Monthly Archives: March 2015

4 tips for painting a home you are going to sell

When it comes time to sell your home, getting the highest possible price can help you start the new chapter of your life in the best position.

To achieve this, there are a few simple steps you can take. Hiring the right real estate agent is one aspect that can affect the sales price, as well as choosing the most advantageous season in which to sell.

Another important consideration is how you present your home to prospective buyers. From clearing the clutter to adding desirable features, there are many potential actions that could improve the value of a house. One of the most effective of which is painting.

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Painting inspiration from famous kid’s movies

Whether you're trying to entertain your children or you're just a big kid yourself, you'll find many great movies targeting the younger demographic. From cartoon lions to teenage wizards, characters great and small are teaching life lessons from the big screen.

To recapture your youth or inspire the whole family, these movies are good for more than just an entertaining few hours. In fact, for the creative at heart, there is plenty of detail and design that can help guide the decor in your home. One particular area of interest is the vibrant and colourful images on the screen.

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3 hot spring-inspired colours for winter

As the weather starts getting cooler, a trip to your local hot springs resort may be in order. If you can't quite make it down to Hanmer Springs this year, you can try to bring the warm waters and cold mountains to your home.

Here are three colours inspired by the Canterbury hot springs, ideal for your winter decor:

On your walls

For a neutral approach, try Resene Pale Slate. This rocky base inspires thoughts of the snowy mountain ranges of the South Island, with just a hint of red and black tones invoking the tremors of the volcanic fields that fuel the nation's hot springs.

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3 wallpapers for your kids’ rooms

Children are unique beings. Each boy and girl is different and can have a vast range of opinions, likes and dislikes.

Rather than forcing them into a room painted pink or blue, you can help them embrace their passions and their individuality by decorating their bedrooms with images they really love. From the furniture to the walls, it's easy to add a little creativity and uniqueness into their living areas.

To help, here are just three options currently available in the Resene Boys & Girls Wallpaper Range:

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An A-Z guide of the Resene Multi-finish range: I

Intriguing, inviting and inspiring – the colours you choose to paint your interior are an important part of achieving the right impression and mood. To ensure your home is as individual as you are, it helps to familiarise yourself with the hues available and the impact they can have on your property.

Resene's team of specialists and colour experts can help you choose the right shade from the incredible range available online and in store. For just some of the intriguing shades offered at Resene, we are sharing a few examples as we work through the alphabet from A to Z.

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4 colours to get your home ready for Easter

Easter is just around the corner, and for many New Zealanders that means chocolate, bright colours and happy kids. To make sure your home matches the mood, now is the best time to take a look at your decor.

Whether painting the kids' bedrooms or adding a splash of colour to your kitchen, there are many shades that can help you capture the spirit of the long weekend. It's no secret that the Easter Bunny likes bright colours, so to ensure he makes a stop in your backyard, consider painting your pots and baskets with these four vibrant shades:

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How to buck the design trends in 2015

Knowing what the upcoming paint and colour trends are can be a great way to inspire your own designs and decorating choices. However, sometimes it pays to be a little different. Whether just wanting to start a conversation or simply ensure your home is distinctive from your neighbours, bucking the trends when it comes to your paint and wallcoverings is a good place to start.

If you've always preferred to strike your own path and set the trends rather than follow them, here are three quick tips for forgoing the popular and achieving a truly unique design:

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How to best showcase your art pieces

Art is a term that covers a huge range of trends and creative expressions. From sculpture to music to dance, there are so many different forms of artistic exploration that it's difficult to define the practice.

With painting, sketching, stencilling and photography just a few of the possible art forms able to be hung on the walls of your home, it could be challenging to choose the right display. 

When you purchase the perfect piece of art, knowing how to present it can make all the difference. Removing the picture from a stark white gallery and introducing it into your busy, colourful home may alter the vision and ultimately leave you disappointed.

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Turn your house into a casa with these Spanish design tips

There are few homes as instantly recognisable as coastal Spanish villas. With light stucco walls, terracotta roofs and sweeping curves, these buildings evoke a feeling of long hot days under the Mediterranean sun. 

Rather than travelling to the other side of the world to enjoy the European way of life, how about spicing up your own home and garden? With the right interior design and exterior features, you too can live in a Spanish villa.

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Transform your home into a never-ending summer paradise

With winter just around the corner and summer well and truly in the past, it's time for the curtains to be drawn early in the evening and for most of us to spend extended time indoors. However, the end of the warmer months doesn't have to mean leaving the sun behind completely.

With a lick of paint and a new colour scheme, you can easily bring the season back and spend those long autumn and winter nights in the comfort of a summer-inspired home.

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