Color coordinating your books might seem folly but adding colors to your interior in innovative ways can significantly improve how you feel in your abode.
Are pastels, primary colors or jewel tones your thing?
Do you want a more subtle or a bolder look?
A bold move
Painting your front door proves that YOU CARE. It can be a striking way of self-expression as well. What is the message you would like to send about yourself/yourselves and your home? Choose your front door color accordingly.
- Do you value stability? – Choose brown.
- Do you like a more traditional approach? – Dark blue can express that.
- Are you striving for growth? – Green is your color.
- Independent and like luxury? – Purple can be a cool option.
- Elegant and sophisticated? – Black.
- Communicative and cheerful? – Yellow would be a lively one.
- Optimistic, looking for rejuvenation? – Orange can relay that.
- Sending the message of a simple, organized home? – White is the crisp alternative.
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From a Feng Shui point of view:
The front door represents how energy enters to your house, and energetically into your life. Do the right opportunities find you? Beautify your front door and the area near it.
- A red front door is considered auspicious. It suggests protection, the desire to be noticed, and to attract opportunities and good luck. (Fire element.)
- A black front door can help you make more friends and network. (Water element.)
- If you want to feel grounded and have a stronger connection with the earth, paint your front door brown. (Earth element.)
- Are you ready for new beginnings? Express that with a green front door. (Wood element.)
Sprucing up neglected areas or details of your home (hallways, closets, risers of staircases, insides of bookcases, legs of furniture pieces) shows creativity and care.
Spray paint industrial light fixtures or pipes.
Painting the ceiling and the floor is not an obvious choice either, but it can have a powerful optical effect.
In a larger room, where the ceilings are high, a darker ceiling can create a cozy mood. (Just be careful because it can get overbearing if the space is small.)
Light floors can visually enlarge a room, especially with light walls. For more definition, have the floor darker than the walls.
Easy to swap
Colorful objects- kitchen appliances, home office stationery, towels, mats, shower curtains in the bathroom- can brighten your day.
Just like a bouquet of flowers or a bowl of fruit.
Pillows, throws, décor objects are easy to change. You can have different color stories, themes for different seasons or occasions.
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Even in blah spaces, like the laundry room, vibrant storage bags/baskets can bring all the variation visually.
What’s on your walls?
Who says all the walls need to be painted the same color? Or painted a color at all?
You can create a focal wall by wall papering it or decorating it a certain way.
Bold artwork, a colorful tapestry, a gallery of pieces on a whole wall, tiles/tile decals will surely bring that oomph factor.
Or why not be super bold: unleash your inner artist and create a mural on one wall?
Let objects in the environment pick up the colors of an artwork, or a rug on display. It’s an easy and fun way to create flow and harmony in your space.
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In the meantime, be thoughtful about what background colors make other colors pop. Neutral colors can provide a safe canvas for exploring bolder colors. Black in small amounts helps other colors look crisper. White makes them look cleaner.
If you are adventurous, experiment with unusual color combinations.
If you want to play it safe, stay with hues of one color.
Make a statement with a single piece of furniture, a rug, curtains/blinds.
The headboard can become a focal point in the bedroom if you upholster/ paint it in an eye-catching color.
Fabrics are your best friends when introducing color in simple ways. Be original when mixing and matching patterns and textures.
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A few hints to make your nest (and your heart) sing with joy:
- Upgrade your bedlinens.
- Switch your towels.
- Reupholster some chairs and ottomans.
- Frame decorative fabric remnants in attractive frames and display them.
- Throw in some pillows in assorted shapes.
- Dress up the windows.
Give the well-deserved attention to hidden treasures from the depth of your cabinets, or market finds, and showcase them for constant visual treats:
- a collection of gorgeous porcelain plates,
- a group of mirror frames that you’ve repainted,
- amazing color glass vases,
- exotic tribal baskets.
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Inspired by nature
From a Feng Shui point of view:
The element of WOOD represents creation, expansion, growth, nourishment, vibrancy, vitality, longevity.
Plants (with flowers or fruits) bring the most calming energy and color (green) into the space. They can reduce feelings of stress and help us with concentration and productivity.
There are specific plants that can enhance certain areas of your life.
Bamboo will bring good luck.
Citrus trees are great for Health and Wealth.
Orchid in the Relationship corner will attract love and deepen friendships.
Do not be afraid of mismatched
Sets of chairs, drawers, cabinets… don’t need to be the same. An inventive choice of colors can add zing to the interior.
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Keep in mind
- The Color Wheel is a helpful practical tool when you pick your scheme.
- Relying on the 60-30-10% rule is a good idea. 60% of the main, 30% of the secondary, 10% of the accent color.
- Colors have physiological and psychological impact. Do your research before choosing.
- Consider that the dimensions, lights, textures, materials of the environment greatly influence how we perceive color, so shape our experience.
Just don’t sweat it. It is so much joy to color your world. Enjoy!
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Julianna Kocsis is a Feng Shui Specialist, Organizational Expert, Intuitive Vibrational Catalyst, Textile Design Archivist. She is also the founder of Talila Consulting. Bringing Order and Harmony to your Home, Work and Life.