Home Improvement and Pets: Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Animals have stronger sense of smell than humans. Odors that can be unnoticed by humans could be something that animals can sense from a far. In the house, pets can smell their humans while they’re still at the driveway. They get excited and active. However, there are scents that may be toxic to pets. As one decides to improve the house, pet owners must take note of the following tips to prevent causing harm to the pets.

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Use water-based paints

Paint fumes can be hazardous to humans, and even animals. Paints that have high percentages of volatile organic compounds—about forty to sixty percent—can cause nausea, eye irritation, organ damage, and sometimes even cancer in humans, and pets aren’t exempted from it. With a sense of smell that’s 10,000 more perceptive than humans, pets might get sick, especially when their immune system is weak. Strong pain fumes may cause respiratory problems to pets, especially when they’re showing signs of such ailments but left unattended.

Keep them out

It would be best to keep them out of the room first when painting it. When they are exposed to toxic fumes for a long time, pets might begin to cough and hack. These are signs of a respiratory illness. It they show these signs, bring them to the veterinarian to have their health checked.

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Even when using paints that have low percentages of volatile organic compounds, it’s best to keep them out of the room to prevent them from being sick. Knowing what to do with pets as the home improvement process rolls out will surely give peace of mind to everyone in the family.

Steve Silvers is the founder of the leading Los Angeles, CA-based painting and home improvement company, Paint Squad. He is a wine enthusiast, a sports fan, and devoted father. For more posts on home improvement, visit this blog.


Tones, Inks, And Pixels: The Process Of Translating Colors From The Screen

By now, many people are familiar with the fact that there is more than one color model in use today, with alphabet soup names derived from the colors of their primaries: RYB, RGB, and CMYK. The first of them, with the familiar fusion of red, yellow, and blue, are the ones most often taught to children and represent the traditional model used in visual art theory.

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Elsewhere, this model has been supplanted either by the triad of red, green, and blue (used in digital applications) and the quartet of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (used in print). In general, these three models work well for their respective media. The unique composition of many paints, for instance, makes red a preferable primary, especially since painters frequently mix colors on their canvasses. The inking process benefits from the broad assortment of color created by its lighter primaries in turn.

In our mixed media world, however, this becomes a challenge, especially when attempting to translate a specific color from one medium to another one that uses an altogether distinct color scheme. There exists a certain degree of difficulty in translating colors in print and digital to paint.

Merely bringing a printout to the color mixer at the paint shop was unlikely to replicate the colors exactly due to the many uncontrollable variables present, such as the calibration of the printer and paint mixing machine.

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Achieving a remarkably close shade requires acquiring its data values—under the terms RGB, HEX, CMYK, and HSB—and running them through one of many online color calculators, which can translate these values (based on the expected light source) and yield the appropriate swatch and color harmonies.

Steve Silvers is the founder of residential and commercial painting solutions company Paint Squad. Visit this blog for more information on colors and interior spaces.

Color Contrasts For Eye-Popping Interiors

Contrasting colors can help details pop out in a room, working well with both flat walls and walls with intricate ornamentation. A room can achieve harmony and aesthetic balance through the judicious use of color contrast in the walls, fixtures, and furnishings.
Contrasts can be achieved in an interior space through a variety of means. Moldings in otherwise flat walls can be painted a complementary or contrasting color to form visible borders and lines. A contrasting color scheme works exceptionally well in showcasing the details in intricately detailed paneled walls. Even flat walls painted a single color can be paired with furnishings of a contrasting color palette.

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Contrasting colors can also define spaces and focal points within large rooms. Painting one wall a contrasting color to the other walls can easily turn it into an accent wall.
The common feature in all good palette contrasts are how easily the colors are distinguished from one another. Popular color contrasts include differences in color intensity, hue, and warmth, and can incorporate both a palette of multiple complementary colors or a monochromatic series of shades. The contrast between lighter and darker tones is a popular choice.

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Moreover, effective color contrasts are hardly an excuse for eye-searing mashes of bright color. A beautifully coordinated contrast can be achieved without involving bright, saturated palettes. Muted pastel colors can work just as well complementing each other as they would be complementing more vibrant counterparts.
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