City House Country House

The perfect urban palette, as inspired by two markedly different developments, and a palette inspired by plants, rock and sea.

City House Country House

The perfect urban palette, as inspired by two markedly different developments, and a palette inspired by plants, rock and sea.

City House

Two very different apartment blocks made it into our group of finalists for the Here Awards 2022 – hopefully, it’s a sign of what’s to come in our cities. We’d be happy to live at both the Jervois apartments, by Monk Mackenzie, Artifact and Amelia Holmes, and Riverbank Quarter, by Stufkens + Chambers Architects.

The palette inspired by these projects, as you might expect, is an elegant – but still warm – assemblage of muted greys and neutrals. Resene Quarter Foggy Grey and Resene Half Mako speak to concrete and plaster, while Resene Spanish White and Resene Sea Fog come from brick – both unpainted and painted. Structural steel is reflected in Resene Cinder, with Resene Brown Derby and Resene Bowman bringing the warmth of timber. Finally, red marble inspires the deep red of Resene Scoria.

Country House

There was a strong urban showing in 2022 – but there were also some perfect retreats, from our winning home above a white-sand beach, by Pac Studio and Kristina Pickford Design, to a house in a dunescape, by Herbst Architects... And a utility shed on a bushy section just outside Akaroa, designed by Mitchell Coll.


Naturally, the palette is dominated by greens. Resene Koru and Resene Woodland are taken from the regenerating bush of Ōtama, plus Resene Paddock from the painted steel of Akaroa. There’s Resene Grass Hopper, from rolling muehlenbeckia on an East Coast beach, and the vivid tones of Pickford’s vegetable garden in Resene Barmy Army. Warm neutrals come in too – fading timber echoed in Resene Piha Sand, and stone in Resene Buff. And let’s not forget the ocean: the beautiful Pacific blue of Resene Seachange. 


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