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Color sets the mood of the home

Painting 2Studies have shown that the color of a room affects people’s moods, energy levels and even appetites. According to Debbie Zimmer, color and decorating expert with the Paint Quality Institute, by thinking about the impact of color, consumers can better incorporate into their homes the hues that suit their lifestyles. Zimmer offered the following guidelines for choosing paint colors for the home.

• A soft green or pale blue has a calming effect for most people. It instills feelings of tranquility, so it is ideal for use in bedrooms or family rooms, places of rest and relaxation. As a bonus, light blue and green tints are in vogue this year.

• Other “go-to” colors for rooms designed for rest – again, the bedroom or perhaps a sitting room – include certain shades of beige, brown and taupe. More enveloping than blues and greens, these quiet tints and shades impart more warmth and coziness to a space.

• Yellow can be warm and welcoming, but it is also attention-getting and can lift the spirit and brighten the outlook. Like a splash of brilliant sunshine, yellow walls work well in a kitchen or breakfast area where most homeowners start the day.

• Shades of orange – tangerine and apricot, for example – also are energizing, so they too are good choices for rooms where mornings are enjoyed.

• Reds are energizing, but need to be used sparingly, since their bold appearance can literally increase heartbeat. Red is a good choice for a formal dining room; studies show that red can increase appetite, which explains why it is the wall color of choice in so many restaurants.

Zimmer cautioned that tone, or brightness, also plays an important role in creating mood when selecting a paint color. Keep in mind that brighter tones invigorate, while muted colors tend to be more calming and relaxing.


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There’s still time to save with Missouri’s Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday.

The seven-day event began at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19 and ends at midnight on Monday, April 25. During the holiday,  all retail sales of qualifying Energy Star-certified new appliances are exempt from state sales tax, up to $1,500 per appliance.

Qualified items include Energy-Star certified clothes washers, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces, dishwashers, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers and heat pumps.

While the state sales tax is waived in all cities, Missouri statute allows cities, counties and special tax districts to choose whether or not they also will participate in the holiday. In St. Charles County, the city of St. Charles will participate will participate, so city sales tax will not be collected for qualifying items purchased in St. Charles City during the holiday.

For more information, visit www.dor.mo.gov.

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