Choosing a Patio Shade

Just picture this for a moment. One morning you wake up feeling the warm rays of the morning sun on your face. You have decided to go out to your patio deck and sunbathe while sipping a glass of juice and reading a book or a newspaper.

That was heaven for you for the first twenty minutes until the sun really got hotter that it was almost unbearable. However, you would still loved to stay outdoor doing such a relaxing thing, if only you could block out the sun from your patio.

Well, unless you have an umbrella or a tent, which may look ridiculous in some patios, the best solution for such an event is to have a patio shade installed in your house.

There are so many materials that you can choose to have as your shade. These can be made of lattice, wood, metal, concrete, or even vinyl. While other materials are certainly more durable and have better chances of standing against harsh weather, such as a metal shade compared to a vinyl one, it really depends on a lot of things when you finally choose the right material for your patio.

Here are a few reminders that you can use before you have a patio shade set up in your house.

1. Does it rain or snow a lot in your area?

If yes, then a metal or concrete shade can be a better choice for your shade construction. It’s durable, certainly will last for many years to come, and will require less maintenance or even replacement. The only drawback is that it will usually cost a lot more.

2. Do you get a lot of sunlight the whole year?

If you are living in the lower east coast of the country, then chances are you are blessed with warm sunlight all year round. This is a great place where you can have a table or any furniture out in the patio so you could sit or lie down in the sun anytime you want. A good shade material for this location would be a vinyl type. It is easier to set up on your patio and is very light, which will beautifully complement the sun and breeze that you are always enjoying in your house.

3. Consider the model or construction of your house.

If your house is made of all concrete, then a concrete shade would be a good choice. A metal one is also nice as metal always fits with concrete. Likewise, if you have a wooden house, a wooden shade would be a great addition to your patio.

There are many choices for materials, designs and styles should you want to put up a shade over your patio. It is always a good idea to have one so you can ensure yourself with uninterrupted time in that favorite place in your house.

Patios are not just lovely to look at, as obviously it serves a very good purpose especially for relaxation. Just use a little bit of your own creativity and you can have the grandest shade in your neighborhood.

Using Color Psychology to Sell Your Home

When painting your home for resale, choosing the right colors can make a huge difference in your paycheck at closing. For instance, did you know that the exterior color of houses selling most quickly is a certain shade of yellow, but that choosing the wrong shade of yellow can kill a sale?

You’ll find many brochures in paint stores, showing various combinations of exterior paint colors. But most people don’t realize that most of those combinations actually include three colors, and not just two. Limiting your exterior paint scheme to just two colors also limits your income potential.

For a fast sale, think fun colors and go for a third, or even a fourth, exterior color. Think “Disneyland Main Street,” where every shop is painted in glorious multi-colors. Adding more colors will also add definition to the various architectural details of your home. Use gloss or semi-gloss paint on wood trim.

The Psychology of Exterior Colors

When choosing exterior colors, take the sales price of your home into account. Certain colors, especially muted, complex shades, attract wealthy or highly-educated buyers, whereas buyers with less income or less education generally prefer simpler colors. A complex color contains tints of gray or brown, and usually requires more than one word to describe, such as “sage green,” as opposed to “green.”

On the other hand, simple colors are straightforward and pure. Generally, houses in the lower price range sell faster and for higher prices when painted in simple colors like yellow or tan, accented by white, blue, or green trim.

The Psychology of Interior Colors

Using colored, rather than bland, white walls will increase your profit potential. Lynette Jennings tested the perception of room size and color, and discovered that a room painted white appeared only appeared larger to a few people when compared to an identical room painted in color – and the perceived difference was only about six inches! Most people also look better when surrounded by color, and feel happier, and since buyers pick houses that make them feel happy, that knowledge can put dollars in your pocket at closing!

Entryways should bring the exterior colors into the house. Repeating shades of the exterior throughout your home will make the entire home seem to be in harmony. Living and family rooms painted in a slightly lighter shade of the exterior color will ensure that you’ve picked a color your buyers like, because if they didn’t like your exterior colors, they wouldn’t have bothered to look inside. If they loved the exterior colors, they’ll love the interior, too.

