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The fifth Resene Colour Home Awards finalist is a space-inspired nursery

This dramatic glow-in-the-dark scene was worth the time and effort for a very lucky three-year-old. Mum Debbie reveals how they designed the special space

The fifth Resene Colour Home Awards finalist is a space-inspired nursery

Simon Raine and Debbie Jones of New Plymouth went all out for their 3-year-old son Elliot’s bedroom. “What started as an idea for a dark blue wall to cosy up his room snowballed into a full outer-space wall!” says Debbie. The primary school teacher (currently stay-at-home mum) was inspired to go intergalactic when she discovered the glow-in-the-dark Resene FX Nightlight paint at her local Resene Color Shop.

This was used in conjunction with Resene ‘Blue Night’, for the inky sky, and soft blue Resene ‘Ashanti’ as the lighter sky. Resene ‘Smashing’, a bright red, and bold yellow Resene ‘Tulip Tree’ lent colour to the planet and rocket, while Resene ‘Quarter Thorndon Cream’ was used for the pale moon and clouds. Debbie and Simon found inspiration for the fun, vintage feel of the room by searching for retro space images online.

“The clouds connect the different coloured walls so the room is still light-filled but the space wall adds a really dramatic touch,” says Debbie. The clever pair hand sketched and painted the illustrations with some “pretty fine brushes”.

It took a few weeks to complete the makeover, with Debbie and Simon, a high school art teacher, working on it during Elliot’s nap times. Now Elliot can lie in bed staring at the stars. “It encourages our little night owl to stay in bed and relax,” Debbie says.

Congratulations to our five finalists, who have each received a $250 Resene paint voucher for their imaginative room schemes created by Resene paints. The quality of entrants was so high that we’re sneaking in a bonus sixth finalist (we just couldn’t leave them out!). The winner of Resene Colour Homes Awards will be chosen  from our six finalists and receive a cash prize pf $5000.  The winning entrant will be announced in the July issue of Your Home and Garden when the winning entrant will be revealed in a special extended story of their home.

All the colours seen here are from the Resene Total Colour System. Paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. resene.co.nz/colorshops or 0800 RESENE (737 363).

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