A Brush with Success: Back to School

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The back-to-school season is coming upon us. You’re probably already thinking about shopping for your kids’ school supplies and clothes, debating what the healthiest afternoon snack is, and trying to organize after-school schedules. But even with the the most advanced graphing calculator, the most comfortable shoes, or the highest-protein-lowest-sugar granola bar, there is something else that could be affecting your kids’ grades: the paint color in their bedroom.

We are all moved by the colors around us, and studies have revealed many of the ways we are subconsciously influenced by colors. Colors can either be active, passive, or neutral. Bright colors tend to be active and do exactly as they suggest: give us energy. Muted colors fall into the passive category: they tend to be calming and comforting. Neutral colors (think mid-tone beiges) don’t really affect us either way.

When picking paint color for you child’s bedroom, you should consider their personality and needs in order to assess which color is best.

Yellows

Sunshine, daffodils, and rubber ducks. Is that what comes to mind for you too? Most people think of yellow as a cheery, uplifting, energetic color – and they wouldn’t be wrong. However, yellow is the most tiring color for the human eye, and studies have actually shown that large amounts can cause frustration and anger, which makes people more likely to lose their temper in yellow rooms.

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Tip: avoid an all yellow room. But if you want your tantrum-prone kid to benefit from a little more natural cheeriness, consider painting a yellow accent wall and including yellow accessories like pillows or lampshades.

Blues

Known for being a calming, introspective color (studies have shown that blue can actually lower blood pressure), blue is surprisingly also the most productive color. However, too much introspection can be a bad thing: some blues can evoke feelings of sadness (hence the phrase “feeling blue”), so certain shades could negatively influence your already moody teen.

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Tip: avoid dark and cool blues. To create more tranquility and productivity, choose warmer shades like cerulean or periwinkle.

Greens

The color of nature. Green is the most restful color for the eye; it offers tranquility and promotes good health (so no surprise that it is frequently used in hospitals). Studies even suggest that green can improve reading ability. Fresh greens can feel clean and vibrant, while muted greens (think olive) can be slightly depressing, and pastel greens can end up feeling sickly and quietly overwhelming.

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Tip: pick rich and vibrant, but natural tones – like fern green. Whether your child is just learning to read, or is a Shakespeare expert, make all their friends green with envy over this color’s natural influence.

Purples

The color least associated with nature, purple is instead associated with luxury, wisdom, and creativity. Purple elegantly balances the calmness of blues and the energy of reds (while leaving the hostility of red at the door). Darker purples can have a dramatic effect, whereas softer purples can be calming and relaxing.

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Tip: use both! Give your kid the royal treatment by painting the walls lavender, making up the bed with plum sheets, and adding a purple orchid to the desk.

Choosing the right color for you kids’ rooms can give you an A+ grade by positively influencing their success and well being. But don’t let your own well-being be overshadowed – back-to-school can be such an overwhelming time in itself that we’re happy to help you get the job done.

Rachel Morgan is a Communications Coordinator for WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister companies 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. Rachel loves to spend her free time reading, listening to music and enjoying the outdoors.

Franchise opportunities for women

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Business. Entrepreneurship. Franchising.

What was long believed to be a man’s game has, in the last few years, seen a dramatic shift in climate. With more female entrepreneurs than ever before we are seeing a spike in female owned and operated franchises.

Why the shift?

Franchising offers some exceptional benefits, such as:

  • Flexible work schedule –  allowing for better work/life balance;
  • Training & systems – learn from a team of knowledge experts and benefit from developed systems;
  • Ongoing support – a franchise network with a pool of resources to fish from for shared learning opportunities;
  • Opportunity to be collaborative yet autonomous – ultimately it’s your business, but you’re not alone! There are a bunch of Franchise Partners that have been there before and can offer advice.

Women and Home services

At WOW 1 DAY PAINTING over 10% of our franchises are female owned and operated. In a traditionally male dominated painting industry we are seeing Franchise Partners such as Leesa Franklin and Leesha Cunningham in Ottawa succeed and build a solid business. They believe that being women in a field typically controlled by men gives them an advantage. “It puts them (the customer) at ease right away,” says Leesha. “Women are all about relationships and building networks”.

Leesa and Leesha are clearly capitalizing on this innate advantage.

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Tammy and Terry Ricketson of WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Cleveland, OH are seeing the benefits of having a family business. With Tammy owning the networking and Terry managing the paint crew, they are able to focus their strengths and positively grow the brand in their hometown. In one month Tammy attended over twenty-one networking events. They saw a dramatic increase in the number of estimates and brand awareness, allowing them to develop relationships with construction companies due to increased public trust in their brand.

