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The third Resene Colour Home Awards finalist is a dreamy modern farmhouse

The third finalist of the Resene Colour Home Awards unveils a soft palette in her dreamy farmhouse in Blenheim. We discover how the project brings them one step closer to opening their home as a B&B

The third Resene Colour Home Awards finalist is a dreamy modern farmhouse

David and Kirsty Wraight’s home reveals their joint endeavours as passionate home owners. David built the house, which merges villa and farm house, while Kirsty directed the interiors and colour scheme.

Nestled into a hilly 1.5-acre property on the outskirts of Blenheim, the house is also a little bit French country, which prompted Kirsty to choose soft colour tones, punctuated with the occasional surprise. “The kitchen units are Resene ‘Quarter Rice Cake’ and for a stark contrast the scullery units are Resene ‘Blackjack’ with Resene ‘Quarter Rice Cake’ walls,” says Kirsty. Meanwhile, the kitchen walls are a soft touch in Resene ‘Emerge’.

With three bedrooms in which to work her magic, the most feminine is in Resene ‘Brandy Rose’. “The pink came about by me looking at the Resene samples for something a bit different. I love playing with colour,” she says.

“I went with chocolate and green on the bed to bring out colours in the curtains, ground the room and give it a slightly more masculine feel as I had visions that it could be a bit ‘fluffy’, especially as I’m going to do bed and breakfast.”

“The bedrooms have a dado with Resene ‘Quarter Rice Cake’ below,” says Kirsty. “I put colour on the top two thirds of the wall to show off the scotia to its best advantage.”

Did you use Resene paints to colour your home? You could win $5000!

Enter our competition and you could be one of five finalists to appear in Your Home and Garden and also receive a $250 Resene paint voucher. The overall winner will be chosen from the five finalists, taking the Resene Colour Home Award title and winning $5000 in cash. An extended story on the winning home will feature in our May issue.

What we’re looking for

+ Clever interior colour schemes
+ Great use of colour in bedrooms
+ Exciting kids’ rooms
+ Amazing paint projects & features
+ Interesting use of exterior colour

How to enter

Fill in our form below. Upload your best photo and add a 200-word description of your project, including the names of the Resene colours used and details of when you painted your home. Please credit anyone who assisted you in choosing the colours. Alternatively, please email:

Words by: Jo Bates. Photography by: Jane Dove Juneau.

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