Smart Organizing Tricks for a Clutter-Free Closet

Smart Organizing Tricks for a Clutter-Free Closet

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How to Hang Pictures Right the First Time

How to Hang Pictures Right the First Time

 
 

Painting hung over mantel

Framed paintings and photographs add a splash of color to a room and give it a unique personal touch, but some homeowners are reluctant to tackle the job for fear their walls will end up resembling aged Swiss cheese. With the right hardware and know-how, you can approach your next picture hanging project with confidence.

Finding the Right Location

The first step is to decide where you would like the picture to hang. Recruit a helper to hold the picture on the wall while you evaluate its placement using the following guidelines:

  • The center of the picture should be at eye level, approximately 60” from the floor.
  • Leave at least a 3” to 6” gap between the top of a sofa and the bottom of the picture frame, and 4” to 8” inches from a table top.
  • Treat a grouping of pictures as a single unit.
  • Center the picture or grouping within the available wall space or over the piece of furniture below it.
  • Position pictures away from direct light and high humidity.

Deciding on a location for one picture is fairly simple, but arranging several pieces in a single space can get a bit more complex. The answer is to make paper templates with arrows on them to indicate whether the piece will be hung vertically or horizontally. Tape the templates to the wall, using easy-release painter’s tape, and rearrange them until the grouping is to your liking.

Once you’ve decided on the perfect spot, use a stud finder to identify wall studs and mark their location with Post-it Notes or painter’s tape.

Marking wall even with edge of frame

Marking the Wall

While holding the picture in place, put a strip of painter’s tape on the wall with the bottom edge even with the top of the frame. Mark each end of the frame on the tape then remove the picture.

If the picture will have only one wall hanger, find the width of the frame, divide by two, and measure this distance in from the marks on the painter’s tape. Split any difference between the two marks for the center.

Mark wall at center of painting

For added stability on wide frames, use two hangers that are equidistant from the center point. If the frame has a hanger on each side, measure in from the outside edge of the frame to the center of each hanger and transfer these measurements to the tape.

Next, turn the picture over and measure from the top of the frame to the point the picture will hang. For pictures with a hanging wire and one hanging point, hook the metal end of a tape measure under the center of the wire. Pull up until the wire is taut, and measure up to the top of the frame.

Measure from wire hanger to top of frame

For frames with a wire that will have two hanging points, pull up on the wire at both points simultaneously then measure up to the top of the frame.

Measuring wire to top of frame for double wall hangers

For pictures with D-rings or sawtooth hangers, hook the tape over the top of the frame and measure down to the spot where the wall hanger will be attached.

Transfer the hanger location on the wall by measuring down from the bottom edge of the painter’s tape.

Measuring wall to frame hanger location

Then use a level to make sure it is plumb with the mark on the strip of tape.

Use level to measure down to hanger location

Choosing Hardware

In order to select the right hardware to hang your picture, you need to know:

  • The approximate weight of the picture.
  • The type of hanging hardware on the frame.
  • The wall material.
  • If the wall hanger will be attached to a stud.

Types of wall hanging hardware

There are a number of hardware options for hanging pictures, with the label on the package usually giving the maximum weight each one is designed to hold. To find the weight of the picture, weigh yourself on a bathroom scale while holding the picture then subtract your weight from it.

Traditional metal picture hooks work well for lightweight frames fitted with wire while screws or nails are a better choice for sawtooth and D-rings hangers.

Standard wall picture hanger hardware

If the hanging hardware will attach to a wall stud or solid wood paneling, just about any hanger suitable for the frame and rated for the weight of the picture will do. If the picture is heavy and a stud isn’t present, you’ll need to use a wall anchor on drywall or plaster walls. Self-tapping threaded anchors are suitable for attaching all but the heaviest pictures to drywall.

Anchors that spread out behind the wall—such as toggle or molly bolts—provide the most holding power and help keep plaster from cracking.

Wire hanger picture hanging hardware

The latest innovation in picture hanging hardware is a thin curved spring steel wire sold under brand names such as Heavy Duty Wall Hanger, Hercules Hook, and Monkey Hook.

To use, simply twist the sharpened point through the drywall and push the wire into the wall cavity until it locks in place.

