Resene / Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards competition

Have you recently decorated a home with Resene paints? If so, you could be a winner.

Resene and Your Home & Garden are on the lookout for the most stunning interior or exterior colour scheme created with Resene paints to be featured in Your Home & Garden magazine.

Monthly winners win $250 of Resene paint vouchers and the grand winner $5000 cash!

Enter now!
Five finalists will appear in Your Home and Garden, one in each issue, starting with the November 2018 issue. Each will receive a $250 Resene paint voucher and a spread in the magazine. The overall winner will be chosen from the five finalists, taking out the Resene Colour Home Award and winning the $5000 cash prize. An extended story on the winning home will feature in the April 2019 issue of Your Home and Garden.

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

See entry information for more details.

View previous winning entries below. You will need Acrobat Reader to read the stories.

Resene / Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards winners:

Second finalist 2018/2019 - Kathy Baughan Second finalist 2018/2019 - Kathy Baughan
Redecorating her 1950s house in Anderson’s Bay, Dunedin, required a lot of planning for Kathy Baughan. “For years I’ve cut up design magazines and pasted pictures in a journal to create my wish list and personal style,” she says... more
First finalist 2018/2019 - Jessica Cameron First finalist 2018/2019 - Jessica Cameron
Jessica Cameron used Resene paints to add personality throughout her home, from a monochrome statement in her living room to creative themes in her kids’ bedrooms... more
Grand winner 2017/18 David and Kirsty Wraight Grand winner 2017/2018 - David and Kirsty Wraight
You won’t see many plain white walls in Kirsty and David Wraight’s newly built character home in Blenheim. The winners of this year’s Resene Colour Home Awards have used a number of Resene colours and wallpapers throughout their house, creating a soft, tonal effect with a lovely selection of pastel hues. It’s a real personal project: the home was built in 2017 by David, and the interior was put together by Kirsty... more
Space themed Sixth finalist - Kate and Tim Robinson
Kate and Tim Robinson wanted to create a unique look and feel for the house they purchased from Tim’s parents for their family of eight. “Not surprisingly, the master bedroom was top of the priority list,” Kate says. “We were very keen to sleep in our own room and not feel like we were using Tim’s parents’ bedroom!”... more
Space themed Fifth finalist - Simon Raine and Debbie Jones
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... more
DIY Fourth finalist - Haley Williams
The walls were mushroom coloured when Haley Williams moved into her 1960s weatherboard house in 2012. It didn’t take long for her to bring her signature touch to the place... more
Soft Touch Third finalist - David and Kirsty Wraight
David and Kirsty Wraight’s home reveals their joint endeavours as passionate home and business owners. David built the house, which merges villa and farmhouse styles, while Kirsty directed the interior decor and chose the colour scheme... The Wraight house is also a little bit French country, which prompted Kirsty to choose soft colours punctuated with the occasional surprise... more
Euro Zone Second finalist - Jenny Brown and Peter
