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We’re on the hunt for creative and colourful projects finished in Resene paints and colours in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Have you completed a project with creative and excellent use of Resene colours and paint? Then make sure you enter it into the Resene Total Colour Awards 2020.
There is over $15,000 in prizes to be won. See entry details online.
Resene Black White continues to reign supreme as Resene’s most popular colour, with four strengths taking out top 20 spots.
Chances are you have seen many of these colours already adorning walls. These colours share a common trait – they are very versatile and work beautifully on their own or teamed with a huge range of other colours.
These colours are in the Resene whites and neutrals A4 colour chart. If your clients are asking you for neutral colour options the Resene whites and neutrals A4 colour chart is the best place to start so they have a good range of the most popular options without being overwhelmed with too many choices.
The Resene Mural Masterpieces 2020 is open for entry. Entry is easy – register online – and you’ll receive an entry pack containing all the information you’ll need to get started.
There are four classes of entry:
When Readers Digest announced its Most Trusted Brands survey results, Resene was proud to be named Most Trusted Paint for the ninth year running and third Most Trusted Brand overall. Thank you for your ongoing support – we really appreciate it. We always welcome constructive and helpful feedback that helps us improve – simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form on our website.
With a chill in the air, many may think that painting isn’t possible… but they would be wrong! With the Resene wintergrade range you can paint your way through most winter days. The Resene Technical team first developed a small range of winterised products that will dry in temperatures down to 3°C, which have been used in winter conditions for over 10 years. To enable an even wider range of products and colours to be winterised, Resene introduced Resene Wintergrade Additive last winter. Simply follow the instructions on pack and add to waterborne paints to help them cure in colder temperatures.
The Resene wintergrade range also includes ready to go premixed products - Resene Wintergrade Lumbersider waterborne low sheen, Resene Wintergrade Sonyx 101 waterborne semi-gloss and Resene Wintergrade Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat. And if you’re planning a large project, Resene also offers a made to order service, so if you need 200L or more of your chosen wintergrade finish, Resene can add the wintergrade additive and do the mixing for you.
Habitat has long been a source of new decorating and colour ideas, since it started over 16 years ago. We have seen many projects directly inspired by habitat magazine, encouraging homeowners to step outside their comfort zone and embrace new ideas for their home.
We also have a whole host of ideas, inspiration and information to share with industry professionals. habitat is extending its coverage to become a source of inspiration to the design and construction community, with a new stream of inspiration, articles and expert commentary designed especially for specifiers. If you’re not part of the Resene database already, make sure you sign up free online so you don’t miss out. You’ll receive the new email newsletter complete with the latest inspiration, news and expert views, invitations and reminders for Resene webinars, resources, events and activities and a new publication to be released later this year.
The latest habitat magazine, issue 32 – is packed full of fresh ideas, trends and inspiration showing you how to use paint, colour and design ideas to transform spaces. It’s coloured by Resene, but it’s not just about painting. It’s a handy way to get clients thinking about their project choices. If you haven’t received your copy of habitat, copies are available from Resene ColorShops and representatives or email email@example.com and we’ll send you a free copy while stocks last. Remember to include your full name and postal address when you email. Back issues of Resene habitat and the habitat plus collection are available for viewing on the Resene website.
Resene Hunger for Colour came back to help the Salvation Army restock its foodbanks. It was a simple swap – bring in a can of food and swap it for a Resene testpot of your favourite colour. Over 43,000 cans of food were swapped for testpots during February, with over 230,000 cans of food swapped since Hunger for Colour began. The cans have once again given a timely boost to Salvation Army foodbanks, restocking shelves after a busy holiday and back-to-school period and helping prepare for winter when many families struggle. We appreciate the support of this programme that brings colourful joy and inspiration to so many while also helping out those that need it the most.
Creating a cleaner that works well – both to clean effectively and to meet environmental standards – requires a careful balancing act.
New Resene Bio-Cleaner is a quick and easy way to clean surfaces ready for painting or use it annually for regular maintenance cleaning to give homes and buildings a fresh look by washing away dirt and contaminants that may be present.
It’s formulated with eugenol, the active ingredient in clove oil, which helps to inhibit mould and fungal regrowth. And it has Environmental Choice approval so you and your customers can be assured it meets those eco standards too.
Resene Bio-Cleaner is available in 1L and 4L packs from your Resene ColorShop and selected resellers... view data sheet
With Resene Room Velvet moved to a new hybrid waterborne alkyd technology complete with the benefits of toughness and durability, lower VOCs and easy clean up in water, the Technical team have turned their attention to a hybrid version of Resene Lusta-Glo.
