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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Kitchen Remodel-jan32014blogThis time of the year is when people are making New Year’s resolutions. You probably have already made some of your own. Some of the most common ones deal with stopping smoking, dieting and getting a better job. Most people find they need a little help from someone else or a plan to accomplish these lifestyle changes.

You rapidly find that there is assistance for all of these lifestyle changes and quite a few different methods, tools and information that can see you through these kinds of resolutions. It is not real easy, all on your own, to make these very valuable changes, however, what can help is to find something for which you can be resolute about that will provide you with that ‘Quick Win’ you need to give you the confidence for making those other lifestyle changes.

With the assistance from one of our painting and decorating stores in Westlake, Berea or North Royalton you can make some New Year’s resolutions for your home. There are always things about your home, just as there are things about yourself, you would like to change. Now might be the best time to make a resolution that you can definitely keep with the help of home decorating professionals.

Some Recommendations For New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

Take a close look at your home with the idea of making a short list of things to be resolute about. When you have seen a few of these things that just need attention, make that list in the form of a resolution and then visit one of our painting and decorating stores for the help we offer. A few New Year’s resolutions to get that list started:

  • ‘Make this room brighter’ – This room may be the kitchen, bathroom, living areas or, even better, the exercise room you will need for one of your other resolutions. This may mean different curtains, a brighter paint on the walls or ceilings or a new floor. The painting and decorating stores in Westlake, North Royalton and Berea have many selections of each category that will help you to make this resolution a reality.
  • ‘This floor needs to be more cleanable’ - It does not matter which floor you are talking about, a harder, more sanitary surface can be found. You may need a vinyl, laminate or ceramic tile floor installed.
  • ‘I need more organization here’ - Having a place for everything and everything definitely in that place is a good feeling going into the New Year. The painting and decorating stores in Westlake, North Royalton and Berea are in the best position to help you with this resolution. These interior decorating professionals will help you get on track with designs and storage options you might not have thought about.
  • ‘My bedroom needs some attention’ - You might want to be a little more specific than that, however, there is much that can be done in any bedroom. The top treatments, such as cascades, swags and valances, or the blinds and shades down through the bedding and accessories can all be coordinated with the right colors, tones and just the right flooring to bring the entire room into order and make that statement about who you are and what you want.
  • Begin a project that you have thought about but haven’t gotten around to. A room that is dormant and used, right now, as a storage area would be a good start. A spare bedroom, complete with the best flooring, draperies and furniture would have helped this last Holiday season.
  • Look for other projects and tasks around the house that can make it a welcoming place for the family, friends and, yes, the extended family as they come and visit. The bathroom might need to be tiled in order to make it more durable. A fresh coat of paint in the kitchen may be just what you need to transform that space.

With the help of our design professionals at our painting and decorating stores in Westlake, North Royalton and Berea you can rediscover what you loved about your home when you moved in. You can make or remake each and every room into the warm and loving space that it was and can be again.

A Last Few Ideas For New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home Could Be:

  • Learn to love your home again. This is the domicile that represents the largest investment most people make. It is the home that is the safe zone when you come home from work and when the kids are away from school. It is the place into which you welcome visitors and extend your hand of friendship and a warm meal. Since this is a very good resolution, the next one will help as well.
  • Buy a plant and locate it where everyone can see it and be comforted by it.

Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

bigstock-Details-for-aThanksgiving-tabl-14088911-frinov12013Decorating for the holidays can be a very stressful time. There are so many fine details involved in creating the perfect atmosphere for the home. Plus, decorating trends change from year to year, so it is important to keep up with current fashions, even if you are going for that traditional holiday appeal. With these simple steps for decorating, anyone can create perfection in their Berea home and have a warm, inviting area to greet guests.

Appeal to All 5 Senses

When creating any environment it is important to appeal to every sense. This helps guests feel completely emerged in the room and creates a professional look when complete. While this may sound like a difficult chore, it is actually very simple to find items that appeal to sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell. Decorating homes with items that appeal to each of these senses will help you to establish the holiday mood.

Sight is the biggest one, but sticking with one theme will help you appeal to this sense easily. Touch is one that mostly refers to using comforting furniture or a warm fireplace to make people feel relaxed. For scent, place scented candles or potpourri in the room. Play soft music in the background that compliments your theme. Lastly, have something that appeals to taste in the room, whether it be a bowl of sweets or a decorative ornament, this will help people get in the holiday spirit.

Choose a Different Theme for the Season

Decorating your home for the holidays is more than working with what you have. While it is impractical to change out furniture when seasons change, working with the colors of the room to achieve a completely different look is. Choose two to three colors, incorporating your normal colors as one of them. Avoid distracting colors like pinks and purples. Instead include blues, reds, whites, golds, or browns in your holiday décor. Then, rearrange your furniture so that it faces a different point in the room, such as the fireplace, to give the room a completely different feel.

Invest in a collection of décor that can grow with you as the years go by. Vintage decorations are always eye-catching and can easily become heirlooms. Find one collection that really appeals to you and then personalize it with lighting and seasonal knickknacks. Part of the holiday spirit is abundance, so really focus on the details of your collection and theme to create a very big impression on your guests.

