Monthly Archives: February 2013

Trendy and Stylish Colors for the Year

paintingAre you thinking about repainting your home this year?  If so, then you should consider choosing some of the paint colors that are guaranteed to be “in” during 2013.  Below, we have listed some of the shades that are sure to be popular this year, along with the reasons why so many people are choosing them as their go-to hues for 2013.

Grays and Dark Greens

No matter what the year is, gray is always a great choice for walls in your home.  Gray is both timeless and modern, and depending on the shade that you choose for your home, it can be either dark and relaxing, or light and inviting. Pairing gray with a dark forest green will give your room a nice shot of earth tones, and will make your decorating scheme seem stylish, yet organic and at ease.  This color combination is great for rooms where you want to unwind and enjoy yourself, or simply sit and think.

Rust Red, Warm Yellow, Faded Green

Any combination of these three colors will be ideal for rooms that you want to evoke feelings of comfort and familial intimacy.  These colors are especially popular in kitchens, dining rooms, and great rooms because of the way they complement the palettes of many traditional American dishes.  As with the set of shades described above, these three colors allow you to create an aesthetic that is contemporary but will stand up well against the test of time.  Consider an accent wall or “nook” in one color and surround it with another.

Weathered Blue and Off-White

These two colors are wonderfully relaxing, but also bright enough to take full advantage of the light in rooms that receive only limited sunlight.  Many homeowners like the weathered blue for the way it reminds them of the ocean, while the off-white is reminiscent of a long stretch of sand by the shoreline.  This color scheme is good for those who want earth tones in their homes, but do not want to use darker shades, like deep reds, forest greens, and browns.  It is easy to punch up this décor with bits of accent colors like aqua, tangerine, soft pink or plum.  And as with both color sets mentioned previously, these two colors will work well no matter what other decorations you have in your home, now or in the future.

Fun Crafts for the Winter

C--Documents and Settings-pos.WESTLAKE-My Documents-LAURA-WEB-BABYPAINTING-resized-600When it is cold outside and you are stuck inside your house, it is always good to have something to keep your hands busy and your mind occupied. What better way to stay busy than by working on some arts and crafts that you can use to make the interior or exterior of your home a little more beautiful.  With a little creativity, there are lots of simple and attractive crafts you can make with just the materials you have lying around your home. Keep reading for some examples that will hopefully give you inspiration and spark your inner artist.

Bead Icicles

Want to replicate the beauty of hanging icicles with some materials that will never melt away?  Then make yourself some bead icicles.  Bead icicles are easy to make and can be created by artists of all ages and ability levels.  To make your bead icicles, get a roll of fishing line and a selection of clear glass beads.  For best results, use glass beads of varying shapes and sizes.  Start by tying the line around a smaller bead that will serve as the bottom of your icicle.  Then add other glass beads above that one.  The more beads you add, the longer your glass icicle will grow.

Paper Snowflakes

Paper snowflakes are a classic winter craft that people have been making for generations.  Not only are they easy to make, but also with a little practice, you can make paper snowflakes that will be a beautiful addition to your home’s décor.  To make paper snowflakes, get a white piece of paper and cut it into a square or circle.  Then, fold the paper in halves or into corners.  Cut squares, triangles, circles, and other designs along the edges of the paper.  Once you are finished cutting, unfold the paper and admire your snowflake.

White Rock Snowmen

White rock snowmen are an easy craft that you can place inside or outside once they are finished.  To make them, gather some flat, white rocks and find a few small, back beans.  Stack three of the white rocks on top of each other, with the largest one on the bottom and the smallest on top.  Then, glue the beans onto the top rock.  The result will look like a tiny snowman with two pieces of coal for his eyes.

Tips to Keeping a Warmer Home

silquartette_easyrise_livingroom_5-resized-600With temperatures low and energy prices at an all-time high, this winter it is more important than ever to be clever and frugal about how you keep your home warm.  Fortunately, there are many quick and inexpensive ways that you can make your home more resistant to the cold.  Here are several useful tips on how you can keep your home’s heat in, and the winter cold out.

Check Your Windows

When the weather starts to get cold, you should take a quick walk around your house to make sure that all of your windows are in good condition.  Many homeowners make the mistake of not completely closing their windows after the summer heat departs.  Even if your windows are open just a crack, a lot of heat can be escaping from your home.  One easy way to check if your windows are air-tight is to burn a stick of incense inside your home.  After the stick is burnt, walk around your house and see if you can smell the aroma.  If any of your windows are leaking air, the smell will be especially concentrated near them.  You can fix leaks with clear, plastic coverings purchased from your local home improvement store.

Add Window Treatments

Many window treatments can add significantly to the R-value of your windows. In fact, installing cellular shades is much less expensive and is sometimes more energy efficient than replacement windows!  Consider adding blinds, shades or fabric treatments to your windows to keep the cold out in the winter. The staff at Pucher’s Decorating can help guide you through the many choices in style, color and energy efficiency.

Shut Off Unused Rooms

You may have rooms in your house that you rarely ever use.  If so, it does not make sense to pay for the energy needed to heat those rooms.  Instead, close all heating vents that are in those rooms, and then shut the doors that lead to them.  This way, your unused rooms won’t be heated and your total energy bill will be that much lower.  One other advantage is that when you are trying to heat up your house, you will notice the rooms you do use getting warmer, faster.

Cook More

The more you cook, the warmer at your house will be.  A normal stove gives off a lot of heat, and this heat can serve the double purpose of not only preparing your dinner, but also keeping your kitchen and adjacent rooms warm.  If you cook frequently during the winter, you will notice that your home stays warmer without you needing to set your thermostat so high.  Another useful tip is to burn candles around your house.  Though they only have small flames, candles give off a surprising amount of heat.  Just be careful that you don’t leave burning candles unattended.

Why Choose Benjamin Moore Paints?

AURAMATTE-resized-600When it comes time to paint your house, make sure that you choose paint by Benjamin Moore.  Of all the many brands of paints available on the market today, no other brand is as widely used or trusted.  Why is that?  Because Benjamin Moore has a long history of producing warm, vibrant colors and quality products that will make any room in your house look good for years to come.  When you buy paint from them, you know that you are getting a paint that will not only look good on the paint swatch in the store, but also on the walls of your own home.  Here are just a few of the many reasons that professional painters and do-it-yourself homeowners rely on their high-quality line of interior and exterior paints.

Unbeatable Selection

No other brand offers the variety of colors that you get to choose from when you choose Benjamin Moore.  If you count their entire line of paints, you will have more than 3400 different hues to select from. They understand that when you are choosing a color for your favorite room, you don’t just want a color that is almost right, or close to what you have in mind.  No, you want exactly the right color, and that is what you will get.  As just one example of the tremendous selection you get from Benjamin Moore, their 3400 colors of paint include 164 shades of white. Imagine how many shades of red, blue, or yellow you will have to choose from!  And when you visit your local interior decoration specialist and tell them what sorts of colors you are looking for, they will be able to create for you the perfect palette of colors to choose from.

Exactly What You Want

Because of their devotion to giving customers exactly what they want, Benjamin Moore is able to match any color offered by any of their competitors.  Simply bring in a sample showing the color you have in mind, and your local home painting specialist will make a bucket of that color especially for you.  But before you get going on your painting project, Benjamin Moore wants to be sure you are entirely satisfied with the color you got.  That’s why you can request a pint-sized Color Sample of any shade you want.  Take it home and try it out. You don’t need to purchase a full-size bucket until you are totally happy with the color you have chosen.