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Trending in 2015

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Don’t hate us for pointing it out, there are only ten weekends left in 2014.  That’s right ten.  And while we consider it in poor taste to make New Year’s resolutions before Thanksgiving (more pie please!) it’s not too soon for us to share what our remodeling team projects to be the biggest home décor trends to watch out for next year.

Color: With the economy looking less fragile than it has in recent memory, homeowners are becoming bolder with the color choices of their walls.  Popular shades include vibrant yellows, greens  and
blues.  Color, as opposed to accessories, is taking center stages in rooms.  Don’t write white off yet; it’s still being sought out for trim and cabinetry in order to play off the bold colors.

Tile: When it comes to bathroom & kitchen tile, bigger is better!  Not only is it more modern, but it also has the ability to make a small space appear larger.

Elaborate Bathrooms: Bathrooms in 2015 will become more embellished.  Bathtubs with shower surrounds will be installed less and less and oversized showers and free standing bathtubs will take over.  High end tile options are also to be expected.

Countertops: Granite countertops are so last season.  We’re noticing an uptick in homeowners opting for high end quartz countertops from companies such as Cambria®.  Cambria® countertops do not need repeated sealing and reconditioning like marble & granite counter tops and can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap, making your kitchen a space you’re not afraid to actually cook in.  (PS- Cambria® is a Twin Cities family owned company…even more reason to love them!)

Tech Savvy Homes: A recent survey found that more people would rather lose their wallet than their smartphone.  Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that more and more homeowners are looking to their cell phone to run their homes.  Requests for appliances, garage doors, thermostats, light fixtures, security fixtures and stereo systems that can be operated from a smartphone have become commonplace.

Finishes: We’re obsessed with satin nickel and bronze finishes when it comes to light fixtures and hardware.

3 & 4 Season Porches: These spaces are excellent places to relax and entertain guests.  We’re finding that more and more homeowners are seeking them out.

Clean LinesIn everything from light fixtures to cabinets clean lines are taking over!

 

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Wallpaper…Making a Comeback in 2014

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Rumors have been circulating since last week, that after twenty years, Pink Floyd may be teaming up for a new album, which is being cited as one of the biggest come backs of the year.  In the world of interior design, there’s another home feature making a comeback…wallpaper.  Believe it or not, this material that homeowners have a love/hate relationship with is back in the good graces of many interior decorators.  Like all resurging trends, it’s best to know how to work it in the present day so you don’t look like you’re stuck in a time capsule.

Commitment: Bear in mind that wallpaper is more time-consuming to change out than paint.   Be sure you love the design you’re opting for so you don’t experience buyer’s remorse.  If the thought of an entire room of wallpaper doesn’t appeal to you, it’s perfectly acceptable to apply wallpaper to a single accent wall.  This concept works especially well in bedrooms where you can wallpaper the wall behind your headboard and then paint the other walls a calming, complimentary color.

Room Size: Just as in the case with paint, it’s important to consider room size before committing to color and pattern.  In smaller spaces, it’s best to opt for lighter colors in larger prints, which deflect the room’s smallness.  Applying wallpaper to a hallway or inside a closet can add interest that otherwise wouldn’t be there.  Check for remnants for smaller projects which can save you money.  Hanging wallpaper on the ceiling, and painting the rest of the room a similar color, is another trend.

Print Pattern:  Love small prints?  They work well in larger rooms.  Larger prints work better in small spaces because they trick the eye in believing the room is larger than it is.  Another trip to making a small room look larger is wallpaper with a horizontal pattern. A room that has a low ceiling can benefit from wallpaper with a vertical striped pattern because it will elongate the space.  Bold, rigid patterns add zing to a room,while lines with soft patterns evoke a sense of calmness.

Avoid These Rookie Application Mistakes:

  • Not lining up the pattern correctly so it’s easily visible where one roll starts and another ends.
  • Applying wallpaper directly to drywall which will cause damage to the wall when it’s time to remove the wallpaper.
  • Placing a pattern upside down.

