Industry Profile: Colour Consultant.

Whether you’re building new or renovating, choosing the right colour scheme is vital in making a house feel like a home. Luckily, for those who just don’t have the knack for picking colours, (or are colourblind!) there is help. Just as you would hire an architect or builder, hiring a professional colour consultant will ensure that you get the best results possible.

Nikki Morris, has been a Colour Consultant with Resene for the past six years. We asked her what were some of the common mistakes people make when choosing colours and some of her top tips to help avoid them:

Nikki Morris

Nikki Morris – Colour Consultant with Resene.

Tell us what your role involves..

As a Colour Consultant with Resene I’m involved in the creative and colour aspects of the company. My role is to be the inspiration, help instil confidence when it comes to using colour, and to help solve colour predicaments and to ensure our clients create beautiful colour schemes for the interior and exterior of their homes that are also practical and sustainable.

What do you love most about your job?

I love meeting new people and being the one to help them create their perfect home. Being continually surrounded by colours and inspiration I have an abundance of ideas to toy with (and trial out on you all).

Can you describe what a typical day might be like for you?
(We bet there is no typical day!)

Busy! Every day is very different, but is always colourful. I spend the majority of my day in one on one appointments working with clients renovating their homes, discussing the atmosphere we want to achieve and talking through and showing how to pull it all together to create something unique but tasteful. A typical day involves lots of people, laughter and colour challenges to work with and overcome.

What training and qualifications would you recommend to someone who wants to become a colour consultant?

Interior Design and Colour Theory and Psychology courses are worth investing in. These courses are invaluable when it comes to working with colour.
I think as long as you have a natural flair for people and colour and enjoy helping others to overcome their design challenges then being a colour consultant is an avenue worth pursuing.

Which should you tackle first when redecorating an interior room? Wall colour? Curtains? Carpet or furnishings? Are there any hard and fast rules that should be followed?

First off you need to know what atmosphere you want to create! Otherwise you are in for a long and confusing project. Then tackle the areas that are least likely to change during the next 10 years (carpets, cabinetry, tiles). Then move to the window treatments and paint colours. We recommend the paint colour is picked near the end as it is the last link that connects everything together and creates the balance and harmony.

What seems to be the most common mistake, people make when choosing a paint colour?

Not trialling the colour out first! Yes it looks amazing on the villa three streets up but you always need to purchase a Resene test pot to confirm this colour looks just as stunning on your home. Second biggest mistake is being afraid to go bold with your statement walls. If it’s not a strong enough contrast to the main colour – then there is no statement!

First impressions are so important when selling a house. What are your top colour picking tips for someone renovating before selling?

Consider the environment around you and pull your look into a timeless earth inspired colour scheme. Avoid being too personal with your colour choices on the exterior of your home as we want everyone to think – Yes! I can and want to live here!

For some people, choosing one colour, let alone a whole colour palette can be overwhelming! What are some of your online tools that could help with their decision making?

Resene’s website is well equipped to help make decisions. If you are not familiar with our website jump on! You can ask a colour expert your queries, view our virtual colour and wallpaper library that showcases an assortment of options available and even view inspiring houses painted with Resene colours.

Resene New Zealand Website

Resene Australia Website

We also have our online Resene EzyPaint which allows you to virtually paint houses similar to yours to see what looks you can achieve.

So tell us…..what’s the hottest colour trend for 2014?

2014 is all about mixing trends and colour palettes. It’s the year to be adventurous with your accents and create personal and unique spaces! Resene Knock Out, Resene Big Bang and Resene Half Escape are my favourite Resene 2014 on trend colours.

View the full range of Resene Paint Colour trends for 2014.

A big thank you to Nikki and the team at Resene for taking the time to chat with us.

NZ GIVEAWAY: Head over to our NZ Facebook page to win a $250 Vouchers to use at any Resene Colour shop in NZ!

Photos: The changing face of a City….

