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6 Outdated Trends To Avoid When Decorating

6 Outdated Trends To Avoid When Decorating

It’s a New Year! We hope 2022 is the best year ever for you and your family.

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When decorating, it can be a challenge to decide whether to follow trends or pick a more classic style. In recent years, there have been many trends that have been fun to try but have come to wear out their welcome.

Forced Minimalism

To some, being nominalistic has been seen as a form of status or glamour, but as time passes this comes to be seen for the blank space that it is. If you have a space like this, it can be updated by adding patterns and texture, as well as color. The upside of this trend is that updating it is an easy fix, and you can go in whatever direction you want.

Industrial Kitchens

While spaces like foyers and living spaces have been underdone in recent trends, kitchens have been the victims of overkill. Large stainless steel appliances that stick out and attempt to make your home kitchen look like it is part of a restaurant detract from the fact that it is indeed part of your home. While things like ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers continue to be must-haves, current trends aim to conceal these in cupboards or with faces that are more streamlined into your decor.

Colored Accent Walls

Not too long ago, an accent wall seemed to be the thing to do to bring character to a room, and if you are absolutely in love with the eggplant-colored wall in your dining room, by all means, keep it. If you’re tired of it, however, other options are out there.

If you still want something to add a little quirkiness to just one wall, consider different texture options instead.

Color Pops

“Pop of color” has been the phrase of the day for many decorators for some time, but many think it is time to expand on the idea and truly embrace bright colors and patterns. Instead of having a couple of throw pillows to brighten a space, choose colorful artwork, curtains, or rugs that will be inviting to the family as well as guests.

Being Overly Basic

For some, the trend is to both follow and avoid trends at the same time. The Mid Century Modern trend reflects this because it includes a lot of clean lines and neutral colors. While having a sofa that reflects this style can look great, don’t be afraid to mix things up with different shapes, colors, and textures that truly project your style.

The Use of Rose Gold

Rose gold is pretty, but it is far from the only home decor metal out there. Mixing different metal tones can bring a sense of texture to a home and add pizzazz without creating overkill.

Whatever you decide on decorating your home, it is important to remember that it is your home, and above all else, you and your family need to be comfortable in it. Trends come and go, and paying attention to them can provide a lot of guidance, but at the end of the day, it is important to remember what feels best to you.

Are you planning to update your home in 2022? There are a lot of different ideas that could bring your home up to the look you will love. Enjoy!

Enhancing your home’s safety with fire extinguishers.

Enhancing your home’s safety with fire extinguishers.

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You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan — but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers — and knowing how to use them — is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family.

“In America, a fire starts in a residential home every 86 second — and the rapid protection offered by fire extinguishers can make the difference between minor or insignificant damage and greater tragedy,” said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert, the most trusted brand in home safety. “However, because many Americans have never activated a traditional fire extinguisher before, many do not understand the essential role that fire extinguishers play in a home safety plan and lack the confidence and know-how to use them properly.”

To help overcome this, follow these tips on fire extinguisher placement and usage to help ensure you and your family are properly prepared in case of emergency:

Compare features: When selecting a fire extinguisher, two of the most important features are the size and intended use. Larger commercial fire extinguishers meant for public spaces may be too heavy or unwieldy for some family members. Select a home fire extinguisher that weighs 3 lbs. or less for easy handling. For home fire extinguishers, other features to look for include a metal valve and trigger, which offer the durability of a commercial-grade extinguisher, as well as an easy-to-read color-coded gauge for accurate measurement. Spray times also vary by make and manufacturer, so select extinguishers that perform above the standard and feature longer spray times. Remember, a fire extinguisher that has been discharged is no longer effective, so consider rechargeable extinguishers which can be recharged by a certified professional if the unit is used.

Check out understanding a home fire extinguisher by clicking the image:

Keep It In Reach

If a fire breaks out in the living room but the extinguisher is elsewhere, you may not be able to access it before the fire grows beyond control. When seconds count, having an extinguisher nearby is crucial for rapid response. For this reason, place an extinguisher in each area of the home where a fire could potentially occur, including the kitchen, living room, each bedroom, and the garage. In most cases, one extinguisher is likely not enough protection for an entire household. In addition, make sure that every responsible member of your household (including house sitters and babysitters) knows where each fire extinguisher is placed. The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing fire extinguishers close to room exits so that you are able to discharge it and quickly escape if the fire cannot be controlled.

Know your ABCs

While they may all look similar, fire extinguishers have very specific ratings that indicate what kind of fire they are designed to extinguish. Extinguishers with a Class A rating are able to put out fires caused by wood, paper, trash, and other common materials, while Class B rated extinguishers are intended for gasoline and flammable liquids. Class C rated extinguishers are meant for fires caused by electrical equipment, such as frayed cords. For general protection, it’s best to select a multi rated extinguisher, such as the I, that’s capable of handling most types of household fires. Beyond the Rechargeable Home Fire Extinguisher, First Alert offers an entire range of extinguishers for home and commercial use.

Know How To Use It

Every fire extinguisher includes instructions on proper usage, but a simple way to remember is with the acronym PASS:

Pull the pin on the extinguisher

Aim the nozzle low toward the base of the fire

Squeeze the trigger

Sweep the nozzle from side to side

Frequently repeat the acronym when practicing your family escape plan so that if a fire occurs, the response will be automatic.

Know when to go

Combating small fires with an extinguisher is one component of a fire response plan, but the primary goal should be a safe escape. The first step in any scenario should be to call 911. In addition, a fire extinguisher is no substitute for having — and regularly practicing — a home fire escape plan, and ensuring that proper functioning smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed throughout the home — one on each level and in every bedroom — to provide early detection. Keep in mind that alarms and fire extinguishers aren’t designed to last forever, and must be replaced at least every 10 years.

We hope this information will be useful to you and your family. If so, please share with others, you never know, this article may help save a life.

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