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The Best Way to Choose Colors For a Commercial Building Exterior

64Commercial painting is more than just slapping a color of paint on your structure. The best way to choose colors for a commercial building exterior is to consider what the choice of color will have to say to those to enter the building.

It is possibly more about how the color choice will make a visitor feel or the people who spend several hours a day in the dwelling. Colors evoke emotional responses and can be either inviting or disparaging.

The paint for your commercial building should be one that will be inviting to your customers and make them want to enter your dwelling. For instance, painting your building a shade of orange will present the message that the store is very casual and offers bargain basement type deals. This is a good message if it is indeed the intent of your store. If you are looking for opulence and elegance, orange shades are not your best choice. Not only should the color be an invitation to customers but the type of business makes a difference. Many bars and restaurants decorate with red because red makes a person feel hungry. A spa or gym would not want to use red.

The color green says healing and caring so this is a good color for clinics while law offices and the like would do well with brown or grey as these convey the feeling of being strong, study and trustworthy. Colors that will set the main color scheme off should be in the same hue or family which is called a monochromatic look. As an example, the exterior of a building painted in sage green can be accented with a deep hunter green in the trim of the windows and roof lines and doorways. This gives a very elegant feeling. The main color needs an accent color for trim to bring it to life that is the same hue and either a little lighter or a littler darker than the main color.

If you want a color that will express an environment of being calm and receptive and trustworthy then a combination of blue with either a brown or green for the accent will bring this message. Using a steel blue/grey with a dark grey accent trim gives the feeling of being strong, enduring and yet tranquil. Experts say that people who are around yellow for a long period of time will end up losing their tempers. Although this makes it hard on the staff that works in a yellow environment, it is a strong drawing card that grabs attention quickly. Yellow is usually seen on signs like safety or caution signs because it grabs attention. Your decision would need to be do you want to present an attention grabber message that could eventually lead to high emotional responses or do you want the soothing and sturdy message of blues, grays and browns?

If the choice is still confusing you might go to a point store and look at the brochures of the exterior paint section. They will have pictures of houses and buildings done in different colors with coordinated colors for trim and accent areas. Look at these in the sunlight and see how they make you feel.

What Are the Best Paint Colors For Hospital Walls?

63There’s hardly a secret anymore that human behavior is highly influenced by colors. Scientific studies have proven that our emotions and mood are affected when surrounded by particular colors. Some cause us to be more aggressive, whereas others have a soothing effect on us. From psychologists to interior designers, everybody seems fascinated with the phenomenon.

No wonder then that when it comes to paints, specialists are extremely careful to make the right choice. As their ideas come as colors do, in a wide variety, ultimately the only thing they have to consider is the appropriateness of their vision. For instance, a hospital room wouldn’t be painted in the same shades as a private residence’s living room. The patients would it find difficult to cope with some red painted walls instead of the usual white, green or blue ones.

We all may have in contact, one way or another, with the imposing, intimidating places which are hospitals. Either as patients or visitors, we are most certainly overwhelmed by their presence. But, once inside, hospitals have this huge power of conveying a sensation of calm and peace. How do they manage to do that? It’s simple to find the answer by just taking a quick look at the walls and noticing the colors they are painted in.

Hospital walls are usually covered in colors such as white, green and blue. There is an explanation behind these choices and it has to do with the psychological effects these colors have.

White is the most common color to be seen on a hospital wall. And that is due to the peaceful and calm mood it provides. Other reason for choosing it is the fact that it denotes cleanness. It implies sterility, which has the effect of making patients feel reassured. This is also why doctors and nurses wear white uniforms.

Blue and green are considered to be the most relaxing and refreshing colors, promoting peaceful atmosphere which encourages concentration. Designers, psychologists and feng-shui experts, they all tend to consider that shades of blues and greens make us fell calmer, more balanced and less emotional. Because green has a calming effect on our nerves, hospital waiting rooms and even psychiatric wards are painted in this color. And surgeons wear green scrubs for the same reason. As for blue, it has often been noticed that children in pain are put in hospital rooms painted in light blue due to its healing effect it conveys.

When coming inside a hospital, the general atmosphere must make us feel reassured and calm. Before knowing anything about the staff’s professionalism, our worried look will check for visible signs that we will be well taken for. And the hospital’s walls, either white, green or blue, are our first impression.

