Monthly Archives: March 2014

How to incorporate rugs into your home

Rugs add a sense of warmth and comfort to a home when they're made of lush fabrics, while thinner weaves of bright colours help liven up a space.

To incorporate rugs into your home, you need to give proper consideration to your interior walls' paint colours as well as your curtains. 

When it comes to interior design, it's important to consider how different elements of the room can work in harmony, and picking the right rugs for your living spaces is no exception. 

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6 ways to get people talking about your business

Positive recommendations can go a long way when it comes to securing jobs as a tradesperson. If you want to get people talking about your business for the better, here are six ways you can make this happen. 

1. Talk to them

Conversations are a two-way process. If you're truly keen on getting people to talk about your business and recommend you as a great tradesperson, it helps to come across as friendly and likeable. 

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How can paint make your aged care facility more dementia-friendly?

According to Alzheimer's Australia, around 50,000 people in New Zealand are living with dementia. This is a degenerative condition that can affect a person's "memory, thinking, behaviour, personality and emotion", and people of all ages. However, it is most common in people aged 65 years and over.

If you run an aged care facility, chances are a number of your residents will suffer from dementia. There are a range of ways you can improve their quality of life – and choosing the right paint for your business is one of them.

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Wrestling with water damage?

As a professional painter, chances are you've come across more than your fair share of water stains.

Often DIYers will attempt to cover these stains with coats and coats of paint, but they always come back.

So, what's the best way to deal with this persistent problem?

Firstly, you must identify the cause of the problem and make any repairs necessary to prevent reoccurrence.

You are then ready to paint over the stained area.

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Go with the flow: Stripes on your walls

While walls painted in simple, block colours pair well with single-shade carpets or polished wood floors, there is a more daring option available for your home. 

Painting stripes on your walls can really bring a room alive, adding personality and a unique colour scheme.

However, this approach doesn't necessarily scream "over the top" – in fact, stripes can add an elegant sophistication to your living room, kitchen or even a child's room. 

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Lovely lime: Bold kitchen ideas

A bold kitchen is positively bursting with personality. From lime green to electric lemon yellow, there's a range of possible colours you can incorporate into this area. 

From vivid paint choices to brightly coloured appliances, there are many ways you can make your kitchen bold and inviting.

If you're after some home decorating inspiration, a bold kitchen might just be the way to go!

Balance is key

A kitchen that embraces pops of bright colour – such as Resene Wham – is the opposite of dull. 

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4 social media must-dos!

Tradespeople have a wealth of opportunities ahead of them when it comes to marketing their business.

The ability to utilise social media can help your marketing activities, whether you're offering painting services or otherwise. 

However, there are some things that need to be kept in mind when using social media to connect with clients.

While social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram give you the opportunity to connect with existing and potential clients like never before, it can become overwhelming if a few simple steps aren't followed. 

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Treat her right: Building with timber

The NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2014 have highlighted innovation in the building industry that both New Zealand and Australian tradespeople can gain inspiration from. 

"Innovative designs in wood are giving us a whole new kind of building. The best of what is being built today is strong, sustainable and thermally sound," announced Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew in a March statement. 

From weatherboard to timber, there is an array for options for tradespeople looking to create the perfect home for clients, or complete renovations on an existing property. 

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Preventing graffiti in your community

Every property owner and manager knows how frustrating it is to complete a beautiful new paint job, only for the finished product to be tarnished by unsightly graffiti.

Tagging is prevalent in many neighbourhoods, but luckily communities are beginning to work together to combat the vandalism. You can form or join your own neighbourhood support group to discuss taking action against tagging, and perhaps hold a community paint-out to target graffiti-affected areas all at once.

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Design a productive office

If you're in charge of an interior design overhaul of an office space, it's a good idea to consider what colours, furniture and layouts will be best for this space. It's a different beast to designing homes, so follow these tips to help make the most of the area.

Colour

It's widely acknowledged that different colours can have different impacts on people's moods and behaviours. Bear this in mind when selecting paint for a workspace.

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