Decorating with Warm Colors

Reds, yellows, oranges as well as various combinations of these colors are considered “warm” colors. Yes, the stronger a color is, its intensity increases creating a warming effect. Such a group of colors can influence a range of emotions such as feelings of happiness and excitement. How can you incorporate warm colors into your decorating scheme?

Warm colors can work well together because they are located near each other on the color wheel. When such colors are added to the decor of a room it adds spice or personality to otherwise bland space. Using a warm color in combination with a neutral color can create a balance within a room. While warm colors are stimulating, such colors should be used sparingly. You don’t have to implement such colors in every room in the house. Instead, you can opt to use a warm color as a accent against a neutral colored wall. Using warm color as a accessories can add spice to any room without going overboard with the color scheme.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of using warm colors is that it can make a room appear cozier as the color advances. When using such colors, it can make a space more intimate and warmer. Colors such as red and orange can make a space appear smaller and more inviting. Warm colors are great for rooms that are sparsely furnished because it can make the room feel intimate even though it’s lacking.

Warm colors can be energizing therefore you should avoid using a bold warm color as a dominant color in specific rooms. In areas where you desire to avoid stimulation such as in the bedroom and dining area; you should opt not to use warm colors as an accent.

Are you ready to begin adding some warm hues to your home? Start by adding the warmth sparingly so you can determine what works for your home’s decor and what doesn’t. If you decide to use red tones offset, it with a black accent. Tan and off white make great accent colors for orange hues. When decorating with warm colors remember that less is more.

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Effectively Update a Kitchen without a Total Overhaul

The kitchen is the hub of the home for most families. Snacks and meals are made prepared; homework is completed and the family gathers. A complete kitchen renovation all at once can be quite a commitment. Many families cannot commit to a total kitchen remodel all at once if the space is not useable during a renovation.
There is, however, a way to dramatically improve the look of a kitchen, by getting one phase out of the way. Replace your appliances! It should only take a day or two to install these items. Just make sure to plan ahead and have all the right people scheduled after the appliances are delivered.
Even older cabinets will look improved with brand new, updated appliances sitting next to them! You will be amazed at the effect that this upgrade will have on your space. By having your new appliances installed and ready, it will make it easy for the cabinet installers to measure the space for new cabinets. This will also decrease unforeseen problems, when it comes to installing new cabinets and fitting in new appliances, based on the specifications. Everything the cabinet installers need to know can be measured in the physical. There will be less room for error; which in turn will make your cabinet install run a little smoother.
If you choose to upgrade your kitchen in phases, you will not have to go weeks or months without being able to use your kitchen. Once the new appliances are installed, you can choose to update the cabinets next. After the cabinets, have gone in take on the next phase by upgrading the floors. Choosing the floors will be easy. Simply look at different floor samples next to the new cabinets.
By upgrading your kitchen in phases, you have more time to live with the new items. Selecting the next round of finishes becomes easier; as opposed to choosing everything all at once and trying to envision what everything will look like together.
The suggestion of a kitchen renovation done in phases is best for families that need to use their kitchen or people that have a hard time committing to selecting everything all at once. Upgrading a kitchen in this manner will take longer than doing everything all at once, but the stress the family will feel will likely be much less.

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Painting Techniques for Tuscan Kitchens

Tuscan design is one of the most popular styles for kitchens. The rich, warm colors combined with cool accents and natural materials make Tuscan design one of the most inviting – and longest lasting – design styles. And while you’ve probably already considered painting the walls of your Tuscan kitchen in one of the rich, warm hues that are so popular there, consider taking it a step further and using a faux painting technique as well. There are a few different painting techniques that work particularly well in Tuscan kitchens, highlighting the natural materials used elsewhere in the room and adding to the depth and charm of the space.

Color Washing

Color washing involves layering a glaze of color on top of a second color to get a deeper look on the walls. This is achieved by painting your walls the base color, which is generally the lighter of the two. Once the walls are dry, thin your second, darker color with about five parts glaze. Now wipe the glaze onto the wall with a soft cloth or rag. Use a random movement, bunching and twisting the rag as you go to get a varied effect across the wall.


Sponge painting involves layering a darker color over a lighter one with a piece of sea sponge to give the whole wall an interesting texture. As with color washing you’ll want to paint your wall your base color first, then thin out your top color with glaze. Dip differently sized pieces of sponge into the glaze and tap or press them onto the wall. Vary the size and shape of the sponge, as well as the amount of glaze on it and the amount of pressure you use to get a lot of interesting depth and texture to the wall.

