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Empire State of Mind: 5 home decor ideas inspired by New York City

From yellow taxis racing down the avenues to vendors selling pretzels in Central Park, the Big Apple is a city that has captured the hearts and dreams of millions of people the world over.

The stunning Manhattan skyline, complete with the iconic silhouette of the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Centre, is one of the most-loved views by both New Yorkers and tourists. 

If you'd like to bring some of the spunk, lights and sounds of New York City to your home, here are five ideas to put you in an Empire State of Mind. 

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15 support wall colour ideas for abstract and landscape paintings

Have you ever asked yourself, "what colour should I paint the wall behind that painting?" 

Well, if you have, here's some suggestions for matching support wall paint colours to the actual style of your artwork.

Abstract paintings usually pop hanging against bright, rich, deep colours – in many ways they are like an extension of the paint on the canvas. On the other hand, landscape paintings are more detailed, showing scenes of beaches with waves crashing against the shore or busy city streets in Paris or Venice. These can benefit from neutral tones like beige, cream or white so that the eye can focus on the painting better.

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Say ‘ciao bella’ to your home using Italian Renaissance interior design

If you admire the masterpieces that were painted during the Italian Renaissance, here are some fun ways to decorate your home using the styles, colours, patterns and textures of this historic period. 

Step through the front doors into your home full of beautifully detailed floral or gold patterns and feel like you are going back in time to the days of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. 

The wall is your canvas

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Make your kitchen a feast for the eyes

It's the space families gather around to share a meal, toast to special occasions, or wish each other a good morning while eating breakfast – so in many ways your kitchen is the heart of your home. Why not decorate the room to be a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach?

These decorating ideas can help make the kitchen into a winning area for lovely family meals and memories. 

Walls to make your mouth water

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How to declutter like a pro

We have already taken a looks at the wonders of minimalist interior design, and how it can create a strong, clear statement for your home. The right whites and neutrals can complement this type of decorating plan excellently but before you decide on your hues, there might be some work to do with what is already in your home. We mean, of course, the process of decluttering.

It's a necessary step for creating any beautiful minimalist space, and we have some tips so you can get it done like a professional.

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Take the stress out of your home with these minimalist design tips

Stress is a pretty big part of life. In fact, according to the Australian Psychological Society, one in five adults claims that stress affects both their physical and mental health.

Though the frustrations of your job can't necessarily be helped, redecorating and decluttering your home can certainly take the stress out of your home life (once you are finished, of course!). Many homes around the world suffer from a massive amount of clutter and disorganisation, which means they are tricky to manage. By renovating your home with a minimalist approach, you are taking out many of those little hassles.

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Make your home say ‘hola’ with it’s Mexican interior design

Alongside the passionate culture and fascinating landscape, one thing that really stands out about Mexico is its interior design.

When you see these vibrant, colourful houses you know instantly where you are, and perhaps a little bit about the people who live there. 

Though recreating this wonderful aesthetic in your own home is considered slightly tricky, it's more than worth it for lovers of wild colours and a buzzing atmosphere. 

Here are some tips for getting a Mexican theme into your own home.

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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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An A-Z guide of the Resene Multi-finish range: A

One of the great joys of painting a house is experimenting with different colour schemes and figuring out which is best for your tastes.

There are quite a lot of paint colours to choose from, however, so where do you even start looking? Rather than try out every possible paint swatch and testpot on your walls as you sift through endless colour wheels, have a read through the beginning of our comprehensive suggestion guide to the Resene Multi-finish range, starting with the letter A.

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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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