Monthly Archives: June 2014

Look ahead with postmodern interior design

Home decorating ideas seem almost infinite – you can choose between neutral and bold colour schemes, pay homage to a particular design movement, play with textures or simply create your own sense of style at home.

Sometimes, a little guidance can prove helpful. If you've ever thought about incorporating the postmodern trend into your interior design, these pointers may give you the nudge you need to revamp your home. From unpacking the trend itself to selecting the right furniture, we've got all the tips.

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Decorating tips for a guest-friendly home

Home sweet home – it's a place to enjoy when you kick back and relax at the end of a long day. However, if you've got a spare room and a couple of bathrooms in your house, you could be primed to host guests.

This isn't for everyone, but if you're warming to the idea of offering close friends or family members a comfortable place to stay now and again, read on for some great interior decorating ideas!

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Liven up this winter with Resene fashion colours

Just as the last lick of winter disappears, spring rolls around and the warmth of summer greets us. 

However, when you're in the thick of a chilly winter and feeling glum thanks to drab skies, why not use this as an opportunity to brighten up your home?

When choosing paint colours, you can't go past the fashion colours range. These audacious, playful shades will reinvigorate your home, whether the bathroom's looking drab or the kitchen could do with a pick me up.

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Is it time to embrace craftsman style at home?

Natural materials, a sense of coziness and an earthy colour palette: These are some of the standout elements of craftsman style. Homeowners looking for fresh decorating ideas may consider adopting the style, which is all about comfort.

Often, a property will truly give off a sense of this design aesthetic if its structural design features – such as its stairs – embrace the craftsman trend.

For instance, designs carved into wooden stairs are a popular element of this popular home style. However, there are still plenty of ways that property owners can turn to the craftsman style in their living space or other rooms without having to remodel the entire house!

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Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs: 7 ways with white!

When trawling the internet and magazines for home decorating ideas, it's easy to think big: bold patterns, zany colours and a mash-up of various trends.

However, the answer is sometimes more simple.

White is popular for a reason: It's crisp, it makes spaces look bigger and it's forever contemporary. Plus, there is an extensive selection of white paint available, from cool shades to warmer hues. 

If you're thinking about keeping it simple and embracing white in the home, here are our tips for getting that snowflake freshness.

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Get creative: Unusual items to upcycle

Getting inspiration for home decorating ideas doesn't always mean you need to trawl through glossy brochures and traipse through your favourite homewares store.

Sure, you can get some great ideas from these sources. But rather than forking out a small fortune to revamp your living spaces and bedrooms, why not think about upcycling?

The art of taking items used for one purpose and tweaking them for a different purpose entirely is hardly a new concept. However, it sure is a popular one! You'd be surprised at what a splash of paint can do, while other projects may require some basic DIY tools.

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Lush and leafy: 5 ways with green

There's nothing quite as lush as bold green paint in your home, whether it's jade, forest or pine. That's not to mention some of the brighter shades, such as the playful Resene Impromptu.

Sure, beige, white and cream can add a soothing, neutral vibe to your home. However, why not make a statement and bring some leafy green hues into your house?

This doesn't necessarily mean painting all the walls the colour of foliage – in fact, there's plenty of more delicate ways you can make use of this at-touch-with-nature hue into your property. 

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From the window, to the wall: Using old wallpaper

Picture this: You've found some gorgeous wallpaper for your living space, but once you've applied it to the wall you find yourself with leftovers.

Fear not – you don't need to use the excess wallpaper for wrapping three seasons of Christmas presents (though there's certainly nothing stopping you from doing so!). We've got a raft of ideas ready to sail into your home.

If you've got some spare time during the weekends or need some crafty school holiday activities to complete with the kids, these ideas are for you. You might get so inspired by these decorating ideas that you decide to invest in some more wallpaper! 

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Master the art of shabby chic home design

It's reasonable that you'll get bored with your living room's aesthetic and want to undertake some bold new home decorating ideas. However, it can be overwhelming when there are so many different home design trends to pick between. 

Fortunately, we've got the low down on some of the greatest trends taking over homes, and the shabby chic trend is no exception. 

This design aesthetic strikes a fine balance between elegance and a lack of structure. However, despite the appearance of a carefree vibe, it's not as simple as randomly selecting furniture, accessories and paint colours.

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2 themed bedrooms kids will love

A neutral colour scheme might be the go-to option for the master bedroom, but there is no shortage of ways you can use paint, wallpaper and a bit of ingenuity to create an exciting room for the kids.

If you're after some decorating ideas for young children's bedrooms, we've got some brilliant suggestions for themed bedrooms. Whether there are echoes to royalty or references to the ocean, you can turn an otherwise bland room in a creative space that kids will adore.

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