Wire hangers will only work where there’s not a stud or other obstruction in the wall. They are quick to install and remove, leaving a very small hole that is easy to spackle and paint over.

Installing Hardware

Keep in mind that the spot marked on the wall and the location you attach the hanger may differ since the hook often extends down from the nail or screw that holds it. To make sure you get it right, position the lowest point of the hook at the mark before attaching the hardware to the wall.

While you can nail or screw directly into drywall, always drill a pilot hole first in plaster to prevent cracking. Brick and concrete walls require drilling a hole with a special masonry bit then either hammering in a masonry nail or using a plastic anchor and screw.

Hang Picture

To prevent your picture from marring the wall and keep it hanging level, apply self-adhesive rubber bumpers to the bottom corners on the back of the frame before hanging. After suspending the picture on the hanger, remove the strip of tape, and use a level to check your work.

Source: https://www.todayshomeowner.com/hanging-pictures-right-the-first-time/

20 EASY WALL HANGING IDEAS

20 EASY WALL HANGING IDEAS

20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com The fastest and (often) least expensive way to add color or personality to your walls? Hang something up! We adore changing up the walls in our homes too, too much. Here’s a few of our very favorite projects.

 

1. Corner gallery wall20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com2. Tips for installing a gallery wall20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 3. Three easy 30-minute art projects20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 4. Song lyric wall art20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 5. Create your own instax wallpaper20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 6. Make your own photo wall clock.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 7. Add life to your room with gold dipped hanging planters.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 8. Don’t forget your kitchen walls! Try this easy kitchen wall art.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 9. Pretty storage? Yes, please! Try hats in place of art.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 10. We are still swooning over this copper pipe wall hanging.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 11. Make this starburst mirror DIY.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 12. Create a modern wall art with paint swatches.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 13. Craft these triangle shelves. Too cute!20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 14. Use a personal photo to make your own canvas portrait.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 15. Get ready for February with this best friend wall art.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 16. Add a soft touch above a dining room table with this fabric chandelier.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 17. Be cool with this skull string art. 🙂20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 18. Get out your tools and make these honeycomb shelves.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 19. Make personalized pet art with little more than pens and paper.20 Easy Wall Hanging Ideas abeautifulmess.com 20. Create this song lyric denim art in one afternoon! Go on and make something pretty this weekend!

Source: http://abeautifulmess.com/2014/01/20-easy-wall-hanging-ideas.html

5 Favorite Picture Hanging Tricks

5 Favorite Picture Hanging Tricks

Hanging a picture is about as DIY as many homeowners get. But although it may seem easy, hanging a picture properly is much more than a haphazard task. Here are five favorite tips for taking a one-hole approach to hanging a picture on the wall.

How to Hang a Picture

 

1. Don’t eyeball it! If you’re hanging multiple pieces of artwork, you need to figure out how they’ll work together before you start making holes. My recommendation is to make a template. Use newsprint or butcher paper to create true-scale templates of your frames, then use painter’s tape to figure out the best arrangement. Young House Love has a great walkthrough of the technique.

2. Don’t use nails—well, not JUST nails. I know every one of you has hung a picture using a simple brad nail. I’ll even admit there are several in my own home hung this way. But they are the pictures most likely to fall off the wall or require regular straightening. A single nail hammered into drywall is not stable enough to support much weight, so invest in the right hardware. My go-to options are self-tapping threaded anchors and screws, which provide a wider balance point without using wire. I’ve  also used steel, hooked wire hangers to great success.

5 Picture Hanging Tips

 

3. Use math—really! If you purposefully stagger art so nobody can tell that your frames are not straight, fear not. A little math will enable to hang series of perfectly spaced art works. I shared my favorite technique on the ReadyMade blog. You can just plug your dimensions into the calculator and be good to go (no fancy equations required).

Tips for Hanging Pictures

 

4.  The best-ever picture hanging tip. Kristen from Celebrate Everyday with Me dubs this trick “the best ever”, and I think she might be right. I’ve seen all kinds of methods for marking a hole on the wall before drilling, but this one tip renders the rest unnecessary. The idea is to create a portable hanger on which to suspend your picture, so that measuring and marking drill holes becomes significantly easier. So brilliant, you should make two!

