Summer Decorating Quiz

By: Natalie Kilgore

Summer Decorating Quiz
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About This Quiz

Winter is over, and with the arrival of warmer temperatures, it’s time to pack up those heavy winter blankets and remove the tarp from your backyard swimming pool. Is your home ready for summer? Test your summer decorating knowledge to see if you and your home are in harmony with the spirit of the season!
Painting a porch ceiling a light shade of blue is a retro trend that's making a comeback. What's the most popular reason for painting porch ceilings blue?
Especially those in the South, people believe that the color blue chases away evil spirits.
When dusk approaches, a blue ceiling gives the illusion that it's still daylight.
Blue is believed to keep bugs away and prevent them from building a nest in a ceiling’s corners.
While credible sources discredit this belief, many still theorize that insects prefer not to nest on blue ceilings because they're tricked into thinking the blue paint is actually the sky. When blue paint was first used on ceilings, milk paints were usually used. Lye, a known insect repellent, was mixed into the composition, which would explain why insects would avoid nesting on a painted porch ceiling or ledge.

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Installing a high-quality screen and storm door can be a year-round money-saver because:
Insects are unable to get inside, saving you money on pest-control bills.
Its natural ventilation structure will lower cooling costs in the summer and heating costs in the winter.
Storm doors add insulation and the ability to reduce drafts to your home's entry doors, and a screen door allows cool air to circulate throughout your home, saving energy and reducing your carbon footprint.
Screen and storm doors are made of less expensive materials than other kinds of doors.

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At what height do decorating experts recommend you hang artwork in your home?
Artwork should be hung at eye level, with the center about 60 inches above the floor.
It’s a common mistake for people to hang artwork or photographs too high on the wall, but almost all design and decorating experts recommend hanging pictures at eye level. Similarly, art gallery standards require that the center of a picture should be hung between 60 to 65 inches from the floor.
Artwork should be hung slightly above eye level, about 75 inches above the floor.
Rules don’t apply to hanging artwork; hang pictures and art at whatever height you choose.

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The perfect tiki bar accessory, a kegerator, is:
a refrigerated compartment, cabinet or room for storing kegs of beer at low temperatures
an insulated container used to store alcoholic beverages
a refrigerator designed to hold a full or half barrel keg of beer and to dispense the beer through a faucet by way of pressurized gas
A kegerator system stores a keg inside a refrigerator to keep it cold, while allowing access to the beer through a faucet in the door. Kegerators can be purchased, rented or built, and they're a good system for keeping beer fresh for long durations of time, minimizing waste.

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Harder and more durable paint finishes are not recommended for porch floor painting because:
They collect dirt and aren't sustainable for heavy-duty cleaning.
Wood is constantly expanding and contracting with changes in the environment, and non-flexible paint prevents it from doing so.
Paint with a glossy finish is the best choice for painting a porch floor, and it’s always wise to ensure that the surface doesn't have a moisture problem before you apply the first coat.
They are highly toxic and bad for the environment.

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Painting a room a summery shade of blue, turquoise or green is likely to make you feel:
relaxed and refreshed, promoting peacefulness and concentration
Studies show that colors help create the right mood in a room. Blue, turquoise and green make most people feel at ease, while shades of red can make a heart beat faster, and black can evoke feelings of sadness and depression.
excited, cheerful and stimulated
morose and depressed

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When setting a table for an outdoor summer soiree, beverage glasses, including water, wine and champagne flutes, should be placed with the water glass to the extreme left, and then used in what directional order?
right to left
left to right
As a rule of good etiquette, always eat to your left and drink to your right. Any food dish to the left is yours, and any glass to the right is yours.
follow the example of whoever's at the head of the table

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When choosing materials to build a potting bench, consider a good weather-resistant wood, like:
pine
fir
cedar
Cedar wood is ideal for outdoor furniture because it’s naturally resistant to insects, decay and weather damage.

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Before decorating your home with the sand dollar seashells you collected at the beach, what is the best method for cleaning them?
Leave sand dollars in the sun outside to dry over several warm summer days.
Soak sand dollars in a 30 percent bleach and 70 percent water solution and let sit for 15 minutes until dry.
Leaving shells and sand dollars in a bleach solution or out in the sun too long can weaken the structure and cause shells to become brittle and break. Most experts agree that a solution containing 30 percent bleach will safely brighten a shell’s appearance while killing any decaying tissue or bacteria at the same time.
Soak sand dollars in a 70 percent bleach and 30 percent water solution and let sit for 15 minutes until dry.

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How long does it take water in an outdoor solar shower to reach a warm temperature?
immediately
15 to 20 minutes
1 to 2 hours
It takes about 1 to 2 hours for the sun to heat water in a solar-powered water tank, so it’s important to install it in an area that receives the most sun from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. After showering, it’s a good idea to refill the tank with a garden hose immediately to allow the sun time to heat the water for the next day's shower.

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