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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Expert advice helps take worry out of choosing exterior paint color

By Cindy Hoedel


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) A great exterior paint job should make you think, "What a lovely home," not "What great colors."

If you get it right, your house will be in harmony with its surroundings - nature and the neighborhood. Get it wrong and passers-by will wonder, "What were they thinking?"

"You want to try to do something you feel will have longevity," said Barbara Richardson, director of Color Marketing for ICI Paints/Glidden. "If you want funky, limit yourself to the front door."

You can get a long way down the road toward a harmonious color scheme if you keep a few guiding principles in mind.

Start with the colors you can't change.

Color consultant Paul Helmer helps clients pick paint colors. Helmer, who charges $250 for a consultation, says it's crucial to take the following "givens" into account:

The roof. Think of your roof as a big chunk of color. The steeper the pitch, the more noticeable it is. If the roof is dark charcoal composite, Helmer says it's best to choose a color with heavy gray undertones. Conversely, if the roof is a light colored composite, the house color shouldn't be too dark or it will look like the roof is trying to fly away.

Richardson advises using a color wheel to find colors that contrast with the roof in a pleasing way. "If the roof is a warm shade of brown, find that brown and look at the opposite of that - a blue-gray or a grayed green," she said.

Exterior stone, brick or metal. If your house has orange-tinted bricks, it will look good with warm tones, whereas rose-tinted bricks will look better with cool tones. Ornamental wrought iron can be tied into the scheme by repeating its black or rusted tones on shutters or trim.

Vinyl windows or siding. Remember whitewall tires from the `70s? Your house might wind up with that look if you paint it a deep color and the windows are white vinyl, Hellmer said.

If you have vinyl siding, don't think you can't change the color scheme. Richardson color-styled her sister's home, which had light yellow siding.

"I made the trim - the corner trim and the window trim - a darker, more subtle shade of yellow and painted the door gloss black and the shutters a purply eggplant," she said.

The landscape. Just like the wrong colored shoes or scarf can wreck the look of a coordinated suit, the wrong flowers or landscape plantings can detract from your home's paint scheme.

Burgundy-leaved shrubbery would look ghastly against a yellowish-green house, for example. When Richardson color-styled her sister's home, she pulled out all the red flowers and replaced them with yellow, purple and green plantings.

"The reds were killing it," she said.

Neighboring homes. Color experts agree that your home's paint color should neither clash with nor match the houses to the left and right of it.

For most people, it's very difficult to pick out pleasing colors from thousands of possibilities. Paint companies spend a lot of money hiring people like Josette Buisson, artistic director for Pittsburgh Paints, to painstakingly develop color combinations, based on prevailing color trends and science.

It makes sense to take advantage of that free design assistance rather than trying to coordinate colors yourself.

"To start from scratch is too hard; people don't have enough time," Buisson said.

Painter Bill Ruisinger has seen plenty of near and actual color-picking disasters.

"A lot of times, people wait until the last minute and then rush through it. They think it's going to be easy, but it's not." Ruisinger said. "We book two months in advance. People have plenty of time to figure it out, but they don't. If I have to repaint it six months later, that's a $2,000 mistake."

ONLINE COLOR TOOLS

Benjaminmoore.com: Click on "For your home," then "Personal color viewer," then "Let's paint," then "Home exterior." Next, select from 14 home styles the one that most resembles yours and click on "Save/load combinations" to view up to 57 color combinations.

Sherwin-Williams.com: Click on "Homeowner," then "Launch color visualizer," then "Paint an exterior." Now select from six home styles the one that most resembles yours, then choose from one of six collections and click "Apply to scene." Or, from the "Homeowner" page, click on "Concepts in color," then "View rooms to get inspired" to see eight color families, each of which has one featured exterior scheme.

Voiceofcolor.com (Pittsburgh Paints): Click on "Visions at a glance" under the "My project" menu. Go to "Select a photo to paint" and choose "Exterior." Choose from three styles a home that resembles yours. Under "Outside" collections, find 21 color schemes to view.

If you like any of the colors below, here are the directions they are moving in 2007 and 2008.

Yellows are deep and rich, crossing over into gold.

Oranges are rusty and earthy.

Reds are very toned down and sophisticated.

Blues have loads of gray in them; pastel blues only work in southern Florida.

Greens are moving toward deeper mid-tones with a touch of yellow to keep them from being too blue.

Browns are getting darker and richer; brown is the new taupe.

Grays have a lot of depth; if they are too light they look dirty.

Source: Barbara Richardson, director of Color Marketing for ICI Paints/Glidden

COMMON MISTAKES

The color is too bright. The more complex a paint color is, meaning the more different colors it contains, the better. Never use colors that are very pure or that have a high intensity. (Your paint dealer can tell those things about a color from its formula.)

The garage doors are more prominent than the front door. Paint them the same color as the house if they aren't architecturally beautiful.

There's too little contrast in the trim. Go at least two colors apart on a paint chip for a monochromatic scheme.

The neutral isn't so neutral. A color that looks beige on a card might look pink or orange on your house. Always test a paint color by painting a large piece of poster board with a sample and propping it against the house and viewing it at different times of the day.

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Cindy Hoedel is a columnist for The Kansas City Star.. Send a note by clicking here.



Previously:


Take guesswork out of being a good guest
Natural lawn, garden worth the labor
You can rely on these landscape plants
Selling stuff on eBay can test patience
All set for things yet to come
Laminate flooring can be a good value
A whiff of vinyl
Storing, handling old photos

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