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3 Secrets to Loving Your House Just the Way it Is

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This winter, TMZ featured an article about a domino real estate situation where Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco bought Khloe Kardashian’s home.  In turn Khloe turned around and bought Justin Bieber’s estate.  It’s interesting that even celebrities, who rake in millions each year, still get bored with their homes and put them on the market in order to purchase what they consider to be a better property.  While it’s unlikely that most of us will find ourselves, in this situation, there’s nothing wrong with taking steps to ensure the home you have is one you love.  Here are some tips from us on how to achieve this.

Don’t Live in Someone Else’s Home: When one of our employees bought her first home she was excited at the prospect of not having to stare at the white walls of the apartments she’d rented for the past four years.  After hours of scouring paint samples and home improvement websites, she settled on lime green for the color of her master bedroom.  While her mother questioned the choice as they started applying it to the walls, she ultimately stuck with the color.  There’s a lesson to be learned from this.  While most realtors wouldn’t suggest paint in bold shades when you’re putting a home on the market, if you’re planning on staying in it for a few years, there’s no need to live in a home as if it’ll be put up for sale at any moment.  Make it your own and select colors that speak to you.

Decorate with Purpose: The below painting by famous artist Joan Miro sold at auction for $2.2 million.  We’re willing to bet that most of you could find a lot more fun ways to put that kind of money to use!  The point here is that just because something is valuable doesn’t mean it’s meaningful.  When choosing your home’s décor, regardless of what your budget is, take the time to carefully consider whether or not what you’re adding is truly something you want to be surrounded with on a daily basis or if it’s simply something that the retail world is saying you need.

Banishing Clutter: In addition to collecting dust, clutter also has negative effects on your psyche.  A study by Princeton University found that the more disorganization in your life, the more stressed out you become.  Make an effort to donate, discard or sell items you no longer use and notice instantly your level of stress decrease.  While the prospect of tackling an entire house can seem daunting, break the task into smaller bits to make the feat more achievable.

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Unconventional Colors in Your Home-Thinking Outside of the Walls

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Let’s face it-the “b” in beige stands for boring!  And boring is the last thing your abode should be.  (By the way-did you know that different colors evoke different feelings?  It’s true check it out: http://www.lindusconstruction.com/blog/2012/08/pick-your-palate) There are lots of tasteful ways to add splashes of color to your home without being tacky.  Allow us to offer a few suggestions:

Blinds & Window Treatments: Colored blinds & window treatments, or those in bold patterns can transform an average room into a masterpiece.  Opt for something that coordinates with other pieces in the room and that reflects your style.

Doors: It’s not uncommon to see a home’s front door in a bright color.  This trend can be carried over to interior doors which can be painted in bold hues as well (something much less time consuming than painting entire rooms).

Ceilings: The majority of ceilings are white.  Add some pizazz to your home by painting the ceiling a complementary color to the adjoining walls.  Ignoring this advice can leave the room looking incohesive.

Comforter: An incredibly cost effective (and not to mention paint free!) way to change the tone of the bedroom is to swap out your current comforter with something that makes a statement in either bold colors or patterns.

Trim: Whether it is your baseboards, fringing on your couch or edges of your curtains, adding a splash of color adds style and will give your home a custom look.

Fireplace: Does the brick surrounding your fireplace look dated?  Update the color with a few coats of paint and transform the entire look of the room.  (Consult your local home improvement store on the best type of paint to use if the fireplace is still in working order.)

Entryway: Your home’s entryway is the thing guests see when they come into your home.  Opt for something bold in order to make the first impression a great one.

Throw Pillows: We can certainly understand the hesitation in dropping a few months’ salary on an overly trendy couch in an audacious color choice.  However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t elect for some funky throw pillows to give the room some personality.

