Wednesday, August 16, 2017

“It” and Its Horrifying Success in 2017

A novel by Stephen King in 1986, “It” has become one of the most iconic horror novels ever written. Feeding on the strengths of King himself, the novel made its way to film in the 90’s as a made-for-TV movie. Pennywise has since terrified audiences from its print and film releases. Now, in 2017, “It” scares its way to success on the big screen.

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Directed by “Mama” filmmaker Andy Muschietti, “It” just got a lot scarier. While staying true to King’s intentions, Muschietti goes deeper in terms of fear. As a coming-of-age novel, King has placed kids as his protagonists haunted by their not-so-distant pasts that trigger their fears.
Even with lots of changes and adjustments from its original novel, the 2017 film hits right home for Stephen King and “It” fans. The story is as horrifying as ever, with Chung-hoon Chung as Muschietti’s cinematographer. The kids who portrayed the roles of the members of the “Losers’ Club” have done an excellent job bringing life to their characters. And Pennywise played by Bill Skarsgård perfectly manipulates the children’s fears.
The 2017 film adaptation of the novel is a box office hit, grossing $371 million worldwide. As the first installment of King’s novel, “It” is a success that exceeded critics’ predictions. With the big studio release and the great minds of Muschietti and Chung, the film altogether has made a strong impact on audiences and the film industry, focusing on the original storytelling of King while exploring in a deeper fashion ways to make fears come alive.

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Steve Silvers is the founder of the Los Angeles, CA-based home improvement and paint company, the Paint Squad. He is a loving father, and a wine enthusiast, and he enjoys novels by Stephen King, especially “It”. For more about Steve and what he does, visit this page.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Draught of vintage: Wine wall and rack home improvement ideas

The wine connoisseur can find many reasons why there’s a need for a cellar, room, or in dire situations (and for new collectors), a rack and a wall for one’s wine display requirements. That vintage is not supposed to stay too long inside cabinets and other storage units that do not highlight the fineness of such a rare and delightful bottle. One’s wine collection has often been a veritable source of amusement for guests and a popular conversation piece in many households. Drinking for pleasure has its natural appeal, but wine has since served other purposes. 

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A wine cellar or a room, of course, can provide the ideal storage and viewing area. Additional amenities and furniture can add to the inviting atmosphere, and the entertainment of guests can easily be accommodated there if the need arises. But not all houses can have these additional rooms for a variety of reasons. Space, though, can be a big determiner in most cases. 

The humble, trusty wine rack may suffice for a few choice bottles. A more dynamic alternative that can practically hold as much as the capacity of a regular wine room without eating up floor area is the wine wall. Depending on one’s budget, time, the available space, and the size of the collection, those options may prove to be a wise solution. 

The rack doesn’t always have to come in those traditional wooden kitchen or bar fixtures. It may be desirable to spice it up a bit. A homeowner can either start buying those with the quirkiest designs but still complement the overall concept of the home or engage in DIY projects, which can be a good way to bond with the family. Upcycled, repurposed, industrial, and reclaimed materials can be exciting sources of that wine rack DIY plan. Wine walls must be seamlessly integrated with the other elements of the room. One can go modern or classic as long as continuity of design flow is preserved. 

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Steve Silvers currently leads a home improvement company called Paint Squad. He is also a family man, sports fan, and wine enthusiast. For more updates on his work and inclinations, visit this blog.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How Color Works (And How It Can Work For You)

Sir Isaac Newton discovered the fundamental principles of what is now modern color theory. One of the most important of these principles is that objects have no inherent color as we see them, instead reflecting colors that come from light.

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What we perceive as white is the reflection of all colors, themselves specific wavelengths from the part of the electromagnetic spectrum of radiation we can see. Color as we perceive it is the mix of light waves reflected by an object, with multiple colors mixing and being distorted by texture to form the familiar range of colors we know. Black is the color perceived when little to no light waves are reflected.

Varied materials reflect light waves differently, resulting in the assortment of composite colors like browns. Lightness and darkness in color, of course, are also the effects of absorption and reflection. Lighter colors reflect more light and darker ones absorb more. Black, white, and the midtones in between (gray) form the achromatic scale, reflecting merely the intensity, presence, and absence of light.

This interplay of light and shadow creates contrasts, which help the human eyes define shape. This is especially evident in achromatic schemes. Choosing the appropriate tonal contrasts can help pop out sections of the wall such as crown molding.

Because the principle of reflection also applies to the heat given off by the light source, darker-colored objects absorb more heat and lighter ones reflect heat. This is evident in clothing; people find lighter clothing more comfortable in the sweltering heat of the summer. Rooms and walls painted a lighter color thus are substantially cooler than those painted in darker shades.

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Steve Silvers is the founder and head of Paint Squad, which provides top-notch commercial and residential painting services for clients across the Los Angeles area. Follow this blog for more updates on the world of paint and colors.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Home Improvement Projects That Increase Property Value

Renovating or remodeling the house (or some parts of it) will not just lead to improved function and aesthetics, it can also raise the value of the property. If there comes the day that the homeowner decides that he wants or needs to sell the residence, he can generate profit out of the home improvement projects. Examples of these are listed below:

Additional bedrooms

For most experts, constructing an extra bedroom is the home improvement that offers the best bang for the buck because it can increase property value by at least ten percent. If it is possible to reposition the space without having to create an extension, investment on the construction will pay off.



