Choosing Paint Colors

For a smooth transition between spaces, try choosing a color for one room and paint the adjacent space two shades away, lighter or darker, using tones from the same color chip. Wake up beige. Adding shades of the same color creates depth and interest. Paint below the chair rail a deeper shade of the existing wall.

Start with inspiration. Look for ideas of how you want your space to look. Google design ideas or skim through places like Pinterest to narrow down what styles you like. Make a board for each room. Once you get a significant number that gives you an idea of what you’re looking for then start weaning out the ones you only like a little

Buy testers. If you choose a few of your color choices/shades and paint a large enough area on a few different walls so that you can see how your light in the room hits it at different times of the day. Don’t test a small amount on a white wall because it will throw off the color. Make sure it is a big enough test area to really see the color. Testers are usually a few bucks but it is well worth spending the money before purchasing a gallon and not liking what you get. Plus the leftover samples are great for touch up and other small painting projects. Don’t just stop at testing the walls also test your paint colors against furniture and fabrics. It not necessary that it matches but you do want it to go well with it.

Tip: Don’t necessarily paint the entire living space all one color, try to break up the painting in some rooms or accent walls a few shades lighter or darker on the same color strip. This will add some depth to the space and make it look like a professional did the job.

Pick the right Sheen. Any sheen in a paint will accent flaws, so don’t use sheen if you are trying to mask flaws on your wall. Here are some guidelines for the types of finishing choices:

  • Flat (Matte): This has no shine at all and is perfect for low traffic areas like living rooms and bedrooms. Ceilings as well.
  • Flat Enamel: This has almost no shine but it is easier to clean than flat paint. It is great for low traffic areas also and is best for kids and pets.
  • Eggshell Enamel: This is minimal shine and best to use in moderate traffic areas like the living room. Most scuff marks will come off with a damp cloth.
  • Satin Enamel: This has more shine and works well in high traffic areas or areas that have a high moisture content. A good space is kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms.
  • Semi-Gloss: This is on the shiny side and great for high moisture areas but can also be used on cabinets or trim.
  • Hi-Gloss Enamel: Very shiny! This gives an almost glass-like finish and is perfect for high use surfaces like furniture or railings.


Understand Undertones. Use the darkest strip on the color strip to discover the true color. It will help determine your color without choosing a paint that is too much of the color you intended.

Pick a color theme for the whole home. This doesn’t mean the same color throughout the whole house. Model homes are a perfect example of having a color theme throughout the home. They keep the main living space wall neutral and use fabrics and accessories to add color. Then the bedrooms may have accent colors from the living space on the walls and keep the bedding neutral.


A few mistakes to avoid:

  • Picking your paint color first. Pick it last because you want to wait to see what all the fabrics and other elements look like in the space with the lighting and natural light in the room.
  • Picking a color that is too bright or saturated. It’s a lot stronger as a painted wall than an accent even if it trendy. Lighter, muddy colors or colors that have more gray or black in them work better than bright strong hues on the walls. Stick to bright for your accent pieces.
  • Not considering the home as a whole. Transitioning a color from one room to the next can be tricky and it doesn’t flow well if you have an orange in one room and a pink in another.
  • Losing sight of your emotional goal. Don’t just choose your favorite color, choose a color that is intended for what you want out of the space. For example: if you want your kitchen to be airy and refreshing, look at pale yellows or white with a tint of yellow to it, not bright fire engine red.
  • Ignoring trends-Even though you may love bright colors make sure to look at what’s trending for example right now softer colors are trending, more muted tones and a lot of black with metallic accents.


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Area Rugs Informational Guide

Change a room’s complexion with a simple addition
Area rugs do much more than simply cover your floors. They offer both comfort and style, and with the right positioning, can alter the entire appearance of a room. Standard rectangular rugs provide both utility and elegance while circular and octagonal rugs add a unique look. There are a wide range of sizes and styles available in a variety of colors and patterns, so you’re sure to find one perfectly suited to any room or living space in your home. Area rugs can be constructed from a number of different materials as well, giving you even more choices. Selecting the perfect area rug can be simple with the following questions:

  • How large should your area rug be?
  • What style is best suited to the room?
  • What colors and patterns will help you achieve desired effects?
  • What purpose will the area rug serve?
  • What type of fiber is best?

Size, Style, Fiber and Care

When purchasing a large, room-sized rug, it’s a good idea to select the rug first and then the furniture, drapes and other features. Large rugs can dominate your room, so it’s important that the rest of the room match accordingly to avoid discordance. Smaller rugs should be selected to match existing décor as much as possible. When choosing a color, darker hues help create a cozy, more intimate feel while lighter colors complement open spaces and make smaller rooms feel more spacious. Rugs are available in a wide range of prices, offering decorative and utilitarian flooring solutions for all budget levels. Cost is largely determined by the materials used and the manner in which it was constructed and how large it is. Rugs made of synthetic materials are normally less expensive than those constructed of natural fibers. Similarly, handmade rugs are more expensive than those made via machine. Remember, the larger the carpet, the higher the price, so determine what your price range is, and then purchase the highest-quality rug you can afford. Consider such factors as durability, stain resistance and other important features when making your selection.