Light Up the Home for the Holidays

Another important aspect regardless of the décor is the lighting. During the holiday season, there are so many different choices that can change the entire look of the room. Since it is important to stick with a two or three color pallet when designing the room, you will need to find sources of light that can go with any look and remain neutral while providing a warm, inviting glow.

Candles are an excellent source of lighting that can help create a relaxing holiday space. Because the glow from each candle can be very dim, you may want to consider an abundance of candles hidden among the décor. Thick, bold candles can be a focal point in any table centerpiece or be placed above the mantle. With plenty of candles in the room, one can easily avoid any electric lighting if they so choose.

For those who choose an all-electric holiday, make sure the bulbs you choose are in neutral colors. White bulbs are the easiest to replace and will compliment any décor. When lighting a tree, use the bulbs sparingly to create a warm glow, rather than a bright light. The tree is naturally a focal point, but making the lighting a bit dimmer helps it fade gracefully into the background. The décor in the room becomes a very welcoming space, rather than a tourist attraction.

Don’t Forget the Trees

One of the first places to start decorating is the tree. Although the tree should ideally match the feel of the room, many people choose to model their décor after the tree. The tree is naturally a focal point in any holiday room, and while the design can be as busy as one likes, it can be undecorated and still get attention. If you haven’t picked out a holiday collection yet, try browsing ornaments first and find a couple sets that you like.

For some, sticking with one theme is difficult. People send and receive ornaments as gifts or acquire them through events. Perhaps there is a family heirloom that doesn’t quite match that you’d like to use. One way to get around this is to have small trees in multiple rooms, along with your big tree. The smaller trees can have their own themes. Not only does this help to keep crowds scattered in large parties, it allows you to have multiple tree themes that can incorporate different ornaments. For example, if you don’t want that green ‘Best Mom Ever’ ornament on the large red and white tree, you could make a green ornament tree and place it in a small side room. This gives you more flexibility in the decorating choices you make.

Pucher’s Decorating Centers in Berea, North Royalton and Westlake would love to assist you in decorating your home for the holidays. Stop by our showroom or call to schedule a free consultation.

Prepare Your Home For the Holidays

Pucher's Decorating CentersWith the holidays approaching, you are probably dreaming of getting your home cleaned, organized and ready for the splendor that awaits. The reality of the situation can also be frightening, though, as you look around your home and begin a check list of all that needs to happen. 

If you are worried about bringing your current state of chaos into focus for the holidays, some of the following home decorating ideas can help. You can take control and make your home look spectacular this coming holiday season in by visiting a Pucher’s store in Berea, Westlake and North Royalton. Instead of stressing out about what you are going to do, you can take control with a few simple tips and tricks to spruce your home and prepare for a joyous holiday season. 

Focusing Your Attention on Organizing and Cleaning 

Every week tackle a single room or area by applying four key skills to organize your home – eliminate clutter, organize, clean and plan for the holiday decorating touches that will make your home  look amazing. In the early stages of the plan, focus on your personal spaces, which make it easier to plan for the approaching season and give you the organized space you’ll need for decorations, craft gifts, wrapping and Christmas card writing. 

With Thanksgiving Day coming closer, storage areas and food preparation areas should be the main focus to help plan the menu, bake treats and cook delicious meals for the family to enjoy. By the time December rolls around, the focus shifts to organizing public spaces and going through a final cleaning phase. By the middle of the month, your home will be cleaned, organized and ready for everyone to enjoy the holidays. 

Once the holiday season is over, get a jump on organizing your space for the New Year by debriefing, storing your decorations and noting things you’d like to remember for the celebration next year while it is fresh in your mind.  

Decorating the Space Should be Enjoyable 

Holidays mean a time of love and celebration with your friends and family but it can also be stressful if you are worried about getting your home in top shape for approaching holiday guests. One way to minimize anxiety is to establish a reasonable budget and start early.  Decorating doesn’t have to be as difficult as one might think, so step in and embrace the holiday season with ease. 

Try Tackling the Paint Jobs that are Small and Quick 

Even though you could paint an entire room, you don’t have to take things to that extent. Save yourself money and time by harnessing the power of transforming your space with a couple of small paint jobs. Paint the trim and the molding. Choose an accent wall to paint with a color that is warm and inviting. Make a door wreath and welcome mat stand out by painting the door with a new color or add a splash of color by repainting an accent furniture piece. Home decorating can be fun and exciting if you take the time to focus your attention on the smaller things. 

Upgrade the Accessories and Faucets in Your Bathroom 

Since it is a room vital to every guest’s comfort, bathrooms are an important place to give your attention to. Fix leaky faucets and consider upgrading outdated accessories and bath hardware. Adding stylish antique brass or brushed chrome towel rings, towel holders and door hangers will add shine and sophistication to your space. A new mirror at the sink can go a long way towards sprucing up a small space. If your guest will be staying overnight, installing grab bars to make it easy for guests to get into and out of the tub and shower is a thoughtful touch.

