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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.
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 »
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 »
Looking at color with light.
Have you decided on a color and by nightfall, you’re regretting your decision? There’s a word for that: metamerism. Metamerism means that colors seem to change under different light conditions. That’s why testing is key! Read the rest of this entry »
How to fix paint blocking.
Paint blocking or sticking is a pain. Surfaces get stuck together. Do you have to pull the door with all your might to open it? The culprit: paint blocking. Paint blocking is an adhesion problem that occurs when two freshly painted surfaces stick together when pressed against each other. When separated, the surfaces show paint transfer or peeling. This nuisance commonly happens to doors and windows.
What went wrong?
Blocking is most likely caused by insufficient drying time before pressing the newly painted surfaces of doors and windows together. Lack of adequate ventilation will lengthen drying time, so be patient! Err on the side of caution if you’re using slow drying oil based paints, excessive paint, or recoating a layer. These lead to longer drying times than the ones suggested on the label.
Add color with an accent wall.
If you’re looking for a project to get your creative juices flowing again, adding an accent wall, or changing the color of a current accent wall, may be just the right project for you.
Before choosing a color, remember that not all walls are meant to be accent walls. The wall that features a fireplace, bed, bookcase, or other prominent accessory is more likely to be successful than other arbitrary walls of the room.
Once you’ve decided on the wall, it’s time to choose “the look”. Here are a few of the many accent wall options.
Make It Bold: Adding a bright colored accent wall is like walking into a quiet room and yelling, “BOO!!” Most people are going to jump at first, and then love that you’re the fun and whimsical. Others will shy away from the peace and quiet that once was. If you’re already using bright colors for your room’s accessories, a bright accent wall will fit in beautifully. Read the rest of this entry »
Transform your kitchen with chalkboard paint.
You can create your own erasable, washable chalkboard wherever you need it with chalkboard paint. Transform your kitchen into an interactive and creative space with these chalkboard paint ideas. Go ahead, write on the walls — and the table and the cabinets and the ceiling!
Take your children’s art to the next level. Don’t simply hang their pictures on the refrigerator. Instead make the unit an ever-changing display case of doodles and drawings! Make the refrigerator into a multipurpose piece of art in itself. Read the rest of this entry »
Top tricks for a perfect paint job.
Painting can be a hassle. Paint drips, peeling, and crooked lines can all ruin your room renovation. There are simple tips to make your DIY project worthy of a professional with expert ease. These little known ideas can turn painting into a breeze.
2. Avoid roller marks on furniture by only going in one direction. Read the rest of this entry »