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Feeling historic? Try a colonial theme in your home

There's something uniquely charming about visiting an old colonial home at a museum or historic village. 

Catching a glimpse of how the colonists of early Australia once lived is a fascinating experience, as every aspect of their style and aesthetics seems so familiar, yet strangely alien.

These wonderful stylings and colour palettes don't just have to live in memory, however, as you can replicate much of the concept in your own home. Looking to create a memorable and historic look? Try colonial with these tips.

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How to use the colours of the rainbow in your home

The colour palette is an important decision to make during the interior design planning process. Which room will have which colour? What will the furniture be? 

You don't have to stick to plain-old cream, however. Get a little daring this New Year and try using as many colours of the rainbow in your home as possible. 

Red

Red is a powerful colour that can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you have a deep, luscious Resene Red Berry or a more muted Resene Alter Ego, it is both versatile and attractive.

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What is the 2015 colour of the year and how do you use it?

We've had turquoise, tangerine and emerald – but now?

The famous colour company, Pantone, recently announced its new colour of the year for 2015. The winner is: marsala.

What is marsala?

Marsala is actually a type of fortified wine from Sicily, though this year it's a good idea to get it on your walls, too. Lingering somewhere between a luscious red and an earthy brown, the addition of marsala to any room will instantly make it feel more elegant, without being overpowering.

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Live like nobility with these Renaissance-inspired decorating ideas

Looking backwards is always a curious way to move forwards in terms of interior decorating styles.

Past fashions are constantly being revitalised and reborn, introducing new elements to an old look to create an entirely unique modern piece. A currently popular method of decorating with the past is utilising themes from the 80s, however if you want to exude both style and originality, consider a theme from a little further back.

By bringing forth classic stylings from the Renaissance era, you can lavish your home in an ornate, high-class sensibility. Here are some tips to get started.

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How to use Resene’s fashion colour wheel

As New Year draws closer and closer, it's time you started thinking about that resolution. How many years in a row have you promised to redecorate the house, only to become 'too busy' and forget?

Well don't make the same mistake this year, as home decorating could well spice your life up. Bring the energy back into your home, using the Resene The Range fashion colours as your muse.

Hot hot hot

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Gear up for gaming: It’s time to renovate that garage

A games room is the ultimate space to sit back, relax and enjoy something that isn't work. You can install all kinds of fun amenities in them, too, ranging from electronics to pool tables – not to mention everything in between.

Here's the problem, though. How many homes actually have the space for one? 

Rather than give up on the idea, instead take a look at your old garage. If it's not filled with junk, garages make for the perfect gaming area. They're both away from the main living space to keep noise levels down, and you are less likely to be disturbed by other people's guests or other things happening in the house. Sound like a good idea? Then it's time to start renovating.

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Relive the 80s of yesterday with the interior design of tomorrow

If you're looking at redecorating an old, tired space, you're probably thinking hard about what colours to use.

You could throw out the furniture that's in there, repaint with bright neutrals and open the space up a bit, certainly. You could even go futuristic and have clean, shiny steel, glossy black and a range of gadgetry. However, if you're looking at brightening a room up without going all Star Wars on it, look a little to the past. 

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3 possible future interior design trends

The thing about trends is that in order to stay trendy, you need to remain very much on top of things. The bandwagon is always moving forwards, and if you aren't on it then you're going to get left behind – unless you're trying to do something unique, of course, but that's another story entirely.

That said, ideally the best way to stay on top of interior design is to stay ahead of it. So if you're in the process of planning the next stage of your plans, consider these possible future trends.

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Make your home bigger inside than out

From when you go flatting in a cramped inner-city apartment to buying a first suburban home, if you're strapped for cash then space is probably not in abundance. Don't fret, however, because that does not mean you are doomed to live in a tiny cramped box until you move, as there are numerous decorating ideas for making even the smallest of spaces seem like a lavish palace in comparison. 

Break out your work pants and call some of your friends to assist – it's time to start decorating! 

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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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