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Long Realty is pleased to bring you tips for Living in Arizona, courtesy of our local Long Advantage business partners. The articles below covers an array of helpful and insightful tips for the Arizona lifestyle. We hope you find this information useful.

Create a New Look in Your Home for Spring!

March 4, 2013

Painting is by far the biggest “bang for the buck” way to create a dramatic change in your home. Here are a few tips from our Long Advantage Partner, Taylor Design Group, to help you create a custom classy look.

Start by choosing a rich classic neutral for the overall base color, and then mix in a couple of accent walls with your favorite colors for drama. Small spaces like bathrooms are a terrific place to experiment with bold colors, just make sure you have plenty of light.

Make those too low ceilings feel higher by painting them white. If you have ceiling fans be sure to use “ceiling huggers” and make sure they are white as well. Contrast is what you don’t want to a see. To create some architectural interest where there is little, paint the doors, trim and baseboards white like the ceiling. Here, you are looking for contrast against your rich neutral wall shade.

Your fireplace wall is an opportunity be painted a couple shades darker than your walls to add presence. To get that crisp polished look, paint the inside of the firebox flat black with fireproof paint. As we head into summer, you won’t be using your fireplace, but you can create an Arizona Fire. Place a collection of candles at different heights inside the firebox. When you light them you will have the warmth, flicker and sparkle of a fire without the heat

Finish up your new look by adding a colorful area rug to the living or family room and several pillows in coordinating colors.

Need help with paint colors for your home?

Taylor Design Group can guide you through a color consultation, so that that you will have a special look that is yours alone. And you will feel be confident about your choices with a professional at your side.

Article courtesy of Long Advantage Partner By Terri Taylor, ASID Taylor Design Group. For more information please contact them at 520-298-1837 or visit their website at

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Spring Cleaning Tips
Keep your drains running smoothly and smelling great!
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Managing Winter Pests
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Choosing Home Accessories
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Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Season Now
Tips for a Great Staycation
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Becoming Green Clean Minded
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The information contained in these articles are provided by local area businesses. We believe this information to be accurate and reliable, but it is not guaranteed.