Monthly Archives: May 2014

Reasons to revamp your kitchen

You'll likely prepare at least one meal in here during work days and possibly more during the weekend. Aside from the living room, the kitchen is a commonly frequented room in the home.

Just as you would customise your bedroom to reflect your personal taste, so too can you fit out your kitchen. 

There are plenty of reasons why now could be a good time to renovate your kitchen. Whether you completely redesign the space or refresh the colour scheme is up to you. There's no shortage of ways to breathe fresh life into this space, so whether you want to spend a little or a lot, there's always a reason to revamp your kitchen!

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Architects’ insight: Threshold drainage and climate change

Designing properties requires no shortage of talent and eye for detail. 

When it comes to residential properties, it's essential to strike the balance between beauty and practicality. It's now clear that concerns regarding climate change are also affecting the way properties are actually constructed, with sustainable materials becoming increasingly popular. 

You'll want to be aware of the latest trends in building design. While adapting to climate change requires a holistic approach in terms of designing an entire house, there are other design features that are far more detailed. One of these is threshold drainage. 

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Feeling mellow? Say hello to yellow!

Some people call it a difficult colour to wear, but yellow can bring a drop of welcome sunshine to your home. Whether you're thinking about revamping your kitchen or decorating your sunroom, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this lively shade into your property. 

From small touches to entire paint jobs, there's certainly no shortage of ways to make your home more uplifting. You can employ super-vibrant shades such as Resene Southern Cross or opt for something softer, like the gorgeous Resene La Luna, with its gentle moonlit warmth.

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Flower power: Freshly cut ideas for apartment living

As apartment living grows in popularity in central business districts and inner-city suburbs, unit owners are seeking home decorating inspiration that considers smaller spaces. 

However, less room shouldn't be seen as a constraint. In fact, some apartments boast an incredibly spacious feel with the right amount of natural light flooding through as well as the perfect paint job and clever furniture. 

If you're after some fresh ideas for your apartment, be sure to start with the walls. 

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5 ways to add value to your trade business

As a home builder, electrician or plumber, it's essential to build your business so profits flow and clients see the special spark you can offer them. 

Bringing clients' homes up to a shining standard first requires you to win over their business. There are plenty of ways to add value to your service, which will help ensure you're the first tradesperson that comes to mind when they want repair or renovation work completed on their property. 

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Break into the mosaic trend

There's nothing quite as striking as a mosaic feature wall in your home, whether it graces the kitchen, dining room or bathroom. 

Mosaic tiles as well as more intricate designs are a popular way to personalise a space, because there's a seemingly endless selection of colours and patterns to choose from. 

If you're thinking about breaking into this trend, why not consider some of the following ideas? Remember, you can pair your new mosaic feature with bold paint choices and your existing furniture.

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5 ways with orange

There's nothing quite as invigorating as embracing zingy orange in your home, whether it's on your walls or incorporated into furniture, artwork or curtains.

This daring shade is a sure-fire way to liven up a space, but it's important to use it wisely. Too much of this juicy hue can be overpowering. It needs to be paired with the right colours too, whether it's a bold blue or neutral white. 

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Decorating tips for renters

Whether you're a long-time renter or a short-term tenant, there's no reason not to personalise the space you live in so it truly feels like home. 

However, you need to be sure that you don't breach any rules of your tenancy agreement, which could restrict the kind of interior decorating you embark on.

While painting the walls might be out of the question, there are plenty of ways to bring colour into living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms. Better yet, you can still use Resene Find-A-Colour to select shades that speak to you and use the paint in creative ways that's not going to lead to trouble with your landlord.

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Is it time to freshen up your laundry space?

There are plenty of rooms in the home that require decorating attention, from the living room to the bedroom. However, be sure not to neglect smaller spaces, such as the laundry.

A well-organised laundry turns time-consuming housework into a far more streamlined process. Better yet, there are plenty of fantastic decorating ideas to seamlessly incorporate this space into the rest of your home.

Don't neglect the laundry – instead, follow these great tips for turning it into a productive area that's beautiful, too.

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Young inspiration: Home projects with kids

There are plenty of vibrant home decorating ideas that homeowners can garner inspiration from. From re-tiling the bathroom to painting the kitchen or adding a sun room, there are seemingly endless opportunities to rejuvenate your property. 

However, sometimes it pays to take a step back. If you've got young children, why not get them involved in the decorating process?

You'll need to consider tasks that small hands are capable of. However, remember that kids have huge imaginations, which is incredibly useful when you want to add personal touches to your property. 

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