A creative Whanganui couple have turned their house into a boutique bed and breakfast, where European guests are often surprised to find colours that remind them of home... more
First Finalist First finalist – Joanna and Brent Eastabrook
Having a painter in the family helped to make redecorating a dated 1960s stucco house in Whanganui a breeze. Joanna and Brent Eastabrook, an emergency nurse and painter respectively, have been renovating their home one room at a time. Daughter Grace loves pink, Joanna says. “This made it easy to come up with a combination to impress her… more
Grand winner 2016/17 Resene Colour Home Awards Grand winner 2016/2017 – Alison and Callum Dixon
When Alison and Callum Dixon stumbled across their Castor Bay, Auckland, abode back in 2009, it ticked every box. “The main criteria for us was a decent-sized section and an older home with character that hadn’t been renovated,” says Alison. “We purchased it from the original owners and completely fell for it. Stay-at-home mum Alison says she has really enjoyed renovating the weatherboard beauty, especially rediscovering her creative side since leaving her accountancy job. “We put so much into creating what we wanted. Designing each space was a labour of love for me,” she says… more
Fifth finalist - Resene Colour Home Awards 2016/2017 Fifth finalist – Jane Dubbelt and Pete Walker
When you live in a heritage listed home, care and consideration must go into a new paint job. Jane Dubbelt and Pete Walker have lived in their 1930s art deco house in New Plymouth for 27 years. 20 years after their last paint job, they turned to the same line of Resene paint to refurbish the home. “We knew the product stood the test of time,” the couple said in their entry. The weatherproof Resene X-200 in ‘Half Haystack’ was used for the majority of the house, while the trim was painted… more
Fourth finalist - Resene Colour Home Awards 2016/2017 Fourth finalist - Alison and Callum Dixon
To allow their eclectic mix of possessions to take centre stage, Alison and Callum Dixon chose a calming colour palette for their Castor Bay, Auckland home. All-white walls in Resene Sea Fog were lifted by coloured doors. “Painting our doors was an easy way to inject colour and personality into the house,” Alison explains. Violet, 5, and Rita, 3, chose the turquoise brilliance of Resene Dali for their shared bedroom. One-year-old Fred’s door was painted in Resene Nocturnal… more
Third finalist - Resene Colour Home Awards 2016/2017 Third finalist - Keri Clarke and Wayne
Clever use of colour and skilful paintwork helped to create this soothing nursery. Keri Clarke, co-founder of the Be Your Own Heroine website, and husband Wayne, a general manager, have lived in their four-bedroom Flat Bush, Auckland home for six years. They wanted their new daughter's nursery to be stylish and not "too saccharine". Keri, a graphic designer, came up with a triangle print, which the couple painted in a soft grey, Resene ‘Pale Slate’… more
Second finalist - Resene Colour Home Awards 2016/2017 Second finalist - April Harwood-Smith and Zane Hansby
It’s all fun and games at a Coromandel first home full of creative colour and DIY décor. First home-buyers April Harwood-Smith and Zane Hansby have transformed their classic 1964 Lockwood in Coromandel into a personality-filled abode. White walls were a good starting point, but the couple were craving a bit of colour. “We wanted to keep things looking fresh and simple, but also fun and bright,” says April. Accent walls... more
First finalist - Resene Colour Home Awards 2016/2017

