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It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a space. If the interior of your home has become “tired” in your eyes, a fresh coat of paint may be just the thing you need to spruce up your space.
Here’s the problem with vowing to update the paint colors in your house: picking out a fabulous color is overwhelming. How can you possibly sift through the thousands of shades out there? The answer is, you can’t.
To help narrow down your color choices, and to save you hours of flipping through paint color fan decks, you might consider this:
Color has a psychological effect on our brain. Yes, it’s true. Paint not only keeps your interior interesting, but it actually has the power to evoke an emotional response. Research shows color has the ability to influence things like mood, appetite, and even blood pressure.
With this in mind, choosing a wall color becomes more simple. Knowing the psychological effects behind different colors can help you match the purpose of a room to the perfect color palette.
Here are four colors to consider using in the primary rooms of the home:
1. The Kitchen
Warm colors tend to work well in the kitchen. That’s because colors in this palette are
known to stimulate appetite. If you’ve ever wondered why every fast-food restaurant
features warm hues, this is why. Contrary to popular belief, warm colors can be done
tastefully. The goal is not to replicate your kitchen after the local McDonald’s franchise.
One of our favorite warm colors, is Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year, Cavern Clay.
Now that’s a kitchen color we can get behind.
2. The Bedroom
Unlike in the kitchen, stay away from warm colors in your bedroom. Warm colors excite,
energize, and, stimulate our brains. Rather, stick to cool blues and neutrals. Colors of this hue have been scientifically proven to relax the mind and body, bringing tranquility
rather than energy.
Source: iStock Photo. Credit svetikd.
Cool colors are important in the bedroom because they are conducive to sleep. However,
the color on the walls isn’t the only thing that promotes a good night’s sleep. To truly
make your room a sleep haven, consider the lighting, a comfortable sleeping structure
and sources of noise to get your best night’s sleep each and every night.
3. The Living Room
Next up is the living room. The room of congregation, relaxation and Hulu binges. After
a long day, there’s nothing like coming home and crashing on the couch for some R&R.
Surprisingly, a great color for the living room is green.
Green is said to be the color of balance, harmony, refreshment and comfort. For one of
the most popular rooms in the house, you’ll want this space to be an inviting place to
relax and host guests. Green helps you achieve an inviting ambiance.
Source: iStock Photo
4. The Master Bath
Last, but not least, the bathroom. You can probably guess the best color for your
bathroom is white.
Source: iStock Photo. Credit runna10.
The color white represents cleanliness and offers a cool, refreshing feeling. Just walking
into a crisp, white bathroom will make you want to pop in the shower.
All in all, your paint choices should be a representation of you and your style. This is simply a guide to navigate the endless sea of color options.
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This weekend was pretty big for me; for the first time ever, I went to IKEA. I’ll give you a minute to take that end. IKEA. Before Sunday, the closest I’d been to the iconic store was the song by Jonathan Coulton. I was excited but a little apprehensive, since I’ve had people tell me before how overwhelming the store can be and also how you can get lost if you’re not careful. However, my adventure was being coordinated by two IKEA veterans, and they were bound and determined that I was going to get the most out of my inaugural trip.
That’s right; we IKEA selfied, and you know what? We weren’t the only ones. If you’ve never been before, IKEA is broken down into 3 main sections: The Staging Area, The Marketplace & The Warehouse. There is also a cafe AND a cafeteria (where they serve their famous meatballs), but they were packed with people and therefore off the agenda for this particular trip. We started in the staging area with notepads and tiny golf pencils in hand to make our lists of what we wanted to pick up from the marketplace and warehouse afterwards. That quickly turned into us taking pictures of the tags/items with our phones, but hey, we got it done.
Three show rooms in, my head was already spinning from so many great things for really great prices! I wanted all of it, and I was quickly beginning to realize that I was going to have to be strategic about my purchases or I’d spend way more than I had budgeted.
Mostly I was looking for storage containers and quirky kitchen items, but honestly, I saw some larger pieces that I’d like to incorporate into our home. I am already planning a return trip with the husband since I like to let him weigh in on things like that. I was also absolutely sure he’d love the “exploding” lamp below. Not really my thing, but he had fun looking at the pictures none the less.
I did have one minor issue on this trip. The wood based bell jars below were the one thing I HAD to have, and although they were in several of the staged spaces, I couldn’t find them in the marketplace. Finally, I tracked down an employee, and he told me that they hadn’t had a chance to restock them. Which I get, but when I asked if I could purchase one of the staged sets (since I’d seen about a dozen), he informed me that I just have to come back or use the website. A minor annoyance and, I think, a dumb policy, but I’ll get my hands on them eventually.
LOVED these floating tea balls, so much so that I purchased two sets so I could share with my tea loving friends. Someday, I will own this tub, it was huge and I will soak in it every single night when the stars aline to make it mine.
So much fun, and I left with so many ideas. Andy and I are going to try to head back in the next few weeks to implement some of the short term fixes I found for our home and to make a longer list of items that we want to start purchasing and integrating as our financial situation permits. Also, so I can check out the cafeteria 😉
Before you all get to worked up, I am just talking about wallpaper here. Beautiful, realistic, floral wallpaper. With images like the ones below popping up all over the internet, I’ve seriously been considering adding a floral accent wall somewhere in my house. My top two space contenders are the front wall in the master bedroom or the back wall of the dining room, both offer large fairly square canvases unbroken by windows or doors. Of course, being the considerate wife that I am I had to run my idea by Andy and force him to look at all of the pretty, pretty inspiration pictures.
He looked at a page or two and then did the guy thing and made an unintelligible grunting sound. After being together for almost six years, I am pretty sure that was Andy speak for “I really hate this idea, but I don’t want to hurt your feelings or get into a fight about future hypothetical wallpaper; besides, you have your own office why can’t do your crazy woman design voodoo in there?” But since he didn’t actually say any of those words, could I really be blamed for thinking that he meant, “Wow baby, you are so creative and I love your idea, but as a dude, I have to pretend like I don’t like things like floral wallpaper, but you do that thing you do and our house will look AMAZING.” It could totally go both ways, right?
Images from here.
Andy and I have been married for a little over three years now, and for the most part, we have our life rhythm down. We have a budget and a mortgage, you know the big grown up stuff, but we still occasionally get tripped up on the silly smaller stuff. Our master bed room for instance is still undecorated. We painted when we moved in and purchased some really beautiful bedroom furniture, but for the most part, we’re exactly where we were a week after we closed on the house. This all came up again right around the holidays because we were looking at a house full of people and I wanted to be able to show them our entire house. Long story short, it didn’t happen, but the itch to decorate reignited when I saw these gorgeous bedding sets from the Zara spring collection.
I love them so much. They are colorful and oh so pretty, but not super masculine. Daisies don’t exactly scream “rugged and manly”. So my question to you other married folks out there is this: How do you find that happy middle when you have two very conflicting aesthetics? I know Andy would let me do whatever I wanted if I made a big deal out of it, but I want him to feel at home in our home. First world problems, right?