5 Tips to Select Paint Color

Monday, April 20 at 09:40 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Whether you’ve just bought a new home or want to freshen up your existing home, painting the walls is a great way to cost-effectively update your home’s look. Here are five tips to help you select the color that’s right for you. 

Determine what mood you want the room to give off. You may want a different atmosphere for different rooms. Do you want to be energized? Perhaps you entertain frequently and want a playful vibe. Do you want to feel relaxed? Your home may be your quiet retreat to escape from the world. Once you determine the mood, then you can select a color scheme to help you achieve that feeling.
 
Decide what color scheme you want to go with. Monochromatic and complementary are two of the most popular color schemes. Monochromatic colors – or colors which are different shades, tints and tones of one color – put off a more relaxed vibe. Complementary colors, often referred to as opposite or contrasting colors, are more energizing. Other color schemes* to consider include achromatic, analogous, triadic colors, tetradic colors and polychromatic colors. An interior designer or the paint expert at your local paint store can provide additional insight if you’re still stumped after your own research.
 
It’s hard to visualize what the little paper paint color swatches will look like on your much larger wall at home, so don’t be afraid to test out paint colors. Many paint stores will sell paint samples to take home and paint on a wall. Or, if you’re at a friend’s house and like their wall color, don’t be afraid to ask if they have some extra paint you can use to paint a test swatch on your wall. Seeing the color on your wall allows you to see the color in your home’s lighting which could be different than how you see the color in another environment. 
 
Technology has made it easier than ever to visualize color in your home. Benjamin Moore’s personal color viewer,* and other similar tools, allow you to upload a picture of the room you’d like to paint and see how different paint colors look in the space without ever getting a paintbrush wet. ColorSnap* is a color-matching app which lets you upload pictures and match the colors in the pictures to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. A number of other websites and apps have similar capabilities. Use these tools to help you easily visualize colors in your space.
 
Still having trouble finding the right color? Find an inspiration piece. Your inspiration doesn’t necessarily have to be something you’d put in your home; it can be an article of clothing, accessory, picture of someone else’s home, etc. This inspiration piece can help you determine what color scheme you like.
 
Don’t get overwhelmed with the multiplicity of colors for your home. You can narrow your choices by examining mood, color schemes, samples, apps and websites, and inspiration pieces. Want to go beyond just changing the paint color? Check out our Pinterest board on other home improvements* to consider. 
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Home Loans, Mortgage
 

Good to Grill

Friday, April 17 at 08:20 AM
Category: Arvest News

Warm weather and sunshine equals pool parties, barbecues and enjoying the great outdoors. What goes better with these than breaking out the grill and enjoying a delicious hamburger or hot dog? Arvest has a great way for you to enjoy these mouth-watering treats that don’t require mustard and a bun! Add some delicious fun to your wallet with an exclusive Arvest specialty debit card with a hamburger or hot dog theme!

Stop by an Arvest branch to order your card today or call us at (866) 952-9523.

 
Tags: Debit Cards
 

Arvest Receives iNpact Award in Independence, Mo.

Friday, April 17 at 07:55 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Independence Economic Development Council* selected Arvest to receive an iNpact Award at the awards luncheon on April 10 in Independence, Mo. This award was presented by Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and the award sponsor Stewardship Capital. 

The iNpact award recognizes those Independence businesses and organizations which have made significant positive economic impacts through the addition of new jobs and/or capital investment. Arvest received this award in regards to the remodeling project at the branch located at 4340 Noland Rd. in Independence, Mo. Arvest made significant improvements and added three additional employees to the branch. 
 
David Lutz, Property Management Coordinator, and Tina Ruiz, Branch Manager, accepted the award for Arvest at the luncheon held at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center. A total of fifty businesses received iNpact awards. 
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Missouri
 

Financial Foundation Workshop in Rogers, Ark.

Friday, April 17 at 02:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

You’re invited to attend a two-night course on money management May 4 and 11, 6 – 9 p.m. in Rogers, Ark. 

The course, “Building Your Financial Foundation: Individuals, Families and Entrepreneurs,” will provide engaging and specific information on how to live a life of financial wellness whether you are just starting to build your financial future, starting a business, or setting financial wellness as a personal goal to achieve during the next five years. More specifically the course will cover the main areas of money management every individual, family or entrepreneur should focus on for a secure financial future: debt management, savings, budgeting, assets, insurance and risk management, income sources and employment status. 
 
Instructor Kelly Majdan** – VP, Retirement Plan Consultant for Arvest Asset Management – has been educating individuals on personal finance issues for over 18 years. She enjoys finding ways to demystify difficult financial topics by providing relevant and meaningful insight into the world of personal finance for her audience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in business administration and is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI). 
 
Event pre-registration is required online.* Tickets are $60 per person. Discounts available on the registration site for Arvest Bank customers and University of Arkansas students, staff and faculty. Call (479) 575-5148 for more information. The courses will be held on the University of Arkansas Global Campus, Rogers at 3300 Market St., Rogers, Ark. Free on-site parking. Drinks and snacks will be provided both nights. 
 
The educational evenings are presented by the Walton College ASBTDC and event co-sponsors – the University of Arkansas Global Campus, Rogers and Arvest Bank. The 2015 Center Training Program sponsors are Great Southern Bank and Arvest Bank.
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 
 
**Arkansas Insurance License #1034715
 
Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Arvest Biz, Business Banking, Community Support
 

5 Home Decorating Trends to Spice Up Your Home

Thursday, April 16 at 09:10 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Are you looking to add a little pazazz to your home? Check out these five home decorating trends for 2015 that will help you make a statement!

Mix metals! Mix cool and warm-toned metals for a style that’s personal to you. Copper is the popular home decor metal of the year, but don’t feel the need to tie yourself down to it. Select metals based on the vibe you want to put off. Steel will give an industrial look, brass will give a classic look, gold will give an elegant look and so forth. A combination of your favorite metals will give YOUR look! For a traditional non-bling look, use metals on expected surfaces like fixtures and hardware. But, if you want to make a statement, think outside the box. Metals can be used in more than just a kitchen or bathroom. For example, consider a metal framed end table or wall hanging for a family room, foyer or bedroom. 
 
Splash deep rich colors. Don’t be afraid to adorn walls, furniture and accessories with deep rich colors. It’ll make a bold picture that says you care about what your home looks like. Deep blue is especially popular this year. Want to up the ante? Decorate in a rich color with a luxe finish – think high gloss and velvet. 
 
Personalize it. Hang pictures, decorate with objects, and use furniture that reflect what you like and what tells the story of your life. Collect something? Put it out on display. There’s no use having a collection that stays in a box or closet! If you’ve traveled a lot, then display the pieces you’ve picked up from your travels. Your décor will make you happy because it’s an expression of your personality, and it’ll be a great conversation starter when guests visit!
 
Use Latin American inspired décor. Woven fabrics, handmade pottery, vibrant colors, bold patterns and big florals – the quintessential Latin American décor – add a cultural experience to your home. Because these pieces make such a statement, a little bit goes a long way. Use Latin American-inspired accessories and accents like throw pillows, art work, linens and dishes.
 
Bring back old school. Old-style bathrooms with claw foot tubs are coming back. Interestingly, in this high tech world when we want to relax we leave behind air jets and other modern features and go back to a traditional soak. Some trends cycle back in and claw foot tubs are one of them. Out with the new, in with the old!   
 
Armed with these latest home decorating trends, decide which reflect your personal style then go and spruce up your home!

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