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Light It Up! Home Lighting Matters
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In most modern homes, you walk into a room and you’re greeted by one weak light coming from the center of the ceiling. This infirm little bulb is trying very hard to pull the weight of several light fixtures and lamps that should be in the room, but it just can’t cut the mustard. One light bulb simply isn’t enough, that’s why most interior design experts recommend light layering.
There are three main components to light layering. Your space may not need them all, so feel free to toss out what doesn’t work. They are:
Ambient lighting. This sort of lighting is what that tiny light in the center of the room is trying to be. Ideally, ambient lighting provides a comfortable level of brightness for the entire room. At minimum, you’ll want a multi-bulb central fixture, be that a chandelier or ceiling fan, but some people also incorporate recessed lighting or track lights as well.
Task lighting. You’ll see a lot of task lighting in well-lit kitchens and other work spaces. That under cabinet lighting you were admiring at the home improvement store is a good example of task lighting. It can be any sort of light that’s placed in such a way to make performing a task easier. Just make sure that when you place said task lighting, it doesn’t increase the shadow or create glare.
Accent lighting. Does your house have some really cool stuff in it? Well, this is where you can use lighting to really point it out. You can use accent lighting to highlight artwork, draw the eye to interesting architectural features or simply influence where visitors look around the room. To be most effective, accent lighting should shine three times brighter on the focal point than the general room light.
Get Your Green Thumb Ready for Spring!
Spring is just around the corner and will be here before you know it!Here are some useful tips to get you ready to plant your vegetable garden!
Space your crops properly – Although your garden may look sparse when you first get it into the ground, space your garden for the mature size of your plants. You can find this information on the seed packets or the plastic markers that come with the seedlings. If the plants are set too close together, they compete for sunlight, water, and nutrition.
Plant in a sunny location – Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Sunlight helps produce a larger harvest and bigger, tastier veggies! Check out the Placer County Planting Guide for the proper time to get your garden started!
Plant in good soil – Whether you have raised beds or are planting in the ground, you want to make sure you’re your starting with good soil! Test your soil before adding fertilizer to it to insure it has the proper balance of nutrients. A simple soil test kit can be purchased at most garden centers.
Water properly – Watering your plants the correct amount (neither too much nor too little) will give them the best chance at producing well-formed, mature vegetables. Make sure your soil has proper drainage so the soil isn’t working against you!
Go vertical – Tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and even squash can go vertical, saving you valuable space. Make sure the structures are sturdy enough to support your plants when they are full of ripened produce. There are many different ideas on Pinterest that will add a creative flare to your garden!
Bugs Welcome – Not all insects are bad for your garden. In fact many vegetables such as squash, cucumbers, and melons all rely on pollinators to produce fruit. Planting flowers among your vegetable garden not only looks beautiful, but can attract insects that keep your garden healthy by either pollinating your garden or preying on destructive insects. Marigolds, Zinnias, Calendulas, Sunflowers and Clover good examples!
Make it a destination – It’s no secret that gardening is more exercise than you realize, however many people don’t take the time to enjoy their garden when they’re not “working” in it. Adding a beautiful place to sit in your garden makes it a place to relax and relives stress. Check out these beautiful custom benches from Soul Creations!
Adding whimsical pieces of art, lights and wind chimes in your garden is a wonderful way to tap into your creativity and brings positive energy to your garden.
Dare to be Bold
Looking for some fresh new paint ideas? Have those home improvement shows got you itching for a change? We all get tired of the same old look year after year. If you think you might be ready for a change, check out some great ways on how to combine colors to add a fresh new look to your home without breaking the color compatibility rules.
Monochromatic. These are the easiest of all. Start with a single color, say, blue, then just follow the color wheel to the center and choose various saturations of the same color to make your palette. Typically, a middling hue is used for the wall color, a darker color as accent and a lighter color (or just white) as trim paint. It’s a classic look for any color on the wheel.
Complementary. Choose a color you like, then zip directly across the wheel to find its complement. Some of these work better than others. For example, red and green are great for the holiday season, but might be a bit much indoors. Now, if you’re painting the outside of your WWI-era cottage, that’s a whole different bag of pigment.
Analogous. One of the most subtle, but elegant configurations, analogous colors are colors that are literally right next to one another on the color wheel. These colors are similar, but different enough that it’s obvious. Blue, blue-green and green make a great combo for a relaxing spa-style bathroom, but I’ve even seen some wild stuff done with analogous shades of purple that really kind of took my breath away. Choose one as your primary and use the other two to support it.
Triadic. For the bold and adventurous, triadic color schemes can create very personal spaces. Although these colors harmonize, in theory, they can be potential sales killers later, so if you go with a triadic color-scheme, don’t be offended if your future Realtor suggests a paint job. Start at the main color you want in the space, then choose the two colors that are equal distance away from it. For example, a triadic purple color scheme would include green and orange. Again, one color should dominate and the others support.
Tetradic. Much like the triadic color scheme, tetradic color schemes can be really loud if done incorrectly, so do so with caution. Instead of there being three colors spaced equally around the color wheel, this scheme uses four. So, if your main color was blue, you’d also use yellow-green, orange, and red-violet. Definitely not for every home or for the faint of heart.
So go ahead and paint in confidence, and enjoy the colorful fruits of your labor!
Until Next week’s blog!