Decorating a Child’s Bedroom? Here’s Some Great Tips!

Decorating your child’s bedroom is an enjoyable yet challenging task. Remember to consider your child’s special interests and personality when planning the bedroom decor. Attention to detail helps make the bedroom uniquely suited to your child.

A child who likes rugby, sea creatures or Batman, would love design elements that reflect these interests.

Involve your son or daughter in the design and planning process as much as possible and appropriate for his age. This makes for a great bonding experience!

Builderscrack have some tips for success when decorating your child’s bedroom, but if you are unsure where to start hire a decorator or colour consultant to help!

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Should I build another room for my ensuite or should I alter my existing master bedroom to fit one in? It might not seem like an important question, but there are pros and cons to consider for whichever choice you make.

Adding an ensuite – should you extend or convert your master bedroom?

Installing an ensuite can vary in cost enormously depending on the choices you make. Deciding upon a budget for your renovation is therefore your first priority. Once you’ve done that, there is one other major decision you need to make…

Do you want to sacrifice space by converting your existing master bedroom? Or would you prefer to build an extension specifically for your ensuite?

Of course your budget is going to play a major role in making this decision too. But it really pays to seek the advice of an architect and/or interior designer to help you too. Identifying the pros and cons of both choices also can guide your decision making process too.ensuite to your master bedroom (more…)

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luxury bedroom lighting ideasWhether your luxury bedroom is a small cosy space or a grand suite, it’s probably used for more than just sleeping. While dark bedrooms are perfect for sleep, too little light can hinder other activities.  With plenty of luxury bedroom lighting ideas available, let us help you choose the right  professional tradespeople, lighting specialists and electricians to bring your ideas to life! (more…)

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Kid's Bedroom

Your kid’s bedroom is a space for him or her to  relax, play with friends and spend time alone.

When decorating a kid’s bedroom, ask them questions. This way you’ll understand what they want and can present them with some options.

This will help you get them interested in making their own choices and teach them about compromise and staying within a budget.

The whole process of decorating a children’s bedroom can make for some great parent-child bonding time. Embrace those things that are special about your child and let their personality shine through. Builderscrack have some tips to help you do this.  But if you are unsure where to start, you can hire a decorator or colour consultant to help!


Posted In: Auckland, Clutha, Coromandel, Far North, Interior Designers, Painters & Decorators

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With thousands of shades to choose from in paint – let alone all the other materials that make up your house – you can easily become paralysed by choice when it comes to picking the ideal scheme. A colour consultant can help you today!

Perhaps the safe palette you’ve seen in every showhome turns out to feel ‘not me’. Or perhaps you turn into a kid in a candy store and go wild with an all sorts assembly of colours, which then looks too disjointed. Whichever applies, help is at hand. Colour consultants can pin down your preferences for an overall result that suits your house, budget and lifestyle.

Colour ConsultantFirstly, decide how much help you need. Some Colour Consultants focus just on colour and paints, while others will work through a whole scheme, including fabrics and flooring, right down to the accessories on the shelf. Some architects will also develop colour schemes for you (and yes, they will branch out beyond designer whites).

Choose well

A flick through the classifieds will not give you much sense of whether a particular Colour Consultant will suit you. Post a job on Builderscrack for a Colour Consultant and read their feedback and reviews from other homeowners to get a feel for their reputation. Also ask them for referees you can call or visit. If you like something you see – at a showhome, in a store, at your hairdresser’s or in a cafe – ask the owner who did it. And when you look through local magazines, make a note of  the Colour Consultants whose work (or own home) appeals.

Working style

When you call your consultant for the first time, ask about how they operate. How do they charge? Some do an initial introduction or an in-store consultation for free, then charge to come to your house; some charge a one-off fee; others an open-ended hourly rate; others a percentage on materials or tradesmen. Will they present more than one idea for you to choose from? How much back and forth do they expect? How long does this generally take?

Smart brief

Consultants don’t work well in a vacuum. The clearer you are about your brief, the better they can meet your needs. Start a scrapbook of ideas that appeal to you – magazine clippings, favourite pieces of china, a shell, a leaf, a garment you love. Be explicit about your budget. Do you want to prepare a whole house scheme, but will be undertaking it in stages as money allows? Do you want to look just at a particular room, or do you want help with an exterior look? Be clear about what cannot be changed (existing flooring or furniture, for example), about your likes and dislikes and about your timeframe.

Roll your sleeves up

painted-rainbow-color-houseAfter briefing, a consultant will come back to you with a scheme or two. This may include swatches of paints, flooring, cabinets and other materials, with pieces in approximate proportion to the way they will be used in your home – big pieces of flooring, for example, with tiny chips for an accent pillow. This is partnership time. Be very clear about what you like and don’t like, and listen to how this might be resolved.

