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How to Pick Paint Colors

Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws.

“Paint is a powerful tool that can enhance the architectural character and intent of space,” says Minneapolis architect Petra Schwartze of TEA2 Architects. “As you choose your paint, think about what the experience in the room should be.”

More Schwartze advice:

Always sample paint colors on a few walls. Don’t be shy about painting a few large swaths on walls and trim to consider the effect of natural and artificial lighting. Add samples to opposite sides of a room to judge the paint color from different angles.
Check the space with the samples in place and watch how the paint color changes at different times of the day.
Evaluate your reaction to the proposed colors: Does the space feel cozy or is the openness enhanced?
How to enlarge space with color

Painting walls white, cream, pastels, or cool colors (tinged with blue or green) creates the illusion of more space by reflecting light. Paint trim similar to walls (or use white on trim) to ensure a seamless appearance that visually expands space.

White or light colors lift a ceiling; darker shades can have a similar effect if you select a high-gloss paint sheen, which reflects light and enhances space.

Employ a monochromatic scheme to amplify the dimensions of a room. Select furnishings in one color and paint walls and trim to match. Lack of contrast makes a room seem more spacious.

Make walls appear taller by extending wall color onto the ceiling. Create a 6- to 12-inch-wide border of wall color on the entire ceiling perimeter, or wherever walls meet the ceiling.

Vertical and horizontal stripes of alternating color can make a room grand. While vertical stripes enhance room height by drawing the eye upward, horizontal stripes lure your gaze around the perimeter, making walls seem further away. Use similar light colors for low-contrast stripes, and your room will look even larger.

Creating intimacy

When a space feels cavernous, draw walls inward and make it cozy with warm colors (red-tinged) because darker hues absorb light. Similarly, a dark or warm color overhead (in a flat finish) helps make rooms with high or vaulted ceilings less voluminous.

Give peace a chance

The right paint choice can lend tranquility to a bathroom, master suite, or other quiet, personal space. A palette of soft, understated color or muted tones help you instill a calming atmosphere. Some good choices include pale lavenders, light grays or greens, and wispy blues.

Define your assets

Call out notable features in a room with paint. Dress crown mouldings and other trims in white to make them pop against walls with color. Make a fireplace or other feature a focal point by painting it a color that contrasts with walls.

“Using a higher sheen of paint on woodwork, such as baseboards and door or window casings,” says Schwartze, “creates a crisp edge and clear transition from the wall to the trim.”

Hide flaws

Not everything should stand out in a space. Using a low-contrast palette is a good way to hide unappealing elements or flaws. Conduit, radiators, and other components painted the same color as the wall will seem to disappear.

Selecting low-sheen or flat paint colors also helps hide flaws. Unless walls are smooth, avoid using high-gloss paint because it reflects light and calls attention to an uneven surface.

What’s the cost?

As a DIY job, painting a 12-by-12-ft. space costs about $150, including paint, primer, brushes, drop cloths, and other painting tools and supplies. A professionally painted room using high-quality, brand-name paint costs $200-$400.

Thank you Jan Soults Walker and HouseLogic for the article How to Pick Paint Colors.

If you have any additional questions, contact us at kevin@foryoureverymove.com or post on our Facebook page or twitter!

Real Estate on the River Athens – ACCA and JWA Part 2

Team JWA’s Brandon Talks with Kelli from the ACCA

Learn more about the Meals on Wheels for Pets program at the Athens Community Council on Aging in part two of Real Estate on the River ACCA. We’re happy to be a part of this program and more going on at the ACCA. Look for Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates as sponsors of the ACCA RetroProm 2018! coming up this Friday at The Foundry, featuring The Highballs!

 

Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates
Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens
706-389-9953 / 706-316-2900

Welcome Mark Adams to Team Jennifer Westmoreland and Associates

Team JWA in the Greater Athens Area is Growing!

Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates is happy to announce the addition of Mark Adams to the team! Mark will be bringing a wealth of market knowledge and a wide variety of background experience. He’s very excited to begin working with JWA and the Keller Williams team.

Mark is recently licensed, and has always had a love for real estate. He’s looking forward to working on the JWA / Keller Williams team and working with our clients to help find their next home. He has been involved in Sales and Sales Management for 30 years. Most of that time has been spent selling technology to the Cable TV industry for ARRIS. Mark spent 10 plus years as VP of Sales at ARRIS covering Latin America so he’ll be a great asset for our Spanish speaking clients.

Mark grew up in Athens, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Economics. He and his wife have lived in Chicago, Phoenix, Alpharetta, and Santiago, Chile. They currently reside in Athens.

Mark and his wife, Pam, have 3 boys and 2 daughters-in-law, Drew and Brittany, Will and Brooke, and Kyle. They are active members of Athens Church, and are passionate about cheering on the Dawgs. Mark enjoys golf in his free time. Please join us in welcoming Mark to our team at the JWA!

