Color Me Perfect

COLOR ME PERFECT

How to select the right paint to match your décor.

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It’s taken weeks to select your favorite roman shades. But why not? There were so many colors and patterns to choose from. Now that they’re installed your only decision is selecting the perfect wall color to match. If your past experiences with choosing paint wound up to be a big surprise after it was all said and done, these tips on how to properly test paint may help.

HI-TECH TEST IT!

We marvel at what today’s computers can do. They allow us to shop, talk to family, even see what we’d look like twenty pounds lighter. Now we can add selecting paint color to the list. With online color tools, along with a well-lit photo of one of the walls you wish to paint, you can digitally see what the color will look like long before purchasing the paint itself. Keep in mind, generally you will need a picture of the wall without your furniture. And because the samplers don’t pick up wall texture, choosing a flat wall is better.

SWATCH OUT NOW!

After painting a room, how many times have you said, “Boy, it didn’t look like that on the sample”? That’s because we generally sample paint incorrectly.

Color is relational, perceived in context, and not alone. That means, what the color will ultimately look like is affected by the colors nearest to it. So when you paint color samples on the walls it will be distorted by the color that’s already on the wall. If you paint several sample on the wall they will all influence each other. Using this technique, you can never get a true read on what any of the colors will look like alone.

color-me-perfect-3Your new color will be affected by its surrounding colors. Make sure you compare the new color to the room décor (furniture, window treatments, etc.)

Color me perfectIt takes a few coats of paint to see the true color of the sample which creates build-up on the test area. To prevent it from being noticeable after the walls are painted make sure you feather out the edges. If you don’t take this precaution you could be looking at a lot of effort to hide your test samples when it comes to painting the wall the color you’ve selected.

 

GO BIG!

 color-me-perfect4Inch-wide paint samples from the paint store is not your only option, nor is the best way to get a true read on color. In fact, any sample smaller than 6×6″ will never give you a true representation of color. While some professional decorators use 5×5′ boards this is probably not practical for the average homeowner. 1×1′ seems to be large enough to give you an extremely good idea of what the color will ultimately look like in your home.

The good news is; in many cases you can special order oversized paint color chips from some paint stores. You can also make them yourself, or you can buy them online. Whichever way you get them, they’re great to work with as you can move them around the room, exchange them, and isolate them from one another to keep them from influencing one another.

Adorably Protected!

ADORABLY PROTECTED!

DESIGNING A

CHILD-SAFE ROOM

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Planning to decorate your child’s room often feels like more fun than work. And why not? This is the one room in your house you can go completely wild with lively patterns, bright color palettes, and themes ranging from NASCAR to rain forests.  But health and safety are actually the foremost factors when considering a makeover for your child’s room. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo adorable.

Furnishings

When shopping for furniture, you may feel it’s cost effective to plan in advance for when your child becomes older.  But for safety reasons the furniture you select for your child’s room should be properly sized for your child’s current size. For example, that delightful work table or desk you found should be at a height that doesn’t force your child to have to continually stretch to work with ease, or the chair so high it tips over because your child has to climb to sit on it.  Also steer clear of collapsible furniture and be mindful of furniture placement.  Keep tables, stools, chairs, etc. far away from windows and shelves. And allow plenty of vacant area as a safe spot for your child to play and enjoy his or her new awesome new space.

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Because some carpeting and fabric used in drapery and upholstery can release gasses or fibers into the air that can cause irritation, proper ventilation and filtration should be a consideration for your child’s room. Another option is selecting furniture, fabrics, accessories and even paint made from non-toxic materials.  Hand-painted tables, chairs and shelves can make your accent color really pop. Luckily, there are wide varieties of paint colors manufactured by companies committed to environmentally-friendly products that are zero VOC, zero emissions, and have practically no odor. 

