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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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5 Paint Color Trends That Imitate Life

January 13, 2016 12:45 am

Call it life imitating art, in reverse.

Interior designers often consult cultural trends to inform décor choices, especially paint colors. This season, color expert Sara McLean of Dunn-Edwards Paints forecasts a “combination of colors” that reflect current lifestyle preferences—colors that can be applied in any home.

“I believe that the combination of colors tell the story,” says McLean. “It’s about the entire palette and how a collection of colors evokes a feeling, an era or a scene.”

These color combinations include:

• Rose shades of pink, such as blush, with fresh and fruity pastels

• Deep, Prussian blue contrasted by stark whites, or Air Force blue with Scandinavian gray

• Rich, saturated reds, such as burgundy and Bordeaux, with poppy corals or softened peach tones

• Acidic green-yellow with turquoise, indigo, navy and periwinkle blues

Color combinations will also multiply, McLean says, to include rainbow coloring, manifested in color-blocking, flecked or speckled paints.

Source: Dunn-Edwards Paints

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Late Winter Prime Time for Tree Pruning

January 12, 2016 12:36 am

(BPT)—Homeowners: don’t hibernate! Tree pruning around your property is crucial in winter months. Why? Pruning trees and shrubs during their dormant cycle reduces the risk of pests or disease, and ensures a full growing season come spring, according to the experts at Husqvarna (

There are several species that can be pruned during winter months. These include:

Hardwood Trees – Pruning hardwood trees in winter is easy thanks to their lack of foliage. Branches should be cut just above the branch collar, which is the space where the limb and the tree come together. This area of the tree is rich in anti-microbial chemicals to help the tree heal from pruning without suffering decay. Clippers can be used to trim smaller branches, but for larger sections or dying plants, use a chainsaw.

Flowering Trees or Shrubs – Want the best blooms next summer? Prune any tree or shrub that flowers after May 15 late in winter. To handle those projects efficiently, use a hedge trimmer.

Fruit Trees – Winter is also a great time to prune fruit trees. Each species of fruit tree has special considerations you must take into account before pruning, so research your species before doing so. Once you're finished, your efforts will be rewarded in the spring with larger, sweeter fruit.

Bear in mind branches that pose a falling risk should be handled immediately.

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