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14 Sep 2016

Filled your house with plants yet? Got the veggie plot ready for this season’s crop? Our love affair with all things green is flourishing anew. And that includes the Resene greens we use on our walls and furniture.

Because this trend is deeply rooted in nature, the greens we are using are loosely described as ‘botanic’ greens – think leaf green, forest green, moss, olive and sage. Some are the muddied tones of open wetlands, others carry the deep rich verdancy of the bush, and others have the lighter, sharper tones of new spring growth.

Because green is so common in nature, it’s a colour we feel comfortable around.

Once you’ve used green, it will, well, grow on you. Green is good for you. It’s associated with vitality and freshness, but also harmony and relaxation.

Here are some tips on how to use botanic greens:

  • Team botanic greens with other ‘natural’ tones like earth-brown or stone-grey.
  • Or add sharp relief with intense mustards, acid yellows and burnt orange.
  • Use the lighter fresh botanic greens with like-minded colours and soft aquas for a prettier look.
  • These greens go well with grunty, textural elements like raw concrete, distressed and aged timbers, cane furniture and jute rugs.
  • Add relief to your scheme with warm whites such as Resene Rice Cake or Resene Merino.
  • Set your greens around a theme – a colonial veranda, a conservatory-style dining space, a retro room or hunting lodge look.
  • Then add lots of lovely house plants to complete the look. 

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 fresh dining room has a sweet country vibe and is awash with greens and aquas from the new Resene The Range fashion fandeck that is on its way to Resene ColorShops and resellers.  You can see it in store from late September.

The walls are in Resene Fresh, and the table is in a combo of Resene Limerick for the base and Resene Hope for the table top. The chair at the side is Resene Wheel of Fortune, and the ones at the back are Resene Hope and Resene ASAP, while the shutter is Resene Hope. The planters are Resene Freelance and Resene Hope. The chequerboard floor is made with cork tiles coloured with Resene Blast Grey 1 (dark) and Resene Blast Grey 2 (light), created by Cork in Colour

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Upcycle furniture to really cultivate the botanic green look. The chair is in Resene Wheel of Fortune. The shutter and tin planter are in Resene Hope while the other planter is in Resene Freelance and the wall is Resene Fresh. 

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A tumble of pretty painted terracotta pots are in Resene Limerick, Resene Hope, Resene Wheel of Fortune, Resene Vitality, Resene ASAP and Resene Freelance. The table top is Resene Hope. 

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Now the new kid on the moody tones block is deep shady green. It’s an evocative colour that will never wilt and die. These muddy green walls in Resene Paddock are the backdrop for a 1970s-inspired home. Add pops of sharp mustard-yellow (the vase is Resene Intrepid) and inky teal blue (Resene Barometer) to keep the space from looking too dull. The top of the coffee table is in Resene Unwind. 

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Natural elements like this plywood ceiling and cabinetry look superb with sharp greens like the Resene Kombi used on the back wall.

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Soft lettuce greens have a cottagey appeal. Here, Resene Rice Paper is used on tongue-and-groove walls. Add hints of cherry red and pale blue to complete the look.

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Resene Crisp Green walls used in this bedroom integrated visually with the view of bush-clad hills beyond the windows. 

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