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 Emery’s creative approach to decorating her Auckland home has won her first prize in the Resene Colour Home Awards. Resene marketing manager Karen Warman says Erina’s use of strong colour makes her house stand out. “The attention to detail gives each room a unique personality that suits its use. Such care means that each room shines in its own right.”
Erina gave the dining area a warm and sunny feel with Resene Turbo.
Your Home & Garden editor Leanne Moore adds: “We loved the way Erina thought outside of the box. The red staircase is a bold and daring way to enhance an area that can often be overlooked in a home,” she says. “And the dramatic painted stripes in the bathroom are a unique display of creativity that is rarely seen in people’s homes. Well done Erina!”
Erina and Zoe head outdoors from the hallway, which is dominated by the vibrant red staircase. The walls are painted in Resene Alabaster. “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. ”
A patterned wallpaper in the toilet provided Erina with the inspiration for the colours she chose for the stripes in the bathroom.
Left: Oliver and Mason play in the dining room, The Superman decal works well against Resene ‘Iron’ walls in Mason’s room, “The childrens’ rooms needed a major overhaul. I was conscious that the surfaces had to be hard wearing and practical (for all those ‘accidents’) and I knew that strong colours were the way to go. ”
Left: Outdoor funiture is painted Resene ‘Alabaster’, The wallpaper is from Nest; the sitting room walls are Resene ‘Half Concrete’ and the art is by Andrew McLeod;
The fabric roses are by Ferritferrit, the red Algae wall piece is from Cite, The Superman decal works well against Resene ‘Iron’ walls in Mason’s room.
Erina is a fashion designer and adopted a similar approach to decorating her house as she does to compiling garment designs. She spent months collecting ideas and putting them in a scrapbook. It’s the sort of preparation that pays off when you are using a bold colour palette. Erina found inspiration with colourful curtain or blind fabric and matched the colours. She found it was an easier way to get started rather than flicking through piles of paint charts.
Clockwise from top left The wallpaper is from Nest; outdoor funiture is painted Resene Alabaster; the sitting room walls are Resene Half Concrete and the art is by Andrew McLeod; the red Algae wall piece is from Cite; The Superman decal works well against Resene Iron walls in Mason’s room; Oliver and Mason play in the dining room; the spaceman mural in Mason’s room is available at Resene; the fabric roses are by Ferritferrit.
Eriana and Matt fell in love with this classic art deco house in Mt Eden. The exterior was attractive but the inside needed to be more family-friendly.
The classic ivory exterior belies the vibrant colour story within the Emery home. Painting your exterior a neutral colour will make it more appealing when it comes to resale, but you can introduce temporary colour with bright flower planters, as Erina has done with her hot pink petunias.
However, the fountain out front may yet come in for a makeover from our Queen of Colour. Erina admits she’s been back to her local Resene ColorShop to check out exterior paint charts and testpots for ideas.