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Habitat plus - to blend... or not

There are two schools of thought when it comes to adding colour to your garden living spaces.

On one hand you can aim to completely integrate areas, like this outdoor fireplace setting, with its surroundings by using similarly earthy colours, while on the other, you can add a completely contrasting scheme and challenge convention in doing so! This particular garden corner allows for further creative freedom where two different colours can be used on the top and bottom walls.

Did you know: That Resene has hundreds of step-by-step projects online that you can try out at your place, including many that are suitable for your garden?

Four colour panel
The strong cream almost beige-like tones garden sanctuary
1.The strong cream almost beige-like tones of Resene Pavlova do excellent service on both the main wall and the front retaining wall in this pleasing and harmonious scene. It’s a rich, full colour, which won’t date and has base notes that are essentially natural, and pleasingly appropriate to a garden setting.
Taking its cue firmly from nature garden sanctuary
2. Taking its cue firmly from nature, this smart scheme uses the deep green of Resene Possessed as a backdrop to the lushness of a sub-tropical garden. The subtle introduction of the much lighter but similarly natural Resene Wilderness is a refreshing touch. It echoes the tones of the palm trunks neatly and is easy on the eye.
The cool and sophisticated deep violet-grey tones garden sanctuary
3.The cool and sophisticated deep violet-grey tones of Resene Rasputin on the main wall sets off the lighter, yet still intense, classic Resene Friar Grey on the front retaining wall. Two shades of grey – rather than an excessive 50 – make for an atmosphere of elegant intensity, which by no means over-powers its surroundings.
Choosing orange as a landscaping colour is a brave decision on its own, but to use two is bold indeed.
4. The bold grandeur of Resene Grenadier lifts this outdoor fireplace right out of its all-green environment. Many popular subtropical flowers share similarly orange tones, so this bold dash of tropicana colour beautifully enhances such plantings. The front retaining wall features the slightly more lollylike Resene Sorbus for a real touch of fun and daring. Choosing orange as a landscaping colour is a brave decision on its own, but to use two is bold indeed. The garden was designed by Tania Barke.

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