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Artist and colour consultant Angela Pietkiewicz Williams is certainly not afraid to make a bold statement. The property she and husband Shayne Williams recently sold in Eastbourne, Wellington, is resplendent in deep and dramatic hues. It opposes any idea that only pale colours should be used in smaller rooms, and that, in order to sell a property, the decor should remain ‘safe’. With not a neutral wall in sight, the couple had no trouble attracting buyers and Ange puts this down to the balance of colour being exactly right... more
A tip-off from her sister was the starting point for Tracy Towers’ bathroom with its distinctive tiled feature wall and colourful vanity unit, painted Resene Hullabaloo. When Tracy and her family moved into the 1970s suburban home, the configuration of the bathroom was typical of the era – three smaller rooms with the shower and toilet separated out from the main bathroom. The shower room was “so disgusting we only used it once or twice before we renovated”. And her sister’s tip-off? To check out the range of quirky and colourful tiles available at Middle Earth Tiles... more
Craig St George found his perfect home in the unlikely guise of an old butcher’s shop. The long walls and three-metre high ceilings were little more than a dark concrete box at first, but once he hired New Plymouth architect Ian Pritchard, between them they wrestled out an award-winning design of clean modern lines and light. Built in the 1930s as a butcher’s shop (complete with sloping floor to hose down muck and blood), the challenges for the 120 square metre space were “…a lot!” Craig smiles at the memory... more
Take the latest colour palette from Resene, The Range 2011/12, and team it with the popular The Range Whites & Neutrals and what do you get? Some stunning colour combinations that show you don’t have to always play it safe to create a delicious colour scheme. Even the most neutral schemes can include strong splashes of intense accent colours in feature areas or accessories. Colour has become an inseparable part of our lives and the way we view the world... more
Who needs fancy gyms, asks David Bishop of Dunedin. He’s discovered an exercise programme with added benefits – painting. Says David: “My Christmas holidays consist, usually, of spreading large quantities of your product (Resene paint) across various walls around my house. In December I was overweight and not feeling very well after a fairly stressful year at work. A couple of weeks after Christmas I had a healthy tan, felt really fit and had lost 5kg in weight... I have been a member of the Resene Fitness Club for about 20 years now but only realised it quite recently... more
When does a potential high-flying business person need to know about interior design? When they are part of The Apprentice New Zealand programme, facing a challenge to renovate waterfront apartments in an episode sponsored by Resene. Split into two teams, Athena and Number 8, two identical apartments were given the makeover treatment in the TV series. Home styling company Homebase also provided the furniture and accessories... more
Winning the gold award in the residential section as well as the Resene Colour Award of Excellence, Ted Smyth’s solution for a coastal garden includes swathes of grasses, sliced through with a dramatic ‘diving board’. A collaborative relationship developed between Ted and the owners of the property – Ted encouraged them to work with nature by encircling the gardens in natives while the owners chose hot orange flowering exotic plants placed closer to the house... more
The inaugural Resene Total Colour Awards drew striking entries from a patchwork-style exterior to a restful Kapiti home and Mondrian-inspired kitchen. More than 140 entries were received for the recently announced Resene Total Colour Awards over various categories, including those for commercial and residential. Top honours went to a striking accountant’s office by Paul Leuschke of Leuschke Khan Architects, debunking the myth that accountancy offices are dull and boring. The Resene Total Colour Residential Exterior Award went to Sam Kebbell of KebbellDaish Architects... more
If you are born under the star sign Taurus, chances are you are going to be a colour freak. Taureans have a predeliction towards colour. I was born a Taurus and I can’t help myself. It makes sense, therefore, that the first time I saw the Victorian workers cottage which I was later to buy, I saw it in terms of what could be done with it in colour. The practical repairs were the necessary and expensive part of the restoration, but also the tedious part. Colour was the real deal!... more