Picture Hanging Tips

 

5. Use a sticky note to capture dust. Since hanging artwork is usually a task done in a finished room, it can create drywall, plaster, or concrete dust on your carpet, floors, or furniture. So just use this little tip: Add a simple, folded Post-It underneath your marked hole to collect most of the dust made from your pilot hole. Genius, right?

DIY Projects Anyone Can Do

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/picture-hanging-tips/#.WWW3rBWGPIU

10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips

10 Quick Home Maintenance Tips

 

 
 

 

Home maintenance isn’t restricted to repairs. In fact, certain tasks–when performed regularly–may actually prevent things from breaking in the first place. But when things do go wrong (and it’s inevitable that they do), we have some backup plans that you can try before you grab the phone to call for pro. Appliances and plumbing are the most frequent offenders, but they also often can be the simplest to care for. From the gutters to the living room carpet, there’s a reliable method for keeping every part of your home clean, safe, and well maintained.

MUST-DO MAINTENANCE:

The quickest fix is to not have the problem in the first place. Here’s a checklist of items every homeowner should get to regularly.

1. Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it hits an obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted.

2. Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it (it’s a fire hazard). Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.

3. Replace furnace filters quarterly, or as recommended by the furnace manufacturer.

4. Test all GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets monthly. Press the test button and use a voltage tester to make sure the power goes off.

5. Clean leaves and debris from the condenser of a central air conditioner seasonally.

6. Once a year, vacuum the refrigerator coils underneath the appliance.

7. Have the fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned annually.

8. Inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping yearly.

9. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors yearly. And remember, even recent hard-wired smoke detectors have backup batteries that must be replaced. If you have never checked yours, do so.

GUTTERLY SIMPLE:

Cleaning your gutters is the chore you abhor.

THE QUICK FIX

Make gutter cleaning easier–and safer (no ladder required)–with a long spray wand made from a 1/2-in.-diameter by 10-ft.-long PVC pipe. Cut two 6-in. lengths of pipe. Then use PVC cement to join these short sections and two 90-degree elbows with what is now a 9-ft.-long pipe, forming a J-shaped hook. At the short end of the hook, glue on a solid endcap. Drill three 1/8-in.- diameter holes in the cap. Glue a threaded adapter onto the opposite end of the pipe and attach a garden hose. Place the short end of the J-shaped hook inside the gutter and turn on the hose. As you walk along the house, high-pressure streams of water will rinse the gutter clean.

Source: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/how-to/a3705/4290864/

9 Ways to Never Grout Again

9 Ways to Never Grout Again

Grout’s a pain. Here are 9 grout-less looks you’ll love.

These solutions will help you skip all that, plus it doesn’t hurt they’re pretty cool looking, too.

 

#1 An Instant Patio That Snaps Together

Groutless tile patio outside a home
 

Setting real stone tiles in mortar or sand is mind-crunching work. These outdoor tiles are backed with plastic grids with interlocking tabs that simply snap together. Best of all: no grungy grout to repair or refill. Turn your deck into a patio — they’ll cover any level surface. DIY-friendly, groutless stone tiles are about $12 per square foot.

#2 An Unexpected Shower Wall in Metal

 

Corrugated, galvanized steel roofing panels make nearly seamless shower walls for this house in New Mexico. They’re held in place with trim pieces so there are no nails. Before the panels were installed, the walls were completely waterproofed with cement tile backer board and an acrylic sealer. The panels are cheap — $12 to $15 for a 2-foot-by-8-foot panel — and recyclable.

#3 Vinyl That Looks Like Real Tile and Grout

 

Sheet vinyl is getting better and better at reproducing the look of real stone tiles, complete with (fake) grout lines that you’ll never have to seal or repair. Premium sheet vinyl with a cushioned backing and 20-year warranty is about $3 per square foot.

 

#4 Gorgeous Plaster That Eliminates Seams

Plaster shower walls in a home

Good old plaster over a wood-and-wire-mesh frame creates this seamless bath enclosure. A powdered colorant added prior to mixing the plaster makes a mottled look; a waterproof sealant finishes the job. Plastering is $3 to $5 per square foot.

