Monthly Archives: July 2014

Be playful with 50 shades of grey

It's easy to dismiss grey – it's a colour reminiscent of dull skies, rain and sleet.

However, there's so much more to grey than negative connotations. In fact, playing up various shades of this seemingly bland colour can actually work wonders in your home.

If you're contemplating home decorating ideas, it might pay to pare things back and keep it simple. Grey, in its various hues, can lend a welcome sophistication to living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms.

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3 ways to boost your kerb appeal

Taking time to polish up your property's exterior can be incredibly satisfying – you're left with a stunning home and you might even boost its value!

The following ideas are relatively easy, meaning the whole family can get in on the fun. From painting your letterbox to reviving your fence, there are plenty of smart exterior renovation ideas.

Paint your letterbox

Whether your letterbox is simple yet bland or obscured by an overgrown hedge, you can easily freshen up its look with a coat of paint and a thick paint brush. 

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Freshen up your bedroom with a newly painted dresser

Everyone loves having a place to call home.

However, you can easily become frustrated with your property's interior vibe. Tired-looking furniture, drab carpet or unpleasant wall colour can make your home seem more like a fixer upper than a humble abode. 

Fear not! There are plenty of ways you can make a real difference to your interior design with some trusty paint and a spare afternoon. One project that is low-cost but can make a huge impact is a bedroom dresser revamp.

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A shady story: How to hang curtains

Sure, blinds might be all the rage. But sometimes all you want for your property are stunning curtains to reflect your home's design and keep your home insulated during cooler months.

Hanging curtains doesn't have to be a difficult process – this step-by-step guide will help revitalise your living space, bedroom or study. Set aside a weekend day to measure and install these home essentials.

1. Select your design

It might seem like an obvious step, but you don't want to underestimate the importance of picking the right curtains for your home. 

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5 ways to brighten up your bathroom

It's easy to put decorating your bathroom to the back of your mind – after all, you probably spend more time in the living room and kitchen. Plus, there's plenty of chatter about the benefits of a kitchen renovation.

However, don't discount the bathroom. There are a number of ways you can brighten up this essential room. Here are our best tips!

1. Replace your shower curtain

This change is far from a significant bathroom renovation, but sometimes it's the small changes that make big differences.

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These kitchen trends are cooking up a storm

Redecorating the kitchen may seem a complex task, but it can equally be a rewarding one. There's so much potential to turn a drab space into a stunning area that's a pleasure to cook in. Plus, if you design the space appropriately, you can even turn it into a area for getting the kids' breakfast down them in the morning or entertaining guests by evening.

Open-plan kitchen and living spaces are still very much popular, but what other trends are making waves among home decorating professionals?

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Dig the desert? Embrace it at home!

Homeowners often turn to nature when they're seeking interior design inspiration, and it's no wonder.

Worn – yet loved – wooden flooring, ocean blue walls and plush moss-coloured rugs all embrace nature's way and look fantastic in a range of properties – from compact apartments to sprawling country homes. 

One valuable source of inspiration when it comes to natural hues is the Australian outback. The rich hues can be embraced in a number of ways, whether you're selecting paint, curtains or new living room furniture. 

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Tradie tips: What if the client’s got it wrong?

Sometimes, your clients will have truly awful home decorating ideas.

Not everyone will be as clued up about the best approach to renovating their properties. That's not to say people aren't dedicated to redecorating their homes – they just might need a gentle nudge about the best approach. 

As a painter, you'll have a sound understanding of the best application methods and colour choices. Plus, you'll likely have an extensive understanding of paint products on the market, and which ones are right for the job at hand. 

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Tradie tips: How to manage your clients’ expectations

Between painting a perfect porch for Percy, redecorating Rhonda's living room and carving out a new kitchen space for Carla, trade jobs can quickly become overwhelming. 

There are only 24 hours in a day, and not all of these can be used to get the job done. You do need sleep and your downtime, after all!

However, if you're aware of a few tricks to manage your clients' expectations when completing renovations or interior design work, you may find that running a trade business is a lot more streamlined and manageable.

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3 reasons why neutral shades are a good option

Sure, it's nice to play around with big, bold colours. From red to blue, you can embrace the entire rainbow in your home, if you wish. However, sometimes it pays to draw back your interior design and embrace some of the hottest cream, beige or grey shades hitting homeowners' walls.

In fact, some of the most popular Resene paint shades are all about calm and calculated neutral hues. Topping the Resene Top 20 list is Resene Tea, with warm Resene Spanish White and classic Resene Half Pearl Lusta also making the list. 

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