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Your home’s sunsmart checklist

Your home’s sunsmart checklist

Have you ever thought about the sun and weather protection your home’s painted ‘skin’ needs to help ensure it stays in top condition?... more

23 October, 2023

Man caves, media rooms and she sheds

Man caves, media rooms and she sheds

Here are some ideas from Resene for finding your own fun zone whether it’s a she-shed, a man cave or a family media room... more

09 October, 2023

Elevate your bach

Elevate your bach

Decorating your bach, inside or out, is a great way to let your personality shine and create a space that really reflects your style... more

06 October, 2023

Save your summer

Save your summer

Here's a few ideas for small jobs, and quick home improvement projects that will help you get motivated now and save your summer for relaxing... more

08 September, 2023

Revive your bedroom

Revive your bedroom

Here are some project ideas that can revive your bedrooms without blowing the budget... more

29 August, 2023

Why does my room look wrong?

Why does my room look wrong?

Learn how to avoid or fix common home decorating mistakes with the help of Resene... more

30 July, 2023

Damage control

Damage control

Prepare for and repair damage from damp, leaks and floods... more

16 July, 2023

Decorating mistakes, it’s easy to avoid

Decorating mistakes, it’s easy to avoid

Learn how to avoid common decorating mistakes with the help of Resene... more

04 July, 2023

Winter weekend projects

Winter weekend projects

Here are some tips and ideas for winter DIY home improvement projects that should take you no more than a weekend... more

30 June, 2023

Decorating ideas for renters

Decorating ideas for renters

Personal touches and a little design flair can be really effective and turning a rental property into a home... more

27 June, 2023

Your winter maintenance checklist

Your winter maintenance checklist

The winter months can be an excellent time to catch up on maintenance projects around both the inside and outside of your house... more

25 May, 2023

Weekend projects for bathrooms and toilets

Weekend projects for bathrooms and toilets

Weekend projects can be extremely satisfying. They’re bite-sized projects that, with some planning and forethought, can really impact parts of your home... more

23 April, 2023

DIY: all the things you didn’t know you needed to know

DIY: all the things you didn’t know you needed to know

We talked to some Resene experts on the most common mistakes decorators make and the best tips and tricks for success... more

21 April, 2023

How to pair paint with wallpaper

How to pair paint with wallpaper

We all want personality in our homes, where our tastes are reflected in our interiors. Living with wallpaper is one way to do this... more

07 April, 2023

When to get help from the experts

When to get help from the experts

How do you know if your project is something you can do yourself or if you really need to call in the professionals?... more

28 March, 2023

Outdoor refresh: making over your home’s exterior

Outdoor refresh: making over your home’s exterior

If your home’s exterior is looking on the tired side, or simply needs a lift, a new coat of paint might be just what the doctor ordered to boost your curb appeal... more

09 February, 2023

Make your reno more sustainable

Make your reno more sustainable

When it comes to renovating your home there are things you can consider and choices you can make that will help reduce the footprint of your project... more

31 January, 2023

How to stick to your renovation resolutions

How to stick to your renovation resolutions

Here’s some tips and tricks to help you take the plunge – and stay on track... more

10 January, 2023

 Wonder walls

Wonder walls

Feature walls have much to recommend them. They can add pizazz to an otherwise lacklustre space... more

30 December, 2022

Tips for common interior dilemmas

Tips for common interior dilemmas

The fear of making mistakes in your interior design make-over can be paralysing... more

27 December, 2022

Best foot forward – paint your floor

Best foot forward – paint your floor

Broadening your outlook when it comes to painting your home can pay off, providing colour in a fresh and enlightening way... more

19 December, 2022

Set the tone with monochrome

Set the tone with monochrome

Here’s how to create some monochrome magic in your space... more

16 December, 2022

Designing on a budget: kitchens and dining rooms

Designing on a budget: kitchens and dining rooms

Kitchens and dining rooms are so often the heart of your home, no matter what kind of house or apartment you live in... more

11 December, 2022

Down to earth: design with earthy shades

Down to earth: design with earthy shades

Humans have always drawn inspiration from nature in all kinds of creative expression, including interior design... more

06 December, 2022

Common home reno problems and how to fix them

Common home reno problems and how to fix them

Nothing is more annoying than putting a huge amount of effort and money into redecorating or renovating your house, only to find something has gone wrong... more

04 December, 2022

Surfaces you didn’t know you could paint

Surfaces you didn’t know you could paint

Concrete, ceramics, metal and even melamine kitchen cabinets can all be painted over, which opens up a whole new world of ideas for revamping your spaces... more

23 November, 2022

It’s all in the details – how to decorate architectural details

It’s all in the details – how to decorate architectural details

When done right, architectural details catch the eye. They draw us in, providing interest in what would otherwise be an ordinary space... more

