Monthly Archives: April 2014

Candy cool: Embracing white and pink in your home

While shades of white, grey and beige carry a certain sophistication and calm, these colours are not right for everyone. Sometimes, a dash of playful, fresh colour is needed in the home – whether achieved through paint, wallpaper, furniture or accessories.

One trend that's been picked up on in the home decorating industry lately is the shift towards pink beyond young children's rooms. While a perfectly pink bedroom is still a valid choice for a nursery or a young child's bedroom, this colour can look equally fantastic in shared living spaces, master bedrooms and dining rooms. 

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Is it time for a bedroom makeover?

If the thought of retiring to bed each evening is hardly relaxing, it might be time for a bedroom makeover. A new coat of paint is a good starting point, but there are many ways to make this space into a luxurious spot. 

Perhaps the space doesn't feel like a bedroom currently. This could be for a number of reasons, from being improperly furnished to lacking a clear design aesthetic. 

Maybe the bedroom is lacking light and feels more like a basement room than a space to relax with a book or lounge around in on a lazy weekend morning. 

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Fresh ideas for kitchens

It's often said that the kitchen can be a make-or-break for prospective buyers. Even if the rest of the property is in good nick, a kitchen with a bad paint job, no storage or a lack of light can let the rest of the house down. 

Regardless of whether you're looking to dress up your kitchen for a sale or renovate the space for your own enjoyment now and well into the future, there are plenty of options available to you. 

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Tricks with colour and curtains for small homes

Do you live in a small home that seems dull or cramped at the best of times?

While many homeowners dream of having more space in their property, smaller homes aren't all that bad. For one thing, your power bill is likely to be a lot cheaper!

There are some relatively easy fixes that will make the space of a small home seem brighter and more welcoming. By playing around with your paint colours and adding certain styles of curtains, you can turn a small space into a truly fabulous area for relaxing with the family.

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The power of emotions: Marketing your renovation services

As a home renovator, there are many ways to market your business. While the communication channels you adopt can vary, it's important from the outset to establish your marketing strategy. 

One brand strategy that's employed by agencies that world over is that which taps into emotions. While it's not appropriate for all business types, there are some interesting lessons renovation specialists can take from such an approach. 

What's an emotional strategy all about?

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Terrific tradespeople: 3 tips for small business

If you're a tradesperson with your own business, it can sometimes get overwhelming ensuring you meet your clients' demands while maintaining a work-life balance. 

In order to make your business succeed, there are a few things to keep on top of. Here are three tips to help make your painting, building or home decorating business the best it can be.

Start the day right

You may be the only face behind your business or you could just have a select handful of staff. Either way, it's important the people behind a trade business are in the right frame of mind for success.

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Citrus explosion: Tangerine, lime and lemon yellow in your home

Finding paint shades that match your personality is no struggle with the Resene Find-A-Colour tool. From dusky hues to bold shades that make a statement, there's a paint for every mood and every room. 

If you're thinking about making a splash with a truly vibrant choice, why not think about citrus hues? These colourful shades draw inspiration from tangy fruits such as lemons, tangerines and clementines. 

These bold, sometimes fiery shades can be used in a range of rooms throughout the home. Here are our tips for incorporating these lively colours into your kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom and living space. 

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Tips for tradies: What’s in a marketing plan?

Are you a tradesperson wondering how to take your business to the next level? If you own a painting, home decorating or renovation company, taking the time to lay down a cohesive marketing plan should be a top priority.

While your day-to-day business dealings are important to keep your everyday clients pleased, it's important not to lose sight of your business' wider goals in the short and long term. 

Developing a marketing plan takes some time, and you may want to consult with someone who understands business strategy and effective communication techniques – particularly in your industry. 

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Sleek and chic: The industrial trend

The stark functionality of an industrial home aesthetic is a big trend in design circles. 

More and more homeowners are adopting the industrial trend when it comes to interior design as well as exterior features. 

With a fresh coat of paint on exterior fences and in living spaces, new lampshades and appliances made of sleek, brushed metal, you can transform your home into an industrial chic space. If you're contemplating decorating ideas, this is certainly one to go for if you want to make a statement. 

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3 ways to make your renovation service stand out

As a tradesperson you may well be competing for business in your local suburb, wider city or town. While competition can help bring people's work up to scratch so they don't lose business, it can be tough to stand out from the rest. 

Here are three ways you can make your home building, plumbing or painting business stand out as the best.

Watch the clock

While homeowners love the final result of home renovations, the process can stretch people's patience if it takes longer than expected. 

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