Category Archives: Wallpaper

The top 10 reasons to try wallpaper

When people think about giving their home a new look, their first idea tends to be to repaint it. While painting can be plenty of fun and will undoubtedly look great, check out these 10 reasons to consider wallpaper, instead.

1.New Patterns

It almost goes without saying, but one of the best reasons to go with wallpaper rather than paint is for all the fantastic patterns it affords you. Short of hiring a very talented artist to spend hours painting your rooms, you simply can't get the same beautiful patterns and details in paint that you can in wallpaper.

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Is it time to experiment with a range of materials?

Decorating your home can be great fun. Whether you're stepping into overalls to paint the kitchen ceiling or turning on your favourite tunes while rearranging your living room furniture, there are plenty of things you can do to transform your property. 

Materials such as copper and timber are frequently used in homes, while marble, porcelain and stone also make appearances.

The colour on your walls can add personality to your home, whether you opt for vivacious violet or luscious lemon. Such shades are very bold, so if you want to step back, try hues like Resene Alaska or Resene Port Phillip. Or keep your walls simple with a shade like Resene Tea, and rely on bright and bold accessories to add vitality to your living room, kitchen or master bedroom.

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From the window, to the wall: Using old wallpaper

Picture this: You've found some gorgeous wallpaper for your living space, but once you've applied it to the wall you find yourself with leftovers.

Fear not – you don't need to use the excess wallpaper for wrapping three seasons of Christmas presents (though there's certainly nothing stopping you from doing so!). We've got a raft of ideas ready to sail into your home.

If you've got some spare time during the weekends or need some crafty school holiday activities to complete with the kids, these ideas are for you. You might get so inspired by these decorating ideas that you decide to invest in some more wallpaper! 

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Wallpaper trends for 2014

If you're planning home renovations in the near future, you might want to think ahead and consider the trends forecast for 2014.

Wallpaper is a great addition to any room, and its increasing popularity means more designs, textures and shades are being developed to suit every taste. If you'd rather keep bold patterns and colours to smaller areas, feature walls are a great way to incorporate wallpaper and are predicted to remain popular into the new year.

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Painting over wallpaper

Most painters and decorators would probably advise removing wallpaper before applying a coat of paint to your walls, but this may not always be possible.

For example, the adhesive on the wallpaper may be particularly strong, making it difficult to tear it down without a considerable amount of effort.

In this case, it is often easier to just paint directly over the wallpaper, so here is a step-by-step guide on how to achieve the best results.

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Hang wallpaper like a pro

Hanging wallpaper isn't as hard as you think. Before you start your next home renovations project, make sure you've read through the following tips.

Gather your tools

Any DIY expert will tell you it's a good idea to have all your tools in one place before you start the job. The exact tools depend on the type of paper you hang, but basics include paint brushes, scissors, and a good knife with a sharp blade. See the Resene wallpaper checklist for a handy guide to make sure you have everything.

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Strip it: How to remove wallpaper

While there's plenty of advice on how to put it up, we're often left stranded when it comes to removing wallpaper without damaging the wall.

Try out these handy tips for wallpaper removal.

Find a loose edge

The simplest way to strip wallpaper is by grabbing a corner and pulling down on an angle. In some cases, the wallpaper won't come away quite so easily due to a strong adhesive or a tough-to-access corner, so use a knife to help you lift away the edges from the wall.

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Print on print: How to mix things up in your home

Prints are back and they're better than ever. This season's incarnation sees a move toward mixing up colours, patterns and textures in the home rather than sticking to one main print source, however getting this look right takes some effort.

Make your home look trendy and chic, rather than jumbled and cluttered, with these tips to mix up your prints.


The easiest way to add a bold source of print in one fell swoop is by coating walls in printed wallpaper. Consider this to be the base that anchors the rest of the room. With that in mind, you'll want to carefully consider the colours and style of the wallpaper so you can incorporate elements of it throughout the rest of your decor.

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Make the most of the new year with home renovations

It's always worthwhile to think about ways you can spruce up your home, and now may be the perfect time for some home renovations.

If you have a free weekend coming up, consider setting some time aside to work on a few of the following projects.


If you've ever dreamed of having really bold walls or a feature wall in a particular room, there's never been a better time to go for it. There are so many wallpaper options on the market, including textured, metallic and patterned options.

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Four ways to use leftover wallpaper

Wallpaper is an interior design trend that is only gaining in momentum. When you've finished updating your feature walls with fresh new designs, you may find yourself with leftover paper and nowhere to put it.

If this happens to you, fear not. There are plenty of creative ways you can use that leftover wallpaper and keep your home looking great.

Drawer liners

While your houseguests may never see the inside of your drawers, you are faced with them every day! Liven up this small space by lining the bottom of your drawers with leftover squares of wallpaper. You'll get a flash of colour and print every time you open the drawers, and it can be a subtle way to carry a theme throughout a room.

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