Rugs: Brightly colored rugs come in lots of different shapes and textures.  Pick something that speaks to you to breathe new life into a tired room.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

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Home Improvements That Attract Generation X Homebuyers

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Every generation has its own set of unique characteristics and values.  Understanding this information can give you a leg up against the competition in a housing market that still favors the buyer.  In a recent blog, we discussed how to position your home to the millennial buyer and this week, we’ll take a look at home improvements that can attract buyers from Generation X.

Who is Generation X? Those born between 1965 & 1977 (currently 48 to 36).

Generation X Key Features:

  • 75% have children and most of those children are currently living at home
  • Most work full-time and are part of a dual income household
  • 82% are currently homeowners

Attracting Generation X Home Buyers:

Move in Ready: Generation X is drawn to something that’s move-in ready, preferring to allocate their precious time to their families and their careers, rather than fixing up a home.

Modern Kitchens: If there’s one improvement you can make for this generation, it’s a high end kitchen with stainless steel and energy efficient appliances, generous counter space and high end countertops.  Generation X sees the kitchen as the nucleus of the home and considers a high end kitchen a point of pride.

Size Matters: This group, in particular, is prone to buying the largest home their money will buy.  Make your home appear larger, and more functional, by staging rooms that can serve multiple purposes (think of a current playroom that can later be converted into a fitness room).  Eat-in kitchens, rather than formal dining rooms appeal to this demographic for this reason.

Fireplaces: In a recent survey performed by marketing company, GFK Roper, Generation X listed fireplaces rounded out the top 3 home amenities that they seek out in a home.  Fireplaces provide warmth and aesthetic appeal.  A fireplace can evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort and for a generation that cherishes family, a room with a fireplace promotes congregating.

Decking: Decking provides a place for a family to enjoy the outdoors together.  Score extra points with Generation X by having a deck that is compromised with low maintenance materials that are surrounded by a pool (another major must for this demographic).

Storage: Having come to age in the days of Madonna & “Materials Girl”, this generation values their possessions.  Whether it’s usable attic space in the home or garage, built-in closet shelving, walk-in closets, not having enough storage can be a factor that allows other homes to get chosen ahead of yours.

Maintenance Free Living: Generation X places a premium on their free time, preferring to spend it with their family, rather than on household chores.  Feeling content with the amount of time they spent on them as a child, they’re attracted to household features such as: composite decking, durable siding and clog-free gutters.

Lindus Construction is a full service construction and remodeling company boasting LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation & decking just to name a few. Give us a call at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out at www.lindusconstruction.com to set up a free no-obligation estimate. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10am with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show!

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Rockin’ Christmas Trees

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Many of us celebrate holiday traditions without giving much thought to their origin.  Why is it that every December why we feel the need to chop down a tree, drag it from the furthest point of the woods and strap it to the top of a car that is 2 feet shorter than the tree?  While the internet offers various explanations regarding the Christmas tree’s origination, we know that they’ve been around in the US since the 1700’s.  These days, Christmas trees serve as a focal point in the home during the holidays.  Looking for a way to make this year’s tree the biggest and baddest yet?  Here are some themed Christmas tree ideas to get your wheels turning.

Food Themed:

Candy canes are a natural fit for this type of tree as are mini kitchen utensils and cookie cutters.  Homemade ice cream cone ornaments can be made by wrapping a styrofoam ball in yarn and placing it on top of an ice cream come.  Lighting stands come in lots of designs including those that look like peppermint candies, M&M’s, Lifesavers, gum drops, etc.  For a classic touch string popcorn or cranberries.   Creative tree toppers can include a gingerbread man or candy canes arranged in a star formation.

Ode to the Outdoors:

Avid hunter or fisherman?  Used shotgun shells can be strung together and used in place of tinsel and bobbers & lures can double as ornaments.  A camouflage, hunter green or blaze orange tree skirt finishes off the look nicely.