8 Home Care Hints for April 2018

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year

(Information and photo via Keller Williams)

Here are 8 helpful home care hints for your house in the greater Athens area. This month, be sure to:

  1. Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
  2. Drain approximately 2 gallons from your water heater to eliminate sediment.
  3. Clean your clothes dryer vent duct.
  4. Vacuum your bathroom vent covers.
  5. Replace or clean your furnace filter.
  6. Clean out your basement window wells.
  7. Clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils to keep it operating efficiently.
  8. Clean around your air conditioning compressor and make sure that it gets sufficient air flow.

As always, we appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them our way! Give us a call or submit a request for contact.

Greater Athens Area Golf Tournament to Benefit the Athens Community Council on Aging

Support the ACCA with a day of golf in Athens!

You’re invited to a golf tournament at the UGA Golf Course to benefit the Athens Community Council on Aging. Registration begins at 11am with lunch at 12pm and 1pm Shotgun start. Teams of 4 are $400 and additional sponsorships are available! At Jennifer Westmorleand & Associates, we’re happy to be the presenting sponsor of this event!
 
Entry Includes free range balls, lunch, and scoring party dinner plus prizes, with proceeds of the event benefiting the ACCA. Invite friends and join us for a day or fun for a wonderful cause! Registration form below, or contact us for more information.

Real Estate on the River Country Financial Athens

Pet Insurance, Community Fundraisers and More

In this week’s segment of Team JWA’s Real Estate on the River, Brandon with Team JWA talks with Greg Simpson of Country Financial about pet insurance, upcoming community events and fundraisers, and more! Be sure to follow our JWA blog to be the first to see the next Real Estate on the River! Interested in purchasing your next dream home or ready to move? Submit a request for contact or give us a call today!

Team JWA Real Estate on the River – TLE Inspections

TLE Worry Free Home Inspections Joins Us for This Week’s Segment

This week, Team JWA’s Brandon McEachern talks with K O’Dowd from TLE Worry Free Home Inspections about what to look for in home inspections in the greater Athens area, upcoming bike races, and more! Follow our Jennifer Westmoreland and Associates blog for future updates from the river!

The Great Catsby Fundraiser for Athens Area Humane Society

The Great Catsby, Presented by Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates

We’re happy to be this year’s presenting sponsor for the inaugural Great Catsby fundraiser for the Athens Area Humane Society! Team JWA has a love for animals, and we’re excited to be a part of this event to help expand facilities and services at the AAHS.

The Great Catsby is a festive gala to help AAHS raise funds for the building of a larger, more accessible facility. A new facility will allow AAHS to increase the number of animals rescued and adopted each year. In addition, it would allow AAHS to expand spay/neuter operations and allow for more volunteer opportunities and community involvement at the shelter. They have really outgrown our current facility and desperately need to make strides toward a new one.

The event will include a festive decor with a “roaring ’20s” theme, a live 7-piece jazz band, dancing, complimentary food and beverages, a silent auction, and garden tours at the beautiful State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a 313-acre preserve located just 3 miles from UGA. RSVP and invite your friends at our JWA event page, and purchase tickets via AAHS at their ticket page.

There are still opportunities for local businesses to help out with the gala by becoming a sponsor or donating an item to our silent auction. Please contact Jane@AthensHumaneSociety.org for more information.

Event Information via Michelle Roche Media Relations and the Athens Area Humane Society

Buyers in Athens and Oconee Looking For Homes

Buyers in Athens and Oconee Looking For Homes

Do you have anything these buyers are seeking?

The current market certainly seems to be a sellers market, especially in certain price points and neighborhoods here in the Athens area. Have you been thinking about listing your house due to a growing family, downsizing or for other reasons? Now may be a fantastic time! Take a look below. Here are some of our current clients that haven’t been able to find just the right home for them and are interested in purchasing a home here in the Athens and Oconee markets!

  • 3-5 acres of land in Oconee county, not in a subdivision, under 125k
  • under 300k on 2+ acres, private setting, no subdivision, Oconee/Clarke or surrounding counties
  • under 200k in Oconee, 3 bed/2 bath single family home
  • Beechwood Hills, 3 bed/2 bath with basement
  • Clarke county, 3 bed/2 bath single family home under 130k

These are only a few examples of our current buyers. Ready to discuss listing your home with the JWA? Give us a call 706-389-9953, e-mail us or submit a request at our website today! We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and fully explain the process.

Team JWA Santa for a Senior

Be a Santa for a Senior in Athens with Team JWA!

Join Team JWA, along with several other local businesses, as we join forces to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season. In partnership with Home Instead Senior CareAthens Community Council on Aging, a local nonprofit, will identify seniors in the community with this need. The program will run from November 3- December 8.

How can you help?

1. Select a Santa ornament from the tree at Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates or any other participating organizations (listed in the photo below)!

2. Purchase item(s) listed.

3. Put Santa ornament and gift(s) together.

4. Deliver unwrapped gifts along with ornament to our office or any of the participating locations.

 

Then bring your wrapping paper and jolly attitude to the Gift Wrapping Party!

December 11th, 4pm at the Athens Community Council on Aging
135 Hoyt Street, Athens