Adding in New Living Room Accessories 

Families tend to congregate in the den and living room before and after  meals. You want to make people feel welcome and at home in the space by updating the accessories and adding in some new ones along the way. Accessorize your home decorating with some throw pillows in rich plums, browns and blues. Nothing warms and pulls together a room like fabric so consider replacing old blinds with drapery panels or roman shades.  Fabrics that have texture as well as pattern are really popular now and work with many types of décor. Remember the floors as well – adding in an area rug over existing carpet or floors can change the look of the entire room!

Upgrading the Lighting in Key Rooms

Christmas lights are one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about lighting for the approaching holiday season. People will often overlook the fact that there are other lighting issues that should be considered when preparing for house guests. Changing the light bulbs in your closets, bathrooms, guest rooms, patio and porches a day before the guests arrive is important. Updating the interior lighting by adding in some chandeliers and sconces will add elegance to your space. Adding in motion sensing lights and path lights help illuminate the walkway for those who arrive in the evening. 

Holidays are a great time to have fun and enjoy spending time with those you love. You want to make sure you provide them with a holiday experience that everyone will enjoy and remember for years to come. Prepare your Berea, Westlake and North Royalton home with simple home decorating tips to make sure you have everything in order to enjoy your time bonding together and enjoying the company of your friends and family.

8 Reasons to Hire a Decorator

8 reasons to hire a decoratorYour home is a reflection of who you are. As such, when you decorate your home, always put your best foot forward. That’s often easier said than done, as there are times when even your best efforts fall short of the mark. That’s where a decorator can make a huge difference. A decorator has the expertise and ability to tie things together, to mix and match, to coordinate and blend and ultimately to find the style that ties in perfectly with your ideas.

At Pucher’s, we feel strongly about the benefits of using our decorator services for your home project. A decorator can pull your project together and add special touches that will not only look terrific, but will ultimately save you money. Our staff is accustomed to working with clients and utilizing items that reflect the latest trends in those special touches that make a difference. A decorator can help by showing you how to proceed with your project or to coordinate your efforts and manage your time. A decorator can be a valuable asset and your best friend during your decorating phase. Here are eight ways how:

 1. Manage Your Budget and Save Money

A decorator can help you avoid costly mistakes that will cost you dollars to correct or assist in choosing the right color combinations, perfect carpet, draperies, wallpaper and accent features. Whatever it is, wrong choices will cost you extra to replace or redo.

 2. The Eyes of a Professional

Decorators are involved with their craft full-time. As such, they can use their experience to your advantage. Because they are detached from your home and all its treasures, they see these items differently than you. They can find perfect settings for some of your treasured or underutilized items, which allow you to maintain a sense of continuity with some of your very special pieces.

 3. Keeping Track of Your Spending

Budgeting comes into play, not only in tracking the dollars spent, but also the time spent on your project. Locating and purchasing the various resources required to complete your project can take untold hours of your time and quickly erode your finances. A decorator is a wealth of information, a walking talking catalog of sources that have application in your decor. She knows where your purse strings are and when they need to be drawn. Consequently, she will work with those product lines that fit nicely in your price range. Often, she will have special arrangements with certain purveyors that can actually add up to more dollars saved. Plus, the decor items you end up with will not be found in the high volume shops and big box stores.

 4. A Go-Between

When your decorator and you are on the same page, she can be entrusted to handle details between your contractor and/or architect. Often these are the little details we are least prepared for: details like light fixture placement, special effects, décor arrangements and more.

5. Every Home Needs a Little OMG Sizzle In The Pot.

Decorators have made names for themselves by providing a touch of excitement to their projects. Their goal is to inspire a jaw dropping OMG reaction when people enter a room. They have ideas that we can’t imagine.

 6. Pre-Sale

Planning to sell your home? A decorator can increase your home’s desirability.  If your home is in the medium to upper price range, spending some money to freshen it may be a wise investment. An up to date look is less likely to languish on the unsold charts for months. Your decorator, along with help from one of her realtor contacts can help determine a reasonable amount to spend on the project and prevent you from going overboard with your spending.

 7. Eyes Center

If you are not sure what needs to be done to your home and consequently not certain where to begin, a decorator can give you an unbiased proposal of the situation. She can tell you what’s right and what’s wrong with your space and show you how to make the most of what you have. That should be the intent of your first meeting with a decorator from Pucher’s, painting and decorating stores in Westlake, Berea and North Royalton.

8. Discovery

When our decorator has successfully completed her job, the results should convey to the world who you are — your interests, experiences, your personality.

Among the painting and decorating stores in Westlake, Berea and North Royalton, you will find the three Pucher’s Decorating Centers. The company has made a name for itself as a leader in decorative services throughout the region. In addition to their excellent on staff decorators, the company is known for their expertise and inventory of flooring, window treatments, fabrics draperies and paint. Part of Pucher’s success and reputation can be attributed to their Free In-Store or phone consultation service. Call us today to schedule your free in-store consultation.

