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Colour theory for decorating

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Browse this collection of articles from our decorating blog for tips on how to apply colour theory to your decorating and renovation projects.

Colour theory for decorating

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Small colour, big impact

Small colour, big impact

Adding colour to interiors can be confronting... more

11 July, 2023

 

Fresh and uplifting colours to brighten your home

Fresh and uplifting colours to brighten your home

Of all the seasons, spring is a favourite among many... more

28 June, 2023

Colour connections inside and out

Colour connections inside and out

Considering the colours found in your outdoor areas when you’re planning your interior colour palette can be an effective way to create a cohesive home... more

11 March, 2023

How to use colour in small spaces

How to use colour in small spaces

You can find fun, and visually interesting ways, to lean-in to having a small space to create something cosy and inspiring... more

14 February, 2023

 Bring play into your interiors

Bring play into your interiors

There’s something so satisfying about bringing colours into a home, playfully combining tones. It speaks to those who love the mood boost colour provides... more

15 January, 2023

 Use colour to bring the outside in

Use colour to bring the outside in

Connecting the indoors with the outdoors has become one of our most desired design trends... more

28 November, 2022

Little show-stoppers

Little show-stoppers

Got a small space that needs a revamp? The good news is that no matter how spatially-challenged your room or dwelling, you don’t have to be squeezed for choice with your Resene colour palette.... more

10 November, 2022

Colours to welcome the warmer weather climate

Colours to welcome the warmer weather climate

Evoke this breezy, feel-good vibe with upbeat hues, whether on a few elements within a room or coated across all four walls... more

24 September, 2022

How to add drama with colour

How to add drama with colour

A wealth of hues will set a dramatic mood for a home and fresh approaches to using them, creating settings you'd happily get lost in... more

12 August, 2022

Understanding warm and cool colours

Understanding warm and cool colours

You can absolutely mix warm and cool colours in your design palette, and in fact you should do this... more

24 June, 2022

How to turn your home into a nourishing retreat-like space

How to turn your home into a nourishing retreat-like space

So much of our time is spent at home these days, so it's essential to provide yourself and loved ones with a relaxing home that restores you... more

09 June, 2022

Soothing colours for relaxation spaces

Soothing colours for relaxation spaces

Finding a spot to unwind and decompress at home seems more important than ever, when our homes are often also workplaces and study zones... more

31 May, 2022

Playing with your room’s proportion

Playing with your room’s proportion

Proportion is an important but often forgotten aspect of decorating your interiors... more

17 May, 2022

How to enhance the sense of space in a home with paint

How to enhance the sense of space in a home with paint

Paint has a life of its own. It can greatly impact the sense of space within a room... more

23 March, 2022

Design for a mood boost

Design for a mood boost

Designing interiors that spark happiness is simply about curating spaces that celebrate the people, places and things we love... more

29 December, 2021

Summer lovin’: Keep things summery all year round

Summer lovin’: Keep things summery all year round

Here are some ideas for capturing the spirit of summer that will work in any home all year round... more

15 December, 2021

Colour psychology for your home office: paint yourself productive

Colour psychology for your home office: paint yourself productive

If your office space needs a makeover or you are creating one from scratch, don’t underestimate the impact of the right wall colour... more

07 October, 2021

Shape shifters - colour theory and space

Shape shifters

When it comes to determining whether a room feels cosy or expansive, the size of the space isn't everything... more

30 September, 2021

Colour theory for beginners

Don’t cheat yourself of interiors that you love because you’re a little uncertain about your ideas, or where to start. Resene is here to help!... more

02 July, 2021

Hot tips for clashing colours and patterns

Here’s some quick tips from Resene for turning clashes into design triumphs... more

08 June, 2021

Use colour to create space

Creative use of Resene paint, with contrasting shades, shadow effects and bold geometric framing can all help create intimate spaces within larger areas... more

28 May, 2021

How to create a cosy, homely and comforting home for the cooler months

How to create a cosy, homely and comforting home for the cooler months

Warming, inviting and welcoming, we all seek these sensations in our home... more

