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The power of colour is reflected in this renovation where Resene Prussian Blue in the dining room pulls together the wider palette

Strong colour helps anchor the interior design in this Arts & Crafts home


This renovation of a significant property of the Arts & Crafts era in Eastbourne by Callidus Architects included a strategic use of colour to draw the design together.

Of particular importance to the owner was the achievement of a coherent and stylistic end result, respectful of the period of the home but also looking to the future. A play on visibility through the house and to the seaside outlook beyond was an important part of the renovation.

Most of the interior is kept in neutral colours – Resene Pravda, a quiet beige, and Resene Thorndon Cream, both in Resene Zylone Sheen, a luxurious low sheen finish. However, as the dining room is the central focus of the ground floor, a bold colour was selected to draw various elements of the decor together.

The final colour chosen was Resene Prussian Blue, also in Resene Zylone Sheen. This hue provided Callidus with an ideal counterpoint to the neutral palette seen in the rest of the interior.

The inclusion of Resene Colorwood for the large oak-framed sliding doors and in-built cabinetry builds on the dark colour tone while the home's other doors, window frames, and architraves are in semi-gloss Resene Lustacryl Alabaster.


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First published date: 20 July 2017

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