Design Trends: Go Bold With White

design trends whiteWhite is one of the most general and mass appealing colors you can pick. But is it always a safe choice? Believe it or not, you have to know how to manage whites and off-whites just as much as you would if you were considering a bold or pastel color. The wrong shade of white paired with certain aspects of a room can completely pull that room in the wrong direction. You’ll notice that something feels off, but you probably won’t be able to pinpoint exactly what it is that is making you uneasy. The problem that you may not be picking up is in the pure and reflective aspects of the color white. This will lead to it absorbing the colors surrounding it. Suddenly the blank white wall you were looking to match with a blue sofa might appear to have blue tints. Don’t get discouraged from using whites or off-whites just yet, though. These blends can bring great benefits, if paired correctly and specifically according to your individual taste and style.

White is Flawless

One of the best things about white is that it will match just about everything and can blend flawlessly into most design schemes. It has been said that the perfect color balance in a room is created using three or more colors—one of which being white or off-white. These blends can make bolder colors pop, and enhance other elements of the room. But which colors go best with which whites? With so many whites, off-whites, and whites with undertones to choose from, you may feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to color selection. Our in-house design consultants can help you with any questions you might have regarding your home color scheme. However, we have also provided some tips so that you can develop some knowledge about how white might affect the ambiance of your home.

For ceilings and walls, we recommend sticking with a pure white with no undertones, or white with a hint of gray. Additionally, whites with undertones of khaki or buttercream yellow are pleasant for spaces consisting of warmer tones. Both of the off-whites recommended are universally appealing. For additional white and off-white pairing affects we suggest the following advice:

  • Warm off-whites can create feelings of comfort
  • Cool off-whites will offer a contemporary look
  • Off-white with a hint of red can result in a feminine pink
  • Hints of blue and green in off-white colors will bring about a sense of relaxation
  • Off-whites with creamy undertones are a good choice for rooms with elements of warm browns and tans
  • Cleaner off-whites are best with suggestions of color with cooler grays and blacks

It is also important to remember that off-white will often take a back seat to other features in the room. Darker colors do have the potential to swallow whites up, but colorful furniture can stand out among the plain colors. You also want to consider how the whites and off-whites will look in different settings. Try sampling colors in the space that they will be painted so that you can see how it will look in both natural and artificial light. You will hopefully select a color that is satisfying 24/7, providing a welcoming feel during the day and a romantic ambiance at night.

Many of these affects may turn out great for some people, but be an eye sore for others, depending on each individual’s desired result. Everyone will have a different taste in color selection, and for the best results, you may want to seek the advice of our design consultants at Pucher’s. We can answer any questions you may have regarding the interior of your home, and we offer a large range of paints and wallpapers for your convenience. Call us at Pucher’s today for a free quote, or stop by our showroom in Berea, North Royalton or Westlake for a free consultation.

Design Trends – Bamboo Flooring

bamboo flooringWhen you’re looking for home decorating options, Cleveland has plenty to offer. In a place like Cleveland which experiences a lot of different extreme weather conditions during both summers and winters, you have to choose materials that can withstand and literally weather such climatic conditions. Consult with your architect or interior decorator about the different areas in your home, their planned purpose and the ideal floors and walls and other furniture and fittings. Your floor is literally the most used and often abused space in your home, especially if you have young children and pets. You walk on them as well as run, stamp, spill and scratch them. Your flooring should be strong enough to withstand all that apart from the weather and the resultant variations in temperature and humidity.

The most favored traditional floors have been wood. In recent years, people are moving away from wood to bamboo because of the abundant supply of bamboo, and its growth rate. Bamboo matures quite quickly; where trees like teak, pine and oak might take fifty years to grow and be ready for lumber, bamboo is usually available in five! This makes the replenishment of bamboo faster, and hence people looking for a greener home opt for bamboo floors. Bamboo is a sustainable plant and is also available in a wide range of varieties making it suitable for flooring for the entire home, for all the rooms from nursery and bedrooms to the kitchen and the patio.

The various kinds of bamboo available for flooring in Cleveland depend on the type of plant and the way it is harvested. The most popular bamboo floors are of two types, called strand woven bamboo and fused fiber bamboo. The strand woven bamboo is much stronger and is used for floors where there will be a lot of foot traffic. The fused fiber bamboo floor looks more attractive and so can be used for decorating purposes like a hotel lobby or the patio that receives less foot traffic.

There are no standard grading systems for bamboo available, and so the seller or manufacturer reputation is very crucial when you’re thinking of going with bamboo floors. You need to learn about the different kinds of bamboo and their characteristics to make an informed choice. The age of the bamboo plant when it is harvested dictates its hardness and therefore its durability too. Ideally the plant should be at six to nine years of age when it is harvested for timber. At six to nine years bamboo becomes very, very hard and durable and is a great wearing floor. There are some engineered bamboo floors available today that combine a top layer of bamboo with layers of other wood which make them strong, light weight and yet durable.  The biggest scam in bamboo is the cheaper imports that sell for $3 – $4 that are only three years old. They are actually soft and do not hold up well – hence the lower price. Trust us – you do not want a floor made of three year old bamboo. 

