MANUAL Break Out of Your Color Comfort Zone At first thought, winter might not conjure up words like spicy, bold or sunny. It should, though, at least when it comes to the inside of your home. While it might be gray and dreary outside, infusing color into interior decor is one of the quickest ways to create a cozy, inviting living area. And winter is the ideal time to do it. Adding a shot of color to a space can be done quickly, but it can sometimes be confusing. In fact, mastering the ins and outs of decorating with color can be downright daunting. “Although people love the idea of incorporating color into their homes, mixing and matching colors, patterns and textures can be an intimidating and overwhelming process,” says Donna Schroeder, color marketing and design manager for Martin-Senour Paints. “Whether it’s wall paint, new furniture or accessories, consumers might not have the confidence to step outside of their ‘color comfort zone’ and experiment with shades they might not normally gravitate toward.” Having a basic understanding of color and knowing what emotions different colors can evoke also helps. So, if you’re thinking about warming up your home this winter and are contemplating using a paint color that you’ve always wanted to try, but weren’t sure how or where to use it, these tips can help steer you in the right direction: Red : As the strongest color in the spectrum, red has the greatest emotional impact. Depending on the hue and shade, red resonates with passion, romance, energy and courage. In recent years, it’s become a popular color choice for dining ISLAND REVIEW/January 2010
Yellow: There is no better color to radiate warmth in your home than yellow, but don’t underestimate the intensity of this color. Bright, strong yellows on walls are almost always best saved for an area like the kitchen because they are said to increase attentiveness and have “wake up” qualities. Creamier yellows - think the paleness of fresh butter - are popular in living rooms and can even translate well into bedrooms when joined with a classic red or blue. Purple: Purples have a powerful connection with our spiritual and introspective side. Because purple has varying degrees of red and blue in it, it’s easily paired with many complementary colors such as yellow, orange and softer greens. When slightly redder, purple can be vivacious and exciting; when slightly bluer it can be restful. If you’re using purple for a room, decide whether the room is designed to
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Orange: Orange has evolved throughout the years; think terracotta and copper tones. It enlivens any space and can easily take center stage as a primary wall color, or as an accent color to give a refreshed decor a bit of much-needed punch. When paired with blues or purples, a spicier orange can be very powerful. For a more subdued effect, combine it with warmer colors like reds and deep, welcoming greens.
entice drama, as with an eggplant-hued purple, or cast an air of relaxation and reflection, as found in a hydrangea shade. Red, orange, yellow or purple, no matter what color you decide to use to help shut out those dark, chilly winter days, keep in mind that all colors can evoke powerful effects in any room. Understanding the basic building blocks of color can help you harness that power and create the stunning color schemes you’ve always wanted. Courtesy of ARAcontent
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room walls, but the drama of red is also ideal for entryways, living rooms and even bathrooms. The color combination of red with neutrals, such as tans and browns, results in warmth that is certain to carry you through those cold months.
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SO YOU HAVE a room that Owner’s Manual and you’llneeds updating, but you don’t have a lot of time or money? Not a problem. soon find plenty of quick-fix Just turn ideas that will spruce up a room in no time – without to the Island Review’s Home Bathroom emptying your wallet. v If you like old fashioned tin paint it any color you want. ceilings, try ceiling tile paintable wallpaper. It's v For artwork, frame color Put it up under a chair rail to make a unique textured wallpaper that looks like embossed white plaster, and you can wainscoting in a weekend. v A few fresh hand towels copies of prints out of books, magazines or catalogs. and a new toilet seat will freshen things up, as well. If it’s a kids’ bathroom, frame some of their art. Bedroom
v A new duvet cover or comforter and matching shams will instantly change bang for your buck. the look of your bedroom. v Paint an accent wall to Reversible covers give you bring a new color into the even more design are a strong color, pick room. If your other walls out a neutral tone. are neutral, go with a bolder v Fabric remnants are an color on the accent wall. inexpensive and easy way If the other walls of the regular fabric price, to dress up your room. Recover pillows or add they’re a bargain. a colorful band to your drapes. At about one-third Living Room v One of the easiest – and cheapest – ways to change And don’t be afraid to poach up a items from other rooms room is to rearrange the furniture. Take everything v Don’t forget the floors. – the mirror in the hall out and start over with If you have wood floors, just might a clean slate. look perfect behind the sofa put the shine back into for a splash of color and now. them with wood cleaner. v Go green – with plants. to help define an area. If you have carpet, add a colorful area rug on top Whether it’s a single palm of varying heights, fullness leaf in a vase or a pretty silk tree, greenery adds and color together. a lot to a room. For the best effect, group plants Kitchen v Replace cabinet hardware affordable change that canwith decorative pulls and handles. It’s an easy way to add personality make a difference. to ordinary cabinetry. New v Dress up your windows with a new valance. A fresh switch plates are another If the curtains are print, color will perk things up in no time. If you have v Add a new throw rug compliment them with a solid valance. solid curtains or sheers, and a few fresh kitchen try a patterned valance. towels and you’ve got a Some creative thinking brand and a little elbow grease is all it takes to make a room new look for next to nothing. feel like new.
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Don’t Let Your House Take a Beating This Winter
No matter what part of the country you live in, the winter months can be downright abusive on your home. From frozen Minnesotans dropping heaps of water-logged clothing on the floor after digging out of five feet of snow, to tanned Floridians grinding gritty sand into their carpeting, every home takes a beating in the winter. As harsh as we can be on our most expensive investment, a variety of easy and inexpensive precautions can greatly diminish the amount of winter wear and tear imposed on our homes. Clean Carpets Tile, laminate and wood flooring are incredibly easy to clean because they are not extremely porous. Carpet, on the other hand, is designed to be lush, meaning there are ample nooks, crannies and spaces for dirt and grime to hide. Investing in a stain-resistant carpet cleaner that repels such substances from entering your carpet will maintain your carpet’s vitality and cleanliness. Keeping do-it-yourself spot carpet cleaners on hand when minor spills occur is essential when entertaining. Just a few sprays and a little elbow grease will diminish stains and not put a damper on the party. Slip and Slide Even though your house may have tile, laminate or wood floors, tracking outdoor substances such as muddy water or slush on them can add wear and tear, especially during the holiday season. And constantly cleaning up after guests’ muddy footprints can be exhausting. Simple carpet runners can help prevent these unsightly and potentially dangerous issues. Many retail stores sell solid-colored and seasonally styled carpet runners that have a non-skid backing and are machine washable. Kitchen Consideration You might not think of it at first, but kitchens take quite a beating during the winter months. As the central point of congregation for holiday parties, dinners and simple evenings at home, kitchens see quite a bit of traffic during the winter. Because of the increased use, kitchen cabinets endure a lot more bumps but cabinet finishes can be spared with a few easy solutions. First, if your cabinets are not painted, apply a varnish that will act as a barrier against scuffing. If they are painted, reapply the color in a paint that is meant to withstand heavy traffic. A quality Purdy brush is critical to a flawless finish. These simple tips will protect some of your home’s most frequently damaged areas, and help ensure a lasting durability. Courtesy of ARAcontent
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