Tropical Vacation

Tropical Vacation

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The plantation, tropical and resort like styling in an interior space has been popular among our clients this year. With any type of styling and themes there can be many different interpretations. Adjusting one to suit your personality, family and home is always recommended, work with the colours you love and work within a colourway that translates to the setting and story you are looking to create. A great colour design will provide an instant shift in mood from the moment you walk into the room, the eye will wander and the story is set and clear .

Now we are about to give Dor Greige a bit of attention here as it's a neutral that deserves it. Our Tropical Vacation is a colourway that helps to create that resort like feel and story in an interior space. Our beautiful Dor Greige is a warm grey beige and is a complex and sophisticated neutral that can work with both cool and warm colours. It adjusts and tones in easily with its surrounding colours and is extremely versatile in an interior space. When spread across the walls its a difficult neutral to put your finger on, its both grey and beige, it sits somewhere in the middle and a neutral that will work beautifully through all the season, being a little warmer when there is less light and brighter and cooler when there is more light. Dress it with cooler toned decor and accessories in the summer months and with richer warmer colours in the cooler months and Dor Greige will adjust and work beautifully with both.  For a resort like feel Contrast it with crisp white linen curtains, sheers or wooden blinds for an instant restful look in an interior space. 


When looking to use a white with Dor Greige,  whether it be on the skirting, doors or wooden shutters, Old Chiffon as a white is a great option it's an off white but still bright it has underlying warmth to it but with no yellow or cream. When you place it near Dor Greige it will appear as a  bright white but there is a softness to it, that avoids it from being a stark white in this colour way. 

 For a touch of tropics we've chosen Dusky Fields, its adds a natural element to the room its a green for sure but  a restful mid green, it's  a little dusky, making it sit well in serene type spaces but allows you to add the hit of colour. It pairs magnificently with natural earthy woods or warmer tones which if you want to add a luxe element to it will call for dressing with a little gold in the room.  

Then we have Mali.. A beautiful warm neutral, people  like to describe it as camel, sand dune even caramel. However you want to describe it, its a great neutral bordering on colour and great for adding that  touch of warmth and life to space, place it near dusky fields and it will marry in beautifully for a resort like feel.  

To anchor the space we have chosen Ocean Trench a dark dark blue black, a softer alternative to black and won't overpower the colourway but rather work in with it to anchor and compliment it, little pops of it here and there whether it be on a mirror, frames, windowsills,  decor or small pieces furniture is a great addition. 

To create your Tropical Vacation look. Use this colourway to create your space. Choose your predominant colours first and then work from there. As an example you may choose Old Chiffon as your wall colour in our Matt Estate  (if so you would probably go lighter for your skirting and shutters and veer to our crisp white for that) Dusky Fields may be used on a feature wall in the space, with Dor greige on your  main furniture items (with possibly an old chiffon coloured wax) using our premium Chalk Paints. Mali on your feature furniture piece and this may sit against or around the Dusky fields wall with a big mirror in Ocean trench premium chalk paint against the  Old Chiffon wall or even hung over Mali on the Dusky Fields walls.  

Another concept using the same colour way is Dor Greige as your walls  in Matte Estate with Old Chiffon on skirtings & shutters in Velvet Luxe.  Dusky Fields as your feature wall colour with furniture in Premium chalk paint finish in Old chiffon with Dor greige coloured wax, with pops of ocean trench on mirrors,  lamps bases and a feature furniture piece in Mali and on decors such as vases or frames 

Which ever way you choose to co-ordinate these colours and neutrals  in an interior space  they are all great contenders & considerations for creating that Tropical Vacation look in an interior space through walls, furniture, decor, floors using our Artisanal paints and products to create your tropical vacation story.

As important as the colourway is for this look so is the decor, textiles and accessories that you add. To complete the look add in strong earthy wood elements, natural textiles such as linens and rattans (choose rattans that tone in with Mali) plenty of indoor greenery exotic prints that will work well with Ocean Trench. Interesting earthy and natural decor that will sit so beautifully among Dusky Fields and for that touch of luxe a little gold in your decor  


The Artisan Company is a New Zealand owned and based company focussed upon making and making and providing the highest quality decorative paints and tools for homes and all types of spaces. Born out of a rich heritage of bespoke furniture and interiors through the merging of Taylored Revival and Vintro Paint NZ and with several decades of experience we are unashamedly focused upon luxury DIY products and in helping people achieve bespoke looks in their interiors. 


As NZ's only bespoke paint manufacturer making our flagship Premium Chalk Paint we combine technology with our fine tuned natural skills. We use advanced machinery with an exact accuracy measured within less than a ¼ of a ml and use a custom formulation database with complex colours formulated by hand; most of which can't be replicated by machines. We are a proud NZ company who promotes and uses local suppliers and products wherever possible. We also aim to have a positive impact on environment through low VOC paints, minimised wastage and smart use of materials.


To provide the best possible experience for our customers we have also curated artisanal tools including the world renowned Staalmeester brushes which work in perfect  unison with our Premium Chalk Paint and otehr ranges with there rich and creamy consistency. From the advanced bristle materials through to the  INOX steel ferrules it all really helps to achieve the best results, and yes brushes do make a big difference to your painting experience and finish.

Aside from our unique range of products, we are also proud of our decades worth of experience in the field of decorative painting and training. Having been recognised locally and overseas for these efforts has also led us to directly train over three thousand people and paint over two thousand bespoke furniture or interior pieces for clients.

Heritage of Taylored Revival


Taylored Revival or TR as it was known by its regulars was a family business started in a garage in East Auckland in 2012. A leading decorative painting studio which undertook thousands of commissions projects over the years and was considered the leading Chalk Paint retailer in the Australasian region. Progressing through the years from a small retail store in Whitford through to a large format 300m2 retail site in Botany. Take a quick look at the history and the prequel to The Artisan Company below.