Double Stack or Resene Raven as other options.

January 2020

Q. We are painting the exterior of our 1970’s home. We like the way dark colours look against our aluminium window frames which are a browny/khaki green/coppery colour (depending on the light). We like the colour Resene Baltic Sea, but is there a shade lighter than the Resene Half Baltic Sea? Our house is two storeys and we would like to do the bottom level a couple of shades lighter than the top storey. Which colour would you recommend that would go well with Resene Baltic Sea and is slightly lighter than Resene Half Baltic Sea?

A. Resene Baltic Sea is such a lovely colour, you've made a good choice. There is a lighter version available – Resene Quarter Baltic Sea which may be what you are after.

If that's not quite right then another option you could look at is Resene Quarter Fuscous Grey.

January 2020

Q. Currently we have Resene Eighth Taupe Grey in our open plan living area. The back wall doesn’t get much light and the taupe grey is too dark. Could you suggest a colour with the same tone as the taupe grey but one or two shades lighter that will reflect the light?

A. To lighten up the room, try using Resene Triple Sea Fog or Resene Double White Pointer.

January 2020

Q. I’m doing up a master bedroom with Resene Quarter Alabaster trims and ceiling. I am looking at doing Resene Half Iron on walls and thinking of doing a feature wall. Should I go with Resene Iron or which other colour would go well?

A. You could do Resene Iron as your feature wall if you want something subtle but I would suggest going a little bit darker if you want more of a noticeable difference. Try Resene Quarter Silver Chalice or Resene Half Grey Chateau.

January 2020

Q. We live in an older house which has just had a New Denim Roof installed. Our aluminium windows are bronze. The front of the house is weatherboard and the back ply and batten. What colour would you recommend for the exterior walls?

A. You might check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Half Parchment, Resene Triple White Pointer, Resene Half Caraway, Resene Triple Sea Fog or Resene Thorndon Cream.

January 2020

Q. I am painting my house which is a 1950s stucco with some kind of coating that has been applied over the top. The current colour is a bit nondescript and I am thinking of a more definite shade of grey (but not the kind of grey that looks blue from a distance and not too dark) or possibly brown-grey, with a white/cream trim on the roof surround and the upstairs window surrounds. It has zinc aluminium cladding on one side which I am not planning to paint. Could you suggest some potential colours that might work well?

A. The following greys may be of interest to you. None of them have any element of blue in their undertones and are light to mid toned colours. They do carry undertones of colour in them – all greys do and some are very complex and alter a lot throughout the daylight hours. Try Resene Eighth Friar Grey, Resene Atmosphere, Resene Silver Chalice or Resene Half Foggy Grey.

Some white/cream colours to try for the trims – Resene Double Alabaster, Resene Eighth Rice Cake or Resene Quarter Merino.

January 2020

Q. My main house colour is Resene Triple Ash. The windows are brown aluminium. I don't want a brown trim, but was thinking of a dark green/black.

A. I would probably lean towards a black or very dark grey as opposed to a dark green. Try Resene Bokara Grey or Resene Blackjack.

January 2020

Q. I would like a colour suggestion for my ensuite. The bedroom and cabinets in the bathroom are Resene Craigieburn. The ceiling/door/window trims are Resene Alabaster. The walls are currently Resene Half Wheatfield. They are more yellowish than I would like. The flooring is a marble like tile... with a muted soft slightly sludgey grey pattern.

A. Try these options – Resene Quarter Craigieburn or Resene Half Truffle.

January 2020

Q. I have a very large 112 year old single storey red brick house with white detailing. My red decramastic tile roof which is quite dominant, needs recoating and I am trying to decide what colour to use. My current thinking is perhaps a dark grey.

A. I think you are definitely on the right track with going with a dark roof, they look really good with red bricks. Here following are a couple of options for you to try: Resene Element or Resene Nocturnal.

Because these are dark colours I would definitely recommend using our CoolColour technology when purchasing the paint to help reflect more heat.

January 2020

Q. We have just bought a unit which is north facing with a balcony and the back also has a small balcony which faces the south. These are the only sources of light. The unit is quite dark in the middle where the kitchen is. One bedroom opens on to the north facing balcony and the other two receive light from the south. Which would be the best Resene white to use to brighten the unit? The floors will be a light oak and there will be light wooden furniture in the unit.

