Spring 2016 Edition

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In This Issue:

Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal
Ultimate Fire Pit
Cottage Plans
Choose a Colour Palette

Boost your
home’s curb appeal

You get a good look at your neighbours’ homes when you’re out for a stroll or putting out the garbage, but you probably don’t turn around and examine your own home too much, right?

Sometimes homeowners fall into the trap of focusing on the interior of their home, because that’s where they’re spending most of their at-home hours. They shell out for furniture, paint, accessories and lighting while forgetting about what’s happening outside those four walls.

Here are a few TIMBER MART tips on boosting your home’s curb appeal:

Start with symmetry

Don’t just buy one nice planter — buy two, so you have one for either side of the door. The same goes with chairs for the porch, pots of peonies for the steps and decorative lanterns to light the way. Symmetry is pleasing to the eye, and it will elevate the look of your home even from a distance.

Go for the green

Bushes, shrubs, trees and flowering plants are an easy way to brighten up the front of your home with a bit of colour, but they also add texture and depth. Take good care of your lawn — or hire a professional — because ratty, discoloured grass outside your home is the equivalent of having a stained, straggly wall-to-wall carpet inside your home.

Clear the clutter

After a while, it’s hard to notice the kids’ toys, sports equipment and errant gardening tools scattered around the property, isn’t it? But to a fresh set of eyes, it’s like little bits of trash dotting the lawn. Invest in a few outdoor storage trunks or bins and enlist your family to do a quick yard tidy at the end of every evening.

Brighten up

A burnt-out porch light can make a house look lopsided but did you know you can also get the same effect from light bulbs with two different temperatures? Make sure you use identical bulbs in your outdoor lightings so you’re not casting a cool bluish light on one half of the porch and a warm, yellow light on the other half. If you’re not sure about the difference, chat with us — different temperature bulbs can complement different door colours and siding tones.

Consider contrast

People have been proven to enjoy high-contrast images where a saturated colour is paired with white, for example. If your house feels ho-hum and everything kind of blends together — beige siding, tan door, creamy trim — you might want to repaint with contrast in mind. Look at the houses in your neighbourhood, flip through swatches, and see what colour combinations catch your eye.

Don’t forget the details

If your casa is rocking a set of dated, faded, brass house numbers, it’s definitely time for a makeover. Spray paint them to freshen them up, or switch them out for a modern font. You can also upgrade your curb appeal inexpensively by switching out your front door hardware or adding a sleek knocker. What about the lighting and mailbox? Could they be spruced up with a little paint or is it time to upgrade them?

Any questions? The curb appeal experts at TIMBER MART are always here to lend a hand.

Happy updating!

Ultimate Fire Pit

Food, fun, and fire come together in this ultimate cottage project. From firewood chopping chairs to log loveseats, set your imagination ablaze with the Ultimate Fire Pit!

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Timber Mart
Cottage Plans

Have you been thinking about building your dream cottage for years? Turning your vision into
reality is possible with an abundance of TIMBER MART cottage plans. Contact us to get started.

TBM880
Sq. Ft.: 880 sq. ft.

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TBM1230
Sq. Ft.: 1230 sq. ft.

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TBM1558
Sq. Ft.: 1558 sq. ft.

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TBM2545
Sq. Ft.: 2545 sq. ft.

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How to choose a colour
palette for your home

When you have an overall colour palette, the rooms flow together and there’s a sense of whole-home harmony. Don’t worry – that definitely doesn’t mean all of the rooms will look the same.

Here at TIMBER MART we know a few things about picking colour palettes, but it really comes down to what you and your family like. After all, it’s your home.

Start by thinking about what you like — and dislike — in other people’s homes. When you visit a friend with deep navy walls in their living room, do you compliment them on the bold choice or cringe at the thought of having something so dark on your own walls?

Once you have an idea of what you like, it’s easy to put together a personalized palette. Here are a few ideas to get you started...

If you like soft, pretty shades

Soft shades of blue, yellow, violet, green, and coral are beautiful, but combining two in a single room many will make your home look like something out of a fairytale. Give each room its own soft tone and then add lots of neutrals, like white and grey.

If you like a relaxed, beachy vibe

It’s easy to get carried away with blues and greens with this palette, but you don’t want your home to feel like walking through rooms at an aquarium. Maintain a balance by adding in lots of soft creams, browns, whites, and wheaty tans.

If you like bold, saturated colours

People who aren’t afraid of powerful colours tend to love deep teal, red, orange, and charcoal shades. If you opt for a brazen, spicy palette for your home, be sure to mix in warm neutrals so those dramatic colours aren’t competing.

If you like colour but not too much colour

Try a mix of muted shades, like greyed-out plums, blues, and browns. Because the colours aren’t as saturated, they have a calming, romantic effect.

If you’re really nervous about colour

Neutrals are great, but make sure there’s more than just cream and taupe or else your home will be as exciting as a bowl of unsweetened applesauce. Embrace shades of beige, khaki, and tan if that’s what you love, but work in subtle colours — or the occasional bold shade, like navy, deep red, or chocolate — to perk things up.

Happy colour-choosing!