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October 8, 2018

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Timeless Bedroom Color Palettes

October 8, 2018

Whether you’re looking to emulate a change of seasons, a life change, or simply refresh and lift your spirits, updating bedroom color palettes can make a big difference. Your inspiration may be drawn from the Pantone colors of the year (2017 was Greenery, Pantone 15-0343), a mood when lingering at paint chips, a visit with a friend, or a page from a magazine. Wikipedia defines timeless as “not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion.” Others may attribute a more personal association with timeless as something you simply enjoy seeing day in and day out over a long period of time. Here are some timeless bedroom color palettes to consider as you plan your next room redesign:

White – Yes, white is timeless, and it’s also possibly the broadest available in the color spectrum. Each of the leading paint manufacturers may count 50 or more whites in their palette, even though these may each provide a hint of grey, yellow, pink, blue, green, or other blend. My own walls are painted Benjamin Moore Montgomery White (HH-33) which I’ve always described as a “buttery mustard” and even then as the light shifts, so does the color. In some places, more “lemonade” and in others, a “spicy brown mustard.” It’s in part what makes white a timeless bedroom color palette. It can set the tone of the space, reflect your furnishings and finishings, and bring light into your room.

Blue – Long considered to be a color that evokes emotions of serenity, trust and welcoming, blue provides a timeless bedroom color palette. Did you know that nowadays more websites have a blue base than any other color? How better than to search or shop than with great peace of mind. Designers suggest that it’s a bedroom paint color that will never go out of style, and this isn’t referring to a nursery “baby blue.” From blues that draw images of clear oceans to ones that reflect a nighttime sky, there’s a blue out there for everyone. A denim hue can provide for the timeless backdrop for a child – boy or girl – from infancy through adulthood. Cornflower can work from one owner to the next. Transferable, transgressional, timeless.

Pink – Again, it’s time to think beyond the nursery, although what is more timeless than starting the surroundings for a new life in a color that sparks light, innocence and femininity? Pink makes for a timeless bedroom color palette from that light baby’s breath tone to a rich blush that draws from an heir of romance. Complement toile or shabby chic whites, or contrast pine or cherry wood to add sophistication. Shades of pink can pop, surprise, sooth or delight, placing them in the timeless bedroom color palettes profile.

Green – As with blue, there are shades of green that cross into the white and grey spectrums such as sage green. Or, others that will whisk you off to envisioning yourself at the shimmering water’s edge by strong teal. But the timeless shades of green to consider for your bedroom color palette may actually be the rich tones in the hunter or sage green family. Do these rich tones make you think of flowing flower fields, beautiful trees waving in the breeze or a snow-capped forest? Yes, most of the classic greens will spring ties to nature. Select the color that invokes great visions and warm memories and you’ve found your own timeless color palette.

Earth Tones – A broad category offering a classic range of browns, rusts, beiges and mixtures therein, the earth tones may give an heir of history to your bedroom color palette. Always timeless, these colors can support deep floral wallpaper, rich furnishings, or blend with a zen-like room allowing you to create your own oasis getaway. PPG Paints named their 2017  colors of the year a collection of 24 “rich, timeless mid-tones with an earthy edge.” Their spin on “classic shades with a contemporary edge” offer colors that mix colors from the categories of “Outdoorsy,” “Luxurious,” “Modern” and “Traditional.” If you’ve already pictured how these colors might look in your bedroom and had a positive emotional response, you may have just honed in on your own bedroom color palettes.

Grey – There are more than 50 shades of grey to consider as a timeless bedroom color palette. What was once considered a dramatic color targeted to bathrooms and dining rooms has now become a timeless bedroom option. From the pale greys that cross into the white spectrum to the medium greys – so classic that Dulux paint even has one named just that, “Classic Grey” – it’s a neutral like no other. Sometimes dark, sexy, and other times light with reflections of pink. Grey complements silver and light wood and offers a striking contrast to brass, dark woods and metals. It provides a new neutral backdrop for yellows, blues, reds and more.

Online style guide Houzz.com suggests that timeless color palettes for those in your bedroom and beyond can be found in pairing the right color tones. Their contributor’s favorite match-ups? Some may sound at first a bit shocking, but as each color holds a range of hues, close your eyes and envision how these complementary colors may offer you inspiration to set your own bedroom color palettes: Yellow and Blue; Black and White; Pink and Green; Navy and White; Yellow and Grey; Red and Beige; Orange and Blue; and Chocolate and Lavender.

