Choosing colors to paint your walls is a big decision. We all have our favorite colors, but maybe painting your walls orange just isn't a livable option! No matter how much you like the color.
So how do you decide on a color palette that you can live with? Painting can be fun, but not if you need to redo it because it turned out a disaster and not at all like you saw it in your mind.
I have a fun solution to picking your a color palette. While doing some surfing I found this fun tool at My Color Topia. There is a quiz that in the end will give you colors based on your personality. And who doesn't love a fun internet quiz? The link is to their page that has several color picking tools that you will find useful as you decorate. This personality based one is called My Life, My Colors Quiz.
The site is full of fun, helpful tools that will help you to really see what your room would look in your chosen color palette. All before you go out and buy the paint. Since is is powered by Glidden Paint you will get their paint color names, which is nice when you go to by the paint.
I hope you find this site not only fun but useful. I love that one of my colors is called Shaded Fern. Makes me think of being out in the woods on a summer day, which is my number one happy place.
When it comes to furnishing and decorating your home spending less is not going to get you more. Especially when you are looking for lasting quality. From a personal point of view I would rather have less, but purchase items that are quality and that I will love for long time.
Following that idea I find that I prefer uncluttered spaces. I like a room that is more minimal in its design and decor. In a decor that is more minimal the pieces that you do have can stand out and be better appreciated. Your color palette and the textures you incorporate can add warmth to the room or if you prefer a cooler atmosphere.
Well placed accent pieces and works of art will add to the overall feel and atmosphere. Plus they will stand out in a less cluttered room. By choosing your art well there isn't a need to clutter your home with pieces that are okay, but that you really lack a lasting connection to them. Choose well, let the art speak to you so that you can enjoy it and your room for years to come.
Earlier this week I was in a building that has several different medical offices. This is a newer building with clean lines. But it was sterile looking and feeling, as I sought out where I needed to be, that I was almost scary. I was already nervous enough as it was. I was in a new town, new doctor and new buildings. All of those things had me on edge as I entered the building and look for my door. The only other people I saw were whispering, as if the bare white walls were sucking the sound out of the words.
How much nicer it would be to see a photo or two on the walls as you walk down the hallways. Something that might also give the building some character too. But more importantly something that would help people relax just a little as they look for their door in the sterile white wall. Perhaps a large photo on the wall at the end of the hallway? Or maybe just in a hint of color somewhere. Even the carpeting was a very pale shade gray. Nothing in that building was comforting or even welcoming.
I know I have talked about this before and will probably do so again in the future. Nature is a natural relaxer and healer. So let's start incorporating it into our medical settings. Let me see a flower or some trees on the walls. It might even lower my blood pressure. Who knows.
I know it's summer. We tend to think of light airy colors during summer. It goes with the season. But the reality is that we don't have to limit ourselves to those colors.
I enjoy and feel comfortable in rooms that include darker colors. Those rich, warm tones that just seem to embrace you in safety and comfort. I feel like I can sink into the color and feel safe, comfortable and can completely relax.
Like the photo featured here. It's warm and inviting. It draws you in and holds your interest. For me that is a good feeling to have in your home.
What about you? Do you feel drawn to dark colors and accents in a room? How do they make you feel? Share your thoughts in the comments. I would love to know how you feel with these colors.
Some days I feel like I am bombarded with negativity and disagreeable people. The news is full of horrible stories. At the end of the day I just want some peace. I want a place where I can reconnect with my sanity and become whole again. This place should be our homes.
If you are a home owner with a yard you can walk out and enjoy your garden and yard. If you don't have a yard perhaps you have a deck or patio that you have filled with plants. I have a small patio that has a lemon tree, which happens to be in bloom right now. There is where I go to restore my sanity. I retreat to the quietness of the deck and just breathe in the scent of the lemon flowers.
But we don't always have those options available to us. The next best thing is to put the garden on our walls by hanging photos of gardens that we love. Beautiful photographs of beautiful places that we can focus on and find our sanity.
If you have a family and kids running around you need this time and place to find your sanity even more. Invite your family to join you to sit and admire these places you have decorated your home with. Everyone needs time to reconnect with a sense of peace and to become sane again. We know nature has the power to heal us. There is no better place than a garden; real or in a photograph.
"Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You're closer to God's heart in a garden than any place else on earth." -- Dorothy Frances Gurney
I know a woman that decorates for each holiday and season. But she uses the same pieces put in the same place year after year. So her change really isn't a change. Do you decorated for all the holidays and seasons? How do your keep the expense down when changing out your seasonal decor?
Some changes need to be done and make sense. If you live in an area that has marked differences in seasonal weather you will need to change out the warm winter blankets and comforters with lighter weight ones for summer. That is a great opportunity to give a fresh look and feel to your room. Even if you live in the warmer areas there is generally some cool down for the winter that would allow you to make this change. In terms of color we seem to welcome the lighter, brighter colors in the warm seasons and the darker, more rich colored hues in the winter.
While it is fun to decorate for seasons and holidays it can be an excessive expense. If you are like my friend and have been using the same items for the past 20 years it loses its sense of freshness. If you want a change without the cost get together with your friends and family and do a decor swap. Trade decorations, wall art and photos for a season. Keep track of who has what, sort of like a lending library of decor. Decide in advance the items you would be willing to swap and keep in mind if your damage something you need to replace it. If I paid hundreds of dollars for a photo or painting I might not want to swap it out, but you can use your judgement since you will know the people you are trading with. It's a fun way to keep your decor interesting and fun without an added expense.
Personally I like the word Aubergine for the color purple. It is the word used by the French, Greek and English for Eggplant. I love Eggplant so perhaps that is why I like the word. The word eggplant is also used as a color. It's use is fairly recent as the first use as a color name was in 1915.
Purple is a relatively rare color in nature. Because of this it has been seen as a sacred color. It has long been associated with royalty due to its rarity and the cost to create the dye. But technology has remove that cost so it is no longer a rare color.
Purple is the combination of the energy of red and the calm stability of blue. Which basically means that the the color has the effect of calming the nerves while uplifting the spirit. It is also a good color for encouraging creativity and imagination. It is the last color in our visible spectrum with infra-red being next. So it is also the doorway to the unseen, which is often where our imagination and creativity dwell.
Aubergine is a great color for the home. You can choose it as an accent in a room using small photos or other decor in shades of purple. Or you can try to paint a wall in a shade that appeals to you. It will lend a rich and inspiring environment to your room and home. It may no longer be a color for only the wealthy, but it will add a deep richness where ever you use it.
Have you ever actually read the Declaration of Independence? I am sure at school you may have heard the first line or two, but in order to firmly and fully understand why our founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain you need to take 10 minutes and read it.
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
It's a moving document isn't it? It offers for all time the ability to read and understand some of the reasons why our forefathers decided to make this declaration. It was not done without a great deal of forethought. And yet this small document is the beginning of the land we call home.
To see the list of signatures on the declaration please visit the government archives.
Have a safe celebration of our Independence Day!
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.