A. Try these whites to brighten it up – Resene Wan White or Resene Half Rice Cake.

January 2020

Q. I am hoping you can provide advice on various colour options for painting the walls of our 1950s (I think Stucco) house. The house is in a rural area surrounded by farmland and tussock land. We are renovating piece meal and learning as we go. We have put in new windows and a roof (and fascia boards) in Grey Friars. We have also put in new soffits and a porch area (Shadowclad stained with a light yellow finish. Now I am struggling to choose an exterior wall colour. I love colour but feel we have probably brought that through in the porch and soffits. I'm not so keen on grey walls... many of the houses are grey in the village, it is so drab! But I will take your guidance and am open to suggestions on that. The existing colour is a creamy yellow – I am not so keen on that either. I love strong yellows but not creamy muted yellows. We get a lot of dust here, so that is a consideration... white white may look filthy but we also get full sun so too dark could be an issue too.

I have considered lighter colour on the walls and a mad bright red or blue front door... any thoughts on that? I like the limewash look, but am not sure what colours would be similar. Or perhaps a green tint given the surroundings. I am just immensely confused and open to any suggestions.

A. Grey is used a lot these days – it is trend related. But there are any number of other options available.

I think a neutral with a bit of personality may look good with your Grey Friars roof and joinery and the stain.

You could check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Triple Black White, Resene Thorndon Cream or Resene Quarter Craigieburn, or a yellow – because you said you liked yellow – Resene Colonial White (this is a lot more yellow than its name implies). Some brights for the front door for you to try – Resene Jalapeno, Resene Cleopatra or Resene Into The Blue.

Resene Cleopatra

January 2020

Q. We are painting our exterior Resene Triple Sea Fog. What would you recommend as a good complementary colour for the roof and fascia?

A. The following are a few options for you to consider – for a lighter look try Resene Gauntlet, for a deeper look Resene Steel Grey, for an even darker look Resene Element. For a definite colour try Resene Canyon. You could do the fascias the same colour as the roof or a lighter version of the main house colour – i.e. Resene Sea Fog.

January 2020

Q. We have a little Edwardian village and we wonder if you could help us again choosing a colour for our next little building exterior for the roof, walls, porch and rails. It is the building we will use to dress-up children who attend our Edwardian school. We only use heritage colours.

Beside this little building is the photographic studio painted in Resene Cobalt and Resene Blue Night. We’d like the new building to look cute.

A. A 'cute' wee school house could be one of these palettes of colours - check them out and see what you think –

Option 1 – Resene Butter for the main colour, with Resene Ivy Green for the roof and door, and Resene Pearl Lusta for window joinery/door frame/handrails.

Option 2 – Resene Burnt Sienna for the main colour, with Resene Grass Hopper for the roof and door, and Resene Green Mist for the window joinery/door frame/handrails.

Option 3 – Resene Light Tan for the main colour, with Resene Nelson Red for the roof and door, and Resene Blue Night for the window joinery/door frame/handrails.

January 2020

Q. Our home’s window frames are black, the roof is black and the new garage door will be black. The interior colour of the house is Resene Eighth Sisal. Are you able to suggest a colour for the exterior?

A. The wonderful thing about Black is that it works well with many other colours. If you have used a warm neutral – Resene Eighth Sisal – on the interior it may lead into using a similar – but stronger variant – of the colour on the exterior.

The following are some colours that you might check out – Resene Half Sisal (yes a bit stronger because colours often look lighter on the exterior) or Resene Fossil (this is similar but hasn't as much yellow in its undertone). For some completely different colour options to consider try Resene Half Foggy Grey or Resene Quarter Tapa.

Both of these are warm greys – greys are very on trend and look very smart and contemporary.

Whiter/lighter colours are often used with black – though they aren't trendy they are always a viable option for a timeless look – try Resene House White or Resene Rice Cake.

January 2020

Q. My roof colour is Mist Green and the window joinery will be Ironsand. For the main house what colour would suit these?

A. You might check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Double Thorndon Cream, Resene Triple White Pointer, Resene Double Truffle, or possibly a warm grey – Resene Quarter Gravel, or a soft greenish colour – Resene Peace.

