6 Tips for Choosing Paint Colors for your Home

A fresh coat of paint can completely transform your living space, and choosing the right color scheme is just as important as the application. Here are 6 tips to give you a jumping off point.

1) Don’t use too many colors! Having too wide of a spectrum will look too busy and gaudy and take away attention from your furniture and home decor.

 2) When using color, try to avoid anything too bright. You can achieve vibrancy and style, just steer clear from a neon color palette.

3) Reflect your personality! Pick colors that embody who you are and complement your style.

4) Create your color scheme BEFORE making purchases. Make sure the colors you choose for your walls, flooring, and furniture all work cohesively together before going out and buying them individually.

5) Choose the correct sheen. While flat and matte finishes can hide wall imperfections, a glossier finish will reflect more light which you may want to brighten a smaller space

6) Buy only a small amount at first to test out your choices. Paint a decent size square of each color on the wall and let the swatch dry. Take notice of how it looks over the next few days, during the daylight and at night.

 

For more specific color choice suggestions, here are some placement insights from Sherwin Williams:

RED
Ceilings: weighty and annoying.
Walls: advancing and energetic.
Floors: confident.

PINK
Ceilings: soft hues delicate and comfortable.
Walls: complimentary to skin tones when soft or pale. Dramatic when highly saturated and vivid tones are used.
Floors: for select and special spaces.

ORANGE
Ceilings: energizing and advancing.
Walls: soft peachy tones are warm and glowing. Bright tones are energetic, burnt orange shades are rich and warm.
Floors: creates movement.

BROWN
Ceiling: dark hues are heavy but work in high, open ceilings, especially to conceal exposed duct-work.
Walls: mid-tone and dark hues can evoke richness, warmth, and comfort. Soft hues are natural and create a neutral backdrop for furnishings.
Floors: implies durability, stability, and reliability.

YELLOW
Ceiling: light hue, luminous, reflective, and glowing.
Walls: warm if a golden hue.
Floors: bright hues are distracting and agitating.

GREEN
Ceiling: protective (reflection on skin tone can be unattractive).
Walls: safe, calm, reliable, neutral, yellow-based hues create warmth, blue-based hues tend to be cool.
Floors: natural up to a certain saturation point (light to dark), soft, relaxing (if closer to blue-green).

BLUE
Ceiling: soft shades are cool and heavenly, dark hues give the illusion of the ceiling advancing.
Walls: pale to mid-tone shades are soothing, darker hues provide a dramatic backdrop.
Floors: movement (darker hues) to effortless movement (lighter hues).

GRAY
Ceiling: shaded, creates shadows.
Walls: bland to neutral, cool and neutral.
Floors: neutral. Blends into a space.

WHITE
Ceiling: blank – creates lightness, reflects light, and reduces shadows.
Walls: neutral to empty, clean.
Floors: intimidating.

BLACK
Ceiling: heavy but works well for an exposed ceiling with open duct-work.
Walls: threatening or dramatic.
Floors: unusual and absorbing. Dark furnishings would get lost placed directly on this floor color.

6 Tips to revamp your outdoor space for Summer

Whether you are social distancing or having company over, you are bound to be making some use out of your backyard this summer. Here are some tips on how to revamp your outdoor space!

Maintain landscape
It might sound obvious, but having a kept lawn is the first step towards functionality and a clean cut foundation. Xeriscape is a great cost effective alternative that all utilizes vegetation while requiring considerably much less water and effort to upkeep. 

Gardening
Whether it’s vegetables or flowers, taking some time to garden can be as rewarding as it is enjoyable. Hanging plants are a viable option if you are limited on space, or create a vertical garden by drilling planter pots into a wooden pallet and lean it against your siding or fence. Add a water fountain for some extra decor, or DIY your own using galvanized buckets or watering cans.

Give the framework a face-lift
Clean off and consider painting the cement on your front or back porch or lay out an outdoor rug. Sand off rust from railings and take a day to stain your deck if you have one.

Lighting
In addition to your standard porch and garage lights, there are endless ways to illuminate your outdoor space to use it further into the evening. Create some ambiance with fairy lights, candles or torches; real or fake. Solar lights come in wide style varieties and rope lights can be used to create or outline a path.

Furnishings
Patio furniture is not just great for entertaining guests, but also expands your functional quarters. From a simple table and umbrella to a full outdoor dining set you can enjoy the nice weather and a home cooked meal simultaneously. Set up a station to grill and utilize a portable bar or an inexpensive kitchen cart for serving snacks and drinks. There are also several ways to build your own seating and tables with scrap pieces or up-cycling old furniture.

Entertainment
Storable games are a hit for entertaining guests, such as horseshoes and corn-hole. Set up a backyard theater with comfy seating, a projector, and a screen or white sheet tacked up to the roof. Create a warm place to gather at night with a store bought fire pit or DIY your own with easy to find supplies such as cinder blocks. Aside from already having an above ground or in-ground pool, you can build a small pool area with a stock tank or for a more advanced challenge with wooden pallets.

Millennial Home Must Haves

Millennial Home Must Haves

Millennials are currently the largest percent of home buyers, sitting at 37% of the buyer population. With such a large age bracket hitting the real estate market, they have a great influence on trends and demand. There are a few key aspects this demographic is searching for in a home.

Open floor plans
While millennials rank as the largest buyer segment, they are not so highly classified in household income. This being said, they want to make the most out of the space, particularly in entertainment spaces. Staging homes with bar stools and kitchen islands will likely appeal to these potential buyers

Updated kitchens and bathrooms
In most cases, younger millennials have been saving their funds for a hefty down payment and are not budgeting extra funds for renovations. Finding a house with updated move-in-ready features is high up on the “want” list!

Vintage and European designs
In the face of growing up in a technology driven digital age, millennials have a considerably aged design approach. Mid-century, Mediterranean, pre-WWII architecture have made a stylish comeback along with herringbone flooring and art deco inspired elements.

Technology
Regardless of the desire for old fashioned structure, millennials still want to hold onto the convenience of smart home technology. From smart thermostats to doorbells, having remote control is a key feature to incorporate. Energy efficiency is also a winning attribute wherever possible as this generation is growingly more environmentally conscious.

Location preferences
Commuting time and cost are one of the most important considerations for millennials, whether the cost be in currency or environmental. Additionally, this age group is very interested in having a sense of community and belonging within the neighborhood. The younger subset of this population is opting to buy urban houses or condos with roommates to share expenses, whereas those on the older end are looking to move towards the suburbs

Pets
Pets have become increasingly more important to millennials as an alternative to starting a traditional family. Very frequently they are checking to make sure condos are pet-friendly and asking about weight or other restrictions. When it comes to single-family homes or townhouses they are looking to have a yard, ideally already fenced in, for their dog.