Chic Color Inspiration for your Holiday Decor

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The holiday season will soon be upon us. It won’t be long before your home is filled with friends and family, so you want to make sure your home is ready to entertain. Now is a great time to get a jump on things and start planning your seasonal decorations ahead of time. That way, you’ll be ready to welcome guests in style – even if you’re not expecting them! Don’t worry, even though you’ve freshly painted your walls a non-seasonal shade of yellow or bright blue, we’ve got suggestions to help you fill your home with holiday cheer.

The first (and most important) step in planning your home’s holiday decor is to design your color theme. For each room, take a look at the wall colors and choose complementary tones that really let the wall color shine. Do you have a feature wall you want to showcase? Would you prefer a more toned-down look, or do you want something more bright and fun?  We’ve put together some ideas for how to highlight your wall colors to give you some ideas for a starting point.

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Bright and cherry red:

For a red accent wall, it’s not hard to create a concept that really pops. For a more opulent flair, go with traditional gold and green. To create a more rustic vibe, try pairing it with tan or orange. You can also add different shades of red to create a rich and warm feeling in the space.

wowblog_3Beautiful, bold blue:

A blue room gives you a great base to work with. Adding silver and gold instantly creates an elegant setting that is perfect for entertaining. For an aura of simple sophistication, you can add white elements and even play with brighter and lighter shades of blue as accent colors. For a contemporary spin, you can also add pops of bright green.

wowblog_2Sunny and warm yellow:

A bright or pastel yellow wall gives you some wonderful options for creating a cozy atmosphere. Add in a mix of oranges and browns for a festive and fun look. If you want something a little more bold, throw in a pop of bright turquoise or some vibrant pink.

wowblog_1 A neutral blank canvas:

If you’re working with a neutral color palette with white, beige, or tan walls, you’re in luck! You really do have a blank canvas to work with – one that suits just about any color combination you can think of. For a classic concept, you can’t go wrong with a blend of brown, white, and a pop of metallic gold or silver.

 

Once you’ve chosen your color palette, you’re ready to have some fun. Choose pieces that match your theme, and try to add excitement by mixing up different textures, shapes, and sizes. Add ornaments, trinkets, wall hangings, and whatever sentimental items you want others to see. You can change up your throw pillows and flower arrangements to match your seasonal style too.

 


 

Welcome WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Kitchener/Waterloo!

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We are so excited to welcome our newest Franchise Partner: Tyrone DeBrouwer!

Residents and business owners in the Kitchener/ Waterloo and Guelph areas can expect to see Tyrone’s clean, shiny vans and friendly, uniformed painters as he hits the ground running with his residential and commercial painting franchise.

We had a chance to sit down and chat with Tyrone to find out what made him say WOW! to WOW 1 DAY PAINTING

Why did you choose WOW 1 DAY PAINTING?

While researching franchise opportunities in the area, WOW stood out. It provided a fresh new perspective on the home and garden landscape. I have been passionate about home improvement for a long time and was intrigued when I saw this relatively new brand demonstrating great success.

As the population in this region continues to grow, so do expectations for service and professionalism – I’m happy to see both are taken very seriously in Kitchener/Waterloo. Having the support of O2E Brands along the way, and my fellow franchise partners in and around the Toronto area solidified my decision to say yes to WOW!

What were your backgrounds prior to WOW?

I spent the last 14 years improving my Japanese language skills in the auto industry. Developing as a key trainer to team leader, and eventually moving to the production control department. In my most recent role, I worked as a project manager within Toyota’s various brands. I have also owned a few student rental properties in the area over the past 15 years which keeps the passion for home improvement alive.”  

What are you looking forward to most about being a business owner?

My dad always told me “choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” I’m excited to take on the challenge of generating my own success as an entrepreneur. I can’t wait to prove the system and apply it to the Kitchener/Waterloo and Guelph areas.

What is your favourite colour and why?

Green – maybe it’s a sign!

What are your passions outside of work?

My family! My daughters and wife definitely keep me on my toes. To keep ratios in check I had to buy the family a male guinea pig!  When I’m not busy as a family man, you’ll find me on the slopes snowboarding or on a mountain bike. My appetite for good bbq and local craft beers keeps me outside on the patio as much as possible. I am at peace when I’m on a lake, in a canoe, and happy to spend the night sleeping under the stars.

How are you involved with your community?

Being an active member of my community has always been important to me. Currently, I stay busy helping to coach my daughters’ soccer teams. Being part of the Lions Club has also brought great adventure with local festivals and events throughout the year.

What makes the Kitchener-Waterloo region unique?

Kitchener/Waterloo and Guelph are home to four major colleges and universities. It’s often referred to as ‘Canada’s Silicon Valley’ because of the high concentration of tech companies and startups. Infrastructure within the region continues to grow and the gap between this area and Toronto is becoming more and more narrow.

Fun facts about you, or anything else you’d like to share?

As a second-generation from Belgium, I was the first amongst my peers to enjoy dark chocolate, fries with mayonnaise, and stronger beer – I suppose DeBrouwer is a good last name….

We’re so excited to welcome Tyrone to the WOW 1 DAY PAINTING family! Connect with him on his local WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Kitchener/Waterloo page here.

A Quick Guide to Scandinavian Style For Your Home

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Born at the beginning of the century, Scandinavian design is a modern style defined by its simplicity and functionality. Not only does it offer high reliability and durability in the home, but also makes great use of natural materials all without compromising comfort and elegance.

At first glance, this design style may appear minimalist, but as you’re about to see, the possibilities are endless.