Your consultant has seen what works and doesn’t work, but they should also be taking your thoughts on board.

“Colour is too scary, I think I’ll just stick to white.”

For colour ideas view the inspiration Gallery at Resene ColorShops or the Using Colour section at and the Decorating inspiration Gallery at

Happy customers

Be sure all the people who will have to live in the space feel included. Your partner or children may prefer not to discuss every paint chip, but might like to have a final OK. A good consultant is skilled at hearing everyone and finding a satisfactory middle ground.

Read more about painting & colour consultants

Article (modified) courtesy of Resene Habitat magazine.

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flooringA flooring contractor installs, repairs and maintains floor coverings in residential homes and commercial properties.  They often specialize in a specific kind of floor material, such as tiles, or offer services for all floor types.  Other specialists  may focus on groups of materials, such as vinyl and lino or wooden flooring.

Floor coverings include different types of materials like hardwood, tile, laminate, stone, carpet, vinyl and linoleum. Homeowners hire flooring contractors to prep the floor before laying of the covering, or to repair or refinish existing floor coverings. A contractor is also used to restore historic floor materials including hardwood, tiles and stone.

Homeowners will usually contact several flooring contractors to request pricing and information for their home. A contractor will generally visit the home to discuss this before providing a quote or estimate.  A contractor may also organise cleaning up and disposal of existing floor products.

Their work involves carpet, polish, sanding, carpet strippers, strip cutters, vinyl tools, knee kickers, flooring clamps, moisture meters, laminate, hardwood, softwood, cork, tile, mosaic, floorboard.

The services of a flooring contractor include:

  • Laying carpet, hardwood, vinyl, tiles, laminate flooring & other flooring materials
  • Sanding and polishing hardwood
  • Carpet modification
  • Floor repair and replacement
  • Carpet repair
  • Carpet edging
  • Floorboard repair and replacement

Posted In: Carpetlayers, Flooring Contractors, Masterton, Matamata-Piako, Napier

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ducted vacuumA ducted vacuum installer is a tradesperson who is skilled with ducted vacuums and has the ability to install, maintain and repair ducted vacuum systems.  Their work involves vacuums, piping, tubing, tanks, vents, extractor fans and inlet valves.

The ducted way is the easiest way to vacuum. A ducted vacuum system can be installed either into a home being built, or if a roof space is suitable, into an existing home.  The PVC piping is installed in the walls of your home and hooks up to a vacuum unit installed elsewhere.

A ducted vacuum system is also known as a built-in vacuum or central vacuum.  It’s the modern alternative to a portable vacuum and consists of four parts:

  • A power unit is installed out-of-the-way and also serves as the collection point for dirt that is vacuumed up
  • PVC pipe work or ducting connects the power unit to the inlet valves
  • Inlet valves will be located throughout your house.  When you vacuum, attach the hose to the inlet valve in the area you want to clean
  • Vacuum hoses and attachments connect to inlet valves.  The hose is usually 9 metres long and various attachments cater to for differing cleaning needs, such as hard floors, carpets, draperies or car interiors

The services of a ducted vacuum installer include:

  • Installation, maintenance and repair
  • Vacuum tank emptying
  • Installing, maintaining & fixing extractor fans

Carpets can harbour all kinds of pollutants, so you need to make sure you can remove these easily.  Portable vacuum systems can suck up these pollutants and expel fine particles back into the air.

Major benefits of a ducted system include better suction, less noise and ease of use. Get a free online quote for ducted vacuum installation today.

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Curtain Blind InstallerA curtain and blind installer is a tradesperson who has knowledge in the measuring, repair, creation, alteration and installation of curtains and blinds.

Thermal curtains and blinds will reduce heat loss through your windows.

Opening your curtains or blinds during the day and closing them before dark will allow your home to gain heat and retain some of it at night.

Closing your curtains can help keep your house cool in summer if you close the ones on the side facing the sun and open the windows.

Good curtains will reduce heat loss through windows by 40-60%. The main thing to achieve with curtains is a good seal that will stop warm air getting behind the curtain, and stop cold air between the curtain and window from getting into your room.

A curtain and blind installer will have knowledge of:

  • windows and glazing repair
  • curtains
  • curtain rails
  • blinds
  • latches
  • windows
  • shades
  • doors
  • drapes

Curtains that provide good insulation will:

  • be made from thick, thermally-backed material
  • be double layered with thick lining
  • fit tightly against the wall or window frame
  • be wider than the window frame
  • Go from floor to ceiling or have pelmets above them

Hire a professional curtain blind installer

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