Resene / Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards competition

Resene / Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards competition
Have you recently decorated a home with Resene paints?
If so, you could be a winner.

Resene and Your Home & Garden are on the lookout for the most stunning interior or exterior colour scheme created with Resene paints to be featured in Your Home & Garden magazine.

Monthly winners win $250 of Resene paint vouchers and the grand winner $5000 cash!

Entries are closed. We plan to run the competition again so check back later in 2015 for the new entry form.

View previous winning entries below. You will need Acrobat Reader to read the stories.

Resene / Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards winners:

An impersonal white-on-white house has been transformed with small amounts of well chosen colour Grand winner 2015/16 - Gemma Burrows
Wellingtonian Gemma Burrows has used a kaleidoscope of colour in small doses throughout her once all-white home. The previously white-on-white colour scheme of Gemma's Wellington home was never going to last long with a self-confessed colour-lover living there. She bought the home in July last year, sold on its modern, open-plan design but the decor was impersonal and bland. She set about painting the house little by little, adding geometric and colour-blocking detail to all areas of the house... more
A basement garage is transformed into a funky family room April 2015 winner – Ashley Gillham
Ashley Gillham transformed what was once the garage of his two-storey Kumeu house into a funky family space for him and son Malachy, 6. Upstairs is rented out while downstairs “there isn’t the slightest indication that cars were once parked here”, says Ashley. A huge fan of art deco, Ashley consulted with Kelly Gammie from Eucalyptus Design to help him refine his colour choice and to reflect this era. A painted arrow has been repeated in every room… more
Resene Colour Home Awards March 2015 winner March 2015 winner – Melanie Wilson
Melanie Wilson was tired of looking at beige interiors after a bout of house hunting, so when she purchased this ex-state house in New Plymouth, she set about enlivening it with colour. “I love colour – both bright and bold and softer tones.” Melanie painted the geometric design above the kitchen splashback by randomly placing painter’s tape until she was happy with the design and filling in the sections with Resene… more
February 2015 winner of the Resene Colour Home awards February 2015 winner - Robert and Diane Sutton
Robert Sutton didn’t tell his wife Diane that he was entering their Renwick, Marlborough home into the Resene Colour Home Awards, stating in his entry: “I am sending this in to surprise my wife Diane who I think has done an amazing job of transforming our B&B with two new coats of Resene paint.” Diane was understandably “very excited and proud” to discover she was a finalist. Diane painted the 1929 bungalow herself, using Resene Trojan from the Resene CoolColour™ range, which reflects heat and remains cooler in summer conditions… more
January 2015 winner - Gemma Burrows January 2015 winner - Gemma Burrows
Gemma Burrows couldn’t wait to transform the plain, impersonal white walls of her Wellington home. “I like bright colours,” says Gemma, “which you can tell by looking at my clothes and lipstick on any given day!” After scanning Pinterest for inspiration, she decided on a geometric theme that would inject colour and complement her extensive art collection and furniture. The fireplace was reinvented with a square of Resene Bright Spark and a thin line of Resene Bombshell to “give it some edge”… more
December 2014 winner December 2014 winner – Renee and Bryan Lawrence
Rennee Lawrence and her husband Bryan renovated their kitchen in Pukerua Bay, north of Wellington, on a tight budget and are thrilled with the results. They chose dark shades to contrast with crisp white and bright red accents, with Resene Blackjack on the dining room wall and Resene Blackboard Paint in the kitchen. The floors, walls and kitchen table were treated to coats of Resene Black White. The pièce de résistance is the set of 1940s cabinets… more
November 2014 winner November 2014 winner - Marlene Handl
With an overseas student coming to stay, Marlene Handl wanted to create a relaxing and restful guest bedroom in her Mission Bay, Auckland home. The formerly black walls made for a dark and gloomy space, so Marlene and her husband repainted the entire room in Resene Karen Walker Foggy Grey and Resene Alabaster for a fresh palette that beautifully reflects natural light. Marlene also looked to nature for inspiration… more
Grand winner 2013/14 – Debra Yearsley Grand winner 2013/14 – Debra Yearsley
When Debra Yearsley and her husband Adam bought their 1988 “Miami Vice-style” home in July 2012 it was crying out for colour. The art deco house in Auckland’s St Heliers features an eight metre-high atrium, with dramatic curved walls and split levels, which Debra saw as unpainted surfaces ripe for a colourful makeover. She chose an eclectic range of Resene paints to decorate her home, teamed with mid-century furniture. “Colour is a must,” she says… more
March 2014 winner – Pippa Jinks March 2014 winner – Pippa Jinks
It’s hard not to smile when you spot the rainbow stairs in Pippa Jinks’ Birkenhead, Auckland home. “People are always positive about them,” says Pippa. “The funniest comment was from a six-year-old friend of my children (Luka, 10, and Pearl, 7), whose face was a picture of happiness when he saw the stairs, but then he looked serious and told me earnestly that I had done it wrong, because rainbows don’t have pink in them… more
February 2014 winner Resene Your Home & Garden competition February 2014 winner - Noelene Rachinger and Alan Blackman
Noelene Rachinger and Alan Blackman recently set about painting their entire St Heliers, Auckland home in a range of Resene colours. They drew inspiration from their bold furnishings and artwork, repeating splashes of red, in the bar stools and bedlinen, throughout the house. They kept the look classic in the downstairs living room and kitchen, painted in Resene Rakaia, echoed by the exterior of the home in Resene Chicago and Resene Half Alabaster, creating seamless flow from inside to out… more
