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A blue Oamaru home is the third Resene Colour Home Awards finalist

A palette of blues and greys has given this Oamaru homestead a modern new look


When the Simpsons bought their house in Oamaru five years ago, the colour scheme was far from what they’d dreamed of. “The entire house was a sea of beige and yellow – apart from one pink bedroom,” says Tessa Simpson.

She and husband Tyler started searching for a modern colour they loved that could be used throughout the main living areas of their home. They settled on Resene Duck Egg Blue and used it to refresh the kitchen, hallway and lounge area.


“Our renovation budget didn’t quite stretch far enough to replace the existing brown cabinetry in the kitchen, so we tiled the splashback and painted the walls,” Tessa says. “Resene Duck Egg Blue allowed us to add warmth to the space, create a modern feel and also complement the existing cabinetry. We enlisted A1 Decorating for the job as the ceilings also needed painting – we went with Resene Alabaster. I painted the trims and skirting boards in Resene Half Rice Cake.”


The bedrooms required something a little different, but Tessa wanted colours that would sit harmoniously alongside her other choices. “In the master, I wanted to create a calm, relaxing space so I chose Resene Ash. Its subtle green tinge is very calming but also has enough depth to not be boring,” she says.


In sons Luca and Reeve’s rooms, moody blues were just the ticket. “Reeve’s room was Resene Blue Moon but we updated it to Resene Lynch. Then I chose Resene Avalanche for Luca. The colour is deep and warm and really allows his colourful artwork to pop!”

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Entries are closed!

See the last two finalists in the February and March issues of Your Home and Garden.

What we were looking for:

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

$5000 up for grabs

The five finalists will all appear in Your Home and Garden and receive a $250 Resene paint voucher. The overall winner will be chosen from the final five, taking the Resene Colour Home Award title and winning $5000 in cash. An extended story on the winning home will feature in the April 2020 issue.

Words by: Sally Conor. Photography by: Isabella Harrex.

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