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing can add a little more of a subtle look to the walls. This technique involves layering one color of paint over the other, but instead of using a thinned, wet glaze, you use a brush that has been dipped into the paint and then wiped off. The remaining paint on the brush just skims the wall, adding a thin wash of color that allows the base color to show through.

What Are Appliance Panels?

Homeowners that are creating traditional and formal kitchens are often presented with a number of different choices in cabinets and paneling than homeowners designing other styles of kitchen. This is because formal kitchens often look out of place when they have modern conveniences such as stainless steel appliances installed. Therefore, the best way to blend these areas in with the rest of the kitchen is to use appliance panels.

What Is an Appliance Panel?

In broad terms, an appliance panel is a very large cabinet front. Rather than hiding a pantry or a cabinet, however, it attaches to the front door of your refrigerator, dishwasher, or oven. Essentially, this conceals the appliance and makes it appear to be part of the rest of the cabinetry. So if you’re investing in some very decorative and custom cabinets for your kitchen, you can continue them unbroken around the room by covering the appliances in them, too. This creates a sense of harmony in the room in a way that a design broken up by plastic or stainless steel cannot.

Considerations for Using Appliance Panels

Of course appliance panels aren’t for everyone. Some of them can interfere with the use of the appliance, for example. Dishwashers that have their control panel on the front will still have this panel visible, for example, so many homeowners choose to use dishwashers that have the panel on the top of the door where it can be hidden, but more difficult to access. Likewise, you can’t make use of the ice and water dispenser on the refrigerator without cutting the lines of the cabinet around them.

Appliance panels also need to make use of appliance pulls to both make the area functional and to help it blend in. Appliance pulls are larger, heavier versions of the cabinet pulls you install elsewhere in the kitchen. Not every cabinet pull has a matching line of appliance pulls and handles, so this can limit your choices somewhat. You may also be limited in what type of appliance you can purchase, because some cannot tolerate the weight or positioning of the appliance panel door.

Used properly appliance panels can create a cohesive and uninterrupted look in the kitchen. They aren’t for everyone, however, so think carefully before you commit.

Crock Pot Honey Glazed Carrots

We all desire to feed our families less processed foods, so we have been experimenting with making meals and dishes, using as many natural ingredients as possible. Cooking with crockpots this time of year is easy and nice to have a hot meal waiting for you when you get home, as the weather is cooling. Using a crock pot requires little prep and is easy to clean up. All of this lead to the creation of our honey glazed carrots; which are a perfect side to meals on cold winter days!

2 Pounds Baby Carrots
¼ Cup Honey
½ Cups Brown Sugar
¾ Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
½ Cup Orange Juice – *Note, Squeezing fresh orange juice is a way to cut back the amount of preservatives in this dish.
¼ Cup Melted Butter
In a large mixing bowl add the baby carrots and then the honey. Mix well so that the carrots have an even coating of honey. Then add the brown sugar and cinnamon and mix contents well.
Transfer the contents of the mixture into the crock pot. Lastly add the orange juice and butter and mix. Cook on high for 3-4 hours; until the carrots are tender and easy to bite.


Backyard Luncheon

Hosting a luncheon is the perfect way to transition into fall with one last get together with friends and family. It’s one last hurrah gathered around your patio furniture and a great way to casually enjoy your back yard. The best part of a luncheon is how easy it is to put together. Its casual nature means that you don’t have to fuss too much ahead of time trying to throw together the perfect get together.

One of the advantages to luncheons is that often times friends will have plans for their evenings over their weekends but lunch time tends to be free! Lunch is also a more casual time and this means it is more family friendly for the kiddos—another added bonus for those of you with friends who have children.

A few rules of thumb to follow when planning your luncheon—keep the lunch recipes light and easy. You’ll thank yourself when you have less work to do ahead of time and these types of recipes are usually preferred for lunch any way. Think of putting things together such as salads and light sandwiches. You might also consider some easy snacking such as chips and a couple of your favorite dips. These are especially nice because they setup and clean up tends to be a breeze making your life easier.

Try and plan ahead of time if you think any of your guests will be bringing their children. Get a few fun games together for the kids to play while you entertain your guests. Put together an easy lunch option for the children in case there is a particularly picky eater. Usually in those cases a simple peanut butter and jelly will suffice. Or if you have a grill, go ahead and get some hot dogs ready for them.

Finally, set the stage! You won’t want to go overboard here, luncheons are casual and with the natural light from hosting your event midday, as opposed to when it is dark out, means the landscape will work for you as your decorations. Use this your advantage and see just how easy throwing together a luncheon can be.