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The marriage of three key concepts can 'make or break' the way a home is perceived

Rohm & Haas Co : 12 May, 2004  (Company News)
The marriage of these three key concepts can 'make or break' the way a home is perceived by visitors when entering your front door. Whether preparing an existing home for sale or anticipating the purchase of a home in the near future, explore the advantages that thoughtfully considered paint applications can provide with regard to re-energizing a home's entrance.
'With today's emphasis on everything 'natural', shrubs, foliage and flowers assist with the creation of harmonious transitioning from the outdoors to inside the home,' states Debbie Zimmer, decorative painting expert for the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute. 'Colorfully painted hanging flower baskets in an identical color scheme can be used to stylishly mimic or contrast with the home's exterior paint color,' said Zimmer. Generously group the hanging baskets around the entire perimeter of a covered porch in order to lend fresh fragrance, an abundance of color and interesting texture beginning with the outdoor area and continuing onward to the entrance of the home's interior. The same concept may easily be applied to a deck that wraps around the home. Simply attach window boxes to the perimeter of the deck railing. Carry the natural theme inside the front entrance by greeting visitors with festively painted planters. (Dried or silk flowers and plants offer a practical alternative for homeowners lacking the time or inclination to maintain living flowers and plants.) Consider painting the planters using a color palette that reflects the wall covering colors that permeate the front entrance.

Nature's colors can also reflect strong hues. 'If your home lacks an abundance of natural light, why not take advantage of one of today's popular bold hues, creating a dramatic front entrance focal point that guests will not soon forget,' suggests Zimmer. Rich forest green, bronze gold and deep marine blue are a few of today's hottest bold, earthy choices. Two oversized, painted planters that sport generously overflowing greenery can be placed on either side of an entrance door, representing a harmonious natural focal point that graciously transitions the outdoors to indoors for family and guests entering the home.

This visual perception of the natural world offers a serene environment that any homeowner would welcome at the end of a hectic day. Zimmer offers the following suggestions, 'Consider the many ways that nature's beauty can be incorporated within the framework of your existing home, to seamlessly assimilate the exterior with the interior. And, with the addition of colorful painted details, homeowners can enhance and uniquely personalize any entrance to the home.'
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