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Some color theory that will help you choose the right colors to paint your house

Choosing the colors to paint your home can be a tricky business. It’s not very easy to combine different colors that can look good and transmit the sense of calmness and tranquility you want in your personal space.

The easiest solution is to hire the services of an experienced designer that can help you decide.

But knowing a little bit more about color, and educating yourself about it can be really helpful to get a better idea of what you want.

This is why we want to teach you a little bit about the Color rules and how different colors can complement each other.

The whole theory is based on the color wheel:

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As you can see, the colors slightly transform as you move from one point to another on the wheel.

We will be discussing four main color rules that will help you a lot when deciding about your paint colors.

Analogous colors

This one works very good for combining colors for a home because it’s color combination has low contrast. If you take a look at the color wheel, you’ll realize colors on the oposite site of the wheel generate high contrast. The point of using analogous colors, is to pick a base color and combine it with color next to the one you chose in the wheel. This way you can create a nice combination, with colors that have similar hue:

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As you can see, the color picked is a dark yellow. The other analogous colors that result are a lighter yellow (still not very light), and a brown. These are the two colors next to the main color we picked. If you want to pick 5 colors, in that case you’ll have: the one you picked, the two next to it, and the other two next to those.

This is a good way of choosing colors for your house because you don’t want high contrast between colors. It will produce a hard combination that will not help you feel relaxed, as you should feel home.

Monochromatic

This is another good technique for your home painting: pick monochromatic colors. This consists in picking a base color again. Then, the other colors should be on the same hue as the base color. So, for example if you pick yellow, you can choose other shades of yellow.

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As you can see in the color wheel, yellow combines well with brown and other darker and lighter yellows.

Triad

This color combination can also produce very nice combinations, but it is riskier. Specially for your home paint. This is because it comes up with colors with high contrast. It’s very used in print and web design, since it can help to draw your attention to specific things. Be careful if you use it for your place, since high contrast can create stress and discomfort visually.

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In this color wheel example, you can see the triad colors in action. Dark yellow, purple and light blue are far from each other in the color wheel.

Complementary

Complementary colors are the direct oposite in the color wheel. Unlike the triad, it consists mainly in two colors. They too generate a high contrast and serve the same purpose as the triad.

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We hope this basic color theory helps you understand a little bit better the way color combination works. The colors you chose for your home are really important.

We recommend you use this adobe tool that comes in really handy when choosing color combinations.

Also, remember to take into account the color of your furniture, so it combines nicely with the walls.

As always in art, the way you decide you paint your house is completely up to you, so we hope now you can guide better you decision.

 

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Prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging up

This happens every time. Getting your mirror fogged after you shower is so common we all just have to get used to it. But what if you need to use that mirror right after you shower. There are easy ways to prevent your mirror from fogging up, so you can use that mirror without having to wait or to wipe it leaving it dirty.

 

Use soap

This one is an easy solution. You can just rub a soap bar on the mirror gently before you take a shower.

Don’t rub it too hard or it might create a layer that won’t let you look into it at all. Then remove excess soap with a cloth.

This will leave a thin layer of soap covering the mirror preventing it from fogging.

This is an easy and quick solution that will also leave your mirror clean.

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Use shampoo

Another easy way to prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging up is applying some shampoo on it.

We recommend you use a clean cloth to do this and don’t use too much shampoo.

The effect is the same as with the soap. What we want is a light layer that covers the mirror and prevents fog from attaching itself to it.

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Use vinegar

Vinegar can help you with this problem too.

You can make a solution between water and vinegar. It makes everything easier if you use a spray bottle to apply it to the mirror.

The solution should be water and vinegar in equal parts. So if you’re going to add one cup of water, you should add one cup of vinegar too.

You can also add a couple of drops of dishwasher.

Once you spray it, you can wipe it out with a paper towel, just to remove excess.

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Use you hair dryer

If you forgot to do anything to your mirror before taking a shower and its fogged already, it’s not too late.

Just use your hair dryer and make it blow toward the mirror.

It doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold, just put it really close. This will de-fog it right away. Opening the bathroom door and windows will help too.

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We hope these small tricks help you next time you need your mirror after taking a hot shower. We’re trying to be as helpful to you as possible.

Remember, if you ever need anything related to construction: from a whole house construction or remodeling to changing a light bulb, call us. There is no job too big or small.

 

 

 

 

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Remove phone scratches using only toothpaste

Phone scratches are a very common problem nowadays. Not everyone uses cases or screen protectors, which can be annoying. So for any minor phone scratches, we have a very effective and easy solution.  You don’t even have to leave home to find what you need.

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Yup. Just toothpaste, a cotton swab and a soft cloth. You have all you need home. And the steps to follow are pretty obvious, but we’ll guide you through it just in case.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure your toothpaste is actual paste and not gel based. Gel based toothpaste wont work.