At Pucher’s, started by Carl Pucher in 1928, we have been providing floors to the Cleveland area for the last three generations. Now headed by the grandson of Carl Pucher, Pucher’s is a by-word for flooring in and around the Cleveland area in North East Ohio. Our in-house design consultants can help you with any questions you might have regarding your home interiors. We also have a range of paints, wallpapers, other household products, cleaning agents, furnishings, fittings, window treatments, etc. apart from just floors. Anything you need for your home, you can find it at Pucher’s. Call us today for a free quote or visit us for a free consultation.

The Ease of Working With a Decorator

working with a decoratorYou have saved up for years and finally have your dream home built to your specifications so that you and your family can live happily for years to come. The next step is the interior decoration, like choosing walls, floors and window treatments, paint colors for the exterior and the interior and other such difficult decisions. Your home should be a relaxing place, a sanctuary. Your home should be a reflection of you. The modern version of “show me your friends, and I will tell you who you are,” is “show me your home and I will tell you who you are.”

However, your family members will also want their needs and personalities to be reflected in their rooms and private areas. If you feel it is a daunting task, it is better to engage a professional interior designer or decorator. The former gets involved with the architect and advises on the placement of rooms and planned activities for different spaces, based on the available light and other factors. The latter is typically engaged after the house is built to advise on floors, wall colors, draperies and other furniture and fittings to provide harmony and aesthetic appeal.

Engage with a Decorator

You don’t have to worry about any aspect of your interiors when you engage an interior decorator to do your home; you just have to state your preferences and have a beautiful home you can proudly show off. You can be assured of getting your home outfitted with the best possible floors, draperies, rugs, etc. as your decorator will be on top of the latest trends and innovations. You can save yourself both time and stress when you engage a decorator to help with your home décor, not to mention opting for something unsuitable and then having to get it fixed. Such costly do-overs can be avoided when you hire an interior decorator to help in fixing up your home.

Whether you are building, remodeling or redecorating your home, this time can very stressful to you. Oftentimes you will not know where to even begin. An interior decorator will relieve the stress and take the burden off of you. They will assist in space planning and décor by suggesting patterns, paints, flooring, and window treatments just to name a few. A decorator provides comfort and the security of knowing the services will be performed and completed without troubling you. This frees up your time and saves you money and frustration.

At Pucher’s we are fully aware of the importance of having your home look beautiful and appealing. You need to have a home that is welcoming, relaxing and soothing. Pucher’s, founded by Carl Pucher in Cleveland in 1928, has been serving the residents of Cleveland for three generations. We offer our customers professional advice and help you get your home décor the talking point among your family and friends. We offer home decorating services in Cleveland. We specialize in all household items and designer brands. Our staff members are well-trained and can help you with your fittings if required. Our in-house design team can handle any challenging project. Step in or call us today for a visit and a free quote!

Pucher’s – Three Great Locations in Ohio

Pucher's BereaPucher’s is one of the premier interior design and decorating companies in the state of Ohio. This company has developed an incredible reputation for helping consumers and homeowners dramatically improve the appearance of their homes. It doesn’t matter what your personal style is, there is something at Pucher’s for everyone. You don’t have to be a design expert to benefit from the products and services available at Pucher’s. In fact, this company was specifically created to offer assistance to homeowners who have no design experience or interior decorating knowledge whatsoever. Many homeowners have a vision for their home’s interior, but they simply don’t know where to go or what to do to transform that vision into a reality. That’s where the professional design specialists at Pucher’s can be invaluable. With three convenient locations in Ohio, high quality design is within your reach.

Our Three Great Locations Are Here to Serve

In order to better serve homeowners in the state of Ohio, Pucher’s owns and operates three distinct locations. Each location is filled with high quality products, tools, accessories, and design ideas that can help you plan your home’s décor from the ground up. There’s no need to hop around from store to store just to find the decorating products and inspiration you need to get started. A professional home designer can discuss your current home decorative theme and your vision for adding updates to your home. Pucher’s has home decorating center locations in Berea, North Royalton, and Westlake, Ohio, and you can find Pucher’s contact information at the easy-to-use Pucher’s website.

Choose From Incredible Flooring Products

One of the simplest ways to transform your home’s interior is through the addition of new flooring. Changing outdated tile or laminate flooring to beautiful hardwood, luxurious carpet, or gorgeous ceramic tile is a great way to make big changes in your home. If you don’t have the budget for high quality hardwood, you can take advantage of incredible new laminate and vinyl flooring products that closely resemble more expensive materials.

Window Treatments, Fabric, and Drapery

Often, all that is needed to dress up a space and make it uniquely yours is a few high quality window treatments. Instead of using low quality venetian blinds and drab window coverings, you can invest in stunning drapes, fabric, and other window treatments that will enhance your home’s preexisting décor. Window treatments don’t have to mask your windows and darken a space. You can visit Pucher’s three locations to discover how window treatments can actually emphasize the windows and natural light in your home.

Paint and Wallpaper

Never underestimate the power of the walls in your home. Walls can be so much more than a boring, plain support system for your house. Walls that are splashed with rich colors or papered with unique patterns and textures can actually turn into the focal point of your entire space. With so many paint and wallpapering options to choose from, Pucher’s locations in Berea, Westlake, and North Royalton are great sources for high quality products.