Give Your Home a New Look With a Good Painting Job

62If you own a home and you want to keep it then you will need to make use of a few well-chosen house painting ideas. Whether you need to paint the home because it is unavoidable or even if it is because of your personal preference you must get the job done by a professional. They will be able to totally transform your home and make even the dullest home look new and attractive.

Hiring professional house painters makes perfect sense because not only they are trained to do a good job but also because they will do the job at an economical price. They know how to choose the right colors and they also have all the necessary tools of the trade to complete the job to your entire satisfaction.

If you want to buy the paint on your own then you will need to visit stores where you can check out their samples. You can take some of these samples and try them on in your home. if a particular paint suits your home then that is what you should buy. Before choosing colors you should picture in your mind which colors are most attractive and then you should think about using those colors to get the house painted.

If you are looking for house painting ideas then you can a few bright ideas by consulting magazines as well as books on house painting. You should also use colors which you think will make your home look more attractive. After choosing colors for you home the next step is for you to hire a good painting contractor.

It always pays to go with a painting contractor who is licensed and who is also professional. It also pays to avoid those who are not licensed as they might charge a lower fee but the quality of their work will not be all that satisfactory. Before hiring a painting contractor you should also ask them to give you a written estimate. You also need to ask them to tell you how many coats of paint they will apply and how they prepare the surfaces. Also, ask them to tell you what brand of paint they are going to use and what areas of your home they are ready to paint.

Finally, before choosing a painting contractor you should ask them for recommendations and you should also cross check their references.

Principles to Observe for a Good Home Staging Practice

61Seeing your home at its finest is one of the best things to look forward to after work. Studies have shown that a clean environment induces productivity. While many of us prefer to hire a home staging service, others want to decorate their own homes at their own pace with their own style – especially those who have a knack for colors and embellishments. The rest of us just learn the skill through constant enhancement of our homes.

Many of us do not have the artsy gene, but there are some techniques that we can go by to mix and match colors and styles. These principles are very easy to live with, making it convenient for you to welcome your friends and loved ones with happiness, comfort, and pride.

1. If we have the rule of thirds for photography, we also have the rule of odd numbers on home staging that produces harmony and visual interest for your visitors. Things that are arranged even with their differences in shapes, heights, and textures also help. This may seem a little weird, but the key here is to group objects that have similarities in them, but at the same time, a noticeable difference. The contrast that it creates commands instant attention from a person’s vision. This would surely attract your visitors in a fun and unusual way.

2. Find the thing that captures your attention the moment you walk into your home, including everything that surrounds it. You can use this as your starting point when decorating. If you can’t find the focal point of your home, you can always build one. You can set one wall and make it different from the rest through painting it with a different color and accessorizing it accordingly. You can also use large pieces of embellishments such as furniture, paintings, or mirrors to enhance it.

3. There are basic measurement rules for curtains and furniture that you can keep in mind when you decorate rooms. You can do a further research on this, but here’s a bundle of heads-up for you:

a. Use the rule of thumb in determining the distance between your favorite sofa and TV. Multiply the diagonal size of your TV by two. Following this will not only give you comfort, it will give you a stylish arrangement too.

b. Observe a 15” to 18” distance between coffee tables and sofas.

c. For hanging curtains, the usual 1” to 3” overlap on either side of the window is great to follow. Normal height for curtain rods must be around 4”. If you want your curtains to look taller, you can go beyond 4”, but do not exceed 8”. If you want it to look wider, you can go as far as 12” on either side of the window.

d. If you want to have paintings at your home, keep it at eye level – somewhere between 56” to 60” from the floor. If you want to hang it above your sofa, make sure it doesn’t go more than 2/3 of the sofa’s width.

e. For rugs, it is ideal to leave 12” to 18” of floor surface on all four sides of the rug. You can put all the legs of your furniture on it.

f. Add the best type of lighting that’s suitable for the function of the room.

As the owner of the house, there is one simple rule that you cannot ignore, and that is to follow your guts, especially if your first arrangement does not look great to you. You can always decorate your own home according to your own preferred style and design.

Using the 7 Chakra Colors in Your Home

60Implementing the 7 chakra colors into your surroundings is a simple and effective way to bring change into your life.

