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Colored appliances and Fresh flowers

The appliance color you choose can affect and do a lot to your psyche, but colored appliances actually started as a form of artwork.

A colorful coffee set

They've been increasingly designed to stay on the counter as art”, said Wes Hutchinson, professor of marketing and faculty director with The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Therefore, in addition to functionality, it becomes a design element when people are redesigning their kitchen, and it's also a branding tool of sorts.”

Consumer demand has been growing for well-designed, good-looking kitchen appliances; that's where color comes into play.

It helps manufacturers brand their whole appliance family,” Hutchinson said. “Once you have one colorful appliance, the likelihood that you'll have another will go up.”

And to that end, colored appliances are being introduced as part of marketing campaigns rather than as tools to help your psyche, explained Sally Augustin, principal with Design with Science and fellow with the American Psychological Association. “But that doesn't mean the colors won't influence your mood,” Augustin said.

For example, an very intense shade like fire engine-red will increase energy levels; a less intense, but very bright one, such as sage green will have a calming effect. Augustin further explained that “People with more extroverted personalities prefer to be in more energizing environments, and that would motivate them to choose the very intense colors. Some people will choose them just because they like to change up the looks of spaces in their homes, or simply to be different from others.”

Here's a few other examples of how color can influence the kitchen: An all-white one can be perceived as stark and uninviting, while light-colored walls will make the space appear larger; dark-colored walls will make that same space seem cozier (and smaller).

When choosing an appliance color, Augustin said that first and foremost, customers need to decide how that color makes them feel.

A Few Tips About Fresh Flowers

Here's a few ideas on choosing quality flower stems and how to arranging them, via (a non-profit flower-bulb information center):

Please Note: Fruit and flowers can create an eye-catching arrangement, but as fruit ripens, it emits ethylene gas, which can shorten the vase life of some flowers.

Lavender and blue make a particularly pleasing color combination.

Love tulips? You can extend their life by buying them when the flower heads just start to open-the bud should be closed, but with the color of the flower evident.

Before arranging tulips, condition them by re-cutting the base of the stem with a clean, sharp knife to open up the flower's water uptake channels.

Keep tulips away from heat sources such as lamps, radiators, TVs and direct sunlight.

With proper care, tulips should open and last from three to seven days.

Avoid combining daffodils-or other members of the Narcissus family-with other flower types. Why? Because Narcissi oozes a slimy substance that shortens the life of other flowers by clogging their water uptake channels.

If you're entertaining in a tight space (or place), keep flower perfumes to a minimum when you entertain; some flowers, particularly lilacs and hyacinths have a powerful fragrance that can overpower a room-or person!

Did You Know That.....

Tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in Holland in the 1600s.

Sunflowers move throughout the day in response to the movement of the sun from east to west.

The very expensive spice, saffron, comes from a type of crocus flower.

Tulip bulbs can be substituted for onions in a recipe; they're relatives of the family that includes onions.

Sources: “Mood Makers” by Danielle Braff, Chicago Tribune-The (Sunday) Vindicator, April 20, 2014 and “Fresh Flowers” by Kathy Van Mullerkom, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)-The (Sunday) Vindicator, May 12, 2013. The “Did You Know That”.....source comes from

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