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How Paint Can Impact a Room

Picking the right paint for your home can be a challenge, as anyone who has faced an array of paint chips can confirm. You may feel like you don’t know where to begin in picking the right color or finish. It’s worth taking the time to think about, because the right choice can set a mood, provide a focal point, or help make a room look larger or brighter.

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The most obvious aspect of paint to consider is the color. Colors can influence our mood, and many designers and psychologists suggest considering how a particular color makes you feel in deciding what hue is right for a room. The darker the shade of a particular color, the more pronounced the effect can be. For a bedroom, soothing shades such as blues and greens are more likely to help you relax and unwind, while red, energetic and known to stimulate the appetite, might be better for a kitchen. Experts also agree that green is a good color for a home office, as it promotes productivity. How you plan to use a room can be a good guide to the mood you want to achieve, and thus the best color for the job.

Paint can also affect how you perceive the size of a room. Warmer colors can make small rooms cozy and large rooms more intimate, while cooler colors can make a space seem larger than it actually is. Painting a ceiling white or a lighter color than the walls makes a room feel more open. If you have a room that doesn’t get much natural light, consider a light-colored neutral on the walls to make the space seem brighter. On the other hand, a room that gets a lot of natural light can look crisp and inviting when painted white. However, don’t assume a dark color will make a small room seem smaller; dark colors tend to recede, and when set off with glossy white trim and moldings, a bold choice may actually open the space visually. In a large space, if an entire room of bright color seems like it would be too much, consider an accent wall instead. Painting one wall a different color from the rest of a room can break up a large space, provide a splash of color in an otherwise light room, or highlight an architectural feature like a fireplace.

The finish of your paint is also a factor to consider, as it will affect the appearance of color you choose. A flat paint gives a nice matte look, and hides any imperfections on your walls better than other paint finishes. It can make dark colors look rich, but it is also hard to clean, so it isn’t the best choice in a bathroom or kitchen. An eggshell or satin finish provides a bit of subtle sheen, enhancing the light in a room, while still being fairly forgiving if your walls aren’t perfect. A semi-gloss paint provides even more reflectivity, while also being a great choice for high-moisture environments like the kitchen or bathroom, but it is the most likely to make flaws obvious. Think about the effect you are trying to achieve with your color choice when you consider finishes to make sure you are happy with the final result.

Paint is one of the easiest things to change in your home to give a fresh look to your décor, so don’t hesitate to express yourself! The right paint scheme can enhance the beauty of every room in your house.

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Choosing the Right Countertop Material for Your Needs

There are more countertop materials available now than ever before. With so many options, it can be tempting to simply choose one based on looks alone. However, there’s a lot more to consider than just aesthetics. Homeowners are wise to assess how they use a kitchen before deciding on any countertop material. What works for a single business person who is rarely home can be dramatically different than what’s needed for a busy family with kids.

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Granite

Granite still remains the top choice in countertops. With a wide variety of shades and variations, and two finishes (polished and honed), this surface offers infinite possibilities. Costs can range from very affordable to expensive depending on the color, finish, and origin of the stone.

The benefits of granite are substantial. This surface is strong, durable, and resistant to scratching and staining. It also provides a bacteria-resistant surface that is easy to clean. There are few downsides to granite other than it does need periodic sealing to prevent staining.

Other Natural Stone Materials

Granite is not the only stone in town! Marble, limestone, and soapstone are also popular choices. They all offer a high-end look that is often chosen for top kitchen remodels in Orange County. Because these surfaces are softer than granite and require regular care to maintain their appearance, they are typically not recommended for homeowners who want a low-maintenance, high durability surface.

Engineered Stone

Engineered stone products such as Silestone, Cambria, and Caesarstone offer both durability and a wide variety of patterns and colors. These products are often priced higher than granite. Because they are engineered, it’s much easier to get additional slabs or replacements that will match exactly to existing countertops. Like with granite, they are stain and bacteria-resistant.

Concrete

Concrete countertops are gaining in popularity – especially in contemporary homes. They are available in three finishes: trowel (smooth), ground (sanded to expose the sand aggregate), and pressed (to reveal marble-like veining). While concrete can enhance a sleek, modern kitchen design, it isn’t always the best choice for busy families because it requires special care.

Extreme or abrupt changes in temperature can cause concrete counters to warp, curl, or crack. Even wet towels or damp sponges left on concrete can cause discoloration. As well, acidic foods can damage the surface. To keep them looking their best, this type of countertop needs to be sealed up to four times per year and waxed every two to three months.

Wood

Butcher block and other wood countertops can give a kitchen a warm, country-like feeling. They are also easy to clean and scratches can be sanded out. Water is the biggest problem for this type of countertop. Frequent oiling and sealing can help prevent warping and cracking.

Laminate

This is the most inexpensive of countertop options, and it offers great versatility in terms of colors and designs. However, it can be easily damaged by hot pans placed on the surface or scratched by knives. It also isn’t considered a desirable countertop surface by homebuyers and can potentially affect the resale value of your home.

Design Options

Square edges have long been standard for kitchen countertops, but decorative edges like radius, bullnose, bevel, egg, and ogee can add a more customized look. To maximize the look of any countertop material you choose, work with a design expert to choose a coordinating backsplash.

Not sure what type of countertop material you like the most? You may want to consider the latest trend in mixing and matching surfaces. Choosing one material for a kitchen island and another one for the rest of the countertops can be visually interesting. Another popular option is to install countertops for specific tasks. For example, butcher block can be used where you chop. Are you a baker? A marble slab can be the perfect place for kneading bread dough, rolling out pizza crust, and making cookies.

If you’re in the market for countertops, take the time to consider how you’ll use the kitchen, as well as what you want it to look like. Want more information? Contact the expert team at Sea Pointe Construction today.

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How to: Aging in Place

If your vision of retirement includes staying right where you are as long as possible, you’re not alone. Many seniors prefer not to leave beloved homes or familiar neighborhoods. Fortunately, a smart home remodel can allow active seniors to maintain their independence and be a cost-effective alternative to early entry into an expensive assisted-living facility. Thoughtful design throughout the home can minimize potential safety hazards and compensate for aging changes to maintain a good quality of life for years to come.

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The Power of the Playroom

Having kids can make a once-spacious home feel cramped. However much you love them, you probably don’t love having their toys take over every part of the house. You may be thinking that the only way to get some elbow room is to move. However, moving is an expensive proposition—think higher mortgage and higher property taxes just for starters, the hassle and expense of the actual move, and the difficulty of finding the right house in the right neighborhood.

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