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From Boring To Beautiful: 18 Ways To Jazz Up Your Home’s Exterior

From Boring To Beautiful: 18 Ways To Jazz Up Your Home’s Exterior

Whether you are looking to sell your house or just want to make it look more fresh and modern, you will no doubt turn your attention to the interior. After all; that’s where you and your family will spend most of your time in the house, right?

The thing is, some folks forget about the need to make their home’s exteriors look great as well. If your interior looks like a palace but the outside is more of an eyesore, it’s time you invested some energy (and money) in jazzing it up. The trouble is, where should you begin, and what changes or additions should you make?

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Whatever you do, it should serve two purposes. First of all, it must make your home’s exterior look better than its current state now. And, second, it should add some value to your property. With those two points in mind, here are 18 ways that you can easily jazz up your home’s exterior and make it more beautiful and valuable:

  1. Give your front door a lick of paint

It doesn’t matter whether you have a door made of solid oak or uPVC plastic. If it looks old and weathered, and the color is several shades lighter than what it used to be, it’s time to paint it. The good news is that it’s easy to get paint for all kinds of door types – even plastic!

  1. Upgrade your windows

One of the best ways of improving your home’s exterior looks and its value is by upgrading the windows. It’s important to live in a home where you feel safe and warm, and strong, sturdy glass and frames will help you achieve that goal. Window replacement is possible for all types include sash and uPVC. Just make sure you choose some windows that match the style of your house.

  1. Make your house numbers more stylish

Do you live in a house where people seldom find it easy to locate your abode? Perhaps you’ve got a confusing road layout, or it may even be an unmarked road? If that’s the case, you will want to make it as easy as possible for visitors to find your house.

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One way to do that is by adding some large, stylish house numbers to your property. They are perfect for when you’re waiting for deliveries, and the truck driver can’t see where your house is!

  1. Have your driveway resurfaced

Is your current driveway a mess of broken concrete and weeds? Perhaps all you’ve got for a driveway is a pile of gravel or dirt on the ground? As you can imagine, having a level and surfaced drive makes any home more desirable to future homebuyers. Plus, it makes life easier for anyone living at or visiting your house. You can have your driveway surfaced with asphalt, concrete, or brick pavers.

  1. Let there be light

Don’t you just hate it when you get home at night and have to fumble around looking for the right door key? A lack of illumination can be a real pain in the behind, but you can easily solve that problem by installing some lighting! You can have an electrician install some powered outdoor security lights. Or, you could opt for solar or battery-powered ones, if you prefer.

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  1. Fit a stylish door knocker

You might have a doorbell that you expect people to use. But, what would happen if you have a visitor and your doorbell wasn’t working? A good failsafe to have for backup purposes is a door knocker! Of course, you don’t have to opt for a standard tradesman’s brass knocker; there are a plethora of stylish options out there!

  1. Decorate your front entrance with some plants

It’s important to make your home inviting for any guests, friends, or family members that you are expecting to visit. You can start that experience by adding some stylish plants by the entrance to your front door. Some people may choose to have ornaments, but plants look more inviting. Plus, they make good landmarks if you have a visitor that can’t find your house for whatever reason!

  1. Add some slate tiles to the front entrance

If you have a porch by your front door, make it look more modern and fresh with some slate tiles! They are available in a range of different sizes, colors, and textures. Choose ones that complement the design of your house, and you’ll instantly add value and pizazz to your property.

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  1. Revamp your exterior walls

If you have exposed bricks on your outside walls, the chances are high that the weather will have made them look lackluster. You should spend some time cleaning the walls with a pressure washer. Once dried, make a note of any areas with broken or missing mortar between the bricks. You can then fill those areas in with fresh matching mortar. Finally, seal bricks and mortar with a protective transparent paint.

  1. Stain your wood fence panels and garage door

The thing about wood is that while it’s a versatile construction material, it’s also prone to rot over time. With that thought in mind, you should take the time to stain your wood fence panels and garage door. Doing so will give them a layer of protection and make them look fresh and attractive. You can get the stain in a variety of colors and tones, so there will be something to suit your home’s exterior appearance and complement it well.

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  1. Add a pergola and climbing vines to your garage door surround

The garage door isn’t a particularly interesting aspect of your home’s exterior to look at. But, you could make it a feature rather than a boring part of your house with a couple of simple additions! All you need to do is install a pergola on top of the surround and grow some climbing vines around it. Once the vines have grown, it will make your garage and driveway feel more “homely”!

