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July 2005 finalist


From the Resene/Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards Competition - July 2005 finalist

A blast of red colour that is Resene ‘Dynamite’ marks Helen Wake’s dining room as this month’s Your Home & Garden Resene Colour Home Awards winner.

Unsure of the best colour for her dining room, Helen Wake solved the problem with strategic aplomb – by painting the adjoining hallway first. As soon as she’d finished the hallway in Resene ‘Hillary’, she knew that the first red colour she’d spotted – Resene ‘Dynamite’ – would be perfect. “I wanted the rooms to relate and I just knew that the red would work.

Villa red walls

Her husband Dave was horrified when he saw her rolling on the first swathes of colour. Says Helen, “He decided he’d take the kids out for the day and he said to me: ‘Just finish it.’” When he and their three boys (all aged under five) arrived home two coats of paint later, he was delighted with the result, just as he always has been whenever she’s been busy redecorating. The red/green combination picks up the tones of the faux cactus on the piano and Helen’s own artwork, and is the perfect backdrop to their favourite pieces of wooden furniture.

Budget: Paint $200, Three vases $100, Candle $50, Light $80.

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