5 top winter colours for 2016

20 May 2016

This season’s top colours for winter are a mix of deep rich tones, as well as those with a distinct hippy retro vibe. All are rich, some are dark – the perfect colours to cuddle up to. Check out these rooms, plus our top picks from the new-look Resene Multi-finish chart:

1. Dusky green

To richer everglade tones to swampy colours, dark dusky green is making a comeback. Use it on all of the walls in you dare, or include in a feature, or accessory. Check out palette numbers R31 through to R36 from the Resene Multifinish collection, and try Resene Hemlock, Resene Clover and Resene Rivergum. 

2. Mustard yellow 

This is the cooler season’s answer to the brighter yellows that have been popular of late.  Some have a twist of green, whereas others are deep exotic whiskey gold. Check out palette numbers R19 through to R23 from the Resene Multifinish collection, and try Resene Hot Toddy, Resene Galliano and Resene Laser. 

3. Storm grey

Yes, grey is still with us but for winter it takes on a brooding, stormy edge. Think darker greys, and those with a touch of blue, green or brown. Accessorise with bronzed copper, animal skins and rustic timber. Check out palette numbers R44 onwards, and try Resene Half Mako, Resene Half Demin Blue and Resene Scarpa Flow. 

4. Inky blue

Like the storm greys, these blues span the spectrum from those with a touch of teal, to those that almost morph to black. Inky blues add richness and depth to a room and are being seen particularly in bedrooms. Check out palette numbers R48, R54 and R55, and try Resene Cello, Resene Biscay and Resene Madison. 

5. New-age neutrals 

For those who just can’t get their heads around the cool greys and whites that have been flooding our homes, there’s a new age of warm neutrals, that go from warm greys to updated looks for that classic colour Resene Tea. Many can be found in the Resene Whites and Neutrals collection , but there are also some gems hidden in the Resene Multifinish palettes – like Resene Travertine, Resene Bubble White and Resene Westar. 

See how we've used colour in our homes since the 1950s, and how to interprete those colours for today.

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

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This unashamedly 1970s inspired living room has walls in Resene Paddock, joined by acid yellow and soft blue-grey accessories. The floor is specially stencilled in Resene Lignite and Resene Quarter Cararra, the coffee table top is in Resene Unwind, and the vases are Resene Intrepid and Resene Seaweed.  

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Dusky greens to try: Resene Hemlock, Resene Clover and Resene Rivergum. 

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Rich mustard gold shines out from these wallpapers, from the Savor collection available at Resene.

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Try these mustard yellows: Resene Hot Toddy, Resene Galliano and Resene Laser. 

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The stormy depths of Resene Foundry are softened by exposed brickwork and copper lights in this Australian apartment designed by Heidi Meyer of Yohm Interiors

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Try these storm greys: Resene Half Mako, Resene Half Demin Blue and Resene Scarpa Flow. 

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Resene Rhino is the perfect smoky dark blue for this bedroom designed by Furnishscene

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Try these inky blues: Resene Cello, Resene Biscay and Resene Madison. 

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It’s back! Well, it never really left. Resene Half Tea gets a contemporary update with this Scandi setting. Transcend the seasons by adding or subtracting animal skins and plants. Various pots are painted in botanic greens like Resene Tax Break and Resene Gum Leaf. 

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New-age neturals to try: Resene Travertine, Resene Bubble White and Resene Westar. 

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