Call it retro or call it historical richness but brilliant yellows, pumpkin oranges and tomato reds are the accent colours of the season. Mix them with pretty pastels for a colourful balance and you have the hottest colour trends for 2014.
Think bold, luminous colours from your childhood paintbox and you’ve got the idea. Vibrant, optimistic hues like Resene Daredevil, a fluoro orange, Resene Spotlight, an egg yolk yellow, and Resene Windfall, a bright emerald and shamrock green. Or think Resene Elvis, a Memphis mid-, almost electric blue – bold, brash and full of action-packed energy. Whether it’s touches of colour in accessories and furniture or feature walls, these colours provide excitement to neutral colour schemes. Scandinavian inspired colour schemes are on the rise, with retro pastels being paired with bright red accessories.
Pastel blues, greens, beiges, whites and off-whites, and natural light wood tones are typical Scandinavian colours, with an additional vibrant accent colour. The neutral white surfaces (floors, walls, ceilings or furniture) and bleached wood using Resene Colorwood Whitewash offset the colour flow from pastels to bright hues.
But we’re seeing a change to the latest neutrals palette, with greys and whites merging subtly with yellows. Decorators still want a white scheme, but where they used to choose whites with grey in them (think Resene Black White) we’re moving more towards whites with a yellow undertone to warm things up. Whites such as Resene Orchid White, Resene Thorndon Cream and Resene Rice Cake are popular. Even classic Resene Pearl Lusta is coming back, but in lighter strengths, such as Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta.
Resene Black White
Resene Orchid White
Resene Thorndon Cream
Resene Rice Cake
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta
Beiges are also warming up, mixing with rich creams, honeys and soft yellows. Think Resene Sandbar, a summer-inspired ochre yellow, and Resene Bittersweet, a tasty mustard beige that mixes retro hues with modern ones.
While yellow is one of the trending leaders of 2014, blue – the colour of clear open skies and calm seas – is undeniably au courant. While this is an international trend, it is strongly influenced by our local environment as New Zealand’s comes into its own. These blues and greens are the colours that work with our light and our landscape; they reflect our sea views or the beaches, rivers and lakes we drive past. The greens bring native bush home.
Soft blues that hint on the green side to mimic our seas include Resene Carefree, an opalescent tint of watery green, and Resene Reservoir, a pastel aqua green.
Bluer blues on the pastel front include Resene Half Escape, a break-of-day tint of sky blue, and Resene Onahau, a gusty breeze of pastel blue.
Resene Half Escape
Mid-tone blues have not been left out, with Resene Waterfront and Resene Hemisphere, both colours of great purity, and redolent of summer days.
Deep rich blues such as Resene Whale Tail and Resene Submerge are sharp foils to other bold colours, like cherry pink Resene Knock Out and fluoro orange Resene Big Bang. For a lush navy, try Resene True Blue, the colour of deep oceans with a hint of violet. A primary dark colour of the season, it pairs well with most of the fun bright shades coming through.
Resene Whale Tail
Resene Knock Out
Resene Big Bang
Resene True Blue
Greens from the new palette are different from the greens of recent seasons. They are becoming more natural. The current season’s greens have either muddy undertones or clear minty ones, both inspired by nature.
For muddy undertones, look to Resene Kombi, a bright green with hints of spicy gold, or Resene Nirvana, a salty yellow green. There’s also Resene Miso, a soya bean-influenced yellowed neutral.
For a fresh, summery colour, try an apple mint green like Resene Kandinsky, or the retro-inspired Resene Mint Tulip, a pastel ice blue green that’s dewy and delicate.
Resene Mint Tulip
Pinks are no longer the domain of the very young – they’re feminine, retro and very modern. To pair pink with modern-day orange, try Resene Sentimental, a baby pink orange with pale tints of dreamy sunset warming it. Resene Sauvignon is a great tipple of pale pink that complements other soft hues such as Resene Tutu, another pale pink, Resene Bubbles, a simple tint of blue, and Resene Solitude, an introverted tint of blue, cool and dreamy, for a nostalgic colour scheme you might remember from childhood visits to nana’s house.
Yellow may be bold this season but it comes in toned down colours as well. Team the brighter colours with knocked back versions, such as Resene Melting Moment and Resene Bianca.
Resene Melting Moment
For a pared back, softer orange, try Resene Guggenheim, or lighter yet, Resene Sandy Beach, which is midway between honey gold and pink.
