Resene Korma Resene Alabaster Resene Nocturnal F or advertising executive Marcelle Baker decorating her home was more like a passion project than a job that had to be done. “Dreaming up interiors is definitely my creative outlet,” says the Auckland mother of two. When it came to pushing the ‘go’ button on the renovation of the Onehunga villa she shares with husband Simon Baker and children Lulu and Gus, there was one thing that topped her list. It was going to feature some strong colour. “I love colour,” says Marcelle. “I had a pretty good idea in my mind of what I wanted and I’m really happy with how it’s turned out.” The home’s colour story is a mix of warm and cool tones that pop out from a backdrop of white. The charcoal grey library in Resene Nocturnal is framed beautifully from the architect- designed extension recently added to the back of the house. “Space for our computer and paperwork was something else that was a high priority. Up until the renovation, all the office clutter lived on our dining table, which drove us crazy. So we were happy when our architect Lisa Webb (of Studio/LWA) cleverly found space for everything. As well as the amazing hideaway office with barn doors, there are floor-to-ceiling cupboards behind the fireplace wall,” she enthuses. top tip Always check your paint colour choices with a Resene testpot. Paint an A2 size card, leaving an unpainted border. Move the colour around the room at different times of the day and night to see how it looks. Left: The charcoal grey library and living room is part of the original house and painted in Resene Nocturnal. Above: The light and airy open-plan kitchen is painted in Resene Alabaster which is the home’s main neutral. Right: Spicy Resene Korma adds a shot of colour to the barn doors and study. For a velvety look when using dark wall colours, use Resene SpaceCote Flat. 23 feature house