Category Archives: DIY/Homeowners Tips and Advice

How to hold onto summer all year round with colour

There comes a day in every year where you begin to realise that the long, hot summer is on its way out, and those cooler drizzly days aren't far away.

Fortunately, you can always hold onto that summery feeling by recreating it within your home with nothing more than a few clever paint colour choices and some nifty decorating.

Here's a little inspiration to get you started on a new interior design colour scheme to enjoy that summery feeling throughout the year.

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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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Orange is the new black: How to use this vibrant hue in your home

When you're craving a splash of colour in your home and want to do something a little different, edgy orange could be the perfect addition.

It's bright and funky and can be used in numerous areas around the home. Here's a little more on this vibrant colour and how you can introduce it to your own interior design scheme.

The colour psychology of orange

As a combination of red and yellow, orange embodies many of the best traits of those two colours. Red is all about passion and stimulation, while yellow is the definition of happiness – together, they create a hue that's as stimulating as it is cheerful!

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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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4 fun DIY projects for your summer break

Summer is the perfect time to get a little crafty, and there is a huge range of fun projects for you to try.

Here are just four examples of DIY projects you can complete at home this summer for some fresh home decor and a fun day or two creating something beautiful!

1. Ladder shelf

Ladder shelves are extremely trendy right now, and not particularly hard to make, either!

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How to paint when there are pets in the house

The only thing more infuriating than a pet trailing dirt through the house is a more permanent print: paint tracks. Anyone who has repainted their house on their own knows that placing a sign reading, "Caution, wet paint" isn't a warning heeded by dogs or cats. In fact, pets somehow seem more likely to brush up against a wall when it's fresh with paint. And let's face it, Resene Anakiwa only looks good on your wall, not in their fur. 

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4 tips DIY home decorators wish they’d gotten before remodelling

There are few things in life that are as rewarding as a job well done. Therefore taking home decorating into your own hands and watching your space transform by your own ability is an incredibly exhilarating experience. That feeling of accomplishment is arguably better than hiring a professional. That is, however, unless you botch the job. 

When redesigning, all homeowners must consider the flow of the room, aka its feng shui. Feng shui is a relatively old concept, but it is still widely practised for those who need a clear mind, as well as a clean home. Everyday Health explains that this ancient Chinese art is meant to design your space so it reflects your life – or the life you'd like to have – in order to achieve a mental balance. By arranging your home in a certain way, you're trying to move the chi – aka the energy that all objects have – in a positive arrangement.

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Is it your diet, or your decor?

How hard is it to watch what you eat? Hard! You know you shouldn't eat a whole pizza, but something internally says you just have to, and naturally, you oblige. But you aren't alone, there is a little 'something' that eggs everyone on one way or another. Just what is that 'something' – and more importantly, how can you tune it out?

When crafting a diet plan, you consider several elements: lifestyle, exercise routine, metabolism, etc. However, have you stopped to consider the external factors? It's not just about individual foods and workout routines, it's also about what you see around the house. More specifically, it's the very colour of the kitchen or pantry. Believe it or not, but the tones we see in everyday life have a big impact on the subconscious. And one of those impacts includes appetite.

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How to use plants to help your interior look green and stay clean

In most interior settings, it's important to get an inflow of fresh air. Whether it is a restaurant, your home or an office, fresh air is needed for optimum brain functioning and upkeep of general wellbeing. It's the oxygen in the air that we require to live, and an insufficient percentage in the air we breathe will lead to a mental decline in any sort of work we do.

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When is the best time of the year for renovations?

Are you considering a few updates around the house in the next 12 months? Take a look at our guide to decide when is best for you.

Consider the holidays

If you're the type of household that regularly hosts visitors over long weekends, Christmas, New Years and other holidays, aim to avoid doing up the house around these times. Work such as repainting and remodelling often leaves tools and equipment around the house for some time, so the fewer people who have to work around these obstacles, the better. Plus, if you're updating a high-use area such as a bathroom or kitchen, you may need to make other arrangements while work is being carried out – which is not ideal for entertaining!

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