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American Hickory resilient flooring by Mannington Choosing home décor these days involves more than just finding a style or color you love. Sure, that?s the first step, but many other factors come into play when evaluating products for the home ? durability, maintenance considerations, even the product?s ?green? factor.

Luckily, manufacturers are up to the task and recently have begun to focus on these features -which is good for you, your family, and the planet.

Take paint, for example. It?s a relatively inexpensive way to transform a room. But whatever color you have your heart set on, it pays to buy the best quality latex paint. Top quality paints are tougher and more durable than other paints, they resist staining, and even if they happen to pick up fingerprints and smudges, they are easier to clean with just a little soap and water. That?s something any mother will love.

In addition, today?s latex paints are largely (or entirely) free of VOC?s ? Volatile Organic Compounds ? which were common with the oil-based paints of yesteryear. As a result, they leave no lingering ?paint smell.? These paints also tend to resist mildew growth and continue to look bright and fresh even when exposed to strong sunlight.

Another home decorating product that?s experienced advances in technology is flooring. Certain types of flooring offer benefits far beyond ?your grandmother?s vinyl? both in style and in performance.

?Cantina Salsa? flooring by Mannington Though it varies by manufacturer, vinyl flooring, for example, is printed using ultra-low VOC inks; and some is even made with recycled content. It?s a snap to keep clean, needs no waxing or polishing, and resists scratching, gouging and yellowing. Many brands also carry FloorScore certification, which attests to its good indoor air quality characteristics.

The designs offered in vinyl today are much improved over what you may be familiar with. Using advanced printing and embossing technology, these floors can resemble marble, slate, stone, even hand-scraped wood. The designs look so real, you have to bend down and touch them to be sure. But unlike some of the natural materials they?re made to resemble, vinyl is soft and warm underfoot (your feet and back will thank you), practically waterproof, a cinch to keep clean, and a lot less costly.

It pays to consider all your needs before choosing a product ? whether it?s paint for the walls or vinyl for the floors. With a little knowledge, you can find something that?s family friendly, budget-friendly, and Eco-friendly, all in one!

This is a guest post by Betsy Amoroso. Betsy is Director of Corporate Communications at Mannington Mills and has 15 years of experience in the home furnishings and decorating industry.

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bad weather

Life is full of ironies. Some even involve paint. Consider the fact that top quality acrylic latex exterior paints easily expand and contract when temperatures rise and fall dramatically? yet, they shouldn?t be applied on days that are extremely cold or extremely hot.

How can that be? The answer, my friend, lies in the chemistry of these paints:

The particles of acrylic binder in latex paints are ?thermoplastic?, so they harden as the temperature drops. If the temperature is too low when the paint is applied, it can fail to produce a good paint film. And that can lead to early paint problems.

What?s more, paint film can be affected by falling temperatures in the hours after the paint is applied. It actually takes about 36 hours for paint to form the best protective film, even though the paint may be dry to the touch much sooner. So, a quick drop in temperature right after painting can be harmful to paint.

It isn?t just cold that can affect newly-applied paint. Very hot temperatures can also compromise the job by causing the paint to dry too quickly. When that happens, the binder particles lose ?mobility?, get locked in place, and don?t have enough time to form a paint film with optimum durability.

A related point: Paint film formation isn?t affected just by the air temperature; it also can be affected by the temperature of the surface that is being painted. An exterior wall getting full sun on a bright, summer day will be considerably hotter than the ambient temperature. If it gets too hot, that can cause the paint to dry too fast.

Windy conditions are another factor that can affect exterior latex paint. Like high temperatures, wind can also cause paint to dry too quickly and compromise the long-term performance of a paint job.

So much for problematic weather. What are the best conditions in which to do exterior painting? Generally speaking, when temperatures are above 50 degrees F. and below 90 degrees F., on days that are not extremely windy.

There are also ways to combat weather that is less than ideal. Rather than painting the sunny side of the house on very hot days, work on the shady walls or other areas out of direct sunshine. Likewise, on moderately windy days, focus your efforts on the sheltered portions of your home. And if conditions are just too extreme to apply paint, turn your attention to caulking or other types of surface preparation.

Finally, before you conclude that it?s just too hot or too cold to paint, check the label on the paint can. Paint manufacturers are always working to improve their products so that they can be applied in a wide range of temperatures. You might just discover that your paint finds ?questionable? weather just peachy!

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Paint Banisters

If the paint color on the banisters and railings inside your home is fading unevenly, the cause may be the type of paint that was used on them. Certain enamel paints tend to soften when exposed to natural oils left from handprints and fingerprints. That, in turn, can make the paint wear down and fade.

The problem isn?t confined to banisters, either. Uneven fading can also occur around doorknobs, on the edges of doors, on trim around the entryways to rooms, even around light switches ? in fact, anywhere that hands frequently come into contact with woodwork and walls.

There?s only one way to resolve this problem: You?ll have to repaint.

If possible, start by removing all of the softened, existing paint by scraping it off, being careful not to mar the wood or other surface below. Then, sand the banister, door, or other affected area with fine grit (#220) sandpaper. Finally, remove any dust left from the sanding by thoroughly washing down the surface.

