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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Painting or Re-carpeting? Match Room Colors to Lighting

January 12, 2015 1:33 am

When it comes to most basic DIY projects—interior painting and replacing carpeting—I was surprised to learn how often folks wade in, carefully plotting color and pattern schemes with little or no attention paid to the type of light or lighting that will illuminate the 'finished product.'

To achieve the colors you really want, Sarah Cole of the Farrow & Ball paint company, Cole, advises:
  • Paint squares of primed drywall with samples of the colors you're considering, and then move them around the room during the day. Apply at least two coats.
  • Evaluate samples of carpet during different daylight conditions.
  • Most contractors won't hang lights before you paint, but you can get a color approximation by placing a bulb you'll be using in a floor or desk lamp.
  • Natural and artificial light will work together during certain times of day, especially in summer when dusk lasts a long time. So turn on artificial lights even during daylight to see what your colors will look like.
  • Glossy finishes will reflect light and change the way the color looks, whereas flat finishes are less reflective and allow colors to look truer under bright light.
  • Light-colored walls can reflect the colors of bold carpets: A bright blue rug, for instance, can cast a bluish tone on a white wall.
Homeowners also need to take into account how sunlight affects colors. Cole reminds remodelers that as the amount and angle of the sun changes, so will your colors.
  • Light in north-facing rooms is cool and bluish. So bolder colors show up better than muted colors; and lighter colors will look subdued, says Cole.
  • Lots of high-in-the-sky light in south-facing rooms brings out the best in cool and warm colors. Dark colors will look brighter; and lighter colors will virtually glow.
  • East light is warm and yellowy before noon, then turns bluer later in the day, Cole says. These are great rooms for reds, oranges and yellows.
  • While evening light in west-facing rooms is beautiful and warm, while scant morning light can produce shadows and make colors look dull.

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The Hottest Bathroom Remodeling Trends

January 9, 2015 1:24 am

The modern bathroom is so much more than a utilitarian spot. It’s a place to relax (think home spa) and a fun way to use form and function to impress your guests and up the quality of your life. Designers and contractors reported recently on the hottest bath design trends to Wall St. Journal home advisors:

Showers and baths
– Whirlpool bath tubs in a variety of sizes are becoming more popular each year. For shower lovers, the news is dual shower heads for doubling the fun or ‘rain’ shower heads that provide a rain forest-like experience.

Vanities – Changing the vanity is the quickest way to give your bathroom a bold new look. Vanities today come in varied materials from marble to ceramic, glass and more – and all the rage these days are vessel sinks, with basins that sit on top of (instead of being recessed into) the counter top.

Mirrors – Modern bathroom mirrors are another easy way to bring personality into your bath. You can find mirrors in an infinite variety of shapes and sizes, framed in anything you like from leather to snakeskin to colorful mosaic tile. The latest innovation? Fog-free mirrors to hasten your morning routine.

Floors – Ceramic tile, stone, and traditional porcelain continue to be popular choices. But laminate wood flooring is gaining in popularity – and the newest trend is electrically heated flooring to keep your feet warm on those cold winter mornings.

Lighting
– Traditional vanity lighting above the mirror is useful when you’re shaving or getting ready to go out. But lighting designs have come a long way. Consider using recessed or spot lighting to highlight certain features of your bathroom and give the place an airy feel – and dimmers are useful when you want to take a nice, long soak.

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