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Colour that cleverly supports architecture wins Waterfront House by Athfield Architects Limited the top colour award in the Resene Total Colour Awards 2019.
Resene has a long history of colour and today's colour range of thousands of hues is a far cry from the handful that was available when Resene started 73 years ago. The Resene Total Colour Awards were launched to encourage and celebrate excellent and creative use of colour; to showcase striking colour palettes and combinations and provide fresh inspiration.
Awards have been given for the best colour use in: Residential Exterior, Residential Interior, Bright Spot, Commercial Exterior, Commercial Interior Office, Commercial Interior Shared Space, Commercial Interior Public + Retail Space, Installation - Experiential - Product, Education, Heritage, Neutrals, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement, with the Colour Master Nightingale Award for the best overall colour use. See the winners online.
The latest habitat magazine is packed full of fresh ideas and inspiration showing you how to use paint, colour and design ideas to transform spaces. It’s coloured by Resene, but it’s not just about painting. habitat issue 31 is available from Resene ColorShops and resellers or view online.
While you might normally think of Resene as having lots of paints and stains, we also provide a whole host of complementary products to help you get the job done – accessories, cleaning products, wallpapers, curtains and more.
The latest new addition to the range of helpful extras is Resene Water Lockout, a versatile high build liquid watertight membrane based on a urethane modified bitumen emulsion.
Applied in multiple thick coats, Resene Water Lockout acts much like a plug. It cures to a seamless highly elastic and durable film that adheres well to most substrates to block water ingress.
It comes in black and isn’t designed for painting over, so it’s best used in non-aesthetic areas of a building, such as on exterior masonry walls, in situ concrete, plastered/rendered walls or on retaining walls and inside wood planter boxes... view data sheet
Just when you thought you had the hang of the latest trends, they’re on the move again. The old colour rules have been broken many times over and now almost anything goes. Despite the move to personality driven palettes where if you like it you choose it, there are still some definite trends in decorating and colour that are evolving that help to influence colour choices. Full on multicolour blocked walls have made way for more random areas of colour that are not restricted by the edges of the wall. Designs and colours are starting to meander, from wall to wall, wall to ceiling and wall to floor.
We’ve created the latest habitat plus – decorating and colour trends – to help get you inspired for your projects. It’s full of decorating and colour ideas that can be borrowed for projects big and small. You can view it online or get a free copy from your local Resene ColorShop or reseller.
If you find yourself regularly applying a lot of semi-gloss waterborne enamel, we have a treat in store for you. New Resene Lustacryl Commercial Spray Grade is a semi-gloss waterborne enamel that may be used in all areas traditionally reserved for solventborne enamels. Designed specifically for spray application, it’s non-yellowing and fast drying with easy water clean-up. It can be used wherever you might normally use Resene Lustacryl, and is especially ideal for solid timber doors and joinery. Available in 10 litre white and colours off white at Resene ColorShops and selected resellers... view data sheet
Just when you thought you had the hang of which paint was which, we have a new category for you. Once there were solventborne paints, then there were waterborne paints, and now we have waterborne alkyd hybrid technology that combines the best of both!
The new evolution to waterborne alkyd technology, provides additional performance benefits combined with the environment in mind. They look like a traditional solventborne paint, but with the easy water wash-up and lower VOCs of a waterborne paint. Compared to a waterborne enamel, a waterborne alkyd has a tougher finish, but it is slower to dry. The slower dry time can be a benefit in disguise on some jobs, giving you more time to work the finish without excessive brush or roller marks. Always make sure you allow enough time for the first coat to dry properly before overcoating.
Waterborne alkyds may still yellow, when used on areas that don’t get natural light, but not to the same extent as a traditional solventborne product.