13 November, 2022

Get bach fit – fast, cost-effective coastal makeovers

Get bach fit – fast, cost-effective coastal makeovers

Here are some ideas for quick and inexpensive bach makeovers from Resene... more

28 October, 2022

Fast, simple outdoor reno projects for summer

Fast, simple outdoor reno projects for summer

To spruce up your outdoor area without sacrificing all of your free time, schedule in a few high-impact projects that you can get done in a day or a weekend... more

25 October, 2022

Functional spaces with flair

Functional spaces with flair

Bathrooms and ensuites are spaces crying out for more colour personalisation and style. Create a functional space where you can also unwind... more

10 October, 2022

Eco friendly and cost effective decorating ideas

Eco friendly and cost effective decorating ideas

With both inflation and the cost of living rising, thinking about eco-friendly ways to decorate is not only of benefit to the planet, but also to your wallet... more

30 September, 2022

What to consider before painting your house exterior

What to consider before painting your house exterior

Is your house in need of a fresh finish on the outside? Or perhaps it’s just time for a makeover?... more

19 September, 2022

Clean and green

As your house emerges from winter, it’s a good time to spring clean the outside... more

15 September, 2022

When to renovate what – your DIY calendar

When to renovate what – your DIY calendar

When should you renovate or redecorate? There are other things to take into account when planning your renovation, besides the weather... more

08 September, 2022

Furniture makeovers: How to repair and restore your favourite pieces

Furniture makeovers: How to repair and restore your favourite pieces

There’s never been a better time to look at ways to update and refresh furniture we already own... more

31 July, 2022

Give your wood surfaces a facelift

Give your wood surfaces a facelift

All wood surfaces eventually need a little care and attention. Luckily it is usually easy and cost effective to completely transform them... more

07 July, 2022

Top tips to get a quick decorating refresh done in a weekend

Top tips to get a quick decorating refresh done in a weekend

Here are some tips for making sure you use your weekend time efficiently to get maximum results... more

30 June, 2022

Professional help

Professional help

Insider secrets for the perfect paint finishes when you’re doing it yourself... more

29 June, 2022

DIY tips for painting windows and trims

DIY tips for painting windows and trims

Trim features in your home – or on the outside – such as windows and door frames are often the last part of the reno to get attention... more

28 June, 2022

Break all the rules

Break all the rules

If you’re new to experimenting with interior design, it can seem like there are a lot of “rules”... more

25 June, 2022

Five projects for a wet weekend

Five projects for a wet weekend

Here are some great, small projects that, with some planning, you can wrap up in a wet weekend... more

13 June, 2022

Making your front door sing ‘Welcome!’

Making your front door sing ‘Welcome!’

An easy weekend DIY project, changing up your front door colour can breathe new life into your home and create a welcoming entry to come home to... more

29 May, 2022

Preparing your house for sale

Preparing your house for sale

A new paint job goes a long way to presenting your home in the best possible light when it comes to preparing to market your home... more

23 May, 2022

Designing for pet-friendly interiors

Designing for pet-friendly interiors

We love our pets – even when they get mud on the newly painted walls, scratch up the curtains and leave a layer of fur lovingly all over the new couch... more

08 May, 2022

Create learning zones at home

Create learning zones at home

Having a dedicated learning zone at home can be really helpful in getting children and teens to switch into a learning frame of mind... more

17 April, 2022

DIY tips for upcycling

DIY tips for upcycling

Paint, wallpaper and stain are very useful and affordable ways to breathe new life into used pieces... more

07 April, 2022

Make the most of awkward exterior areas

Make the most of awkward exterior areas

Do you have spaces around your property you just don’t know what to do with them?... more

31 March, 2022

How to look after your paint finish

How to look after your paint finish

You want to make sure to take care of your paint finish so it looks its best for as long as possible... more

01 March, 2022

Divine dining

Divine dining

A dining room can become both a social centre for your household, and a perfect canvas for some creative interior design... more

21 February, 2022

Wallpapering tips for beginners

Wallpapering tips for beginners

Wallpaper has had a huge revival in recent years, and with good reason... more

13 February, 2022

Street appeal – what is it, and why should you care?

Street appeal – what is it, and why should you care?

