We Demand … A Shrubbery!

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Aside from their obvious ability to beautify our indoor spaces, plants can also provide tangible health benefits when brought inside the home. Studies have shown that plants, which take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen, vastly improve air quality inside a room. Some plants have even been shown to eliminate allergens and toxins from the air – a health benefit for all nearby humans and animals. When making a decorating plan, consider forgoing neat freak impulses to avoid dirt, and make a few finishing touches with appropriate and lovely plants. Popular and easy indoor plants include Norfolk Island Pines, Chinese Evergreens, Grape Ivy, Spider Plants, and Hoyas. Popular blooming houseplants include the African Violet, the Hibiscus, the Peace Lily, the Jasmine, and the Calamondin orange.

The two major considerations in choosing indoor plants are light levels and temperature. All plants need light to thrive, so putting a potted plant in a completely lightless room is not an option. Some plants, however, have adapted to low-light conditions, and will do perfectly fine inside the house. Think of the natural environment of the forest. Beneath the canopy of trees are literally thousands of plant species perfectly happy to live in the shade, off the minimal light which streams down through the gaps in the leaves. These are the types of plants that will do well in your home.

Temperature should also be carefully regulated around houseplants. Too much sunlight will cause too much heat, which will lead to burnt leaves and dead plants. Heat from radiators or baseboard units can also harm houseplants, as can drafty windows and doors. Before making a trip to the local wholesaler or garden center, take a few minutes to think strategic placement. Determine key areas of the home that are well suited for plants. Then, decide what type of plants you would like – flowering or non-flowering. With those ideas in mind, go into the store armed with a plan. This will prevent needless wandering and indecision.

When shopping for houseplants, it is important to inspect the product before purchasing. Thoroughly inspect the leaves of the plant for signs of disease or insect activity, and put aside any plants that have obviously been nibbled upon. Get around inside the pot and feel the soil. If it’s not wet, the merchant has not been watering his wares regularly, and the plant is more likely to die once brought home. Check the bottom of the pot for protruding roots, which are an indication that the plant has outgrown its pot, but hasn’t been repotted. This can cause growth stunting, which can limit the future growth as well. Finally, choose plants that appear healthy and are about medium size. If flowering, there should be plenty of buds present, but they should be closed. Try not to buy flowering plants that have already bloomed.

It is important to be flexible with plant choices. Despite the care labels included with all plants, choosing and locating plants in the home can sometimes be a hit-or-miss operation. Nuances of particular rooms or hallways might not be apparent until after a plant location has been chosen. Do be willing to move non-thriving plants around until each one has its own “sweet spot”. Most importantly of all, give regular attention to your new plant companions. Water according to directions and remove any dead spots as they appear.

Color in Fashion: Match Your Look and Your Colors

This season, as many in the recent past, have extolled color, hoping to wipe out the dominance of black. People are generally afraid to wear color, but it seems to be getting better as they venture into forest green or deep purple. Not much in the way of risk-taking, but it is a start.

Color, however, can make or break a look. It can transform a person from drab and blah to stunning and eye-catching. No matter the time of year or the occasion, sporting hues is never taboo. I admire a guy who can wear an orange shirt without flinching or a woman who can accent her hair with pink or green. Customizing appearance is what it is all about. Sewing and fashion bloggers, such as She Likes to Sew, along with following the right selection of Pinterest and Instagram accounts is sure to leave you with an infinite number of ideas. Be an individual with overt pride.

You can take charge of your image by taking a look at your wardrobe. Do you have some basics that you can mix and match? Do you have some dominant primary colors that you can pair with black, gray, or brown? Does your clothing match your self-image? Color is as much a form of expression as the cut of a jacket or the shape of a skirt. You should match it to your mood, lifestyle, and environment. If you live in New England, you may relish tweeds and plaids in rich, warm tones of bronze or burnt umber. If you call Arizona home, you may feel at home in yellows and corals when out in the sun. Everything goes in Florida but not in Washington DC.

I remember a TV reality show where a contestant had to choose from three sets of clothing. Each had a color theme and particular style. A new haircut and makeup design went with the choice. It was interesting to see what the show stylists put together to suit the candidate’s personality, and also what that person thought was flattering for her. Watching the show over many months revealed quite a variation since each group of items was hand-picked week after week. It taught me a lot about color coordination for one thing and also what it means to create a “look.” All the items in a set matched in tone and spirit.