Resene Peace

January 2020

Q. I’m going to repaint the outside of my house. The roof is Grey Friars, the trim will be Resene White and the weatherboards will be Resene Haven. Can you please recommend a statement colour for the front door?

A. I have been thinking about what you have (quiet calm colours) and the possibility that one of the following may add a bit of Pow! to the front door. Try Resene Irresistible, Resene Code Red, Resene Raging Bull, Resene Fast Forward or Resene Chorus Line.

Resene Fast Forward

Resene Chorus Line

January 2020

Q. We have a 1970s pale grey/cream brick house with brown aluminium joinery and brown Decramastic roof tiles. There are some wooden and plastered areas that are currently a mustard/yellow colour and we want to repaint them. Could you please let me know some colours suggestions?

A. Because of the coloured brick and the brown roof and joinery your freedom of choice is a little compromised. The following are a few suggestions worth checking out – Resene Villa White, Resene Spanish White, Resene Eighth Arrowtown or Resene Quarter Taupe Grey.

January 2020

Q. We are painting the exterior of our 2010 two storey house which is in a sunny location. We have the challenge of Desert Sand coloured aluminium joinery. The roof is a lighter version of the same colour while the front and garage doors are also Desert Sand.

We are thinking of 2-3 exterior colours – the main colour, another colour for a feature wall at the front and perhaps also changing the front door and garage door away from Desert Sand. Which colours would you suggest could work with the aluminium colour for a modern look?

A. You are severely compromised in regard what will work with Desert Sand. It isn't impossible though.

The following are able to work with this colour. I recommend that you take the opportunity to check out larger A4 colour swatches at your nearest Resene ColorShop in their Colour Library to help you compare the colours and see how they look together.

Try Resene Spanish White for the main colour, Resene Half Nullarbor as a feature wall and Resene Double Tuna for the front door and garage door. This has a slight blue undertone that balances the warm tan/beige of the Desert Sand. It is a timeless but modern contrast colour.

January 2020

Q. I'm re-roofing and repainting my house. It’s a 60s bungalow with timber weatherboards and windows. There is a brick base. I'm going to re-roof it with COLORSTEEL® Grey Friars and I want to keep the windows white (say Resene Double Alabaster). I need a colour for the weatherboards, but don't want to go too dark. Can you suggest another grey that would work? Or another colour?

A. You have chosen a lovely roof colour - very versatile and smart. The following colour options work well with Resene Double Alabaster and Grey FriarsResene Surrender or Resene Triple Concrete.

These greys are not too deep a colour and have good light reflectance.

Alternatively a soft grey/green also looks very smart with Resene Double Alabaster, Grey Friars and the brick foundation of the house. Try Resene Lemon Grass.

January 2020

Q. What’s the difference between Resene Porter and Resene Element? Am I right that both are basically black with green undertones?

I'm painting my formal lounge and this is a contrast on the fireplace/hearth to the walls which are off- white (warm).

A. They are both near blacks, Resene Porter is a bit lighter though. I wouldn't suggest they have a green undertone, perhaps a very subtle brown undertone but again more so in Resene Porter than Resene Element. Colours do reflect off each other though so if you have tried them at home near some other green tones they could be reflecting that. If you haven't tried them I would suggest getting some testpots from your local Resene ColorShop and painting some samples with them. Then look at them in the morning, mid-afternoon and evening as colours can also change throughout the day.

Resene Porter

January 2020

Q. We are thinking of painting our living room Resene New Denim Blue with a Resene Merino ceiling and skirting/window frames. Do you think this will work? Eventually the carpet will be lifted to expose polished wooden floorboards and our furnishings are a black leather sofa and wooden coffee table.

A. I love that you are thinking of doing something with a bit of depth. Resene New Denim Blue is a really nice colour, I think this will look great. In terms of Resene Merino though, because it is going on a ceiling I would perhaps suggest doing something slightly lighter. It is best to keep the ceilings as light as possible especially when using darker colours on the walls. You could use Resene Quarter Merino instead for the ceiling/skirtings/window frames or another nice warm off white is Resene Double Alabaster. Either of these would work really well.