Colored Christmas Trees:

Some homeowners are turning to colored artificial Christmas trees because if the tree isn’t real, why try and fake it?  Colored trees come in variety of colors including, red, pink, white and blue.  You can also find multi-colored artificial trees.  To decorate, select ornaments with graphic designs and bold colors like purple fuchsia & lime green.  You don’t have to embrace crazy colors in your normal home décor to decorate a vibrantly colored tree.

Traditional:

Go back to the basics with a traditional tree.  String with white lights and follow up with a layer of tinsel.  Traditional ornaments include red & silver bulbs, jingle bells and those made by family members.  Top with a star or an angel.

Patriotic:

 Show your American pride with a patriotic tree.  Lights can be red, white or blue or a combination of all.  (Strings with all 3 colors are easily found around the 4th of July.)  The tree can be decorated with coordinating bulbs or stars in patriotic colors.  Wooden, tin or GI Joe figurines can also be added, as can camouflage ribbons.

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If there’s a Red Rider bb gun under the tree and a leg lamp in the corner, a vintage Christmas tree is in order.  Utilize shiny glass bulbs, wooden figurines, felt & crocheted ornaments.  Use a traditional angel or star tree topper and incorporate an antique tree skirt and stand.

Charlie Brown:

Since the mid-1960s, Charlie Brown and his Christmas tree have been a favorite TV special for American families.  Embrace this tradition by making your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  Start by picking a tree with several bare branches and limited needles.  Place in the stand so the tree leans to one side (but not so much that it will fall over and injure someone).  Sparsely decorate with ornaments (red bulbs if you want to stay true to the original Charlie Brown Christmas tree which had only a single red bulb.)  Wrap the tree stand in a light blue blanket to get the full effect.

Cabin:

For a more rustic feel, decorate your tree with a cabin theme in mind.  This look can be achieved by using wooden ornaments, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, raffia, and wooden beads.

Memories of Christmas Past:

Start a tradition of picking up ornaments that commemorate life events.  Some couples buy ornaments from every year of their marriage.  Let your children pick out an ornament every year that symbolizes their achievements (think mini pom-poms for making the squad or a mini electric guitar for their first rock concert.)  Picture frame ornaments are also a great way to display memories.

Kids:

Let the kids have their own tree this year!  Fruit Loops can be strung in place of tinsel, as can paper chains or silly string.  Go wild with blinking lights in flashy colors.  Kids can make their own snowflake ornaments.  Slinkys can also add a fun touch.  The tree topper can be a paper angel or a top hat similar to the one used in the Cat in the Hat books.  Allow kids to take ownership of the tree and don’t worry if it’s not something that would make the front cover of Better Homes & Gardens. 

Frosty the Snowman:

The concept behind this tree is to make it look like an actual snowman.  For the “body” use a white tree.  Use black bulbs as Frosty’s buttons and garnish with snowflake ornaments throughout.  Use silver branches attached to the mid-section of the trunk to create arms.  For feet, place black boots at the bottom.  Attach a head (papier mache bought from a craft store or made on your own) to the top of the tree and wrap a scarf around it to mask how it was attached.  Keep the lights to a minimum on this type of tree or it will look too busy.

Jolly Old St. Nick:

Much like the snowman tree above, you can design your entire tree to look like Santa Claus.  Again, this type of themed tree is going to work best when you’re working with a white base.  Start by wrapping the tree in white lights.  To replicate the bottom of Santa’s jacket, wrap the bottom of the Christmas tree in white boas.  For the red, in Santa’s jacket use shear fabric and wrap it around the rest of the tree.  In the middle, wrap a large black belt with a gold buckle.  Sprinkle red ornaments on various spots on the tree.  Black boots can be placed at the base of the tree.