#5 A High-Tech Look With Aluminum

Diamond plate as a backsplash in a home kitchen

We love imaginative backsplashes but hate cleaning grout. To the rescue: Aluminum diamond plate metal adds modern pizzazz to your kitchen and is virtually seamless. Fix it in place with construction adhesive, then easily wipe off cooking grease and splatters. A 1-foot-by-8-foot panel of 1/16-inch-thick (.063) aluminum diamond plate is about $45.

 

#6 A Veneer of Real Stone With No Grout

Forzastone used in a home's shower

Thin veneers of real stone laminated to layers of metal alloys and plastic make for eye-candy panels that are waterproof and virtually seamless. They’re 85% lighter than stone slabs typically used for shower enclosures, but the beauty is all real.

#7 An Easy DIY Backsplash Using Glass

Fabric backsplash in a home kitchen

Blogger Stevee at JSquared put a piece of fabric behind her stovetop and covered it with a piece of clear, easy-to-clean glass. When she needs to change the vibe, she switches out the fabric. Off-the-shelf 3/32-inch-thick glass is $12 to $15 for a 36-inch-by-24-inch piece.

#9 Handcrafted Beauty From a Moroccan Plaster

Bathroom with tadelakt plaster

A centuries-old Moroccan plastering process called tadelakt is finished with olive oil soap that’s hand rubbed to a soft luster using a special stone. The result is a smooth, seamless surface that’s so waterproof it can be used for shower walls. Cost of the process is about $50 per square foot.

#9 A Magnetic Wall for Fun and Memoroies

A DIY magnet wall in a family's hallway

Tattered Style blogger Dana wanted an easy-to-use memorabilia wall in her hallway. Her low-cost solution was a one-piece steel panel where she can use magnets to hang ever-changing photos and trinkets. The panel was cut to order by a local metal shop, and the sharp edges were folded over (wrapped) for safety. Dana attached the panel to wall studs using sheet metal screws.

Source: https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/groutless-tile/?site_ref=mosaic

13 Simple DIY Home Maintenance Tips & Ideas

13 Simple DIY Home Maintenance Tips & Ideas

interior paintingIt’s tempting to disregard the steep price tag and hire a professional contractor for home improvement repairs rather than doing them yourself. Home repairs can seem complex and intimidating to the uninitiated, and fear that your own attempts at fixing that leaky faucet or drafty window will cause further damage may further discourage you from going DIY.

However, having a home maintenance plan can make a huge difference in your bank account. And, fortunately, performing proper home maintenance does not require a lot of specialized know-how or training, nor does it require a lot of time or money.

Simple Home Maintenance Tips

1. Toilets

Water leaking from your toilet tank will not only cost you money when it comes to your utility bill, but it can also cause water damage to your bathroom floor and premature wear of your toilet’s internal workings. To find out whether your toilet tank is leaking, add some red food coloring to the water in the tank. Come back in about an hour and see if the water in the bowl is pink. If it is, you have a leak.

If you find that your toilet is leaking from the tank to the bowl, the flapper needs to be replaced. To change your toilet’s flapper, first shut off the water supply to your toilet. To do this, simply turn the water valve located directly behind the toilet. Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet in order to empty the tank. Use a towel or sponge to mop out any excess water left in the tank. Remove the flush chain from the lever, and then slide the old flapper up off the overflow tube. Slide the new flapper in place over the overflow tube, reconnect the chain, and turn the water supply back on.

toilet cistern

2. Faucets

The main cause of leaky faucets is worn out washers. The washers inside of the faucet handles are rubber and tend to wear out quickly. Replace them by turning off the main water supply, unscrewing the leaky handle that controls the flow of water to the spout, removing the old washer, and dropping in the new one.

leaky faucet

3. Washing Machine & Dryer

It is important to regularly inspect your washing machine water supply hoses for leaks. One of the top reasons for insurance claims is for water damage caused by leaky washing machine supply lines. Inspect washing machine water supply lines at least annually and replace them every three years if they are plastic. If you notice that the metal ends of your water supply lines are discolored or rusty, replace them immediately.