Resene Sandy Beach
The new palette sees a few vintage purples coming through, romantic colours that evoke wistful nostalgia. Soft blue lavenders such as Resene Birdcage, Resene Morepork and Resene Siesta are calming and elegant, while pink-based purples such as Resene Butterfly and Resene Centre Stage are scintillating and alluring.
Resene Centre Stage
The red palette continues to be a playful one, with shades of tomato, pohutukawa and crimson as bold as ever. They are unapologetically strong tones, and when paired with other retro colours, make for a bold, carefree statement, a direct link to our newly acquired sense of adventure.
Decorators are becoming more experimental with colour. Which is a good thing, because brights are here to stay. If you’re crazy about colour, 2014 is the year for you.
View these Resene colours in the Resene The Range fashion colours and the Resene Multifinish collection, available for viewing online or at your local Resene ColorShop or Reseller, or contact your Resene representative for colour charts.
The Range fashion fandeck colours are available in your favourite colour tools including Resene testpots, A4 drawdowns and self-adhesives, plus colour pencil and RGB formulations available online or from your Resene representative.
Electronic colour swatches for ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Revit and more are also available online at www.resene.com/electroniccolour
Candy kitchen – Soft candy-coloured tones are perfect for a retro look at the bach this summer, and perfect in the kitchen with the wealth of colourful cookware now available. Paint jars, the tops of wooden spoons, tables and chairs… Wall in Resene Divine, shelves in Resene Melting Moment, table from Junk & Disorderly in Resene Reservoir, pink jar in Resene Glamour Puss and orange jar in Resene Guggenheim. Resene Curtain Collection fabric Abstraction in colour Flame.
Fresh greens, pops of bright Eastern-inspired colour and delicate palms – all we need now is a cooling drink and a dip in the pool. The texture of some of the painted elements like the wall and the day bed add depth to the scheme. Wall painted in Resene Spring Fever. Water hyacinth seat in Resene Limerick and bamboo table in Resene California, both from Junk & Disorderly. Oak flooring finished with Resene Colorwood stain in Resene Walnut, then finished inResene Aquaclear. Large pot in Resene Smitten and small pot in Resene Tweet. Resene Curtain Collection Garden Party in colour Flax.
The Cape Cod look continues to be popular but rather than pale seawashed tones, try stronger blues and aquas. Drag out old boxes and baskets and give them a lift with paint – then sit back and imagine the salty tang of the coast. The wall is painted in Resene Meltwater. Lusty’s Lloyd Loom Manchester chair is in Resene Captain Cook. Floor in Resene Double Bianca. Crate from Junk & Disorderly in Resene Double Bianca (top),Resene Breeze (middle) and Resene Seeker (bottom), basket in Resene Waterfront. Resene Curtain Collection Harmony voile in Blonde.
Get in touch with your flower power self with this enticing fireside scene. The walls are in Resene True Blue, the mantelpiece is Resene Half Breathless, the side table is Resene El Nino, the lamp base is Resene Zephyr and its shade is made from Bloomsbury House 25440 wallpaper, available through Resene ColorShops. The book is covered in Bloomsbury House 25448 wallpaper, also from Resene ColorShops. Frames are Resene Smashing and Resene Glamour Puss, the bottle is Resene Glamour Puss. Protect timber flooring with Resene Qristal ClearFloor.
Bring a shot of citrus-coloured fun into your child’s play room. The walls are in Resene First Light, the floor is Resene Half Kumutoto, the wooden blocks are a mix of Resene Hive, Resene Southern Cross, Resene Holiday,Resene Spring Fever and Resene Limerick.
‘Mid century modern’ design influences, bright pops of colour and large floating abstract shapes come together in the Resene Abstraction fabric from the Resene Curtain Collection, pictured here with Resene Kombi on the wall.
Retro is reinvented – take the hues and combine them in new and unexpected ways. A retro tip top sign is reincarnated on a central hallway in stripes in Resene Onepoto (blue), Resene Dust Storm (pink), Resene Knock Out (red) and Resene Alabaster (white), which is also the main wall and ceiling colour.
Personalisation and ecletic are in. 400 torn-edged pictures decorate this floor in a harlequin-style pattern protected by three coats of Resene Aquaclear waterborne urethane. The walls are finished in striking Resene Niagara with a neutral backdrop of Resene Alabaster.
Source: Resene Paints 2014 Paint Colour Trends