January 2014 winner of the Resene Colour Home  Awards January 2014 winner - Michelle Burns
The aptly named Resene Tweet on the cabinetry of this Christchurch home caused “much twittering at the factory when it was applied”, says homeowner Michelle Burns. Her bold colour scheme was chosen to complement the mid-century feel of the 1968 home. “We achieved this by incorporating rimu into the island cabinetry and bringing the gorgeous Resene Grasscloth wallpaper into the scheme”… more
December 2013 winner's Art Deco home December 2013 winner - Kim Quartermain
Kim Quartermain says it’s been an “exciting journey” deciding on a colour scheme for her art deco home in Karori, Wellington. It began in February 2011 with a visit to Napier’s Art Deco Weekend for inspiration. After much deliberation she settled on Resene Buttery White for the exterior walls and Resene Deco for the trim. “I made sure to complement the surrounding houses while keeping with the art deco heritage and status of the property”… more
November 2013 winner November 2013 winner - Debra Yearsley
A home office doesn't have to be stuffy and boring. Take inspiration from the bold colour combo Debra Yearsley dreamed up for the work space in her Auckland home. She wanted it to be bright, vibrant and mentally stimulating. "My office was cold and uninviting. It needed hotting up with a warm colour. Resene Smitten is a gorgeous fuchsia that makes me smile every time I enter the room," she says. The starting point for Debra's colour scheme was the floral rug she bought on Trade Me... more
Grand Winner 2012/2013 Grand winner 2012/2013 - Amiria Kiddle
Bold colour reigns supreme in this retro-feel home in Havelock North. The interior colour scheme, designed by architectural designer Amiria Kiddle for the home of her parents Ian and Winifred Kiddle, was chosen from the Resene Style Pasifika range. "Colour is such a personal thing. What I like about this home is that the Kiddles have not shied away from using strong colours," says Leanne... more
1909 farmhouse in Marlborough January 2013 winner - Jo and John Blue
Jo and John Blue bought this 1909 farmhouse in Marlborough’s picturesque Awatere Valley in 2004. After several years living with its plain white exterior, they took the plunge and painted it with a striking combination of Resene CoolColour™ Midnight Express and Resene Half Pearl Lusta. “The colour choice is a fantastic success,” says Jo… more
a bedroom in a gender-neutral mix of aqua and pink December 2012 winner - Heather Cheer
Heather Cheer loves stripes and toyed with the idea of a colourful feature wall for years before making it a reality. “I saw some tips on how to achieve a sharp paint line on a UK TV show and I’ve wanted to create my own striped wall ever since,” says Heather. There was an even more poignant reason to paint a bedroom in a gender-neutral mix of aqua and pink – Heather and her husband Matthew Cheer are thrilled to have been officially selected to adopt a child. “We set about creating a unique colour scheme… more
November 2012 winner November 2012 winner - Amiria Kiddle
Ian, Winifred and daughter Amiria Kiddle's vibrant Havelock North home showcases a range of Pasifika-inspired shades from the Resene Style Pasifika collection. They drew inspiration for their decor from the work of the home's original architect, the late John Scott, whose designs were bold, original and distinctly New Zealand. "We chose Resene 'Red Frangipani' and Resene 'Orange Wood' for the kitchen and dining room," says Amiria... more
A peaceful kitchen colour scheme October 2012 winner - Sera Solomon
When it came to choosing a paint shade for her Lower Hutt kitchen, Sera Soloman knew exactly what she wanted: peace and serenity. "I wanted a place where the traumas of day-to-day life would disperse," says Sera, "where family would eat, talk, love and laugh - but overall a place of peace. "To achieve this, my husband Chris and I needed a clean, subtle colour scheme, which I found in Resene 'Robins Egg Blue'. For me, the softness and calm of this colour... more
Resene Colour Home Awards September 2012 winner September 2012 winner - Michele Powles and James Winton
It's not unusual for visitors to Michele Powles and James Winton's home to mistake the striped wall in their kitchen for expensive designer wallpaper. In fact, the clever colour combo is the handiwork of Michele, who knew exactly the look she was after. "I went to a Resene ColorShop and started playing around with the different coloured card paint samples," she says. "It took me about half an hour to choose the colours... more
Grand winner 2011/2012 Resene your Home and Garden award Grand winner 2011/2012 - Cheryl and Phil Johnston
Cheryl Johnston and her husband Phil are the winners of this year's award for their beautiful grey colour scheme. A transformation to their century-old villa in Cambridge in 2010 prompted a subtle colour change. They added a new ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and study off a bedroom at the back of the house, plus a separate garage, carport and a cottage.Cheryl took her time getting the right shades of grey and white, and discovered that perfecting a lighter palette can be even trickier thanworking with bright and bold shades. "There were hundreds of shades to choose from," says Cheryl... more
Resene Colour Home Awards winner February 2012 February 2012 winner - Cheryl Johnston
After three years spent dreaming about it, Cheryl Johnston and her husband Phil finally embarked on 12 months of redecorating to transform their century-old villa in Cambridge. Cheryl took her time selecting just the right shades of grey and white. “I had visions of what I wanted, but with hundreds of shades to choose from, I purchased a lot of Resene testpots to narrow down the options to the ideal few!” she says. Perfecting a lighter palette can be tricky... more
YHG Resene Colour Home Awards January 2012 winner - David and Lian Bruce