First finalist – Katie Smith and James Littlewood
A love of bold colour and retro hues inspired the makeover of this Titirangi home. Katie Smith and husband James Littlewood revamped their 1940s home in Auckland, which they share with daughters Lucy and Stellar, using vibrant colours from Resene. Choosing shades came naturally to textile designer Katie. “As a family we are very fond of colour,” she explains. “I wanted the main areas upstairs to work in harmony, with a bit of a vintage flavour. I tend to gravitate towards autumnal colours… more

Grand winner 2015/2016 - Zoe Bartlett Grand winner 2015/2016 - Zoe Bartlett
First impressions can be deceiving. From the outside, this 1930s former state house looks like many others in the surrounding Lower Hutt streets. But pass through the mint green front door and it’s an explosion of colour. Surprisingly, it was even more colourful when owners Zoe Bartlett and Brad Hale bought it in 2006. “There was daffodil carpet, lime green walls, a pink bathroom and a red Formica kitchen benchtop,” laughs Zoe. But the couple – now parents to Josh, 5, and Lachlan, 1 – could see the potential… more
march 2016 finalist March 2016 winner - Heidi and Kris Herbert
Heidi & Kris Herbert purchased their seven-acre lifestyle block in New Plymouth in August last year, providing more space for their two children, Bren, three, and Ivy, two. The four bedroom home was in dire need of a facelift, and the first room to get the full treatment was daughter Ivy’s room. "Ivy's favourite colour is pink, so I found Resene Sakura on the Resene fashion colour inspiration tab on their website," Heidi explains. "I wanted to add something to break up the pink so I looked at different ideas on the internet and taped up the wall with masking tape"… more
Feb 2016 winner February 2016 winner - Julie Attwell
Julie Attwell’s Palmerston North home isn't for the faint-hearted. Living here since 2006 with husband Anthony, son Jackson, 17, daughter Georgia, 22, mother Joan, Penny the Staffy, cats Goose, Timmy and Stella, and chickens Custard, Dora, Peg and Dave, you could say she has a rather full house! The three-bedroom, 120-square-metre art deco building has been fully redecorated by Julie, who says although her decor style is ever-evolving, her penchant for black has never wavered. For evidence, look no further than her lounge feature wall painted in Resene Nero.… more
January 2016 winner Resene Colour Home awards January 2016 winner - Kirsty and David Wraight
Kirsty and David Wraight’s Blenheim new build is anything but modern. With a shared love of heritage homes, it’s no wonder David - a builder who owns a business specialising in villa-style homes - took this project on himself. Completed in May 2014, their stunning three bedroom villa has a soft and traditional colour scheme, but Kirsty wanted some colour in the bathroom, opting for Resene Hermitage. The white battened feature wall painted in Resene… more
Resene Your home & Garden December 2015 winner December 2015 winner - William Boyd
William Boyd’s heritage Helensville home began life as a bank and became a residential building 20 years ago. The artist and hairdresser had always wanted to live somewhere out of the ordinary, and when he saw the 1920s art deco building on the Kaipara River up for sale last year, he pounced. William’s first project was tackling the outside, which was painted a uniform two-tone grey. William brought Old Bank, as he affectionately calls it, back to life using the Resene Heritage colour range… more
Resene / Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards winner Nov 2015 November 2015 winner - Zoe Bartlett
Lower Hutt mum Zoe Bartlett knew her dark colour scheme with hints of aqua would be a winner after seeing a Where the Wild Things Are-style kid's room in a magazine. Once she'd decided on Resene Ebony Clay for her son Lachie's feature wall, the rest of the room fell into place. Resene Barely There decorates the remaining three walls and Zoe painted Lachie's lamp, side table and cloud shelf in Resene Optimist; the deer antlers and triangle shelf are coated in Resene Aqua... more
An impersonal white-on-white house has been transformed with small amounts of well chosen colour Grand winner 2014/15 - Gemma Burrows
Wellingtonian Gemma Burrows has used a kaleidoscope of colour in small doses throughout her once all-white home. The previously white-on-white colour scheme of Gemma's Wellington home was never going to last long with a self-confessed colour-lover living there. She bought the home in July last year, sold on its modern, open-plan design but the decor was impersonal and bland. She set about painting the house little by little, adding geometric and colour-blocking detail to all areas of the house... more
A basement garage is transformed into a funky family room April 2015 winner – Ashley Gillham
Ashley Gillham transformed what was once the garage of his two-storey Kumeu house into a funky family space for him and son Malachy, 6. Upstairs is rented out while downstairs “there isn’t the slightest indication that cars were once parked here”, says Ashley. A huge fan of art deco, Ashley consulted with Kelly Gammie from Eucalyptus Design to help him refine his colour choice and to reflect this era. A painted arrow has been repeated in every room… more
Resene Colour Home Awards March 2015 winner March 2015 winner – Melanie Wilson
Melanie Wilson was tired of looking at beige interiors after a bout of house hunting, so when she purchased this ex-state house in New Plymouth, she set about enlivening it with colour. “I love colour – both bright and bold and softer tones.” Melanie painted the geometric design above the kitchen splashback by randomly placing painter’s tape until she was happy with the design and filling in the sections with Resene… more