Size: It’s important to choose a rug that’s neither too large nor too small for a room. Scatter rugs are typically 2? x 4? and are used in bathrooms and kitchens as well as entryways. Runners are long, narrow rugs that are perfect for hallways and areas such as foyers and kitchens where you want to define traffic flow. Use 3? x 5? or 4? x 6? accent rugs to define nooks or other special areas. Room-size, or room-fit, rugs are most commonly found in 5? x 8? or 6? x 9? sizes. These and are ideal for general decorating purposes in dens, living rooms and family rooms. to provide a stylish accent or to add comfort and warmth to the floor.

  • Scatter rugs can be used to accent chairs, small tables and shelving
  • Runners often measure 2? x 8? and can be used to hide worn paths
  • Place accent rugs in foyers and entryways to help protect floors from dirt and moisture
  • Look for rugs that are 8? x 11?, 9? x 12?, 10? x 13? or bigger for large and oversized rooms
  • Measure the size of the room before making your purchase to avoid a poor fit

Style: Area rugs come in a variety of styles, with options to match any décor. Traditional rugs, which are often mistaken for true Oriental rugs, are most often rectangular, but can be found in other shapes, such as ovals or octagons. They typically have a fringed edge and come in numerous colors, patterns and designs. True Oriental rugs are woven or knotted by hand using wool or silk fibers. They feature unique and ornate patterns that can serve as a showpiece for any room. Persian rugs usually have a central medallion framed by an intricate border. Both Oriental and Persian rugs are ideal for formal areas such as dining rooms, living rooms and sitting areas. American rugs feature patterns based on colonial styles and work well with traditional, country and casual décor. Dhurrie rugs are economical and are available in a wide range of colors, particularly pastels. Border rugs are rectangular and feature large, solid fields surrounded by textured or patterned borders. They don’t usually have fringe and are well suited for use under a dining room table or in a foyer.

  • Each style is available in a wide range of prices, from machine-made synthetics to hand-knotted wool
  • Handmade rugs usually require a larger up-front investment but they offer a unique design and are heirlooms
  • Machine-made rugs are economical and stylish with precise patterns
  • Oriental rugs are made from wool or silk and add a beautiful focal point in any room
  • Southwest-style rugs work well with casual, rustic and contemporary furnishings
  • Contemporary-style rugs are ideal for complementing modern or eclectic décor


Fiber: Choosing either a natural or synthetic fiber depends on the style of the rug and how much traffic you expect to have in the area. Cost will be a factor as well, as some materials are more expensive than others. Fibers may be either staple fibers, which use short lengths of fiber and may shed initially, or bulk continuous filament (BCF), which uses continuous strands of fiber and does not shed or fuzz. Use the chart below to learn about the different fibers available to you and their defining characteristics.


Fiber TypeCompositionBenefits, Uses and Points to Consider
  • Durable
  • Soft feel
  • Wide range of colors
  • Ideal for high-traffic areas
  • Beautiful natural coloring
  • Suited for low-traffic areas
  • Soft feel
  • Should not be placed under furniture
  • Strong and resilient
  • Ideal for high-traffic areas
  • Stands up to heavy furniture
  • Conceals and resists stains and soil
  • Available in many colors
  • Retains color clarity
  • Easy to clean
  • Provides a plush feel
  • Ideal for living areas
Polypropylene (Olefin)Synthetic
  • Easy to clean
  • Resists moisture and mildew
  • Best for low-traffic areas
  • Colorfast
  • May be used outdoors
Sea GrassNatural
  • Easy to clean
  • Should not be placed under furniture
  • Natural coloring provides a rustic look
  • Well suited to high-traffic areas
  • May provide highlights in wool rugs
  • High luster
  • Soft feel
  • Best for low-traffic areas
  • Strong
  • Ideal for high-traffic areas
  • Best for indoor use
  • Coarse texture
  • Provides a luxurious feel
  • Soft and thick
  • Strong, resilient and static-resistant
  • Perfect for high-traffic areas
  • May shed when new

Care: Area rugs can be a big investment, so it’s important to properly care for them to ensure long life. Vacuum high-traffic areas frequently, and don’t forget to vacuum less frequently used areas on occasion as well. Clean spills quickly by blotting rather than rubbing and scrubbing. If you have a particularly expensive rug, consider a professional cleaning periodically. Use a pad underneath, particularly on hard floors. This will help prevent slipping as well as provide greater comfort. If you don’t use a pad, be sure that rug corners are out of the way in high-traffic areas.

  • Rotate rugs every 6-12 months to prevent uneven wear
  • Check the back of rugs periodically to prevent damage from moths and carpet beetles
  • Pads help prevent dyes and colors from rugs bleeding through to the floor below


Nonskid Backing: This is a particularly important feature for scatter rugs placed in the bathroom. Rugs with nonskid backing won’t slide out from underneath you when you step on them, even if the floor beneath them is very smooth.

Rug Pad: Each rug should be purchased with a corresponding rug pad. Just like carpet padding, rug pads help extend the life of your rug by keeping it in place while providing extra cushion and insulation. They also prevent moisture and spills from seeping through the carpet to the surface below and staining the floor.

Resilience: Resilience measures how well fibers bounce back from crushing and the weight of heavy furniture. Look for rugs with high resilience if you plan to place them underneath furniture or in high-traffic areas.

Stain Resistance: Some rugs are specially treated to prevent stains, an important characteristic for rugs in frequently used rooms or if you have children in the house.

Soiling: If you’re placing a rug in a high-traffic area, choose one that hides soil well. Darker colors and stain-resistant fibers are best at hiding and resisting soil and dirt.