At Signature we are proud to work with the best suppliers in the country to ensure we are delivering you uncompromised design, service and quality when building your home. Resene is one of our valued partners and we recently spoke to Brenda Ngatai, Resene’s Colour Consultant about their latest forecast.

“Fully-steeped colours dominate the forecast, while easy-going earthy looks endure”.

The Resene colour team has been busy scouring the latest trend reports, blog posts, Instagram streams, Pinterest boards, catalogues, magazines and local shops to find out what trends are staying, which ones are going and what’s coming next. While there are certainly some recent trends that seem to have a lot of staying power, there are also some interesting surprises on the not-so-distant horizon.

Staying in touch with nature

“We have seen woven natural textures – especially in fibres like sisal, rattan and jute –everywhere, along with equally earthy colours to complement them: a myriad of greens, terracotta and blushes of warm, barely-there sunset tones like petal pink, lilac and buttery yellows. Try mixing a few favourites like Resene Shilo with Resene Permanent Green”, says Brenda.

The popularity of rich emeralds and jades like Resene Atlas paired with brass and white marble finishes is still holding strong. “This look can be easily mixed with natural or whitewashed baskets and plenty of plants for more dressed down glamour” said Brenda.

If you are keen for kilim then you can bring this look into your home with a few simple steps.


  1. The walls of this reading area (Resene Sunbaked) look warm and toasty in contrast to the neutral floor (Resene Napa)
  2. The sisal table has been livened up with Resene Rebel and is a great base for the pink and coral vases
  3. Snuggle in for a read on a statement chair or armless sofa in a natural oatmeal colour which lend themselves to being covered with cushions and cosy grey or caramel-coloured throws
  4. Handwoven kilim rugs by artisans from Kabul to Casablanca can be used to adorn floors and walls alike

In a space with this much warmth, you’ll hardly notice its winter at all!

The passion for pinks prevails

“While vibrant Living Coral was declared the 2019 Pantone® Colour of the Year, pinks are still the dreamy, pale, bordering-on-beige versions that have been popular since early last year – and they’re still absolutely everywhere – but they are slowly evolving to take on blush and coral tones too”, says Brenda.

On red alert

If your perceptions about pink have started to feel more like fatigue than frenzy, there may be an end in sight. Brenda has seen a slow shift towards deep burgundies, and rich poppies are, well, popping up and being layered over midnight blues.

Dark & stormy nights

Speaking of midnight blues, moody navies that look like they came straight out of the Mariana Trench like Resene Wishing Well are very popular right now. “You can build up a deeply layered look in a bedroom – like the one below – that’ll make you want to dive right into bed and stay there until winter’s over”, says Brenda.

You can achieve this look with:

  • Brass details and an ochre velvet chair provide a touch of warmth to balance out this otherwise cool space
  • Pile on the charcoal-on-navy-on-charcoal bedding
  • Finish with a soft low-pile rug in steel blue and an accent chair in a contrasting colour like mustard, aqua or coral

She suggests if those are too intense for your tastes, go for something a little more coastal like Resene Coastal Blue (from the Resene Karen Walker Range 2). Pair these with darker grey-blues like for some contrast and grey-whites for some levity.

Getting a feel for teals

Brenda tells us that aquas are also splashing into interiors right now. If you’re particularly daring, double down by teaming them with mustards.

For more ideas on how to bring bold, rich colours into your home – both in big and small doses – check out Resene's pro-tips.

The options for bringing colour and texture into your home are endless but sometimes the choices are overwhelming, so we love the fact that every Signature client gets time with a professional colour consultant during the design of their new home. This gives the opportunity to discuss the latest trends, refine your big ideas and bring personality into your home.  With the right colour choices and new finishings your house will be one you are proud to call home for a very long time.

If all of this colour talk has sparked inspiration then learn how to bring style into your home without breaking the bank here.

