Has Blue Become A Neutral? Here’s How To Use It In Your Home

WRITTEN BY JAYMI NACIRIHas Blue Become A Neutral? Here's How To Use It In Your Home

Feeling blue? You’re not alone. The color is hotter than ever – so much so that it’s being called a “neutral” by interior designers and color specialists. Move over, beige. There’s a new contender in town.

“They used to take a backseat, but todays neutrals are leading the way in unexpected directions,” said House Beautiful. “Lilac, navy, and Etruscan red join the ranks of white, grey, and beige – and the result couldn’t be more stunning.

Here are eight ways to use the color in your home.

Paint one room

While you may not want to paint an entire interior in navy, deep, rich blue looks great in a dining room, master bedroom, or home office. The bigger the room, the taller the ceilings, the more expansive the windows, the better.

Refurb a hand-me-down

That antique dresser or sideboard that once belonged to your great-grandmother doesn’t have to sit in storage. Get out the paintbrush and transform it into something you’re proud to show off.

Bring style to the windows

Drapes are a low-commitment item but one that can help bring a room together or provide a little punch of color and style.

Embolden your bathroom

White, shmite. If you’re thinking of painting your cabinets, consider blue in just about any hue. It brings a freshness to the space and contrasts beautifully with the white you’re probably looking at for the shower, bath, and countertops.

Go “barely there”

While deeper shades bring the mood, just a whisper of the color allows you to go blue without veering too far from your comfort zone. “According to designer Jonathan Rose, for a house in the country or by the sea, aqua is the new white and is the perfect complement to greenery or an ocean view,” said House Beautiful. “The idea is for the wall color to be quiet so it can blend seamlessly with the outdoors. This blue-green is a pastel with personality. Keep the overall feeling serene with light floors, white trim, a touch of deeper aqua, and a few dark accents to anchor the room.”

Think like a fashionista

Many home trends originate on the runway. If you take a look at how the fashion world thinks about the color blue, you can translate the idea to home. “It’s one of the fashion neutral colors,” said LiveAbout. “That means it can be worn with any other color, so it’s a very handy color for mix-and-match purposes. Navy blue jackets or trousers are good examples of wardrobe staples that mix well with other separates.”

Make a statement with your sofa

Yes, conventional wisdom says you might be better off with a neutral sofa and color on the pillows, which can be more easily changed out. But if blue is actually considered a neutral now, why not just go big with your one of the main furniture pieces in your living space?

Express yourself with art

Again, if you’re just not ready to make such a large color commitment, but you want to ease blue into your décor, the walls are a great place to start. Go oversized with a floral or abstract for an attention-getting display.

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MARKET WATCH

Single Family Home Activity in the Antelope Valley

In the last 24 hours
08/19/18

New Listings …  23
Sold …  06
Pending …  10
Expd/Wthd/Cancld …  03
Price Increases …  00
Price Reductions …  06
Number of listings* …  1497
Average Days on Market …  74
Short sale/pay listings …  07
Equity listings …  383
Bank owned listings …  13
HUD, Corp, Probate and Auction listings …  39
Days of inventory (at the average rate**) …  36.90
Days of inventory (at yesterdays rate**) …  166.33
Actual Number of days of inventory***  …  ∞

View the last 8+ years of data HERE!

 

* Count includes all ACTIVE and CONTINGENT MLS listings
** Assuming no future growth or reduction
*** At yesterdays depletion rate (∞ indicates negative depletion,
inventory would not be depleted at this sales rate)
ALL DATA WAS DERIVED FROM THE “GREATER ANTELOPE VALLEY
ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®” AND IS DEEMED RELIABLE.
THE CALCULATIONS OF THAT DATA IS THE
RESPONSIBILITY OF DON GOCKEL, REALTOR®

Domain Names Represent Brands and Virtual Destinations…And Can Have Huge Value

WRITTEN BY Domain Names Represent Brands and Virtual Destinations…And Can Have Huge Value

Your domain name is an asset of your business, and is the address of your brand online. It is the fundamental component of your web site address and your email address. Every time you give a prospect a business card or marketing piece with your email and web site address, you are reinforcing your brand. New opportunities in the domain world are coming next month, but first…

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is a unique internet identifier. It allows computers that are connected to the internet to locate other computers connected to the internet quickly and easily, by using a “name” instead of a series of numbers. Without domain names, internet users would have to type in a string of numbers such as 209.25.24.84, each time they wanted to access information or communicate with another computer on the internet.

A domain name is simply a language-based address system (i.e., InternetCrusade.com) in which each “name” or word, or series of words or initials, refers to a specific number-based address or “location” on the internet (i.e. 209.251.24.84).

Just about every business needs a presence and availability on the internet today, and your domain name is the core of your internet marketing strategy.

Why register a domain name now? Because it might not be available tomorrow!

Domain names are issued on a first-come first-served basis and may be registered for periods of up to 10 years. Once a name is taken, it is gone, unless the current owner wants to sell it to you, usually for a hefty fee. As a general rule, do not register a domain containing someone else’s federally registered trademark– you may be challenged by the trademark owner and risk losing the domain, and there is potential for being fined under U.S. Anti-Cybersquatting regulation.

In the early days of the internet, it was a “land of scarcity,” and the .com names were the prime real estate. Starting around 1992 a number of visionary people registered lots of .com domain names. Some of these domain names turned them into millionaires when the domain names were later resold. And then there was a land-rush for.com domain names, and if you found out that all the domains you wanted were taken, well, there wasn’t much you could do except compromise on the name. And if you made out, perhaps you were insightful enough to register realestate.com or property.com, then you acquired an asset that would ultimately appreciate tens of thousands of times its original value.

Domain Name Investment and Speculative Opportunities

Back in the .com hay day, there were many domains that originally sold for $50 and then $35 per year, that were resold (aftermarket sales) for much more:

HappyBirthday.com – $55,000
PhoneCalls.com – $120,000
Business.com – $150,000
Fruits.com – $160,000
Question.com – $175,000
Drugs.com – $823,456
ForSaleByOwner.com – $835,000
Rock.com – $1,000,000
WallStreet.com – $1,000,000
Seniors.com – $1,800,000
Express.com – $2,000,000
AltaVista.com $3,350,000
Business.com – $7,500,000
Uber.com – 2 percent of the company! (Approximately $1B for the domain with a $50B valuation of Uber)

Those .com days of domain name speculation are long gone, but what if the future of the internet called for the segmenting of top-level domains into topics, businesses, professions and things?

Technological advancement and innovation create the need for systems and platforms to evolve.

Domains and the internet addressing system is changing. Are you taking advantage of the opportunities that the new top-level domains offer? Be the master of your own domain.

In September, you may have the opportunity to participate in the next domain land-rush, the rush for .realestate. Make sure you are prepared.

There is a period of time between the discovery of a great idea, and that moment when “the masses” are aware of that great opportunity, sometimes referred to as “Lag.” The closer one is to discovery, the greater the opportunity.

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The world of domain names continues to expand and the amounts invested to scale the internet are staggering. More on the latest rounds of TLDs in the next article.