Monthly Archives: September 2015

Zen zone: Prioritise your health by designing a meditation room

It is no secret that yoga is considered to be one of the most healthiest forms of exercise. Yoga is the ideal cool-down session after cardio training, or a great way to start the day to stretch out the muscles and tone the core. 

However, what is lesser known are the benefits of meditation. Recently, a medical study by Harvard University found that meditation literally rebuilds our brain cells. Harvard's research showed that meditating on a regular basis rebuilds the brain's grey matter in just eight weeks. Helping the brain perform at optimum levels is the foundation for our overall physical and mental health, which makes the case for designing a Zen zone all the more strong. 

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Boo! Do you dare to see 5 paint colours inspired by Halloween?

All Hallows' Eve is just around the corner, on October 31st! The origins of this occasion date back 2,000 years, created by the Celts. These people lived in the area that is present-day Ireland, northern France and the United Kingdom. Their new year was November 1, and the night before, they believed the lines between the world of the living and deceased were blurred. 

Ever since, Halloween has been a time to revel in the mysteries of the afterlife, but in the modern world this is a much more fun activity thanks to chocolate. And candy. Lots of it! 

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What are good spots for adding a pop of colour?

We often read in interior design magazines or decorating recommendation books that a 'pop' of colour is a great way to breathe some life into a space.

But where exactly is a good spot to add this pop of colour?

It can become tricky to decide this, especially since in order for the pop to truly work like a contrast it needs to be bright, eye-catching and bold. This is the only way it can stand out from the rest of the room's decor or colour palette.

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Feeling blue from lack of creativity? Let the colour blue help

If you feel like banging your head against the table from lack of creative inspiration, looking at the colour blue might prove to be just what's needed. Indeed, a study by the University of British Columbia found that looking at blue hues can boost our creativity levels.

Because of this, painting the walls blue in an artist studio, office space, classroom or business meeting room can give people the extra kick needed to come up with interesting, innovative ideas.

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Bohemian beachy bach: Revamping your holiday home for summer

With summer around the corner, those of you with a holiday home or bach might be wondering which house maintenance is needed for it before the family and friends move in.

Now would be a good time to start planning your to-do list for this purpose. Your list may include tasks as simple as getting some new bedsheets, duvets and pillows to update the space. On the other hand, you might need to give the walls another coat of paint to breathe life back into the bach. 

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How can you make your desk space healthier?

As anyone passionate about interior design will proudly say, the way we decorate a space can have an positive impact on our mood and wellbeing. Your office desk or home workspace is a prime spot for laying things out effectively, using organisation and clever spatial management to boost your productivity levels and streamline your workflow.

Here are some tips for setting up your desk space with health and wellness in mind. 

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15 paint colours that the Mad Hatter would love for a tea party

"Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky. Twinkle twinkle…" famously said the Mad Hatter in the iconic children's book Alice in Wonderland. 

Escape to this realm of fantasy by painting your walls in these tea-inspired shades. These 15 hues are all neutral tones that would look lovely in both vintage and modern homes, and can complement most interior decor. 

  1. Resene Tea
  2. Resene Thorndon Cream
  3. Resene Milk White
  4. Resene Brown Sugar
  5. Resene Eighth Tea
  6. Resene Truffle
  7. Resene Chocolate Fish
  8. Resene Quarter Tea
  9. Resene Biscuit Brown
  10. Resene Double Tea
  11. Resene Clotted Cream
  12. Resene Triple Tea
  13. Resene Milk Chocolate
  14. Resene Toffee
  15. Resene Double Biscotti

Why not invite a group of friends over for a tea party and sip a hot cuppa beside these colours? Lay out some cushions and snug rugs, plop down on the ground, and enjoy a scene right out of Wonderland. Serve sandwiches, pastries, cupcakes and sweet treats with a range of tea choices. You'd be mad not to! 

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