1. Apply a little toothpaste to the cotton swab.

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2. Rub the swab on the scratched surface.

Do this in gentle and circular motions.

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3. Remove the toothpaste with a soft cloth.

Damp it a little in water, so it removes the toothpaste effectively. Don’t use a really wet cloth, since this might ruin your phone completely.

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You’re done! Easy. Now your phone has no visible scratches and the screen is shiny and clean. Remember this is just for minor cosmetic scratches, not for deep serious ones.

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The easiest way to fix stripped screw holes

 

Having a stripped screw hole can be very frustrating. No matter how much you twist that screw, it just won’t fit tight. Luckily, if the screw hole is on wood, there is a very easy solution.

You will only need two simple materials. These are:

  • Toothpicks
  • Wood glue

The first thing we must do is calculate how many toothpicks we’ll need. It’s usually two or three,but it depends on the size of the hole. Just try fitting as many toothpicks as you can.

Next, we’ll add glue to the points of the toothpicks. The purpose of this is to stick the toothpicks in the whole and having them tight and secure.

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The next thing we must do is to stick the toothpicks inside the screw hole. Then wait for the glue to dry.

When the toothpicks are tight and secure there, just break the superior part of them.  This way the hole is filled with wood.

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That’s it!

Now that the screw hole is filled with wood, onces you try to adjust a screw there, you shouldn’t have a problem. It will fit tightly there and your problem is gone.

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How to unclog and clean your kitchen sink in 3 easy steps

So your kitchen sink got clogged. It’s only normal after everything that has gone down there. The main reason for a clogged sink is that people are not careful about what they drain. Even though mostly anything what goes down is eventually going to cause you trouble, some things are way worse than others. Here are some of the worse:

  • Grease
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Pasta, rice, beans

Here, we’ll give you the steps you need to follow to unclog your sink.

First, try plunging it:

Before you do this, a word of warning: If you have a double sink, you need someone to help you block the other drain with a rag while you plunge! This is very important, otherwise you will have a really unpleasant mess.

First, make sure the drain is completely covered by the plunger. Then just give it firm and hard plunges for about 10 seconds. This should work, but sometimes it takes a little bit more.

Another technique for unclogging your sink is to pour vinegar and baking soda in it.

The amounts you can use are:

1 cup of baking soda

1 cup of table salt

3/4 cup of white vinegar

Next, wait for 5 minutes and then flush boiling water. About one or two quarts. The mixture of baking soda, salt and vinegar produces a chemical reaction, so expect some foam to show up. Using this technique will not only unclog your sink, but it will also clean it from accumulated grease and other waste.

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3 different ways of covering scratches on your wooden furniture

Having your furniture messed up can be really frustrating and stressful. It can happen for many reasons and it’s not an unusual problem. Specially when the damaged furniture is our fancy wooden one. But don’t worry, you don’t have to buy a new table or to call a really expensive restoration guy. Luckily, we at Masterly INC can help you fix this very easily and by yourself. There are different ways to do it, depending on the type of wood.

 

Shoe Polish

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The simplest way of fixing this is using shoe polish. You have to get one of a color that matches the one of the lightest shade of the wood finish. Just apply it gently over the scratch. Rubbing a walnut in the direction of the scratch is optional, but also a good idea if the scratch is on dark wood.

Instant Coffee

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Making a paste with instant coffee is also great to cover the scratches. You just have to make the paste by mixing the instant coffee with a small amount of water. It’s perfect for hiding small scratches and nicks.

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Just mix in a small bucket:
-3/4 of a cup of soda ash
– 1 quart of warm tap water
Apply the mixture with a soft cloth or brush. Then rinse the area with cold or cool water. Then dry it with a clean soft cloth.

Extra tips:
– you can also use iodine diluted 50% with denatured alcohol to fix your oak wood furniture scratches.
– Permanent marker is also a good option to hide wood scratches. It has been used for years.

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3 Tips To Choose The Best Roofing Contractor

The roof of your house may get damaged with time due to wear and tear or natural causes such as storms. It is important to make a wise choice when you seek a roofing contractor for your house. Here are the most important tips to help you decide which roofing contractor is best for you in Los Angeles.

HOW LONG HAS THE CONTRACTOR BEEN IN BUSINESS

An established roofing contractor in Los Angeles would be more reliable. They would have been around for longer and understand what is best for your house. The top roofing and general contractors in Los Angeles, Masterly Inc. has 15 years of experience in the field of roofing and other home maintenance work.

IS THE ROOFING COMPANY LICENSED AND INSURED

It is important that the roofing contractor you hire in Los Angeles is licensed and insured since without that you may be open to risks such as damage and personal injury. Masterly Inc. is a licensed, bonded and insured roofing and general contractor in Los Angeles.

