"I want a red door," said the owner. Her request was the start of our discussions about the colour scheme for her bungalow renovations. Of prime importance to her was reinstating the bungalow character. The original palette of carpeted floors, washed out wall colours, dark ceilings and non-characteristic alterations, resulted in dim spaces that lacked flow.
First, the non-period elements were removed and the floor layout altered to improve the spatial flow. New colours and finishes were then chosen to lighten spaces and highlight features of the bungalow. The original rimu floorboards, under the old carpet, revived with satin polyurethane, became the reference point for the selection of new colours and materials.
"We'll give you red walls" was our reply. Lake Hayes selected for the perimeter walls gives orientation, creating contrast from views outside and bringing them inside. Differentiating from the warm rich colour, Aoraki selected for the other walls changes colour as light reflects within the spaces. Subtly punching out bay windows, panel doors, grid ceilings and fireplace is Half Pearl Lustre. The colours chosen and their locations, produce a layering that adds depth to the visual experience of the house.
Other material choices integrate seamlessly with the colours. The kitchen bench is rimu and the joinery Pearl Lustre, blending with the cream Smeg fridge the owner wanted. Ca Rossa and Ca Nose tiles of alternating pattern are on the kitchen and bathroom floors, while Nomad carpet is in two of the bedrooms. Napa on the exterior walls extended into the conservatory and garage link, identify these transitional spaces.
The result is a new palette of colours and materials that fits comfortably with the bungalow style. Now the house’s character is restored, its features are enhanced by materials and colour, creating light spaces that flow.
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