Most people define basics as colorless. Beige, tan, off-white, slate, charcoal, and camel. They never say red or green. At best navy (even though it is still hard to find shoes in this color). It is time to give color its due in fashion and encourage more people to emulate what they see on the runway. Designers work overtime to inspire with new looks, which includes wonderful textures, patterns, and colors. The latter get names like palomino, auburn, and primrose. Wearing sea spray or marigold can only make you feel good! So I vote for more color either alone as an accent or as a central theme that marks your inner essence. You will be following the trend, but in your own unique way. In the minority, you will be a harbinger of change and a locus of personal style.

You can shop around for clothes with the colors you require. Or you could try crafting your own clothes. Pick up a sewing machine and the best color fabric you can find and away you go.

Colors for Modern Bathrooms

A bathroom represents a space for personal hygiene. Therefore, it has to be functional, pleasing to the eye and suitable for day to day usage. In ancient cultures, a bathroom was a place of relaxation and health. Nowadays, modern bathrooms are getting the look of a small wellness oasis in order for people to relax and clean their bodies and spirits from everyday stress.

A bathroom becomes by each new day a true oasis of each home. Every day, we spend a lot of time there. We make ourselves prettier and relax. We basically start our day in the bathroom, but also we finish it in the bathroom as well. There are so many reasons for a bathroom to be pretty, prettier, the prettiest.

Along with the sanitary, ceramic tiles are the main features of the bathroom. Esthetic criteria play a huge role when choosing tiles for our bathroom. If you have a small bathroom, lighter tones are the best choice. When renovating a bathroom, think globally. Think about the colors you will be using, the sanitary, shower heads, sink and all those things that a bathroom can not go without. Try to visualise your future bathroom. Think about the color of your shower and other sanitation. Try to incorporate all that in one harmonious whole.

In rooms that do not have plenty of natural light, it would be a good idea to use pastel tones, different shades of white color, beige and alike gentle nuances. Imitation of wooden and stone surfaces is an inexhaustible source for interior design. In a bathroom, just like in any other room in the house, it is nice to have a classic ceramics with light colors. Besides the elegance that the ceramics give to the space, it is always in the trend. You can never go wrong with them.

Ceramic tiles have an important esthetic function, and they enrich the space, but never the less, their role in a home is not just esthetically. They protect the walls from moisture; they make cleaning very easy, and they are durable and long lasting.

Modern bathrooms contain a lot of luxury details, from decorations and lights to mirrors. With all this in mind, it is very important to find a unique solution which will please our needs towards the practical, beautiful and functional elements. Everyone needs a place to relax, gather their thoughts and recharge the batteries, so to speak.

When redecorating your bathroom it is important to think about the color of tiles in order to create A Great Shower experience every morning. Colors are the most important in a whole story. For example; red color will have a cheerful and vivid effect. Yellow, on the other hand, will have a soothing effect. Green is also nice and pleasant to the eyes.

No matter what color you choose, it is important to incorporate the colors of tiles with the color of other elements in the bathroom. Bathroom accessories are an integral part of any bathroom. Although small, these beautifully designed bathroom fittings embellish the look of a modern bathroom.

Choosing and Planning a Color Scheme

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Interior decoration comes naturally to some people, while others feel lost and at the mercy of poor decorating decisions. If you are among those who have no sense of color coordination, hiring a decorator is an option, though a costly one. Another choice is to seek out friendly advice, especially from those who have a flair for well-coordinated decorating. Yet another option is to borrow decorating tips from television shows. There are a variety of home-improvement shows across a number of different channels. These shows provide a wealth of decorating advice, and are certainly a good place to begin researching decorating ideas. Books and magazines are another source of decorating advice. Flipping through the pages of a do-it-yourself book or magazine can provide divine decorating inspiration. You might even start to learn a thing or two about decorating.

A common mistake made in room design is failing to create, and then follow, a plan. Many people get involved in decorating projects without a clear idea of desired end results. This can lead not only to disastrous, clashing choices, but also to costly and often unnecessary do-overs. To ensure successful room design, start with a concept, a focal piece or focal idea, and let the color scheme and decorating choices radiate outwards from that first inspiration. A color scheme might be fueled by nature, in the way that the rolling hills of Italy inspire Tuscan design. Objects in the home can also inspire color choices. A patterned shower curtain or hand towel or even a painted dinner plate can provide a starting point for a room’s décor.