To learn more about WOW 1 DAY PAINTING franchise opportunities visit http://www.wow1day.com/franchise/ or call 1-888-WOW1DAY

Chantelle Jones is an Operations Coordinator for WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. A well-traveled Welsh girl living in Vancouver, Chantelle has a knack for getting things done and making an exceptional cup of tea. You can connect with Chantelle on Linkedin.

Dump student debt and major in paint

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Did you know? The class of 2015 is leaving college shouldering the most student debt in U.S. history. Almost half of all former students between 18 and 40 say they might not have gone to college had they known the impact student loans would have on their life. Instead, on-the-job training is gaining momentum as an alternative for a steady climb up the career ladder.

Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of WOW 1 DAY PAINTING achieved tremendous success following this path, and his business model aims to provide this same opportunity to others.

Entry-level painters are provided with mentorship, and sales and leadership training. Those that show promise are equipped to take on opportunities in managerial roles and corporate staff positions, or go on to become successful franchise owners themselves.

There are many pros to leaving a traditional degree behind in pursuit of hands-on entrepreneurial experience, especially in today’s debt-laden climate.

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To find out more about these opportunities, please get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you!

Vanessa Woznow is the National Public Relations Manager with WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister company You Move Me. Her love of color is evident in both her paint and fashion choices . Connect with Vanessa on LinkedIn.

White open spaces

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Looking to change up your home but can’t think of anything new? Try painting your floors white! Yes, that’s right. You read correctly. WHITE.

Painting your floors white might seem like a risky move, but in actuality there are many great benefits to this trend. Growing in popularity, this staple in Scandinavian design is a sure-fire way to turn your dull drab floors into your home’s next conversation piece. Whether you’re going for a modern look, a contemporary feel, or a chic farmhouse style, white floors are guaranteed to deliver! If you’re on the fence about taking the plunge, consider the following 5 reasons on why we think you should try it out.

1. It brightens up the space

Having white floors brightens a room by reflecting light rays. It also creates a more open, airy feel which will make the most of your current square footage and make the space look larger.

2. Cheaper than re-staining your floors

Painting your floors is a cost-effective way to give your floors a face-lift without paying to re-stain them (or replacing them with carpet or tile). A fresh coat of paint will cover the imperfections and breathe new life into your weathered old panels.  

3. Showcases your home

White floors highlight key centerpieces in your home and can draw more attention to an accent wall. It anchors the room by providing a neutral floor space that compliments everything above it.  If you’re feeling extra daring, paint the walls white too! What better way to showcase your home than by turning it into a functional art gallery?

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4. Calming Energy

Feeling stressed? The color white is known to relax the nerves and ease the mind. If you’ve been feeling like you could use more peace in your life, then a fresh coat of white paint could do the trick.  To enhance the experience try painting the walls white as well – and keep them as white and fresh as possible (not letting them get dull or dingy) to keep those effects strong!

5. Minimalist Chic

Pairing white floors with white walls will give your interior great character that it won’t require much decorating. Pairing minimalist furniture with statement art pieces will give the room great character with half the amount of work. When decorating with white, less is definitely more.

Pro Tip:  Have concrete? No sweat! Try a porch paint like Sherwin-Williams’ Porch & Floor Enamel which works well on both concrete and wood floors.  Its formula makes it easier to maintain and keep clean.

Aziza Farah provides digital marketing support for WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister companies 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me. She loves interior design, small gatherings with friends and eating breakfast for dinner. You can connect with her via Linkedin.

 

 

Make the most of your home with paint

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Are you thinking of selling your home? With many North American housing markets heating up in the summer months, there is one simple way to ensure you capitalize off of this trend.

Paint!

“A house’s paint job greatly impacts how potential buyers feel about a place,” says James Alisch, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING’s Managing Director. “Too often individuals minimize the impact of this first impression, and risk the chance of an instant, emotional rejection of their home.”

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Compared to other outside improvements, like roofing, painting is a less expensive way to improve your facade. Buyers may not consider the need to redo a roof when they are looking at a home, but they will think about needing to paint; it’s a huge deterrent.

James recommends:

  • Updating the exterior first if you have to choose. Next, update your kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Choosing a fresh, clean, and neutral color palette.
  • Focusing on quality work. If the job is done to perfection, buyers will overlook color dissatisfaction.

The return on investment on a quality paint job is huge, and can greatly speed up your selling process.

Have any questions? Leave them below, or get in touch with one of our WOW experts. We’d love to help!

Vanessa Woznow is the National Public Relations Manager with WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister company You Move Me. Her love of color is evident in both her paint and fashion choices . Connect with Vanessa on LinkedIn.

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