Resene Colour Expert Amy Watkins shares recent painting and decorating trends and how she’s incorporating them into her own home.
What are some of the colour trends you’re seeing coming through in trend forecasting?
The warm earthy colour palette continues to be the main trend, so we’re seeing lots of brown, beige, terracotta, mustard and pops of dusty pink. These colour tones are quite adaptable as to where you use them in your home, and I love seeing them used in interiors as they create a cosy and inviting setting. Try Resene Desert Sand for lounges and living rooms, Resene Half Bianca for trims and bring in Resene Coral Tree and Resene Corvette as accents, feature walls and on painted furniture.
How can homeowners create texture in their interiors using paint?
Resene has this fantastic product called Resene FX Paint Effects Medium. It’s an artistic product that allows you the flexibility to transform a space with a two-tone colour effect. Applying this product using different techniques will create different looks. On the Resene website and in our habitat plus books we have examples of different techniques such as sponging, colour washing, limewashing and rag rolling to help you understand how they will look.
To add an extra dimension to this effect you can introduce a product called Resene Sandtex Mediterranean effect. Using this acrylic paint as the first coat adds additional texture to the wall you are painting.
Wood stains are making a big impact in architecture and home design. What are some ways to use wood stains in your home?
Resene Woodsman wood stains are like an extension of nature. As Resene Woodsman penetrating stains don’t sit on the surface of timber it makes them feel softer and less intense, even when you use a richer colour. This gives a relaxed and balanced feeling which connects your home with the outdoors.
Resene Woodsman wood stains are often used on the exterior cladding of homes with colours such as Resene Nutmeg, Resene Crowshead and Resene Tiri. On fencing, it’s often best to go darker to contrast against the landscape – try Resene Pitch Black or Resene English Walnut. For decks, try Resene Natural, Resene Nutmeg or Resene Iroko.