Resene Room Velvet is moving to a waterborne alkyd version, replacing the old solventborne version which is being deleted. The new version is available in white and colours off white... view data sheet
The Karen Walker Paints range of colours was an instant hit when it was first launched, and has continued to be a popular go to colour range with each updated release. And now to bring the Karen Walker experience full circle, we have a new Karen Walker Paints range of paints available so you can get your favourite Karen Walker Paints colour in Karen Walker paint. The new range is Karen Walker Chalk Colour, available in 500ml and 1L packs, perfect for small projects, from furniture to features. The paint is based on chalk style paints, which bring an artisanal vibe to a project. The range also includes Karen Walker Soft Wax in a clear and vintage option. The Karen Walker Chalk Colour range can also be tinted to a range of standard Resene colours off white, light and ultra deep tone... view Karen Walker colours
When we asked the Resene Technical team to create a coating that is designed to rust, it’s probably not surprising that they double and triple checked whether we wanted to stop rusting or actually create the rusting effect. New Resene FX Faux Rust Effect is a waterborne coating used to create a rust style effect on exterior and interior surfaces. Once applied, it looks like rust, a look that will continue to develop as the coating ages. Leave it as is or protect it with a clear finish of diluted Resene Waterborne Aquapel.
It’s best used in non-contact areas… more
While it seems like only yesterday that the first Resene Eco.Decorator was named, the programme has been going strong for a decade and there are now hundreds of Resene Eco.Decorators.
The Resene Eco.Decorator programme isn’t just a set and forget programme. Each Resene Eco.Decorator is audited annually, to ensure they still meet the standards of the Eco.Decorator programme. That equates to thousands of audits over the years to ensure the standards are upheld.
Find your nearest Resene Eco.Decorator online.
Once upon a time, the palette for children’s bedrooms tended to be very gender specific, focused on pink for girls, blue for boys and decidedly gender neutral colours like red, yellow or green. Luckily today’s kids are able to draw from a much larger source of inspiration and colour choices for their bedrooms and play spaces.
A child’s room is also a great chance for you to really play with colour and try out some ideas that you may not be brave enough to use elsewhere in your home. To help you get inspired, Resene has created the new habitat plus – kids’ spaces with a whole host of children’s room decorating ideas.
There’s nothing like a poor owner who has so carefully chosen their Resene colour for their kitchen cabinetry, furniture, shutters or joinery, who finds when it is installed that the colour isn’t quite right. Then starts a path of trying to figure out where the problem is… and that problem inevitably leads to finding out their cabinetry, furniture, shutter or joinery supplier hasn’t used the authentic Resene colour they asked for in a Resene product.
To make it easier for clients to get just the right colour, Resene has introduced a range of products especially designed for kitchen cabinetry, furniture and joinery. The new Resene AquaLAQ range includes a full system from sealer options to colour coat to clear coat finish options, including a complete waterborne system of sealer, colour coat and Environmental Choice approved clear coat. With a full range of authentic Resene colours available, there’s no need to settle for anything less. Find out more.
As each season gradually rolls around, our colour choices evolve too. To help you get in the spirit of each season, Resene releases colour trends cards for each season. They’re a handy snapshot of seasonal looks to help you imagine what a world beyond straight white might look like; a handy launch pad for your own colour plans. These are available for free from Resene ColorShops and selected resellers or you can catch up on any you’ve missed online.
The latest habitat magazine, issue 30 – is packed full of fresh ideas, trends and inspiration showing you how to use paint, colour and design ideas to transform spaces. It’s coloured by Resene, but it’s not just about painting. It’s a handy way to get clients thinking about their project choices. View online.
Traditionally Resene RGB values were measured from dry painted colour samples using sophisticated electronic colour scanning equipment. These RGB values were then converted to LAB and CYMK. Resene is changing to using LAB values from our colour master samples as the base colour value. Colour accuracy is improved by starting with the largest colourspace then converting to the smaller colourspaces… more.
The Resene Hunger for Colour fundraiser has been back for its fifth year helping struggling Kiwis put food on the table while bringing colour to Kiwi homes. All customers needed to do was bring in a can of food and swap it for a free Resene testpot. This year, over 39,000 cans of food were swapped for testpots during February, with over 189,000 cans of food swapped since Hunger for Colour began. The cans gave a timely boost to Salvation Army foodbanks, restocking shelves after a busy holiday and back-to-school period and helping prepare for winter when many families struggle.