Victorian:

Embellish your tree with elegant hand-blown glass ornaments.  Wrap strands of pearlescent beads around it.  Other items to include can be silver tinsel, ribbons, snowflakes and gold-colored pine cones.  Small candles can be added but we do not recommend that you light them.  Handcrafted ornaments made from gingerbread, paper and lace can also be added.  Complete your Victorian tree

Want to see our Christmas tree picks?  Check out our Pinterest album.  http://pinterest.com/linduscon/rockin-christmas-trees/

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

Home Design Dos & Don’ts

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Questioning if you or someone you know is in need of a design intervention?  Check out the following tips on how to turn your home from a “don’t” to a “do”.

Don’t: Match Everything.

Do: Coordinate.  Just because you have a cheetah print comforter doesn’t mean your whole bedroom needs to look like an African safari.  It’s okay to pick a statement item and then choose coordinating, not identical pieces to go with it to give your room a feel of unity.

Don’t: Overdo it on themes.  Do we love apples?  Yes!  Is carrying this theme out by having an apple patterned garbage can in your kitchen overkill?  Absolutely!

Do: Moral of the story, too much of a good thing, is not a good thing.  It’s okay to have accent pieces that mesh well together; it’s just never a good idea to center the theme of an entire room on a season, object or animal.

Don’t: Be a slave to trends (lava lamps, fire engine red rooms, avocado green toilets, etc.)

Do:  Stick to timeless looks on major purchases.  It’s okay to incorporate the latest looks in your home, just be mindful that home design is a constant evolution and that today’s “it” thing will be gone tomorrow so don’t devote a lot of time or finances to short-lived trends.

Don’t: Live in a museum.  Your home is meant to be lived in.  Don’t spring for furniture that you’re afraid to use because of the cost to replace it.

Do: Protect your furniture with stylish throw blankets,pillows or stain-resistant spray.  But select pieces that you’ll both love and use.

Don’t: Live in someone else’s house.

Do: Decorate on your own terms and select accessories, colors and fabrics that reflect your own style.  Anyone else’s opinion should be taken with a grain of salt.

Don’t: View your home as multiple rooms that have no relationship to each other.

Do: Make sure that your rooms have a flow to them.  Choose colors, fabrics, accessories, etc. that complement, rather than compete with each other.

Don’t: Take the cheap way out. 

Do: If budget is a factor, commit to furniture that is stable and timeless so that you’ll get your money’s worth.  It’s much better to spend a little more upfront and buy one couch than to buy the same type of furniture repeatedly because you didn’t invest in quality.

Want to see some more Don’ts?  Visit our Pinterest Board: http://pinterest.com/linduscon/home-design-donts/

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

 

 

 

Transform Your Home Into a Relaxing Oasis

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Balancing car pools and career instead of dinner reservations & travel plans?  If your next vacation is nowhere in sight, consider taking changes to transform your home into your personal retreat.  It’s something worth considering when you take into account the amount of time you spend there.  While there’s some effort needed to make changes that will transform your home into a relaxing oasis, it’s not as much trouble as you’d think.

Bedroom-What are the top reasons you love visiting a day spa?  Pick your favorite features: smells, sounds, surroundings, etc. and imitate them in this space.  Try incorporating peaceful music, scented candles, essential oils or flowers.  Scents known to promote relaxation include: lavender, chamomile, vanilla, sandalwood & jasmine.  One of the biggest perks of a luxury hotel is cozy bedding, so be sure to incorporate this at home too.  When you do the math, over two days each week are spent in bed so why not splurge?  Painting your walls a cool color (like blues & greens) can also subconsciously suggest relaxation.  Keep your stress levels down by keeping your room clutter-free.  Opt for soft, rather than florescent, lighting from lamps which will create a relaxed setting.

Bathroom-  For a spa-like feel, arrange candles of various sizes on a small plate surrounded by smooth pebbles or rocks.  Roll towels rather than fold them for an added touch of class; you can even repurpose a wine rack to be a towel holder. Select a wall color that promotes a soothing atmosphere.  (Need help?  Read our blog about it: http://www.lindusconstruction.com/blog/2012/08/pick-your-palate/) Incorporate elements of nature in your décor such as wood, stones, plants & shells.  Bowl shaped sinks add value and a modern touch.  Even if your bathroom is small, it can be opened up with skylights.  Shower heads with multiple settings allow you select the one that best bans stress.