I’m a born and bred Aucklander (but don’t hold that against me!). I’ve travelled a bit overseas and visited many places in New Zealand, but it was 2010 before I managed to make my way to Christchurch. I had a fantastic time. A fun long weekend in the city. Now, my only wish being that my visit was longer. I consider myself lucky, even though it was all too brief, that I got to see and experience Christchurch pre-earthquake.

Like so many others around the country, I sat watching with a feeling of total helplessness and disbelief at the images that were broadcast out to us three years ago. I couldn’t for the life of me see how the city would ever recover….but I’m sure glad it is.

As we approached the anniversary of the February Earthquake that caused so much destruction, we wanted to be able to reflect and commemorate in a positive way.

Taking some inspiration from the ‘Day in the Life’ post we did last year, I asked our team of Christchurch photographers if they would send in photos of their favourite places, buildings and views, new or old, from around the city.

Now we would like to share them with you:

“The stark contrast between the demolition and the new and novel use of resources to start the rebuild of Christchurch is very dramatic.” Paul Willets, Open2View Christchurch South

It’s truly amazing to see the creativity, colour and art in what is emerging and taking shape from the expanse of area that has been demolished within the city.

Christchurch, I can’t wait to visit you again soon….

A very big thank you to our Open2view photographers in Christchurch for their time.

Rekindle: The object of my affection.

From the moment I set eyes on it on The Block NZ last year, I was in love. Yes, it just knew it had to be mine.

rekindle table

Unfortunately, my living situation at the time (read: living with the in-laws) meant that there was no way I was getting my hands on that dinning room table anytime soon.

I was sure I’d heard it was made out of recycled timber from Christchurch. Resigned to the fact that I could not have it immediately, I decided to torture myself even further by tracking it down and ogling it online.

What I discovered was that there was a whole lot more to love about this table than just it’s good looks.

One beautiful piece at a time:

Rekindle is the social enterprise that is responsible for not only making the dinning table I love, but also other fantastic pieces of furniture, jewellery, art and other useful objects, all out of waste wood.

Their mission is to support communities to fully utilise their waste wood, develop employment opportunities and enable youth to gain real and transferable work skills.

It’s hard not to be inspired by the vision being pushed by founder and occupational therapist Juliet Arnott. Her belief that participation, especially for young people, in a meaningful work role has the potential to transform lives.

What better place to set up their first workshop than in Christchurch, where the team has worked to intercept as much of the reusable timber as they could from earthquake-damaged homes in the area.

rekindle products

The one of a kind pieces are not only beautiful but demonstrate the ongoing value of the materials used, bringing new life and function to what otherwise would have ended up on the scrap heap.

Whole House Reuse

Whole House Reuse: Rethinking what waste is.

In a symbolic act of respect to the thousands of homes demolished in Christchurch and to highlight just how much can be done to recycle the materials for future use, Rekindle, with support from the Sustainable Initiative Fund (SIFT) launched the Whole House Reuse.

The project involves salvaging one whole house that was due for demolition and turning it into an array of purposeful works and items across different creative disciplines such as: art, design, craft and micro-architecture.

19 Admirals Way: 

The deconstruction of 19 Admirals Way occurred over seven days in late August and early September 2013. A crew of professional salvagers pulled apart the house by hand, and a team of volunteers worked to load the materials onto trailers and ferry them into storage.

19 Admirals Wayssalvage work

From the salvage, 480 material listings were recorded in a Catalouge of Resources that is now being presented to the creative community of New Zealand within a book: Whole House Reuse – Deconstruction.  As we’ll as the materials catalogue, the book tells the story of the project so far with written and photographic documentation on the salvage work.

Whole House Reuse Book

It’s been a very busy few months for  project director Kate McIntyre with the launch of the book and a new website. I asked her a few questions about how the project was coming along and some of the surprises along the way so far:

1. What stage is the project up to now? What is the next step?

We are now in the Design stage of the project – which is when the creative community of Aotearoa/NZ become involved. Following that is the Reuse stage. This is basically when the works that result from the design stage are showcased, and the whole story of the project is outlaid for the public to experience. After this exhibition period, the works that have either found a home through the exhibition process, or were made with a specific community use in mind will be put to use again.