Convenient Locations in Ohio

With three different locations to choose from in Berea, North Royalton, and Westlake, you always have handy access to a company that can turn your outdated or old-fashioned home into a gorgeous canvas for beautiful in-home design. Changing the look of your home can be an overwhelming process when you don’t have the experience and expertise of a professional design consultant. If you are hoping to make dramatic changes to your home’s interior, be sure and stop by one of Pucher’s great locations. Team members are standing by to evaluate your current décor and discuss options that can completely transform the look and feel of your home.

Why Buy Pucher’s Paint?

buy Pucher's paintConsider this for just one moment – a single paint manufacturer often has more than 100 hues in their “white” palette. Now, if you are just starting to consider redecorating your home or office, the fact that you have thousands of hues to sort through can usually stop you in your tracks. How on earth do you go about choosing the proper colors and then the proper finishes? The answer is to ask for expert help.

Most consumers would say they just cannot afford to pay for an interior decorator’s services. That, however, is where Pucher’s enters the equation. Since 1928, they have been offering their services to the Cleveland area and have helped many satisfied customers to choose the right drapes, paint, flooring, and more.

Begin at the Beginning

Whether you believe it or not, the background color of any room will really set the immediate “tone”. Thus, it is pretty important to make the right choices, and yet the subtleties in paint colors and hues can make choosing a very challenging issue. When you turn to Pucher’s for help, however, it becomes the proverbial “piece of cake”. This is thanks to their expertise and knowledge, as well as their array of free services.

To make it simple, you will want to have a good idea of the general color scheme you intend to use. For example, you would want to say that you are hoping to have the dining room in a nice green palette. You may even want to have some color samples that appeal to you, or images from magazines that you find attractive. You could then make a visit to Pucher’s paint department. Their experts can provide you with color matching, samples, and many ideas that will help you achieve decorating success.

Whether you are considering an interior or exterior surface, thinking about  staining floors or walls, or doing a few different treatments, Pucher’s has a full line of all that is needed – including accessories necessary for painting. They can even match any other manufacturer’s colors to help you save money or get just the results desired.

The modern Pucher’s Decorating Centers actually began as the Pucher Paint Company more than seventy years ago. Over this extensive period of time, their team has developed an expert level knowledge about paint and stain. This allows them to know the ideal solutions for almost any setting, and to give clients the kind of skillful advice that ensures a high quality result.

Though many other decorating stores have to do tons of marketing and advertising, Pucher’s has developed such a good reputation in the Cleveland area that around 80% of their current clientele comes from word of mouth and recommendations. That alone speaks volumes.

Whether you are hoping for a self-priming paint that will allow you to put a new face on your living room over the weekend, or you are building a “green” home that you want treated with eco-friendly solutions, Pucher’s will have the solutions required. Start thinking about the various color schemes and decor themes you have in mind and head into their showroom to speak with their paint specialists.

You might be surprised and overwhelmed by the number of choices, but with the knowledgeable expertise of Pucher’s paint department, you will be able to choose the ideal finish and palette for your needs. The personal touch is missing in so many modern businesses, but the amazing array of services that Pucher’s clients receive shows that they take all of their clients seriously.

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.

Our Benjamin Moore Color Picks for 2012

The fall redecorating season has officially begun!  You know nothing gives your home an updated look like new color on your walls.   To help get you started, we asked the color experts at Pucher’s to share their “go-to” Benjamin Moore colors for Fall 2012.

Pucher’s Berea

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Brick Red 2084-10

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Greenfield Pumpkin HC-40

Light Khaki 2148-40

Military Tan 2148-30

Pucher’s North Royalton

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Pairing effortlessly with contemporary or traditional furnishings, this rich mid-tone green has an earthy, organic quality that’s warm and welcoming.

Harmony AF-90

A soft, pinkish-beige, Harmony is a versatile neutral that anchors and beautifully enhances the color scheme of any space.

Meditation AF-395

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A soft, sophisticated neutral with a hint of green. To see how beautiful this looks on the wall, stop by our newly expanded North Royalton store!

And our two dramatic accents – Chambourd AF-645 and Salsa Dancing AF-280.

Pucher’s Westlake

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Edgecomb Gray HC-173

A go-to gray that’s timeless with a modern edge, this earthy, organic neutral is soft and stylish, creating a setting that feels distinctly personal.

Revere Pewter HC-172

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A light gray with warm undertones, this classic shade creates a unifying look that calms and restores. A great transitional colour, it’s perfect for an open floor plan.

Sweet Rosy Brown 1302

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A deep brown with a sweet rosy tint, this rich shade is wonderfully versatile, bringing warmth and cozy comfort to any space.

Waynesboro Taupe 1544

Wythe Blue 1544

Key Takeaway:  The designers at Pucher’s are color experts!  Let us show you how to use Fall 2012 Color Trends to create the look and feel you want in your home.

Fall Paint Colors for Home

Don’t you just love autumn? 