Faulty washing machine drain hoses are as important as water supply lines when it comes to keeping water off of your floor and in your drain where it belongs. As with supply lines, regularly inspect the ends of your washing machine drain lines for discoloration or rust, and replace them immediately if you find evidence of leaking.

Additionally, check the snugness of the drain lines by using a crescent wrench or a pair of pliers. You should not be able to tighten the line any further if the line is properly tightened. Plastic lines should be replaced every three years.

When it comes to your dryer, it is important to make sure that you regularly clean your lint screen in order to prevent fires. Not only will a clean lint screen prevent fires, but it will also increase the life of the heating element. Physically remove the lint from the screen between each load of laundry. Also, be sure to remove fabric softener residue by washing the screen with warm water and dish detergent once per week.

fix washing machine

4. Water Heater

There is nothing more frustrating than turning on the hot water in your shower and instead receiving cold water. Water heaters, like other appliances, need maintenance to increase longevity and reduce the possibility of damage.

Water has sediment suspended in it, and as the water sits in your water heater, these particles will often settle to the bottom of the tank, causing damage to the floor of your water heater. At least once per year, drain the water from your water heater and clean the inside surface of its floor.

To drain your water heater, first turn off the water supply and power to the water heater. For electric water heaters, turning off the power means that you simply flip the circuit breaker to the “off” position. For gas water heaters, turn the thermostat setting to the pilot position.

Next, connect a water hose to the drain fitting at the bottom of the tank and put the other end in a place, such as your driveway, where the draining hot water won’t cause any damage. A typical garden hose is a direct fit to the drain fitting. Turn on all the hot water faucets in your home and then open the drain valve on the water heater. Turn the water supply back on with the drain valve still open to remove any built up sediment in the bottom of the tank. Then close the drain valve, refill the tank, and turn the power back on.

water heater

5. Plumbing

In order to keep water flowing freely through your pipes, keep the following things in mind:

  • Accumulating fats and oils are the main cause for clogs, so never pour fats or other oils down your drains. This includes oils that are not solid at room temperature. If you accidentally spill oils or fats down the drain, run hot water down your drain along with a healthy serving of dishwashing liquid. The soap will emulsify the fat or oil and move it on down the pipe, preventing a clog.
  • Get a hair strainer for the bathtub drain. If fats and oils are the main source of clogs in the kitchen, hair is the primary culprit in the bathroom. If you have a strainer, make sure that you remove any accumulated hair from it following each shower. This will reduce the amount of hair that finds its way through the strainer and into your plumbing.
  • Skip the Drano. Though the acids it contains can help unclog a drain, they also cause significant damage to your plumbing, including premature leaking. This can lead to costly repairs later on. If your bathtub or toilet is completely clogged, use a small drain snake – which you can purchase at any hardware outlet – to pull the offending clog to the surface. If your kitchen sink is clogged, try plunging it before trying to snake the drain. If you cannot remove the clog using a drain snake, call a professional.
unclog drain

6. Air Conditioning

Air conditioners are among the most overlooked appliances when it comes to performing regular home maintenance. However, they can be one of the most costly appliances to repair.

Regularly inspect the condensation hose to make sure that water can flow freely from the line. If there is standing water where your condensation line drains, create a drainage path using a small garden trowel and line the path with gravel to keep mold and algae from forming, which can be a serious health hazard when the spores are drawn into the appliance and blown into your home.

Additionally, keep the screen around your air conditioner free from debris to keep air flowing easily. This will prevent your air conditioner from using more power than necessary to keep your house cool and keep the internal parts from wearing out too quickly.

fix air conditioner

7. Humidifiers

Some climate control systems have in-duct humidifiers that help keep air moist and healthy during the winter when artificial heat systems are in use. But when these systems aren’t working properly, they become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria, which can cause serious air quality issues.

At the end of each winter season, it is important to drain the unit and close the water valve to keep water from stagnating in the system. Also, cleaning the reservoir with a mixture of water and white vinegar helps to keep mineral deposits to a minimum.

8. Air Filters

Change the air filter in your central heat and air unit often, especially during peak usage months. Thirty days is the absolute longest you should ever leave an air filter in place; two weeks is maximum for high-usage months.