2. What has surprised you most about the project so far?

Two things – the hugely enthusiastic response the project illicits from such a huge range of people. I think this is because of the empowering nature of it – the fact that it is giving people a chance to engage and do something about a problem that they have felt so much frustration about – the senseless waste generated through demolition.

And the other thing – I knew that I didn’t know how much work was involved to fully deconstruct a simple home, but I still felt blown away. Even more than the act of deconstruction, just the transporting of the materials from one place to another could have benefited from a small army. It just goes to show how substantial just one home really is.

4. What is your favourite thing that has been created and sold in the rekindle store?

I really love the chairs. I think specifically for the way they speak directly of the value of the materials through practical function, and how they show that the story of those materials still continues.

If you want to keep up to date with the progress of the Whole House Reuse project, or you would like to get involved in the design stage, visit their new website for all the information. I can’t wait to see what is created.

Seeing as I still don’t have my own dinning room, I haven’t managed to acquire that dinning room table yet! Thankfully there’s plenty of other little treats in the Rekindle store to keep me happy. Let me know what your favourite Rekindle piece is on our facebook page.

NZ Property: Happenings in January.

After the expected seasonal slowdown over the Christmas and New Year period, the NZ property market is quickly ramping back up…

A look at the data:

The NZ Property report for January was published last week over at

There was an influx of new listings across the country, with 9,267 new properties entering the market (an increase of 5% on Jan 2012). 13 out of 19 regions across NZ reported higher new listings with the most notable being the Coromandel, with a rise of 39.8% higher than the same time in 2013.

My theory on the Coromandel? Some holiday home owners have had enough of this kind of carry-on.  Although, I can’t believe that would be the case for this Coromandel Coast property.

It’s hilltop perch looks pretty good to me:


The National asking price for January reached $476,767 creeping back closer to last year’s record high in October.

Looking at the regional data provided, Canterbury and Otago reached new record asking prices, with $449,149 for Canterbury (up 11.5% on January 2013); and Otago, reaching $304,720 (an increase of 1.6% on the same time last year). Auckland and Wellington both had small increases from last month and remain close to the records highs set in their respective regions in October 2013. also indicating that buyer demand is on the rise, with a notable increase of visits to their site in January. Whether this translates into actual sales remains to be seen in the coming months.

The check out the report in full here

What others are saying:

Barfoot & Thompson enjoyed a nice boost after the Christmas period, with 1228 new listings in January. Managing Director Peter Thompson commenting that “the market is building to being extremely active during the first quarter of the year”. released their latest stats which show a decline in First Home Buyers over the last few months. By no means an unexpected result, with the LVR restrictions put in place in October.

A list of NZ regions showing percentage of first home buyers ‘Before and After’ LVR restrictions were put in place can be viewed on their site here.

QV predict that the increase in Nationwide values, which climbed steadily in 2013, would only increase modestly in 2014.  Auckland values however, are expected to continue increasing throughout the year, with Waitakere, Manukau and North Shore City seeing the biggest increases in value in the past year.

What’s your story?

Are you a new home buyer that’s now struggling to buy with the new LVR’s, or are you a Coromandel home owner looking for drier pastures? Let us know your story. Get in touch with us in the comments below or visit us on facebook.

2014. Year of the Real Estate Video.

Video is one of the most powerful and engaging forms of marketing. It’s the number one form of content that people consume on the web and the web is now the number one place people are looking for property.

The ability to tell a story about a property and connect emotionally with a buyer, is key to a successful real estate video.

Every property is different and may require a different approach when the time comes to film. That’s something our photographers and videographers understand fully!

Rachel von Nordeck & Paul Willetts have been with Open2view for almost a year now. We thought we’d have a quick catch up with them and take a look at some of the great high definition videos they are producing for their clients in the Christchurch South area…

What led you both into the field of photography?  

