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The first 2022 Resene Colour Home Awards finalist isn’t afraid of bold hues

After one daring decision, there were no more qualms about colour in this home – only how much of it to use

There were a few sleepless nights for Arna Marshall after she forged ahead with her decision to paint her kitchen in Resene Black. But she needn’t have worried. Despite warnings that it would make the space too dark, the end result is anything but.

Arna couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out. “It’s super edgy and not at all dark because of our big skylights,” she says.

In fact, Resene Black was such a hit, it now features on their internal doors and in the dining room, too.

The colour choices that didn’t prompt sleepless nights were Resene Waiouru and Resene Rusty Nail for the children’s rooms.

“I wanted a unisex option so the kids could swap rooms if they wanted to,” explains Arna.

Her favourite, if she had to choose, is Resene Waiouru. “I love this deep army green. I think it works really well in Willa’s room because it offsets all her pretty pink and pastel linen, so it’s a little less girly and a little more edgy.”

More colours to try (left to right): Resene Awol, Resene Hot Toddy, Resene Bokara Grey

Resene Rusty Nail proved to be a winner in Nash’s room with the comforting country hue expertly tying in with the rest of the decor.

The three-quarter colour-blocked style in both kids’ rooms has inspired guests to do the same and provides the perfect background to display art.

If you would like to enter your home in the 2022 Resene Colour Home Awards:

Email photos and a 200-word or more description of your space to with your last name and ‘Resene Colour Home’ in the subject line. Please include your name, home address, email address, daytime phone number, the names of the Resene colours used, and details of when your space was painted. Please credit anyone who assisted you in choosing your colours.
The six finalists will each appear in Your Home and Garden. Every finalist will receive a $250 Resene voucher and a feature in the magazine, with the winner taking out the Resene Colour Home Awards and $5000 cash. An extended story on the winning home will feature in the May 2022 issue.

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