CHECK CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

Reputed contractors will gladly provide you feedback from clients they have worked for. Go online and check what past clients have to say about the company you wish to hire. The best roofing and general contractors in Los Angeles, such as Masterly Inc. strive to provide the best service to their customers. They have high standards of excellence and execute each job with integrity, professionalism, accountability, excellence, commitment, respect and honesty.

Competitive pricing, quick response time and experienced staff make Masterly Inc. the most reliable and trustworthy roofing and general contractors in the Los Angeles area. For a free consultation, call 310-888-0125 today.

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The Biggest Reasons To Seek Masterly Inc. For Plumbing And Electrician Services In Los Angeles

Plumbing and electrical services are not things you generally pay much attention to. But when there’s a breakdown in your water or power supply, those are the things that get your instant attention. Whether you are constructing a new house or remodeling an existing one, plumbing and electrician services have to be trustworthy. They can make or mar the entire structure. Masterly Inc. at Los Angeles has more than 15 years of experience in all types of plumbing and electrician services.

PLUMBING SERVICES LOS ANGELES

LEAKS

Leaks can cause a lot of damage and huge water bills. Los Angeles plumbing professionals will work hard to detect and eliminate any leaks in your house.

FIXTURE REPLACEMENT

Replacing plumbing fixtures is necessary once in a while due to wear and tear. It is alsoa great opportunity to upgrade your design. LA plumbing professionals will help youinstall new equipment in a timely manner.

PIPE/VALVE MAINTENANCE

Maintaining pipes and valves in good condition is very important. It prevents leaks, aswell as making sure of good quality of water.

BLOCKAGES AND CLEANING

Stoppages can cause a lot of problems and be unsightly. Los Angeles plumbing team will come identify and eliminate cause of stoppage, so you can go back to normal fast.

ELECTRICIAN SERVICES LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles electrician team from Masterly Inc. can help you with –

  • New Construction and Installation
  • Alterations, Upgrades, Renovations and Additions
  • Power and Control Wiring
  • Interior / Exterior Lighting
  • Generator Stand by Systems
  • Electrical Repairs and maintenance
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3 Top Things To Remember When Going For Room Addiction

Your needs change, with time. What looked like a big house yesterday may seem to shrink as your family size increases. Birth of a child or additional space requirement for an office or studio is common reason why people go for room addition at Beverly Hills. Adding a room to your existing house is always a better idea than moving to a new house. Room addition lets you be in the house you have made memories in. At the same time, it makes room for your changing needs. But making changes to an existing structure is a job best left to experts. Highly experienced general remodeling contractors are experts in room addition at Beverly Hills.

Decide why exactly you want the addition

Get the room customized to your needs. Make sure you’re not needlessly overspending by making the room too large. The purpose for which you are going to use the room would also need to be defined for best resource utilization before you go for room addition in Beverly Hills.

Check the local regulations and permits required

You may need to contact the county, city and neighborhood association to get approval for room addition in Beverly Hills.

Hire Experts

Adding a room to an existing structure is a tricky job. The strength and materials used in the existing house would play a big role in determining how and where to make the room addition. Experienced contractors such as Masterly Inc. in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills are the right people to go to for a room addition since they have been doing it for ages and understand building structures like nobody else.

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Preventing allergies in house

Summer is great! Sun is shining, is warm, ouside many colorful flowers and plants. But, it can be hard to enjo any of it if you have allergy. Here are some tips on how to deal with allergies inside the house.
1. Keep house clean.-accumilating, dust, pollen, dirt all can be allergy trigger. So make sure to dust, vaccum, wash floors in all rooms througly at least once a week.
2. Limit carpet surface.- Carpets can trap a lot of dust, dirt and other small articles that can cause allergy and can be hard to clean out.
3. Limit yard work.- If you have allergies limit your yard work activitis that do not involve stirring up any pollen or other allergy causing particles. And stay away from yard at time when such yad work is performed.
4. Sun glasses. it might sound starange but eyes can also be very irritated by allergy causing particloes. So, any time that you are outside, make sure to wear your sunglasses; 100% UV protection lenses is a must!
5. Try to keep cool with A/C and fan. Opening windows will let in allergents. That being said make sure to clean fan and A/C throughly before use.
6. Choose time wiseley.- there are cirtain times and weather conditions when allergy triggering particles get in the air a lot more. Wind, dry air and llocation contribute to that. Make sure to try and limit your outside activities to off peak hours.
7. If you feel like you already got exposed to allergents, make sure to use salt water rinse to rinse out your nose. And if that doest help, take a shover to wash particles off your body.
Hope all these will help you prevent allergy and fully ejoy summer!