Resene Lusta-Glo semi-gloss solventborne enamel has been a popular product for anything from trims and joinery to bathrooms and wet areas for many years. As a solventborne finish it is slower to dry, ideal for those who need a little longer to apply the paint.
Bringing together the benefits of waterborne with the benefits of Resene Lusta-Glo, new Resene Waterborne Lusta-Glo is tough and durable, with lower VOCs and easy clean up in water. Initially the new product will be available in white and colours off white, with more tones to be released in the future.
Keep an eye out for new Resene Waterborne Lusta-Glo coming soon to Resene ColorShops and resellers.
Remember, all new products have their own nuances and tips and tricks to using them and this is especially the case when moving from one technology to another. When switching to a new product, allow a little extra time to read all the information and get used to the new product, and in next to no time its specification and use will become second nature.
To help make a range of innovative thinking available to you wherever you are, Resene has created a new webinar series. Starting late last year with an insight into paint innovations with Resene Technical Director, Colin Gooch, we look forward to bringing you a range of experts and expertise in 2020. And as well as convenient learning wherever you happen to be, you can also earn NZRAB or ADNZ CPD points while you learn.
Keep an eye on www.resene.com/webinars for new topics and dates as we release them through the year. And if you have a special request for a webinar topic or an expert you’d be keen to hear in a webinar, please send your suggestions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resene ColorShops have received the Reader’s Digest Gold Quality Service Award for paint and decorating stores recognising exceptional customer service, winning each year since these awards started in 2016. Winners were identified in a survey conducted by Catalyst Marketing and Research. Commissioned by Reader’s Digest, the survey canvased a representative sample of 1,500 New Zealand adults.
Colour that cleverly supports architecture wins Waterfront House by Athfield Architects Limited the top colour award in the Resene Total Colour Awards 2019.
Resene has a long history of colour and today's colour range of thousands of hues is a far cry from the handful that was available when Resene started 73 years ago. The Resene Total Colour Awards were launched to encourage and celebrate excellent and creative use of colour; to showcase striking colour palettes and combinations and provide fresh inspiration.
Awards have been given for the best colour use in: Residential Exterior, Residential Interior, Bright Spot, Commercial Exterior, Commercial Interior Office, Commercial Interior Shared Space, Commercial Interior Public + Retail Space, Installation - Experiential - Product, Education, Heritage, Neutrals, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement, with the Colour Master Nightingale Award for the best overall colour use. See the winners online.
The latest habitat magazine is packed full of fresh ideas and inspiration showing you how to use paint, colour and design ideas to transform spaces. It’s coloured by Resene, but it’s not just about painting. habitat issue 31 is available from Resene ColorShops and resellers or view online.
While you might normally think of Resene as having lots of paints and stains, we also provide a whole host of complementary products to help you get the job done – accessories, cleaning products, wallpapers, curtains and more.
The latest new addition to the range of helpful extras is Resene Water Lockout, a versatile high build liquid watertight membrane based on a urethane modified bitumen emulsion.
Applied in multiple thick coats, Resene Water Lockout acts much like a plug. It cures to a seamless highly elastic and durable film that adheres well to most substrates to block water ingress.
It comes in black and isn’t designed for painting over, so it’s best used in non-aesthetic areas of a building, such as on exterior masonry walls, in situ concrete, plastered/rendered walls or on retaining walls and inside wood planter boxes... view data sheet
Just when you thought you had the hang of the latest trends, they’re on the move again. The old colour rules have been broken many times over and now almost anything goes. Despite the move to personality driven palettes where if you like it you choose it, there are still some definite trends in decorating and colour that are evolving that help to influence colour choices. Full on multicolour blocked walls have made way for more random areas of colour that are not restricted by the edges of the wall. Designs and colours are starting to meander, from wall to wall, wall to ceiling and wall to floor.
We’ve created the latest habitat plus – decorating and colour trends – to help get you inspired for your projects. It’s full of decorating and colour ideas that can be borrowed for projects big and small. You can view it online or get a free copy from your local Resene ColorShop or reseller.
If you find yourself regularly applying a lot of semi-gloss waterborne enamel, we have a treat in store for you. New Resene Lustacryl Commercial Spray Grade is a semi-gloss waterborne enamel that may be used in all areas traditionally reserved for solventborne enamels. Designed specifically for spray application, it’s non-yellowing and fast drying with easy water clean-up. It can be used wherever you might normally use Resene Lustacryl, and is especially ideal for solid timber doors and joinery. Available in 10 litre white and colours off white at Resene ColorShops and selected resellers... view data sheet
Just when you thought you had the hang of which paint was which, we have a new category for you. Once there were solventborne paints, then there were waterborne paints, and now we have waterborne alkyd hybrid technology that combines the best of both!
