Monthly Archives: May 2014

5 ways to create a fresh home office space

Settling into a day's work at the office is commonplace. For many people, the location is a place they're intimately familiar with – their own home. 

If you work from home or spend time catching up on tasks during the evenings, it's essential to set up a home office with the right environment. Perhaps you're considering working from home in the future, in which case you'll appreciate some of these great decorating ideas.

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Using paint to keep your cool or warm your cockles

We all know that colour has the ability to change our mood – for better or worse – and impact how we feel about a particular space.

A bright, sunny yellow – such as Resene Turbo, for example – can increase our self-esteem, make us more creative and increase our levels of happiness.

Resene Pink Lace, on the other hand, will make you feel calm, collected and may even help you get in touch with your feminine side, according to UK company Colour Affects.

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Tradie tips: 3 reasons to call your clients

As a builder, home decorator, painter, plumber or electrician, you'll deal with a range of clients. Some people will get in touch a few times a year, while others will use your services once then never call again. 

In order to grow your margins and improve your trade business' brand, it's important to call your clients. Whether you offer full home renovations or a more nuanced service, it's essential to understand the tactics for ensuring your business' ongoing success. 

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Breathe life into old ladders

A spot of DIY furniture re-purposing doesn't have to be a complicated task and can be a fun activity for the entire family. 

As more households focus on living a sustainable lifestyle, re-purposing old furniture or livening up your existing chairs and shelves is an environmentally conscious decision. 

If you're after some home decorating inspiration when it comes to breathing life into old furniture, there's certainly no shortage of bold ideas. Reusing old ladders is just one nifty way to add character to your home.

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Great paints drive mobile design ideas

It's not just your home that can do from a design overhaul. Decorating your caravan or motor-home can be a great activity, but you'll need to take a slightly different approach. 

Given the limited space of these moveable accommodation options, it's essential to choose your colour schemes carefully, not to mention your storage options. 

However, with some careful attention, you can create a fresh new space that you can't wait to enjoy on your next holiday. 

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The ultimate imaginative playroom

If you've got a spare room in your home and young children with vivid imaginations, a playroom project can be great fun for the whole family. Spending a weekend creating a playroom that's centred around creative play is a great family bonding project, while the end product can be used by your kids in years to come. 

When designing a playroom to stimulate imaginative play, there is one simple rule to follow: Use plenty of colour. From luscious tangerine to lemon yellow and lime green to cheeky turquoise, you can embrace your children's favourite colours and create a room that's full of fun. 

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Colour wonder: Incorporating a colour scheme into your home

Are you looking to revamp your interior design with a bold new colour aesthetic? While the process of picking paint is certainly an exciting one, it's important to ensure the hues you select work throughout your entire home. 

There are many colour schemes to choose from, whether you're looking to make a statement or want a more subdued feel. Perhaps you've got a knack for reconditioning old furniture, in which case a fresh lick of paint on otherwise bland dining chairs can breathe fresh life into a space. 

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Architecture trends to watch

As preferences for building materials change over the years and particular home designs come in and out of fashion, it pays to be ahead of the curve when it comes to what's hot – and what isn't. 

There are some particular trends in home designs that have been stimulating the interest of architects and those in home design circles lately. Paying attention to these trends could give industry professionals an edge above their competition when it comes to offering innovative solutions to clients. 

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Earth and sea: Be inspired by nature

There's a seemingly endless selection of paint to choose from, so it can be hard to settle on a single idea when decorating your home. 

Sometimes it's easier to come up with a fresh design aesthetic for your living room, kitchen or master bedroom by going back to nature. 

Taking inspiration from nature when it comes to decorating key spaces in your home can prove incredibly fruitful. From duck-egg blue to mossy green shades such as Resene Parsley and Resene Palm Leaf, there are plenty of inspiring hues to choose from. 

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