Fall is a beautiful time of year and can be a great source of color inspiration – with the falling leaves, ubiquitous pumpkins, cups of spiced cider … I could go on.  In this blog, Pucher’s and Benjamin Moore show you how the warm, rich colors of autumn can create warmth and coziness in any space any time of year.

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Delightful Green Bedroom – Anjou Pear AF-425

The key to making fall’s warm, rich colors work in your home is to balance them with neutrals.  Here, the bold accent wall featuring Anjou Pear is balanced by Olivetint (519).

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Vivid Yellow Bedroom – Citrine AF-370

Citrine is a stylish, rich gold adds warmth in the bedroom.

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Cozy, Comfortable Living Room – Etruscan AF-355

Etruscan is a rich, muted orange shade that enhances the cozy comfort of this neutral living space.

 

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Resplendently Red Home Office – Hot Apple Spice 2005-20

The wall of red draws the eye to this workspace. Hot Apple Spice is a rich, understated, gorgeous choice for red.

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Edgy, Original Purple Living Room – Vintage Wine 2116-20

Take purple to new heights with a ceiling of deep vintage wine.  Our North Royalton design staff did just that!  Stop in at Pucher’s North Royalton and check out this color on our ceiling!

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Fresh, Focused Entry – Sparrow AF-720

Warm grays are the hot neutrals right now and will be for the foreseeable future.  Sparrow is a super-saturated taupe-gray that adds a cozy layer of warmth to this entry.

Key Takeaway:  Stop in to Pucher’s and let our color experts show you how to use the cornucopia of fall colors to make your home warm and inviting this season and all year long.

Decorating With Kane Carpet

“Your home should tell YOUR story. It should look just like you. It should be an interesting and smart backdrop for your life. There is nothing worse than an impersonal room!” 

Celebrity Designer, Thom Felicia

We couldn’t agree more!  So when decorating a room, start with something that inspires you – like a piece of artwork that speaks to you or a gorgeous patterned carpet or area rug that you fall in love with. That piece can then guide the design of the rest of the room – from paint colors to furniture to fabrics.  That’s why we’re so excited to introduce you to our new Kane Carpet Collection!  Kane does not produce your ‘run-of-the-mill’ beige plush carpet.  Kane Carpets feature gorgeous designs, colors and textures that are elegant and lend a one-of-a-kind look to your home!

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There are three main types of broadloom carpet construction in use today – machine woven, tufted & hand knotted.  Kane Carpet is machine woven carpet.  Machine woven carpets like Axminster and Wilton (named after the English cities where these weaving processes originated) are made by massive looms that weave together ‘bobbins’ of carpet yarn and backing. The finished result, which can be intricately patterned (see the Kane Carpet display, right), creates a floor that provides supreme underfoot luxury with high performance.

Since 1947, Kane Carpet has been an established trend-setter in the broadloom carpet industry, producing fashion-forward carpets of superior quality.  These carpets will last 20 to 30 years and are extremely popular in areas where longevity and design flexibility are a big part of the purchasing decision. In fact, you’ll find Kane Carpets in some of the world’s finest hotels, including The Plaza Hotel (NYC) and The Bellagio Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas).  Many homes also use woven Axminsters to make design statements.

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Patterned Carpets add an unexpected “wow factor” to any space.  Foyers and hallways are normally areas that people just pass through.  Adding a patterned stair runner is an inexpensive way to add punch to any entry way or hallway.

Jazz Up Your Neutral Interiors

But what if you’re not ready to make a bold statement with your carpet?  You can still use tone-on-tone patterned carpets to add to texture, warmth and visual interest to neutral decor.

Coordinating Your Design Elements

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Obviously, when you’re introducing new patterns into your space, you have to make sure it complements the elements of your decor in terms of color and scale.  It’s okay to use  different patterns in the same room as long as they are in the same color family and you strike a balance with their scale.  Most designers follow the 60-30-10 Rule when working with pattern and color.  For example, in this bedroom, there are three patterns.  But note they are all done in the same color family; they vary in terms of their size and they are balanced with solid colors. For example, in the photos below, the large patterns take up 60% of the space, the solid colors take up 30% of the space and the smaller patterns make up the 10%.  Using patterns of different sizes keeps the room from looking like a circus.  Instead, you have an artfully coordinated design scheme.

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Patterned Carpets Work with Any Decor

Whether your style is traditional, transitional or contemporary, patterned carpets add a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind look to your home.

Key Takeaway:  Kane Carpets use intricate designs, colors and textures to add a “one of a kind look to your interiors.  Stop in to one of our three locations and our design consultants will be happy to show you to use patterned carpets to make a statement in your home.

Our Favorite Benjamin Moore Colors

Pucher’s Designers Share Their “Go-To” Benjamin More Colors

To help inspire you to start your summer painting projects, we asked three of our designers to name their favorite Benjamin Moore colors.

Brooke – Pucher’s Westlake

“I prefer colors that are ‘grayed down’ or muted but still interesting.  They are much easier to live with over time and tend to be easier to find accessories to coordinate with them.” 