One could say Scandinavian style homes are clean, uncluttered, casual, cool and bright. Everything from color palettes to textures and decor reflects at least a few of these traits. Here are a few things you need to consider when creating a Scandinavian style interior:

Start with a white base

A white base theme is the most common element in a Scandinavian home and offers unmatched versatility. White creates a cheerful, clean look which is best suited for the long, dark winter days as well as sunny summers. Use plenty of white for your walls, furniture, and fabrics.

shutterstock_377825686Maintain neutral color palettes

Neutrals like beige and gray are fundamental colors for this style. Contrasts can be achieved with black accents and natural materials like wood, or a few pops of yellow or soft pink which add a vibrant touch and an uplifting feel. Generally, the whole palette is pretty muted, and in many cases, monochrome.

Wall paint should be white

… in most cases. Accent walls can still borrow from neutral hues, or display pastel colors for a warmer touch. Paint an accent wall in blue for a perfect Scandinavian fit.

shutterstock_313109468Add rich textures

Coziness is key, and what better way to create it than with soft and warm fabrics! While textures should be scarce, look for thick, woven textures of wool for your rugs, blankets, and textiles. For a coziness upgrade, animal furs make ideal accents on the floor or on the sofa, especially during the winter months.  

Let the light in

Sheer curtains let more light in, and minimalist glass decor pieces reflect and boost the available light.

shutterstock_214655683Decor is either functional or minimal

Everything in a Scandinavian home has a purpose. That wooden trunk or that woven basket by the armchair also make great storage pieces. The fireplace is meant to heat the room, not to decorate it. But if you must use something just for decor, choose natural elements like wood or metal to put on display. Cool colors are best fitted for decor pieces.

Get inspired by nature

Natural elements play a vital role in a Scandinavian design style which is rooted by a strong connection to the outdoors. Wood, stone, and metal are most noticeable when paired with simple color palettes. Try to incorporate wooden tables or a few plants – ideally positioned on the floor. If you have a fireplace, choose a simple stone design that will blend well with the natural theme.

shutterstock_212620024-1Leave some space

The entire layout of a room has to allow for a lot of space. Avoid cluttering the space with unnecessary pieces of furniture or decor. Remember – less is more!

Scandinavian interior design only requires a few simple ideas to make your space functional and cozy.

 

Anca Apostu is an email marketing specialist with WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister companies 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me. When she’s not creating email campaigns, she likes to play piano, go to lots of concerts or hike around Vancouver.  You can also find her on LinkedIn.

 

 

Welcome WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Chicago!

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We are so excited to welcome our newest Franchise Partner: Marc Novak!

Residents and business owners in the Chicago West area can expect to see Marc’s clean, shiny vans and friendly, uniformed painters as he paints up a storm with his residential and commercial painting franchise.

We had a chance to sit down and chat with Marc to find out what made him say WOW! to WOW 1 DAY PAINTING:

Why did you choose WOW 1 DAY PAINTING?

“After leaving my post in the army, I knew I wanted to start a business. But not just any type of business, I was looking for something out of the ordinary. I wanted to be an entrepreneur and more importantly, I wanted a successful and promising career. My cousin and business partner Joe has been working alongside WOW 1 DAY PAINTING for several years and approached me with the opportunity. After learning more about the company, I knew that this franchise would be the perfect fit for me to launch my entrepreneurial career.”

What were your backgrounds prior to WOW?

“Prior to WOW, I played college football at the University of St. Francis and received my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After finishing my collegiate football career, I enlisted in the US Army.  I did four combat deployments with the 75th Ranger Regiment under the United States Special Operations Command.”  

What are your passions outside of work?

“Sports and fitness have always been a passion of mine. When I am not working, you can find me at the gym! When I’m not working out, you’ll find me spending time with my friends and family.

How are you involved with your community?

“I actively volunteer at the Batavia, IL VFW. Volunteering here allows me to connect with other veterans in my community and together we are given opportunities to support each other.”

What do you look forward to most about being a business owner?

“I’m excited about fostering a successful business. This is an exciting new chapter in my life and I’m really looking forward to being my own boss!”

What makes Chicago unique?

“Chicago is Chicago! It has everything – the best food, loyal sports teams, diverse culture, and active living for those who seek it. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.”

Fun facts about you, or anything else you’d like to share?

“I’m excited to be working with people from the Chicago west area. This is a vibrant place and I’m happy to be a member of this community and contribute to the local economy. As a veteran business owner, I take pride in how my operations are run. My franchise is built on quality craftsmanship and my customers will have a chance to experience that first-hand.”

We’re so excited to welcome Marc to the WOW 1 DAY PAINTING family! Connect with him on his local WOW 1 DAY PAINTING Chicago page here.

WOW 1 DAY PAINTING is your entry point to business ownership!

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At WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, we have the amazing opportunity of working with a family of happy, hungry, hard working, and hands-on entrepreneurs. We love that we’ve been able to provide them with an entry point to business ownership!

Our Founder and CEO Brian Scudamore has a passion for building small businesses, empowering entrepreneurs, and disrupting industries. This passion is the reason why WOW 1 DAY PAINTING is the only painting company in North America to offer to complete projects – projects of any size – in just one day. And it’s that same passion that we see in all of our franchise partners who bring WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and its services to the communities they love to call home – every day!

Here is what just a few of them had to say when asked what it’s like to be a franchise partner with WOW 1 DAY PAINTING:

Interested in owning your own WOW 1 DAY PAINTING? We’d love to connect with you!

Vanessa Woznow is the National Public Relations Manager with O2E Brands. Her love of color is evident in both her paint and fashion choices . Connect with Vanessa on LinkedIn.

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