How to Decorate with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery!

The Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343). This color is described as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” Now that’s a description!

I love following Pantone trends and seeing how they’re being used in various industries. Today, I am going to tell you how to decorate with the color of the year.

First, look to Pantone’s color schemes for some inspiration. For Greenery, Pantone lists 10 palettes to show how the color looks next to different categories of colors. This will help you decide if you prefer neutrals, dark shades, bright shades, pastels, or metallics.

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My Favorite From Pantone.com

Then, utilize your color choices in specific areas and rooms of the home. I had the chance to speak with a professional accessory buyer about the best places for Greenery, and she advised incorporating it in entryways, bathrooms, playrooms, and outdoor spaces. These locations seem to make sense based on the overall description of the color.

Entryways: Greenery is inviting.
Bathrooms: Greenery is calming.
Playrooms: Greenery is youthful.
Outdoor Spaces: Greenery is natural.

An area rug can be placed in any one of these for that pop of color, but here are some specific ideas for each:

Entryways: tall vases, wall art

Bathrooms: bathroom accessories, towels, lighting fixtures

Playrooms: reading rug, table and chairs, toy chest, bookshelves

Outdoor Spaces: planters, outdoor furniture, garden decor

Depending on the chosen color scheme and how much Greenery you want in each area, you can decide to go for pieces that are solid Greenery, or pieces that contain other colors and a hint of Greenery.

Last but not least, don’t forget actual greenery! You may already have some in your home since it’s the holiday season, but it’s always a great idea to have some fresh plants and flowers.

Check out how this online rug store, Rug & Home, is helping decorators decide! They’ve made a curated page of different Greenery area rugs.

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National Outdoor Lighting Month

October is National Outdoor Lighting Month. For both the community of lighting professionals and homeowners, this month was created to raise awareness and educate people on the importance of security and safety. Outdoor lighting provides both.

Security, Safety and Style!

With proper lighting and installation comes a sense of security. Intruders are less likely to choose a home that is well-lit for obvious reasons. Along with security is safety. For the front yard, it’s important to have the driveway, walkways and entrance lit. This helps to prevent vehicle accidents, trips and falls, and provides enough light for unlocking the door without an issue, which can bring us back to the security point. At nighttime, especially this time of year when it gets dark earlier, everyone wants to get into their homes safely and efficiently.

There are different kinds of lights for the different areas mentioned above. Flood lights and pier mount lights are for driveways and garages, landscape lights are for walkways,  flush-mount lights and hanging lights are for entries and porches, wall lanterns are perfect for right outside the front door, and post lantern lights can be beneficial anywhere, but are especially helpful and stylish next to steps.

Speaking of style, outdoor lights have definite curb appeal. The types of lights listed above add style to both the front and backyard, which is beneficial when hosting company on the porch or in the yard. If your yard was already prepared for summer nights spent outside, leave it up to enjoy throughout the fall. Throw in a few hanging lanterns to accompany you and your guests while relaxing around the fire.

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For your outdoor lighting needs, I recommend one of the best lighting stores in CT. Shop outdoor lighting to achieve safety, security and appeal, and spread the word about National Outdoor Lighting Month!

To wrap up a post about lighting and the month of October, what’s better than this awesome idea for LED stick figure Halloween costumes!

Making the Most of Your iPad with Accessories

When purchasing an iPad, there are many accessories to consider in order to make the most out of the iPad’s functions. The iPad by itself is a pretty nifty product, but I’ve done some research and trial and error of my own to curate a list of accessories that pair well with the iPad.

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A Stand:

One benefit of an iPad stand is easier television and movie watching. Instead of looking down for a long period of time or propping it up against something unstable, it’s best to invest in a secure stand. It also makes for great help in the kitchen. Many use their iPads to look up recipes, and the stand make the recipe easy to view while preparing whatever it may be. Just like recipe reading and following is benefited, regular reading is as well. Because of the iPad’s size, it’s a popular device for readers.

A Keyboard:

While touch screens are innovative and a lot of us have become used to them, there are still times when a keyboard is useful and easier. An attachable keyboard is great because it’s not there permanently, but it’s easy to install when needed. You can have the best of both worlds — the keyboard of a laptop with the portability of an iPad.

Protective Cases:

There is a large market for mobile cases, and they’re becoming more and more innovative. For example, waterproof cases and ones with different compartments for holding credit cards, money and other items of similar size. They’re available in different colors and styles, making it easy to take the plain iPad and make it your own. For the iPad in particular, I recommend two features. The ability to turn into a stand when the case is flipped open and a compartment for the stylus pen.

Apps:

Along with the keyboard, specific apps help to make the iPad feel like a laptop. While you don’t necessarily purchase the iPad to replace your laptop, it’s beneficial to have the option to do the same tasks. This way, it can act as your primary “computer” if need be or desired. These apps include: Workflow, Office 365, Keynote, Numbers, SugarSync, and Dropbox.

To buy an iPad for less, visit https://goodcellas.com/.

Don’t miss this Silly Putty wrapped iPad experiment. It was dropped from 80 feet above the ground. What do you think happens?

Commercial HVAC System Tips for this Fall Season

hvac systemNow that fall is officially here, you should make sure your business’ HVAC system is equipped for the changing weather. There are a number of factors that need to be evaluated and adjusted. As you might imagine, a transition from air conditioning to heating in your building creates different strains on the system that keeps it comfortable to work in. While regular maintenance on your HVAC system is obviously important, preparations for extreme hot or cold weather is doubly so, because those periods create the greatest strain on your HVAC system.  

Here are a few season-specific things that you should consider when it’s time for you get a seasonal tune up:

  1. General cleanup: Start with the basics. Clearing out any dirt or dust in the components of your HVAC system is the first obvious step, as dirty systems output hampered performance.
  2. Carefully test the newly cleaned system to ensure everything is as it should be. You can assess whether a part needs to be fixed or replaced.
  3. Verify when the system is going to be active: Having preset times of activity going forward for your system can help you plan the expected average work load as the weather gets colder. At the very least, this will prevent the system from running when it would be a waste otherwise.
  4. Assess the functionality of your system’s humidifier. The humidifier is an incredibly important component of your HVAC system, as it combats the otherwise arid conditions that winter heating can create.
  5. Hire professionals to do the heavy lifting. Sure, there are many things you could research and do some DIY fixes for, but ideally you should have experts assess the situations as well. One such company in New York is called the BP Group, who can handle the broad spectrum of commercial HVAC maintenance.

That covers the major factors to consider for fall HVAC maintenance. If you’re unsure how to proceed, simply get a professional outside opinion. Lastly, here’s a video that I find helpful in explaining fall HVAC tips.