The sixth Resene Colour Home Awards finalist had a whale of a time creating this mural

A Christchurch couple abandoned nursery wallpaper samples for a dreamy design that came out of the blue

Sometimes, a picture really does paint a thousand words. When Erica He and husband Patrick Yeung first set out to decorate their son Noah’s nursery, they had no idea they were about to embark on an oceanic mural of epic proportions.

The couple set off to their local Resene ColorShop in Christchurch to browse wallpaper and paint options, dreaming of a light blue room. But, after looking at sample paintings and listening to staff recommendations, another alternative began to emerge. “We flagged the wallpaper idea and decided on the spot that we would paint our own picture because it would be more meaningful for our baby,” explains Erica. “Hopefully, he will appreciate this when he grows up.”

They decided to paint the walls Resene Half Dusted Blue, a job for Patrick. After he finished, Erica used Resene King Tide, Resene Excalibur and Resene Half Black White for the mural of a trio of whales that represents their family of three.The result is something out of a dreamy science-fiction novella: whales glide effortlessly through plump clouds, gazing towards a longing moon. Hot-air balloons float, too, alongside the marine life, as a lighthouse watches on from below. The couple’s three days of work turned into a thousand words of love.

“We love the end result very much and think the colours match our furniture and decorations quite well,” says Erica. “We hope baby Noah will love it too.”


More colours to try (left to right): Resene Alaska, Resene Bali Hai, Resene Cobalt


Words by: Caroline Moratti Photography by: Sarah Rowlands

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