Modern meets heritage in this 1912 transitional villa renovation

12 Aug 2020

When your home sits in a lush tropical garden by the sea, great indoor-outdoor flow is the number one priority. It’s something that Jane and Steven have relished in their 15 years of living in their 1912 transitional villa. “It’s been a really idyllic place for our boys to grow up,” says Jane. But, despite its fabulous layout, their home was in dire need of a facelift and with the help of a palette of elegant Resene creams and whites, it underwent a complete transformation.

“Our kitchen and bathrooms were over 20 years old, so it was high time to renovate – and the interior needed a total repaint,” says Jane. “Although, a renovation during a country-wide lockdown wasn’t exactly part of our plan.”

The main colour choice for the villa’s facelift was Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream. This soft hue has graced the walls of the original parts of the villa with Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream on the ceilings, skirtings, doors and architraves.  For the modern part of the villa – located at the rear of the home – Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream was the colour of choice for all the walls, ceilings and the kitchen cabinetry.

In the main bathroom, traditional English design inspired the look with Resene Quarter White Pointer on the walls to match the beautiful Spanish wall tiles. “We’ve added textured plush towels in shades of pale grey and cream to complement this,” says Jane. The tiles are also repeated in the laundry where Resene Quarter White Pointer was also used on the cupboards.

The colours for the exterior of the house were chosen to reflect the nearby beach and tropical garden that surrounds the home. Resene Ecru White features on the weatherboards with the exterior window frames in Resene Rice Cake. A nod to modern styling and striking contrast comes through with Resene Bokara Grey on the front doors with the veranda in Resene Half Pravda.

“We love the natural colour palette of warm whites, bronze, ochre, rust and creams,” says Jane. “Black accents add drama and a bit of formality to the lounge and master bedroom.” The boys’ rooms follow this colour palette with soft grey and white. The combination of modern-meets-heritage comes together in the styling too, with a mix of antiques and luxe fabrics in the main part of the house with a lighter Scandi-style feel to the newer addition.

For those stuck on how to choose colour, Jane has some sage advice: don’t just rely on small colour swatches, try your favourite hues out on larger pieces of paper. “When I set about finding colours, I bought about twenty big cardboard sheets from my local Resene ColorShop as well as a mini roller and paint tray. Tons of testpots later, I had settled on my colour palette. The large cardboard sheets and testpots were so helpful to see the colours in situ and in different lights.”

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Villa facade

The front of Jane and Steven’s villa reflects the elegant modern-meets-heritage styling inside, with the striking dark hue of Resene Bokara Grey on the front doors contrasting with the classic villa colour combination of Resene Ecru White on the weatherboards, Resene Rice Cake on the trims and Resene Half Pravda on the veranda.

Villa open plan kitchen

This open plan kitchen, living and dining area is located in the modern part of the villa where Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream graces the walls, ceiling and window trims.

Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream kitchen

Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream features on the kitchen cabinetry, walls and ceiling. When paired with pale wooden furniture, the modern Scandi style of the newer section of the villa really shines.

Villa lounge

In the original part of the villa, Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream features on the walls with Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream on the ceilings, skirtings, doors and architraves. Traditional styling also features with cosy browns and ochres furnishings in hues similar to Resene Brown Sugar, Resene Dark Buff and Resene Calico.

Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream bedroom villa

In one of the bedrooms, the walls are painted in Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream with Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream on the ceiling and Resene Rice Cake on the windows. A darker pop of colour on the bed, in a hue like Resene High Tide, helps to bring the space into a more modern setting.

Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream bedroom villa

Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream also features on the walls in the master bedroom with Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream on the ceiling, skirting and architraves.

Resene Quarter White Pointer bathroom

Jane and Steven wanted an elegant main bathroom and drew on traditional English-style for their final look. Resene Quarter White Pointer on the walls marries beautifully with the grey and cream flecked Spanish tiles. The ceiling is painted in Resene Eighth Thorndon Cream.

Laundry

Sitting behind sliding doors painted Resene Quarter White Pointer in the main bathroom is the laundry, which is also painted in Resene Quarter White Pointer.

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