When approaching paint colors, it is a really good idea to start with samples. A color that looks good on a tiny, square color card might look awful when spread room-wide. Unfortunately, there’s no real way to tell what will work and what will not until the painting is done. Most reputable paint suppliers sell small jars of popular paint colors just for this purpose, priced reasonably as samples. Don’t be afraid to buy a whole range of different colors to take home and try out on the walls. When trying out samples, don’t just cram a bunch of different colors onto one wall. Instead, spread them out over the entire room, even painting the same color on different walls to see the color from multiple perspectives. Just remember to label each sample swatch in light pencil so you don’t accidentally choose the wrong color when it comes time for the real paint job.

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Fireplaces are among the most polarizing of decorating subjects in the modern home. Some people consider a fireplace sacrosanct and refuse to modernize it in any form, while others are more open to paint and refinishing options or even (gasp) covering up a fireplace with drywall. “One thing that is certain about fireplaces and decorating is that they cannot simply be ignored,” says Philip Connor of FinestFires.com  Even the tiniest of hearths must be considered when choosing the right décor for a space.

An exposed brick fireplace can be decorated to compliment any color scheme, whether modern or traditional, warm or cool. Many options are available for different finishes in fireplace doors, and wooden mantels can be painted, refinished or even replaced altogether. Stone mantels are a little more difficult and expensive to replace and have fewer decorating options, but can still complement almost any décor. A more expensive option to dress up a fireplace is to add marble tiles of any color. Ornately carved fireplace surround pieces, though costly, are available as well, and come in a variety of paint colors and wood finishes.

A controversial though permanent option is also to paint exposed brick. Brick can really be painted in any color, though choosing a color other than white is not for the faint of heart. Before painting a fireplace, it is a good idea to take some time to really think the choice over. For one thing, once a fireplace is painted, it can’t be unpainted – the only option is to change the color. Also take time to consider color choices other than white. A six-foot wide swath of bright blue fireplace in the middle of a family room, for example, might cause some decorating difficulties in the future. Properly done, however, and with the right tools, a freshly painted fireplace can breathe new life into tired décor.

Traditional, wood burning fireplaces are being frequently replaced with the advent of new fireplace inserts like these ones here. One of the main reasons for this is cleanliness. There is no escaping the dirt associated with a wood-burning fireplace, and this is a turn off for many. Gas inserts provide a cleaner option, especially for those who suffer from allergies that might be irritated by wood-burning fireplaces. Electric fireplaces that provide completely fake flames are also available. While these lack the homey feel of a real fire, they are a clean and safe option. One thing to consider when choosing a fireplace style is cost. A traditional, wood-burning fireplace will cost little outside of routine maintenance. Gas inserts require a gas supply line, whether to a tank or public gas service. Both options will be a little more expensive, especially with the fluctuating cost of gas. Electric fireplaces might seem like the least expensive, but since they plug into the wall, they draw from a home’s electricity supply and can raise electric bills. Costs vary from person to person and with the charge for electricity from the local company.

Painting and Decorating the Smallest Room in the House

For most of us, the smallest room in the house – the bathroom – often provides the biggest decorating challenges. There are two very basic cardinal rules when approaching the décor of a small room.

One: avoid dark colors, as they will have the effect of making the room appear smaller.

Two: minimize the stuff in the room. For example, in a tiny bedroom, you would want to avoid heavy, thick oak furniture that dominates the room, and instead pick light and airy pieces, perhaps made of wrought iron, or that are minimalistic in nature. This same approach applies to decorating a small bathroom. Both rules can be bent a little when approaching bathroom décor, but in general, should be followed.

Don’t assume that the rule against dark colors means that a tiny bathroom must be completely colorless. If you must paint dark, save it for trim or on an accent wall. Painting one wall a contrasting color from the other three walls will make a tiny space appear larger to the eye. If your bathroom is taller than it is wide, painting the same color all the way up – ceiling too – will also make the space seem larger. Do avoid painting the entire bathroom white. Just because it is tiny, doesn’t mean that it has to be dull and boring. If you do go with one basic color, spruce it up with stenciling or accent colors.