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Caponata AF-650

Infused with purple undertones, this rich dark chocolate creates a lush atmosphere, whether in a master bedroom or spacious living room.

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Pashmina AF-100

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Flora AF-470

Pairing effortlessly with contemporary or traditional furnishings, this rich mid-tone green has an earthy, organic quality that’s warm and welcoming.

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Sparrow AF-720

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“This color is a little more intense than the others, but I would use it as more of an accent or in the fabrics and accessories.”

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Mascarpone AF-20

This use-anywhere shade of off-white taps a soft yellow undertone to achieve the versatility and creamy richness of its namesake cheese.

Cindy – Pucher’s Berea

I like toned-down cool colors.  Colors that are subtle, but also rich because they use multiple colorants to achieve their subtle tones.” 

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Crown Point Sand HC-90

“A great rich neutral that gives off a variety of shades, from golds to greens.”

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Colorado Gray 2136-50

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Autumn Leaf 1131

Evocative of the crisp rustling of fall leaves, this warm brown is earthy and elegant. A generous infusion of yellow gives this shade an almost golden cast.  “I love anything with a hint of terra cotta in it!”

Lisa’s Picks – Pucher’s N. Royalton

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Dinner Party AF-300

A sophisticated, deep red with black undertones, this color creates both depth and drama. It is an excellent color for a space used to host elegant dinner parties and other festive events and occasions.

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Stratton Blue HC-142

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Lenox Tan HC-44

The depth and warmth of this rich khaki with yellow undertones strikes the perfect balance between classic comfort and busy modern-day living.

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Chopped Dill 496

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Sweet Rosy Brown 1302

A deep brown with a sweet rosy tint, this rich shade is wonderfully versatile, bringing warmth and cozy comfort to any space.

Key Takeaway:  If you’re struggling to find the right colors for your interiors, bring your swatches to any of our three locations, and our talented designers will be happy to help you create the perfect color palette for your home!

Decorating Ideas for Ceilings

Learn 3 ways to decorate your ceilings and transform the look of your rooms.

Most people don’t give a lot of thought to their ceilings when they’re redecorating.   After choosing their wall colors, they opt for white or off-white paint as an afterthought.  But, by doing that, you draw attention upward without giving the eye much to look at.   A wasted design opportunity.   Applying color, sheen, pattern, and texture on the ceiling can transform the entire look and feel of a room.   Here are some ideas we hope will inspire you to have a little fun with the “5th wall”.

Think About Your Goals

  • Do you want to highlight the ceiling?  If your ceiling features interesting architectural details, like stained wood beams or beautiful moulding, you definitely want to focus on those.    Tray and dome ceilings also beg for attention.
  • Do you want to make the room look bigger or feel cozier?  Using color strategically can help achieve that.
  • If your ceiling is unusually shaped or just unremarkable, then maybe you just want to direct attention away from it.

ceiling1Create a Focal Point/Add Drama

Faux finishes and decorative painting techniques add a WOW factor and drama to any decor, but especially when applied to such “unexpected” places as ceilings.  You can use glazing, Venetian plaster, stencils and wallcovering to achieve this look.  The kitchen ceiling pictured was painted with a Benjamin Moore Metallic Specialty Finish .

ceiling2Make Your Room Feel Cozier

A large room with high ceilings can feel impersonal or unbalanced sometimes when furnishings, floor coverings and accessories visually occupy the bottom half of a room, leaving the top bare.   Experiment with a deeper color on the ceiling in this case. A rich cocoa in a soft sheen such as eggshell or pearl immediately cozies up and balances a large open space with style.

ceiling3Make Your Room Feel More Open

Make a small room or room with a low ceiling feel larger by keeping the color contrast between the walls and ceilings to a minimum. The pale yellow ceiling over wheat-colored walls in this room allows your eyes to gently travel upward without the stark demarcation created by a bright white ceiling (think of how the sky naturally lightens in an ombre effect as it approaches the sun).  Use a flat sheen paint for the best effect – it absorbs light and hides imperfections, leaving you nothing but pure, beautiful color overhead.

ceiling4Draw Attention Away from Your Ceiling

If you are dealing with a room with angled ceilings (like the one shown here) I always suggest painting the entire room the same color.  You don’t want to draw attention to this type of ceiling.  If the room is small and square with lower ceilings and you opt for a darker color on the walls, then I suggest painting the ceiling a lighter color which will suggest a higher ceiling.

So Don’t Forget Your “Fifth Wall”

Ceilings truly are a blank canvas for your creative expression, and as a bonus, you don’t have to worry about smudgy fingerprints or furniture nicks. And decorating your ceiling is a budget-friendly way to give any room in your home a new, inviting look. With a stunning ceiling to look at, it’ll be easy to keep your chin up even in a tight economy!

Key Takeaway:  Sometimes referred to as the “fifth wall,” ceilings need to be included in your overall decorating plans.  Applying color, sheen, pattern, and texture on the ceiling can transform the entire look and feel of your room.

We would love to see pics of what you’ve done with your ceilings.  Send them to randy@puchers.com and we’ll post them in a future blog.