Color gives expression. Color creates mood. Color can enhance and add beauty to your space.
Know what color speaks to you.
I have no memories of getting to select the color palette of my bedroom growing up that I shared with my sister, Mary Ann. But, I can tell you exactly what color was my favorite as a child- olive green.
Do any of you remember character books in elementary school? If not, these were social notebooks in my school (not ordained by the teachers and principal of course) that kids used every year as a means of expressing who they were. These character books were the thing- and were passed around to friends for you to have them write answers to the questions you posed on subsequent pages. Looking back these character books left a lot of kids out as not everyone got the honor to write in them. Sad but, very true. Sometimes I think these 1960’s notebooks were a precursor to Facebook. You chose what “friends” could write in your book and share things about themselves with you and anyone else that got to be a friend in your book!
Anyway, year after year the question of, “What is your favorite color?” was asked. I always responded that mine was olive green. To this day it is still my favorite color. I use it in my homespace décor accompanied by other warm earth tones that compliment it.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Your color choices in your homespace often change and even evolve over time. In my early years of creating homespace I fell victim to the trends. Yes, I went through the blue and rose stage and then later the blue and peach stage. Once I was compelled to paint my most personal space (my bedroom) vibrant Chinese red. No coincidence there, it mirrored my inner self at the moment. A newly single woman letting the world know, “I am woman, hear me roar” if you will.
None of this was wrong and was part of my path of discovery. But, what I have come to learn and understand through life experience as well as my career experience is that your choice and use of color in your homespace should be what uniquely fits you and your lifestyle. It defines you and those who dwell within the space. It sets you apart from everyone else in your own unique way.
Be true to yourself.
Know your color and use it in your homespace décor. Let the colors you use in your home accurately express who and what you are. And, if you still find it important to follow the trends- use these trendy colors in small ways as accents to your color palette. Or better yet, make use of the trendy new colors in your fashion wear.
Also, keep educating yourself about color. Look for upcoming articles on this blog site discussing specific topics of color such as the psychology of color and the symbolism of color. I will also post articles on the science of color with splashes of statistics about the use of color. I hope you will find these to be thought provoking and empowering. Just remember, let your homespace reflect your true self. Color is one way to achieve this.
Allow your homespace to express your uniqueness. Be true to yourself. By doing so, you will make a bold statement about yourself as you allow the true essence of your soul to emerge.
Your home should embrace you with open arms of comfort.