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John F. O'Hara
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And the 2016 Color of the Year Is

December 2, 2015 1:33 am

Color, along with pattern and texture, are crucial elements in the design of a home’s interior. But in the coming year, the predominant color trend may not be a color at all.

According to the experts at Sherwin-Williams, alabaster—a flattering, natural white—will largely inform many interior design choices in 2016. At a time when homeowners are faced with excess and clutter, and may be overwhelmed by technology, alabaster will encourage time to relax and re-examine.

“Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness, well-being and an atmosphere that is pure,” says Jackie Jordan, director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring hue of white.”

A recent Sherwin-Williams study found nearly three-quarters of homeowners prefer alabaster’s barely-there undertones to plain white when selecting neutral colors for their homes.

If you’d like to incorporate alabaster into your home’s décor, consider pairing it with Scandinavian influences, such as sleek lines, copper finishes, marble and wood grain materials; adding it to a bedroom or nursery for a sense of healing and rest; using it alone in an entryway or home office; or contrasting it with bronze or gray in a spa-like bathroom.

Source: Sherwin-Williams

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Debt a Concern for Holiday Gift-Givers

December 1, 2015 1:30 am

Gift-givers this holiday season are concerned about accumulating debt—even though nearly half plan to use credit for purchases, according to a recent Experian survey. Shoppers plan to spend an average of $806 on gifts, survey responses indicate.

“The holidays can prove to be a challenging time for many consumers trying to manage their finances,” says Rod Griffin, director of Public Education at Experian. “Credit is a useful tool if it is used wisely, but it’s best to create a budget and determine how much one can afford using credit so there are not overwhelming bills to pay in the New Year.”

Some survey respondents have taken that insight to heart, based on these credit-related New Year’s resolutions:

• Pay off a credit card
• Pay the full credit card balance each month
• Pay credit card debt on time
• Check credit report and credit score more often

In addition, nearly half of shoppers relying on credit to purchase gifts will use a major credit card provider; just 18 percent will use a store credit card. The other half of survey respondents not using credit for gifts will pay cash.

Source: Experian

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