January 2020

Q. I am painting the exterior of a double storey villa. It is currently a clean white with a dark grey blue accent in the shingles on the top floor. I want to keep it similar. Resene Wan White has been suggested to me. Is this a good clean white? What dark blue/grey would I use in the shingles, or is there a good dark grey I could use? Which colour do you recommend for the roof?

A. Resene Wan White is a really beautiful clean white – I think it would work really well for you. Blue/grey tone options are Resene Element for your roof with Resene Tuna for the shingles. Or for a grey option Resene Nocturnal for the roof and Resene Half Baltic Sea for the shingles.

January 2020

Q. We have a 60 year old weatherboard house with white joinery. If we use Resene Nebula as the main (exterior) colour, Resene Ashanti as an accent (for garage doors, veranda rails), what do you suggest as a light colour for the iron roof and soffits? I would prefer not white because of birds and tree trash.

A. A light roof colour – but not too white – to go with your very attractive palette of colour might be one of the following colours – Resene Lattitude, Resene Gauntlet, Resene Half Tuna, Resene Explorer, Resene Settlement, Resene New Denim Blue or Resene Canyon. I hope these offer you plenty of options.

January 2020

Q. My house currently has Resene Alabaster and Resene Half Pearl Lusta walls with gloss white door trims, etc. We are currently getting our doors painted and I was wondering which colour you might recommend to go with our existing colours? We were thinking Resene Quarter Alabaster or Resene Half Alabaster – any recommendations?

A. Resene Quarter Alabaster work well. It isn't as stark as (real) white and works with both the wall colours.

January 2020

Q. I am trying to create a new colour scheme for a couple of small 1 and 2 bedroom miners’ cottages. I was thinking of doing them in light colours like two shades of Resene Spanish White but would be very open to your comments. The property has four cottages all designed around early settlers’ cottages, It is just the inside I need assistance with at this stage.

A. I like your idea of using two variants of one colour. If you did that the deeper colour shouldn't be too deep – perhaps this combination would work well for you – Resene Spanish White with Resene Quarter Spanish White. An alternative combination might be these colours – Resene Half Biscotti with Resene Eighth Biscotti.

January 2020

Q. Our house is wood on a concrete foundation. The foundation is Resene Bokara Grey and the wood stain is Resene Pitch Black. The stain was painted over a mid-brown so has a reddish/black finish rather than a matt black. The window frames and trims etc are white at the moment. They are likely to be repainted but will remain white/cream (suggestions welcome). What do you recommend for a roof colour?

A. I like white windows with very dark timbers – it looks very crisp. Changing to another type of white or cream won't add anything and may detract from it – but it is your choice. The following are a cool white and a warmer white/cream for your consideration – Resene Black White or Resene Rice Cake.

Some ideas for roof colours – Resene Rustic Red, Resene Palm Green, Resene Steel Grey, Resene Mid Grey or Resene Atmosphere. Or you could try Resene All Black.

January 2020

Q. I want to paint my house a really soft grey with white window trim and a dark charcoal contrast. I am not a huge fan of grey so want a light soft colour.

A. Perhaps you might check out the following colours to see if they appeal to you – Resene Black Haze and Resene Half Concrete. A crisp white for the windows, door frames, under soffits, fascias etc could be Resene Eighth Black White. A rich warm toned charcoal to suit might be Resene Bokara Grey, Resene Porter or Resene Element.

January 2020

Q. I have painted my roof, front and back door and wooden windows Resene Half Karaka. The house is painted White. I want to repaint the white a different colour as it's too bright. What would go with the Resene Half Karaka?

A. One of these more coloured whites may appeal to you – Resene Double Black White, Resene Barely There or Resene Wan White.

Or a definitely different colour like Resene Eighth Friar Grey, Resene Ash or Resene Half Tea.

January 2020

Q. Would Resene Masala exterior paint complement an Ironsand roof?

A. A lighter variant – Resene Half Masala – looks better than the full strength Resene Masala with Ironsand.

Some other alternative options that you might check out are Resene Eighth Ironsand, Resene Triple Friar Grey or Resene Half Gravel.

January 2020

Q. We’re renovating a 1940s cottage. We’ve decided on Resene Half Periglacial Blue for the weatherboards and Resene Quarter Rice Cake for the trims. The front door is Resene Indian Ink. What could you recommend for the roof? We were thinking Grey Friars.

