Merry Christmas from Decorating by Donna!

Oh what a year! Always so much to talk about in the world of color right? Oh by the way, have you noticed a change in my blog style? Well I hope you like it because it’s the new me!

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What are the colors of joy?

When you say “joy” happy colors come to my mind. No grays, no muted hues, no dark dingy colors just crisp clean colors like the smell of fresh linens hung out on the line to dry and yes I just used the sense of smell to describe a color palette :-)

There are pictures that we see that can trigger the feelings of joy – we all know that. A colleague sent me a link to a website that has just amazing photography in it. Looking at these pictures gave me such a happy feeling and you can say, it was a feeling of joy.

The innocence of children, the simplicity of design, the accuracy of portraying an emotion were all captured in one snap.

Here are the photographs that I’m talking about. They were created by Missy of the pink PISTACHIO website.

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These are my colors of joy when I see these pictures. What are yours? Find them and bring them into your home. These visuals will be a great memory trigger when you see them in your home. See how color works?


Here you have three main colors and as they intersect they create two more. Think color for the kids rooms, the nursery, playroom bonus rooms and kids bathrooms.

My question to you know is how do you feel? I bet for just the few minutes it took you to read this post, you felt “joy” or at least happy right? I’m sure.

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Balance, an even distribution of weight

What weights you down in your life? Is there too much of one thing and not  enough of the other? It’s hard to balance everything in life but with some concentration and trust, it’s so very possible.


Two circles, two great colors. They are next to each other to show balance yet one is lighter that the other which will remind us that at any given moment, we can tip in either direction. These are great colors and I’d use them in the room where you need balance.


  • Is it in the kitchen perhaps struggling with food choices? Weight issues?
  • Is it in the bedroom? Decisions about relationships or work keep you up at night?
  • Need balance in the family room? Does everyone get along in the family are there a few people who need to be persuaded to behave or be a little more family friendly?

All these issues are what we deal with in everyday life. Use the right colors in the right amount in your home but more importantly, find out which room in your home needs the most balance. That’s where you put these colors.

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Holistic Color – hope

Hope – A feeling or desire for a certain thing to happen 

As the morning sun rises and the colors begin to form, hope develops. It’s the start of the new day, we hope to make it a good day. Soft hues, newly formed hoping to stay positive for the days to come.

… this is a good feeling my friends and one we should have everyday. Hope. It’s innocent until changed. Hope is something we search for everyday and continue to search for during our lives.

What do you hope for? To be happy? Healthy? Wealthy? To be in love? Whatever your “hope” is, have it in your home. These colors are very hopeful as the pink, peach and purple are used separately or used blended.




Well I “hope” that you like my new Holistic approach to color. Take note of how you feel after you read what I write and after you look at the color circles. The circle is a very powerful shape as well as the color they contain.

If these circles resonate with you, bring this “feeling” into your home. Hope. It’s a great feeling to paint.

This painting by Terry Lind David looks like HOPE to me.

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What’s new for Decorating by Donna in 2015

As we approach the end of the year, I like to look back on all the things I wrote about. I’m looking forward to 2015 because I will be changing my focus just a bit. I think I’m done talking about all the color trends and the “must haves” for the home. After doing this for 30 years, the hustle and bustle of that seems so meaningless now.

My focus is and always will be color. In 2015 I will be solely talking about how to choose the RIGHT colors for your home, just like it says in my logo. Well didn’t I do this before? Well yes and no.

Since I received my 2nd #Reiki Attunement from my wonderful Reiki Master Janie Smith, my path now will be focused on how choosing certain colors for your home will actually make you FEEL good and even have strong healing capabilities. Is this legit? You bet your bottom dollar it is!

Also, with a very strong intuitive gift, I’m also able to hone in on the colors that are meant for you to have whether it’s just a color palette you like or a color palette you need.There is a difference. By the way, having this gift is one of the reasons I love my Virtual Designs so much, it’s like having my own little cheat sheet :-)

I can tell you this. I compared myself with the clients I had this week to the clients I had a month ago and although I was always honed in, I clearly felt a much deeper connection with my clients and I saw it in their faces and reactions to the colors I chose for them and HOW I chose the colors for them. I know this is a lot to digest but trust me when I tell you this is the way to go, at least for me and it feels good!


