Paint colour trends for 2015-2016

Paint colour trends for 2015-2016
October 8, 2014

The colour trends have come around to perennial favourites – deep blue reds, the striking tone of black and near black, the soothing restfulness of duck egg blue and greyed blues and the bold pops of orange and yellow to add a touch of upbeat liveliness.   All captured in the new The Range fashion colours fandeck, with the latest on trend paint colours and favourite Resene colours to help you decorate. 

21772_R16_fanned_onWhite (2) webDusty and smoky, there is a new palette of colours coming through, such as Resene Mesmerise, Resene Soulmate and Resene Abercrombie, that feel timeless, gently weathered and softened over the passage of time. Easy to live with and coordinate, they’re a sophisticated alternative to cleaner pastels. They bring with them a sense of being more grounded and less airy than the pastels of recent years.

Reds are strong and powerful, with influencing blue tones, such as popular Resene Pohutukawa and Resene Poppy.  Fire engine red is not to be ignored with hues such as Resene Havoc.  Equally bold is the frivolity of hot magenta pink captured Resene Scrumptious.

Grey has hidden depths; sometimes blue, sometimes green.  Once the complement, it’s now a feature. Deep grey, such as Resene Gumboot and Resene Half Bokara Grey, appeals to those who yearn density and depth but don’t want to commit to the starkness of black.  We’re seeing the tones of beige turn greige as they cool into greys and lose some of their warm beige edges.  Beige is still big, but greige, such as Resene Triple Rakaia, offers a new sleeker alternative for those looking for something new.

Blues become mutable, crossing over to stormy sea-washed tones, such as Resene Dusted Blue. Fresh blues, like Resene Skydiver, ground the more powdery tones, such as Resene Frozen.  Ever popular duck egg blue, such as Resene Duck Egg Blue and Resene Half Duck Egg Blue, bridges the gap between neutral and coloured with just a touch of colour to lift it away from monochromatic greys.

Use colour blocking and stencilling to combine favourite colours and really show off a space.

Ceilings, once pure white, are increasingly at least tinted to neutral hues and increasingly being painted to complement or accent the wall colour.  In bedrooms and living areas, wall colours that extend from the walls onto the ceiling, create a sense of cosiness and a relaxing cocoon of colour.  Bold feature colours on ceilings are the next frontier for colour lovers, a new twist on a feature wall.

For many natural surfaces, the look is pared back and minimalised. Rather than covering up the raw beauty, the key is to enhance it.  Natural materials tend to show their age very quickly, so the trend is to finish them in clear finishes to protect them into the future so they keep their natural good looks for longer.  Think concrete wax on concrete floors and benchtops, clear finishes on timber and water repellents on exterior concrete, protecting the surface but not changing the aesthetic; keeping the look true to the original character.

View all these colours and more in the Resene The Range fashion colours fandeck at your Resene ColorShop,, 0800 RESENE (737 363).


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