  1. Hide exposed foundations with faux panels

Sure, you could take the time to paint over your exposed house foundations. But, what if you would rather hide them out of sight? An attractive way to do so is by installing some faux panels. They are easy to fit, cheap to buy, and can get cut to any size for your needs. There are many styles and patterns available to purchase, and they will enhance the look of your home’s exterior.

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  1. Camouflage your air conditioning unit

Does your house have air conditioning? If so, you might be unhappy about the unsightly outdoor unit having to be in full view of people walking outside of your home. Don’t worry because there is an easy solution to this problem: simply camouflage it! You can do so with plants or an attractive slatted wood surround.

  1. Improve the appearance of your mailbox

Do you have a curbside mailbox at your house? And is it looking a little worse for wear? Well, you don’t need to spend money buying a new one when you can just renovate your existing one! All you need to do is give it a good clean and apply some weatherproof paint to protect it from the elements. If the mailbox is perched on a wooden pole, be sure to stain it, so it has extra protection.

  1. Buy a welcome mat for your front door

Perhaps one of the cheapest, quickest, and easiest ways to brighten up your home’s exterior is with a new welcome mat! Some people purchase personalized ones, while others opt for “cheap and cheerful” ones that you can get from any local hardware store.

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  1. Pressure wash your home’s exterior

You will have no doubt spent some time pressure washing your walls as per tip #9. But, did you know that you can enhance other exterior items by giving them a good clean too? You can use your pressure washer on wooden decking, asphalt and brick driveways, windows, and even your garbage cans! Believe it or not, exterior cleaning is the one thing that many homeowners forget to do!

  1. Tackle the weeds

One annoying thing that attacks virtually all houses is when weed grows through cracks in concrete flooring or brick pavers. Fortunately, it’s a situation you can easily fix by applying liquid weed killer. After a few days, you can remove the weeds with a suitable gardening tool or even your pressure washer. Weeds make any home’s exterior look unkempt and unattractive; they simply must go!

  1. Create some flower beds around your trees

Last, but not least, if you’ve got some trees growing in your garden and front lawn, consider decorating them with some flower beds! They will add some well-contained color and character, and will give people the impression that you have a well-maintained house. The latter is especially important if you’re trying to sell your home!

Thanks for reading today’s article. See you soon!

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Surviving Moving Day

Surviving Moving Day

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You may have been the happiest person in the world on the day you went to view your new home. Now that all the paperwork’s sorted out and the home’s waiting for your arrival, you’ve got something much less pleasant on the horizon: actually moving in! Moving house is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever have to do as an adult, but following these handy survival tips can make all the difference…

Hire a Skip (or Two!)

The more stuff you have to move, the more it’s going to strain your nerves. There’s no point in carrying around items you don’t need, or even worse, paying a hefty removal company’s fee to move anything you really don’t want or need anymore. At some point in the weeks leading up to your move, hire a skip and have it placed outside your front door. This will make it easy for you to go through the house, chucking anything that you don’t want weighing you down when you actually come to move to the new place.

Get Help

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Looking to save money, a lot of people will simply hire a private van for the big day, and ask a couple of friends to help with all the loading and unloading. This can be a huge mistake. Hiring interstate removalists and other moving professionals can be expensive, but the fee will be well worth the amount of stress and hassle they save you. Just make sure you do your research, and ask your friends and family for their trusted recommendations. Some movers will do a rushed, half-hearted job and damage your possessions, and others will offer extra services which turn out to be one big waste of money. Some supposed movers are in fact just scammers with a clever front!

Hold onto the Essentials

While hiring professional movers can make life so much easier on the day of the big move, there are certain things you should pack personally, and keep in your own car. Bedding, cutlery, plates, along with nightwear and the toiletries you use before bed, should all be packed separately by you, and kept somewhere where you know you’ll be able to access them. Once you’ve got through the ordeal of moving and got those last boxes over the threshold, you don’t want to be even more stressed as you tear open box after box, looking for the essentials.

Prioritise the Beds

As soon as your removals team arrive at the new place, the first thing you should get them to do is assemble the family’s beds, and make them sleepable. After all the carry-on that comes with moving house, when you find yourself totally drained of energy at the end of the day, the last thing you want to be doing is fiddling with bolts and hex keys while fighting to keep your eyes open! It’s usually a good idea to mention this to your removal company well in advance, as this will prevent any confusion and delays.

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Is It Time Your Home Got A Face Lift?

Is It Time Your Home Got A Face Lift?