The benefits of building are many; but some people do not even consider the possibility due to the common misconception that a new build is time consuming, extremely stressful and fraught with budget uncertainty and blowouts.

This doesn’t have to be the case at all. Building new, with Signature Homes, can be comparable in cost to a major renovation and the final result is always better. And, as you will see, major stress and a huge drain on your time don’t have to factor in your new build experience.

#1- No budget blow-outs or surprises

You will no longer have to guess at prices, spend money on building reports and other due diligence. You won’t have to stretch your budget to the very limit only to find yourself not even in the ball park of what the vendor will accept.

At Signature Homes we have the budget discussion up-front, and design your home to your budget. We will talk to you about the “Total Cost to Build” which covers everything including the design, build and fit out cost. During the design process we know there will be questions, we are up-front about any changes and how they can affect the final cost.

Picture how satisfying it will be to spend your time on the joyful task of planning your dream home. It is one of the few times in your life you will have total freedom to create something perfectly suited to the personality and needs of your family.

#2- Design your home to suit your lifestyle

Maybe you are a young family, needing an environment that will work both now and as your children get older. Perhaps you have teenagers and desire separate living spaces. Maybe you are downsizing and need something more compact, that still provides you with space and a comfortable lifestyle.

Whatever your situation, with a new build everything from layout, indoor/ outdoor flow, insulation and heating, room size, storage, interior design and other finishing touches are delivered just as you want them.

When your dream home is completed on time and to budget, you can move in and immediately start enjoying your new lifestyle. Learn more about the Signature difference.

#3- Financial benefits

If you are building your first home, there are financial advantages such as lower LVR (loan-to value ratio) which you can learn more about here and KiwiSaver grants, if you are a first home buyer. 

Many people think they can’t afford to pay both rent or another mortgage and a loan for a new home while it is being built, but there are payment options with Building Loans and Construction Finance, read more here. 

#4- Make it stress-free

Choosing a Design & Build company like Signature is the easy option rather than engaging an architect, builder and suppliers yourself. We will manage the project from start to finish, with a guaranteed budget and completion date. This takes away all stress and uncertainty, leaving you completely free to continue with your normal life during construction, watch a Signature Design & Build time lapse. This is how we do it!

After the keys have been handed over, your Signature home will be protected by market leading guarantees and you own a beautiful, efficient, healthy home that will meet or exceed the building code, and have great re-sale value.

#5- You have options

With Signature Homes, you can choose to work with a pre-designed house plan from our extensive collection, making bespoke changes, or start from scratch with an entirely new design

When it comes to the land you also have plenty of options:

  • Buy a section and build on it- if you already have land then we can help you design a home to suit the site and your lifestyle
  • Purchase a House & Land Package- take advantage of a home designed to maximise the site in the best locations and newest developments in NZ
  • Build on an existing section- if you love where you live but not your house then a Knock Down & Rebuild, or subdividing, may be an option for you

And if you are not sure exactly what you want, not to worry. The Signature Homes team will guide you through every step of the process, explaining all the options and making suggestions that will work best for you and your family. Learn more on what to expect from the Signature experience HERE.



More young people and families are exploring the option of building a new home, according to Sharne Greig, the interior designer behind the look of Signature Homes’ stunning New Plymouth show home

“I suggested to the owners of Signature Homes Taranaki, Geoff & Dustine, that we start to communicate more with this age bracket and show them how we can build modern, affordable homes that appeal to them,” says Sharne. 

The showhome is a modest yet stylish family haven from Signatures Homes’ budget-friendly Smart Collection. Sharne says the house has been very well received and is a great way to show people that you can have some fun still while still building an affordable and low maintenance new home.

The dramatic kitchen, with its woodgrain and black features, was the starting point for the home. Sharne felt it was time to ‘push the boat out’ and switch things up from the tried-and-tested white kitchen. The rest of the house flowed from there, with its eclectic Scandi feel.

Stepping foot into the moody show home provides people looking at building new with a real understanding that a Signature Smart home can make a statement with the right design choices. 