Using cheap fiberglass filters is actually preferred as opposed to more expensive HEPA filters for two reasons: First, replacing the more expensive filters often isn’t cost-effective. Second, the fiberglass filters actually allow for more air to flow into your climate-controlled unit, reducing the amount of energy needed to effectively heat or cool your home.

replace air filter

9. Paint

You can easily give your house a facelift by repainting the interior. However, repainting the entire interior of your house can be costly and difficult to accomplish. You can save both time and money by strategically touching up your paint job every so often. The first thing you need is a spot-on color match. The only way to get this is to save paint from your current paint job for future touch-ups. If you have leftover paint, simply roll the paint over the dirty spots on your walls. When the paint dries, it will dry perfectly, leaving you with a wall that looks as though you just painted it.

If you don’t have any leftover paint, you can still touch up your walls, though your efforts will be more labor intensive than spot painting. Take a sample of your color to your local hardware outlet and have your paint tinted to match. When you are ready to touch up your walls, paint the dirty wall from corner to corner, being careful to keep the new paint off any surface you aren’t looking to touch up. If there is a shade difference, you won’t notice it, even if the wall you are painting butts up against another wall.

If you are trying to cover up nicotine-stained walls, you will need to apply a stain blocker to the walls before applying paint. Nicotine will prevent your paint from adhering properly to the wall surface and will cause bubbles. Additionally, if stale smoke or other odor is an issue, add a few drops of vanilla to your paint. This will help combat odors that have seeped into your drywall.

painting

10. Refrigerators

The main component of your refrigerator that should get your attention is the door seals. Keeping your door seals tight will reduce the amount of energy it takes to keep your food cool or frozen, but will also keep your refrigerator working efficiently, preventing premature wear on internal parts.

To test the door seals, close the door on a dollar bill and attempt to pull it out with the door closed. If you cannot easily pull the dollar bill out from the door, your seals are in good shape. However, if the bill slides out without much resistance, it’s time to replace the seals. You can purchase new seals from any home repair outlet store.

Also, if you have a refrigerator that has coils along the back, periodically vacuum these coils to remove dirt and dust build up. These coils contain the coolant the refrigerator uses to keep the internal temperature cold. If they become dirty, they won’t work efficiently and your refrigerator may stop cooling altogether.

As a general tip, keeping your refrigerator full uses less energy than trying to cool when it’s empty. Therefore, keep as many items in your refrigerator as possible to help reduce energy costs.

refrigerator door

11. Drafty Windows

Drafty windows are a major culprit of high energy bills in the summer and winter months. Periodically check the condition of the caulk line that holds your windows in place. If the caulk appears to be dry, cracked, or otherwise weathered, remove the old caulk with a box cutter or other sharp knife and run a new bead of caulk along the seam.

For added utility bill savings, you can further insulate your window by applying an insulating window film over the glass. These methods cost much less than the price of replacing your windows and implementing green energy technologies in your home.

windows caulk

12. Gutters

While gutters may go practically unnoticed when you look at your house, they are the main line of defense between your foundation and siding and the elements. Gutters are designed to capture water and debris runoff from your roof and divert it away from your foundation, and one of the main causes of water accumulation in basements is a lack of gutter maintenance and proper water diversion.

Clean your gutters at least once per year by physically removing debris from the channels and rinsing them thoroughly by using a garden hose. Avoid installing gutter guards – not only do these not adequately prevent debris from entering your gutters, they also make it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to properly clean your gutter system.

Also, be sure to regularly check that your gutters are properly affixed to your fascia boards, and replace any sections that appear to be damaged or leaking.

cleaning gutter

13. Roof

Periodically check your roof for damage. Damaged, discolored, or gravel-less shingles should be quickly replaced to prevent the need to replace your roof, water-damaged trusses, or drywall when you finally discover a leak. During the inspection of your roof, pay special attention to shingles that surround skylights, vents, and chimneys, as these areas are the most leak-prone.

small roof repair

Final Word

Keeping your home properly maintained will not only save you money by increasing the longevity of your appliances and existing structures, but it will also help you become more energy-efficient and save money on your utility bills. These tips merely scratch the surface of the things you can do around your home to keep everything running in tiptop shape.

