Tips for Choosing a 'Safe' Paint Color for Your Walls

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

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If you prefer a cooler, airy look - chrome, glass and shades of icy blue - then select gray tones. Some stores will have a 'true gray' color swatch which you can use to compare with their designer selections. On comparison you will notice that each gray has undertones. Some will have blue or lavender tones, others may have green or even a hint of pink.

Usingrepparttar same guide as stated above, identifyrepparttar 141190 main colors of furniture and accessories inrepparttar 141191 room. Use green or pink toned greys with cool toned furnishings to avoid it from feeling like an ice box. Use blue or lavender undertones in rooms with warmer colored furnishings.

If you are really torn between beige or gray, thanrepparttar 141192 easiest color to work with is green. Keeping it in a muted tone will make it very easy to live with, and will work with most color palates.

Painting rooms with color will bringrepparttar 141193 finishing touch to your home - don't you deserve it?

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Style Your Home With Decorative Plantation Shutters

Written by John Beker

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Some tips for selecting shutters for your home

1. Consult your carpenter or contractor. Determine ifrepparttar present window casings will supportrepparttar 141009 weight ofrepparttar 141010 hinged shutters when opened and closed, or whether additional framing will be required.

2. Considerrepparttar 141011 width ofrepparttar 141012 louver. The louver width affectsrepparttar 141013 appearance as well asrepparttar 141014 function ofrepparttar 141015 shutters. The widerrepparttar 141016 louver,repparttar 141017 more light and air will be permitted to flow intorepparttar 141018 room.

3. Choose between wood and vinyl. Wooden, especially faux wood shutters can giverepparttar 141019 room a warmer feeling. Vinyl shutters work well in rooms that have high moisture or steam content. Vinyl shutters are easy to clean and will not warp.

4. Choose between moveable and fixed louvers. If you want to userepparttar 141020 shutters primarily for privacy and security, you may wish to use fixed position louvers. If you want to be able to openrepparttar 141021 shutters to admit light, ventilation or see throughrepparttar 141022 window, you will want to select adjustable louver shutters.

5. Readrepparttar 141023 reviews written by home improvement consultants and also by consumers. These reviews are posted on websites and are published on home improvement websites and in home decorating magazines.

6. Choose a reputable company with a reliable warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

Tips for installing shutters

1. Measurerepparttar 141024 window and make sure thatrepparttar 141025 window opening is square. Ifrepparttar 141026 window is not square, you will be required to taperrepparttar 141027 shutter to fitrepparttar 141028 opening.

2. Cutrepparttar 141029 shutters to fitrepparttar 141030 opening. If you cannot find a shutter that will fit your window exactly, choose a shutter that is slightly larger thanrepparttar 141031 opening. If you need to trip more than ¾” fromrepparttar 141032 shutter, cut all of it fromrepparttar 141033 left or bottom sides. If you need to trim more than ¾ inch fromrepparttar 141034 side, cut half from each side. Userepparttar 141035 same procedure in trimmingrepparttar 141036 height ofrepparttar 141037 shutter.

3. Hingerepparttar 141038 shutter with non-mortising hinges. Use two shutter hinges for shutters 30 inches or less in height. Use three hinges for shutters from 30 – 48 inches high. Be sure and placerepparttar 141039 hinges onrepparttar 141040 opposite side ofrepparttar 141041 desired shutter opening.

4. Installrepparttar 141042 latch onrepparttar 141043 opposite side ofrepparttar 141044 hinges. The latch is often installed inrepparttar 141045 centre ofrepparttar 141046 shutter. In some applications it may be desirable to installrepparttar 141047 latch nearrepparttar 141048 top orrepparttar 141049 bottom ofrepparttar 141050 shutter. For example, in a room used by small children you may wish to installrepparttar 141051 latch nearrepparttar 141052 top ofrepparttar 141053 shutter.

5. The installation tools needed include a mitre, radial arm or table saw; a jointer, planer or a hand plane; screwdriver; square, paint brush; tape measure; pencil;repparttar 141054 shutters, non-mortising hinges, screws, fine sandpaper and touch-up paint or varnish.


Today’s homeowner is going to use plantation shutters more for beauty, but they are also important for privacy and security. Shutters are often an excellent choice for living rooms, sitting rooms, dens, home libraries and home offices. There is a special feeling that comes from sitting or working in a room dominated byrepparttar 141055 rich warmth of wood. Sunlight, ventilation and artificial lighting can all be adjusted to provide justrepparttar 141056 right atmosphere.

For more information you can reach the freelance writer John Beker at the internet site at where you should also come accross additional material and tips.

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