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Choosing a color scheme for an open floor plan.
My friend Melissa knocked out a wall in her home that used to separate the kitchen from the living and dining rooms. Her new open floor plan allows her and her husband to keep an eye on their young children while they’re in the kitchen, paying bills at the dining room table or working on a project. There are many advantages to an open floor plan—but figuring out how to paint such a large space can be a challenge.
When you’re choosing a color scheme for an open floor plan, start by thinking about the colors that you love—what speaks to you and makes you happy. Next think of the space and what atmosphere you’re trying to create—cozy and warm, cool and clean or fresh and light. Think about the furniture, floor coverings and other items in the room and your purpose for the space. It’s a good idea to choose your color so that it will complement existing furnishings.
When it comes to painting, there are a couple of strategies to follow. One strategy is to choose varying shades of your favorite and have the color change at a doorway, corner, staircase or other transitional spot within the open floor plan. Help the space look and feel cohesive by keeping the same color on trim, doors, windows, baseboards, molding and wainscoting. Read the rest of this entry »
How to Paint a Ceiling
Repainting a room is a quick way to brighten, change or liven up a space in your home. But what about the ceiling? Even though you don’t often stop and look up at your ceiling, painting it can change the feel of your space.
Painting a ceiling, however, is different from painting walls. There are things you can do to make the project easier. First of all, you’re going to want extended handle paint rollers in addition to a brush or two—it’s much easier on your back and neck to paint most of your ceiling while standing on the floor than when awkwardly craning your back and neck up while painting with a brush. The roller cover should match the type of paint you’ll be using – look at its label to check if it’s appropriate for semi-gloss or eggshell versus a flat paint. If the ceiling is flat you want the nap of your roller to be short, but if it’s textured the nap should be longer, ¾ “ to 1 ½”. You may want to spend a few more dollars to get a professional roller cover, which holds more paint. Read the rest of this entry »
Color Trends for 2015
Mother earth once again dominates the color trends for the year of 2015. This is very understandable as solace and peace are linked in so many ways. We embrace new growth but also are drawn to the beauty of deterioration and the colors it reveals.
Once again blue green is in the forecast in a brighter and deeper value that is the perfect companion for rusty reds and mid-tone oranges.
Patina is the softening and burnishing of metals that add color as well as sheen to produce a mix of hues that fascinate and mesmerize our imaginations. Metals dominate the trends in many ways, from their original hues to those they become with time and erosion.
Fashion and cosmetics are leaders in color forecasting due to the fact that those trends change quickly for these markets.
Many colors in the forecast are linked to fashion with soft pink, rich berry colors, and a brown influenced plum.
How to Prepare Your Home for Family Visits
Start off with a basic housecleaning. It’s a good time to make sure that your kitchen is tidy and your refrigerator wiped out. Try to survey rooms with an impartial eye—so often we don’t really “see” the spaces we use every day! Next focus on the bedroom and bathroom that your family members will be using, making sure there’s extra toilet paper, plenty of soap and clean towels ready for your guests.
A couple of extra touches can make your guests’ space feel extra homey and cozy. Make sure there are plenty of pillows and extra blankets. Try to make space in a closet in case your family members need to hang up clothing. Make sure they have a spot to hang up coats and set out suitcases.
Is white the way to go?
According to color experts, a small room that is painted white can end up looking dirty and dingy. Blame the lighting—in dim light, shadows can be created that make the room feel smaller and more closed in, the opposite of what you want. Color can actually help a room appear bigger.
One option is painting your small space a saturated color, which can give it a feeling of grandeur and drama. The corners disappear visually, allowing the room to feel more spacious. Read the rest of this entry »
Get rid or leftover paint the proper way.
Whether you’re just finishing a big remodel or changing your daughter’s bedroom color for the fifth time, it’s important to know what to do with your paint when you’re finished. While you may want to keep it on the shelf for a while before you throw it out (don’t forget to store it properly), we want to give you the resources to find the appropriate place for your paint when you’re through with it. In many states it is illegal to dispose of paint in the trash or down drains because it can contaminate drinking and ocean water. Dispose of paint the proper way with these step-by-step instructions.
Things to Remember When Disposing of Paint
- Latex paint is recyclable.
- Oil-based paint is considered household hazardous waste (HHW) and should be disposed of at an HHW facility in your community.
- Do not throw liquid paint in the trash or pour it down the drain
- Do not mix paints for storage or disposal. Leave paint in the original container. Read the rest of this entry »
Decorate your home with orange and black for Halloween and year-round.
Turn your home into a spellbinding and hauntingly beautiful house this Halloween and all year-round. The color combination of orange and black isn’t singularly reserved for October 31. Let the hues inspire your home’s interior.
Black and Orange Interiors
The pairing of black and orange has a rich history full of tradition. These colors trace back 2,000 years to the Celts, who occupied what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France.
As life in that time revolved around food and the harvest, the Celts considered the end of the harvest season to be the end of the year. So each year on the date which in today’s Gregorian calendar system is October 31st, the Celts celebrated New Year’s Eve with a festival called “Samhain,” also known as the Festival of the Dead.
Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half.” It was traditionally celebrated over the course of several days. History tells us that the unbleached beeswax candles used in the various ceremonies of the festival were orange, while the ceremonial caskets were covered in black cloths. Read the rest of this entry »
Tinted primer helps you achieve the perfect paint color.
Getting a gorgeous color to saturate your room starts with the right materials and of course, the right paint. But don’t forget about what’s underneath. Using primer may seem like just an extra step, but it can do a lot for the finished look of your room.
Primer can help cut down on the number of coats of paint you’ll need, especially if you’re painting on new drywall. Primer is thicker than paint, so it will fill in pores in your walls and really even things out before you open up your cans of color. Read the rest of this entry »
How to paint walls with an open floor plan.
An open floor plan creates a spacious and accessible interior emphasizing modern traits and sleekness. When charged with the task of redecorating an open floor plan, it can seem daunting and overwhelming. All the space is visible at once, making your paint choices key. All areas need to complement each other while exuding an inviting vibe throughout. Your color scheme can make all the difference.
Color Scheme for an Open Floor Plan
- Use the same color throughout the interior. Drastically different colors will disrupt the natural flow.
- Use varying hues of the same color for contrast that won’t be distracting. This will add interest without hindering continuity.
- Enhance small spaces by using visually receding colors with a satin finish. Visually receding colors are light shades of blue and green, light neutrals and light yellows and lilacs. Satin finishes reflect light, making the most of a tiny space. Read the rest of this entry »
Selecting the correct color for wood tones.
Color is a component that can revitalize a room and add interest. Wood tones, trim, and cabinetry provide a dilemma when selecting paint. Use the wood tone to pick a paint that will mix masterfully with your room.
How to choose paint based on wood tones.
If the wood tone is strong, like a golden oak or with a vibrant red cast to it, you will need to take the wood color into consideration when painting. This is important for choosing warm tones especially. Color for a golden oak should emphasize the yellow hues emanating from it. The undertones should match and blend beautifully when placed next to other warm colored objects.
If the wood is a more neutral, natural color, you have more room for range in color decisions. It is more malleable to the surroundings and can be made to fit your vision. It will work into your scheme naturally. Read the rest of this entry »