Monthly Archives: October 2014

Color Basics

Analogous Colors – Red/Orange/Yellow


Analogous colors are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, with one being the dominant color. The term analogous refers to  having analogy, meaning a similarity in some respects between things and in the case of colors a similarity in a color. An analogous color scheme creates a rich, monochromatic look. It’s best used with either warm or cool colors, creating a look that has a certain temperature as well as proper color harmony. Red, yellow and orange are examples of analogous colors.

Home Improvement & Painting Tips

How Much Paint Is Needed to Paint Your Room?

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To estimate how much paint you need for any interior paint job, you need to know the square footage of your wall and the number of square feet per gallon of the paint you are planning to use. The label on the gallon of paint will specify how many square feet each gallon will cover. Walls and ceilings are determine by the area, multiply length by width. To calculate the square footage of walls, measure the perimeter of the room and multiply this figure by its height. The result is the square footage of the wall space to be covered. Remember you might need more then one coat. When painting a deeply saturated color, you may even need a third coat of paint. Take the square footage and muliple by the number of coats, the result will determine your coverage per gallon.

Home & Gardening Tips

Fall Foliage

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When we think of adding color to our homes with landscaping we usually think first of flowering plants. Another direction to consider are trees. The following trees enhance your landscape with their beautifully fall foliage. The following trees all grow well in growing zone 7 in moist, well-drained soil.

Sugar Maple (top picture) is a great, extra-reliable tree that makes a big statement in fall, sugar maple offers gorgeous red, orange, or yellow end-of-the-season leaves. They grow to 70 feet tall and are best suited for sun to shade.

Sweet Birch (middle) are beautiful trees as well and has a cinnamon-colored peeling bark and triangular dark green leaves that turn beautiful golden-yellow in fall.  This tree is best suited for sun to shade and grows up to 50 feet tall.

Virginia Sweetspire (bottom), is a great shrub with different looks each season. In summer, it offers fragrant white flowers. Then in autumn, it develops rich purple-red leaf color. Plus, it’s very easy to grow. It grows best in full sun to part shade and grows up to 10 feet tall.