You hear the phrase street appeal a lot when you’re buying and selling houses. It’s really all about first impressions... more

05 February, 2022

Refresh your bathroom with Resene

Refresh your bathroom with Resene

Don’t neglect your bathroom. A refresh can make a big difference to your sense of wellbeing... more

31 January, 2022

Creative headboard ideas to jazz up a bedroom

Creative headboard ideas to jazz up a bedroom

A key method to harness character is with a headboard. A headboard can transform an ordinary bedroom into something uplifting and dramatic... more

25 December, 2021

Preparing your home for sale

Preparing your home for sale

Walls freshly painted with Resene are a quick and cost-effective way to make a good first impression on potential buyers... more

19 October, 2021

Painting hacks for home decorators

Painting hacks for home decorators

Here are some simple painting tips, tricks and hacks from Resene for home decorators to help ensure your walls end up more “Wow!” than “Whoops!”... more

26 November, 2021

Make the most of a small outdoor area

Make the most of a small outdoor area

How do you get the most from your outdoor area if it’s less of a sweeping compound and more of a compact courtyard?... more

23 November, 2021

Make the most of your tiny bathroom

Make the most of your tiny bathroom

Bathrooms done well can be a real treasure of your home. So how can you make the most of your bathroom if space is at a premium?... more

19 November, 2021

 Weekend DIY projects

Projects you can finish in a weekend

A finished home DIY or makeover project done well is a very satisfying thing that makes your house look great... more

29 September, 2021

Create a shed you love

Create a shed you love

Whatever use you’re putting a shed to, they can be quick to assemble, fun to decorate and offer great opportunity to be creative... more

17 September, 2021

Work it – how to create an inspiring home office

Here are some factors to consider to create an inspiring workspace that leaves you feeling happy to work from home... more

30 August, 2021

Pick your paint finish

What type of finish should you use? Here’s a guide to simplifying your paint finish choices... more

28 August, 2021

Refresh your outdoors for spring

Here are some quick and simple ways to set your outdoor areas up for spring and summer... more

22 August, 2021

Rethinking floors - painted floors

Rethinking floors

Painting or staining floors can be a really fast, cost effective way to completely change the look of a room... more

31 August, 2021

Painting your home's entrance

You got me at hello

Feeling a bit bored over your home's entrance and not sure where to start? Let your front door be your first step... more

30 April, 2021

How to decorate a lounge

Nothing spells chill out better than a beautiful lounge. Learn how to create a relaxing lounge with the help of Resene... more

17 April, 2021

Simple DIY projects with paint

Simple DIY projects with paint

Colour brings soul to a home. It’s a way in which we can bring a little of ourselves into our interiors, showing off our individuality and character... more

26 February, 2021

Loveable laundries

Loveable laundries

The truth is that you can have a loveable laundry in which you enjoy spending your time... more

24 February, 2021

Make the right first impression with your fence

Make the right first impression… with your fence

A well-maintained fence surrounding your property can be the magic touch that allows your home to stand out from the neighbour’s... more

22 February, 2021

Can renters refresh with paint?

Can renters refresh with paint?

Although your rental may not be your own property, you may still want to make the temporary space feel like your own, by stamping your style on it... more

21 February, 2021

Easy ways to enhance your property

Easy ways to enhance your property

Make the most of favourable weather and do those projects around the house that will add value and maintain its quality... more

28 January, 2021

Depth of character – how to create a textured wall with paint

Depth of character – how to create a textured wall with paint

Texture can bring a new dimension to a wall that colour – in all its glory – can’t. Texture provides extra character that a smooth wall doesn’t... more

28 November, 2020

How to work in an eye-catching statement hue into your colour scheme

How to work in an eye-catching statement hue into your colour scheme

Are you someone who is naturally drawn to a vibrant colour, and want to bring it into your home in a tasteful way? The good news is you can!... more

27 October, 2020

Bring out the best in your deck

Bring out the best in your deck

Ongoing maintenance might seem like a hassle, but some well-timed TLC can add value you didn’t see coming... more

29 August, 2020

 Big little design details - make small changes with a big impact

Big little design details

What do we do if we want to make big changes to our homes without delving too deep into our bank accounts?... more

28 August, 2020

Get a better garage - decorating tips

Get a better garage

Optimise your garage’s utility and visual appeal with these savvy decorating suggestions... more

26 August, 2020

Surfaces with a smile

Redecorating your walls is one thing, but there are plenty of other surfaces you can paint to all-but-instantly invigorate your home without blowing the budget... more

21 August, 2020

Afternoon delight: easy weekend paint projects

Afternoon delight: easy weekend paint projects

Here are five fun projects you could tick off in an afternoon – satisfaction guaranteed... more

17 August, 2020

Take two days - DIY bedroom projects

Take two days...

Is your bedroom looking a little lacklustre? Turn things around this weekend... more

31 July, 2020

From the ground up

From the ground up

Give the hardest working surface in your home – your floor – some much deserved TLC... more

31 July, 2020

How to paint a fence

How to paint a fence

When it comes to adding curb appeal to your home, it will come as no surprise that your fence plays a significant role... more

30 June, 2020

6 key things you need to know before you paint your fence

6 key things you need to know before you paint your fence

A lick of paint can completely revitalise an old fence or give a wonderfully crisp finish to a new one... more

29 June, 2020

Bathroom redecoration: your questions answered

Bathroom redecoration: your questions answered

By turning a ‘blah’ bathroom into something special, you can make a real difference to your everyday experiences at home... more

31 May, 2020

You can paint that?

