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From the Resene News – issue 3/2014

Night and day - A garden inspired colour scheme

Resene Paints in a garden inspired colour schemeThe challenge of this house was that it had gone through a major renovation structurally some years ago but the owners had not had a chance to give the interior a new look in terms of colour or fit-out. The brief was open and after spending considerable time visiting the spaces and analysing the light factors and spaces generally, James Peters settled on a colour concept.

The living rooms on the top floor are long and narrow with limited natural light. The division between the kitchen/dining area and the formal lounge required a continuity of colour application. From each end of the living spaces the aim was to be able to view a selection of the three brighter colours.

As the colour was applied to the walls, the home was visited in the evenings as well as different times during the day to assess that the colour palette was fitting the overall concept.

The house had a fairly cool interior. The colour palette took this into account and also took references from existing rooms of the house, including the timber in the kitchen, the wooden fire surround and the strong wooden floors. The colours needed to have sufficient strength to complement these timbers.

The major inspiration for the colours came from viewing the back garden, which the clients had planned and planted superbly. The Resene Himalaya (bronze gold) colour was inspired by the various green foliage of the garden and Resene Buttered Rum (golden tan) was inspired by viewing the setting sun from the front deck during a site visit. Resene Caffeine (rich brown) is a very seductive colour and complemented the other colours perfectly. All were finished in a Resene Zylone Sheen low sheen waterborne paint for its practicality, durability and density. These strong colours are complemented by Resene Half Tea (complex neutral) on skirtings, architraves and bookshelves and Resene Alabaster (blackened white) on ceilings. 

A garden inspired interior colour scheme

A garden inspired interior colour scheme

Colour selection: James Nicholas Peters, James Peters Design Concepts
Painting Contractor: Peter Witton
Photographer: Stella Brandon


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