Sharne’s pro tips for making a smaller home feel large and luxe are:

  • Keep floor coverings the same tone, this will make the house appear larger than it is
  • Paint your walls light and choose dark floor coverings (or vice versa)
  • Choose neutral backgrounds and add colour/texture/contrast through your soft furnishings
  • Splash out on your big ticket items with classic pieces that will stand the test of time and inject colour -and texture with soft furnishings and art.  Design store pieces can easily be mixed with items from chain stores to create a personalised look for your home
  • Use the services of a professional where possible, while there might be a fee for this it will save you in the long run. When you build with Signature Homes you receive your very own interior designer who helps bring your visions to life, maximises space and helps make cohesive colour choices

“You can build this home for less than $320,000 here in New Plymouth”, says Jason Southey, a Quantity Surveyor from Signature Homes Taranaki, “our take on economical modern living is relevant to a lot of New Zealander’s which makes it an ideal option for first-home buyers.”

The versatile floor plan used was a modified Rosella (link to floor plan) which comprises of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a double garage, plenty of storage and that beautiful kitchen which flows into the open plan living/dining area with the added benefit of a separate media room (which could be a 4th bedroom).

Beginning the design process is often daunting, but the benefit of building new over renovating a second hand home is you do get to start with a blank canvas. Sharne suggests Pinterest, your favourite magazines and taking photos of colours, textures and furniture that grab your attention as great places to start. From there you can create a mood board which will help define a finished look and aid in design decisions.

If you love the look of our show home you can shop it here. 

1. Luca Hendrix Sofa from Farmers, 2. ES Recycled Shade Pendant from Vintage Industries 3. American Pelican Chart from Bianca Lorenne 4. Saddle Replica Craig Bassam Bar Stool from Cintesi


1. Hans Wegner Replica Wishbone Chair from Cintesi 2. Idaho Oak Ceneer Table from Cintesti 3. Great Blue Heron Chart from Bianca Lorenne. The statement kitchen is a Mastercraft Kitchen by Elite Kitchens in New Plymouth, you can contact them here.


Every Signature Homes client has time with a professional colour consultant, like Sharne. The designer helps refine all your big ideas to create a home that is truly yours and what’s better is it’s included in the cost to build!

You can learn more about the Signature building journey or if you'd like to get in touch with your local team just click here

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 1:00pm
Signature Homes, Motueka, Design & Build, Gable

Emma & Dean had outgrown their modest 120sqm dwelling that originally rested on her family’s section in Moutere, near Nelson. “We originally thought we would extend and renovate our old house” says Emma. But after going through the planning process with Signature Homes Nelson, and calculating costs, she and Dean agreed that starting over was a much better option.

The original dwelling being removed from site to make way for the dream home.

The brief

  • Taking advantage of the sun and serene outlook was essential (the site is a rural, elevated north-northwest position)
  • More space- including improved storage and garaging
  • Layout that allowed everyone to come together for shared moments and retreat to their own quarters for quiet time
  • Position the master suite away from other bedrooms
  • Give the children free rein over their own wing with a separate lounge


The planning process was surprisingly straightforward. Having a clear idea of what they wanted helped, says Emma. The couple drew up a floorplan which didn’t really change. They also made a visit to Signature Homes Nelson show home and were impressed with what they saw.


  • The spacious pavilion-style Design & Build home is extensively glazed, creating a naturally light and open interior with a strong connection to the outdoors
  • A glass front door creates a striking outlook before you even step foot inside
  • Sliding doors provide lovely flow to two generous decks from the open-plan living space
  • A high gabled ceiling creates a sense of space
  • A large board-formed concrete chimney is the centrepiece of the main living area

HIGHLIGHT: "Erecting the 6.5m board-formed concrete chimney on site before the slab for the house was even poured. Pretty spectacular"


  • The house is comprised of two gable volumes- one long and one short- laid side by side
  • The smaller volume houses the private master sanctuary along with a laundry, WC and double garage
  • The larger volume houses the spacious open-plan kitchen, living and dining area plus the bedroom wing with three bedrooms, separate lounge and family bathroom 

The final 316sqm floorplan was based on the couples original drawings with a simple gable roof line and layout to suit their site and lifestyle.