Source: http://www.moneycrashers.com/diy-home-maintenance-tips-ideas/

Living Room Color Schemes

Living Room Color Schemes

Wall Colors impart a beautiful effect in your every room if choose perfectly. But sometimes the excessive use of bold paint colors on walls makes your living room disturbing and you can get irritated with the bold paint color. So it is better to choose paint colors by knowing their effects on your living environment and body.When you are going to choose paint color, then always consider the amount of sunlight entering into your living room. The paint colors also depend on the style of your room.

Living Room

 

Living Room

Neutral paint colors for living room are always calm and elegant, so a palette of white, cream, taupe, grey and brown is a classic option for a living room that has to please everyone. Select any of paint color themes such as monochromatic, analogous, complementary, triad, split-complementary, warm, cool or neutral colors. You can apply paint colors that will highlight your living room color design. Go through the article to know the latest paint color trends for walls to update your living room.

Apply Color Magic to Your Living Room

Living Room- Green Color Paint

Green color imparts a fresh feel to your living room. You can make your living room relaxing by using green paint colors. It is better to use light hues of green color so that you feel comfortable in your living room. If you use a little amount of white or yellow color with green color paint, then it will give a dashing look to your living room. If you are a true lover of natural beauty, then you can add some fresh plants or flowers to accentuate your living room. Add wood furniture pieces to enhance the look of your living room interior.

Green color paint in living room

(Green Color Scheme for Living Room)

 

Living Room- Yellow Color Paint

Yellow color offers a welcoming look to the living room. When you apply yellow color paint in the living room, then it will give a haunting look to the interior theme. You can also apply yellow paint color in poorly lit foyers or dark hallways. You can try a medley of yellow and violet color which will give a superb contrast, but use one color as a dominating color and the other as an accent.

Yellow color paint in living room

(Yellow Color Scheme for Living Room)

Yellow color paint in living room-1

(Yellow Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Blue Color Paint

For a cool and refreshing look, you can choose blue color paint. If you apply blue, red and yellow triadic color paint, then it will create a wonderful atmosphere in your living room. For a different feeling, you can use a tint of blue color paint with white color.

Blue Color Paint in Living Room

(Blue Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Brown Color Paint

Brown color paint gives a classy look to your living room. Mostly furniture such as wood furniture etc. comes in deep brown color. You can match this scheme with a dark green wall paper for a different look. The hues of brown and green paint get match with the natural wood accents. The contrast color paint looks pleasing to eyes.

Brown Color Paint in Living Room

(Brown Color paint for Living Room)

Living Room- Red Color Paint

If you want to add luxurious feeling to your living room, the red color paint works better. Red color paint gives you energy to do work throughout the day. But use red color paint either on one or two walls of your living room. If you use too much red color in your room, then you will definitely get feel restless after sometime. A combination of red and green color paint or green and black color paint looks fantastic but use one color as a dominating color and the other as an accent.

Red Color Paint in Living Room

(Red Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Neutral Color Paint

Neutral color paint is extensively used in the various living room designs. You can better display your artwork, wall paintings and any type of wall décor on neutral color scheme in an effective way. You can mix any color paint with the neutral color scheme to offer your living room a sophisticated look.

Neutral Color Scheme for Living Room

(Neutral Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Grey Color Paint

For a modern and sober look, you can use grey color paint. Grey color is dull as well as cold. But for a different look, you can combine two or more colors paint from your living room scheme. Being a neutral color, you can combine grey color paint with almost any colors. You can try greyish yellow or red color paint to perk up the look of your living room interior. If you opt for simple furniture and accessories, then the modest grey color paint offers a graceful and sophisticated look to the living room.

Grey Color Paint in Living Room

(Grey Color Scheme for Living Room)

Living Room- Orange Color Paint

Orange color gives a warm feeling to your living room. But it is more friendly and welcoming color as compared to the red color. Orange color paint will absolutely add interest and zest to your living room design.

