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It’s a fact of life that many of our older homes have been changed during the years, some split into flats, losing lovely original features in the process.

In recent times, many caring new owners have re-converted these old homes and re-introduced character features. As seen here, the enduring approach of painting the trims in a light shade has been adhered to and modern practicalities like garages have been cleverly worked into the scheme.

Safety first: If you’re tackling any exterior painting or touchups yourself and using a ladder for the higher parts, keep three points of contact at all times, eg, two feet and a hand. Don’t reach too far; keep your belt buckle within the sides of the ladder.

Four colour panel
Beige and white trims combo
1.Architect Fleur Ford created this wonderful reworking of an inner-city home, once split into flats. For the weatherboards, she chose the grainy aromatic beige of Resene Caraway – a lovely contemporary interpretation of the classic yellow-green. Added to that are chalky, soft Resene Black White trims as well as Resene Mondo, a complex grey green neutral for the window sills and garage door.
Greys and whites reinvented
2.The perfect scheme for a city-slicker villa, soft grey tones give this home a crisp grown-up look without being too hard edged. The Resene Athens Grey weatherboards are joined by trims in the nebulous grey-tinged Resene Quarter Black White. The front door is the stormy Resene Half Tuna – an intriguing colour with a severe blue edge. The airy and cool silvery grey of Resene Atmosphere graces the garage door..
Traditional and beige colours reinvented
3.This scheme leads by using a traditional red door, but one with a twist of fruity brightness – Resene Raspberry. As a calmer counterpoint, the weatherboards are painted in Resene Quarter Sandstone, a quiet stony beige. For the windows and trims, Resene Quarter Bison Hide is a barely there beige touched with green. The garage door is painted Resene All Black, a staunch colour that serves to disguise the practicalities of modern vehicular life.
Greens and colours of the ocean reinvented
4.A colour combination that echoes both the colours of the vegetation and those of the sea, this is flooded with soft depths. Its hero is Resene Secrets for the weatherboards, a washed celadon green. The icy white of Resene Alabaster, is used for the trims while the deep inky blue of Resene Avalanche gives the window sills dramatic contrast. Resene Green Meets Blue heralds both the front door and the garage door.

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