When Readers Digest announced its Most Trusted Brands survey results, Resene was proud to be named Most Trusted Paint for the eighth year running. Thank you for your ongoing support – we really appreciate it. We always welcome constructive and helpful feedback that helps us improve – simply email us at or fill out the contact form on our website.
Painting in winter can be a challenge with the cold weather playing havoc with application and performance. The Resene Technical team first developed a small range of winterised products that will dry in temperatures down to 3°C, which have been used in winter conditions for over 10 years. To make it even easier to choose a wintergrade finish, Resene now offers Resene Wintergrade Additive, which you can add to a range of selected waterborne Resene paints to winterise them… more
We’re on the hunt for creative and colourful projects finished in Resene paints and colours in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Have you completed a project with creative and excellent use of Resene colours and paint? Then make sure you enter it into the Resene Total Colour Awards 2019.
There is over $15,000 in prizes to be won. See entry details online.
Patterns, plains, bolds, neutrals or textures, when it comes to wallpaper there is a huge range of designs and styles to choose from and fresh options are released regularly. To help you keep up to date with the new collections, we have gathered together wallpaper new releases on our website. This is updated regularly with new collections. View online or see the full collection at your Resene ColorShop.
And if you need some fresh ideas for paint and colour, check out our latest looks page, a collection of styled shoots showing a range of on trend and classic colour combinations and decorating ideas. New looks are added regularly. View online
For all those that want the latest trends in their home, there are an equal number that know they want colour in their home, but they don’t necessarily want to follow the trends either. While there are plenty of colours to choose from already, Resene has gathered together a collection of many favourite Resene colours into a new Resene Classics collection. This colour range focuses on colours that outlast the trends, colours that have been popular for many years and will likely be popular for many more to come. The chart also includes a small collection of whites and neutrals so you can choose an entire colour palette using just one colour chart… or you can add extra accent colours or variations of your chosen neutral using the Resene palettes or other Resene colour ranges. Order a free copy of the Resene Classics Collection online or pick up one from your local Resene ColorShop or reseller.
When designing timber interiors, it can be tempting to leave them uncoated, but this leaves the timber prone to wear and tear, dust and contaminants that can be impossible to remove later. Clear coating timber provides a smooth seal and makes it easier to wipe clean.
And now with new Resene Aquaclear Natural you can apply a flat waterborne clear finish that protects the timber while still allowing its natural beauty to show through. Resene Aquaclear Natural is designed for interior timber walls and ceilings to enhance and protect timber from everyday wear and tear. The flat finish helps the timber retain its natural just cut look. If a little colour rejuvenation is needed, Resene Colorwood Enhance may be added to Resene Aquaclear Natural to add extra depth and colour.
Resene Aquaclear is also available in satin, semi-gloss and gloss finishes for those looking for a higher sheen effect.
As many look for more relaxed finishes, the trend to washed looks continues. Resene Colorwood Whitewash and Greywash have been popular options inside. Now Resene Woodsman Whitewash has been extended to include two greywash options also. Choose from a light or mid greywash option for a new way to enhance timber finishes. View timber samples online...
Resene has received the Reader’s Digest Gold Quality Service Award for paint and decorating stores recognising exceptional customer service, winning each year since these awards started in 2016. Winners were identified in a survey conducted by Catalyst Marketing and Research. Commissioned by Reader’s Digest, the survey canvased a representative sample of 1,500 New Zealand adults.
