Restaurant owners have discovered that when they put flowers on the tables they have happier customers. You might briefly notice the flowers, but then you get on with your meal and visiting with your companions. But your mind has registered the presence of the flowers and have sent your body a happiness message.
Why not do the same in your home? You might not be able to always have fresh flowers on the table, but you can surround yourself with flowers. Adorn your walls with photographs of the flowers that make you feel good when you see them.
Flowers and plants in your home should be considered part of your mental health program. Why not, when they have the power to make you feel so good!
Here's what this photograph of the beautiful white Tulip look like on a wall in my dining area. What would it look like in your home?
We all agree that our homes need to be our safe haven. A place we can retreat to at the end of the day to relax and be calm. It's important if we are going to go out and function at our jobs that we have that calming refuge. Here are 3 quick tips to help you create that space.
The last thing you want is for your home to feel cold and impersonal, lifeless. When you walk into your home it shouldn't feel like you are walking into a motel room.
So how do you create a home with soul that reflects you? Start by stepping back and looking at yourself and your lifestyle. How would your closest friends and family describe you? Your home should reflect the needs of your life and how you choose to unwind and just be you. Your personality should shine through in your home decor.
Surround yourself with the things tat fill you with good feelings. Accessorize your home with the same intent that you do your wardrobe. Buy artwork that speaks to you on a personal level, not because you think it is a good investment. Are you a casual person that likes to dress up occasionally? Then let some of your home decor accessories reflect that dressed up side of you.
I like to go camping and hiking and I have a strong interest in plants and rocks. In my home you will find the odd rock in my decor, especially wishing stones. I also have dried seed pods in places. These are things that reflect a big part of who I am. Of course you will also find beautiful photographs on the walls. The soul of my home reflects my own inner soul.
When you or your friends walk into your home they should feel like they just got a hug. That warm, welcoming feeling is a home with soul. What does a home with soul look like to you?
When properly used color in your home can bring the desired energy into play. Adding color is easy and it's easy to change out as you choose. Why not play with color and change out little pieces until you find what really works for you.
Although it is still August I noticed a couple of days ago that the evenings and mornings had a bit of that Autumn feeling in the air. It must have made an impression in my mind since I put on an orange top that morning without even thinking about it.
Autumn brings out the Orange in me. Orange is the color of curiosity and exploration. It's vibrations enhance our creativity. As an artist I find that I get some of my best ideas when I am in a warm Orange environment. Because of this I will deliberately surround myself with orange when I feel in a rut and a need for new ideas. It is also a social color as it can promote good conversations and enjoyable times. In Feng Shui it represents the fire element. I think the image featured with this post relates well to that fire element. What do you think? Does the photograph make you think of fire?
As Summer fades into Autumn can there be a better time to bring that warming color palette into yur home? Add some touches of this beautiful energy and see how it makes you feel when you walk into the room.
We know that we respond to color. Enough studies have been done to show that the energy of colors can have a physical and psychological effect on us that we don't need to debate that today.
In general it's not until we reach about age 15 that we can discriminate colors as accurately as adults. But as we age there is a decline in that accuracy. Some color matching test scores show a decline by as much as 70% by age 60. They show that there is a decrease in our ability to see the differences in the colors at the blue end of the spectrum.
We know color affects emotions. So much so that some prisons are using a particular shade of pink because it calms aggression. Infant jaundice has been effectively treated with blue light in one study. In another study people with Parkinson's Disease seemed to worsen when exposed to red, but exposure to green light seemed to improve their condition. I find the results of these studies encouraging as we look for ways to improve our lives in general.
We all have color preferences that could affect how we react or how strongly we react to those colors. There are cultural associations that might affect how we view colors. The western world regards white as representing purity and a good color for brides. In China it is a color of mourning. Red is considered a lucky color in China, a good color for brides. We tend to feel warmer in a red-orange room than we do in a blue-green room set at the same temperature. This is all a set of perimeters that need to be consider as we consider the colors we are using and how they will affect our lives.
Color meanings and associations are complex. It doesn't take away from using colors in our lives to create a more holistic home or workplace. I hope you will continue the journey with me as we look at colors and using art to enhance our lives.
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Blue is often associated with calmness and a relaxing atmosphere. Blues and purples have short wave lengths that can relax and calm us. So we have the science associated with this calming effect.
From a psychological aspect there are several associations to blue. We associate blue with reliability and the flow of communication. Without some blue in our lives to help with the flow of information or communication and energy we will end up feeling a level of frustration and lack of progress in our activities.
As with other colors, there are several shades of blue we can consider. In Feng Shui blue with undertones of green can inspire confidence. They represent new beginnings. Deeper blues bring wisdom. I was surprised to learn that indigo, a dark blue, is a secondary color of mourning in the Chinese culture. A good thing to know if your work with colors includes working with a wide range of cultures.
Blue also represents the Water element in Feng Shui. So if blue isn't your color you can still have the influence of the water element with the inclusion of artwork that shows water, such as the image above. Even the way water is represented in the artwork is to be considered. Is it going to be in a place with a lot of energy? Then crashing waves might be a good choice. But if the room is one where you want calmness then the photo above is a good choice. You might even consider including a few seashells in your decor to bring out the water element. Maybe a few scattered around or a collection in a clear vase would work for you.
Another fun way to include the water element and ultimately the color blue would be to include a small water fountain in your home or office. Not only are they pleasant to hear, but they can also add much needed humidity to dry winter air.
Take a moment to look around your home. How have you included the color blue or the water element? If you haven't do you think you will try to bring it into your home?
Feng Shui is abut finding balance in your home and life. Using some of the basic principles can help you achieve that. I'm not saying you need to become an expert in Feng Shui. But I am hoping that by applying what I share with you will help you choose colors for your home that will help your homes energy will flow as it should so you can feel comfortable and balanced at home.
The role of color is a big part of Feng Shui. This goes back to the fact that colors all vibrate on their own wave length. That vibration is sent back into our environment. This vibrational energy has a huge impact on your life, your state of mind and how you feel. I've done previous posts about how color can help us and even be a part of a healing process because of their individual wave lengths. It's not just a believe that belongs to Feng Shui. It is something that many cultures and now science is proving. So why not use it to your own good and betterment.
When considering color choices for a room the fist thing you need to consider is who will be using this room. Will it be a child or is it a high traffic area? You will want to choose colors that fit the use of the room. A high traffic area can take a more dynamic color than a room that need to foster an atmosphere to aid in a good nights sleep.
Next post I'll cover some specific colors and the spaces that most benefit from their use.
I'm sure most everyone has heard of Feng Shui. Basically it is an ancient Chinese art and science. It involves a rather complex body of knowledge that guides us in balancing the energy of any space to assure health and good fortune for the people that live there.
What I found interesting in reading about Feng Shui is that it also includes the use of colors. There are eight directions in Feng Shui. Each of these directions has a color associated with it. As I understand it, and I have just scratched the surface of Feng Shui, based on directional location of a room in your home you should incorporate the color that is associated with that direction. My bedroom is in an east location. For the east the color is green. The directions also have elements associated to them such as fire, wood or metal, etc.
But there is so much more involved in Feng Shui. I am fascinated with the use and the meaning of the colors for Feng Shui because, as you may have noticed, I have an interest in colors and how they are used in healing. Feng Shui is based on achieving good health. As I continue to read and learn I will share with you how you can incorporated some of these principles in your decor.
I would really like to know if any of you use Feng Shui when decorating your homes. If so, how do you think it has affected your life?
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.
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
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.