The new evolution to waterborne alkyd technology, provides additional performance benefits combined with the environment in mind. They look like a traditional solventborne paint, but with the easy water wash-up and lower VOCs of a waterborne paint. Compared to a waterborne enamel, a waterborne alkyd has a tougher finish, but it is slower to dry. The slower dry time can be a benefit in disguise on some jobs, giving you more time to work the finish without excessive brush or roller marks. Always make sure you allow enough time for the first coat to dry properly before overcoating.
Waterborne alkyds may still yellow, when used on areas that don’t get natural light, but not to the same extent as a traditional solventborne product.
Resene Room Velvet is moving to a waterborne alkyd version, replacing the old solventborne version which is being deleted. The new version is available in white and colours off white... view data sheet
The Karen Walker Paints range of colours was an instant hit when it was first launched, and has continued to be a popular go to colour range with each updated release. And now to bring the Karen Walker experience full circle, we have a new Karen Walker Paints range of paints available so you can get your favourite Karen Walker Paints colour in Karen Walker paint. The new range is Karen Walker Chalk Colour, available in 500ml and 1L packs, perfect for small projects, from furniture to features. The paint is based on chalk style paints, which bring an artisanal vibe to a project. The range also includes Karen Walker Soft Wax in a clear and vintage option. The Karen Walker Chalk Colour range can also be tinted to a range of standard Resene colours off white, light and ultra deep tone... view Karen Walker colours
When we asked the Resene Technical team to create a coating that is designed to rust, it’s probably not surprising that they double and triple checked whether we wanted to stop rusting or actually create the rusting effect. New Resene FX Faux Rust Effect is a waterborne coating used to create a rust style effect on exterior and interior surfaces. Once applied, it looks like rust, a look that will continue to develop as the coating ages. Leave it as is or protect it with a clear finish of diluted Resene Waterborne Aquapel.
It’s best used in non-contact areas… more
While it seems like only yesterday that the first Resene Eco.Decorator was named, the programme has been going strong for a decade and there are now hundreds of Resene Eco.Decorators.
The Resene Eco.Decorator programme isn’t just a set and forget programme. Each Resene Eco.Decorator is audited annually, to ensure they still meet the standards of the Eco.Decorator programme. That equates to thousands of audits over the years to ensure the standards are upheld.
Find your nearest Resene Eco.Decorator online.
Once upon a time, the palette for children’s bedrooms tended to be very gender specific, focused on pink for girls, blue for boys and decidedly gender neutral colours like red, yellow or green. Luckily today’s kids are able to draw from a much larger source of inspiration and colour choices for their bedrooms and play spaces.
A child’s room is also a great chance for you to really play with colour and try out some ideas that you may not be brave enough to use elsewhere in your home. To help you get inspired, Resene has created the new habitat plus – kids’ spaces with a whole host of children’s room decorating ideas.
There’s nothing like a poor owner who has so carefully chosen their Resene colour for their kitchen cabinetry, furniture, shutters or joinery, who finds when it is installed that the colour isn’t quite right. Then starts a path of trying to figure out where the problem is… and that problem inevitably leads to finding out their cabinetry, furniture, shutter or joinery supplier hasn’t used the authentic Resene colour they asked for in a Resene product.
To make it easier for clients to get just the right colour, Resene has introduced a range of products especially designed for kitchen cabinetry, furniture and joinery. The new Resene AquaLAQ range includes a full system from sealer options to colour coat to clear coat finish options, including a complete waterborne system of sealer, colour coat and Environmental Choice approved clear coat. With a full range of authentic Resene colours available, there’s no need to settle for anything less. Find out more.
As each season gradually rolls around, our colour choices evolve too. To help you get in the spirit of each season, Resene releases colour trends cards for each season. They’re a handy snapshot of seasonal looks to help you imagine what a world beyond straight white might look like; a handy launch pad for your own colour plans. These are available for free from Resene ColorShops and selected resellers or you can catch up on any you’ve missed online.
The latest habitat magazine, issue 30 – is packed full of fresh ideas, trends and inspiration showing you how to use paint, colour and design ideas to transform spaces. It’s coloured by Resene, but it’s not just about painting. It’s a handy way to get clients thinking about their project choices. View online.
Traditionally Resene RGB values were measured from dry painted colour samples using sophisticated electronic colour scanning equipment. These RGB values were then converted to LAB and CYMK. Resene is changing to using LAB values from our colour master samples as the base colour value. Colour accuracy is improved by starting with the largest colourspace then converting to the smaller colourspaces… more.
