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Are you feeling uninspired? Want to sleep better at night? Repainting your walls with a different color scheme could be just what is called for, or at least the first step in getting out of your rut. 

While color is not a magical solution to problems,it does have a big effect on our mood and outlook on life, sometimes we don't even realize it! In the advertising world color is used for many different products such as red to increase appetite on fast food adverts. 

Here are a few tips on creating the mood you desire with color: 

Red - Often associated with passion, excitement and love, meaning that it could be the perfect shade for your bedroom or kitchen. Darker shades of red indicate elegance, while red in its purest form shows a vibrant energy. Red is a very powerful color so be very careful of over using it. It is always a good tip to balance the red with some neutral colors such as blue, white or a few dashes of green. 


Orange - Can have a similar effect to red and yellow, but can also give your home a quirky feel as it is not as commonly used as the other two colors. Orange is a very inviting color and a gentler option to red when greeting your guests, if you want a cozy feel go for darker shades or brighter shades if you want to give the feel of summer at any time of the year. Good room choices for an orange theme include the living room, dining room, kitchen or a child's room. 


Yellow - Is the most uplifting color in the spectrum and represents cheer, joy and happiness. Paint your kitchen, bedroom or office yellow to inspire creativity and instantly cheer up even the most dark windowless rooms. 

Green - Although it is associated with health as it is a natural color and the color of most vegetables, green also has a calming effect and can encourage balance. Green is related to fecundity and growth, and can maximize the aura of your home office or creative space. If you cannot bring yourself to paint a room green just yet, try placing some pot plants in there instead. 

Blue - Blue, gray and black should be kept out of the kitchen and dining room, as they are the least appetizing color. Blue can be a perfect color for bathrooms and bedrooms, as it encourages feelings of serenity and peace. If you have trouble sleeping or, paint your walls blue to help your mind slow down. 

Purple - this is a very energetic color in its purest form, which is why many feng shui experts advise against painting walls purple or having too many purple decorations. Rather than a strong purple, go for lighter shades like lavender or pink. 

Pink - Is often related to love, but can also be a gentler and more delicate option for purple enthusiasts. Pair with yellow-green for a dramatic pop, or black for a classy effect with just the right amount of flair. 

Painting the walls of your home often induces a new love and appreciation for your home, it will feel like new with brand new colors icon the walls and if you are in need of inspiration, more sleep or would like to be more creative, there are colors which will encourage all of these things. Colors can be extremely powerful to the mind so before you choose which colors you should use, investigation is a must. these few tips above should give you a little idea for some of the rooms in your home.

 
On Thursday, 25 April, Rotary Central recently hosted the 22nd annual Fred Speirs Memorial Inter-School Debate. This years finalists included teams from Cayman Prep and Cayman Academy, with Cayman Prep crowned as the eventual winners. 
This years event, which was jointly organized by Rotary Central and Rotary Sunrise, and sponsored by British Caymanian, was held in Court 2 of the Cayman Islands Law Courts, with an audience consisting of Rotarians, parents, teachers and students. 
"Both sides made passionate presentations and the packed audience was well entertained by the speakers on the use of their information gathered and presentation skills," Ravi Kapoor, Rotary Central president said. "I am pleased with the quality of the students' presentation skill. We definitely have future leaders of Cayman here." 
The Inter-School Debate championship is named after the late Fred Speirs, a past president of Rotary Central, who was responsible for establishing and organizing the debate competition. 



Source:compasscayman.com 

 
Three members of staff of Royal Bank Cayman, were recently recognized for their spirit of volunteerism and their contribution to the local community. These individuals join a list of cultural icons and community leaders and others whose longstanding commitment and service have enhanced the life and welfare of the citizens of Cayman. 
Mrs Cora Grant James, Manager of Debt Collections, was honored with the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Hon our in recognition of her services to the community. She will receive her award in June as part of the Queen's official birthday celebration. 
Mr. Basil Scott, Manager of Client Care Complex and Mr Fritz McPherson, Senior Sales Support, were rewarded for their contributions to the development of youth services in the Cayman Islands. Mr Scott was awarded the Emerging Pioneer Award and Mr McPherson the Long Service Award. 
Tracie Lee-Wah, AVP Personal Banking, congratulated the awardees, saying "We are proud of you and thank you for your service to RBC and to the Caymanian community." 



Source:caymannetnews.com

 
If you are thinking about decorating your living room, but have never embarked on this type of project before it can be a bit of a daunting task. It is best to make sure you have planned what you want to do and have given yourself enough time to achieve the look you want. If you are having trouble planning this project here are a few tips to assist you in achieving the perfect living room in your home. 

1. It is a good idea to set off with a clear plan in your mind and a general vision of what you want your living room to look like. This does not mean that you have to know every detail, but a general idea will help you to achieve your goal. Behind every successful project, there is a strategy and a plan, the same should be applied here. 