The appearance of a home is critical. According to estate agents, a home with a grubby exterior can fetch up to 10 percent less when it goes to market, all because of the bad impression it creates. That said, doing up your home is expensive. Not everybody has $10,000 to spend on sprucing things up.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a big difference. Here are some ways to give your home a fresh appearance without paying through the nose.

Update Your Walls

Painting on exterior walls can give a house character, but as painting contractors know all too well, paint can also reflect the age of your home. Whitewash houses painted after the second world war are looking a little worse for wear these days.

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The great thing about painting is that it has the ability to cover up all manner of evils, including scrapes, scuffs, and bird droppings. Different shades of exterior paint will have dramatically different effects on the way that your house appears from the outside, so don’t be afraid to play around with colors. Depending on where you live, you could choose blue, lilac or even green.

When choosing paint, opt for low-VOC, since this is the least expensive and the most eco-friendly.

Polish The Roof

Roofs get a bad rap. They’re directly exposed to the elements, and over time, they can end up looking rather worse for wear. The bad news is that you probably won’t be able to take care of the roof yourself, thanks to the risk of falling and hurting yourself. But the good news is that giving it a good polish usually costs less than $300 – well worth it if you’re looking to sell your home.

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While you’re having work done up there, take the chance to fix other issues that might affect the selling price of your home. These include things like covering up holes, applying anti-rust solutions and so on. Once you’ve had the roof cleaned, you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes to the appearance of your house. Suddenly it looks nearly new again!

Take The Front Door For An MOT

The front door of your home is the first thing that guests see when they come knocking. As a result, it’s important that it is looking its best. There’s no need to spend a fortune and buy a whole new door. Instead, you can easily repair the one you’ve got already, especially if it is made of wood. Look out for things like loose doorknobs and cracks on the surface.

To take things to the next level, you could add things like a brass door knocker or a new doorbell with a great ring. Repairing a door will set you back between $50 and $100.

Cut Back Those Weeds

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Nobody wants to be greeted with overgrown weeds in their front garden. It’s a good idea, therefore, to cut back on ugly weeds wherever possible, as well as trim the hedges, rake away any dead leaves and cut the grass.

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Back To The Future: Vintage Style Is Making A Comeback

Back To The Future: Vintage Style Is Making A Comeback

If you spend a lot of your time paying attention to fashion or design trends, then you’ll notice things tend to move in a cycle. One thing becomes popular for a while, then disappears completely before making a comeback many years later.

These days, we see a massive example of this in the form of vintage style. Back in the 70’s and 80’s certain clothes were popular and people liked to buy particular things for their homes. As time went on, these styles went out of fashion, and new trends came in.

Now, all of these old styles are back with a vengeance. Vintage is the new, well, new! If you’re wearing vintage clothing or have a vintage interior design, then you’re considered to be someone that keeps up with trends and knows great style when you see it.

In this article, I’m going to give you a few tips that will help you keep up with the times and showcase this vintage style for all to see. Check out my ideas down below:

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Vintage Interior Design

Vintage interior design is achieved when you decorate your home in a way that wouldn’t look out of place twenty or thirty years ago. This means getting a lot of vintage or antique looking furniture instead of some of the more modern stuff.

Vintage sofas have become so popular that companies are actually making brand new sofas that look old. So, it’s not hard to get your hands on one of these to take your living room back to the 70’s/80’s. Places like your kitchen and bathroom are also really easy to turn into vintage interior design havens. All you need to do is shy away from the contemporary things like tiling and get more rustic and vintage looking kitchen counters, etc.

Bathrooms are potentially even easier, it all lies in the things you have in the room. Get a real antique bathtub and an old-looking vanity cabinet too. It’s amazing how easy finding an antique vanity is these days, and they don’t look too old and outdated either, they have a unique vintage look that isn’t ugly. That’s really all there is to vintage interior design, it’s all about finding old things and making them work again.

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Vintage Fashion

The vintage fashion trend has really taken off in the last few years, and there are now so many examples of vintage clothing in popular shops. You have classic vintage sunglasses on shelves up and down the country, and vintage ‘mom’ jeans are making a comeback too.

If you really wanted to become a vintage fashion icon, then your best bet is checking out second-hand stores or thrift shops for truly vintage clothing. It’s also a good idea to go through some old magazines or do a few image searches for fashion back in the 70’s/80’s, this will give you a great idea of what to wear and buy.

In truth, vintage style is one of the easiest styles to replicate as you’re just wearing things that used to look good a few decades ago. If you want to remain stylish and keep up with trends, then you should get on this bandwagon before it rolls out.

