If white-on-white kitchens make you feel like taking a deep breath of air or if you’ve felt the serenity of light blues and grays, you’ve experienced the overwhelming power that color has on your emotional and physiological states.
In fact, it isn’t merely the color itself that our brains interpret as mood-invoking, but also the shade, pattern and depth of that color. (e.g. A bright red alerts us to danger and puts us on edge, while a deep burgundy can make us feel warm, passionate, and elegant. Additionally, small and repetitive patterns can make us feel regimented while large, flowing patterns bring out our artistic sides.)
Pattern philosophy. The size, color, and texture of a pattern (on your walls, furniture, or windows) are each read and interpreted by your brain before being translated into different emotions. These elements will do one of the following: work together positively, cause confusion, or result in disruption.
Is your home making you moody?
While you might laugh at this idea, give it a chance. If your living room is a drab beige and you often find yourself listless or unhappy when in that room, you can bet your last can of paint that there is a connection.
Certain colors can multiply or muffle light and can even appear as various shades of that color throughout the day, depending on how much sunlight that room receives and its proximity to other colors.
Basically, colors are complicated, and color choices are by far the most stressful decisions that must be made during any home improvement project.
Do you crave a fresh start?
If you’ve hit a wall with your personal life, you need to consider the physical walls around you and the colors therein. Are they enhancing the positive qualities of your life – thankfulness, love, abundance – or are they muting your individual voice
We find the latter to be true nearly every time you buy a new home (and, in essence, take on the mood/color palette of the previous owner). Not all vibes are worth sharing, and that’s why fabric, furniture, and paint colors must be matched to your current chapter in life.
You aren’t who you once were.
And that’s a good thing. As you grow and evolve your personality, your family dynamic, or your skill set, it’s important for your home environment to evolve at the same rate. When it doesn’t, you’ll feel it. Restlessness, irritability, and an inability to relax or be your authentic self are all symptoms of a mismatched environment.
Make sure it’s a sanctuary that fills you up rather than depletes you.
- If your walls and ceilings have been their current color for more than a decade…
- If your window treatments and furniture have boasted the same palette since you moved in…
- If your carpeting makes you cringe (and you’re unsure of its original color)…
Let’s talk. Your individualized color consultation is a phone call away. Call us or send an email to book your in-home consultation.
Consult a color pro. Don’t make pattern or color choices on a whim or because of a trend. A color professional will make recommendations for your space based on lighting conditions, surrounding colors, how the space is used, and by how you want to feel in that space.