Rachel: Photography has always been a facet of my career. I completed a BA in Design with a minor in Photography at university and in some way or another, I have ‘made pictures’ throughout my career—from directing shoots for magazine spreads to graphic design layouts to video production.

Paul: I studied Photography back at Secondary School and guess was quite good at it, seeing as after two years as I was awarded Top Scholar in New Zealand for Bursary Photography. I then did what I thought I should do and go to University where I studied Physical Education for four years. This lead me to become a Scuba Diving instructor in Christchurch. When I decided to put the scuba diving and photography together I got a job in Grand Cayman. This was where my Video Camera Operator experience began. For the last 10 years I’ve been travelling around the world (Grand Cayman, Thailand, Egypt, Bahamas) working as an Underwater Camera Operator. Once I reached Egypt I was involved filming and editing footage for Film Festivals and a number of Freediving World Championships.

Seeing as I was born and bred in Christchurch, after the September quake I was drawn to return to see what it was all about and to feel more connected to the experience that friends and family were experiencing during that time. On returning I got a job as a camera operator for Trackside TV, where I still lend my skills occasionally.

Apart from real estate, what else do you enjoy photographing?

Rachel:  Anything where I get to blow bubbles! I have been extraordinarily lucky to have experienced many underwater ‘National Geographic’ moments in the last 10 years as an underwater camera operator. I’ve filmed everything from wildlife for documentaries to international free diving competitions and I loved every minute of it!

Paul: Its been over 3 years since I last had the chance to go diving and film fish. I miss being surrounded by schools of 1000+ snapper and barracuda and being able to be in my little underwater world amongst manta rays, whale sharks, hammerheads, etc etc etc. Think this year I might have to try and get back in the warm water somewhere on a holiday.


What’s been the most interesting property you’ve photographed/filmed recently? 

Rachel: On a stunning Canterbury day, anything with a view will do! I love shooting the hill properties with a gorgeous aspect overlooking Christchurch.

Paul: I guess all the property videos that we have done this year have been fun. We are continuing tweeking them and as no two houses or agent are the same I think you have to be flexible with your approach. I did enjoy filming our first property video on Factory Road in Little Akaloa, as it allowed me to get my feet wet at least being in the stream with the eels. I am really enjoying having the steadicam rig since Christmas and is providing a great challenge as it is something I have never used before. Well until we filmed 25A Kahu Road.  

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead:

Rachel:  I am most looking forward to continuing to build our business and developing my skills as a photographer. I’m still so new to working in real estate, I’ve got plenty more to learn.

Paul: With the huge amount of video on the internet these days and the strength it has as a marketing media I am really looking forward to pushing HD video for Real Estate. Even on returning to New Zealand I saw a hole in the market.  I believe when it comes to internet / websites and technology New Zealand is a little slow at picking things up and I really want to get Video into the Real Estate market and have it more commonly used. Oh, but most of all, building my Agent numbers and doing more photography again.

Let your listing stand out from the crowd.
Lets take a look at some of the recent high definition videos that Rachel & Paul have filmed. Each offers a different style to suit the purpose of the video…

Powerful Perspectives
A vendor’s stories can bring a property to life: how they came to be here; what they’ve loved about their home; and how it may break their hearts to leave. These stories show a prospective buyer not just the property, but the lifestyle that goes with it! With video you can get a real sense of the space of the home, but you can also convey powerful emotions.

A Testament to You
There can be no greater impact than a face-to-face testimonial. And if you can’t drag your convert along with you, video is the next best thing.

Capture Your Next Client
Yes, anyone can walk through a house with a video camera but filming a space in a way that captivates the viewer requires a more creative and artistic approach. Open2view video services include filming, editing, color enhancing and customisation for your websites and social media.

And there you have it.  Three great examples of how a well produced video can take your property marketing efforts to the next level.  To find out more about our HD Video Tours and the other services Open2view have to offer, check out our Services Page on our website.

And if you’re on facebook, stop by and say hello to the team at Open2view Christchurch South