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A Word about Wallpaper

 

Yes, it’s back, and with more colors and designs then ever. You can choose from solid colors

with great texture, murals, graphics, and beyond. Yes, beyond, which means if you can dream it,

we can print it and hang it on your walls! Grass cloths, foils and flocked papers have all found

their way back into the market place and they are awesome.

 

Cover the Flaws

Maybe your walls are in rough shape and you don’t feel like replacing the dry wall, or worse,

plaster. Where as painting with solid colors will show the flaws, bumps and bruises that have

come with age and years of wear, you can hide an incredible amount of sins with a heavy paper.

 

Fashion Statement

But lets go back to the cool stuff. Wallpaper is a great way to punch up a single wall or make a

huge (or subtle) statement in any room of your home. It’s great for folks who don’t have a lot of

art to display and of course you can still hang art on top of it. A great way to tie together

the colors of your favorite items, or use it to bring in a neutral color/texture to soothe yourself

from the fast pace outside your door.

 

Consider where you are putting it

Where are you thinking about using wallpaper? If it’s for a kitchen, you’ll want something that’s

washable/scrubbable, if it’s for a bathroom, you’ll want something that will resist steam.

A high traffic hallway that gets a lot of action, or behind a sofa that won’t be touched, these are

all considerations before selecting the type of paper you need.

 

How long will it take?

Some papers are in stock, others are special order and can run from a typical 2-4 week lead time

to up to 3-4 months, depending on where they are coming from and if there is customization

involved.

 

Wallpaper can have a big impact on a room without making a huge dent in your budget.  

 

So what are you waiting for – let’s get together and explore how some cool new wallpaper can transform your space! 



Colorful Quarterly

Have you ever tried tying together two items in your home that you just didn't think matched? Follow these steps for an easy solution to the creation of a happy marriage: 1. Select the main color in each item. 2. Find a paint shade that will complement each main color. 3. Use both paint colors in the room. 


Now let's explore some other ideas about color.

GREENERY

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Pantone's color of the year is "Greenery". It's a beautiful shade of green much like the one I've used in my logo. (This pleases me very much.) But just because it's color of the year doesn't mean I should use it in all my clients' spaces. Color is a very personal thing and it should work with your own unique taste and environment. Some folks prefer to have white walls to show off vividly colored artwork. Others like to drench their surroundings in color.


But whatever your approach to color may be, typically you want to create a unifying element to your space.  This is easily done by use of color. If you have one color that remains constant through your home, you can maintain the flow but avoid monotony by adding and/or changing accent colors from room to room.


Most folks are comfortable using a main color that is neutral and from there we rely on a favorite rug, furniture or piece of art to find an accent color. Some people have art that has been with them for decades and, though still meaningful to them, it may look dated. A simple fix may be investing in a new mat or frame. 


But what about mixing metals you ask? That also comes down to personal taste, but I find it nice to offer some variety in the main rooms of the home. In a small area like the bath, on the other hand, if there is not a lot of hardware I tend to stay with one metallic finish and use color (paint / towels) as accents.


No matter how careful you are about selecting colors, it's no good if you can't see them. This means lighting! So make sure that you have enough and that it's varied. Remember, too, that lights bring their own inherent color values, so balance them around the room to bring your palette to life and your place will look great!


Now, go enjoy all the colors of summer! 

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Light the Way…

    As the days grow shorter we look for ways to keep the light shining. Since the loss of our beloved incandescent bulbs, which gave us a warm glow, reminiscent of firelight and sunrises / sunsets, we look to the lighting industry to provide a replacement for us.  Since the curly fluorescent only provided awful blue light (that left no one looking or feeling good) the LED folks have stepped up and given us the alternate source we’ve craved. You can create the look you want with the spectrum of light from a warm glow to bright daylight. Check out the following charts for specific figures about what to look for when shopping for fixtures and/or bulbs.

    Of course, there is one tiny problem if you are like me, and have invested in good quality lamps around your home over the years that can give you 100 watts to actually help you see what you are doing, you may have found that replacing the bulbs with LEDs that fit into the socket is near impossible. But wait…there’s hope…

    I was one of those “light bulb hoarders” and only recently ran out of my supply of 100W incandescent bulbs. On my third trip back to the store, trying to find an LED bulb with the shape base (for standard A19) that was slender enough to fit into the socket of my Kovacs floor lamp, the fellow at the counter asked “Why not just get some incandescent bulbs?”  Laughing, I replied “Hey buddy, if you have a stash, I’ll take all you’ve got”. A few minutes later he appeared with an 8 pack of Ecosmart 100W bulbs (package says uses only 72W and based on 3 hours use a day will last for 1.8 years). Best part- they are DIMMABLE.

   Brightness- 1150 lumens

   Color- 2800 K for a nice warm light

So there you go. Enough people screamed and the industry and our government regulators actually heard us and gave us our bulbs back. Now, with all the cool new fixtures in the market place you won’t have any problem finding bulbs to fit.  Check out some of the beautiful, interesting and extremely clever lighting options on my Pinterest Board!   https://www.pinterest.com/jaqigreen/lighting/

   If you would like to find ways to illuminate your home, call, email or text, I’ll be happy to help light the way!

The following information borrowed from http://www.lightingfacts.com/Downloads/Performance_Scale.pdf

Color Rendering Index (CRI) Measures color accuracy.

Color rendition is the effect of the lamp's light spectrum on the color appearance of objects.

Color Rendition

Notes

CRI

Poor

Not suitable for most applications

< 70

Fair

Acceptable for some applications

≥ 70

Good

Typical CFLs*

≥ 80

Very good

L-Prize™ target level**

90

Best Possible

Equivalent to incandescent lamp quality

100

*Based on benchmark testing of conventional light sources by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on behalf of DOE Solid-State Lighting Program.

** The L Prize (www.lightingprize.org) is the first government-sponsored technology competition designed to spur lighting manufacturers to develop high-quality, high-efficiency solid-state lighting products to replace the common light bulb. There are currently no products on the market that meet the strict requirements of the competition.

Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) Measures light color.

"Cool" colors have higher Kelvin temperatures (3600-5500K).

"Warm" colors have lower color temperatures (2700-3500K).

Color temperatures higher than 6500K are outside of the defined region for white light, but may be appropriate for outdoor applications.

  Use these numbers to gage your needs.

2700 – 4500 Appropriate for indoor residential applications   

4500 – 6500 Appropriate for outdoor and commercial indoor applications

6500 - 10,000 Only acceptable for commercial outdoor application

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