Low-labor, High-impact Ideas for Freshening Your Decor
Open a design magazine or visit a home improvement website and they’ll extol the virtues of repainting as a great way to freshen a room’s decor. But there are plenty of less labor-intensive ways to give a room a new look. From paint accents to new window treatments, here are some ideas for upgrading your decor with a lot less work: * Easier painting tasks - While painting a room is well within the capabilities of most homeowners, it can be a labor-intensive job. One way to take advantage of paint’s power while minimizing the time spent prepping walls and taping trim is to paint a single accent wall. This works espe- cially well if you’re starting out with a neutral palette on the walls, which is often the case if you’ve recently bought your home. Another effective, fast option is to paint one or two pieces of wood furniture to add a quick, easy pop of color to a room. * Window treatments - Changing window treatments can
be a powerful way to give a room the look of a full facelift while altering only one design element. Consider venturing beyond simple drapes or sheers to window treatments such
as cellular shades that offer natural light control and a pop of color.
Products like Simple Fit custom cellular shades by Redi Shade make achieving a custom look easy with cordless positioning and light filtering that create dramatic affects on a room’s ambiance. The honeycomb cellular fabric shades are available in more than 30 colors and three styles that provide light-filtering, blackout and privacy options. Even better, Simple Fit is designed for DIYers to install in less than a minute without drills or brackets. The patented compression mount system means you can install the shades with the touch of a button. Learn more at www. simplefitcustomshades.com
. * Update your accents - Accessories and accents are like jewelry for your room. Throw pillows, area rugs and upholstery afford you the opportunity to add layers of inter- est with patterns, textures and colors. Updating accents can help create a fresh new look for a room, and it’s a great way to add seasonal appeal to your decor. * Add a mural - Designers and homeowners have used
murals to create drama and interest in homes for centuries. But painting a traditional mural is a labor-intensive task that would challenge most DIYers. A wallpaper mural can be a much easier, faster option. You can find a wide selection of scenes and patterns online, or you can even customize a mural with your own original photos and artwork. These murals are easy to install and some even cost less than $100.
* Declutter - How often do we spend time - and money - creating a specific look for a room, only to have the decor fade away into the background behind the clutter of every- day life? Removing clutter is one of the fastest, easiest and cost-free ways to refresh the way a room looks. Decluttering allows a room’s design to shine through and can help even the most cramped space feel larger and more welcoming. With a few simple, low-labor projects, it’s possible to freshen your room’s decor quickly and easily, turning re- decorating into a fast, fun and rewarding project. - ARA Content
Make Calling 811 a Priority Before Every Digging Project
Winter is over and warmer weather is finally here.
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warrants a free call to 811. Calling this number connects you to your local one-call utility notification center. Installing a mailbox or fence, building a deck and land- scaping are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after making a call to 811.
Here’s how it works: 1. One free, simple phone call to 811 makes it easy
for your local one-call center to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Call a few days prior to digging to ensure enough time for the approxi- mate location of utility lines to be marked with flags or paint. 2. When you call 811, a representative from your lo-
cal one-call center will ask for the location and descrip- tion of your digging project. 3. Your local one-call center will notify affected utility companies, who will then send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of your lines.
4. Only once all lines have been accurately marked, roll up those sleeves and carefully dig around the marked areas. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States that your family depends on for everyday needs including electric, gas, water and sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet and landline telephone.
Unintentionally striking one of these lines can result in
inconvenient outages for entire neighborhoods, harm to yourself or your neighbors and repair costs. Digging ac- tivity by homeowners and professionals causes uninten- tional damage to an underground utility line once every three minutes nationwide, and one out of three incidents are caused because someone did not call 811. According to the most recent data from CGA, damage occurs less than 1 percent of the time when the digger has called 811 before a project. To find out more information about 811 or the one-call utility notification center in your area, visit www.call811.com
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