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Crisp colours and tactile layers meet in a Remuera character home

With a love of muted colours and rich textures, the owner of this Remuera home has masterfully created a pared back home that still has plenty of depth


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Crisp colours and tactile layers meet in a Remuera character home

Chrissy, Jono and their daughters moved into their Remuera home eight years ago. Although the character-filled house faced north, had great indoor-outdoor flow and boasted a pool, it did have some drawbacks: it lacked light, the living room was small and the kitchen needed an update.

Chrissy set about transforming the home into a sophisticated and stylish inner-city oasis with a restful colour palette and lots of layers.


6 stylish tips to make your house feel like a home

Chrissy’s top tips for renovating

1. Plan it and book it
Don’t procrastinate. Once you have a vision of what you want, get to grips with the details and start booking in the professionals.

2. Master texture
To design a room with style and flair, learn how to mix patterns, shapes, colours and textures to give a room depth and interest.

3. Tell a story
Put objects that mean something to you on display, as they give visitors an immediate sense of who you are.

4. Ace your base
White needn’t be boring; it’s simply a blank canvas to build on. The key is adding layers and textures to avoid rooms feeling too bright or cold.

5. Add drama
Introduce a central design element that elevates a room’s aesthetic, creates some intrigue and provides a focal point.

6. Achieve balance
Balance is one of the principles of interior design, the aim being to place features and objects in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing. Balance can be achieved through symmetrical design, asymmetrical design or radial design (based on a circle).

7. Get the light right
Every room requires a variety of lighting – ambient to create atmosphere, task lighting for close-up work, and accent lighting for highlights.

8. Invest in the layout
Working within original footprints is ideal, but if the layout simply doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to reconfigure. It will be worth the investment.

Words by: Annick Larkin. Photography by: Emma MacDonald.

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