2. You should do as much research as you can before deciding on the look of your room. You can find plenty of home magazines and catalogues or surf the net for some great ideas of living room colors and styles. If you find something you like, tear the page out or print the picture off and keep it aside for reference later on. After you have a collection of different designs youcan then choose which ones suit you and your home, although this may be a little confusing at times it will help you in deciding what you do and dont like. 

3.Lighting will be an important aspect of your decoration, as it creates good ambiance, and adds to the mood and atmosphere of the room. So choose your lighting carefully so that you can create the right feel for your living room. 

4. Selecting the correct furniture is vital, again a good idea is to look through magazines and on the internet to match the correct furniture to the style of your room. After choosing, placing the furniture in the correct place and position is also important. It is never a good idea to line it up against the wall. Your room look small with this kind of arrangement. 

5. Curtains can make a room, so choosing them is very important, a nicely decorated room with shabby curtains that do not match will make all your efforts void. a good tip is to choose curtains which match the color of the furniture. 

6. Adding to the list of the most important parts of a room, flooring is also another that should be kept in mind as It is essential for furnishing. The coverings of the floor can be tiles, carpet or wood, and as you will see quite a bit of it, the color should tie in nicely with the furniture and walls. 

7. You should ensure that there is a sufficient amount of free space to allow you to get walk around and daily activities otherwise the room will feel like a furniture shop. 

8. Pick up any accessories that match in with your scheme to add zing to your room and make it unique. Craft shows and flea markets are good for this sort of thing. 

9. If you are into plants you could always choose some colorful plants to provide a natural beauty to your new living room. 

10. Some interesting paintings can really bring style to your room, so get out there and check out some art work that will compliment your choice of decoration. 

Decorating for the first time can be confusing especially with so many colors and styles to choose from, you can end up confused between colors curtains furniture and never know what you really want. Proper planning before starting any project is an absolute must and will help you to have some sort of vision in your mind so that you know what you are aiming for. Follow these simple tips and you are sure to have the perfect living room in no time at all!

 
Have your kids flown the nest? Do you feel like you are rattling around your home? Do you want to reduce your utility bills? Although moving from a home that you have lived in for many years and possible brought up your family in can be difficult emotionally, there are ways to create a more suitable affordable living space within smaller homes, here are 5 tips to help you choose the perfect home when you are downsizing. 

Think about which rooms you can do without 

Before you begin searching for a your smaller home, sit with the family and make a list of what you like and dislike about your current home. Which rooms do you use a lot? Which spaces and pieces of furniture just collect dust? A good rule to use is the 6 times a year rule. Think about each room in your home and if you use them less than 6 times a year it is probable that you can do without them. 

While you are thinking about your living space, choose which rooms you could use for more than one purpose. If you work at home and require a home office, a good idea is to put a small sofa sleeper or small bed in your office in your new home for when you have guests visiting. If you enjoy hosting dinner parties, you do not need to have a formal dining room in your new home, why not put a table in the kitchen and create a casual dining space. 

Consider Purchasing Multi-use Furniture 

When you have decided which rooms you can shed without affecting your way of life, consider the furniture you may need. Multi-use pieces like sofa sleepers, bunkbeds, nests of tables and coffee tables with drawers are saving graces when living in smaller spaces 

If you have large pieces of furniture which are impractical - donate or sell them. If you are moving to a smaller home because your kids have left home, it will not be necessary to have so much furniture. Before you move, tell the kids to take what they want from their old rooms and also offer them any furniture which you will no longer be using in your new home. 

Once you have decided on the furniture you want to keep, measure all larger pieces and when you are viewing homes take a measure with you so you can be sure it will all fit in rooms and through the doorways etc..  

Good Design is Essential 

In a small living space, design is especially important. Look closely at the storage space in any potential new home you look at. There are many older houses that do not have bedroom closets so you will need to bring space saving wardrobes or an extra dresser. 

Don't rule out homes which have little closet space, think about the possibility of building shelves and getting under bed storage boxes for seasonal clothes. If you are looking to move into an apartment, ask if there is storage space available to use within the building. It is important to explore all the options and to keep an open mind before you rule a place out. 

Look at how much light comes into any property you view as light will make any small space look bigger. If there is outdoor living space this adds to a property and gives the feeling of a bigger home. 

Choose a Place You Have Always Wanted to Live 

The money you will save when moving from a bigger home, may mean that you are able to move to the place you have always wanted to live in. Look at all locations to see what is available to you within your price range. 

Personal Space 

Regardless of how small you decide to go, don't forget that you will still need personal space, one of the main complaints from those who have already made the move is that they feel like they are constantly in someones way. Everyone has their own ideas of what personal space is to them and it is difficult to adjust to a smaller home at first. Be patient and you will all get used to it. 

Regardless of how small, ensure that you have a place of your own in your new home, it doesn't need to be a whole room - even just an armchair tucked away where you can read and have some quiet time will be perfect. 

Downsizing is always a daunting process when you are used to having a large family home filled with people, however there are many positives to downsizing and it will not take long to adjust once you have found the perfect home for you.

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