Monthly Archives: October 2013

Prepare your home for sale with a fresh coat of paint

If you're getting ready to put your property on the market, you might be thinking about undertaking some renovations to help get the sale.

Don't underestimate the power of paint – a fresh coat can make a world of difference in the real estate market.

If you're marketing your home towards professionals and families, you may want to keep interior walls neutral so that potential buyers can envision themselves "making it their own" upon purchase.

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Paint it black

Some interior decorators might describe it as the ultimate sin, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that this trend could make your home seem dark and gloomy. In reality, painting interior walls or doors black can be a chic and modern way to add an edge to your home.

If you're looking for new interior decorating ideas, adding a touch of black to your home could be just the update you're looking for. Black paint, wallpaper and accessories can all make a room seem sleeker and more elegant.

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Give your project an edge with metallic paint

Sometimes you want to add something special to your property. If you're looking to add a bit of sparkle and shine, you may want to consider adding hints of metallic paint to your next building project.

Metallic paints can add a point of difference to a variety of surfaces, from feature walls, doors, furniture and joinery to larger tasks such as exterior concrete and steel.

If you're planning on using it indoors, you could start with adding it to small rooms. Due to metallic paint being light reflective, it can help open up smaller spaces. You could do this by painting a feature wall in a shimmery hue, or simply add metallic accents such as shiny candlesticks or chrome chairs to a room.

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Painting your bathroom

If you're undertaking home renovations, it might be time to think about how you want your bathroom to look. Whether you use it simply for a quick shower and brushing your teeth or you spend hours in bathtub at the end of the long day, it's important to select the right products for you.

Firstly, you'll want to consider the type of paint to use for this space. Remember that bathrooms can be affected by mould, mildew and heat, so it's best to think about using a specialised product.

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Paint for your personality

If you're doing home renovations and you're not sure what shades to paint your walls, take the time to consider what colours can say about your personality.

Many people consider their home to be an extension of themselves, so it's understandable they want to inject their own personality into the decor.

To help with this, Resene has used expressionist painter Johannes Itten's seasonal concepts to devise a colour personality test. The test can be used to determine which colours an individual may want to use in their home.

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Update your child’s room with a wall mural

Whether you're preparing for a new addition to your family or you're simply looking for new decorating ideas for your child's bedroom or rumpus room, now might be the time to think outside the box.

Wallpaper and bright paint can be a great way to bring character into a room, but why not take it one step further with a wall mural?

The murals are available in a range of styles, from racing cars, fairy princesses and mermaids to pirates, dragons and horses. For the really little ones, there are several different cartoon-style nursery images that would be a great addition to a baby's room.

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The benefits of curtains over blinds

If you're about to start doing renovations in your home or in a residential facility, you may be tossing up whether to use blinds or curtains in the bedrooms and living areas. While both can look great, curtains do have some distinct advantages over blinds.

Curtains are better for allergy sufferers

If you're renovating spaces where people's health may be an issue, such as in hospitals or aged care facilities, curtains may be a better choice than blinds. Blinds tend to collect dust quickly as it can settle in and around grooves. This is bad news for asthma sufferers and those with respiratory diseases.

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