Emma describes the style as “a mixture of coastal/ farmhouse with a touch of industrial”. Engineered oak flooring lends the home natural charm and warmth and this material ties in nicely with the external decking and cladding. Black joinery adds definition to the light interior spaces which are painted in warm white.


  • A dark grey brick has been used for the majority of the cladding
  • Recessed sections of horizontal cedar offset the brick and sit well alongside the warm wood of the decking
  • The dark grey Colorsteel roof was selected to complement the main cladding
  • Alfresco dining is a breeze on the large deck that flows off the kitchen-dining space. Complete with in-built seating, this space basks in all-day sun
  • A second east-facing deck receives the morning sun and is home to the barbecue and its own built-in seating
  • Large steps to the lawn double as extra seats

Design Features

1. ROOFING Colorsteel 'Windsor Grey' 2. CLADDING Austral Phantom brick 3. FEATURE CLADDING Horizontal cedar shiplap

The build

“Building a new home has its ups and downs” says Emma. “Because we have lived on the property for many years already and knew we would be here for many more, we felt very invested in the whole process and were very involved.” 

This stunning home is featured in our latest issue of Signature Style, you can order a free copy here, and you can see more pictures in our Design & Build gallery, Deam and Emma's home is listed as the Motueka.

Shop the look

1. Atlas table, $149 from French Country Collections 2. Black Angled Floor Lamp, $45 from Kmart 3. Ladder Shelf, $30 from The Warehouse


Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30pm

A dream kitchen is something many of us already have stored away in our imaginations but, if you still need some inspiration, these trends will turn your preliminary plan into a full-blown kitchen crush.

Cool Concrete 

Concrete may seem cold and industrial but in fact it can be warm, soft and organic. This material is versatile and looks great in a benchtop, floor or wall tile, but it can also be brought into your kitchen in the form of furniture and serveware. Shades of concrete grey in cabinetry look chic and remarkably timeless and you can extend this colour scheme to curtains, lights and seating. Our Matangi showhome makes great use of concrete surfaces. 

1. Mayson concrete console, from Freedom Furniture 2. Concrete platter, from Superette 3. Concrete coasters, from Superette


French Country

Heritage details and pretty pastels are the key to this kitchen style. Tongue-and-groove walls, Shaker-style cabinets and traditional hardware will help create the look of a country kitchen. Finish with vintage cake stands, handmade pottery and lots of flowers.

1. Lustre tonal jug, from Early Settler 2. Luna hanging lamp, from French Country 3. Chest of 9 drawers, from Red Current


Beachy & Beautiful

Creating a relaxed, coastal vibe is all about connecting with nature. Match natural colours, textures and patterns with white surfaces and use black accents on hardware for a little bit of contrast. Bring picked flowers, leaves, driftwood, shells and other flotsam inside to complete the look. This Papamoa home has a coastal chic vibe going on. 

1. Bell basket pendant, from Freedom 2. Industrial stool, from Kmart 3. Amalia table runner, from Freedom

Black Out

Moody black kitchens are trending in a big way, and not just in cabinetry. Black cutlery, crockery and accessories look modern in any kitchen, and even black chairs, tables and bar stools are a great option. Take a walk on the dark side and try a few black objects first before going all-in on this look. Our Nelson Showhome proves you don't have to be in the dark, to go black in the kitchen.

1. Yamazaki dish rack, from Father Rabbit 2. Black cutlery set, from Kmart 3. Black mug, from Kmart

Now that you've nailed your kitchen style and design why not work on your exterior style or lighten up and see what's hot right now!