The Resene Hunger for Colour fundraiser has been back for its fifth year helping struggling Kiwis put food on the table while bringing colour to Kiwi homes. All customers needed to do was bring in a can of food and swap it for a free Resene testpot. This year, over 39,000 cans of food were swapped for testpots during February, with over 189,000 cans of food swapped since Hunger for Colour began. The cans gave a timely boost to Salvation Army foodbanks, restocking shelves after a busy holiday and back-to-school period and helping prepare for winter when many families struggle.
When Readers Digest announced its Most Trusted Brands survey results, Resene was proud to be named Most Trusted Paint for the eighth year running. Thank you for your ongoing support – we really appreciate it. We always welcome constructive and helpful feedback that helps us improve – simply email us at or fill out the contact form on our website.
Painting in winter can be a challenge with the cold weather playing havoc with application and performance. The Resene Technical team first developed a small range of winterised products that will dry in temperatures down to 3°C, which have been used in winter conditions for over 10 years. To make it even easier to choose a wintergrade finish, Resene now offers Resene Wintergrade Additive, which you can add to a range of selected waterborne Resene paints to winterise them… more
Patterns, plains, bolds, neutrals or textures, when it comes to wallpaper there is a huge range of designs and styles to choose from and fresh options are released regularly. To help you keep up to date with the new collections, we have gathered together wallpaper new releases on our website. This is updated regularly with new collections. View online or see the full collection at your Resene ColorShop.
And if you need some fresh ideas for paint and colour, check out our latest looks page, a collection of styled shoots showing a range of on trend and classic colour combinations and decorating ideas. New looks are added regularly. View online
For all those that want the latest trends in their home, there are an equal number that know they want colour in their home, but they don’t necessarily want to follow the trends either. While there are plenty of colours to choose from already, Resene has gathered together a collection of many favourite Resene colours into a new Resene Classics collection. This colour range focuses on colours that outlast the trends, colours that have been popular for many years and will likely be popular for many more to come. The chart also includes a small collection of whites and neutrals so you can choose an entire colour palette using just one colour chart… or you can add extra accent colours or variations of your chosen neutral using the Resene palettes or other Resene colour ranges. Order a free copy of the Resene Classics Collection online or pick up one from your local Resene ColorShop or reseller.
When designing timber interiors, it can be tempting to leave them uncoated, but this leaves the timber prone to wear and tear, dust and contaminants that can be impossible to remove later. Clear coating timber provides a smooth seal and makes it easier to wipe clean.
And now with new Resene Aquaclear Natural you can apply a flat waterborne clear finish that protects the timber while still allowing its natural beauty to show through. Resene Aquaclear Natural is designed for interior timber walls and ceilings to enhance and protect timber from everyday wear and tear. The flat finish helps the timber retain its natural just cut look. If a little colour rejuvenation is needed, Resene Colorwood Enhance may be added to Resene Aquaclear Natural to add extra depth and colour.
Resene Aquaclear is also available in satin, semi-gloss and gloss finishes for those looking for a higher sheen effect.
As many look for more relaxed finishes, the trend to washed looks continues. Resene Colorwood Whitewash and Greywash have been popular options inside. Now Resene Woodsman Whitewash has been extended to include two greywash options also. Choose from a light or mid greywash option for a new way to enhance timber finishes. View timber samples online...
Resene has received the Reader’s Digest Gold Quality Service Award for paint and decorating stores recognising exceptional customer service, winning each year since these awards started in 2016. Winners were identified in a survey conducted by Catalyst Marketing and Research. Commissioned by Reader’s Digest, the survey canvased a representative sample of 1,500 New Zealand adults.
Little habits, repeated often, can make a massive difference over time. Not so long ago, recycling paint containers wasn’t something most customers even contemplated. Today, for many, it’s part of their normal painting process to recycle the packaging when they have finished the project. It was 15 years ago that Resene PaintWise first started following nearly five years of development. In those days product stewardship was in its infancy so there was no easy path to follow to set up a programme. Every process was forging new ground. Since then, over a kilotonne, i.e. over 1,000,000 kilograms, of packaging and paint has been recycled. That equates to millions of packs being returned. Find out more about how to recycle your paint… more
Resene has an extensive range of Environmental Choice approved products for everything from paints and stains, to clear finishes, primers and sealers. And now Environmental Choice New Zealand’s EC-07-17 Paints specification has achieved Level A recognition by the Green Building Council of Australia. Products that carry the EC-07-17 licence are eligible for GBCA Green Star credits, as well as NZGBC Green Star and Homestar credits. View the Resene Environmental Choice approved product range.
The design competition for the best SNUG home launched to massive interest at PrefabNZ’s CoLab event. Dozens of teams from the building, architecture and design industries submitted plans for a prefabricated SNUG home smaller than 65m2. See the winning designs that you could add to your backyard… more