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The third Resene Colour Home Awards finalist is a bold Hawke’s Bay home

A little colour goes a long way, as this family found when renovating their 1960s Hawke’s Bay home. Find out how you could be our fourth finalist and be in to win $5000

Alison and Andrew Palairet have put a clever, colourful spin on a mid-century home in Hawke’s Bay. The couple and their two sons, Jack and Angus, “escaped” to the regions from Auckland three years ago and found that this 1965 home on three acres “ticked the boxes”.

Alison and Andrew went to work on the mostly original house, bringing the layout “into the 21st century”, adding an extension and giving the home a modern makeover with mid-century touches. “We’ve redecorated throughout; gone are the green walls, mismatched carpet and pink marble fireplace,” says Alison. “In its place is modern decor with a nod to the home’s ’60s roots.”

Resene ‘White Pointer’ has been used through the interior. “We love its warmth and the hint of grey and taupe is so versatile and complementary, not to mention a great background for art.” This was paired with Resene ‘Alabaster’ on the interior trims and doors.

Splashes of colour give the home its fun factor – there’s the brilliant yellow front door in Resene ‘Supernova’ and a blue feature wall in Resene ‘San Juan’ in the main bedroom. The bathrooms are painted in Resene ‘Half Foggy Grey’ with unique colour-blocked feature walls behind each vanity – Resene ‘Clementine Orange’ in the powder room, Resene ‘Supernova’ in the family bathroom and turquoise Resene ‘Keppel’ in the ensuite.

“I’m really happy with the colour choices and the personality they afford the house,” says Alison.

Win $5000

You could be one of five finalists to appear in Your Home and Garden and also receive a $250 Resene paint voucher. The overall winner will be chosen from the five finalists, taking the Resene Colour Home Award title and winning $5000 in cash. An extended story on the winning home will feature in our April 2019 issue.

How to enter

Email photos and a 200-word description of your project to with your last name and ‘Resene Colour Home’ in the subject line. Please include your name, home address, daytime phone number, the names of the Resene colours used and details of when you painted your home. Please credit anyone who assisted you in choosing the colours.

What we’re looking for

+ Clever interior colour schemes
+ Exciting kids’ rooms
+ Amazing paint projects and features
+ Great use of colour in bedrooms
+ Interesting use of exterior colour

Get your entries in by 31 December to be our fourth finalist

Terms & Conditions

Instructions on how to enter are part of the conditions of entry. This competition is open to New Zealand residents, except employees of Bauer Media Group (LP), Resene, and their immediate families and agencies. The five finalists and overall winner will be notified by telephone and/or email. All projects are eligible for consideration for the Resene website. Any non-finalists selected for the Resene website will receive a free gift from Resene. Resene paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. Visit or phone 0800 RESENE (737 363).

Words by: Fiona Ralph. Photography by: Florence Charvin.

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