You can paint that?

As more and more people look to reduce their footprint, paint is a great avenue for embracing upcycling in a way that’s sure to work with your colour scheme... more

30 May, 2020

Painting and decorating an emptying nest

Painting and decorating an emptying nest

Writer Monique Balvert-O’Connor shares her experience with the redecorating dilemmas her and her husband face as their kids prepare to leave home... more

14 December, 2019

Why buy quality paint?

Why buy quality paint?

Buying quality paint is a no-brainer. The adage that buying cheap ends up being expensive is a good one to remember... more

31 October, 2019

How to help someone choose colour

Chances are you may be asked once, or many times, to help a family member or friend choose colours for their projects or give an opinion on colours they have chosen... more

06 October, 2019

Get deck-orating!

First impressions count. A nicely stained or oiled deck can make a huge difference to how your deck looks and how well it lasts... more

02 October, 2019

Renovate your kitchen without losing your mind

Renovate your kitchen without losing your mind

Thinking of updating your kitchen but trying to avoid upturning your life?... more

30 September, 2019

Making a media room

Incorporating a home theatre into your home design is no longer the domain of the wealthy alone, either. But what makes a great media room?... more

24 June, 2019

Making a mudroom when you’re short on space

The transitional space between outdoors and in, a mudroom functions primarily as a dedicated zone to keep everything you need for your comings and goings... more

22 May, 2019

DIY: Have yourself a sparkly Christmas

Forget all of those pricey Christmas decorations and wrapping paper. Here are three fab Christmas projects to try... more

02 December, 2018

Tenant decoration: how far do you go?

How do you keep good tenants? By keeping them happy. One way to do that is to allow your tenants to create a sense of home in the rental property... more

23 November, 2018

Timeless kerb appeal, without spending a fortune

Here are five key areas of the property to consider for maximum kerb impact, for minimum outlay... more

16 November, 2018

Painting the perfect lifestyle / Colour up your country lifestyle

When your livelihood is tied to the land you live on, turning your home into a sanctuary is even more important... more

07 November, 2018

Home is where the colour is

Treat your rental as a blank canvas to which you can add a removeable and changeable layer of decoration... more

04 November, 2018

Putting the great back into outdoors

Turning your outdoors area into a useful, attractive place need not mean weekend after weekend of backbreaking work... more

01 November, 2018

Renovating with kids

Getting your children involved in the process will make it a fun time for all of the family... more

16 October, 2018

Kids outdoor projects and ideas

Having fun outdoors can happen in your own backyard no matter how big or small. Here are some ideas on how to entice your youngsters outdoors... more

12 October, 2018

Decking out a home office

When it comes to design, creating an environment that ensures productivity is key... more

22 July, 2017

Tips for updating your laundry room

An overhaul can be beneficial not only for added functionality but to create a more soothing, less dreary mood... more

26 June, 2017

Decorating your kitchen

Wondering what colour to paint your kitchen? Look to the current trends for inspiration... more

15 April, 2017

Top tips for a tiptop paint finish outside

Planning to paint outside? There are plenty of ways to improve your home with paint... more

13 December, 2016

DIY not as tough as it looks

According to Resene specialists, following a few simple guidelines will help ensure painting efforts are effective, lasting and importantly, safe... more

16 November, 2016

Bringing out the best in your home

Learn how to bring out the best in your villa, bungalow or character home with paint... more

17 April, 2017

Bring out the best in your bathroom

With bathrooms you can afford to be a little more courageous with colour... more

18 June, 2015

Choosing the right curtains for your home

Originally designed for purely practical reasons, curtains are a key part of your room's colour scheme... more

29 October, 2014

Preparing your home for sale

Is your home buyer friendly? When it comes to selling your house, first impressions count... more

06 April, 2014

The finishing touches – doors and windows

Doors and windows are a hardworking part of your home... more

02 April, 2014

Jazzing up furniture

Painting tired furniture is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to revive a room’s décor... more

15 December, 2013

Resene backyard

Give your outdoor space a fresh face with some clever, budget-friendly decorating tricks... more

10 July, 2013

What's underfoot?

Choosing the right flooring for your home... more

24 June, 2013

Shed some light on the situation

Learn how to choose the right lighting for your home... more

04 December, 2010

Bring out the best in your kitchen

Bright, invigorating colour schemes can boost energy levels when you have a lot of cooking and cleaning to get through... more

06 December, 2008

Outdoor makeover

An exterior facelift instantly transforms the look of a home, and a fresh coat of paint is all that’s required... more

17 October, 2008

Top protection for your roof

Before you choose a Resene roof paint system, check the condition of your roof... more

15 December, 2007

A fence you can be proud of

Fences can have a huge impact on the way you feel about your home as they are often the first thing you see when you get home... more

10 February, 2004

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