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It’s a colour lover’s feast...

Few home­own­ers would choose hot pink for their kitchen cab­i­netry and few ar­chi­tects would have the vi­sion to in­ter­pret that colour with such a stun­ningly sophisticated re­sult.

Neil Fen­wick Ar­chi­tects in Hawke’s Bay took colour in­spi­ra­tion from a client who loves bright colours. They de­cided to make the kitchen the fo­cal point of the house with the use of colour, while leav­ing the rest of the home fairly neu­tral. The client wanted a ma­genta kitchen; find­ing the right ma­genta was a chal­lenge but Re­sene Colour Me Pink proved to be the so­lu­tion. The com­ple­men­tary colours of the is­land bench front (Re­sene Dare­devil) and the en­try hall (Re­sene Mae­stro) were cho­sen for their match­ing in­ten­sity.

The en­try is on the eastern side of the house and was de­signed to be a darker space, break­ing out into the open plan larger lighter space. Re­sene Mae­stro was cho­sen to help achieve the ar­chi­tec­tural in­tent.

Re­sene Black White was used through­out the rest of the house as it is the per­fect shade of white to com­ple­ment the mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture and to keep the aes­thetic fresh. The splash­back was cho­sen to tie the kitchen colours to­gether.

And the best thing? This vi­brant kitchen en­hances rather than fights with the sen­sa­tional views from the home’s large win­dows.

Pale and in­ter­est­ing

Tra­di­tion­ally styled tim­ber kitchens of­ten call to mind heav­ily de­tailed cab­i­netry with ei­ther a dark or bright am­ber fin­ish. When the John­stones of Christchurch were faced with a com­plete re­build of their quakewrecked 1920s house, the kitchen was nat­u­rally a hugely im­por­tant part of the build. They wisely chose not only to use Amer­i­can oak for the cab­i­nets, but to en­hance the pale beauty of the tim­ber by fin­ish­ing it with Re­sene Color­wood White­wash. The cab­i­nets were then pro­tected from wear and tear with Re­sene Aqua­clear ure­thane.

The pale yet warm aes­thetic set the tone for all the other colour choices, for ex­am­ple, the Re­sene Span­ish White on the walls en­cour­ages oc­cu­pants to look be­yond, into the garden. The trims are Re­sene Quar­ter Villa White.

The ef­fect of Re­sene Color­wood White­wash and the warm, neu­tral paint colours are en­hanced by the kitchen’s po­si­tion­ing be­side the home’s large win­dows, bathing the space in all-day sun and open­ing on to the garden. Says owner Liesl, “I had al­ways wanted a white­washed tim­ber in­te­rior. It’s al­ready gar­nered many com­pli­ments, and feels en­dur­ingly fresh.”

Liesl and her hus­band didn’t spend time wor­ry­ing about how the kitchen would func­tion. They had an ex­pe­ri­enced team of de­sign pro­fes­sion­als on the job, in­clud­ing ar­chi­tect Ash­ley Muir of Ma­son & Wales, and in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer Stephen Cash­more.

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