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Cheap and Easy Ways To Spice Up Your Floor Space

Cheap and Easy Ways To Spice Up Your Floor Space

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Floors. It’s no doubt they’re one of the most important features of your house. Not only in a practical sense, but in a decorative sense.  Yet, floors can often be forgotten when restyling or redecorating. Of course, some may choose their perfect flooring when they renovate but even then there is more that can be done to ensure your floors become the highlight of your house. Maybe you have excess space, or maybe you’re looking for something to make your house more homey. Have a look at some of the cheap and easy ways spruce up your floor space to get some inspiration.

Vase

Everyone loves flowers, so why not add a vase to a free space to add a little bit of brightness to your day.  The larger the vase, the better as it will highlight the surrounding area. For this reason, ensure you place it in an area that is not overcrowded with furniture or objects to get the best out of your flooring. For longevity, you may want to purchase artificial flowers. Or you may prefer the smell of fresh flowers. It’s up to you to be creative and choose the style that suits you best.

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Rugs

When it comes to redecorating our floor space, rugs and mats are one of the first things many think of. A feature rug can make a house feel like home, warm and safe. A shaggy rug on your flooring can warm us up in winter just as quickly as we can put it away to cool us down in the summer. Rugs can be swapped and changed to ensure you are never restricted to just the one style. If matched to the style of a room, it can add an element to your house that may be lacking otherwise.

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Decorated Floorboards

This is a new trend, and quite a controversial one. Done right it can be a huge success, done wrong may result in an even bigger urge to redecorate your floor space. Painting your bamboo flooring, whether it be like in the featured photo, or maybe a bright pattern can be quite a daunting idea for most people. But if you’ve got a bit of the creative flair in you, patterned or decorative floorboards can add a lot of individuality to your home. Worried about your artistic skills? You could always make it a collaborative experience

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with some friends, or even hire an artist to make your dreams come alive.

Wine Racks

Wine Racks are not only a way to show off your wine knowledge, but can also double as a decorative feature. If you’re not a big wine drinker, buy some old milk bottles and fill them up with decorative shells, beads or other pretties to make them more colourful and stand out in your home. If you’ve got kids you can substitute with glass jars and use them as stationary holders and create a mess (and stress) free craft space.

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Regardless of what you envision with your own flooring, remember to be creative and reflect your own personality with your choices to achieve the best results. If you couldn’t find any inspiration here, remember decluttering can help bring out the most important features of your home, and will accentuate your flooring further.

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5 Ways To Keep Yourself Healthy

5 Ways To Keep Yourself Healthy

When you’re a child, adulthood seemed like a fairy tale land that was far away. You didn’t have to think about your sugar or fat intake. You didn’t have to think about going for a run at 6am three times a week. You certainly didn’t worry whether you were eating too much, because all the running around you did at school was burning it all off for you!

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However, a part of adulthood is taking care of your health. You become very aware of your own body as you grow up, something that children are blissfully ignorant toward. Living a healthier life doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, it just takes some effort on your part. There are many ways of living a healthier lifestyle, and we’ve listed five ways you can do just that.

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Act like water is the only drink left on earth, and it’s all you’ll drink. Our bodies are made up of 90% water. We are basically cucumbers with feelings. Without water, we will shrivel up and dry out – not a good look. Water doesn’t just keep your brain hydrated, either. Your skin will look amazing the more water you drink, you’ll have more energy and your digestive system will be thanking you for it, too. Enjoy other drinks, but in moderation.

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Eat real food. Physically, all food is real, but if a slice of bread is as nutritionally equal to a slice of cardboard, would you still eat it? Probably not. You should be eating a balanced diet with mainly fruits, vegetables and whole grains for fiber. If your food has too many ingredients in it that aren’t of other foods, steer clear of it.

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Have the right healthcare plan. You’re an adult, you’ve probably already researched the best Medicare supplemental insurance plans. If you’ve done this and chosen one, you have covered your health properly so that should you ever need professional medical care, you have a back-up to help pay for it. Getting the best medical care is crucial to your future and you should ensure you sort this as early as possible.

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Sleep is not a punishment. As a child, a nap felt like the end of the world and being sent to bed was a punishment. As an adult, sleep is a golden gift from the Gods of ZZZ. Your body needs time to recharge in the same way it needs food to fuel it and water to hydrate it. If your job or your social life are preventing you from a minimum of seven hours sleep a night, change it. You need to be a whole, healthy human and sleep can help you get there.

