Category Archives: DIY/Homeowners Tips and Advice

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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3 new ways to use old paint

Using every last drop of your paint cans is about as rare as finishing the shampoo and conditioner at the exact same time. That's why many households have a few old tins of paint tucked away in the garage.

Instead of letting them gather dust, here are a few ways to use up that old paint!

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Innovative uses for ordinary household items

As a crafty homeowner, you'll pride yourself on your DIY skills. It's a good icebreaker for family and friends visiting your home, to be able to tell them about your interior design and show them your home projects, whether that be a beautifully painted mural wall or even just simplistic but stylish decorating.

Items used in a innovative manner can really get your guests admiring and shaking their heads – finding extremely creative uses for ordinary household items that give your home a rustic, homely but contemporary feel.

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How to make pack-up time fun with your kids

It's great to nurture a child's imaginative and inquisitive mind with educational and stimulating toys, but let's face it, it often turns into tantrums and tears when play time comes to an end.

But if you make it fun, then it doesn't have to be the case.

Kids love to help out with small tasks that make them feel important and involved. We have many paint products for you to DIY a playroom to help make that time of cleaning up all the merrier for both you and your young ones. 

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How to make a small kitchen appear larger with Resene paints

A kitchen is a place of congregation for the family. It's where healthy, wholesome meals are made and if you have an open kitchen plan, it'll be where everyone gathers around at dinner time to bond and relax after their day. As a kitchen holds food, a basic human necessity, it symbolises a place of comfort and dependence.

However, a small kitchen can foster less than enthusiastic connotations, especially if it is situated in a separate room. Luckily, though, if you are clever with your Resene paint colour choices and design ideas, you can liven up your kitchen and make it appear more spacious than it is.

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Show off your Santa workshop skills with these DIY gift ideas!

Jingle bells are going to start ringing soon, so it's time to unleash your inner elf and show off how creative you are with DIY presents! 'Tis the season to be jolly with paint, scissors, art supplies and craft goods as you whip up goodies that are just as wonderful as if they were made in Santa's workshop. 

These DIY gift ideas are ideal for anyone keen to be budget-friendly with Christmas shopping while also adding a unique personal touch to the presents that can't be store bought. 

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Ho ho how to make your own Christmas wrapping paper and gift tags

Help your stack of presents stand out from the pile under the Christmas tree by designing and making your own wrapping paper patterns and DIY gift tags! Here's how to make both. 

Wrapping paper

Grab rolls of eco-friendly brown recycled paper. Spread them out on your workstation, using paper weights to keep the edges down. Use sponges to cut shapes of Christmas trees, or if you're short on time, just use round make-up sponges to create the shape of Christmas baubles. Dip into paint test pots of red and green colours such as Resene Havoc and Resene Bingo, then stamp across the paper. Voila! A custom printed wrapping paper.

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Bring the magic of Monet to your space this spring

Springtime is the perfect opportunity to take a tired, stagnant interior and refresh it with some new inspiration in time for the new year. A staple of spring trends, while florals and pastels help to brighten up a wintry space, some may shy away from them due to their predictability. 

However, it is still possible to infuse a botanical essence into your home or professional space without being too stereotypical. Simply look to one of the great masters of Impressionism, Claude Monet. 

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Spotlight on nautical inspiration for Spring

Whether you're a home decorating enthusiast or a designer by trade, when Pantone releases its seasonal report every few months it can help to inject new inspiration into your plans, putting the spotlight on colours which may have previously slipped under your radar.

Pantone's Spring 2015 Fashion colours may have been designed to breathe fresh life into the runways, but that doesn't mean you can't take a little inspiration for your home decorating projects. Here we take a look at some refreshing ideas for spring that can vitalise your space. 

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3 fun DIY paint ideas for a breakfast in bed tray

There's no better way to enjoy a weekend than by staying in bed, enjoying a hot cup of coffee and a cooked breakfast without so much as getting out of the covers. A handy breakfast-in-bed tray goes a long way, and there are ways to revitalise the simple tray into a work of art using DIY paint methods.

Here are just three of the many ways you can create a fun tray for your next rise and shine moment. Best of all, each of these trays can also be used on your nightstand or bedside table as catchalls for keeping notebooks, reading glasses and a cup of water.

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