Look to the heav­ens

NZ House & Garden - - COLOUR CHAMPIONS -

On ar­chi­tect John Mills’ first visit to Stella Ramage and Chris Thorn’s build­ing site he couldn’t be­lieve the num­ber of tui play­ing in sur­round­ing trees. “He im­me­di­ately came up with the idea that this was go­ing to be a tui house,” says Stella. John chose the ceil­ing to carry this in­spi­ra­tion with six cus­tom­mixed colours: blue-black, emer­ald green, beech brown, dark azure, lance­wood and dusky pur­ple. “I would never in a mil­lion years have thought of it,” she says. HOW THE TUI IS REP­RE­SENTED: “Through the iri­des­cent colours, and the slope of the ceil­ing that sweeps as if it were a bird in flight.” IT RE­QUIRES BAL­ANCE: “The ceil­ing colours are such a fea­ture so we have dec­o­rated the rest of the house in neu­trals. Choos­ing art can be dif­fi­cult be­cause it com­petes with the ceil­ing. It ei­ther has to be neu­trally coloured or match the colours above.” IT’S EASY TO LIVE WITH: “The ceil­ing goes across our whole open plan liv­ing space and into the bed­room. I wake up and ev­ery morn­ing get to look at these beautiful colours, it never gets old.” >

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