Friday, August 13, 2010

White vs. Colour

I'm sure by now you're all aware of my love for white - I like nothing better than a clean canvas on which to layer artwork, fabric and texture. But as an artist, I adore colour, and every so often I'll come across an image that makes me question my whitewashing ways. Huka Lodge is an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous holiday retreat, and the dramatic colour scheme here is truly inspired. Of course, it helps when the natural landscape is so breathtaking, and the white woodwork really makes the teal pop:







Now, these next pics are perfect examples of how a similar room will look with a neutral colour scheme:


oh, I love this one too


  ...and the ceiling - divine







Did you notice that, although the colours are dramatic, they've been taken from the natural landscape, so they complement their setting perfectly - interior design at its best. I'm thinking that this gorgeous teal may be my new favourite winter accent colour. Oh, and another thing - wouldn't this be the perfect location for an international blogging convention? 

Enjoy your day everyone,


all images courtesy hukalodge.co.nz

30 comments:

  1. Yes, yes and yes! Was talking about NZ with some friends at breakfast this morning. May have to think more seriously after seeing this post! Have a glorious weekend my friend :)

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  2. i love a neutral pallete with a pop of color. The second group of images are wonderful,Kathysue

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  3. Simply stunning. That's seriously all I can say...speechless.
    Kris

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  4. What inspirational rooms!

    http://doesntcosttheearth.wordpress.com/category/total-room-makeovers/

    I love white - in fact I used it to revamp both my laundry and my living room, where I painted the floors white. You can see the before and after photos above.

    I reckon most of those rooms are made by their ceilings - which I have also lamented here - why are ceilings so boring today??

    http://doesntcosttheearth.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/ceilings-why-are-they-now-so-boring/

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  5. All of these pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! I especially love the bedroom. The soft aquas and greens are my favorite. But I am really liking the bold colors in the first pics that are mixed in with the softer colors. Very dramatic yet soothing!

    I would so join you there if there were a blogging convention!!

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  6. If that is the venue for the international blogging convention....sign me up! Isn't it gorgeous. While I am a fan of the neutral colour scheme I think the teal really shows a confidence in decorating and it works so perfectly. These are the blog images of the week! If there was an award for this...I'd give it to you. Have a great weekend Kerri.
    X Briohny.

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  7. Looks gorgeous Kerri, I could handle a convention there... Can I have the room with the fireplace in it?

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  8. Great photos Kerri, I love how you have given us comparisons in neutral! I think it would be perfect for us all to meet there! Have a great weekend. xx

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  9. Oh Kerri what a beautiful find, I definately preferred the more neutral rooms, but the teal was striking!!! Now I wonder what they used for their kitchen splashback as they have my exact colourscheme & cupboard style...mmmmm...interesting!!
    Have an awesome weekend!!

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  10. It really is lovely there, a magic spot. When I was a little girl it used to be Huka Pioneer Village, with horses and a Cobb & Co cart, and everyone dressed in costume. It was fantastic. But they have done a really nice job with the lodge.

    Royalty can't be wrong!

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  11. Gorgeous teal wall. I hadn't realized that it was all the same building. Sign me up to go there - love it, especially with the view.

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  12. Hi Kerri - I have been obsessed with Huka Lodge for about a year and a half now! It was actually part of my inspiration board for my last big project. Aren't the colours divine... it is one of my top 5 interiors of all time x

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  13. This is one of my all time favorite places. Sheer perfection. Heidi

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  14. Yes, Huka Lodge would be great for the convention! Any excuse to go to NZ is a good one! I have to say I like the more colourful shots, maybe it's the artist in me as well but I really respond to colour. I think I must see white as the base for adding in colours and patterns. I'm not sure I've ever really thought about it! Have a lovely weekend :)

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  15. Sign me up for the convention Kerri! I went to Huka Falls on my last visit home (didn't stay at the lodge mind you). It's is such a beautiful location.
    Have a great weekend.
    Angex

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  16. Count me in Kerri...what dates the convention??
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Rebecca x

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  17. Book me in - I'll be there!! Wow, what a beautiful place, with the most stunning feature being that ceiling. Love the accent colours taken from nature. I am a bit of a neutral girl myself and wish I was a little braver when it comes to colour in the home. The teal accent wall is gorgeous. Hope you have a great weekend. Michelle

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  18. oooohhhh kerri- those ceilings are divine...
    i am like you in soo may ways- i adore white but when a bit of blue or a gorgeous green seeps in - i have to say my heart does jump a little!! i would take those rooms no matter what shade they came in my friend!!those doors are heaven!!

    teal for winter- didnt think you were still having one in bris-vegas??!!
    have a lovely weekend..

    we are off to fance- need anything?? :)
    melissa xx

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  19. Book me a room Kerri......I'd like the one with the pale teal throw on the bed and the wonderful ceiling. Blogger convention, here I come !!
    That is one hell of a holiday retreat.....I wouldn't change a thing. XXXX

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  20. such perfect venue for a special event! just love the richness of beauty with the simplicity of color combination!

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  21. Gorgeous!! I would come to that convention :)
    XO
    Kristin

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  22. I'm on stand-by for my invitation Kerri. Huka Lodge would not know what hit them once the blogging girls arrived!
    Millie ^_^

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  23. Can I please attend?! I think I was meant to own two homes, one which is all white, and one filled with color! I better go speak to Mr. Tide and inform him that he owes me a second home to decorate in all white! ;-)

    Kat :)

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  24. Sensational images, thanks for sharing!

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  25. Yes, yes and yes! I love the color. There's just something about sparks of color that light up my world.
    Brenda

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  26. wow i love that colour scheeme up the top kerri, that's stunning. with the huge roof lines in white it really balances the darker colour. that's gorgeous. jxxx

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  27. Our front door and house trim is like a weathered turquoise; like that teal though.

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  28. Sign me up for the convention at that place Kerri!!! You know I don't normally like green (memories of my primary school uniform) but the use of it in this house is stunning!! Thanks for sharing,
    Jxx

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  29. Hi Kerri,
    Gorgeous shots. lovely post.

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