Ten Top Colour Tips
When you’re looking to add colour to your home, keep these top tips in
together a scrapbook of colours you like
Take this with you when you are visiting stores and making
choices – it will help shop staff make recommendations.
choose the surfaces that have the least choice first
Such as your carpet, flooring,
benchtop and roof colour - then choose your Resene paint colours.
you think a colour you are looking at on a colour chart may be too dark for
a lighter colour. Colours will look more intense when they are painted onto a
large indoor area.
painting outside, the opposite rule applies
If in doubt, choose a darker colour as the sun will make the colour
can have a huge impact on how a room feels
Warm up a cool room by painting it in warm colours such as creams
and reds. Or cool down a hot room by painting it soothing blues and greens.
you’re opting for a neutral colour scheme
Choose a colour family and then vary the strength from full to
double, and quarter to half strength. This will help to add extra interest to
the colour scheme. The Resene whites and neutrals collection has up to six
strengths of each colour and is an easy way to get started on a neutral colour
get less light than walls
The same colour on a ceiling will look darker than on a wall. Choose a half or
quarter strength of your Resene wall colour if you want your ceiling to look
the same strength or lighter than your wall.
will affect your paint colours
It’s important to plan your lighting at the same time. Paint a
piece of A2 card with two coats from a Resene testpot and move it around the
room to see how the colour changes during the day and at night.
the colour is only half of the job
You also need to choose the right Resene paint so your colour
works well and looks good for many years to come.
paint technology and colour smartly
For example outside choose a Resene CoolColour™ for darker
colours to reflect more heat and keep them cooler.
Top testpot tip
When using a Resene testpot, always
paint all of the testpot (two coats) onto a very large piece of A2 card leaving
a border around the edge. You can then move it around the room or space during the
day and night to see how it looks.
The border will help you see the true colour
and not be distracted by the existing colour on your walls. Roll the painted
sample so the colour is innermost and look down into it. This will give you an
idea of how the colour will multiply if it is used on all walls.
And when you’re seeking advice on your
colour choices… remember it’s your home and you have to live in it, so choose
the colours that sing to you.
For more colour advice and ideas,
check out the latest looks online, www.resene.co.nz/latestlooks, and visit your Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.