Color, what does it all mean?

Have you ever entered a room and immediately felt a certain way – cozy, relaxed, peaceful, anxious? Believe it or not, each color has properties that can affect your mood, as well as alleviate some ailments, and aggravate others!

Red – creates drama. If you’re not sure about painting a whole room red, using red as an accent might be a good starting point. Or, consider using different shades of red instead of a true saturated red to see how you react to this color. Red can alleviate a head cold, muscle aches, and some circulatory problems, it can also boost your energy level. However, if you have problems with anger, insomnia, high blood pressure, or heart problems, red can aggravate them more.

Yellow – brings joy, happiness, and raises spirits. As with red, strong hues of yellow can be overwhelming, you may find that softer shades are appropriate for your home. It is found that yellow is beneficial for mental activity as it focuses the brain, helps with concentration, and improves memory. It can also aid in digestion making it a good choice for a kitchen, or eating area. Surround yourself with yellow to alleviate fatigue, mental strain or depression, but if you possess aggression, hyperactivity or insomnia, yellow can aggravate these.

Green – think of nature; life, freshness, and relaxation. Consider green in a space where you want to relax. Green can relieve stress, hypertension and alleviate allergies and asthma! You’ve heard the phrase “green with envy”? Be mindful that green can aggravate jealousy and resentment.

Blue – relaxing and serene. Blue can aid in recovery, enhance learning, and allow clearer thinking. Add blue to a room where you want to alleviate insomnia, anxiety, and build self-confidence. Because blue is a “cool” color, if you find you are typically chilly, surrounding yourself in blue might aggravate this, and can also make you feel sad and isolated.

Purple – inspiring. If you feel like you need more creativity, motivation, or spiritual direction, purple may be for you. It can also alleviate slow-wittedness, and depression. It has been found however, that purple can aggravate shyness, alienation, emotional problems and addictive personalities.

To learn more about how colors can make you feel check out the book The Complete Color Directory by Alice Westgate.

12 Tips of Christmas

Christmas is officially upon us so I thought it would be fun to offer 12 tips for decorating your home.
~ Happy Holidays, everyone!!

Tip 8 – Ornaments aren’t just for trees! Think about a few areas in your home that could use a little extra Holiday sparkle. Hang them from chandeliers, hang a cluster in a bare corner from the ceiling, hang them in windows and doorways. Click here for inspiration!!

Tip 7 – Try using the greeting cards you receive as part of your holiday decor. Here’s one idea, hang them in a “tree”. These branches were collected after wind knocked them to the ground, spray painted white, and arranged in a vase. They are actually on this mantel year round, but at Christmastime each branch is decorated with small silver and gold balls, and greeting cards (as they come in the mail) are hung with brown ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip 6 – Don’t overlook the small spaces! Simple touches in small nooks of your home like entry ways or sitting areas help to carry Holiday Cheer throughout your home!

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Tip 5 – if you’re having a party for 30 or for 3 don’t forget to dress up your dining room table. This will set the mood for all of your guests and get them in the holiday spirit. As a matter of fact, you can even apply the previous tips to come up with ideas for your holiday table. It will also be easier to execute your design by first thinking of a theme and color scheme for your table. Here are few pictures to help get the ball rolling.

Tip 4 – Centerpiece ideas!! And, don’t stop at dining room table, create them for the mantel or a table in the hallway. Click here for easy-to-make centerpieces (and inexpensive for the most part). Many of these centerpieces can be created using items you already have around your home.

Tip 3 – Decorate with ribbon – Try mixing things up this year by decorating with ribbon instead of the traditional greenery. Using ribbon is softer and lighter creating a subtle, elegant look. You can mix colors and sheen, add in a strand of beads, even mini lights. Using three ribbons of different colors and widths and arranging them at different heights will add visual interest. If you’re swagging it on a railing, try adding ornaments, pine cones, bows, or other things at the top points of each swag. Also, try adding ribbon to your mantle decorations.

 

Tip 2 – Decorate with a theme! I remember my grandmother decorating her tree in seashells and other oceanic flare. Don’t just stop at the Christmas tree, carry it throughout your home – a dining room is another great place to deck for Christmas. Decorating with a theme in mind will help with continuity and flow from room to room. Each room doesn’t have to be over the top, create small vignettes in smaller places like bathrooms and hallways. Include your theme in your upcoming holiday party as well. Having a theme starts a great tradition that your holidays guests will look forward to each year.

For theme ideas check out this site.

Beach Christmas

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Tip 1 – Ever see pictures in magazines this time of year of beautiful rooms decorated for Christmas and wonder how you can make your home look like it was right out of a magazine? One trick is to make sure your Christmas decorating color scheme matches the same color scheme in your home. Just because the traditional red and green scream Christmas doesn’t mean those are your only options. If you’re stumped by this, remember that Gold, Silver and other metallics are very Christmas-y as well. Look around your room(s), what colors or metalics can you build on?

Via Decorating in Silver for Christmas (about.com)

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Accentuate a Mistake

A friend of mine recently reminded me of a great little tip when it comes to painting a room. When you’re looking for an inspiring new paint color at your local hardware store, ask the sales associate if they have any paint cans that have been returned – they are happy to get rid of them at little cost to you, how does as little as $5 a gallon sound? These are cans that have been mixed wrong or were simply brought back by the buyer who had a change of heart. Now, I know what you’re thinking, how awful are these colors? Keep an open mind, I’m a firm believer in every color having its place space! And, using more than one of these colors opens up even more possibilities. A great way to use these “oops” colors is on an accent wall.

Accent walls have been popular for some time now because it is a quick and easy way to breathe new life into a room while adding visual interest and style. As we all know, trends are ever changing and so are the rules for accent walls. Take your accent wall one step further by adding more visual interest by framing it in with molding, or creating a stripe using more than one “oops” color, and don’t overlook those bright and wild “oops” colors.

Check out this Pinterest board for out of the box idea for your next accent wall.

Make a small space spacious with the right furniture

In previous tips I discussed many ways to make your room feel bigger from being mindful of scale and paint colors to window treatment tricks. But the tricks don’t end there!

If you have a small space, take a living room for example, and are on the hunt for the right furniture, remember that the more space you see, the more spacious the room will feel. By this I mean instead of a couch and chairs that go to floor, find ones with exposed legs, this will help minimize the size of the furniture and visually maximize your space.  Go for a glass top coffee table instead of solid wood, when you can see the floor, the table will feel like less of an obstruction. Swap out a bookcase for floating wall mount shelves. Finally, find lamps with slender bases for your end tables.

Take it to Greater Heights

If you look around your room and feel like the ceiling seems low, or the room just feels squaty, look to the windows! Many times this problem can be solved by raising curtains and drapes above the window trim. Just because your window ends at a certain height doesn’t mean that your window treatments have to be hung from that height. The same is true of curtain length. Instead of the curtain ending at the sill, consider buying a longer curtain that extends to the floor or just above the floor. Additionally, overdoing it with window treatments by adding too many things – like having a drape and swag together, that cover parts of the window will cause some rooms to look smaller too.

Why does this work? Because you’ll be creating a tall vertical line, allowing your eye to travel the whole height of the room. Just like wearing vertical stripes to make you look taller, your room can look taller by lengthening vertical elements like curtains.