A. What you have put together so far sounds great. Resene Grey Friars would work well with this or you could even go darker with Resene Element or Resene Nocturnal.

January 2020

Q. We are renovating and have decided to go with Resene Quarter Spanish white for the wall colour but are struggling to decide on a colour for the skirting, architraves/window frames and cornice.

A. Try these options which work well with Resene Quarter Spanish WhiteResene Eighth Rice Cake and Resene Alabaster.

January 2020

Q. For an external weatherboard house does Resene Triple Tea on weatherboards and Resene Double Alabaster on trims go okay or would you suggest a better white?

A. They work well together. Another one that works really with it if you want something with a little bit more warmth to it is Resene Eighth Rice Cake. Either works though.

January 2020

Q. We are painting the outside of our house Resene Noir (Windsor Grey) and I would like white windows and doors – would Resene Quarter Foggy Grey go well?

A. Resene Quarter Foggy Grey is a definite light grey. So as long as you don't want white and would prefer a definite light grey then I am sure you would find the combination of colours pleasing. A lighter/whiter colour – if that is what you would prefer – might be Resene Wan White.

January 2020

Q. I have a south west facing lounge and dining room. My ceilings and trims are Resene Half Sea Fog (I would like to avoid doing the ceilings again if possible) and the floors are a mid-brown bamboo. I would like to go for a relaxed, boho Hamptons style. Could you advise me on the white to use? I do prefer the soft grey base like Resene Sea Fog but am worried this could come across as a little cold. I am not too keen or drawn to yellow based paint but worry I am dismissing them without trying.

A. Any room that has a south aspect can make grey toned colours look a little cold. The westerly aspect however has a (low to the horizon) warmth in it and this can yellow up or beige up a neutral with a grey undertone.

The following are some options for you to look at – Resene Barely There, Resene Half White Pointer or Resene Eighth Truffle. Please check them carefully and see how Resene Sea Fog compares to them.

January 2020

Q. What’s the whitest pure white you have?

A. Resene White. There is nothing whiter than white as all other Resene whites would have tinter added to the white.

January 2020

Q. What is a good dark colour to put with Resene Putty? Dark as in almost black?

A. One of the following dark colours may appeal to you – Resene Element, Resene Nero, Resene Charcoal or Resene Noir.

January 2020

Q. I am in the process of building a tiny home. I have chosen black window frames, gutters and downpipes but am really unsure of which colour to paint the outside cladding. It can’t be stain. My tiny home will be in a farm field with wind break hedges behind it. The internal colours will be white, birch ply, dusty greens, black and tan or alternatively mostly white with splashes of orange, bright pinks and reds. I’m not sure whether I’d prefer a bold exterior paint to make a statement or something that sits easily within the environment.

A. Some interesting mid to deep colours – not exactly bold but worthy of consideration – might be these ones – Resene Masala or Resene Waiouru.

Quieter colours to check out might be these ones – Resene Stonewashed, Resene Artemis, Resene Paddock, Resene Siam or Resene Half Felix.

For a 'statement' colour you could try one of these – Resene Influential or Resene Salsa. These colours work really well with black.

January 2020

Q. If I paint Resene Napa on exterior walls will it go with a Grey Friars roof? Or if I paint the roof black, which colours, similar to Resene Napa will work?

A. Resene Napa would work well with either roof colour. Black in particular will work with any colour. Grey Friars can show a distinct undertone of steel blue/charcoal which may be emphasised by warmer toned neutral colours.

If you wanted a few alternative colours to go with Grey Friars or Black then you might check out the following – Resene Rockbottom, Resene Cougar or Resene Cloudy.

January 2020

Q. I’ve suggested to my client to use the colour Resene Bastille for exterior front doors, trims, windows, posts on verandas and other exteriors of a house with timber cladding. This is approx. one third to a half of the house’s external wall surface (not the roof). The rest is a brick with a wet sandy base tone and a speckle of the Bastille colour and dark rust in the brick. We are using Resene Double Alabaster for eaves and I'm now looking for a dark paint colour for the decks and struggling. They are already painted and the client doesn't not want to sand them back etc and just wants a repaint. They are currently a maroon/red (awful). A light colour would be a problem as they are backing into the bush and there is lots of dust, birds and leaves etc. So a dark colour was my only option re maintenance. But I’m struggling with a colour. I was thinking another blue perhaps.