Many people approach the “small stuff” rule with some confusion, wondering, how do I make the stuff in my bathroom smaller? We don’t often realize that toilets and sinks do come in different sizes. When shopping for a commode for a small bathroom, ask to see the compact models – the best toilets on the market today tend to shrink the amount of floor space taken up by the unit without compromising on comfort. The difference in size is miniscule enough to be unnoticeable when using the toilet, but large enough to save on room space. In a small bathroom, it is also a good idea to make use of a pedestal sink. Another option is a sink that hangs from the wall with no pedestal or base. There are many attractive options in the hanging style that will keep your home bathroom from resembling a barroom stall.

Finally, to keep your small bathroom from appearing cramped, don’t clutter it up with a lot of nonsense or decoration on the walls. One way to create the illusion of space is to hang a larger mirror, but that should be the biggest thing in the room – and – avoid a mirror with a large, ornate frame. Avoid large, clunky shelving systems on the walls and keep any accent pieces minimalistic in nature.

Feng Shui

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Feng Shui refers to the ancient Chinese principles of spatial arrangement. The phrase comes from the Chinese words for wind (feng) and water (shui). It originated in the belief that both good and evil spiritual influences live in all spaces, From that belief, a system developed for arranging spaces, both public and private, to maximize those forces. Decorating according to Feng Shui principles can be complicated at first, and seeking the help of a guidebook is a good idea. There is no rule, however, that says all decorating choices must adhere to Feng Shui rules, and small touches can be added wherever appropriate.

An essential element of Feng Shui is chi, the omnipresent energy that permeates everything around us. In Feng Shui decorating, the essential goal is to create and maintain a good flow of chi through a living space so that the flow of chi through the body is maximized. Feng Shui decorating seeks to avoid the blockage of chi through a space, which would then negatively impact the flow of chi to the body. Examples of blocked chi would include a doorway that opens to a wall or closet, and rooms overwhelmed by clutter and disorganization. Chi can also be lost through misaligned spaces. In a home where there is a direct line between the entrance door and an exit door, chi would be said to be lost.

Another essential element of Feng Shui decorating is the principle of Yin and Yang. The Yin and Yang theory holds that the universe is composed of two complimentary forces, the Yin, or feminine, and the Yang, or masculine. These forces permeate everything around us, work together, and cannot exist without each other. In a basic sense Yin as a female energy is expressed in black, and Yang as male energy is expressed in white. As energy, Yin is soft, slow, passive and silent, while Yang is aggressive, unyielding, and active. A home decorated according to the principles of Feng Shui will have a healthy balance of these two energies.
An easy way to apply Feng Shui in decorating a home is through the interaction of color. A guide called the Bagua offers direction as to color arrangement in a Feng Shui home. Each color is associated with a different directional area of the home, such as the south or north area. The five elements of Feng Shui color are wood, represented by brown and green; fire, represented by red, orange, purple, pink and strong yellows; earth, represented by light yellows, beige or skin colors, and earth or sandy colors; metal, represented by gray and white colors; water, represented by blue and black colors.

Basic Feng Shui decorating begins with identifying a purpose for each room, how it will be used and who will be using it, and then choosing a focal piece for each room. In addition to maximizing chi, the overall goal in Feng Shui decoration is to create a safe and comfortable space in your own home.

 

Feeling Blue? Use Some Quotes about Strength to Get Through the Darkness

When you are down, you naturally turn to others for help. People near you and those you trust. I turn to quotes and affirmations. There is a world out there of wonderful sayings that are motivators and reminders of what is most meaningful and productive in life. Without them, I find the world to be chaos and cacophony. They dictate and direct like an enterprising traffic copy whose authority goes way beyond the intersection of life.

When I am sad, quotes from this web site are humbling and enabling at the same time. They ironically give me hope while they keep me human and in my place. No one should aspire to the state of the gods lest he/she melt the wax wings of pride and fall helplessly to earth like Icarus.

I can’t solve everything in my life, but it heartens me that I can feel happier through my own efforts. Quotes are sources of strength and a font of action to keep me from wallowing in the mire. I read one each day as a little nudge to move forward and achieve more. They are like arrows of direction, weather vanes of life’s climate, and a kick in the pants when I am lazy and indolent. I suggest you do as I do and cultivate your own collection as an exercise in self-knowledge and to pull out in moments of despair, sadness, and indecision. Words are as powerful as deeds, especially in the right context.

