Now home to a couple and their menagerie of animals, a gracious old farmhouse in Auckland’s rural outskirts has shed the beige and embraced gem-like colour
At a glance
Who lives here? Kim Brebner, 44 (art director for Bed Bath & Beyond NZ), Isaac Khasawneh, 30 (healthcare assistant at Mt Eden Prison), Ted the ginger cat, Nelson the black cat, Lightning McQueen the miniature pony, Frank the rabbit & Henny the rooster with his harem of 30-odd hens.
Style tips from this farmhouse
- When choosing colour for your walls, remember that a darker wall colour will bring it towards you, whereas a lighter colour creates the illusion it is further away.
- If you don’t have high ceilings like Kim and Isaac, using the same colour on skirtings, walls and cornices will make the walls appear taller.
- Don’t be fearful of using bright colours in the bedroom – they can look fantastic. If you’re not ready to commit then try a feature wall behind the bed and apply a softer, more calming hue to the rest of the room.
- Give your bathroom a quick and inexpensive makeover by customising the outside of your bath with a lick of colourful paint.
Words by: Annick Larkin. Photography by: Emma MacDonald.