Throughout Your Home-While the bathroom & bedroom are the easiest areas to change, here are a few ideas of other things you can do around your home to create a more relaxing atmosphere:

-Cozy furniture promotes comfort no matter what you’re doing. The same goes for oversized plush pillows that can provide additional seating on the floor.

-Don’t overcrowd walls with lots of artwork or photos.  A minimalist approach will make rooms feel larger.  Consider painting an end table or book shelf the same color as the wall it is placed next to which will create the illusion of more space.

-Creative storage-Store mail, magazines, books, etc. in an ottoman or decorative basket to avoid clutter.

Entryway-Add excitement from the moment you walk in the door by decorating with accents you love.  This could be a favorite piece of art, a vase of fresh cut flowers or even a tabletop fountain.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

Stylish & Pet Friendly? Here’s How….

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According to the American Pet Products Manufacturer’s Association, approximately 63% of American households have a pet.  Most of these pets reside indoors leaving their owners contemplating the best way to have a pet-friendly home while still maintaining a sense of style.  Below, we’ve put together some ideas of how to make your home a point of pride while minimizing the effects that a pet can have on your furniture, flooring, walls, etc.

Flooring-Most dogs & cats are prone to some shedding so it’s important to pick flooring that is easy to clean.  We recommend shying away from carpeting in heavy pet traffic areas because carpeting is harder to maintain that ceramic tiles or laminate flooring.  Beware of wood flooring which can scratch though this can be minimized by keeping your pet’s claws trimmed.  When it comes to cleaning your flooring, avoid harsh chemicals because your pet can absorb the cleaning substance through their paws (not to mention if they lick any spots that are not dried completely).  For a pet & environmentally friendly solution, you can use a solution of vinegar & water to clean most types of flooring.  For surfaces that can be vacuumed, do so at least once per week and more when your pet is shedding.

Paint Colors & Accents- For rooms pets spend a lot of time in, it can be a good idea to choose a color palate that closely resembles their fur color.  Why?  It will help mask the effects of shedding in between house cleanings.  Colored walls, rather than white ones, are preferential because they will mask discoloration better.  When it comes to choosing the type of paint, a satin finish is ideal.  Why?  Drooling pets and those who shake off their fur after being in the rain or tub can stain flat paint but the satin finish will allow for an easier clean-up.

Plants-Houseplants improve your home’s air quality and allow you to breath with more ease.  With that being said, take care to keep plants out of your pet’s reach.  Some of the deadliest plants for pets include: Hyacinth, Coleus and Holly.

Give Your Pet Their Own Space- Consider your pet’s needs when determining your home’s layout.  If your pet is going to be spending a lot of times outdoors, make sure that there is a convenient place for them to be cleaned up prior to entering the rest of your house.  Think of this space as a mud room for pets.  Providing your dog or cat with their own bed or kennel will decrease the likelihood of them wanting to crawl on furniture.

Eliminate Boredom-In most instances, pets that chew or scratch furniture do so because they are bored.  Eliminate this boredom by having toys readily available for your pet to play with.  To discourage cats from scratching furniture, apply tin foil or duct tape around problem areas until the habit is kicked.  Cat trees and scratching posts can also be a welcome distraction.  Walks and a trip to the dog park are also good ways to blow off some steam.