Among my current favorites:

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
August Wilson

I have also composed a few to see if I could and to share them with others. I know we get swallowed in the darkness from time to time and the exercise of penning sayings really helps me climb out in no time.

Life is an illusion that becomes reality when responsibility arises.

The commonality of struggle and strength is the human effort it takes to overcome the impossible.

The best life goals require great guidance to achieve, but self-direction is a swift shortcut.

Brute strength is tempered by insight and inspiration. Thus, mankind rises above nature in the very essence of its corporeal being.

When all is said and done, you are talking to yourself in succinct words, laden with personal meaning. These inspirational motivators show you the path out of the abyss and light your way to the freedom that comes with purpose. They are a source of strength with their own aura of truth about them. It is something to take seriously. Hence so many quotes by famous and not so famous word crafters through history. I have joined them in my small way and hope you will find the time and inclination to follow my lead.

The Heart of The Home: Kitchen Design and Color

Kitchen hardware has come a long way in recent years, and is far more varied than the few faucet options that were available to our parents and grandparents. Choosing a hardware scheme that coordinates well with the color and décor of the rest of the kitchen is sometimes quite a daunting task. In general, hardware selection is more about creating an overall feel for the room than it is about matching specific colors. Start with the basics and determine if the kitchen has a traditional or modern feel to it.

Traditional décor, for example, a room with a Tuscan or Old World style, will look best with darker hardware, oil rubbed bronze, a weathered copper or even a polished brass. More traditional decors also match with hardware with smooth, rounded edges. These finishes will pair well with the warm and inviting reds, browns, and yellows of a Tuscan-style kitchen. Modern décor is more stark and angular. Modern finishes include chrome, aluminum, stainless steel, and brushed nickel, among others. Most modern hardware is elongated and rectangular, and goes for a sleek look. Handles are usually paired with modern styles over knobs. These contemporary pieces often pair well with the bright and bold colors of modern décor.

Once the initial choice between traditional and modern is made, the next step is to decide whether or not all of the hardware – from choosing a kitchen faucet and handles to cabinet pulls to light fixtures – will match exactly. Although many people prefer the uniformity of matching finishes across all areas of kitchen hardware, there is no hard and fast rule that dictates matching is necessary. Mixing is cool – even mixing across completely different finishes. Just try to keep some sort of coordinating element between different pieces. For example, combining hardware in three different silver-colored metals, perhaps brushed nickel, satin nickel, and chrome, would be fine because the base color stays the same. Another option would be to mix oil-rubbed bronze faucets with brass. When mixing, keep in mind that the eye will always be drawn to features that are not the same. Make sure that mixed features always coordinate in some way.

One caveat for mixing finishes is to be aware of room size. A tiny kitchen will feel more uniform if it has matching fixtures, and disorganized if it does not. A larger kitchen, with more open space and light to draw the eye away from hardware finishes, can accommodate mixed fixtures. Also be aware of cabinet finishes when choosing hardware. Different fixtures mix in different ways with wood cabinets than with painted cabinets. If you happen to have white cabinets, you’re in luck, as they match with almost any hardware finish.

Interior Design 101: A Breakdown

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Interior design is often confused with interior decorating. Even though these two terms are often used interchangeably, you are likely to cause offense by applying the decorator title to a true interior designer. Although in the United States there is no countrywide legal designation between the two, at least 20 states have some sort of recognition of the profession of Interior Design. In these states, an interior designer must have a license or certification to call themselves interior designers. There are many organizations for Interior Designers, including the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NICDQ), which administers a qualifying exam for interior design students. When choosing an interior decorator, it is a good idea to get a feel for the person’s qualifications by determining if they belong to one or another of these organizations. Most hold rigorous standards for membership. Keep in mind, however, that having a certification might mean no more than the person was able to pass a test, which doesn’t really say much about their ability to design spaces.