A. Even though Resene Bastille is colour coded as a B for blue it does have a lot of black and purple in it. Sometimes the purple is obvious – especially in the low westerly sun.

A colour for the deck needs to associate well with Resene Bastille but not be too blue/purple in tone.

The following are options that may appeal – Resene Half Shark or Resene Tuna. I do recommend that large samples be painted up using all of the testpot and laid on the deck to get the best idea of how each colour looks throughout the day. Walking on the swatches would also show how much muddy foot traffic would show. I recommend you use the CoolColour version to reflect more heat, both for the sake of the timber and bare feet.

January 2020

Q. Can you please suggest some colour options for the exterior of our plastered, concrete block house? Currently it has one coat of Resene Half Iron but I feel like it is too white looking. I'm a little bit lost as to what alternatives to look at. Right now the house really sticks out on the hill side and I'd like it to blend in more. Our roof colour is called Max Ebony which is black and our garage door will be matched the same. I do like greys but am also interested in looking at some earthy tones. Any suggestions on house we can make this house a little less stark would be hugely appreciated as I'm feeling very lost.

A. On an exterior very bright natural light tends to strip back a colour and make it look lighter/brighter – often by half. You have already seen this happening with the existing colour.

Perhaps a grey that has a bit more colour in its undertones might be considered – Resene Half Surrender, Resene Surrender, Resene Quarter Silver Chalice or Resene Half Silver Chalice.

Alternatively earthier types of colour that could suit are Resene Eighth Friar Grey, Resene Cloud, Resene Truffle or slightly deeper – Resene Rockbottom.

January 2020

Q. We have an interior wall colour of Resene Dutch White with Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta for doors and skirting. We would like to change the wall colour but not the doors or skirtings. We are thinking of a white but there are so many options and we want something that will work with the Resene Pearl Lusta.

A. If a white on the walls is too 'white' it will make the doors and skirting boards look far more yellow than they do at present.

If you want a few ideas that would work with Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta you may find the following colours will suit – Resene Pearl Lusta, Resene Half Fossil, Resene Quarter Bison Hide, Resene Half Tea or Resene Half Spanish White. Or by default to match the woodwork and be as pale as is appropriate to go, try Resene Quarter Pearl Lusta.

January 2020

Q. We would like to redecorate our downstairs two bedroom flat over the winter. It is a built-in area under a pole house in Hamner Springs. It never receives direct sunlight, summer or winter. Can you suggest a paint that is light, warm and will give the space a modern look? The carpet is quite new and is natural colours in toning i.e: brown/taupe.

A. One of the following may work for you – Resene Half Bianca, Resene Eighth Spanish White or Resene Half Orchid White.

It may be a wise thing to consider the type of artificial light you have – if it is a cool white LED it may make the colour look insipid by bleaching it out but a warm incandescent light may help to create a soft glow. Large mirrors and colourful warm toned accessories will also help to reflect what light there is and add eye interest.

January 2020

Q. Our block of 1970s units are about to be painted. Any suggestions on a colour scheme, thinking whites/neutral colours for the body with a highlight for the doors and railings?

A. You might check out the following palettes of colours to see if they are appealing –

Option 1 – Resene Half Truffle for the main colour with Resene Atlas for doors, roof line fascia, handrail on stairs and Resene Black White – under soffits, posts on hand rails, door frames.

Option 2 – Resene Silver Chalice for the main colour with Resene Armadillo for doors, roof line fascia, handrail on stairs and Resene Black White – under soffits, posts on hand rails, door frames.

Option 3 – Resene Triple Rice Cake for the main colour with Resene Indian Ink – doors, roof line fascia, handrail on stairs and Resene Half Rice Cake – under soffits, posts on hand rails, door frames.

January 2020

Q. We are renovating and adding a substantial area to the house as well. We have selected TernStyle as a roof colour and a white for the trims. Thoughts are Resene Half Black White or Resene Quarter Black White or Arctic White as we would like a very bold white. The house is an old villa and is weatherboard. We would like a lightish exterior main colour.

A. You could try Resene Double Black White on weatherboards with trims in Resene Quarter Black White. Resene Double Sea Fog on weatherboards with trims in Resene Double Alabaster.