Little habits, repeated often, can make a massive difference over time. Not so long ago, recycling paint containers wasn’t something most customers even contemplated. Today, for many, it’s part of their normal painting process to recycle the packaging when they have finished the project. It was 15 years ago that Resene PaintWise first started following nearly five years of development. In those days product stewardship was in its infancy so there was no easy path to follow to set up a programme. Every process was forging new ground. Since then, over a kilotonne, i.e. over 1,000,000 kilograms, of packaging and paint has been recycled. That equates to millions of packs being returned. Find out more about how to recycle your paint… more
Resene has an extensive range of Environmental Choice approved products for everything from paints and stains, to clear finishes, primers and sealers. And now Environmental Choice New Zealand’s EC-07-17 Paints specification has achieved Level A recognition by the Green Building Council of Australia. Products that carry the EC-07-17 licence are eligible for GBCA Green Star credits, as well as NZGBC Green Star and Homestar credits. View the Resene Environmental Choice approved product range.
The Resene Mural Masterpieces 2019 is open for entry. Entry is easy - register online or drop into your local Resene ColorShop and pick up a copy of the Mural Masterpieces Competition registration form.
Send your completed registration to Resene and you’ll receive an entry pack containing all the information you’ll need to get started. Gather together your favourite community group, school children or tackle a mural yourself. Entry is open to all ages and all mural types, so get your creative juices and paintbrushes fired up. Entries close 8 November 2019. Open to murals in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
The design competition for the best SNUG home launched to massive interest at PrefabNZ’s CoLab event. Dozens of teams from the building, architecture and design industries submitted plans for a prefabricated SNUG home smaller than 65m2. See the winning designs that you could add to your backyard… more
Pre-coated coloured steel, such as ColorSteel®, ColorBond® and ColorCote, is a hugely popular option for roofs and may also be used as cladding. However inevitably owners want a colour change, sometimes within months of installation or sometimes years later. To make it easier to prepare the surface for topcoating, Resene has launched new Resene Pre-Coated Steel Primer. Simply apply, allow to dry and you’re ready to topcoat with Resene Summit Roof on roofs or you can opt for waterborne exterior finishes such as Resene Lumbersider waterborne low sheen, Resene Sonyx 101 waterborne semi-gloss or Resene Hi-Glo waterborne gloss on cladding. Available from Resene ColorShops and selected resellers.
If there is one constant about colour, it’s that the latest on-trend colours and how we use them are always changing. Drawing from international trends experts and combining those trends with local colour knowledge, Resene has created the new The Range fashion colours 20 with colours designed for 2019/2020 and beyond. The new collection includes over 90 new colours, as well as a selection of favourite Resene colours, whites and neutrals, and a page of popular Resene wood stain finishes to make it easy to choose everything from one chart. Get a taste of the new trends online or view the fandeck at your local Resene ColorShop or reseller.
If you need fresh decorating and colour inspiration, the new habitat plus – decorating and colour trends is here to help. It’s packed full of new on-trend colours, decorating suggestions and handy tips to help. The habitat plus series of books, including this latest issue, are available free at your Resene ColorShop or view online.
It’s a common problem… you find a fabric you like but don’t know what paint colour to team with it. The Resene Curtain Collection has always focused on creating new fabric options designed to go with Resene paint colours. Each fabric design and colourway comes complete with its own suggested Resene paint co-ordinates, to help create a colour palette that works. And now the collection has expanded with a whole host of new designs, including the latest in sheers. New fabrics are planned for regular release. To see the full range view online or view the sample book at your Resene ColorShop or the samples at selected curtain specialists.
Timber floors are a popular choice, but how do you keep them looking good? Now flooring contractors can enhance and protect hardwood timber floors with new durable Resene ProSelect, a tough 2K low VOC waterborne polyurethane range developed for use on residential and commercial flooring. Resene ProSelect gives specifiers and contractors the freedom to select any finish they desire, from a full or semi-gloss, all the way through to a natural or ultra matt finish, with just the minimum of components. To help make it easy to find all you need for your flooring project, view the info hub online with everything from application advice and data sheets, to maintenance tips and information.
The latest habitat magazine is packed full of fresh ideas and inspiration showing you how to use paint, colour and design ideas to transform spaces. It’s coloured by Resene, but it’s not just about painting. Habitat issue 29 is available from Resene ColorShops and resellers or view online.
