Monthly Archives: October 2013

Decorate rooms for children

If you're in charge of thinking of decorating ideas for children's rooms, it's time to think outside the box. There's so much more to designing fun spaces for kids than simply using bright colours and cartoons.

If you're designing a new bedroom, think about a theme that you can weave throughout the room. Ask the child what their favourite character, sports team or music group is, and think about incorporating this into the overall theme of the room.

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Marketing tips for tradies

Whether you're embarking on a new business venture of looking for a way to add to your existing clientele, it's time to talk marketing.

While some business is generated for tradespeople via word of mouth, it's a great idea to advertise your services in other ways.

Signage

Signs are always a great way to advertise business. It's common to see signs in construction areas displaying the name and logo of the company undergoing the work, and this can be a cost-effective way of reeling in new customers.

You can also display signs on your property, or those of clients whose buildings you are currently completing work on. You can hire a sign writer, or use the Resene free service to access corflute board and magnetic signs via your Resene representative.

Keep in touch

Simple social interactions can easily turn into networking events when you have a business card on hand. It's one of the easiest and best ways to share your information with an interested party, so make sure you carry some around with you wherever you go.

After you've completed a job, leave business cards at the home to help encourage word-of-mouth marketing. It may be a good idea to check back in with the client after a month or so to ensure they are satisfied with the work – this will not only show you are committed to customer satisfaction, but it will also encourage clients to remember you and the work you've done.

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Window treatment trends

There's now more you can do than ever to dress up a window, from curtains to blinds and everything in between.

Neutrals are still a hit

There are so many bright colours, patterns and textures to choose from in curtain fabrics these days. However, neutral curtains that let other furnishings speak for themselves are still a popular choice for many rooms.

Neutral shades are timeless, allowing you to play around with colour and patterns in other areas of the room. Even if you change your wall paint colour or the theme of a room several times in the same year, neutral curtains are likely to match any new theme you bring in.

Luxurious fabrics are in

Why not make your room feel a little lush by indulging in some quality curtains? Fabrics such as silk, organza, velvet and suede can drape beautifully and add a hint of glamour to a room, no matter how sparsely decorated it is otherwise.

Sheer fabrics are hot

Semi-transparent curtains are a great way to bring the outside indoors. You can use them on their own or layer them underneath heavier fabrics to create a two-curtain effect. In summer you can leave sheer curtains, such as the Resene Meander Voile, drawn with a window open to create beautiful shadows and effects with wind dancing underneath the light fabric.

Trims and embellishments

Update plain or patterned fabrics with extra embellishments such as beading, tassels and studs. In many cases you can apply these details yourself.

Beaded trim can be added to a wide range of curtain styles and designs. Whether your base material is plain and neutral or already bold and bright, a hint of sparkle or texture on your curtains can be a great way to update the whole appearance of your room.

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Turn your room into a sanctuary with wallpaper

If your bedroom is your sanctuary, you'll want to make sure its decor reflects that. One easy way to update a space is by adding some wallpaper to match the theme of your choice.

If your taste tends to run a little towards the wild side, Resene's range of African Queen wallpaper will be perfect for you. From the tame to the bold, it covers a span of safari-themed colours and prints.

African Queen 422795 is a great choice for those who want to add a touch of the wild without fully committing to the trend. It's a neutral cream colour that is the perfect complement to most furnishings, however its interesting texture is its true selling point.

The paper is finished in a stingray-skin effect, giving it a slightly three-dimensional appearance. Because of its subdued colour, it would be a great pick for both minimalist and more vibrant spaces.

At the other end of the scale there's African Queen 422542. This is a bold paper that demands attention, making it perfect for a feature wall or room where you really want to make an impact.

It's a deep grey/silver metallic colour finished in a crocodile-skin texture. It demands to be touched and admired, and will add a touch of opulence anywhere it is utilised.

There are dozens of unique designs to choose from in the African Queen range, from stunning zebra stripes to subdued milky lion fur finishes. You could mix and match throughout your home if you want to really make a statement, or choose one room to reflect your animal instincts.

Whatever you choose, remember to have fun! Home renovations are your chance to show off your personality to all who visit, so don't be afraid to walk on the wild side.

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Match your curtains to your walls

If you're about to undergo home renovations you may have already figured out what colour combinations you want to use in your space.

One of the trickiest elements of decorating a room is making sure all the colours balance each other. The Resene Curtain Collection makes this easier with its  line of curtains designed to complement popular paint shades.

What's more, the fabrics can also be made into cushions to adorn your couches, bed and anywhere else you like. This allows you to carry specific colour and pattern themes throughout an entire room.

Choose from fashionable stripes through to neutral block colours and then let your curtain specialist do the rest. You can even add blockout backings to keep your home warm in winter and keep out sun in the hotter months

For neutral, earthy rooms, have a look at the Haven design. It's been created to reflect the styling of a Kiwi bach, and is available in three natural colours. Resene specialists can recommend the best shades of paint to go with them, or you can head online to view the range of complementary colours yourself.

For rooms where a more luxurious design is desired, try the Turntable curtain. It's finished in a striking silk effect with graphic cylindrical designs. You can choose between a chocolate and merlot colour scheme, both of which look great paired with dark, muddy shades of paint. This theme would be fantastic in lounges and studies that require a winter palette.

Lovers of bright colours may want to try the Abstraction curtain design. With its bold floating abstract shapes in punchy citrus and berry tones, it would look great paired with bright primary coloured paints.

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Creative uses for blackboard paint

Paint technology has come along in leaps and bounds in recent years. One of the most exciting developments has been the creation of blackboard paint (also known as chalkboard paint), which enables a surface to be transformed into a functional chalkboard.

Blackboards don't have to be restricted to classroom use only. There are many different ways you can incorporate chalkboards inside and outside of the home.

If you're artistically inclined, you could consider painting a blackboard feature wall. Equip the room with a set of coloured chalk and you can change your decor as often as you change your socks. You can draw your own decorations, artwork and even write lists straight onto the wall.

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The Sensitive Choice for asthma sufferers

If you've got a renovations project coming up, take a moment to consider whether people occupying the space may suffer from allergies. If so, there are ways you can help them out, and it may be as simple as selecting the right paint.

Many allergies are triggered by things such as dust mites, animal hair, mould and fungus. Asthma sufferers in particular can suffer from attacks if these are present in the home, so it's important to keep spaces as clean and dust-free as possible.

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Colours to inspire creativity

If you're in charge of renovating a space where creativity is encouraged – whether it's a school, art studio or home office – you may want to think about the best paint colours to use to stimulate the imagination.

Psychologists and researchers have long linked certain colours to different reactions within the human brain. A University of British Columbia study, released in 2009, found that the colour blue encourages people to think creatively.

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Don’t forget your ceiling!

It's often one of the most neglected parts of a room, but experts agree that the ceiling is effectively a fifth wall and should be treated as such.

If you're undergoing renovations in your house, make sure you take your ceiling's colour into consideration in order to make your home even more polished.

Before you begin it's essential that you have the right tools. You should have a paint roller with an extendable handle, as it's safer and easier than standing on a ladder to paint your ceiling.

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Revamp your home with vintage flair

Vintage styling has been popular in the fashion and interior decorating world for years now, and there seems to be no sign of it slowing down.

Old-school touches in the home can be a nostalgic way to pay tribute to styles from days gone by. A soft, weathered look can be more homely and appealing than sleek, sterile styling.

There are plenty of ways you can add a retro vibe to your home. Have a read of these decorating ideas for inspiration.

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