David and Lian Bruce of Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty were lucky enough to design and build their own home four years ago. When it came to the interior they set about livening it up with vibrant paint colours. Every room of the house has been painted in a different shade. The wall in the lounge was originally painted in Resene Hot Chile, but when spring arrived Lian wanted something more cheerful and decided to paint it Resene Clockwork Orange... more
Colour Home Awards December 2011 winner December 2011 winner - Sacha Lees
Anticipating the arrival of her second child, Wellington’s Sacha Lees created a fun space that her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Lupita Taylor could call her own. Lupita wanted a purple bedroom, for which Sacha used Resene Innuendo on two walls and Resene Quarter Napa on the others. For the stunning branch mural, Sacha drew an outline in pencil, then painted it with Resene Quarter Napa for the branch, Resene Smoky Green for the large leaves... more
Colour Home Awards November 2011 winner November 2011 winner - Claire and Ross Giblin
Claire and Ross Giblin of Porirua, Wellington, transformed a dated kitchen into a sunny multi-coloured delight within their 1960s home. The couple added a playful yet subtle element to their kitchen decor by using colour here and there. To accentuate the new pine plywood cabinetry they chose Resene Flashback, Resene Alibi and Resene Moonbeam, while the wood grain was showcased... more
October 2011 winner - Richard and Raphaella Carver October 2011 winner - Richard and Raphaella Carver
Located beside the Waimea Estuary in Nelson, colour has been used confidently in this modern family home. Richard and Raphaella Carver used splashes of colour to highlight the architecture of their new home. These include a vibrant blue feature wall in Resene Bowie in the living area and Resene Afterburner in the home office. Other walls and ceilings are painted Resene Merino using Resene SpaceCote... more
Grand winner 2010/2011 Resene / Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards Grand winner 2010/2011 - Tiffiny Orr
When it comes to colour, Tiffiny Orr knows what she likes. The mother of two didn’t let what anyone else thought of her bold colour scheme bother her when it came to giving her Auckland home a makeover. Some of her friends were shocked at the colours she chose, especially her decision to paint her bedroom navy. Sam and Jesse love the Resene Thunderbird red-orange in their playroom... more
February 2011 winner Resene Your Home & Garden competition February 2011 winner - Jane and William Teasdale
Jane and William Teasdale often look outside to discover people photographing their pretty pink home. Painted in Resene Clam Shell with Resene Soapstone on the trims, the historic 1860s cottage in Nelson regularly captures the attention of those passing by. “The cottage is often admired and it is not unusual to find people taking photos outside our gate,” Jane says. “Resene Clam Shell looks so sweet on the cottage and when my garden is in bloom it is a lovely sight. We feel very happy with the result... more
January 2011 winner January 2011 winner - Vanessa Lisowski and Simon van Rossum
Vanessa Lisowski and Simon van Rossum fell in love with Resene Red Hot and Resene Hyperactive, which they used sparingly, but with great impact, in their Auckland home. “There is an area outside our son’s room that we turned into our library. We made built-in shelves, adding splashes of red and orange to brighten up the space,” says Vanessa. Choosing to avoid pastels for the nursery, the couple drew inspiration from the library’s bold colour scheme. In Hendrick’s room they added Resene Blackout... more
December 2010 winner Resene Colour Home award December 2010 winner - Tiffiny Orr
Tiffiny Orr’s confident use of colour has transformed her 1970s home. When Tiffiny bought the house it was “white and bland” – not anymore! “With a tiny budget for the whole renovation, and heating issues to deal to, the only intervention with most rooms was colour,” she says. By painting the playroom walls in the stunning Resene ‘Thunderbird’, Tiffiny not only accentuated the colour with accessories in the same shade, but also in the adjoining dining area, bringing a sense of unity to the entire living space... more
a muted blue/grey for the exterior November 2010 winner - Kate Woodruffe and Steve Dorner
Having spent two years restoring their Auckland villa, one of Kate Woodruffe and Steve Dorner’s final tasks was to paint the exterior. Kate wanted a muted blue/grey for the exterior and found it in Resene ‘Powder Blue’ from the range of Karen Walker Paints range. Inspired by the Bird of Paradise plants in the front garden, she chose Resene ‘Clementine Orange’ for the front door… more
October 2010 winner October 2010 winner - Victoria Mahony
Wellington’s Victoria Mahony thrilled her daughter Milly, 5, and son Ned, 3, by brightening up their shared bedroom with Resene ‘Subzero’. “I thought horizontal stripes would look great across one wall and that it wouldn’t be too hard with the help of some trusty masking tape, a ruler and a little patience,” Victoria says. “We love the colour, and Milly, who has the top bunk, says that lying in bed feels like she is floating in the sky... more
Grand winner 2009/2010 Grand winner 2009/2010 - Erina Emery
Using Resene colours, Erina Emery let her imagination run wild while decorating her home, winning her the $5000 first prize in the Resene Colour Home Awards. Erina says “I love colour and I have always wanted a house where I could let my imagination run wild. I spent months planning and deciding how to revitalise and refresh the interior”… more
March 2010 winner March 2010 winner - Erina Emery
Erina Emery’s passion for bold colour is evident in the decor of her home.
“I love colour and have always wanted a house where I could let my imagination run wild – thankfully my husband was prepared to indulge me. “I spent many months planning and deciding how to revitalise and freshen the interior,” she says. “I started in the dining room with some amazing fabric that I found for the blinds and decided to have a lovely feature wall to match, for which we chose the colour Resene ‘Turbo’.