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Exercise isn’t torture, we promise. Keeping your body moving will keep you from getting too stiff, too sick and too sore to actually move. Find something that makes you feel fantastic and grab hold of it. Making exercise fun is crucial in keeping motivated, so join a class if you need to. Listen to your body and pay attention to what you need to keep your heart healthy.

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Why Trust Is Important to Health

Why Trust Is Important to Health

Trust is intrinsically linked to staying healthy. In order to stay as healthy as you can possibly be you need to be able to trust others. You need to be able to trust those that tend to your health. You need to be able to trust those that look after you. When there’s no trust in healthcare it’s very hard to be as healthy as can be.

First and foremost you need to be able to trust your doctor. You need to trust them so that you feel comfortable enough to talk about your health openly with them. When you visit your doctor it is imperative that you are completely frank about your medical concerns with them. Even if your concerns embarrass you you need to be able to unashamedly talk about them with your doctor. The only way you can do this is if you put your trust in them. And by putting your trust in them you’re also more likely to take their advice. If they have provided you with course of medication and prescribed doses to you it is very important that you follow their orders. However, if you don’t trust the advice they are giving, why would you? It is important to remember that they are the professionals and their medical judgement is going to better than yours. This is why you should trust it.

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Sometimes, however, as is life trust can sometimes be mislaid. Sometimes those in the medical profession do make mistakes. Sometimes they do get prescriptions, advice or even surgeries wrong. If this is the case then you need to be able to put your trust elsewhere. If you’ve had an incorrect diagnosis or a medical procedure performed on you then you should then put your trust in a medical malpractice lawyer. Hastings Law Firm, as evidenced here https://www.hastingsfirm.com/locations/houston-medical-malpractice-attorneys/, offer comprehensive support upon the aftermath of poor medical procedures. These are the sorts of people and services you should be putting your trust into. In doing so you can spend more time recuperating and less time worrying. But, even if a doctor does break your trust in this manner it does not mean you should stop trusting doctors in general. They always have been and always will be the best option available when it comes to healthcare. Never forget that doctors are humans too.

But it’s not just about putting your trust in others, you need to trust yourself as well. If you have been told by a health giving professional not to eat a specific type of food, then you need to trust yourself not to eat it. If you have been told to stop smoking and drinking alcohol then you need to be able to trust yourself that you won’t. You need be able to trust yourself that when you’re out of you GPs office and back in the real world you won’t succumb to any urges. It is down to you to improve your health, so you have to trust yourself to do so. In this plight you should try adopting some of these healthy habits.

Having no trust is not healthy when it comes to your health. When there is no trust in health it is very hard to get your health to where it should be. If you struggle with trusting in general then make sure to check out the tips found here.

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Tighten Up Vaginal Loosening

By Carvaka

Tighten Up Vaginal Loosening – Infographic

Loosening of the vagina is a concern for many women all over the world. It is something that many suffer with in silence as they are possibly too embarrassed to seek help or are of the belief that it’s an affliction that they have to accept. Fortunately acceptance isn’t the only option. There are in fact many ways that it can be helped, some not involving surgery or even a doctor’s visit. Issues like this can be upsetting for a woman (and of course for her partner). It is really important that women talk about this if it is causing them concern or discomfort as hiding or concealing it will not improve the situation. By not facing up to it and trying to find a solution, a woman’s self esteem can be badly damaged which of course can have a knock on impact on their daily lives.

This infographic from the guys over at Carvaka aims to explain the background to how some women have a loosened vagina; it examines the possible consequences of this issue; it highlights the ways that it can be treated and it also indicates some useful exercises which can also help matters. With any medical issue, it’s always best to seek your doctor’s assistance but certainly arming yourself with knowledge is important too so check it out below!

 

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6 Tips for Choosing the Ideal Exterior Paint Palette

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

6 Tips for Choosing the Ideal Exterior Paint Palette

 

image-4-2Choosing the exterior paint palette has never been an easy task. Unlike the interior that is supposed to be modeled entirely according to your liking, your house’s exterior is out there, exposed to everyone’s judgment. The wrong hues can affect the look of the entire street. But, that’s only a part of the problem. You need to think about the style and durability of your exterior paint, and any wrong step can cost you a small fortune when you realize that you’ve made a mistake. Let’s make sure that this doesn’t happen.

