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Tips for choosing the right wall colors for your home

Categories: Blog, Interior Design | Posted: October 12, 2017

For some people, changing colors in a room is like changing your hairstyle. It’s nice to try something different—and it’s easy enough to change back if you don’t like the result. For others, the prospect of switching is a scary proposition.

Painting a room is one of the most affordable ways to make a big change in your home. The only hard part can be the color choice. Looking at the array of paint chips in the store can be overwhelming. Before you head there, narrow down your choices.

Here are some tips for choosing the right wall colors for your home.

Look at your wardrobe. What colors do you like to wear? That’s a big clue to your color preferences. If you’re drawn to neutral colors, you’re comfortable with those soft shades, making this palette a smart choice for your interior walls. If your penchant for lime green or sunshine orange feels too daring for your walls, tone it down a bit.

Inspect your photos, artwork, and other accents. What colors prevail? You chose these decorative pieces for the message they communicate, but was color a factor as well?

Pull the paint color from a print. You might have a favorite pillow, upholstered chair, or even table linens. Zoom in on the shades that might work well on your wall. Take the fabric to the paint store and ask them to match it.

Use a color wheel. See how colors relate to each other. A color wheel gives insight into the hues that work harmoniously together. You might like a monochromatic color scheme, with variations of a particular color (lightness and saturation). A complementary color scheme uses colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, usually a warm and a cool one (yellow and blue, for example). An analogous color scheme combines colors that are next to each other, like blue and green, or orange and red, and varying shades of those colors. There are several other options for color schemes, but this will get you started. Once you choose the color scheme, you build your palette of specific colors.

Check out color trends. Home décor colors are like fashion. They change with the seasons and the years. Greenery was the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year. The foliage-inspired shade is like a springtime refresh. Home décor watchers are expecting 2018 interior color palettes to move from pastels to more intense hues. With palettes named “Far-fetched”, ”Resourceful”, and “Resourceful”, you might find one to suit your taste.

Think holistically. Your house is a sum of its parts, which includes your wall colors. Make sure you have smooth flow from room to room. This is where organizing a whole-house color palette will help.

Understanding your Smart Home: What are LUTRON Light Switches & Dimmers?

Categories: Smart Homes | Posted: October 11, 2017

Next up in our series of blogs introducing the products and technology that we are including in our Smart Homes, LUTRON Caseta® Light Switches & Dimmers.

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Home

LUTRON has been a pioneer in light controls for decades, starting with founder Joel Spira’s invention of the first light dimmer in 1959. In fact, Lutron holds over 2,700 worldwide patents, and has invented hundreds of lighting control devices and systems. Lutron has also led innovations in both wired and wireless systems. Which brings us to Caseta®, Lutron’s wireless dimmers and switches.

 

Caseta allows you to control your lights from anywhere with your phone, voice or a regular light switch. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Home Kit, Samsung Smart Things, and Sonos Integration. These innovative dimmers and switches work with numerous bulb types – including dimmable LEDs and CFLs, as well as halogens and incandescents. And while each switch feels like a high-tech, luxury fixture, the controls are still familiar to anyone who’s ever used an ordinary dimmer switch.

Lutron Caseta Lights Smart Home

Caseta lets you control multiple lights and rooms together at the touch of a button or by voice. You can schedule lights to adjust automatically at set times of day, or turn on your lights at sunset and off at sunrise. And the Smart Away feature randomly turns lights on and off during the evening when you’re not home.

 

Caseta features:

  • A Dimmer Sensor, which acts as a dimmer and sensor in one.

 

  • A versatile Motion Sensor Switch, which allows hands-free control. It’s great for spaces such as hallways, garages or bathrooms.

Caseta’s innovative switches communicate using Lutron’s proprietary “Clear Connect” wireless protocol, a radio frequency designed for reliability and minimal interference. You plug the Smart Bridge interface into a router via Ethernet cable and connect to it using the Lutron app. The Bridge acts as translator between the switches and your home network.

 

No matter where you have Caseta, it works brilliantly! In the kitchen, you can brighten the lights while you’re juggling dinner preparations. Over in the family room, you can dim the lights for movie night without getting up off the couch. Turn entryway lights on from your car as you arrive home, so you don’t have to walk into a dark house. Make nightmares a thing of the past when you keep the overhead lights to the pre-set “no monster” level in your child’s room.

 

No doubt about it, LUTRON Caseta® light switches & dimmers are a really bright idea!

Read the last blog in our Smart Home series for the Ring® Video Doorbell.

 

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