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Don’t be afraid of colour

blackboard feature

To renovate or build was the big decision the Metcalfe family faced after purchasing their new farm.

Deciding to renovate, they began journeying on a steep learning curve! The house had been uninhabited for twelve years, with the exception of the odd rat or possum. Work began in August and they moved in early April.

Everyone selected their own colours and curtains for their rooms. Jane, with some helpful feedback from family, chose the remaining house colours. Jane spent many hours at the Oamaru Resene ColorShop looking over colour sheets, overlays, and testpots.

"Don't be afraid of colour" Jane had read in a Resene pamphlet. With that advice she chose Resene Buttery White for the main rooms/areas, not wanting to distract from the beautiful macrocarpa skirting, architraves and kitchen joinery. All were crafted from macrocarpa planted by Jane’s grandfather, and milled by her father.

Most of the remaining rooms are splashed with colour!

master bedroom
mudroom and bathroom

The mud room, an otherwise mundane space was painted with Resene Smoke Tree to lift its gumboot and rain jacket laden spirits! The main bathroom is Resene Wishlist, a calming tone for a soak. The master bedroom is painted Resene Unwind. The children’s rooms each have their own colour - Resene Escape, Resene Mint Tulip and Resene Foam.

Using colour on the walls has allowed this family to stamp their individual personalities on this home. They also love the Resene Blackboard Paint wall, home to colourful sketches, notes, and quotes!

Going forward Jane plans to add some little extra bursts of colour. The use of colour has allowed Jane to make this house their home; a place where colour will be ever present.

Thanks to the Metcalfe family.

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