Resene ColourHelper - Your helping hand with colour
From the What's New archive - May 2011...
Got a repaint job and no idea of the colour on the wall?
The Resene ColourHelper has been developed with all these projects in mind. Simply take the Resene ColourHelper, push it down to ‘read’ the target colour three times and it will let you know three Resene colours closest to the colour you have measured. It can also suggest complementary colour options, tell you the difference between two colours so you can see how similar, or different, they are and suggest other colours.
When it provides colour suggestions it focuses on colours of the same colour type first, opting darker or lighter if need be to find a good colour option. If there is nothing close then it looks for colours which are left or right of the original colour on a colour wheel.
Think of it as a handy shortcut to navigate your way faster to a colour that will suit your project without having to pore through every chart looking for something close. If a custom colour is required, the Resene ColourHelper can assist by providing a start point for the formulation.
The Resene ColourHelper units can be used free at all Resene ColorShops and Resellers or when our representatives are out on site visits. The unit is battery powered and self sufficient so can be put to work wherever you might be.
How does it work?
Each Resene colour has been painstakingly captured from original Resene colour standards using the same process using specially calibrated equipment in the USA to ensure the measurement of the colour standards and the target colour is consistent.
The closest colour match is shown at the top of the display. On the left of each colour result, the Resene ColourHelper shows an upright rectangle with bars. The more bars in the rectangle the closer the colour match.
So what can it do?
2. Match to other items
3. Help with harmonies
4. Suggest colours
6. View on your computer
When taking a colour reading make sure you are reading off a representative part of the sample. If you are taking a colour reading off a magazine or thin item, ensure you place it on a flat white background first so that the colour underneath the sample does not affect the colour being measured.
Paint on walls and surfaces can change in colour over time. The Resene ColourHelper reads the colour on the sample that is present now. If the colour has faded, is dirty/dusty or has changed since it was first applied, then the Resene ColourHelper will suggest a colour based on the current state of the colour, which may be different from the original paint colour used when the colour was first applied.
The Resene ColourHelper uses the original Resene colour standards for its database and it averages the three colour readings it does. There can be some minor variations between this and our colour charts, which is why if you measure a Resene colour chart chip it will sometimes show another colour as being closer. When the Resene ColourHelper provides colour suggestions it focuses on colours of the same colour type first, opting darker or lighter if need be to find a good colour option. If there is nothing close then it looks for colours which are left or right of the original colour on a colour wheel.
There is a separate database for woodstains and metallics. These are much harder to capture the colour because of the nature of the finish, which is why they are in separate databases on the Resene ColourHelper so you can select just metallics or just woodstains if you are wishing to match those items.