Orange Color Paint in Living Room

(Orange Living Room Color Scheme)

Add More Color on walls with Amazing Ideas

  • You can paint one wall of your living room with a bold color and make this wall the focal point of the room. If you choose any contrast color for the rest walls of the room, then it will give a tempting look to your living room.
  • Avoid monotonous atmosphere of the living room by adding a few notes of energetic colors such as green or cobalt blue if you are using white color for decorating whole room.
  • Use energetic colors for furniture if you want to paint your living room with single soft tone such as off white.
  • Paint one wall with indigo, dragonfly green or scarlet color paint and use the same shade on a few accessories like flower pots or cushions to create a sense of continuity.
  • Never apply dark colors of paint for small rooms as they make the rooms look smaller.
  • Use soft color to make the space look larger.
  • You can create a serene and tranquil atmosphere by applying soft tones of blue with white, beige and ochre shades.
  • For a new look, you can add fresh flowers and plants to your living room.
  • Paint your ceiling with white color paint to maximize the sense of light and space.
  • Special lighting effects can change the entire atmosphere of your living room.
  • You can choose a table lamp with stained glass lampshade for providing an astonishing look.
  • To complement your living room style, you can place a large mirror with golden or silver metallic frame and try to match it with the rest color scheme.
  • If you are using your living room for multiple uses, then keep the overall effect neutral and add luxurious accessories when you want to make more of a splash.

Source: http://www.gharexpert.com/tips/articles/Interiors/1455/Living-Room-1455-Living-Room-Color-Schemes_0

Creative Ideas For Choosing Living Room Paint Colors

Creative Ideas For Choosing Living Room Paint Colors

CreativeLivingRoom.jpgThere’s no question that paint can completely change the feel of a room. But did you know that the way you apply paint can change the room as well? It absolutely can! Using the Glidden paint Room Visualizer, we’re put together some different living room paint schemes—so you can see what a difference paint can really make.

Let’s start with a grouping of neutral, complementary paint colors. Here we are looking at Pewter Grey, Raindrop White and Forest Black.

The first inclination would be to use Pewter Grey on the walls, Raindrop White on the trim and Forest Black as an accent color. But what if we put Forest Black on the ceiling instead?

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Lovely and classic, right? Let’s see what happens if we flip this around and use Black Forest on the walls and Pewter Grey on the ceiling.

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This living room paint scheme is also lovely and classic, but has a more moody feel than the first room.

What if we wanted more of a modern feel? Let’s flip it again and use Raindrop White on the walls, Pewter Grey on the trim and Black Forest on the ceiling.

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Way more modern, right? And we’ve used the same three colors in each room.

Let’s see how this works in another room with a different set of colors. For the next grouping, let’s try  a set of colors with cool tones: Deepest AquaNova White and Neutral Wheat.

Yourfirst thought might be  to try a room with Deepest Aqua on the walls, Neutral Wheat as an accent color and Nova White on the trim. Here is how that looks:

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This combination of colors makes a room with traditional trim look more contemporary. What if we swapped the wall and accent colors?

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With Deepest Aqua below the chair rail, this room gets a little unique punch. Let’s flip it all again and use Nova White on the walls and Neutral Wheat on the trim.

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Isn’t that unexpected? All three of these living room paint schemes are gorgeous.

Want to try it again? Let’s look at some warmer colors: Honey FrostWhite on White and Greycliffe.

The first application of these colors is a bright and cheery combination, with Honey Frost on the walls, White on White as an accent color and Greycliffe on the ceiling.

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Although the ceiling is a small portion of this picture, the Greycliffe tones down the yellow on the walls.
If we swap the wall color with the ceiling color, we get a much moodier room.

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We can also emphasize the fireplace with color. How about White on White on the ceiling, Honey Frost on the walls and Greycliffe as an accent color?

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It’s a totally different look, isn’t it?

The lesson here is to think creatively when applying colors to your room. Even with living room paint schemes using three colors, there’s a multitude of ways to use them in your space. If you want to visualize colors in your own room, upload an image to the Room Visualizer and play around. You’ll be able to see your room in different paint schemes—before you even open a can of paint.

Source: https://www.glidden.com/inspiration/all-articles/creative-ideas-for-choosing-living-room-paint-colo