Nature’s Colour Schemes
Colour Inspiration with Dulux Colours

Colour Inspiration with Dulux Colours

Try a combination of Dulux’s Cumberland St and Te Puke with the rich dark chocolate of Khandallah.

Colour Inspiration


Thanks to Adam Gatley for the birds photo.




Development of a New Concrete Oxide Colour Range

Click here to see the new range –  Designer colour range with Oxide

Love Your Work – This is why I enjoy what I do… Colour Development

Last year I worked with Dianne and Paul at the Oxide Distributing Company in Glenfield, Auckland to develop a usable and contemporary range of colours for their concrete oxides.

It is called the Designer Colour Range, and has 27 relevant and exciting oxides, which has already had a fantastic response from their customers since launched.   There are 9 different colour categories, each of which have 3 variations of hues and tones – Riverstone; Slate; Autumn; Desert; Clay; Sandstone; Tussock; Coastal; and Greenstone.  The range was inspired by our own natural New Zealand flora, rocks and soils.


The Colour Palette Specialist


Colour Consultant – Residential Development – Kensington Park Orewa Exteriors Update

I have been working on the Kensington Park exteriors for the last 4 years.  There are still some buildings to be built and painted, but I was out there last week, and so pleased with the overall look.  As you can imagine the process of creating the exterior colours for an expansive hillside, which is viewed from all around Orewa, needs careful consideration for the owners of the houses looking down onto the roofs, as well as the people living at Kensington Park, and the enhancement of the cityscape.  Colour balance, flow, harmony as well as practical elements such as the LRV rating allowed on weatherboards, come into the process when I am choosing the range of colours.  Being an artist certainly helps when working on the overall concept, and being able to visualise how it will look.  The landscaping has been well thought through to enhance the space and its buildings.  Here are a few more photos of the latest stage to be completed.




Interior Designer – Interior & Exterior Colour Scheme – Hawke Sea Scouts Building – Coxs Bay

I really enjoyed working on this project – it is such an iconic building in Coxs Bay. It is now sitting proud amongst the pohutakawa trees.





Colours to Brighten Your Mind

Bright subtropical plants reminiscent of the vibrant colours painted on Mexican Architect, Luis Barrigan’s building – ‘Casa Gilardi’.  Ricardo Legoretta, another inspiring Mexican Architect, also embraced these strong bright hues. Legoretta once said about his process “I don’t select colour, I feel it”.   The selection of colour is an integral part of their designs.










interior wall colour


The interior entrance wall painted in Dulux Gibbston Valley at Chelsea Park was inspired by nature’s colour schemes.


The Colour Orange

Orange – the colour between red and yellow – the transition between summer and winter –  a mellowed red.

It represents the change between seasons; the hours of day; your state of mind.

It stimulates emotions, ideas, conversation.

It spices up life. It warms the cockles of your heart.  It gives you relief when things get too serious!

Tropical with vibrant green; psychedelic with pink; fresh with white.

Orange is the colour of creativity; sensuality; vibrancy.   It symbolises hope and survival in The Life of Pi.

“Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow” – Wassily Kadinksy