Category Archives: Decorating Inspiration

5 decorating tips for couples moving in together

Moving in with your significant other is exciting and fun, but not without its challenges. Having a home that looks well put-together when you both have completely different interior design styles can be difficult to say the least. Sharing a home doesn't have to mean an endless series of compromises over your individual aesthetic tastes, though, as harmonious balance can be established. Blending different home decorating ideas, contrasting colour personalities, and favourite furniture isn't easy but it can be done – read on to find out how. 

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How to find inspiration for your home colour palette

Colour is the secret to setting the mood and having a cohesive style and flow throughout your home. Choosing a colour palette for your whole home is at the heart of interior design, but with such a vast array of colours available at your local Resene ColorShop, narrowing down your selection can seem tricky.

It can seem especially difficult as most home colour palettes should only consist of three to five hues. This might seem limiting at first, but sticking to a colour palette will make your home more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable to live in. So how do you go about choosing a definitive colour palette?

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7 colours minimalists will love

A minimalist home should be an oasis of calm and well-being. The pared-down nature of minimalism means using elements that create a serene and simple space, without stumbling into the realm of boring and lifelessness. Typically, the focus is on a select few quality materials or features, with the aim of avoiding clutter and creating a peaceful environment.

Minimalism in the home is often associated with white walls and black accents, but that doesn't always have to be the case. There are a range of contemporary, muted hues that work wonderfully in a minimalist house. For anyone with a deep love of clean lines and simple colour palettes, these shades could lift a design from sterile to cosy, without compromising the minimalist style.

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4 ideas for decorating your teenager’s bedroom

There is a point where every child crosses the threshold into teenager-dom and starts to have their own opinions and ideas. Celebrating your child becoming a teenager by decorating their bedroom is a great idea, but it involves finding a delicate balance between embracing their emerging personal style and guiding the project. In the end you want to achieve a deliberate effect rather than complete mayhem. Aim for a look that your teenager will stick with throughout their high school years, to avoid having to repaint when they feel like they have outgrown the florid pink or bright orange they loved when they were 13. 

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3 paint colours that can help you sell your home

It's less common to purchase a home and never intend to sell it, so at some stage it will no doubt come time to think about how to best market your house.

Perhaps you painted it a colour that best suited your personality when you moved in but suspect it may not be to the taste of potential buyers? Or perhaps you'd simply prefer to spruce the place up a bit to make it as attractive as possible? Either way, repainting the interior of your home may help make the purchase even more attractive and eventually contribute to the sale.

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Top paint colour matches for wooden flooring

Wooden flooring and furnishings are reasonably common around Australia and New Zealand. Much of this is because of the warmer temperatures throughout the year, but it's also due to the fact that this natural appearance is absolutely gorgeous within any home.

There are a huge array of timbers to choose from, each offering its own grain. Plus, Resene Colorwood interior stain can also change the hue of the timber, allowing you to choose the perfect tone for your home. As an added bonus, floors made with renewable timbers are an environmentally friendly material, so you know you're helping reduce your home's carbon footprint.

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Redesigning your workplace for 2017

New year, new you! Right? Well, new year new business too. And the best way to rake in the new deals is to get your team excited in the workplace. A simple way to give them a good fresh start in 2017 is to rearrange the office!

Switching up the layout of your office will help shake things up – it really does increase productivity as it gives staff a new space to think up fresh ideas. So before your staff get back from holiday, plan some time to rearrange the layout and switch up the decor and you'll see a productive start to your new year. Check out our tips on how you can do just that.

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What to do with your kid’s old bedroom

Have your kids flown the coop? And by flown the coop we mean, graduated from university, is holding a steady job and married or living with a significant other with no signs of coming back home. If this is your current situation then you can probably stop holding on to their old bedroom and find a better use for it. 

A private gym

Complete with an indoor sauna, of course! The private gym is the classic redecoration move, but you know what? You don't need a lot of space to make an at-home gym the answer to your out-of-shape needs. Once you've cleared out all your kid's old stuff (make sure you give them a chance to save anything first) remaking the space is easy! Select one wall to be your accent wall, but instead of a paint colour, fill the space with mirrors – it's the perfect way to watch your form and your progress.

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History of the world’s favourite colour: Blue

What's your favourite colour? Everyone has one, even the world! A YouGov survey conducted a worldwide study  to learn what everyone's favourite colour was. The results found that in ten separate countries, blue was picked more than any other.  

In fact, the colour blue is so important that it was even called out in the movie 'The Devil Wears Prada'. Magazine Editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly, aka Meryl Streep, scolds her new assistant, Andy, aka Anne Hathaway, who naively assumed all fashion looks the same. What follows is an uncomfortable history of how blue isn't just blue but, it's cerulean.

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Japanese-inspired home design

Clean wooden floors, smooth bamboo furniture and a harmonised space – these are all vital essentials of a Japanese-inspired home design.

To replicate Japanese style in your home, you need to understand the concepts that make it so unique. It's a blend of simplicity with natural elements, all carefully selected and constructed together in a balance that promotes peacefulness and tranquillity within a home's interior design. We've compiled a guide to help you draw inspiration from these concepts to be able to easily use them in your own abode.

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