Now this is key. Aren’t you tired of seeing the same color palettes flooded in cyberspace? You know the ones with the pretty picture and then the squares, rectangles or circles beside or under calling out the colors? I’m guilty of sending these graphics out too but I’ve really had enough of those.

It’s time to redesign the way we look and think about color and I’m on it! Here is an example of the color palettes that I’ll be designing from now on. They will not have a picture to go with it but will have a “name” or “feeling” as the base of the design. For example, here is “soothing morning” and you see, no caps are involved here. Just a soothing name for a soothing color palette.


Here I have only four circles but each circle overlaps the others just a bit resulting in a new color. This is your new color scheme for an entire home. Pretty cool don’t you think? So easy to design and super fun as well. It’s designing a “feeling” instead of a color palette and this my friends, is what we should be doing!

So, this is pretty big people and it took me a while to be able to put this in words. If you look at my posts for the last few weeks you’ll see that I’ve been leaking it out a bit here and there. But I can tell you this, put your trust in the people who can do this for you. It will make a difference in your life and in your home.

Keep an eye out for these hashtags: #HolisticColor #HolisticHues, #BackToBasics #HealthyColor #HealingColor. If you are a Designer that is also following the Holistic path, please let me know and I’ll be sure to include you in my posts and colorful and healthy course.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I invite you to keep a close eye on my website. I look forward to you joining me on my #Holistic journey.

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Healing colors for 2015

I know I shouldn’t be thinking about designing color palettes now because it’s the Christmas Season and I should be chilling – I JUST CAN’T HELP IT! I have some great ideas for 2015 that have to do with ‪#‎HealingColors‬ and I can’t wait to dig into this.

What are YOUR healing colors? I can find out for you!


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Taking color up a notch for 2015

I’ll be posting from the heart in 2015 so get ready for posts that really hit home. What does this mean? It means that I’m coming in hot and heavy with color of course but colors that FEEL good to you and putting together unique combinations.

  • I’ll be talking about color that heals not just colors that look good in the home.
  • I’ll be talking about color that resonates with you on a personal level.
  • Color trends? Tired of them aren’t you? How about putting a few colors together and calling them your own?
  • How about putting a few colors together to form a color palette that triggers a really good memory?

I’ll be taking color up to the next level and I can’t wait to show you!!!


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Pair Marsala With “New” Hues to Give it A Fresh Look

It just hit the cyber waves, Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015. I really have a boat load to say about this color but just wanted to send this one out.

Now this color will show up in an assortment of shades and tones on the internet, other than Pantone’s website of course, because it’s hard to find it!!! I think as long as the over-all color is captured, it’ll be ok to call it “Marsala”. I don’t think we have to be too picky about it. Just like Pantone’s Radiant Orchid, as soon as someone saw “pink” they labeled it Radiant Orchid and sometimes it wasn’t even close. Getting close is key, especially with Marsala.


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No Blue Was Involved in the Making of These Color Palettes

and that’s ok!  I know you love blue but so does your neighbor and their friends and their friends and so on and so on and so on. Don’t you want something different in your home already? I have some really beautiful ideas to show you! Come take a look.

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Color and Cancer

We all know that chemicals and dyes in our foods are bad for us and at this point, lead to cancer right? At least that’s a fairly safe assumption on any level. We eat with our eyes and those colors are just so darn beautiful, especially to kids.

As we try to eat healthy for 2015 let’s still enjoy those glorious colors but with natural foods on our plates and the right color choices for our homes.


Great color but a dangerous food choice.


As we make our color choices for the home, think of the emotions you feel when you choose these colors. Perhaps you feel a little like this when you see these colors? This is good if you do!


Just think of how happy you’d feel to have the RIGHT colors in your home instead of lifeless muted hues that are just “there” instead of adding joy to the home.

This is really easy to do and I can help you with this! Choose color that counts. Think Holistic for 2015.




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