Kelly Gammie gives her Auckland home a light and bright lift

01 Jul 2020

The last time we featured interior designer Kelly Gammie’s Auckland home, it was decorated with a blend of dark Resene neutral, hand-painted and custom coloured grasscloth wallpapers from the Resene Wallpaper Collection, and was chockful of moody drama and textures. Today, this stylish home has a completely new look – one that’s lighter and brighter, but not without Kelly’s signature elegance.

Kelly, who is known for going above and beyond for her clientele at Eucalyptus Design & Interiors, gave the home an entire redecoration to prepare it for its new owners.

“As the designer, it was advantageous to have had a personal involvement with the home,” she says. “It enabled me to know how the natural light worked in the space. For instance, the main living room has limited natural light, so I knew the new colour palette needed to create brightness from within.”

The new owners wanted to retain the texture already in the home. They also wanted the palette to remain neutral but with a fresh look and feel. So, Kelly set to work and instead of painting the space head to toe in a single neutral hue, she brought in layers of black, white and grey with subtle variations. 

She used the large black and white cockatoo artwork in the living room as her main inspiration for the colours and textures. “We pulled Resene Wan White out of the picture’s neutral tones and used it for the panelled walls,” she says. “It is a really clean fresh white and works perfectly with the selected wallpaper.”

The wallpaper in question is Resene Wallpaper Collection 218951 – a neutral coloured, textured stripe which mimics the gentle pattern on the bird’s feathers. It spans eight metres across the living and dining areas. Kelly chose this wallpaper to be a subtle feature in the space, one that wouldn’t steal the show but instead blend in beautifully and complement the key decorative elements of the design; the drapes, cushions, flooring and artwork.

“The two-toned wallpaper lightens the room while bringing in contrast without making it feel cavernous,” says Kelly. She used Resene Double Alabaster for the ceilings because, as she says, “it works with just about anything you want to put on the walls.”

She’s employed a circular palette of brighter hues for the home, with the colours flowing through the interior and into exterior spaces. For example, Resene Woodsman Nutmeg, which dons the balustrade inside, is seen again further down in the courtyard. The exterior fence is painted in a combination of Resene Woodsman Nutmeg and Resene Woodsman Crowshead. This deep black stain links back to the interior where darker elements pop, such as the ceiling-height display cabinet in the living area painted in Resene Blackjack.

Resene Wan White is continued in the master bedroom where it is met with the soft grey hue of Resene Concrete – which links to the fireplace in the living room painted in Resene Double Concrete.  

“It was a challenge to leave this home to its new owners, as we had really loved living in it,” says Kelly. “Fortunately, the new residents loved the finishes, textures and feel of the home as much as us.”

Top tip: Use Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen for a velvety low sheen finish on walls and Resene SpaceCote Flat on ceilings.  Continue the low sheen look outdoors with Resene Lumbersider waterborne low sheen paint.

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing [email protected].

Wallpaper living room white grey

Interior designer Kelly Gammie transformed her home for its new owners by making it lighter and brighter but ensuring it retained its drama and elegance. The main wall in the open plan living, dining and kitchen space is Resene Wallpaper Collection 218951. The panelled bulkhead is Resene Wan White, the ceiling and trims are Resene Double Alabaster and the timber floor stain is Resene Colorwood Rock Salt.

fireplace panelled walls

Panelled walls and a bulkhead in Resene Wan White bring plenty of texture and interest to the main living space. The fireplace surround is painted Resene Double Concrete to bring further depth while the display cabinet beyond it is painted Resene Blackjack. The ceiling is in Resene Double Alabaster and the floor is finished in Resene Colorwood Rock Salt.

living room panelled walls grey

The timber batten panelling on the fireplace surround was previously painted deep and dark Resene Double Cod Grey, it was repainted Resene Double Concrete for the new owners to brighten up the space while the display cabinet was painted darker Resene Blackjack. The ceiling and trims are in Resene Double Alabaster and the panelled walls and bulkhead are in Resene Wan White. In the kitchen, the birch batten ceiling is stained Resene Colorwood Rock Salt, which was also used to stain the timber flooring. The kitchen cabinetry is painted in Resene Lusta-Glo tinted to Resene Quarter Friar Grey with handles in Resene Double Cod Grey.

kitchen white cabinets

In the kitchen, cabinetry in Resene Lusta-Glo is tinted to Resene Quarter Friar Grey with handles in Resene Double Cod Grey, ceiling in Resene Double Alabaster and panelled walls in Resene Wan White. A hint of Resene Colorwood Rock Salt stain was used on the birch panelled timber ceiling to reflect the same stain on the floor below.

bedroom grey panelled walls

The master bedroom is rich with texture but still looks light and airy with walls in Resene Double Concrete, batten panels in Resene Wan White and the ceiling in Resene Double Alabaster. Outside, the weatherboard cladding is painted Resene Tana.

bathroom marble tiles

In the bathroom, shutters regulate the natural light and privacy in the luxe space. They’re painted in Resene Lusta-Glo tinted to Resene Double Cod Grey and the ceiling is in Resene Double Alabaster.

deck

The two-tiered outdoor area maximises entertaining space while keeping yard work to a minimum. The decking and surround on the upper deck are in Resene Woodsman Nutmeg. The weatherboard cladding is painted Resene Tana and the privacy screen (behind the potted plants) is in Resene Wan White.

outdoor deck

Kelly chose Resene Woodsman Crowshead timber stain for the lower deck and rear fence. The side fence, deck surround and balustrade are stained Resene Woodsman Nutmeg and the cladding is in Resene Tana. 

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