Kitchen remodeling

Many homebuyers prefer kitchens that have modern styles and are convenient to work in. An indication of this is the frequent mention of updated kitchen features in real estate ads. Based on a survey by MasterBrand Cabinets, homeowners can count on at least an 80 percent ROI (return on investment) after upgrading the kitchen.

Outdoor improvements

The house exterior makes the first impression on potential buyers or brokers, so improving the outdoor appearance sounds like a pretty good investment. There are plenty of ways to spruce up the exterior, including the roof, windows, landscaping, and wall painting.

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University of Colorado Boulder alumnus and Painting Decorating Contractor of America member Steve Silvers leads a team of home improvement professionals at Paint Squad. Visit this website for more details about him.






Monday, April 10, 2017

Paint 101: Varnish And Lacquer

Painting is a lot more technical than color combinations. There are chemical components of the paint that distinguish paints from one another. There are different tools used by professional painters to get the job done. Then there are varnish and lacquer.

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Though varnish and lacquer are similar, there are some subtle differences. People will need to know these differences so they’d know where and when to apply varnish, and the same with lacquer.

Varnish is a clear and hard solution. Painters apply varnish to wood for a glossy finish. The end result is a surface protected by a film. Varnish is comprised of a resin, thinner or solvent, and drying oil. It can also be applied to wood stain to emphasize the shine. That’s the advantage of varnishes with very little color.

Lacquer on the other hand, is a mix of nitrocellulose, plasticizers, and pigments. It’s a pretty volatile solution that’s made of a number of volatile solutions. The shellac in lacquer allows for a synthetic coat that forms a highly glossy surface.

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Lacquers are available in clear or colored coats, while varnishes are generally transparent. Varnishes are also very seldom produced in different colors.

Steve Silvers runs a company called Paint Squad for clients who want quality paint jobs for their homes. Learn more about Silvers, Paint Squad, and paint in general by visiting this Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Utilizing Color Theory For Your Interior Spaces

The color theory relies on finding harmonious color combinations based on the color wheel was first popularized by Sir Isaac Newton. Today, the color wheel remains one of the most influential standards for finding visually appealing color harmonies and is a useful guide in selecting color palettes for a variety of design applications, including interior design.

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Most color wheels that people are familiar with follow the traditional RYB color model, which has been the standard used by artists. Color wheels also come in the print-standard CMYK model, today the benchmark for color selection in print applications, and the RYB model, chiefly used in computer graphics.

Finding color harmonies are as simple as selecting colors from the same or the opposite ends of the color wheel. Three of the most familiar are monochromatic, complementary, and analogous harmonies.

Monochrome harmony involves taking contrasting dark and light shades of a single color. Of all the color harmonies, this is the easiest to accomplish. The second takes colors found across one another in the wheel (for instance, orange and blue), which have a natural contrast. This is a very popular color combination, particularly in movies. Finally, analogous harmonies derive colors adjacent to one another, creating an effect, not unlike monochrome with excellent transitions between contrasts.

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For more daring palettes, other color harmonies can be used. A three-way color contrast using colors a third of the way from one another can create the impression of a vibrant, colorful space without making the room look or feel cluttered.

Steve Silvers owns the professional painting service Paint Squad, which serves both residential and commercial clients. For more updates on the ins and outs of selecting paint colors, visit this blog.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Banishing Bland: Daring New Color Palettes For Eye-Catching Rooms

Many people are content with the off-white color scheme their new homes or apartments usually came in, and with good reason.  Although white and its pale neutral derivatives (beige, especially) are not a bad way to color a space, they also come off as deliberately inoffensive, trite, and unrelentingly bland. 



And while it is possible to work its advantages—being bright and going well with a broad assortment of other colors—with the right selection of furnishing to create an aesthetically pleasing interior space—its commonness make it less than ideal as a universal color scheme for a home.  Thus, more enterprising homeowners who want to create a space that is eye-catching should consider being a little bit more daring with their use of color.

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The psychology of color can be used to great effect in setting the mood for an interior space, while at the same time setting it apart from the rest of the rooms of the home. Rather than sticking to the muted and less intense palettes, homeowners can mix and match more vibrant color within the space, which can create spectacular contrasts and complements.  

Adding a bit of unexpected color to their interior spaces is also a good way of breaking monotony in an otherwise uniform room.  Accent walls are a good space to add contrasting colors and specific areas can be painted differently to demarcate a room within a room. 

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Homeowners, however, must exercise tact when creating their palettes of color that break regular design conventions.  Too much of an ad hoc approach to selecting the tones may result in the so-called “skittles effect,” creating a garish, eye-searing mishmash without any apparent color harmony.


Currently based in Los Angeles,Steve Silvers is the founder and head of Paint Squad, which delivers top-notch painting services to both commercial and residential clients.Visit this page for similar updates.