How do you finish the interior of the home in which small children live without having to worry about what they are doing every second of the day? Can you finish the floors and the walls with materials that will withstand the abuse they will put it through and decorate in a way that will not put the kids in danger? Our blog is all about finishing and decorating a home that is kid-friendly. You will learn the best materials to use, the best types of paint, the easiest colors to work with and ideas to help you decorate without as much concern.
As you sit and sip morning coffee, do you feel blue? Sad? Depressed? You may attribute that to the fact that you have to go to work shortly, and you would rather not, but in all honesty, it could just be your home environment. No, this is not a discussion on Feng Shui, but rather a look at what you can do to change your surroundings and improve your mood. Here is how an interior designer would do it.
Matching Color Palette to Personality
Your personality is directly reflected in your mood. Mood translates to a color palette. However, if you are generally a "moody blue" person, you want the color palette in your environment to be the direct opposite of "blue." This could include warmer tones of blue, or blue's complimentary color of orange, translated into various shades and tints. Colors that make you feel good and happy are also taken into consideration.
Avoiding Dark and Intense Colors
Even if you naturally gravitate toward trendy colors like dark cranberry, you should actually avoid these colors. They will make you feel less happy, as they reflect far less light and darken a room even more. For someone who experiences mood swings, bouts of depression, or daily blues, the last thing you want to do is make a room appear even darker by painting it intense, dark colors.
Choosing Soothing Color Combinations
There is a reason why a backstage room is often painted green and referred to as "the green room." Green has often been associated with life, refreshing outdoor smells, and a complete sense of calm. To those waiting in a green room prior to going on TV or a stage show, nothing could be more ideal.
Likewise, choosing soothing color combinations in your home will help improve your mood as well. Colors that encourage happy, content feelings and a desire to eat are perfect for kitchen and dining areas. Relaxing colors are important for the bathroom so that you can relax in the tub or relax your system enough to conduct your toilet business. Restful, peaceful colors are necessary for bedrooms so that you can fall asleep.
That said, most trendy shades of red should be avoided, as it makes people feel angry and tense. Black causes a sense of anxiety and depression. Gray is no better, unless it is muted with another color such as purple or blue. Consult an interior designer regarding the psychological effects of color before making your selections.