Next to white, soft mid-toned neutrals are the most popular wall colours. Ranging from creamy beige, through stony taupe to misty greys, these colours are easy to live with and hugely appealing.
They are colours that we often see in nature. Simply put, we’re used to them, and they resonate with our basic instinct to be anchored to the earth.
These colours are calming, subtle and hugely versatile. You can dress them up or down, and change their look and style according to the accent colours or accessories you put with them.
These mid-range colours are so popular that Resene Tea – a complex, grown-up beige with hints of grey and green – has spent a decade in Resene’s top 10 most popular paint colours list. It has many cosy neighbours in the Resene Whites & Neutrals collection: Resene Napa, Resene Akaroa, Resene Ash and Resene Pavlova, just for starters.
As with any colour, these mid-toned neutrals are subject to fashion and whim. At the turn of the century, warm shades of latte and parchment were more prevalent. Nowadays, greyer shades are popular (dubbed griege), like Resene Truffle and Resene Quarter Friar Grey. Both are stony greys with a deep twist of warmth.
Top left: Resene Quarter Stack walls and Resene Stack shelf; styled by Gem Adams. Right: The Architects fabric collection from James Dunlop, with Resene Half Friar Grey walls. Left: Resene Sandspit Brown in a project by Trinity Interior Design.
As you look through the Resene Whites & Neutrals collection, you’ll notice how the neutrals, especially those in the mid range, vary.
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