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The colours we use in our designs mean something. If words tell a story, the colours we choose paint one. The Dulux paints we used in a Cube house colour scheme on one particular site are striking examples of how colours combine to interpret a specific scene, convey a mood, and play a vital function, such as bringing light into a darker space.

We developed the colour scheme for this particular home to interpret a sunset. This time of the day is a moveable feast of colours and shades, ranging from bright and vivid, to deep and rich. To help us best interpret this contrasting palette, we chose the following colours:

Port Ohope – a warm yellow

Poor Knights – a dark and inky blue

Rangataua – a bold orange

Okarito – a fresh, crisp white

Rangitikei River and Rangitikei River Half – a moody and evocative blue-green grey

We used Okarito (white) to bring exterior and interior together. This colour was used on the exterior plaster as well as on most of the interior walls, not only to tie indoors with outdoors but also to deliver good light distribution within the rooms.

Poor Knights (blue) paints a picture of a darkening sky in a room, bringing a sense of calm with it. This effect is particularly effective in the master bedroom, with its subtle links back to a cave or cavern, long-held as a place of safety and security.

In the entry and hallway of this home, we used Rangataua (orange). The entrance to a home is often overlooked, but in this case, the first impression is memorable, with endless scope for moving from one space to the next. Because this design has a two-story stairway with plywood directly adjacent, our colour choice was also made so it didn’t clash with the plywood.

Bright yellow Port Ohope was used in the second bedroom. Because of site constraints, and the lack of a strong view, we wanted to introduce warmth and the feeling of sun, even if it was done abstractly. Port Ohope is like sunshine in a can and was a perfect colour for this space.

Finally, for the skirtings and window reveals we went with Rangitikei River Half and Rangitikei River for the doors. These shades let us define architectural elements instead of having them fade into the background of the surrounding wall colour. The blue undertone ties back the sunset and links throughout the house.

After reading this, you’ll hopefully appreciate that the colours we use are no random selections. They tell a story and evoke a feeling; they are felt just as much as they are seen. Something like that doesn’t happen by accident.