Blenheim Residential Home

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This 1903 Villa had been renovated by its previous owners and was decorated in a very neutral colour throughout. The new owners felt they wanted to inject colour and life into this ‘old beauty’ as well as providing a unique space for family and home life.

The colour palette had to be reflective of its creative owners who love to collect and display a variety of different objects. Their style is very maximalist, colourful, bold and at times kooky – and the colour used internally had to reflect this.

They also wanted to highlight some of the character architectural features such as the architraves, trims and hallway fretwork. When they first moved in all of these were in wood but it was felt they would look better painted in a bright white (Dulux Half Mt Aspiring). They now look fresh and modern but with a nod to the past style.

Each room was given a different personality by using of a different bold colour. The kitchen was painted in Dulux Piha and the main lounge room in Dulux Dance Studio. Both trimmed in Dulux Okarito to help maintain continuity within each room. 

Accent colours such as Dulux Napier, Dulux, Taradale, Dulux Moorhouse Street, and Dulux Grass Court helps to add the punch of colour that gives these rooms’ personality, vibrancy and the ‘wow’ factor. Fun and functional without compromising the age and craftsmanship of this beautiful home.

+ Photographed by Larnie Nicolson for Your Home and Garden Magazine June 2013. Featured in the book New Zealand Interior Style (Author: LeeAnn Yare, Photographer: Larnie Nicolson).

+ Welcome to the Jungle: Text by Leanne Moore for Your Home and Garden.

+ Challenging Convention: Featured in The Marlborough Express Newspaper, June 28th, 2013, pg 13-14. Text by Sonia O'Regan. Photographs: Emma Allen/Fairfax NZ.

Images:  Larnie Nicolson Photography

Painter: Dave Rees Painting and Decorating

Builder: Clarke Construction

Architect: Chris Nott




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