WindowsChild Safety Blog

Natural light helps create lovely ambiance and a positive environment for your child.  Studies have shown that natural light along with bright colors improve learning. Window treatments are a superb choice to control the amount of light and privacy but they can also achieve greater child (and pet) safety if you opt for cordless manual and motorized operating systems, as well as retractable lift cords, cord tensioners and wand controls. These safe and easy to operate fashionable window treatments are available in a wide variety of designs, fabrics and materials so you don’t have to give up lively patterns or colors.  And with their lifetime guarantee they can enhance your children’s rooms until they head off to college.

Non-slip Flooring

Your child’s room isn’t the only room in your room that could use design protection.  In order to keep your entire family healthy and safe turn your attention to the flooring in your bathroom, kitchen, and living room too.  For instance, floor tiles are available in an array of beautiful styles and should also be resistant to fungus or mold. Textured styles for your kitchen and bath are an excellent choice to avoid slipping. Area rugs add color and accent a room to be sure, but should also have non-slip under coatings or be tacked down.  For the safety of your family and guests remove any drastic level changes in flooring throughout the house as they can all result in unforeseen injuries.

Spring Cleaning

The Why’s, the How’s & the How Lucky We Are!

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spring cleaningSpring is finally here. Of course, you picture yourself frolicking through meadows, picking wildflowers, and experiencing the joy of a butterfly gently landing on your nose.  That is, until reality sets in. — You have a house to clean!  Pouting while gathering up all your cleaning supplies isn’t going to help.  Neither is wondering where this annual ritual we call spring cleaning, originated from…

The History of Spring Cleaning

Before the invention of our modern HVAC systems, people kept warm all winter by shutting themselves inside their homes. They kept toasty by burning coal, oil, and wood.  By the time spring with its warmer weather came around, they would excitedly open their windows and doors, and WOW!  You can only imagine how much accumulated soot and smoke was revealed and what a big task it would be to clean all of it up. This is how Spring Cleaning came to be.

Additionally, before the washing machine was invented, people had to wash all that soot and smoke from their drapes and comforters by hand.  With spring’s warmer weather (and no invention of the dryer in the near future), these things had to be hung dry outdoors.  Feeling a little better about your spring cleaning tasks now?

spring cleaningTips and Tricks for Easy Cleaning

So, you’ve successfully managed to avoid the many dust bunnies in your house all year, but the time has come for you to face the music.  In other words, get out your mop, roll up your sleeves and get to work.  Luckily, compared to spring cleaning as it once was, our work today is a cinch. Here are some tips and tricks to make our tasks even faster and simpler.

  • Remove tarnish from silver easily with baking soda.
  • Clean lint from lampshades with a lint roller.
  • To get rid of bathtub scum, try water, vinegar, and lemon.
  • Freshen your washing machine by simply running a cycle with bleach, and then a cycle with white vinegar.
  • Put your damp sponge in the microwave for two minutes to kill germs.

And lastly…

  • Hire someone to do all of the above.

But What About Windows?!

spring cleaningAs dedicated to meeting your spring cleaning goals as you may be, it’s easy to cower in the face of dirty windows.  Although the outcome is well worth the work, the thought of how much effort it will take can cause you to put away your spray bottle, and close the drapes until next year… Until you realize just how nice your newly clean windows will look next to any of the stunning window coverings that The Blind Guy has to offer. When you trust us as your blind and shutter expert, you will not be let down by the way your window coverings look with your spotless windows. And that means you’ll be done with chores, and out enjoying the sounds of singing birds, in no time.

Hope may spring eternal, but if you’re wishing to get out of spring cleaning this year, no need to fret.  Due to living in the modern age, and making some smart purchasing choices like  beautiful window coverings to compliment your clean windows, you might even carry a renewed attitude about spring cleaning, and that will have you singing like a bird!

RESOURCES

http://blogs.britannica.com/2008/04/spring-cleaning/
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-origins-of-spring-cleaning.htm
https://bloodcenterblog.stanford.edu/tips-tricks/spring-cleaning-why-do-we-do-it/
http://www.babble.com/home/25-amazing-spring-cleaning-tips-and-tricks-2/mages

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