Whether you are updating only the paint in your bedroom, or planning a full room makeover, play with color. Maybe a deeper – or softer – tone of your existing shade will be just what you’re looking for. Or, refreshing with a new timeless shade from the other end of the color spectrum is just what you and your room need. White? Grey? Blue? Pink? Green? Beige? Play with color and choose a shade you can see bringing your space new life from year to year.

Lifestyle

Did You Know That Gutter Guards Can Cause More Problems Than They Solve

October 8, 2018

Nothing is more destructive than water damage.

Every year, about one in 50 insured homes files a claim for property damage caused by water.

And, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the average residential flood claim is $30,000.

Water damage can start in many areas of your home and from a variety of things. If you head to the top – your roof – that’s where the real trouble can begin. If your shingles have sustained damage, water can seep in. If the flashing around your chimney pulls away, water can leak in.

But what about your rain gutters? Are they part of the problem, too?

When your home was built, gutters were attached at the edges of the roofline to protect your home from damage. When everything is working correctly, water flows down your roof, into the gutters, where it moves through the gutter system, and eventually away from the foundation of your home.

If installed properly, your gutter system works flawlessly. As time goes by, the system can start to fail.

Regular home maintenance means getting up on your roof and cleaning out the gutters. It’s not a fun job. In fact, it’s downright messy … and dangerous. Disintegrating leaves can turn into piles of muck that get stuck. Add in bird’s nests, feathers, twigs, insects, and the problems can increase tenfold.

The natural instinct for many homeowners is to install gutter guards. And in theory, the idea is perfect. They are specially designed to cover up the gutter and allow the drainage system to flow freely.

But as a rain gutter installation service provider, we can tell you there are more problems with most rain gutters than solutions.

If you do a search for gutter guards, you’ll find most information that touts their benefits are from dealers and manufacturers. Of course, they want to push the benefits; they sell them.

When you dig deep and look at what roofing experts recommend, you’ll find lots of information on the problems they create.

The Different Types Of Gutter Guards On The Market

Before we discuss the problems in detail, let’s look at the different types of gutter guards on the market. There are five primary gutter guard systems used today:

Brush – Upright bristles that catch and hold debris and prevent them from clogging the drainage system.

Foam – Used to prevent debris from accumulating in the drainage system while still allowing water to filter around and flow properly.

Mesh – Sheets of metal with tiny holes that act as a filter to prevent debris from entering the gutter.

Nylon – Used in cold areas for its effectiveness to prevent heavy buildup of snow.

Reverse Curve – Prevents falling debris from accumulating while channeling water away from the roofline.

In general, a gutter guard either screens out debris and prevents it from accumulating, or it is built into the gutter in such a way as to make the system more efficient.

As roofing specialists, we’ve seen and worked with homes that have gutter guards, so if they’re working for your home, don’t mess with success as the key is in keeping your home safe and dry.

But if you have problems, or you’re considering upgrading your roof and wondering what gutter system to install, there are two things to consider.

Most Gutter Guard Systems Only Solve One Problem

When gutter guard systems are installed on a home, the purpose is to keep leaves and debris from accumulating in the gutter system and stopping water from flowing down and away from the structure. They do that on some level.

Gutter guards protect your roof line. They are designed to fit around your home on all edges, preventing debris from accumulating in the most obvious places. But that doesn’t stop gravity. Gutter guards do nothing to impact the rest of the system. Debris can still accumulate down around your foundation, where the gutter system is installed to drain and pull water away from your home.

Gutter Guards Can Increase Other Concerns

Here in the Pacific Northwest, trees are in abundance. Protecting the gutter system from leaves is a big concern.

But there is also another problem that can potentially harm your gutter system: moisture. No matter how hard they try, most gutter guards don’t protect from all debris falling into the system. It can also prevent moisture from escaping and evaporating. Over time, biological growth can start growing. Because it never has a chance to dry out, it keeps accumulating, furthering the possibility of leaks and cracks throughout the system. That gives the opportunity for water damage to occur and seep in through various places of your home, including at your roof line, causing potentially significant damage.

What Should You Do Instead?

Which brings us back to the original question: Should you be using gutter guards on your home?

There is no such thing as a perfect solution. Every product you can install has its list of pros and cons.

It’s crucial to have gutters installed to control water and direct it away from your home. That’s what keeps your home warm, safe, and dry. It’s also important to realize that no matter what system you select, there will be home maintenance involved down the road. While your focus should be on prevention, you should also ensure the method you select is easy to clean and maintain, too.  

As a rain gutter installation service provider, we ensure our customers have an efficient system to do what it does best. We make sure your gutters are easy to clean, easy to maintain, and have important features that keep the drainage system as operational as possible. We’ve also found that gutter guards often cause more problems than they solve.

Have questions? We’re happy to answer them. Call us today.