According to the website of the American Society of Interior Designers, interior design is a “… total creative solution for a programmed interior. It encompasses the conceptual planning, aesthetic and technical solutions applied … [and] concerns itself with more than just the visual or ambient enhancement of an interior space, it seeks to optimize and harmonize the uses to which the build environment will be put.” Perhaps doubly confusing is that interior designers do the work of an interior decorator. The distinction seems to come in that interior designers do more. Typically, an interior designer will follow a project through from start to finish. Interior designers also do more than single rooms. A giant office complex or apartment building might hire an interior designer to create the layout of a multi-floor building. Interior designers also take into consideration all the aspects of a space. In considering the plan for a space, the interior designer will create a plan that encompasses functionality, aesthetic appeal, accessibility, environmental sustainability, and even safety. It is the job of the interior designer to make sure that all of these aspects come together in a presentation that is as attractive to the eye as it is practical to use.

Interior designers will often come in on a project in the earliest stages, when still in the architectural design phase, and will help prepare documents and supervise the construction period. An interior designer can be very helpful in dealing with layers of bureaucracy, and a skilled interior designer will be an expert in navigating the paperwork and policy that accompanies construction. Most interior designers – the good ones at least – are highly qualified and will have years of education and long lists of referrals to back up their qualifications.

The Psychology Of Color

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Experts have long known that color affects individuals in ways that transcend basic aesthetic appreciation. As humans, we have palpable emotional responses to different colors. The study of these responses is collectively known as color psychology. Understanding the basics of color psychology can help in creating a pleasing color scheme in the home. Each basic color carries with it not only social connotations but also emotional overtones.

White
White generally represents purity or innocence, and in a home can convey a sense of spaciousness and freshness. Though easy, a color scheme based entirely in white will turn out seeming dull and sterile. Save white for ceilings and as an accent color to make other colors pop.

Black
Black has long carried associations of death and negativity and is probably not the best color to paint an entire room, unless it has a specific purpose (like a dark room for developing pictures). Definitely save black for small accents or decorative purposes.

Yellow
Yellow carries overtones of happiness and optimism. Too much yellow, however, can have the opposite effect and can sometimes make people feel hostile or angry. Bright yellow can cause eyestrain because of the amount of light it reflects back at the eye. If you’re going to paint a room yellow, break it up with white or another accent color, or try a muted yellow in the earth tone family.

Red
Red carries very strong emotional connections. Think of all the emotional extremes that are associated with red, like both love and anger (or hate). Studies have also shown that red makes us hungry. Red as a room color can be warm, inviting, comforting and passionate. Applied poorly, though, red can also create feelings of anxiousness or anger. In the home, avoid bright red and opt instead for more muted shades. Even then, avoid painting an entire room red. Instead, consider a red accent wall, or pair reds with another contrasting color, split vertically by a chair rail.

Orange
As a combination of both yellow and red, orange carries the associations of both yellow and red: warmth, energy, and excitement. Orange is also a very cheerful color and exudes confidence. Bright orange (think of the Home Depot logo) might be too strong to use on a whole room. Earthy oranges such as terra cotta or lighter oranges in the apricot family will make a room feel homey and inviting.

Green
Green carries overtones of energy and renewal since it is strongly associated with nature and has been an enduring symbol of fertility. Emotionally, green evokes tranquility, health, and calm … but also is associated with jealousy (remember Shakespeare’s green-eyed monster?). In a color scheme, green can be inviting and refreshing. Light greens leave a room looking bright and airy, whereas a dark green can make a room feel cramped if not applied properly.

Blue
Emotionally, blue carries calming and tranquil overtones, which may have something to do with its association with water. Blue has a tendency to make people feel more secure than other colors. Studies have shown that people are more productive in blue rooms, but also that blue can lead to feelings of sadness or melancholy. Despite this, blue remains the most popular color for wall paint.

Purple
Purple is associated with royalty and wealth and also wisdom and spirituality. Many wildflowers are purple – thistles, violets, irises, orchids – which may be where the wisdom association comes from. Many people avoid purple in decorating schemes, which makes it a good color if you’re looking for something unique. Darker purples should be limited to accents, while light, airy purples, like lilac or orchid can be used room-wide.

Brown
Earth tones are all the rage these days, leading to many popular variations on brown. Brown evokes comfort, strength, reliability and security but can also cause feelings of sadness and isolation. Darker browns are great as accent colors and more neutral shades are great room-wide.

Pink
Like red, pink is associated with love and romance, and is also thought to have a calming effect on people. Even though it is mostly associated with the bedrooms of young girls, pink can be successfully used to paint any room in the home. A light, petal pink can work well in almost any room in the house.