January 2020

Q. Our 1920s bungalow is painted in Resene Eagle throughout the living areas. It is slightly lighter than our kitchen cabinetry and our carpet is a darker version of the colour again. The house can be very dark at times, especially in the internal hallway, and I’d like to lighten it. Resene Merino is the easy choice for a white (thanks to the suggestion on the back of the colour card), but I like warm colours (like yellow, lime green and red). At the moment the house reflects the previous owners and not us, but could I use a warmer colour to lighten the house when we won’t be replacing the kitchen or carpet? Can you suggest a light warm colour that could possibly work with them or is it just better to use Resene Merino?

A. I think you could definitely use something warmer than Resene Merino. You could try Resene Double Rice Cake or Resene Quarter Parchment.

January 2020

Q. My kitchen is painted in Resene Half Tea. The kitchen cupboards and pantry doors are in Resene Gum Leaf. I want to paint the open shelves and cabinet panel in a soft grey. The floor is white tiles.

A. You could try Resene Quarter Silver Chalice or Resene Double Black White.

January 2020

Q. If weatherboards are in Resene Delta, what would be a good white or grey to paint the window frames of a bungalow?

A. You could try Resene Half Sea Fog or Resene Half Wan White.

January 2020

Q. We have just reroofed with New Denim Blue roofing. We have brown framed aluminium windows. For the house base we may use Resene New Denim Blue with the house in a warm oyster grey or something along those lines. We don't want really dark colours.

A. You might use a slightly lighter variant of New Denim Blue on the base of the house if you didn't want too deep a colour – try Resene Half New Denim Blue or Resene Quarter New Denim Blue.

The brown aluminium windows may be quite dominating and pop out a lot if you use some types of soft greys as a main colour on the house. Would that worry you at all?

The following colours are slightly greyish. They carry undertones of other colours in them which I hope will harmonise well with the brown windows and the New Denim Blue roof – Resene Triple Sea Fog, Resene Double Merino, Resene Quarter Foggy Grey or Resene Quarter Truffle.

January 2020

Q. I want guidance on which blues to paint a games room/bedsit. It has a Rimu staircase one end, stained dark wood panelling on the lower half of two walls, two Rimu and glass exterior doors and a Rimu kitchen bench. It doesn't get too much natural light (we will be improving the lighting) and it has a wooden pool table in it. The carpet will be replaced to a grey colour (not sure which). I want a blue or a couple of blues for the walls that complement each other and go with the woods, but also work with the new bathroom off this room which has a floral paper of soft pinks/whites/blue peonies set on a deep liquorice green background. The bathroom paint used is Resene Alabaster. I realise the bathroom is in stark contrast to the games room. At this stage we don't want to paint the Rimu and I want to go with a blue or couple of blues.

A. A slighter deeper blue colour may look quite good on the stained dark wood panelling walls and a lighter one on the upper walls. You might check out the following blues to see if they appeal to you – Resene Nepal, Resene Half Escape, Resene Blue Moon, Resene Quarter Frozen, Resene Lynch or Resene Half Dusted Blue.

January 2020

Q. We have Resene Half Tea on our walls. Which colour white do you recommend for windows and trims?

A. Good whites to try are Resene Double Alabaster and Resene Eighth Rice Cake.

January 2020

Q. We are looking at painting the interior of our house. Our sills, doors and skirtings have been done recently and are Resene Black White so we don’t want to redo these. We have a two tone look with white ceilings. We are looking at redoing the ceilings and walls. Which colours would you recommend that aren’t too cold? I need a white for the ceiling (Resene Black White). And a colour for the wall. I want something warm so don’t want greys or blues. We currently have a beige colour but this is a bit old fashioned.

A. The ceiling could be Resene Half Black White. Paint on a ceiling can look a little bit deeper because of the matt paint that is used and because of the shadows which is why going a bit lighter than the woodwork is a good idea.

Some of the following colours might be worth checking out for the walls – Resene Half Thorndon Cream, Resene Rice Cake, Resene Merino or Resene Quarter Spanish White.

All of the listed colours are also available as deeper variants so it may pay to check out those as well just in case a deeper tone is preferred.