28 April, 2021

Paint effects but not like the 80s

Learn how to get sophisticated paint effects like ombre, colour blocks, mega-stripes or diamonds... more

27 April, 2021

Mood boosting colours to inspire and invigorate

Bring a little joy to the world by choosing mood-boosting colours that allow you connect with your space in a positive way... more

24 April, 2021

How to decorate a bedroom

How to decorate a bedroom

Do you love retreating to your blissful, peaceful bedroom at the end of the day, knowing this room is your safe haven?... more

09 March, 2021

The X factor of accents

The X factor of accents

The simple addition of pieces of colour, used in strategic ways, brings a room to life.... more

19 February, 2021

How to perfect the flow of different colours throughout a home

How to perfect the flow of different colours throughout a home

The flow of more than one colour in different spaces carries vitality. A series of colours will bring interest and life... more

07 December, 2020

How to create a warm and welcoming home

How to create a warm and welcoming home

Whether it’s during the cool winter months or the warmth of summer, a welcoming and inviting home is a must all-year round... more

05 December, 2020

Frame it right – how to make the most of your home’s trims

Frame it right – how to make the most of your home’s trims

It’s worth putting in the time and effort to find the right trim colour for your home... more

29 November, 2020

 Colours for bedroom bliss

Colours for bedroom bliss

Paint is a way to easily and affordably create the relaxing room of your dreams... more

27 August, 2020

Psyched about colour

Psyched about colour

It’s a fact that colour has a significant effect on our behaviour and emotions. How do today’s on trend hues affect our moods?... more

28 April, 2020

Where black is best and grey is grand

Where black is best and grey is grand

"With all its classic sophistication and inky decadence, lovers of black sometimes find that the colour can fade or look washed out. So what’s the solution?... more

29 March, 2020

Which colour for which room?

Did you know that the colours you paint can evoke a variety of moods, from peaceful harmony to passionate rage, or even oppression?... more

30 March, 2019

Changing spaces… with paint

Clever use of paint colour can do a lot to change the visual perceptions of a space... more

11 November, 2018

Colours that make you smile

There is nothing quite like opening the front door of your home and feeling your whole mood lift ... more

19 September, 2018

Using colour for health and wellbeing

Certain colours are known to influence our wellbeing and stimulate positive emotional responses... more

19 June, 2016

Colours for the elderly

Determining which shade of paint best suits a specific space should be done not only by considering the area and its particular use but the individuals who will be using it as well... more

07 August, 2015

Colours for teenagers

Sophisticated patterns and colour palettes are more appealing, and as they hit their mid teens, children, especially boys, start to show a preference for darker colours.... more

08 December, 2014

Colours in the work environment

Studies have shown that the colour on our office walls can have a significant impact on our productivity and wellbeing... more

10 September, 2014

Power of colour

Colour has the power to transform not only our homes but the way we feel. It can stimulate or subdue, motivate or mollify... more

13 June, 2014

Let there be light

Choose your joinery colour wisely and you can enjoy it, and the flexibility it gives you, for years to come... more

17 April, 2014

Colour basics

Interior designers use colour to create certain atmospheres and psychologists may use it to influence moods... more

29 November, 2013

Colour therapy (chromotherapy)

It’s no secret that colour has the power to transform our emotions... more

18 November, 2013

Colour on the ceiling

Just as colour on our walls can add drama or sophistication to a room, colour above us can transform a room’s look and feel... more

12 April, 2011

What's in a colour contrast?

We are often asked about colour contrast and how to figure out what is enough of a colour contrast... more

10 April, 2009

Bring out the best in your kitchen

Bright, invigorating colour schemes can boost energy levels when you have a lot of cooking and cleaning to get through... more

06 December, 2008

Colours for living and learning

There is a cycle of changing colours that affects us through the different stages of life. These are reflected in our changing colour preferences... more

19 February, 2004

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