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Decorate sustainably

From the Resene decorating blog

Sustainability is on everybody’s mind. We’re all taking a closer look at how much waste we’re responsible for in all aspects of our lives and how we reuse materials or dispose of them mindfully.

Creating colour connections in your house

Look for ways to repeat colours in your house, even in small amounts. This creates colour connections as well as makes use of leftover paint.

This trim and a door handle painted in Resene Clockwork Orange provides a dramatic contrast against walls painted in Resene Eighth Truffle, door in Resene Ebony Clay, edge in Resene Putty, floor in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, table base in Resene Blank Canvas with top in Resene Truffle and edge in Resene Putty, chair in Resene Ebony Clay, lightshade in Resene Urbane with stripe in Resene Ebony Clay, tall vase in Resene Triple Truffle with stripe in Resene Ebony Clay and small vase in Resene Blank Canvas. Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

We can see the influence of this shift toward better sustainability in design trends, as we embrace a close connection to nature, using products like Resene Waterborne Woodsman and Resene Colorwood stains to showcase a timber’s natural beauty, and in earthy colour palettes that embrace earthy greens like Resene Iko Iko and terracotta like Resene Cinnamon.

But it’s also making us all think about the redecorating products and services we use, to make sure the waste and cleanup is as environmentally friendly as possible.

Resene has a long history of considering the environmental impacts of its products and how they’re used. From joining the Eco Choice certification programme in 1996, to launching the Resene PaintWise paint recycling programme and the ongoing development of low-VOC and even plant-based products, Resene is committed to making it simple for customers to make good choices around sustainability without sacrificing the quality of their finished project.

Here some of Resene’s colour and technical experts give their best tips on how to improve the sustainability credentials of your renovation or redecorating project – particularly by avoiding waste-making mistakes.

Christine Hodges, Resene Colour Expert

Madison McLeod, Resene Colour Expert

Amy Watkins, Resene Colour Expert

Seek out advice from the experts at Resene ColorShops

Seek out advice from the experts at Resene ColorShops as they can help make sure you use the right products and finishes to get the best result for your room.

Wall and skirting painted in Resene Truffle, floor in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, coffee table and side table painted in Resene Triple Truffle, candelabra and bowl in Resene Quarter Truffle, vase in Resene Half Truffle and light pendant in Resene Triple Truffle and Resene Double Truffle sponge effect. Couch from Interior Warehouse, rug from Briscoes. Project by Megan Harrison-Turner, image by Bryce Carleton.

Get creative with leftover building materials

Get creative with leftover building materials to add unexpected touches to your rooms.

Panelled headboard stained in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, Resene Colorwood Rising Tide, Resene Colorwood Shore Thing, Resene Colorwood in Natural and Resene Colorwood Whitewash, wall painted in Resene Loblolly, floor in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, rattan light in Resene Blanc, side table in Resene Tiara, tall vase in Resene Destiny. Bedlinen and brown palm leaves from Adairs, rectangle cushions from Freedom, large square cushion from H&M. Project by Vanessa Nouwens, image by Bryce Carleton.

Moneuan Ryan, Resene stylist

Jackie Nicholls, Resene Colour Expert

Brenda Ngatai, Resene Colour Expert

A bedroom with artisitic flair

Use Resene testpots or leftover paint to add personality and unique artistic flair to rooms and upcycled furniture. Floor painted in Resene Hampton, with left side wall in Resene Vantage Point, right wall in Resene Oxygen with vertical strip in Resene Smokescreen, stripes in Resene Inspire and circle in Resene Hampton, sideboard in Resene Big Bang with handles in Resene Inspire, bedside tabletop in Resene Wild West, bedhead in Resene Snow Drift, pendant light in Resene Blackjack and Resene Snow Drift, vase in Resene Oxygen, hexagonal dish in Resene Big Bang and square pot in Resene Snow Drift with shapes in Resene Hampton and Resene Smokescreen and stripes in Resene Blackjack. Artwork by Jodi Clarke from endemicworld, chair from Danske Møbler. Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

Jay Sharples, Resene Paint Expert

Bryce McDermott, Resene Paint Expert

Other tips to try:

Did you know?

Resene has a growing selection of plant-based products.

Over the last few years, Resene chemists have developed new hybrid waterborne alkyds, which meet Eco Choice standards. These are replacing solventborne formulas which do not.

Resene chemist Greg Percival explains: "Alkyd polymers based on plant oils such as linseed and castor can be formulated with 60% to 95% renewable content depending on the required paint properties and for higher performance combined with other polymers to create hybrid waterborne alkyds.

“Minimising the use of fossil hydrocarbons is a priority for the paint industry and research is now focused on using carbon from biological sources which can be recycled into the atmosphere then back into plant growth without increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide – hence the term renewable.”

Colours mentioned in this blog...

Resene Breathe Easy

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Resene Inspire

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Resene Shore Thing

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Resene Rising Tide

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Resene Vantage Point

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Products mentioned in this blog...

January 31, 2024

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