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Masculine style

Masculine style
When you mix together a palette of metal, leather, concrete and fabrics like wool and tweed, and throw in some straight lines and geometric patterns, you begin to create a space that would typically be deemed 'masculine'. Like a well-tailored wardrobe, it’s a style that represents strong, no-fuss lines, deep colour tones and finespun fabrics... more

Decorating in a feminine style Decorating in a feminine style
In search of the perfect feminine style? When it comes to decorating, adding femininity to a room need not mean girlie or over-the-top pink. Feminine interiors can range from subtly sweet to smart and sophisticated, to elegant or flirty fun. Pretty pastels are fine, but too much may result in overboard cutesy. Temper pastels with white or soft metallics and add in personal feminine details... more
Blending masculine and feminine styles in interior decorating Blending masculine and feminine styles
From raw industrial design to feminine floral chic, everyone has different tastes. Some of us crave minimalist simplicity while others prefer an eclectic mix. But while balance is the key to any design, just how do you appeal to two different taste aesthetics? Men and women are typically attracted to different colours, which can prove difficult when choosing colour schemes for interiors. One way to balance an interior for couples is to choose a two-colour scheme... more
Warm rich colours are more suitable for elderly people than pale or neutral colours Colours for the elderly
Determining which shade of paint best suits a specific space should be done not only by considering the area and its particular use but the individuals who will be using it as well. As we age we tend to look at life differently – and we literally see it differently as well. The lenses of our eyes begin to yellow, causing a reduction of clarity. Pale colours and colours of similar intensities become more difficult for the aging eye to discriminate, so a higher contrast in colours may be needed to discern various items around us... more
painting can modernise tired furniture Jazzing up furniture
When it comes to giving your home a facelift, the difference is all in the details. Painting tired furniture is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to revive a room’s décor. Mismatched garage sale finds or worn-out hand-me-downs can be turned into instant show-offs. In much the same way that a dull outfit takes on a new life with accessories, furniture can be injected with character and contemporary styling with paint... more
Outdoor makeover Outdoor makeover
If your stucco or brick surfaces are looking outdated, bring them into the 21st century with a modern makeover. An exterior facelift instantly transforms the look of a home, and a fresh coat of paint is all that's required. “Loads of people don’t like their bricks so painting them gives them a really modern look,” says Resene colour consultant Sarah Gregory. “In fact new housing developments are using painted brick... more
choosing a paint colour for your ceiling Colour on the ceiling
When it comes to choosing a paint colour for your ceiling, most of us would opt for a shade of white. For years, white has been considered the safest option for our loftiest wall – and it’s true, most times it’s the perfect choice – but a white ceiling is not always the right ceiling. Just as colour on our walls can add drama or sophistication to a room, colour above us can transform a room’s look and feel... more
Colour basics Colour basics
As human beings, colour influences everything in our world from art and science, to what colour we paint our walls, to how we dress. Interior designers use colour to create certain atmospheres and psychologists may use it to influence moods. Yet what do we know about the mechanics of colour? If we said colour was a function of light and biology you might think we were nuts. But in reality, light stimulating the retina of the eye is what creates our perception of colour. Specifically, colour is light of different wavelengths... more
Feature walls Feature walls
