Finding the Perfect Hues for Your Home

How do you usually choose the colours for your walls? Many consider their favourite shades, or they try to match existing furniture or other décor. This is how some people like to do it, but did you know that there are optimal colours for each room type?

The next time you’re ready to splash a new colour on your surroundings, consider choosing a hue that suits the room’s purpose. Here are some guidelines you can use as you pick your paint.

Bedrooms: Green. This colour is typically associated with calmness and relaxation. Green in the bedroom can help you rest well after a hectic day.

Offices: Blue. This shade is a productivity booster. As a calming colour, it can help lower your heart rate so you can focus, yet it also stimulates energy so you can work hard.

Dining rooms: Red. The colour red is believed to make people hungry. It’s an exciting colour that whets the appetite, making it ideal for the dining room.

Kitchens: Yellow. When cooking, this bright, cheerful colour adds to the joys of food preparation. It also creates an inviting atmosphere for the heart of your home, where family and guests often gather.

Living rooms: White. By reflecting light, white makes a room appear larger. This hue also encourages relaxation. These qualities make it the perfect choice for lounge spaces.

Media rooms: Black. It sounds extreme, but consider the atmosphere of a movie theater. Black, or another dark shade, allows viewers to focus on the screen as the only light-coloured area of the room. The darkness also reduces reflections and improves viewing colour.

Thinking that some of these may be too bold? Is your kitchen white, and you want it to stay that way?

If these colours don’t appeal to you for paint selections, consider adding splashes of these shades in each room. Add red decorations around the dining table. Add some green throw pillows in your bedroom. You might be surprised at how well these accents enhance the ambiance of each space.

You Don’t Want to Forget This Maintenance Task

Many homeowners focus on fall clean-up and winterizing in September, but don’t forget an often-overlooked task: dryer vent cleaning.

This seems like a simple to-do, and it is. Yet it’s commonly forgotten, which can lead to serious issues such as fire and carbon monoxide poisoning when the ductwork cannot vent properly.

To prevent these hazardous situations, make it a habit to clean your dryer vent regularly. Clean the small lint trap after each load, and clean the entire vent system once a year.

Depending on your laundry habits, you may need to clean the vent more often. If your clothes require more than one cycle to dry, your clothing has an odd, burning smell, or your laundry room feels unusually warm while the dryer is running, these are warning signs that you need to clean your vent.

When it’s time for this cleaning, use the following simple procedure to get the job done quickly and effectively.

1. Disconnect: Complete this process carefully. Start by unplugging your dryer from the power source. Then, remove any clamps from the vent pipe so you can detach it from the dryer. Next, pull the pipe away from the wall duct. If you have a gas dryer, take extra care during this process. You may need to contact a professional to avoid the risk of disturbing the gas line.

2. Clean: Use a vent cleaning kit to thoroughly clean your duct and vent. This kit will include a brush that extends the entire length of the duct to remove all debris. It might be easiest to work from the exterior of your home.

3. Reassemble: Reattach everything and enjoy a clean, efficient, safe dryer.