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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Ceilings: Your Fifth Wall Has Design Potential

November 24, 2014 1:34 am

(BPT) - Many homeowners don't consider ceilings part of their interior design, and it shows. Most are expanses of bland white paint. But savvy do-it-yourselfers are converting these blank canvases into interesting and functional design elements that accent a room's decor, create a cozier space or disguise problems commonly found on this fifth wall.

Updating a ceiling is one of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to freshen a space. Dana Vento, DIY expert and popular home renovation blogger, recommends tackling a ceiling project that can be quickly and easily finished over the weekend. Here are her tips:

Warm up with wood. There's a reason wood flooring is so popular - it tends to warm up a room and add character. The same goes for ceilings. Real or engineered wood panels can extend your sense of style in any room. That's because they come in a wide range of tones, textures and patterns to suit any decorating style, from rustic to mid-century modern to contemporary.

Go beyond vanilla.
For those who want to add a splash of color, the ceiling holds special allure. Painting the ceiling the same color as the walls (or one shade lighter) can make a small room feel larger. A bright color, say yellow or pink, could enliven a child's room, while a sky blue ceiling creates a more soothing ambiance. Black ceilings have their own design advantages, dramatically defining a dining area in an open floor plan, for instance, or enhancing the enveloping atmosphere of a home theater.

Add shimmer. Love the look of metals? Consider today's pressed metal ceiling tiles. They're far easier to install than their antique ancestors, and the light-refracting properties of copper, brass and lacquered steel can help raise the ceiling visually in any room.

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Consumers Eager to Adopt Smart Home Automation

November 24, 2014 1:34 am

A recent survey conducted by leading luxury smart home technology company Savant® reveals that more than half of consumers in the United States believe that home automation will be an everyday features in less than 10 years, and nearly one-fourth say that the technology will be an everyday feature in less than five years.

The survey further found that control/ease of use (69 percent) and convenience (58 percent) were the most important features for consumers when purchasing a new technology. Cost savings (41 percent) and safety and security (35 percent) were cited as the two primary considerations among consumers for the adoption of smart home automation systems.

Other findings include:
- When considering the purchase of a new technology, consumers ranked the following attributes as very important:
  • Ease of use (37 percent)
  • Convenience (38 percent)
  • Seamless integration (28 percent)
  • Low environmental impact (24 percent)
  • Personalization (32 percent)
- Nearly half (47 percent) of consumers rate personalization as extremely/very important when purchasing new technology.

- Women (49 percent) are more likely than men (34 percent) to find low environmental impact as extremely/very important when making a technology purchase.

- Consumers 50 or older (77 percent) are more likely than all other age groups to find simple control/easy to use as extremely/very important when purchasing new technology.

- Consumers between the ages of 35-49, along with those aged 65 or older, are more likely than younger consumers (18-24) to rank “cost savings” as their top consideration when purchasing new technology.
Source: Savant

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