There’s no quicker, easier or more affordable way to make a statement in a room than to give it a coat of brightly coloured paint, but if you’re nervous about using too much colour, you can play it safe, but still make a statement, by introducing a feature wall. Feature walls – now often referred to as statement walls – add vibrancy and personality without overpowering the rest of the room, and they allow you to be more daring with colour without having to go all out. Paint is not your only option though. There are many other creative alternatives. ... more
Preparing for sale Preparing for sale
Is your home buyer friendly? When it comes to selling your house, first impressions count. A well-polished house appeals more to buyers than a down-and-out one. Which means it’s important that your home looks its best while it’s on the market – and that may mean a spruce-up is on the cards. But there’s a big difference between making smart, cost-effective changes to maximise interior and exterior appeal, and carrying out costly renovations... more
Colour healing Colour healing
Have you ever noticed how different you feel in some rooms to others? A room painted with red walls can make you feel energised or excited, while a room with blue walls can promote calmness and relaxation. Colour has the power to transform not only our homes but the way we feel, our behaviour and our general efficiency. It can stimulate or subdue, motivate or mollify; it can even have a profound and healing effect on us... more
Colour therapy Colour therapy
From the restful feeling we get when surrounded by calming blue colours to the motivation and stimulation we receive from reds and oranges, it’s no secret that colour has the power to transform our emotions. But our attraction to certain colours may indicate areas of imbalance. Understanding how and why different colours affect us can help us achieve good health and wellbeing... more
Shopping for colour Shopping for colour
When it comes to decorating, choosing the right paint colour can be a daunting exercise. It’s not quite as simple as picking your favourite hues and slapping paint onto walls haphazardly. Choosing colours involves many decisions. What is the room to be used for – relaxing or activities (different colours evoke different emotions), what is the relationship between each colour (colour is affected by the colour next to it), how much natural light comes in (light changes our perception of colour), and so on. Not only that, these days we’re confronted with literally thousands of paint colours from which to choose. Confusing, right? Actually, there are a few tricks to help make shopping for colour easier... more
Regional colour trends Regional colour trends
For the most part, the current colour palette is comprised of feel-good colours – yellows, oranges, reds and blues – and nature-inspired greens and earthy neutrals. But travel from region to region and country to country and you’ll often find slight variations in colour preferences. Geographic location, cultural diversity, demographics, the surrounding landscape, fashion and current events all play a part in influencing colour choices regionally. For example, homeowners in the subtropical north may favour a cool palette, while those in colder climes may opt for warmer tones... more
Colour trends for kids rooms Kids colours
When it comes to decorating children’s spaces, it helps to see a room through the eyes of a child. Beyond pint-sized furniture and hip toys, a stylish mix of colours, patterns and fabrics can create the perfect blend of cheer. Old or new, bright or pale, it isn’t necessary to conform to any design rules. The sky is your limit and the key is to simply have fun... more
How to be brave with colour How to be brave with colour
Where to start - how to pick colours that are going to work for you and your home... Start at the beginning which isn't always the paint colour for the walls. Sometimes it is acknowledging that the house (exterior or interior) or specific room looks a bit lacklustre and identifying what you have (and don't plan on getting rid of) and trying to sort out whether there are big changes to make (new carpet, curtains or furniture or in regards to the exterior new roof or new powdercoated windows) or just minor changes to create a new look... more
Your own style of interior decorating

