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From Habitat magazine - issue 31, Resene Total Colour Awards

Bold brights punctuate winning projects at this year’s Resene Total Colour Awards.

This year marked the 10th anniversary since the Resene Total Colour Awards began and saw a new crop of beautiful projects rewarded for their creative colour. Among the amazing array of homes, offices, schools, installations and concepts submitted, it was those with plenty of pops of bold brights and saturated shades that really turned the judges’ heads.

The Railley House by Daniel Marshall Architects was awarded the Resene Residential Exterior Colour Award for its breathtaking Resene Pitch Black wood stained exterior accentuated by jovial bursts of yellow.

Railley House - breathtaking black exterior with yellow highlights
Railley House by Daniel Marshall Architects in Resene Pitch Black and Resene Happy (for a current alternative, try Resene Turbo)

The judges brought special attention to its Resene Happy stairway, calling it “a shining invitation to enter”. Resene Happy is from an older colour collection, try Resene Turbo for a current alternative.

“As a studied accent to powerful black robust architecture, this clever punch of colour lights up the project with its exuberant personality. It’s a reminder to all of us how the right colour in the right place makes a project memorable.”

The runner up and recipient of the Resene Residential Exterior Colour Maestro Award was Nadine Donazzan of DNA Design for Glo Apartments. Resene Fuscous Grey, Resene Viktor, Resene Half Sandstone and Resene White Pointer were used to uplift the façade of an entire apartment building.

“From bland to beautiful, a palette of neutrals and soft hues has brought a sense of home to this project,” the judges remarked. “The new scheme adds personality and freshness with colours carefully juxtaposed to bring out the best in each and add interest to the design. With lush established planting, this palette works with the landscape, rather than competes with it.”

Glo apartments - from bland to beautiful
Te Iti Kahurangi - an extensive retro colour palette
Apartments: Glo Apartments by DNADesign in Resene Fuscous Grey, Resene Viktor, Resene Half Sandstone and Resene White Pointer. Kitchen: Te Iti Kahurangi project by Lizzie Coo.

Charlotte Coote of Coote & Co. was the winner of the Resene Residential Interior Award for her Mt Macedon Residence project. The judges commended it for its tasteful decoration in soothing colours, calling it “a changing symphony of colour against a very richly decorated and accessorised house, with bolder choices adding personality to key spaces. The home has a seamless flow from wall to floor, ceiling to accessories, a match made in colour heaven."

The home features Resene Double Parchment, Resene Bianca, Resene Malibu, Resene Half Bianca, Resene Cosmos, Resene Cooled Green and Resene Nauti (Resene Nauti is from an older colour collection, try Resene Shakespeare for a current alternative).

Mt Macedon Residence -dramatic blue and white lounge
Cream and white lounge - richly decorated
White and pink bedroom - a match made in colour heaven
Mt Macedon Residence by Coote&Co.

Lizzie Cook was selected for the Resene Residential Interior Colour Maestro Award (runner up) thanks to her Te Iti Kahurangi project, which featured 26 different Resene hues including Resene Rob Roy, Resene Ship Cove, Resene Hypnotic and Resene Havoc.

The judges said, “this interior lives up to the colourful and quirky promise of the exterior. A confident and passionate application of colour, even the smallest details in this cottage are touched with colour. The extensive retro colour palette brings warmth and imbues each space with a colour personality of its own. A true labour of colour love, this project gleams with colour inside and out.“

And the winner is...

Athfield Architects Limited was recognised as the overall winner and was presented with the Resene Total Colour Master Nightingale Award for the clever use of colour which complements the architecture of the Waterfront House project, which also won the Resene Total Colour Office Interior Award.

Athfield Architects - Resene Total Colour Master Nightingale Award
Waterfront House by Athfield Architects Limited

The judges commended the design for its appeal to a mixed audience and for cleverly combining an industrial building with an office space. “The colours of containers are woven through the project. Deep earthy red knits the building together combined with a palette that is grunty yet reassuring. With an abundance of high vis attire, the space complements the fluoro, creating a space that is a comfortable collaborative area for all workers.”

View all the Resene Total Colour Award winners online at

Did you know...

That you can still get Resene colours even if they are not on a current chart? View an A4 drawdown paint swatch at your local Resene ColorShop to check you like it and then staff can tint it into your chosen paint for you.

Designers: Athfield Architects Limited, Coote&Co, Daniel Marshall Architects, DNADesign
Images: Mt Macedon Residence by Coote&Co, Te Iti Kahurangi project by Lizzie Cook and Waterfront House by Athfield Architects Limited


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