Fantasy and reality, dark and light all weave through the lustrous artworks of this Palmerston North artist. It’s an art form used centuries ago on icons and sacral paintings, but artist Philip Liggins uses the technique of reverse painting on glass to great effect today. “Everything is the opposite to traditional painting on canvas. The art is done in layers, from the signature and foreground first, to the background last... more
In a major renovation that opened up a Wellington house to its stunning harbour views, this dramatic red kitchen is an eye-catching centrepiece. Designed by Pauline Stockwell, the kitchen was transformed from its small pokey space to be part of the large open-plan living area. The homeowners love the colour red so Pauline chose Resene Pohutukawa to be used not as a lacquer on the cabinetry, but back-painted onto toughened glass. This gives the kitchen a wonderful luminosity... more
Self-confessed reality television junkie and business owner Catherine Livingstone was the last woman standing on the recent TV series The Apprentice New Zealand. When I decorate I tend to go for earthy and natural colours. I have a photo wall and collect antiques so I need colours that I can put a lot of different items with and which will match a lot of colours – a nice subdued background... more
Pink walls and candy-striped linen are pretty components of this winning room. Mum Elizabeth conceived a whimsical scheme in pink, apple and natural tones with butterfly motifs, hand-embroidered wall art, and a clip light shade to display changing artworks or cut-outs. The walls are painted in Resene Pale Rose, beautifully complemented by a duvet in Gorgi’s Vintage Retro Pink and Lime Stripe... more
When your canvas is literally as big as a house, you want to make sure you get the paint colours right. Resene colour consultant Angela Fell has loads of advice to help you select colours for your home’s exterior that work on a number of levels. Here are some tips and tricks to steer you in the right direction. To find inspiration for a great exterior scheme, look all around you... more
Imagine if you were left to stand on a street corner, gathering road grime, wind-blown dirt, bird poop and mould on your south side without ever having a shower. You’d soon look pretty nasty. It’s often what we expect of our houses. That paint job may look shiny and robust now, but without regular cleaning it will not only look drab but have a shortened life. Having your house washed might seem like something you can defer for another year but failure to treat accumulated mould, grime and salt will shorten the life of paint finishes... more
Use three clever Resene products to create this handy family noticeboard. With a tall noticeboard attached to the wall using three Resene specialty paints, the kids can use the blackboard and magnetic board at the bottom, you can all use the magnetic board in the middle and only taller people can use the whiteboard at the top. View step by step instructions... more
Made almost entirely of second-hand materials, this cute shed is a tiny tribute to recycling. With design ideals embedded in iconic rural architecture and a typical can-do number-eight approach to problems, Darren and Sharon Hunter of Hunter Design and Red Shed have ended up with a glorified shed cum sleepout in which the only new products used are the bolts and Resene paint... more
Chris Bracegirdle and Lindsay Robinson’s self-assured Christchurch house is a great example of how best to live. Its fabulousness is the result of acting with urgency, then employing a certain gutsy restraint. Keep reading and you’ll realise there’s no oxymoron here. The home is also a result of trusting the expertise and design skill of talented professionals. The couple may never have driven this way across the Christchurch hills just over a decade ago, had they not swerved from Chris’ plans for the day... more
Inspiring the community to take pride in their environment, the Manukau Beautification team has many colourful projects on the go. In summer, it’s not unusual to spot teams of school children with paintbrushes in hand, carefully adding bold flourishes to large murals that enliven fences and walls in public places around Manukau City. Sometimes you see groups tending gardens, even cleaning up footpaths and streets. It’s all part of an initiative by the Manukau City Council to inspire pride in the community... more
Have you ever felt drawn to some colours and repelled by others? Perhaps it’s your colour personality! Do you love being enveloped in warm, earthy tones? Or are soft pastels more your taste? Have you ever felt uncomfortable with the colours in a room but didn’t know why? As stylist Angela Stone of Styleyou says: “People gravitate towards colours that inspire and suit them, so nine times out of 10, they will choose colours out of sheer intuition for their homes.” For years she has used seasonal colour theory to help people determine what clothes to buy, and now your house decor can be matched to your personality season, too... more
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