What makes a good home?
A good home is one that you can't wait to go back to. It is instantly welcoming, with a personality that grabs you the moment you walk through the front door, and perhaps even the moment you turn into the driveway. When making your home your own, don't be afraid to go with your own sense of style and your convictions - after all, you are the person who will have to live there... more

Colours of the 1990s Colours of the 1990s
Fashion and decor reflected the dirtier colours and minimal look of Gothic, Grunge and Hip Hop. A classless society developed due to the economic recession, businesses fell on hard times and the electronic age altered lives. The world wide web was born in 1992, waistlines of mens’ pants dropped lower than the interest rates, cargo pants, cowboy boots, floral skirts, stonewashed denim were de riguer and smaller was better – laptops and mobile phones and pay rises... more
Colours of the 1980s Colours of the 1980s
This era was all about major changes both industrial and economic. Pac Man video games, Walkman radios, boom boxes and personal computers coincided with the end of the Cold War, hard rock, heavy metal and ‘glam rock’ music with the bizarre makeup and glitter and – the ultimate luxury – carpet in the bathroom and toilet. Women had big hair, even bigger shoulder pads in their ‘power dress’ suits and casual clothing embraced ripped jeans, crop top sweatshirts, neon bright clothing, leg warmers and head bands lots of lyrca and Aviator sun glasses... more
Colours of the 1970s Colours of the 1970s
Though there was a carryover of the Hippy sub culture from the late 1960s the 1970s embraced several aspects – the home spun/creative and ultimately rustic/romantic country style with Laura Ashley mini printed floral wallpaper and fabrics and peasant maxi dresses and the upwardly moving disco dancing Afro permed, platform shoe and hot pants, jump suited and bell bottom brigade who were free and easy – part of what was called at the time the ‘Me’ decade – full of student protests, feminism, environmental issues, fuel/oil crisis and the ‘space race’ – helped by the advent of microwaves, VCRs, shagpile carpet and lava lamps... more
Colours of the 1960s Colours of the 1960s
After the post war 1950s oatmeal, cream and strong clear pastels inspired by the new plastics fashion was all about bouffant hair, stiletto heeled shoes, Jackie Kennedy and Elvis Presley and a few intellectual types who were Beatniks and then very quickly swung over (Swinging 60s) to a decade of radical change, rebellion, vibrancy and a desire for freedom – of any sort... more
50 Shades of Grey Resene style 50 Shades of Grey Resene style
If you're more of a decorator and less of a bookworm, you might like to try some of our favourite fifty shades of grey… more
Learn about colour with the Everywhere colour series Learn about colour with the Everywhere colour series
Human eyes have approximately 12 million rods and 7 million cones in them - that's a lot of things in a small place! These help us to see everything around us, including sending colour information to our brain so that it can help us to see colour. Colour can be bright or dull, warm or cold, natural or made artificially. It can be blue, red, yellow, purple, orange, green and much more! The Everywhere colour series is designed for children and will cover lots of things about colour and has projects you can try out for yourself to find out how things work. Colour is magical and lots of fun to experiment with... enjoy... more
Complement your Patersonrose linen with Resene paint and colours Complement your Patersonrose linen with Resene paint and colours
Patersonrose and Resene have teamed together to bring you Resene complementary colour suggestions for the Patersonrose linen range. So now you can choose your linen and colours quickly, easily and with the confidence that it will work well together when you're finished.  When you're planning to paint it's worth remembering that children's bedroom areas can come in for a lot of wear and tear... more
Tips from Resene Paints for decorating on a budget Decorating on a budget
With a little planning and help from Resene you can rejuvenate your living space in a weekend for $200 or less! Tired of your current living place? Planning to move, but now find you’re staying put longer than intended? Don’t despair. If the prospect of redecorating seems daunting, start with an easy project and work yourself into the bigger jobs... more
Discover decorating colours that suit your colour personality Colour personalitiy
Have you ever felt that the colours in a room weren't to your taste but didn't know why? It may be that they didn't fit with your colour personality! Colour personalities can be defined many ways. To help you find your colour personality Resene has used the seasonal concepts... more
Colour suggestions for children and the elderly Colour suggestions for children and the elderly
There is a cycle of changing colours that affects our mind and body through the different stages of life. These are reflected in our changing colour preferences. Children have colour likes and dislikes according to individual character and stage of development... more
Feng Shui provides guidelines to harness Ch'i energy. Feng Shui
Feng Shui, an art form to some and science to others, has long been used in China to help humans live in harmony with their environment, harnessing the beneficial energies (Ch'i) that surround all of us to maximise opportunities for happiness, abundance and contentment. Ch'i is the energy, the fluid life force that can be found in all living things, created whenever things are done perfectly. Feng Shui provides guidelines to harness this Ch'i energy... more
Vastu decorating provides guidelines for creating a harmonious home or space. Vastu decorating
Vastu is somewhat of an Indian equivalent to Feng Shui, based on related elements but interpreted in a different manner, yet still providing guidelines for creating a harmonious home or space. Its purpose is to align the spaces we live and work in with the beneficial effects of universal life energy to maximise the vitality and freshness of our surroundings… more
Top tips for a tiptop paint finish outside Top tips for a tiptop paint finish outside
Planning to paint outside? There are plenty of ways to improve your home with paint... more
Some tips to make painting your home easier and safer

DIY not as tough as it looks
Are you planning on giving your home a facelift? Are you faced with peeling weatherboards and no excuse? Take heart - the job may not be as tough as it looks. And according to Resene specialists, following a few simple guidelines will help ensure painting efforts are effective, lasting and importantly, safe... more

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