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This house by Masonry Design Solutions features Resene hues that connect with the landscape – blues, greens and greys predominate

Traditional interior design features bold and subtle paint finishes


As any good designer will tell you, the close consideration of tone can make or break a decor scheme. This home, inspired by houses on the American North-east coast, is a good example.

The large 720m2 home – created by Masonry Design Solutions (MDS), with director Mark Wilson at the helm – has four bedrooms with attached bathrooms and a self-contained apartment with bedroom, bathroom and living room above the large triple garage.

The open-plan living areas, including the conservatory, face to the views afforded by the idyllic beachfront location. Large expanses of glass maximise the views and the all day sun.

This residence won the Resene Total Colour Residential Interior Colour Maestro Award 2016, says Mark Wilson who outlines some of the colour choices and their reasoning here.

"It was important that the colour palette worked harmoniously with the subtle blues and greens of the ocean, as well as with the lush landscape which surrounds much of the home," he says. "The colours create a relaxed atmosphere in the large, very detailed interior.


"It was also important to the clients that bold and subtle colours were varied through the home depending on where they were used."

The main living areas are in Resene Powder Blue, an antiqued steel blue, from the Karen Walker Paints range, which contrasts with Resene White Pointer, a stark off-white used on the home's door trims and ceilings. Resene Hermitage, a stony blue green, was introduced in the conservatory for a calm feel, while Resene Ivanhoe, a slate blue, was chosen for the games room to contrast with its rich timber panelling.

In the master suite, Resene Tiara, a duck egg grey, has a romantic feel, and a combination of mossy grey Resene Rolling Stone and grey blue Resene Lynch is seen in the other bedrooms. These colours, in varying intensity, flow seamlessly throughout the high-spec home.

Walls are painted in Environmental Choice approved Resene Zylone Sheen low sheen, with Resene Enamacryl gloss waterborne enamel on trims. The exterior is in Resene Lumbersider low sheen for its easy application and performance.

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First published date: 01 February 2017

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