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Colour matching with the wilderness

Posted on 13 March 2013
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Choosing hues to complement the spectacular natural scenery of New Zealand is a tough task. But the Dulux colour experts were up for the challenge.

They’ve carefully created five colour palettes inspired by the different terrains of the backcountry. So be rest assured – there will be no faddish or clashing colours on the walls of our heritage huts – the hues have been chosen to enhance each hut’s unique character and match the landscape that surrounds it.

The five timeless palettes are inspired by the natural scenes throughout New Zealand backcountry, from high in the mountain-tops down to the sandy shoreline:

  • The Scree & Rock palette is a complex collection of greys – from the shadowy charcoal of Dulux The Remarkables, the stony Dulux Franz Josef Quarter, up to the snowy tones of Dulux Mt Aspiring.
  • The Forest range features a swathe of mossy greens like Dulux Murupara and the lighter Dulux Flat Island, bark browns like Dulux Tanemahuta and the soft mud-like Dulux Te Pupuha Point.
  • Warm golden tones underpin the Tussock and Shrublands range, featuring dry-grass greens like Dulux Saint Bathans and desert sands like Dulux Darfield Half.
  • The sunny plains of the mainland inspired the Brights collection, which spans from the sunset orange of Dulux Kerikeri, to the meadow yellow of Dulux Port Ohope, the vibrant grass of Dulux Taporo and the clear blue skies of Dulux Leigh.
  • And the Coastal range embodies a classic beachside scene – from the deep sea of Dulux Rotomahana, to the wild teal waters of Dulux Cook Strait, the soft sands of Dulux Te Waewae and the fluffy toi toi tone of Dulux Coopers Beach Double.

Kiwis will decide which huts will be painted next – and using these palettes you can create your own colour schemes for the DOC huts, via the online design tool at protectingourplace.co.nz