When choosing interior colors, consider the use of each room. For instance, kitchen and dining areas that are painted in “food colors,” such as coffee browns, celery greens, and scrambled egg yellows, feel natural.

Since, deeper shades of color imply intimacy and serenity, I like to paint master bedrooms a medium shade of green or blue for warm selling seasons, and rouge red for cooler weather. Other bedrooms can be painted in creamy tones of green, blue, or a pale shell pink. (See the chapter on the Psychology of Color in my book “Joy to the Home: Secrets of Interior Design Psychology” for further information.)

Selling Season

Always consider your selling season (the time of year you’ll be marketing your home) and climate when choosing colors. Estimate the amount of time you’ll need to get your home ready for sale, and then add on extra days for unexpected delays. Use cool colors, such as blues, greens, and grays, to sell during spring and summer, and warm colors, such as yellows, reds, and maroons, when selling in the fall and winter.

Color Intensity

My husband and I usually use lighter colors when painting the exteriors of our investment dollhouses, because it makes them appear larger. On the other hand, our cabin in the woods looks richer when painted a darker color. When we decided to have it painted, I considered the usual cabin colors of dark brown and barn red, but fell in love with Olympic’s gorgeous “Gooseberry” plum color.

When getting ready to paint your house, look at the colors of neighboring houses and choose colors that harmonize, yet stand out from the crowd. Colors that clash badly with other houses will detract from the overall neighborhood.

At the beginning of the article, I told you that homes with yellow exteriors sell the quickest. But which shade of yellow sells best? First, the yellows to avoid: yellows with green undertones look sickly to most buyers, and yellows with orange undertones give buyers an impression of cheapness.

The best-selling yellow exterior color is actually a pale, sunny yellow, especially when complimented with one or more carefully-chosen accent colors. For instance, a semi-gloss white trim will give your home a clean and fresh look, and adding a third color, such as green, can make your home even more attractive to prospective buyers.

Colors affect human beings in many ways, and by using the principles of Color Psychology, you can make your home stand out from the competition, sell more quickly, and at a higher price.

(c) Copyright 2014, Jeanette J. Fisher. All rights reserved.

Professor Jeanette Fisher, author of Doghouse to Dollhouse for Dollars, Joy to the Home, and other books teaches Real Estate Investing and Design Psychology.

House Painting Program

The house painting program is spreading wider and is becoming well known and used by many people to color their houses. House painting program is all about how to color your house through advanced tools in the software and how to choose fresh and new colors for your house. It will be a great thing to preview colors on your house with digital colors and painting tools. House painting program is a software application that has a complete program of videos and colors combinations suitable for your home. The house painting program will teach you all about painting your house and give you long term results. Changing the color of your entire house is not a joke it’s a big task. Just imagine you have put in wrong shades on the entire interior walls of you house! That will be such a frustrating thing to deal with. So before touching the colored roller and brush to the walls of your house it’s better to see samples of your houses with different colors through its photos.

House painting program is the easiest way to make your home look beautiful and pretty and completely new. Mixing and matching different colors and making the colors match your home, you have to choose colors from different color schemes. And to go and find colors that would go well with your house is a really hectic thing to do, it becomes messy you get confused and end up finalizing nothing. This won’t happen if you go in with the house painting program. For the professional house painter this program will be a great benefit as it will help them to choose the right color for differently designed houses and rooms. An interior designer and a painter have to be fully creative and the really work harder and always want to do something different for the people and their houses. By following the house painting program you could just find the right shade which will surely impress you and the other people who daily enter your house.

If we finally decide to paint our entire house just because we want to make it look fresh and beautiful and we are tired to see the same old shades on the walls, then the first thought that strikes our mind is which colors to apply and which colors would give us satisfying quality and results. We would first want to see how our house looks with different colors. So by going in for the house painting program we will be able to put the photo of our beautiful house and apply different shades and colors and preview how it appears and then finalize the shades to our house. This will also save time and money and we will be able to know what shades look the best. House painting program is all about how to paint the house and how to maintain our house to look beautiful and getting the right color shade. With this program it would become more easier know how your house can turn beautiful and really different. I assure you after you go in for this program before painting your house you will be amazed and surprised to see how beautiful and pleasant appearance your house would be.