Bold hues won Freemans Bay School the top colour award in the Resene Total Colour Awards 2018 with colours that bring the school into the heart of the community. Resene has a long history of colour and today's colour range of thousands of hues is a far cry from the handful that was available when Resene started 72 years ago. The Resene Total Colour Awards were launched to encourage and celebrate excellent and creative use of colour; to showcase striking colour palettes and combinations and provide fresh inspiration. See the winners online.
When Readers Digest announced its Most Trusted Brands survey results, Resene was proud to be named Most Trusted Paint for the seventh year running. Thanks for your ongoing feedback that helps us to continually improve. And remember we always welcome constructive and helpful feedback - simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form on our website.
12 years and over 3 million recycled packs later, the Resene PaintWise programme has been expanded to include the Resene Automotive and Light Industrial network of stores and products. Customers can return their Resene Automotive and Light Industrial products to their local Resene Automotive and Light Industrial store, or to the existing Resene ColorShop PaintWise network. See www.resene.com/paintwise for more information.
In Australia, unwanted paint can be returned to the Paintback service. This service started in 2016, supported by Resene.
New Resene SpaceCote Clear is a low sheen clear finish, designed to bring enamel style toughness to broadwall areas, allowing you to get a low sheen finish without sacrificing durability. It’s ideal to protect interior wall paints (in wet and dry areas) and Mason wallpaper.
Resene SpaceCote Clear is a durable low odour finish with scuff, scrub and burnish resistance.
See Data Sheet D513
Ever had clients opening testpots because they want to see which colour is inside? Or perhaps you’ve been painting with testpots yourself and found you need to open each one to find the colour you want.
The Resene testpot is changing to a new format lid… with a clear viewing panel so you and your customers can see what colour is inside, without having to open the testpot.
The overall size, fill level, labelling and pricing is the same, just with a new lid and a flatter finish, which provides a little extra grip when opening the lid.
The new testpot lids are coming through as the old lids run out.
Always remember: Wet paint does not look identical to dry paint so the colour through the viewing hole is just a guideline of the colour. Once dry the colour may look a little different so always use the Resene colour charts or the colour library folders to view the colour when dry.
Patterns, plains, bolds, neutrals or textures, when it comes to wallpaper there is a huge range of designs and styles to choose from. There’s something to suit all tastes. We’ve put together a habitat plus – ways with wallpaper to help you and your clients incorporate wallpaper into your design plans. You can order your free copy by emailing us at email@example.com, visit your Resene ColorShop to pick up a copy or view online.
“I have been in the painting decorating trade for 48 years as was my father for 60 years before me. While doing my apprenticeship a paint traveller arrived with a new way of putting paint on – a roller! As we always used brushes then this was a new invention which impressed us all. My father was not on the job that day and so when we were having tea that night I told him about this new paint roller. To which he replied "Don't be so silly how could you roll paint on?' His imagination could not cope with this until later he saw it. And yet here we are half a century on and most painters couldn't imagine tackling many paint jobs without their trusty roller!”
Thanks to Lea.
We’re on the hunt for creative and colourful projects finished in Resene paints and colours in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Have you completed a project with creative and excellent use of Resene colours and paint? Then make sure you enter it into the Resene Total Colour Awards 2018. Get entry details and an entry form online… more
When it comes to blackboard paint, most people think of black, black and black. However who said a blackboard had to be black? Resene is releasing tintable Resene Chalkboard Paint that can be made in a range of deep and bold colours. For other colours Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen can be used as a chalkboard finish. Resene Chalkboard Paint will be in Resene ColorShops soon.
