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From the Resene/Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards Competition - 2011 Grand Winner

Tiffiny Orr’s extreme colour makeover wins her the Resene colour home of the year award.

Red wall detail for artwork


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. Tiffiny is delighted with the result and so are we here at Your Home & Garden. Resene’s Karen Warman says the highly original decor is an example of the dramatic difference an imaginative colour scheme can make to a home.

“Similarly, in Sam’s bedrom, I didn’t want to match the wallpaper colour exactly as the colours weren’t very picturesque, so they mixed up the perfect green and named it ‘Camo Sam’.”

Dining and playroom
Tiffiny has cleverly used the doorway from the dining room to frame the striking view of the playroom beyond. The backboard wall is put to good use. Right Resene Thunderbird is an ideal backdrop for Tiffiny’s art. Sam and Jesse love the Resene Thunderbird red-orange in their playroom.

Colour power

Having lived in the Netherlands for three years, Tiffiny bought this 1970s Auckland home online. When she arrived back in New Zealand a year ago and visited her new home for the first time it was clear to her that its bland white interior required a makeover, but with a modest budget she realised that colour was key to creating a beautiful home for her and sons Sam, 7 and Jesse, 4.

Colour co-stars

Out of the limelight but providing a graceful base to the bold colours, Resene Black White was used on the trims and doors in Tiffiny’s home, with Resene Whiteout on the ceilings.

Kitchen and dining room
Left: Resene Archive Grey on the walls and Resene Possessed on the cupboards look great with Tiffiny’s red accessories. Inset shots Resene Sisal in the lounge feels cool on hot days, yet warm and cosy in winter, she says. In the kitchen and living areas Tiffiny has mixed bright accessories with neutral walls. Right: The warmth of wood works well with the cool of Resene Archive Grey and Tiffiny’s collection of white ceramics.

Blue beauty

Regal blue reigns supreme in Tiffiny’s bedroom, which is a long-lived wish of hers. “Ever since I was a child I wanted a blue bedroom,” she says. “I knew one day it would happen.” With elegant Resene Madison on the walls, the space exudes a calm atmosphere. Tiffiny has decorated one corner with blue-themed artwork and a timber desk. Wood always adds warmth to cool colours.

Double act

You don’t have to decide between one or the other when it comes to using wallpaper or paint. Having both can create a fun atmosphere in children’s bedrooms.

When Tiffiny had trouble finding the right light blue to match the wallpaper in Jesse’s room Resene created one to match. “All the blues were too bright, they needed to be dirtier, so Resene created Jesse Blue,” she says.

Left: Sam loves his colourful bedroom, which is painted in a colour Resene mixed to match the wallpaper – Camo Sam. Right: Jesse plays on the rocking horse in his bedroom. Tiffiny went back to Resene a couple of times to get the blue exactly right. Both she and Jesse love the result!


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