If you have one (or several chakras) that are out of balance, add that chakra color to your home.

Here’s the quick chakra colors guide:

Red: The first chakra is about stability, balance and community. Signs that you might be out of balance in this energy center include feeling fearful, excessive worrying about money and finances, and a sense of being “apart” from those around you. Consider adding shades of red to your home. On a small scale consider a red candle or candle holder, a painting or poster with red elements in it, or red flowers such as roses. If you want to do a lot of work with this energy center, buy a vivid red bathrobe to snuggle up in every evening, a red bedspread for your bed, or red curtains. For crystals consider garnet or ruby.

Orange: The second chakra is related to creativity, sensuality and sexuality. Signs of an imbalance include feeling bored with life, stuck in a routine, inhibited sexuality with your partner, or lack of excitement in your life. For a quick lift decorate with a bowl of oranges in your kitchen, amber or carnelian stones in your living room, or a splashy orange rug. If your creative side seems thwarted, add shades of orange where you do your work such as near your computer desk or in an art room if you have one. If it’s the sensual side of life that seems lacking, add lots of subtle orange accents to your bedroom to spice things up. Consider bergamot scented potpourri with dried orange slices in it and an orange colored night-gown.

Yellow: The third chakra relates to self-esteem, self-confidence and boundaries. Signs of an imbalance include letting people walk all over you, being a “people pleaser”, feeling like you’re not good enough, or feeling lack of success in your life. Yellow is the color of confidence. Consider yellow accents in jewelry, ties, and scarves. For crystals give tiger’s eye and yellow calcite a shot. In the home and at work add splashes of vivid yellow in decorative accents, especially in places where you tend to feel dis-empowered.

For flower think daffodils and yellow daisies. Around the home add a cluster of yellow candles or a yellow vase. If there is any area (such as at work) where you often feel low self-esteem, blanket the area in yellow. Add picture frames, pictures, rugs, even lamps in yellow and see your self-esteem rise.

Green (and Pink): The fourth chakra is all about matters of the heart. It is about self-love, love for others, compassion and gentleness. Green is the traditional color associated with this energy center, but pink is often considered appropriate for it as well. If you have difficult relationships with friends, family and loved ones, you could work on this chakra. Other signs of issues include holding on to painful memories, being stuck in the past, and being critical of yourself or others. For stones add serpentine, malachite or rose quartz to your home. Household accents could include decorative green grasses, bamboo plants, green or pink candles, and jade.

Turquoise or Light Blue: The fifth chakra is the communication center. It covers all realms of communication with others. Imbalances include being overly reserved or shy, having a hard time expressing thoughts and emotions, having your words be frequently misunderstood, or talking excessively.

The best strategy for this energy center is to get a turquoise pendant and wear it frequently. Around the home add light blue elements and sky colors. If there is an area where communication always seems to be an issue, make sure to add a large blue element such as a poster, painting, curtains, or even couch cover in a light blue or sky blue color.

Indigo or Dark Blue: The sixth chakra is the intuitive realm. It’s following a hunch in the right direction or getting a nudge that says “don’t go that way”. Signs of imbalance include feeling cut off from your intuition, confusion about what path to follow in life, frequent indecision, and an inability to make up your mind about small or large matters. It is also related to dreams and night-time, so another sign of imbalance is having nightmares, insomnia, night terrors, or restless sleep. Stones for this energy center include lapis and azurite. Get an indigo sleep mask to wear to bed at night, dark blue sheets for your bed, paint your bedroom a deep, deep blue or purple, and indigo curtains for your bedroom. On a smaller level, get a few indigo decorative elements and keep them on your nightstand for sleep issues or wherever you have the most frequent bouts of indecision.

Purple: The seventh energy center is the crown and it relates to spirituality, upliftment, enlightenment, and peace of mind. Signs of imbalance are depression, “feeling down”, nervousness, feeling alone in the world, and anxiety. Stones for this energy center are amethyst, lepidolite and clear quartz. Add shades of purple from violet to vivid royal purple to your home and watch your mood lift itself up naturally. Think of shower curtains, couch pillows, table-cloths or vases in purple. To get a big boost to this center, wear a purple dress, tie or hat.