Monthly Archives: March 2014

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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Update your home with the Inspire wallpaper collection

For bold new interior design inspiration, take a look at the range of Resene Inspire wallpaper.

The collection features a mix of neutral colours in softly textured designs right through to bold graphic designs in standout colours. Suitable for everything including feature walls and all-over coverings, check out these standouts from the range and learn how they can be incorporated in your home.

Inspire 45422

Inspire 45422 is one of the most unique wallpapers in the entire collection. Its base colour is a subdued metallic silver, however this is covered in a matte gray spiderweb pattern that makes it a real standout.

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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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5 ways to bring purple into your home

Don't let convention stand in the way of achieving the bright and quirky home of your dreams. If you're looking for home decorating ideas that are outside the box, why not start with purple? It's one of the most provocative colours and is more versatile than you may think, so find out some unique ways to introduce the hue into your home.


Curtains are a great way to update any room, and the right colour and design can really make a splash. Instead of sticking with the tried and true neutral varieties, why not take your window finishings to the next level with a shimmering violet tone?

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Remodelling an office this year? Look at these hot new trends

Designers and renovators tasked with bringing a corporate office into the 21st century needn't panic. Remodelling workspaces can be fun and easy, as long as you have the right knowledge and pay attention to current trends. Check out these tips to follow when considering your next office interior design job.

Open plan or closed offices?

The debate between having an open plan office or keeping things behind closed doors continues to rage. A recent Knoll research paper explored these differences, finding both positives and negatives to each design.

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