Jenny and Martin have always chosen colours they love, rather than colours that are in fashion. Says Jenny “We started painting the week after we moved into the house, to give it a new lease on life, to get some colour into it and to make it feel like home.”
With just one bedroom left to work their colour magic on, Jenny and Martin Caughley have achieved what they set out to do when they redecorated their 1920s converted bach located in the Eastbourne hills, near Wellington.
The creative couple has used paint to add panache and ambiance. In its bush setting, their once-faded brown house now sports an exterior scheme that is a special blend of Resene Red Oxide from the Resene Hi-Glo colour chart, with Resene ‘Half Spanish White’ on the window frames and Resene ‘Deep Teal’ on the sills and architraves.
Inside, they have repeated colours to create flow and warmth, using Resene ‘Cream Can’ three-quarter strength on the walls in the kitchen, as well as in two-year-old Macey’s art area, and Resene ‘Conifer’ on both the découpage kitchen table and on their bathroom cabinetry. In the kitchen, Resene ‘Rice Cake’ has been used on the cabinetry, Resene ‘St Tropez’ on a pair of old chairs; in the bathroom Resene ‘Shiraz’ adorns the walls and the underside of the traditional clawfoot bath. The couple’s bedroom reflects the bush and frames the sea with its walls in Resene ‘English Holly’.
Jenny and Martin Caughley are our Resene Colour Home of the Year winners for their skilful – and confident – use of Resene colour throughout their home tucked into the bush overlooking Wellington Harbour. Their striking bathroom in reds and greens won the monthly prize in August; now they’ve claimed top honours and will receive a $2500 home entertainment package from Haier Appliances.
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