A Taste of the Trends

If it’s one thing you can be sure of, trends never stand still.  We asked the colour and design experts to give us a taste of what’s trending for 2018/2019.

Forget minimalism and its constraints. Make a move towards maximalism – one of the hottest styles in interior design. A blend of historical design and colours, layers and textures, and mixed artwork allows the maximalist to create an interior that not only melds the patina of time with contemporary decor but creates an interior that is vastly unique. “Maximalism allows you to let your imagination loose,” says Rebecca Long, Resene Colour Expert. “The key here is to connect the dots and play close attention to design elements, such as repetition and shape, to build your scheme.”

Grounded Neutrals 

Earthier, honest neutrals are right on trend. Choose a colour palette of earthy browns, tans, warm greys and greens – and especially terracotta.  “Terracotta is making a comeback and it isn’t just limited to pots,” says Rebecca. “Pair a colour such as Resene Desperado with classic timber stains such as Resene Pitch Black and Resene Natural.”

Daringly Dark

There is a definite shift to embracing darker hues inside, taking cosy to a new level.  This isn’t an all black story; instead, it focuses on dark colours with deep blues and greens and smoky charcoals, such as Resene Indian Ink and Resene Coast.  Dark walls ensure space doesn’t feel empty.  The deep backdrop enhances the greenery of plants and colours in artwork.


“Yes, we are still using metallic, but with an earthier twist,” says interior designer and colour consultant Debbie Abercrombie. “The mix of black and metallic, such as Resene Catch 22, is strong, elegant and very on trend. Though it is stylish enough to outstand trends too.”  Whether it’s stools, chairs, wall units and planters painted in metallic hues, or simple metallic touches added to handles and legs, picture frames, textiles and wallpaper – metallics are a versatile choice. Use metallics to glam up a room, or pair them with handcrafted ornaments, natural stone or exotic wood.



We’re not ready to let go of botanicals just yet. We’re still seeing bold-leafed plants in our homes, in particular, ‘patterned’ plants with leaves bearing stripes or splotches. Forget maidenhair ferns; consider calathea, croton and dieffenbachia instead. Nature’s green hues are prominent too. We’re also seeing the blues – from deep and dark to weathered blues, such as Resene Half Dusted Blue.  So easy to incorporate into a project, blues continue as a perennial favourite.


Forget traditional paint effects. Effects are back in fashion, but with a modern overhaul; freehand styles paired with modern colourways.  The look is less prescribed and perfect and lighter on the senses than the traditional overly detailed finishes of decades past.  Texture becomes an added dimension using products such as Resene Sandtex and Resene Resitex.  Or go for a coastal inspired durable washed effect with Resene Colorwood Whitewash and Resene Colorwood Greywash.


The future continues to brighten, as bold, eye-catching colours give a fresh vibrancy to rooms. Whether it’s quirky and out-of-the-ordinary or intense and sophisticated, a lively palette inspires cheerfulness and a playful release.  Think palettes featuring accents of red, earthy oranges, aqua blue, yellows and lime green.  Resene Turbo, Resene Pohutukawa and Resene Daredevil are favourites for a pop of colour.


Using recycled materials and upcycled objects is not just a trend, it’s becoming a responsibility.  Resene paints, stains and clear finishes are an easy way to help repurpose or reuse a favourite piece of furniture or accessory.  Old can easily become new by redecorating with a fresh new colour and finish.

When you’re choosing trends, remember the golden rule: always choose colours you love. That way you’ll enjoy them for years to come.

For more expert advice on colours & trends or any other renovating projects, make sure you visit Canterbury’s longest running and No. 1 home building & renovating expo – the Canterbury Home Show, 12 – 14 October 2018 at Horncastle Arena, Addington, to source quality products and services from 140+ home-related businesses and get free expert advice from leading industry experts and suppliers.  See www.canterburyhomeshow.co.nz for tickets and more info!