Monthly Archives: March 2014

DIY gardening ideas

Summer brings with it the opportunity to get out into the great outdoors and tackle some long-awaited DIY tasks.

If you're thinking about garden decorating ideas as the weather heats up, have a look at the following tips for inspiration, and let your creative juices flow.

Spruce up your picnic table

Give your existing wooden picnic table a new lease on life by updating its paint job. Start by removing any winter nasties with Resene Moss & Mould Killer and wash with Resene Timber and Deck Wash and thoroughly scrub your table to ensure it's as clean as possible.

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How to tell a client something can’t be done

Sometimes a client may present you with an interior design idea that simply can't be done, no matter how hard you try. Communicating this to the homeowners or a project leader can be difficult, so follow this advice to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

What's the issue?

Firstly it's important to establish exactly what the problem is and what it is that can't be achieved. Sometimes a client may request a certain product that is no longer in circulation or production. For instance, they may have their heart set on a specific wallpaper pattern that the manufacturer doesn't make anymore.

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Design inspiration: A minimalist home

If you're considering undertaking some renovations on your home to get it ready for summer, why not strip things back and go for a chic, minimalist design?

The pared-back aesthetic has been popular for a while now, so if you haven't taken the plunge and de-cluttered your home, now might be the perfect time.


The easiest way to brighten and lighten your room is by giving it a fresh coat of paint in a neutral tone. A white shade such as Resene Alabaster can provide the perfect blank canvas for your home, and will complement any other tones you decide to use.

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Make an interior look larger than it is

When you've been tasked with the interior design of a small building or room, it can be tricky to make spaces seem larger than they are. Find out how to achieve this effect with these top tips.

Use light colours

Light colours used throughout a room can make it seem larger and more streamlined. Paint walls in a light colour to make the room feel bright and airy, and carry this colour throughout its furnishings.

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Wallpaper trends for 2014

If you're planning home renovations in the near future, you might want to think ahead and consider the trends forecast for 2014.

Wallpaper is a great addition to any room, and its increasing popularity means more designs, textures and shades are being developed to suit every taste. If you'd rather keep bold patterns and colours to smaller areas, feature walls are a great way to incorporate wallpaper and are predicted to remain popular into the new year.

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5 design trends to watch in 2014

It's been an exciting year for design in 2013 – we've seen the resurgence of chevrons, a splattering of neon brights and plenty of lush jewel tones to liven up interior design as well as fashion, advertising and web design.

So what might we expect to see from 2014?

Here are five of our picks for paint colours, designs and trends to look out for in the new year.

Radiant Orchid

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Specialist paint for classrooms

When you're in charge of the interior design of a school, you'll want to consider adding fun and creative spaces to inspire creativity. Functional blackboards and whiteboards can be useful for not only teachers to display instructions and ideas to students, but kids will also love scribbling all over these surfaces.

Blackboard paint

Traditional blackboards have been just that – wooden boards of a certain size mounted to a wall. These days, blackboards can be any shape or size you want, and they don't have to be limited to the wall.

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Benefits of an environmentally friendly home

We're all aware of the need to better look after our planet in order to protect the environment for future generations, but how many of us follow through with eco-friendly practices in our homes?

From recycling to composting and all the way through to renovations, there's plenty you can be doing in your home to help look after our earth. Find out more on what you can do and how it will benefit you and your loved ones.

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What’s hot in home design this year

Building architecture and design are hot topics this year, with a range of new trends predicted to take both the commercial and residential worlds by storm. Design professionals looking for the next big thing should consider these building and home decorating ideas before getting started on their next project.

Eco-living in city centres

The increased interest in environmentally sustainable housing will likely lead to more "off the grid" homes in the middle of the city. These buildings utilise natural resources to reduce their impact on the environment, and have traditionally been located outside of city areas due to the space required to go off the grid.

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Garden projects to try this summer

Summer is the perfect time to get stuck into an outdoor DIY project or two, especially when it involves paint. The warm weather and dry conditions mean paint can cure quickly and you're less likely to get caught in the rain.

If you are keen to get stuck in to a new garden project, take a look at the following for guidance and inspiration.

Renovate a chair

Old indoor wooden chairs needn't be thrown out – instead, consider turning them into bright and cheerful outdoor furniture.

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