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New products and ideas for the home.

freestanding luxury
Be free to truly relax in your own space with the luxury of an Athena freestanding bath. This new range offers a selection of soft squares, sweeping curves and classic ovals to form a sculptural centrepiece for your bathroom. The Mero bath is part of the stunning 2013 Collection by Athena. Visit your local Chesters branch or go online to

tough yet velvety
With the popularity of low-sheen interior paint finishes, Resene has developed new Resene Room Velvet, a solventborne enamel that dries to a beautiful, even, silky low-sheen finish. Resene Room Velvet is very durable, and designed for walls and ceilings, architraves and skirting boards especially in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. Resene Room Velvet is available in white and a huge range of off-white colours from Resene ColorShops and resellers. See more information.

the colour of wheat
Inspired by Tuscan wheat fields, Ecodure ‘Grano’ is the latest colour in Ecodure Flooring’s Premium compressed bamboo range. Grano’s attractive ripe wheat colour with feature graining will bring warmth to any interior. Compressed and pre-finished bamboo is highly dent resistant and is perfect for high wear areas – especially kitchens, family and living rooms. For a free sample, visit

switch onto colour
Match your light switches to your wall with Vynco coloured switchplates backpainted with Resene Imperite in Resene colours. Designed to NZ/Australian standards, they fit to any standard flush box and are retrofittable in most houses. An extra film is moulded into the cover plate to increase resistance against scratches and chemicals. So banish those white light switches and opt for colour coordinated ones instead, like Resene Wanaka shown here. Available in a wide range of switchplate configurations from electricians and leading electrical retailers. Visit for details.

bring out the best in timber
Interior timber left unprotected can attract marks and stains that are impossible to remove. Using protective clear coats, such as Resene Aquaclear or Resene Qristal ClearFloor on floors, will prevent this and keep timber looking good. Or if the timber is a little washed out or worn, restore its wood colour with stains from the Resene Colorwood range or with Resene Colorwood Whitewash. View the Resene Colorwood range online or see the Resene Colorwood brochure available free from Resene ColorShops or resellers.

recreate the magic of Disney
You can bring the magic that is Disney into your home projects with the new Disney collection. Well-loved Disney characters such as Cinderella, Lightning McQueen, Rapunzel and Buzz Lightyear will delight and inspire your children. Classics like Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh are guaranteed to bring a smile to young faces. The collection includes wallpaper, murals and wall decals so you can mix and match to suit your space. Everything you need for the young, and the young at heart. The Disney collection is available for viewing and ordering at Resene ColorShops (NZ only).

an eye for colour?
How many testpots have you tried and you are still not sure you have the colour right? Which colour combinations work best for your project, for you and your personalities? Colour is the best tool to change the way a room feels; now you can unlock colour secrets with a correspondence course with colour specialist Debbie Abercrombie. Debbie’s course includes eight step-by-step lessons to use and mix colour effectively. Email

light up… in colour
Philips LivingColours is a new form of lighting that lets you create personalised lighting effects at the press of a button. By using the intuitive, touch-sensitive colour wheel (or remote control), you can select from a range of 16 million colours for the Philips LivingColours lights. The lights are based on advanced LED technology, which means they last much longer than traditional bulbs and consume less energy. Visit

created from glass
These beautiful mosaic tiles have humble beginnings – the ARTS range from Spain originates from old glass bottles, car windows and other recycled glass. The reclaimed glass is pulverised into a fine powder, pigment is added, the mix placed into moulds, then the tiles oven-fired at extremely high temperatures. The ARTS range is available in seven colours (this one is Silver). See for further information or for a 15% discount coupon.

labels at your fingertips
Hands up if you've ever spilt paint on a can then been unable to read the label later on when you need access to the information printed on it? To make it easier, Resene has added copies of Resene product labels to the Resene website so that you can quickly look up a product and check out the label instructions. Handy if you have a paint-covered can, plus a great way to read the instructions before you start a job without having to balance a full paint can in your hand to read around the side. View labels online.

white hot
White Wood is the latest addition to the newly introduced Artwood range of furniture. Founded in Sweden in 1969, the collection is inspired by American East Coast style. The extensive collection includes rattan, vintage wood, outdoor furniture, textiles and now an eye-catching range of white wood furniture that looks good in any style of home. For stockists, phone 03 317 8044 or visit

relief for the nose
Resene Sureseal now comes in a lower odour formulation, to make it more pleasant to apply. Resene Sureseal has always been excellent for binding up and sealing surfaces but like most traditional solventborne products, it has had a strong solvent odour. Not any more. The lower odour technology is also being rolled out to other popular Resene solventborne products, such as Resene Lusta-Glo and Resene Super Gloss. Available from Resene ColorShops and resellers.

art that makes you ‘appy
Take your favourite Resene paint colour, and add to it an app purpose-developed by master ceramicist Bob Steiner. With the newly minted Wall Art app, you can see Resene colour on the wall, and add pieces from Bob’s collection. You can create your own interpretation of Wall Art and arrange the pieces from Bob Steiner’s collection to suit your design. Bob’s new app is free to try at

concrete that glows
Concrete that glows in the dark? Ready Glow from Allied Concrete is a new aggregate that with exposure to daylight produces an afterglow that lasts up to 20 hours. Ready Glow can be used indoors or outdoors and is ideal for interior floors, driveways, patios, pools and pool surrounds. Choose from a variety of sizes in three colours: Sky Blue, Aqua Blue and Yellow Green. Visit or phone 0800 4 ALLIED for more details.

new future-proof showhomes open
Two new Future-Proof Building Tomorrow’s Showhomes are now open in Nelson and Dunedin. These homes are full of great products, services and ideas that can be incorporated into new or existing homes. Homeowners can learn about their options, assess products that represent the best value over time, and then make an educated and informed choice to meet their needs. Tomorrow’s Showhomes are currently open in Hobsonville, Mangawhai, Nelson and Dunedin. Visit to locate a Tomorrow’s Showhome in your area.

hands free at home
Making kitchen life easier Easys is Hettich’s innovative electromechanical opening system for drawers. With a light press of the hand, hip or knee anywhere on the front panel, the drawer gently glides open and closes just as luxuriously. It is the ideal practical system for the kitchen when your hands are wet, dirty or full. Completely on trend, you can have handleless cabinetry, or if you prefer a handle, the convenience is simply doubled. For more information call 0800 HETTICH.

golden vote
Resene was voted the Best Kids Décor after thousands of votes were cast nationwide in the recent OHBaby Awards. The awards are held by OHBaby magazine to find the best children’s products and services. Check here for creative children’s room decorating ideas.

Italian chic
Inda, Italy’s largest accessory manufacturer, has launched the new Clever and Lilliput range of furniture for bathrooms. Stylishly simple, the range includes single and double wall hung vanity units, tall and short columns, mirrors and lights in two colour finishes and a variety of sizes. Mineral marble tops and integrated chrome drawer handles are standard, along with German Blum soft close hardware. The range is exclusive to Plumbing World. Visit

it’s a match
Prime Panels has launched new laminates matched to favourite Resene colours as part of their PrimeMelamine collection. So now you can get Resene Double Tea, Resene Quarter Napa and Resene Half Pavlova plus many other Resene colours and a whole host of Prime Panels hues to coordinate with your Resene paint colours for a complete room look. PrimeMelamine is a low-pressure laminate suitable for everything from kitchen cupboards and shelves, laundry and vanity units to home office furniture and storage units. See the collection at


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