5 Steps to Consider when Undergoing a Painting Project

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Monotony is definitely not fun as it can be really boring, just like in the case of your house color. Painting your house is something done mostly when it starts to look a bit dull after a couple of years pass by (since the time it was first painted). It is even done otherwise, to change the look of a home especially before an important event like a wedding. Either way, painting is a long process that needs to be well thought out before implementation. Playing with colors while painting a house can be a fun activity instead of a stressful one. All you need to do is take into account the following:


1. Purpose – While painting your home, you need to understand the purpose of the different areas in your home. Like for example, your kid’s room will require a glossier paint as it is easy to clean up. The master bedroom will look best with a sober color as you would want it to be calming. The living room will need to be a bit more bright and welcoming. As such, colors will depend on the purpose of the room.


2. Less is More – You may have a few colors in mind that may very well complement each other. However adding too many colors in your home will leave it looking too loud and chaotic. If you are going in for a bright color for your bedroom, try painting the bright color on one wall only and leaving the rest of the walls painted a neutral color. This will lead to your room looking colorful yet trendy.


3. Complementing – Before you select a color combination, narrow down on the essential items placed in your home. This could be a staircase, beautiful couch etcetera. Once you are aware of these items, only then should you go ahead with choosing a color that will complement the same. If you have a strikingly green couch, choosing an off-white or beige for your living room will emphasis the green couch in the perfect way.


4. Sample – Even though you may have the color combinations well planned out in your head, it may look completely different in reality. Hence it is wise to carry out painting a sample of the colors you wish to paint your home with. While some colors may look great in the brochure, they may have the opposite effect on your walls.


5. Total Paint Needed – Everyone works on a budget and therefore you will want to have an idea on the amount of paint required for the entire job. For this you will have to consider the square footage of your home, along with the number of coats you desire. Keep in mind that a primer should be applied prior to painting for best results. Different colors will be priced differently and you will have to make a selection accordingly.


These are a couple of factors to make a note of before you decide to paint your home Painting will help change the entire look of your home by just selecting the right colors in the right combination. This positive change will definitely get you happy and you will never have to look at house-painting as a dreadful process.

How Pictures as Words Came Long Before Emoji

Traditionalists often lament how “Millennials” are losing their ability to communicate, thanks to the widespread use of abbreviated text messages and smileys, emoticons, or — most recently — emoji. Regardless of the name, the latter refer to small, simple graphics that are used to convey emotion or meaning. Emoji are often used in text messages on phones or social media like Twitter or Facebook Before these or even the Internet came into existence, however, Generation X, Baby Boomers, and everyone who came before them have already been guilty of the same: replacing words with pictures is just so common, they don’t realize it.


Although great works of literature can probably convey more information with precision to more people than paintings and drawings, pictures are superior to writing when it comes to practical use. Machines and devices can be sold and used worldwide if their controls are marked with symbols rather than words, as no translation or even literacy would be necessary. Since usage involves relatively simple ideas, it can also look “cleaner” to use a basic drawing or figure than to print a few words on each button.


Two of the most rudimentary concepts in the world, “up” and “down,” can be easily depicted by arrows pointing in the respective direction. They can be simplified further to become two triangles, or the arrowheads of the arrows, without losing any meaning. My friend Brad Pilon brought this to my attention, he said that on a treadmill or exercise bike, for example, the manufacturer may even use a V and an upside-down V to indicate something more complex, such as increased difficulty, length of time, or speed. A new user could also easily figure out that a heart or EKG (heartbeat graph) symbol next to those buttons relates to heart rate. In fact, the most basic treadmill control panels may feature little more than these simplified arrows, a heart, and a number pad.

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Other symbols useful for diet- and fitness-related equipment may include:


-A clock or stopwatch, which indicates time elapsed or remaining;

-A walking or running stick figure, for speed or fitness mode;

-Footprints or shoe prints, to mark distance or speed;

-A hill, symbolizing incline levels;

-Flames, meaning calories used;

and -A house, which returns the user to the main screen.


Of course, every device or equipment will include a Power button. Besides bearing one of the few symbols that have become standardized and easily recognized across the world, this button may even be left blank — simply making it larger than the other buttons or coloring it red is a clear indicator of its purpose.

This was just one of many forms of graphical needs that people the world over require on a daily basis without sparing a thought for the process that goes on behind the scenes to positively increase the user experience. More on that over at wikipedia


Before complaining that the popularity of emoji is eroding the culture of words, think of the ways in which graphics have already replaced words in the world, including on household electronics and equipment. They are more common and handy than most people believe — and they’re here to stay.

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