Monthly Archives: July 2013
"Building up a network" is a bit of jargon you often hear among business people working in concrete jungles, but it should be considered in the home renovation trades as well.
The benefits of networking with other people in your industry are massive, while the cost to your time and skills is minimal.
Therefore, interior designers, painters, building managers and any other tradies or specifiers should think about getting in touch, and make an effort to stay in touch, with others in the profession.
Whether you're just starting out in the trade, or are already fairly well established in your career, networking has plenty to offer.
For a start, it's always good to have someone you can catch up with who understands the issues you encounter on a daily basis. Rather than talking to friends and family who will be sympathetic but ultimately don't know the field as well as you do, you can have a chat with someone who has either been there before and knows how to deal with the situation, or at least understands the parts at play.
Another reason is that you can pass on clients to one another. If you find yourself unable to take on a job because you are too busy, or the work isn't quite your speciality, you can refer the client on to someone in your network. Remember that they are likely to return the favour at some stage, so you're probably not missing out on business in the long run.
Knowing others in the industry will also help you keep your finger on the pulse in terms of new trends, products, ideas and advice.
So get onto LinkedIn, social media websites and attend industry events – and get connected!
When you first get into the interior design game there are lot of new things to learn and plenty of old prejudices to break.
One of them is that many people assume wallpaper belongs at grandmas house, or simply in a different and long-gone era.
Those singularly muted shades of florals do belong to another era, along with the outdated technology that caused wallpaper to peel and discolour so easily, which all adds to the current misconception that this decoration has had its day.
Painting your home is often one of the best parts of being a property owner.
After years of living under someone else's roof you can finally decide on the colours for your walls, and once this important decision has been made, that's when you get to show it off!
So what are the best ways to highlight the colours you have so carefully chosen, and either applied yourself or paid for a professional to paint?
The first port of call is to ensure that the room is properly lit.
You can use a mixture of natural and electrical lighting to illuminate areas that you think deserve special attention.
This will ensure that those pretty new colours aren't hidden away in shadowy areas.
A trick that the professionals use all the time is to highlight your cool new paint scheme with little accents around the room.
It works in the same way that a blue shirt will bring out the colour in blue eyes.
Picking out little knick-knacks and homewares like cushions, table runners and lamps that match the hue on your wall will draw the eye and increase the visual impact.
Similarly, artworks can have the same effect.
In this case it's best not to have an image that is identical to the colour on your walls, but rather to find a print or painting that has elements of the colour.
Alternatively, complementary or opposing colours in an art work can do just as good a job. If your wall is a lime green for example, a black and white print will offset the bright hue.
It probably comes as no surprise that professional painters are regularly in high demand, and are generally always pressed for time.
This sector of the tradie industry is a tough one to balance, as there are constant demands on a painter's time and skill, which means that they have to juggle their available hours with doing an expert job – all without leaving a mess.
Resene has devised a tool that may help professional painters to better organise their working day around their timetable, their paint and their charged hours.