Hydrostatic pressure can cause moisture to rise through the pores in concrete, damaging an impermeable film sitting on the surface, usually through blistering or pressure sufficient to blow sections of the coating off. New Resene HydraBlock is a transparent two pack low VOC waterborne epoxy barrier coating for application to interior cementitious surfaces, such as masonry - walls, in-situ concrete - walls/floors and plastered walls, subject to hydrostatic pressure. Resene HydraBlock controls rising damp and efflorescence. It has excellent adhesion and is tolerant of application over damp surfaces… more
Resene has been family owned since it started in 1946. Ted Nightingale started Resene in his garage, later passing the reigns onto his son Tony, who passed the reins on many years later to his son, Nick.
Tony’s hard work and dedication has been acknowledged with his acceptance into the Business Hall of Fame. Tony Nightingale (1939-2003) was an innovator, taking Resene multinational, introducing new products, processes and colour systems. Tony was passionate about paint and colour, with a knack for developing technologies and ideas that had never been seen before in the paint market.
The Resene Hunger for Colour fundraiser has been back for its fourth year helping struggling Kiwis put food on the table while bringing colour to Kiwi homes. It was easy for customers to help – all they needed to do was bring in a can of food and swap it for a free Resene testpot. This year, over 37,000 cans of food were swapped for testpots during February, with over 150,000 cans of food swapped since Hunger for Colour began… more
The latest habitat magazine, issue 28 – is packed full of fresh ideas and inspiration showing you how to use paint, colour and design ideas to transform spaces. It’s coloured by Resene, but it’s not just about painting. It’s a handy guide for you to keep up with the latest decorating trends and to help your clients with their choices. View online.
If you have been wandering around Auckland recently, chances are you will have crossed paths with many owls.
Over 100 owls have landed in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary. It’s all for charity, with 47 giant owls, each a bespoke work of art, being auctioned off to fundraise for the Child Cancer Foundation.
The Child Cancer Foundation provides practical, emotional and financial support to children with cancer and their families.
Many litres of Resene paints and an impressive number of testpots were used to add colourful personalities and characters to the once white owls.
The Resene Mural Masterpieces 2018 is open for entry. Entry is easy - register online or drop into your local Resene ColorShop and pick up a copy of the Mural Masterpieces Competition registration form. Entry is open to all ages and all mural types, so get your creative juices and paintbrushes fired up. Entries close 6 November 2018. Find out more…
We know colour choices are always evolving and changing, which is why we regularly update our The Range whites and neutrals fandeck. The latest fandeck includes a few new colours and introduces favourites from other colour ranges to give you the best of the best in one handy fandeck. With the popularity of grey, the range of options has been expanded also. The new fandeck is available from your Resene representative or Resene ColorShop. The individual whites and neutrals palettes will also be updated this year to bring the new colours and favourites into those handy palettes.
The Resene technical team are always on the lookout for ways to improve Resene products. Two of the products to enjoy recent updates are Resene Lustacryl and Resene Woodsman Decking Oil Stain.
Updated Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel, has been designed to be faster to dry and easier to apply. This will speed up application time and also give a better quality finish. It’s available in a huge range of Resene colours, including Resene CoolColours for exterior projects. Resene Woodsman Decking Oil Stain has moved to a waterborne alkyd version, with improved foot traffic durability and weathering durability. It penetrates better reducing the risk of tracking, to help keep it looking good for longer. It’s available in a wide range of exterior stain colours, including Resene CoolColour options.
New Resene Summit Roof Commercial Spray Satin is designed specifically for airless spray application. By focusing the product just on spray application, the technical team have been able to optimise the application process. The new product will be available in 4L and 10L packs in the most popular tones, and many CoolColour options too.
Resene Summit Roof Commercial Spray Satin joins Resene Summit Roof Semi-Gloss, which is designed for brush and roller application, and MIOX and Aluminium finishes available for those who prefer a metallic finish. This gives you and your clients more choice for their roof finishes, and allows painters to choose the product that best suits the application method
If you think you know the most popular Resene colour you might be surprised to find out it’s not Resene Alabaster. While Resene Alabaster is a very close second, Resene Black White has snuck in front to be crowned Resene’s top colour. See Resene’s top 20… more