The next step is to apply a quality latex interior stain-blocking primer to the banister or other area. Be sure that the primer you use is intended to block stains, or your work may be for naught.

When you go to buy your paint, ask for a product that resists ?oil-softening?. To make sure the coating has this property, you might want to ask to see the product data sheet. You will probably end up with either gloss latex enamel paint or top quality semi-gloss latex enamel paint (most top quality semi-gloss latex paints have good oil-softening resistance).

Fading banisters are just one of the countless problems that can arise when the wrong type of paint is used for a particular application. If you are at all unsure that you have the right paint for your next paint job, be sure to seek out a knowledgeable counterperson at your local paint store or home center, and ask for his or her advice.

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well dressed businessman

To bring proper balance to a color scheme, keep in mind the image of a man in a business suit. The harmonious proportionality between the suit, the shirt, and the tie is a winning combination that can be mimicked to work wonders in any room.

Why does a well-dressed man look striking in business attire? Part of the reason is the relationship between the color ?mass? of his clothes. As the dominant color, the suit makes up roughly 60% of the picture; the secondary color of the shirt, 30%; and the punch color in the tie, 10%. The percentages just look and feel right. You can use the same formula when outfitting a room.

The dominant hue in most interior spaces will be the paint color you use on the walls. Typically, that?s the simple part of the equation. Then the thinking begins.

Design-wise, you need to select a secondary color that will comprise 30% of the visual field in a room. This requires some discipline when furnishing the space. Keep in mind the classic appearance of a man in a suit. What would happen if he wore a patchwork plaid instead of a solid color shirt? It would ruin the color balance of the overall look. So, work hard to use a lot of your secondary color, rather than diluting its power by employing multiple, competing shades.

You can have a lot more fun and freedom with your necktie equivalent ? the punch color in your décor. Often, this 10% of the color scheme can be introduced by way of decorative accents such as lamps, pillows, glassware, artwork, or area rugs. For the biggest impact, choose a bold hue. And to give structure to your color scheme, try to have the accents match as closely as possible, color-wise.

Of course, there are other ways to achieve 60-30-10 balance in a room. Rather than painting all of the walls the same color, you could incorporate an accent wall painted in your secondary color. That would enable you to include some furnishings in your dominant color. When these furnishings are taken together with the color of the three walls, you would still be at 60%, and the proportionality of things would still be intact.

While the 60-30-10 rule operates primarily as a guideline for interior color schemes, it can also help inform color choices on the home exterior. There, the siding would be painted the dominant color, the shutters and trim the secondary color, and the front door, a punch color. The percentages might not always be exact, but an exterior color scheme approximating the 60-30-10 formula will present a pleasant, harmonious look to all who pass by.

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painted colorful ceramic vases

One thing that makes life exciting is the unexpected: spotting a bluebird in your yard, receiving a thoughtful note from a friend, or discovering a new place to explore. Since surprises are so much fun, why not incorporate a few into your home décor? It?s easy and inexpensive with paint.

Begin by thinking of paint as pure color, like a magic wand you can wave over the plainest item to give it a fresh, vibrant appearance. It?s a powerful notion that will unlock lots of great ideas for your home.

We?ve written often about the visual interest you can create by painting an accent wall or ceiling an unexpected color. But the ?five walls? are just the starting point when it comes to the surprise value of paint.

If you?re wanting for ideas, just sit down in a room that needs more pizzazz and carefully observe your surroundings. Chances are, you?ll spot several promising candidates for painting: built-in cabinets, the backs of bookshelves, picture frames, or an old piece of furniture that is begging for new life.

colorful wall decoration After identifying what you might paint, think outside the box when it comes to color. Very plain objects can be show-stoppers when painted in vibrant tones. And don?t feel that you have to remain faithful to the color scheme in your room. Colorful accents that are a little ?off? can provide the visual surprises that make a room more interesting.

In the unlikely event that you can?t find an item of furniture to paint, create one. Drop by a neighborhood garage sale or consignment shop and purchase an old door that has some character. Paint it an unusual color like deep red or teal and use it as the top part of a coffee table or sofa table. By doing so, you?ll inject a colorful conversation piece into your room.

You can employ old, weather-beaten shutters in the same way. Or, hang them on your walls as rustic ?artwork? after giving them a fresh new appearance with paint.

Look for ways to introduce color into your rooms that no one would expect. One way to do this is to paint natural objects that ordinarily would not be painted. As examples, consider painting the ends of stacked firewood next to your fireplace in a variety of colors, paint mousy-looking pinecones in bright colors and nestle them in a stylish basket, or display brightly painted rocks in an aged wooden container. Even brightly painted sticks can make a bold design statement when artfully arranged in a favorite vase.

For added impact, paint your surprise décor not with flat paint, but in a reflective, high gloss finish. The happy, playful patina will enhance its allure. You could even go one step further and treat an item of furniture or an accent piece in metallic paint.

So, the next time you have an urge to spice up your surroundings, don?t feel that you have to run out to the nearest mall or home furnishings store. Look around you, use your imagination, and think outside the box. You may be surprised how easy and inexpensive it is to get an exciting new look by using paint color alone!

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