Monthly Archives: October 2014

How to prepare for curtains in your home

Decorating your home can be great fun, provided you know what you're doing.

While you might have big dreams for your living areas, garden and bedrooms, it's important to understand the finer details. For instance, you might have selected the ideal shade for your kitchen walls – such as Resene Napa – but do you know how to select the right rollers and brushes to transform the space?

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Tradie tips: Stand out from the crowd

When you're in the business of painting houses, keeping existing customers happy as well as expanding your client pool is a fine balance to strike. Between old and new clients, there are a few ways you can make your business stand out from the crowd.

If you're keen to win over big projects and boost your revenue, then be sure to put some of these suggestions into action!

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Don't go ignoring other businesses in the area. Rather than turning a blind eye to your competition, you should actually get to know it extremely well.

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4 interior design schemes inspired by the outdoors

Decorating your home should be an enjoyable affair. After all, it's an opportunity to add your own personal touches to what's likely your single biggest asset.

That doesn't mean it's always going to be easy to pick which renovations to complete! With an abundance of ideas out there, it can be hard to settle on a single design theme when making over your kitchen or reinventing your living space. Why not take inspiration from the outdoors and try out some of these fabulous colour schemes?

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10 paint shades inspired by the Pacific

Packing up your home and heading to a tropical island for a holiday can be tempting. But when reality kicks in and you have to get back to the daily grind, how can you make your home a place that's still enjoyable to kick back and relax in?

There are many ways you can bring a splash of the tropics to your home's interior design. 

If you're struggling to pick paint shades for the walls or select furniture colours for your living room, kids' playroom or home office, considering drawing some inspiration from these colour schemes.

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Super summer decorating ideas

With long, hot summer days just around the corner, you might be wondering how to boost your home's aesthetic appeal and liveability.

Afternoon barbecues are a mainstay of the summer months, so having a welcoming outdoor area may well be a priority. When it comes to your property's interior, you want to be able to embrace the warmth of the sun as much as possible, without overheating. 

Furthermore, there are plenty of summer-inspired hues, such as Resene Mandy, Resene Danube and Resene Green House, which you may be inclined to experiment with throughout your home.

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It’s time to rethink difficult shades

It's easy to opt for white or choose navy and grey for your home's interiors.

But when you're renovating, you've got plenty of opportunity to experiment! While some shades are considered safer than others, consider taking a chance with some trickier hues. 

Some of the following shades might seem a little more daring or different, but when used in the right way, they can have a striking impact in your home. Remember – you only have to be as experimental as you like. Sometimes, it's as simple as painting a single piece of furniture and seeing how you like having a particular colour in your living space, kitchen or bedroom. 

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4 fun home painting projects

Choosing paint isn't an exercise you embark on solely to revive your walls. There are plenty of other instances that can give you an excuse to get out the paint brushes.

But just what are they? Read on for some inspiring decorating ideas that can transform your entire property!

The built-in bookshelf

If you've got a living area or home office with a built-in bookshelf, you're in luck. 

You've got the perfect opportunity to embrace some new shades, whether you're a fan of Resene Escape or Resene Quarter Lignite.

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Dashing design tips for a colourful front yard

No matter what the time of year, it's always charming to have a front yard that's got pops of colour. When the warmer months swing around, a garden that's bursting with bright flowers and gorgeous decorative pieces can really give your home a facelift. 

While it's easy to rely on lush, green grass as the key provider of garden colour, try thinking out of the box and playing with some more daring shades. From the cherry-pink kick of Resene Knock Out to the lively zing of Resene Home Run, there are numerous ways you can turn your front yard into a kaleidoscope of colour!

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How to make your home easy to live in

There's plenty of focus on making your home look great. But does it feel just as good? A home that's easy to live in, relaxing and inviting to guests is just as important as one that's got its aesthetics down pat.

Of course, there's no reason why you can't have a home that's both beautiful and practical! Here are some tips for creating a home that's totally liveable.

Add sliding doors

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4 ways to use dark hues in your kitchen

Dark shades are all the rage at the moment – but it's essential to use them appropriately. Otherwise, your home will look more like a dungeon than a sophisticated space for entertaining friends and family!

From shades like Resene Bastille and Resene Confidante to Resene Diesel, there are plenty of moody shades that can totally revamp your kitchen. However, it's vital that these deep hues are used in the right fashion. Here are some tips for embracing mysterious colours such as ink black, navy, slate and shale in one of the most frequented rooms of the house.

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