Pet Food-Not keen on having your pet’s food bowl out at all times?  Some cabinet makers now make dog food drawers for bottom cabinets that can be pulled out at feeding time and closed in between meals.  The treats you give your pet can also have an impact on condition of your home.  While raw hides may be Fido’s first choice, did you know that they can wreak havoc on your floors and furniture because of the nitrates they contain which cause stains.  Kongs (a highly durable rubber toy which treats can be placed in) are a cleaner and more fun alternative.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

Pick Your Palate

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Many homeowners view their walls as a blank canvas that can be used to express themselves.  Studies have been performed about the use of wall colors and their effects on one’s outlook.  Because of this, some colors make sense in certain areas and not in others.  When determining what color a room should be painted, it’s important to consider the size of the space, the purpose of the room and the colors surrounding that room.  Below, we’ll discuss what colors work best in different types of rooms and what message the colors send.

Red-Ever notice how many restaurant chains incorporate the color red into their logo.  (Examples: Red Lobster, McDonald’s Arby’s & Applebee’s.)  The color red in restaurant logos and décor is no accident.  The color red subconsciously stimulates your appetite and offers the illusion that food tastes better.  Beware, because red can also raise your blood pressure and cause irritability.  If you’re set on incorporating red onto your walls, opt for a lighter shade of red which has fewer negative psychological effects than bold red.

Blue-Did you know that more people choose blue as their favorite color?  This is likely because blue’s effects are the exact opposite of red.  Because most shades of blue are perceived to have a calming effect, it can be the ideal shade for a bathroom or bedroom.  Turquoise shades of blue can stimulate creativity and can be the idea shade for a home office.

Yellow-Yellow is perceived as bright and cheery because it is the same color as the sun which stimulates feelings of happiness & energy.  However, the wrong shades of yellow can have negative effects on someone because yellow is the strongest color.  Did you know that babies in yellow nurseries are more likely to cry than those with any other color?  This is because the color can cause feelings of anxiety & frustration.  Limit the amount of yellow in your home and keep it to pale shades.  It works best in entries and hallways because of the minimal time that is spent in these areas.

Green-The color green reminds us of nature which has a calming effect and lowers stress levels.  Neutral greens are great for bedrooms and bathrooms where a tranquil setting is desirable.  Brighter shades can add some personality to a room & in small doses (think a walk-in closet or dressing room) can add excitement.  Green is an ideal color for home or corporate offices, as studies have shown that employees that work in green offices experience fewer stomachaches than those without.

Purple-When purple occurs in nature, it is often in delicate flowers such as lilacs or violets.  Therefore, the color has a more feminine feel.  The color is also associated with creative thinking.  Light purple tones work well in girl’s bedrooms and darker purple can be used in other smaller spaces around the home.  Using the color purple shows your imaginative side because it is one of the less common colors in the home.

Orange-The color orange is a combination between red and yellow.  It promotes warmth and energy.  The color is often considered inviting and can be a good alternative to red & yellow which can be hard on your eyes.  Warm shades of orange can stimulate the appetite and can be a welcome color in a dining room.

Pink-Like purple, pink is considered a feminine color.  Light shades of pink have a calming effect and darker shades create enthusiasm and excitement.  Beware of too much pink which can be overpowering and distracting.

Brown-Brown is a great color for living rooms because it’s a safe & nurturing color.  It allows people to feel at ease and encourages conversation.  Too much brown can make a room feel drab so it’s best to incorporate brighter accent colors to make an attractive space.  Colors that go well with brown are: blue, orange, yellow & pink.

Black-Black can work great on an accent wall in a bedroom or living room.  It can also work well in a library where one or more walls are covered with book shelves.  It also works well in a room where mounted photographs are a focal point.  Make sure that your commitment to black is firm, as painting over it will likely take several coats.

White-White is basic, but is by no means boring!  When used correctly, white paint can create a blank canvas to allow your accessories & furniture to pop.  White also gives room a clean look and makes small spaces appear larger.  White is versatile and can be used in any room in your home.

Gray-Gray exudes a modern & cozy feeling.  It appears to be elegant without being stuffy.  Gray is a versatile color that works well in living rooms and bedrooms and pairs well with bright colors as well as white accents.

 

 

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