On trend: warm white 3 ways

25 Oct 2018

It’s been a classic of the home decorating for as long as most of us remember – Resene Spanish White. Along with its close cousin, Resene Pearl Lusta, it’s been one of the most enduring colours in the Resene collection.

And now it’s back. Warm whites are on the rise again as the fondness for the cool, clean lines of the Scandi look evolve into earthier looks that are still natural, but deeper and more textured.

So how do you use it? Like most whites, Resene Spanish White, and its variants, are hugely versatile. We show you how.

The subtle yellow-toned base of colours like the popular Resene Spanish White and its variants, give a softer and more inviting finish to a room, blurring edges, and complementing other bolder shades rather than throwing up sharp contrasts.

It’s a shade that does a great job of enhancing bold colours like deep greens and wine reds, such as Resene Family Tree and Resene Pohutukawa, but just as well with layers of other graduated neutral shades. Or try it with new sun-baked shades of red and orange, such as Resene Red Herring and Resene Sunbaked, for a light-filled summery finish.

You can also experiment with the density and strength of your Resene Spanish White base. Try it in a half, quarter or eight strength for lighter, gentler hints of creaminess. Or go bolder with a double or triple strength version.

We’ve used Resene Half Spanish White to show how versatile this colour can be, giving it three distinct looks using on-trend terracottas and peaches, leafy greens, and classic stony neutrals.

Top tip: See palette card number 5 from the Resene Whites & Neutrals collection for the variations available in Resene Spanish White.

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

Resene spanish white, white paint, dining room, sitting room, interior inspiration

Resene Spanish White, and its variants, are hugely versatile working with any number of colours. 

dining room, green dining room, green and white, green paint, green inspiration

Layers of tonal greens make this space feel sunny and light-filled. Here we have Resene Nourish on the table, round pot and mat, Resene Kandinsky on the round board and Resene Aura on the picture frame. The creamy back wall in Resene Half Spanish White, the shelf in Resene Poured Milk, and the grain of the Resene Colorwood Whitewash floor keep it all from coming across as too chilly.

green inspiration, green paint, moodboard, interior inspiration

Summery freshness against a background of Resene Half Spanish White with A4 drawdown paint swatches in, from left, Resene Kandinsky, Resene Aura and Resene Nourish. The texture round mat is Resene Nourish and the round board is Resene Kandinsky.

Accessories: Emi Chairs in Olive Green and Linen from Cintesi. Ceramic mugs from Good Thing. Sideboard stylist’s own.

sitting room, interior inspiration, orange paint, orange and pink, orange inspiration, orange chair

California cool meets desert heat with a chair, plant pot and stool in Resene Sunbaked, and stools in Resene Shabby Chic and Resene Despacito against Resene Half Spanish White walls and a Resene Colorwood Whitewash floor.

orange and pink, orange paint, pink paint, moodboard, interior inspiration

Spicy warmth against a background of Resene Half Spanish white, with A4 drawdown paint swatches in, from left Resene Despacito, Resene Shabby Chic and Resene Sunbaked.

Accessories: Salt Lake 2 photographic print by Petra Leary from endemicworld. Shoes, cushion, ceramic vase and sunglasses from Good Thing. Lampshade from Trade Aid

dining room, neutral paints, white paint, white dining room, white inspiration, interior inspiration

Resene Half Spanish White walls are the perfect backdrop for classic earth tones, with a sideboard in Resene Eighth Stonewashed, chairs in Resene Napa, the neo-classical plant stand in Resene Artisan and the plant pot in Resene Half Spanish White.

brown and white, neutrals, interior inspiration, white paint, brown paint, moodboard

Warm, natural minimalism with a background in Resene Half Spanish White, and A4 drawdown paint swatches in, from top, Resene Eighth Stonewashed, Resene Napa and Resene Artisan.

Accessories: Armadillo & Co Agro Know Rug in Oyster from The Ivy House, Female Gaze Cirques print by George Sand Studio from endemicworld. Table and other accessories, stylist’s own

Styling by Kate Alexander
Images by Bryce Carleton

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