Consider the look of your neighborhood

Some cities like Cinque Terre, Cape Town, Trinidad and Bristol are inherently vivid and colorful. Adding to that diversity will only make them appear livelier. However, if you are living in a more traditional city or neighborhood, going for a garnish hue of green will make passers-by literally go green. That doesn’t mean that your entire neighborhood should follow the uniform, by-the-numbers color pattern. But, if you are surrounded with gentle browns and grays, going full cyan wouldn’t make too much sense, would it?

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Think about permanent materials and installations

When choosing the right exterior paint palette, consider the hues and nuances of the permanent exterior elements, such as roof, brick or stone foundation, patio, tiles, stonework, pathways or some other permanent accents. Put them all on the paper, try to find the lowest common denominator and work your way up from there. Are they cool or warm? Earthy or neutral? If you end up stuck, know that the colors that belong to the opposite ends of the color spectrum (for instance, red brick foundation and gray/blue exterior paint) make just as good combination.

Take style and era of the house into the equation

Can you imagine a Victorian house painted in stark orange and pale mint green? It looks jarring, right? Well, you are not the only one who thinks that. As a matter of fact, some neighborhoods, cities, and states even have different regulations prescribing the recommended colors for historic buildings. If you own an older house, it would be a good idea to do a little research and find what colors were popular when the house was built and it’s preferable to stick to those.

Use bold accents

Of course, if you don’t feel obliged to paint your house in accordance with your neighbors’ tastes or even a historical context, you shouldn’t be afraid to follow your own instincts. However, if you intend to use unusual, bold, and eye-catching colors it would be wise to limit them to accents like the front door, window trims, and fascia, and paint the rest of the house in some neutral color. This way, you will have much more room to experiment with the accents in the future.

Start with samples

image-1-4Some colors may look great on the paper, but that’s not always the case when you paint it on the wall. That is why you should start small. Paint a small portion of the wall, leave it to dry and see how it behaves throughout the day. Something that looks nice in the morning may not look as good in the evening. Painting a couple of different colors at the same time will give you even a better perspective.

Don’t forget durability

By painting a house, you are giving a new look to your most valuable possession. How about using this opportunity to make your most valuable possession a bit more durable? With the right choice of protective paints, coatings, and primers you will make your investment more worthwhile as you won’t have to repaint it as frequently.

Follow these few tips and you won’t have any problems painting your house in the right colors. Exterior painting is not that cheap, and you won’t be doing it every year. So, be careful, the mistakes you make will haunt you for many years to follow.

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Saving The Planet One House At A Time

Saving The Planet One House At A Time

Green living is becoming more and more popular, as it can help the planet, and save you money at the same time. Sometimes it might seem like anything you do isn’t going to make a difference anyway, because everybody else is still living an irresponsible lifestyle. That’s not the attitude to have, every small change makes a difference. There are plenty of things that you can do around your own home to reduce energy wastage and save a bit of extra cash. If you want to make your home more environmentally friendly, here are a few tips.

Insulation

One of the main reasons that we use so much energy to warm our homes is because they are losing massive amounts of heat all of the time. There are some quick fixes to this problem, like putting draught excluders under all of the doors. If this doesn’t quite cut it, then you might need to look at the insulation in your house. Calling in a roofer to properly insulate your house could save you thousands in energy bills over the coming years. Having the walls insulated might be a bit more troublesome, but if you have the time and the money, it is worth having done.

Solar Panels

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Getting solar panels might seem like an expensive outlay, but a lot of companies offer a payback service that could extend as far as ten years. You will be making your own energy from day one, making your energy bills almost nothing. In fact, you can actually make money by selling any surplus energy that you create during the summer months. All of this extra money can be used to pay off the cost of installing the solar panels in the first place, and your house will be run on entirely clean energy.

Update Heating

Even if you make an effort to insulate the house, and add some solar panels to the roof, an outdated heating system will keep your bills high. It is a big initial expense, but replacing the boiler with a newer, more efficient one, will save you lots of money. It also reduces the risk of dangerous gases like Carbon Monoxide being released and harming you and your family.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We’ve all heard this one before, but most people think that it’s just about the rubbish you produce. Almost everybody recycles the rubbish that they can, but there is so many other ways that you can reuse things around the home. Instead of throwing things away, see if there is anything that you can use them for first. Old clothes can easily be turned into toys for your pets if you have any, and old tin cans can be made into flowerpots, for example.

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There are plenty of companies out there that are selling furniture made from reclaimed wood, so if you don’t fancy making your own, you can still help the planet by buying them. Another good place to get furniture is from second-hand shops, it might need a bit of restoring but this is a fun project that will give you some lovely furniture for a fraction of the price of buying new.

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