The Ultimate Let the Sunshine In Quiz

By: HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

The Ultimate Let the Sunshine In  Quiz
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About This Quiz

A bright home can raise your spirits and make visitors feel welcome. But there are many ways to add a sunny look to your house beyond installing bigger windows. How bright is your take on letting the sunshine into your home? Take this quiz to find out!
What color is the traditional choice for a design scheme that lets the sunshine in?
yellow
While most people think of yellow when they imagine the sun, there are many other colors that work well while allowing you to break the mold in your design choices.
orange
green

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What color might be less obvious but just as effective at brightening your room and enhancing mood?
fuchsia
Other potential choices for less obvious but still sunny design include lime green, orange and turquoise.
white
purple

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Why is painting your wooden staircase a good way to bring brightness into your home design?
because it is often overlooked
Wooden staircases are large and highly visible, yet still are often overlooked when people design home interiors.
because it is so frequently used
because it is a good contrast to the banisters

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What is a good way to make your wooden stairway "pop" with paint?
painting a "runner" down the middle
A bright colored stripe down the middle of your stairway can effectively draw attention to itself.
painting diagonal stripes across steps
painting only a few steps and leaving the rest natural

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What is the first step in painting a wooden staircase?
sanding
You must first sand down the area that you will be painting. Then apply primer and a few coats of good latex paint.
applying primer
coating with sealant

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What type of paint works well to hide blemishes on furniture?
flat finish
While softer paints work better for these purposes, glossy finish paints in highlight spots add dramatic pop.
semi-gloss
high-gloss

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How can you use your books to brighten your room's color scheme?
by placing them on the shelves based on their spines' colors
Most of us organize our books by subject, author or using no scheme at all. But using their spines' colors in your design plans is a unique and cost-free way to brighten a room.
by painting over the covers of books you don't read anymore
by hanging framed, brightly colored books on your walls

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What should you do if you have many books with similarly colored covers?
moving books with other colors away and mix the shades of the one color
By mixing various shades of a single color and avoiding other colors, you can use your books to create a visually stunning display against a neutral background.
removing a large portion of them to balance them with the books in other shades
covering a portion of them with small pieces of wallpaper

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What color should you paint the inside of a bookcase?
a color that contrasts with the majority of your books' colors
A color wheel indicates which colors complement which other colors. By using a color that balances against the main color of your books' spines, you can create a visually appealing design element.
the same color as most of your books' spines
black

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What is an unexpected but clever use for beautiful wallpaper?
as a liner for shelves
Applied neatly with spray adhesive, wallpaper can create a surprising and bright touch to various furniture pieces.
as a feature accent behind a mirror
as a runner on a wooden stairway

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