7 colours minimalists will love

A minimalist home should be an oasis of calm and well-being. The pared-down nature of minimalism means using elements that create a serene and simple space, without stumbling into the realm of boring and lifelessness. Typically, the focus is on a select few quality materials or features, with the aim of avoiding clutter and creating a peaceful environment.

Minimalism in the home is often associated with white walls and black accents, but that doesn't always have to be the case. There are a range of contemporary, muted hues that work wonderfully in a minimalist house. For anyone with a deep love of clean lines and simple colour palettes, these shades could lift a design from sterile to cosy, without compromising the minimalist style.

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4 ideas for decorating your teenager’s bedroom

There is a point where every child crosses the threshold into teenager-dom and starts to have their own opinions and ideas. Celebrating your child becoming a teenager by decorating their bedroom is a great idea, but it involves finding a delicate balance between embracing their emerging personal style and guiding the project. In the end you want to achieve a deliberate effect rather than complete mayhem. Aim for a look that your teenager will stick with throughout their high school years, to avoid having to repaint when they feel like they have outgrown the florid pink or bright orange they loved when they were 13. 

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Small but powerful: How to create the perfect business card

A business card is a staple of modern day marketing, and it's easily one of the smallest and simplest tools in your advertising arsenal as a tradie.

They are relatively affordable and quick to create, so here are a few top tips for your business cards to help boost your business.

The basics

What, who, and how to contact you – in that order.

Those are the very basics of any business card. Firstly, it should include a basic explanation of what you do, then offer your name and contact information. One important tip is to include contact details that reach you directly. For example, instead of including a generic company phone number or email address, use your own personal ones. If you have met someone and they want to call you about a job at a later date, they will want to speak to you directly, not anybody else.

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Orange is the new black: How to use this vibrant hue in your home

When you're craving a splash of colour in your home and want to do something a little different, edgy orange could be the perfect addition.

It's bright and funky and can be used in numerous areas around the home. Here's a little more on this vibrant colour and how you can introduce it to your own interior design scheme.

The colour psychology of orange

As a combination of red and yellow, orange embodies many of the best traits of those two colours. Red is all about passion and stimulation, while yellow is the definition of happiness – together, they create a hue that's as stimulating as it is cheerful!

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3 marketing trends tradies can use to get ahead in 2017

In 2017, it might be time to think about boosting your marketing efforts and reaching new clients to further promote your brand and business.

If you're looking at the year ahead and aren't sure where to start, consider these three marketing trends that could help you get ahead.

1. Influencer marketing

Influencer marketing is currently booming, and tradies may be in a great position to use it to their advantage.

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3 paint colours that can help you sell your home

It's less common to purchase a home and never intend to sell it, so at some stage it will no doubt come time to think about how to best market your house.

Perhaps you painted it a colour that best suited your personality when you moved in but suspect it may not be to the taste of potential buyers? Or perhaps you'd simply prefer to spruce the place up a bit to make it as attractive as possible? Either way, repainting the interior of your home may help make the purchase even more attractive and eventually contribute to the sale.

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5 things you may be doing that could hurt your business

Regardless of the job you're in, whether that's a trade or an office role, you're always going to want the best for your business.

However, there are a few common cases where you may be doing more harm than good, despite all those efforts! Here are five examples of things you might be doing that may hurt your business in the long run.

1. You work too much

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A painter’s guide to Instagram

There are now more than 600 million users on Instagram (and counting, according to the site's official statistics page), which is almost double that of Twitter.

Since anyone can use Instagram for free, that's a huge amount of potential new clients at your fingertips that won't cost you a cent. The social platform is particularly good for painters as it is completely focused on beautiful things – and what does a painter create if not beautiful things?

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4 fun DIY projects for your summer break

Summer is the perfect time to get a little crafty, and there is a huge range of fun projects for you to try.

Here are just four examples of DIY projects you can complete at home this summer for some fresh home decor and a fun day or two creating something beautiful!

1. Ladder shelf

Ladder shelves are extremely trendy right now, and not particularly hard to make, either!

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Top paint colour matches for wooden flooring

Wooden flooring and furnishings are reasonably common around Australia and New Zealand. Much of this is because of the warmer temperatures throughout the year, but it's also due to the fact that this natural appearance is absolutely gorgeous within any home.

There are a huge array of timbers to choose from, each offering its own grain. Plus, Resene Colorwood interior stain can also change the hue of the timber, allowing you to choose the perfect tone for your home. As an added bonus, floors made with renewable timbers are an environmentally friendly material, so you know you're helping reduce your home's carbon footprint.

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