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Peace and love

From the Resene/Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards Competition - Oct 2012 finalist

When it came to choosing a paint shade for her Lower Hutt kitchen, Sera Soloman knew exactly what she wanted: peace and serenity.

Resene Colour Home Award article
This painting is by Brad Williams, an up-and-coming young artist from Wellington.

“I wanted a place where the traumas of day-to-day life would disperse,” says Sera, “where family would eat, talk, love and laugh – but overall a place of peace.

“To achieve this, my husband Chris and I needed a clean, subtle colour scheme, which I found in Resene Robins Egg Blue. For me, the softness and calm of this colour combined with the cleanliness and texture of the kitchen was perfect.

“When our friend Steve Atkins opened the first tin of full-strength Resene Robins Egg Blue and painted the wall, my heart sank because I realised it wasn’t right. But he knew what I was trying to create, and with his fastidious attention to detail, we painted a wall in half-strength – and the result was a true reflection of what had been in my mind’s eye.”

kitchen cool colours
Above: Sera Soloman and husband Chris painted their kitchen Resene Quarter Tea and Resene Half Robin Egg Blue to create a serene space in which to cook and entertain. Far right Sera has chosen kitchen accessories that match her Resene colours.

Consider this:

How much of a colour you use in a space affects how you see it. When used in large quantities or in a small room, strong colours appear even more intense. If in doubt, opt for a colour that’s one shade lighter than your original choice.

Resene ColorShops and resellers have in-store colour libraries for you to browse through, with A4 swatches of colour to help you see what shades will look like on a larger scale.

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