January 2020

Q. I own a two storeyed Victorian cottage circa 1866 that I’ve begun planting a cottage garden around and now need exterior paint colours that work with this type of garden (it’s pinks, purples, blues and whites). I want a lighter colour to help prevent the weatherboards from splitting but want to steer away from its current white and grey look as it doesn’t do the house any justice. The roof colour is Ironsand which we weren’t planning to change at this stage. I have been considering Resene Duck Egg Blue and Resene Robin Egg Blue but would like your thoughts.

A. I like your thoughts about Resene Duck Egg Blue and Resene Robin Egg Blue. They are both very lovely colours. You may also like the following colours – Resene Periglacial Blue, Resene Half Dusted Blue or Resene Breathless. Delicate colours like these look lovely with a real crisp white – Resene White.

Sometimes a deeper colour as a small contrast might be considered. If you have Grey Friars on the roof you could use the same colour – Resene Grey Friars or a lighter version – Resene Half Grey Friars.

Or a different colour like one of these – Resene Raven (bluer than Resene Grey Friars), Resene Artemis or Resene Excalibur.

January 2020

Q. We are reroofing our 1930s bungalow with COLORCOTE® Grey Flannel. Our joinery will be the Resene versions of Appliance White (as there is an aluminium sliding door in this powder coated colour).

Do you have some recommendations as to what colour we could paint our weatherboards? We would like a light grey but it also has to match in with the Oslo Cenere porcelain tile and a silvered off hardwood deck.

A. You may find one of these greys appealing – they are warm like the roof colour, the tiles and the window joinery – try Resene Silver Chalice, Resene Transmission, Resene Half Gunsmoke or Resene Archive Grey.

January 2020

Q. We are renovating our master bedroom in our 1980s home and the joinery is dark brown. Could you recommend a wall colour that would go with it, as well as a feature/accent colour which would complement?

A. These are a few options that you might check out for the main colour – Resene Quarter Spanish White, Resene Quarter Truffle, Resene Quarter Tea or Resene Cararra.

Some ideas of colours for a feature/accent colour – Resene Triple Duck Egg Blue, Resene Peace, Resene Red Herring or Resene Time After Time. There are many, many other options but hopefully these will be a good start point for you to try.

Resene Red Herring

Resene Time After Time

January 2020

Q. Trying to choose an exterior colour for a weatherboard house. It was originally yellow. I tried Resene Craigieburn, but it’s too brown. I like Resene Edward, but now am leaning more towards a warm white which is not glary and too bright in the Northland sun. The windows are matt Titania and the roof is Sandstone Grey. We are surrounded by bush and lots of tree ferns. I also want to plant more Pohutukawas and Nikau palms. Will be covered decks on both sides.

A. Will you mind if a warm white clashes a bit with Titania which is a yellow/grey which can look a little bit greenish in some lights?

If not then the following may appeal to you – Resene Villa White or Resene Half Pearl Lusta.

But you might also check these colours – they are a little more definite and may make your eye see Titania as a much paler neutral – Resene Linen, Resene Triple Thorndon Cream, Resene Grey Area or Resene Copyrite.

Resene Grey Area

January 2020

Q. I want advice on two colours: one for a bathroom which is west facing and gets lots of sun (we live in Hawke’s Bay), the second is for a hallway which is light at the beginning but dark at the end near the toilet. I’m looking for two colours that will complement the tones of our existing colours which are: Resene Double Delta, Resene Foggy Grey and Resene Half Foggy Grey. I had been looking at Resene Helix for the hallway. And maybe Resene Peace (although it seems very green!) for the bathroom. Wondering whether I should also look at Resene Ash?

A. Resene Helix would look great in a hallway. Another colour very similar to this that you may also like is Resene Half Washed Green.

I know what you mean about Resene Peace, it is quite green. Resene Ash could work but is definitely more of a soft grey. It might be nice to have something with a subtle hint of colour. I would recommend trying Resene Half Inside Back, it's similar to Resene Peace but with a little less green and more of a grey edge to it. It's a really beautiful colour.

January 2020

Q. If the weatherboards are in Resene Delta, what would be a good white or grey to paint the window frames of a bungalow?

A. Good options would be Resene Half Sea Fog or Resene Half Wan White.

January 2020

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