February 2015 winner of the Resene Colour Home awards February 2015 winner - Robert and Diane Sutton
Robert Sutton didn’t tell his wife Diane that he was entering their Renwick, Marlborough home into the Resene Colour Home Awards, stating in his entry: “I am sending this in to surprise my wife Diane who I think has done an amazing job of transforming our B&B with two new coats of Resene paint.” Diane was understandably “very excited and proud” to discover she was a finalist. Diane painted the 1929 bungalow herself, using Resene Trojan from the Resene CoolColour™ range, which reflects heat and remains cooler in summer conditions… more
January 2015 winner - Gemma Burrows January 2015 winner - Gemma Burrows
Gemma Burrows couldn’t wait to transform the plain, impersonal white walls of her Wellington home. “I like bright colours,” says Gemma, “which you can tell by looking at my clothes and lipstick on any given day!” After scanning Pinterest for inspiration, she decided on a geometric theme that would inject colour and complement her extensive art collection and furniture. The fireplace was reinvented with a square of Resene Bright Spark and a thin line of Resene Bombshell to “give it some edge”… more
December 2014 winner December 2014 winner – Renee and Bryan Lawrence
Rennee Lawrence and her husband Bryan renovated their kitchen in Pukerua Bay, north of Wellington, on a tight budget and are thrilled with the results. They chose dark shades to contrast with crisp white and bright red accents, with Resene Blackjack on the dining room wall and Resene Blackboard Paint in the kitchen. The floors, walls and kitchen table were treated to coats of Resene Black White. The pièce de résistance is the set of 1940s cabinets… more
November 2014 winner November 2014 winner - Marlene Handl
With an overseas student coming to stay, Marlene Handl wanted to create a relaxing and restful guest bedroom in her Mission Bay, Auckland home. The formerly black walls made for a dark and gloomy space, so Marlene and her husband repainted the entire room in Resene Karen Walker Foggy Grey and Resene Alabaster for a fresh palette that beautifully reflects natural light. Marlene also looked to nature for inspiration… more
Grand winner 2013/14 – Debra Yearsley Grand winner 2013/14 – Debra Yearsley
When Debra Yearsley and her husband Adam bought their 1988 “Miami Vice-style” home in July 2012 it was crying out for colour. The art deco house in Auckland’s St Heliers features an eight metre-high atrium, with dramatic curved walls and split levels, which Debra saw as unpainted surfaces ripe for a colourful makeover. She chose an eclectic range of Resene paints to decorate her home, teamed with mid-century furniture. “Colour is a must,” she says… more
March 2014 winner – Pippa Jinks March 2014 winner – Pippa Jinks
It’s hard not to smile when you spot the rainbow stairs in Pippa Jinks’ Birkenhead, Auckland home. “People are always positive about them,” says Pippa. “The funniest comment was from a six-year-old friend of my children (Luka, 10, and Pearl, 7), whose face was a picture of happiness when he saw the stairs, but then he looked serious and told me earnestly that I had done it wrong, because rainbows don’t have pink in them… more
February 2014 winner Resene Your Home & Garden competition February 2014 winner - Noelene Rachinger and Alan Blackman
Noelene Rachinger and Alan Blackman recently set about painting their entire St Heliers, Auckland home in a range of Resene colours. They drew inspiration from their bold furnishings and artwork, repeating splashes of red, in the bar stools and bedlinen, throughout the house. They kept the look classic in the downstairs living room and kitchen, painted in Resene Rakaia, echoed by the exterior of the home in Resene Chicago and Resene Half Alabaster, creating seamless flow from inside to out… more
January 2014 winner of the Resene Colour Home  Awards January 2014 winner - Michelle Burns
The aptly named Resene Tweet on the cabinetry of this Christchurch home caused “much twittering at the factory when it was applied”, says homeowner Michelle Burns. Her bold colour scheme was chosen to complement the mid-century feel of the 1968 home. “We achieved this by incorporating rimu into the island cabinetry and bringing the gorgeous Resene Grasscloth wallpaper into the scheme”… more
December 2013 winner's Art Deco home December 2013 winner - Kim Quartermain
Kim Quartermain says it’s been an “exciting journey” deciding on a colour scheme for her art deco home in Karori, Wellington. It began in February 2011 with a visit to Napier’s Art Deco Weekend for inspiration. After much deliberation she settled on Resene Buttery White for the exterior walls and Resene Deco for the trim. “I made sure to complement the surrounding houses while keeping with the art deco heritage and status of the property”… more
November 2013 winner November 2013 winner - Debra Yearsley
A home office doesn't have to be stuffy and boring. Take inspiration from the bold colour combo Debra Yearsley dreamed up for the work space in her Auckland home. She wanted it to be bright, vibrant and mentally stimulating. "My office was cold and uninviting. It needed hotting up with a warm colour. Resene Smitten is a gorgeous fuchsia that makes me smile every time I enter the room," she says. The starting point for Debra's colour scheme was the floral rug she bought on Trade Me... more

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