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Popular browns

Celebrate timber tones and earthy undertones with these favourite browns!

Resene Half Biscotti
A ladylike silky-soft beige with a hint of cameo.

Resene Drought
A warm dry dusty beige.

Resene Desert Sand
A tricky brown, ochre with a warm red cast.

Resene Triple Tea
A bold authoritarian neutral packed with character and complexity.

Resene Quarter Pravda
A muddy pale well-balanced browned neutral.

Resene Quarter Stonehenge
A soft Cambrian stone, timeless and enduring.

Resene Cloudy
A dusty beige grey, seriously subtle and dry.

Resene Settlement
A warmed complex neutral.

Resene Half Stonehenge
A deliberate, dapper urban grey, well suited to a strong palette.

Resene Stonehenge
An ancient stone grey, stark against pale coloured sky.

Resene Half Masala
A muted murky greyed brown.

Resene Masala
A murky grey brown with a green edge.

Resene Pravda
A sober beige.

Resene Double Napa
A toasted brown tinged towards red.

Resene Sandstone
A heavy, thick, mid toned taupe brown.

Resene Double Stonehenge
An ancient druidic stone, mysterious and monumental.

Resene Mondo
A complex grey green neutral that will adopt the tonings of surrounding colours.

Resene Lignite
A heavy igneous brown, warm and combustible.

Resene Mission Brown
A rich traditional brown, constant and worthy.

Resene Double Masala
A brooding grey, the calm before the storm.

Naturally beautiful

Several neutral tones used together in a colour scheme can combine to create a restful, elegant atmosphere by making use of the natural harmony that exists even between different textures and tones of fabric and other materials such as wood.

Neutrals added to existing schemes can calm down the brightest of hues or have a unifying effect on a mixture of furnishings and colours. For example, a neutral toned carpet throughout a brightly coloured room softens the impact and makes it seem more spacious by not interrupting the eye's flow across the room.

Inspiration for a natural-based scheme can come from a shell, moss-covered twig or stone. Nature is full of unexpected colour. To build your confidence in using neutral tones so that your scheme is lively and interesting – and not bland or boring – it is worth taking the time to educate your colour 'eye' as the professionals do.

Try an experiment – collect some stones, dried leaves or bark, driftwood and sand from the beach, and hessian, linen, lichen and grasses. Then, using a paint chart match the colours as closely as possible. You may take two or three attempts to marry up the numerous variations of colour contained in just one sample. It's this subtle variety that is the key! When you have matched your objects up to the paint shades, use them to find fabrics, carpets and accessories to create a neutral scheme that features nature's colours.

Decorating with browns...

Always try out your colours using a Resene testpot in the area you plan to paint before you start your painting project – that’s the best way to confirm the colour looks right before you start painting. You can also can order drawdowns online.

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