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.

Amusing Facts About The Paint Industry In The United States

Not many people pay much attention to the paint industry in the United States. They should. It’s a fascinating industry, and the knowledge gathered goes much deeper than the number of colors in the market. Here are some entertaining facts about the paint industry in the United States.

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  • On an average, a full-time painter earns around $32,000 annually.
  • Since paint is more of a luxury than a necessity, painters sometimes have a hard time looking for work.
  • The US paint industry estimates that only 5,500 painting jobs will be created in the next ten years.
  • Painters in the automotive industry sometimes need two years of training. This is a lot more than most painters, who only need a few days to a week. Automotive painting may also require completion of classes, courses, and degrees.
  • The demand for paint products worldwide has surpassed over 50 metric tons and the value of the painting industry all over the world is totaled at a staggering $150 billion. In the United States, the revenue reached around $30 billion the past year.
  • Due to environmental concerns, paint manufacturers are little by little developing more water-based products to replace their old solvent-based paints.
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Alphabet Palette: Examining The Models Of Color

Color models revolve around primaries, a group of colors which, when mixed, create further derivative colors. Each color model has its own set of primaries, the initials of which give the color model its name.

Each color model is sorted as additive or subtractive, which is based on how color is derived from a particular wavelength of light being reflected and perceived by the human eye. Paint and ink employ a subtractive model, which involves the physically mixing different pigments to create color, whereas computer screens employ an additive color model that involves mixing different wavelengths of light to create color.

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This leads to peculiar situations wherein mixing colors in one medium does not always yield the same result as the other; mixing green and red light, for instance, produces yellow, which is a far cry from the brown created by mixing red and green paint.

Perhaps the most familiar color model to the layperson is the RYB color model, popularized in wheel form by Sir Isaac Newton. Its primaries are red, yellow, and blue, which are often the first things to come to mind when one hears the word “primary color.” It is quite limited in scope; thus, it has largely been superseded in other graphic disciplines. It remains the principal color model used by artists and paint stores.

Extensively employed in the modern print industry, the CMYK model yields a broader assortment of colors. It retains yellow as a primary but swaps blue and red with cyan and magenta, respectively. The K stands for “key” and designates the color black. While black is formed from the combination of all three primaries in the model, in practice it is treated as a separate color to save on ink and to produce higher contrasts.

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Because of the differences between them. Converting from one color model to another can be a challenge. Tools exist to help individuals approximate CMYK tones to paint Pantone’s.

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Choosing The Appropriate Paint Finish For Your Home

Besides color, one of the many considerations to make when painting is selecting the right finish. Paint finishes come in three types. Each of them comes with their own unique effects and maintenance requirements, thus making them appropriate for different kinds of paint jobs.

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Matte paints provide a relatively simple, nonreflective finish and display color well regardless of the lighting conditions. Their flat, light-absorbing appearance is good for hiding imperfections such as uneven textures, joints, and patches. These finishes, however, are not particularly durable or particularly resistant to staining, necessitating careful cleanups. A flat finish is ideal for rooms that require a velvety, old world feel and is recommended for ceilings, accent walls, and low-traffic walls.

Glossy finishes are the most durable, holding well against humidity and is relatively easy to clean. This makes it the perfect choice for high-maintenance or high traffic rooms prone to dirtying such as bathrooms and kitchens, as well as for items like doors and moldings. However, because of its shiny, reflective appearance, it readily calls to the viewers’ attention all flaws within the surface. Thus, areas with gloss finishes should be carefully prepared beforehand, and the paint carefully applied.

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A good compromise paint is eggshell or low-luster satin. They provide the same appeal and have the superficial finish of a flat paint job from a distance but have the durability of a full gloss paint job. Although their low-luster sheen still requires careful preparation and a good base, their balance makes them ideal for many rooms.

The founder and head of Paint Squad, Steve Silvers, understands the importance of proper prep work and paint selection to deliver the best finish to any room. For more updates on paint choices in interior and exterior remodeling works, visit this page.