Thanks also to Alex Fulton and Natasha McIntosh for their assistance... more
February winner February 2010 winner – Sally Thompson
Swapping dull green for the warm red of Resene Old Brick has enhanced Sally Thompson’s enjoyment of her lounge immeasurably. “When the sunlight makes the walls glow, the room feels warm and inviting,” says the Christchurch homeowner. Her bedroom, painted in Resene Cut Glass, has the opposite effect. “It is stunningly calm and reminiscent of gorgeous beach days,” says Sally… more
January 2010 winner January 2010 winner – Sarah Smale
Sarah Smale, from Nelson, was always on the lookout for an authentic ‘duck-egg blue’, and she found it in Resene ‘Paris White’. She used it in a bedroom before also painting her house’s exterior with it… more
December Colour Home award winner December winner 2009 - Kate Kelly
When the Kelly family bought their 1911 villa, son Ruben's attic-style room had a dark and closed-in effect. But what was set to be a quick makeover became a six-month project! The skirting was replaced with a wider style and taupe sisal was laid on the floor. Then came sanding, priming and painting with Resene 'Periglacial Blue', which mum Kate Kelly had seen in a friend's bedroom... more
October winner November winner 2009 - Otis Frizzell and Sarah Longworth
Otis Frizzell and Sarah Longworth can't yet afford the kitchen of their dreams, but they have found a creative way to stamp their personality on their first home. "We love to eat out and love that French rustic kitchen look. Big blackboards look great in restaurants and kitchens alike so we thought we'd take that little bit of inspiration and add it to our home," says Sarah. The Auckland couple used Resene Blackboard Paint.... more
Grand Winner of the Resene Colour Home Award 2009 Grand winner 2008/2009 - Scott and Sharlene Woolston
For most of us, renovations are a sure-fire way to empty the bank account. But for creative Hamilton couple Scott and Sharlene Woolston, renovating their home has netted a $5000 windfall. Scott and Sharlene’s unerring instinct for brave and playful colour caught the eye of the judges in our Resene Colour Home Awards, who named them Supreme Winners of the annual competition – a coveted title that comes with a $5000 cash prize… more

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