Labor Day weekend means the end of summer and the beginning of fall. For most, this is an exciting time of temperature changes and upcoming holidays, but for many, it’s a season of depression. Come see how changing the colors of your entire home can help ease the symptoms that those winter months can bring on.
First off, I do not claim to be a Doctor of any kind, but I do know color and how it affects how we feel and act. I also personally knew someone with this disorder, and it was extremely difficult to understand, and our friendship dissolved because of it. I wish I knew then what I know now about color, so I could have helped somehow, but it was not in the cards.
Colors that mimic the outdoors will be the best to bring inside for your home, not just a few rooms but your entire home. Here I have a few colors to get you started, but you can see how these colors look and feel like you just stepped out into a summer’s day.
Similar to light therapy, color therapy works the same and is readily available to just about anyone who can paint. There are specific colors that will be very beneficial, and then there are colors that you should avoid.
When looking at these colors or other colors that you’re drawn to, note how you feel. Do these colors remind you of summer? Do they make you happy? Do they lift your spirits? What are the thoughts you have as you view this color palette?
Yellow: I chose this color because it represents the sun, the one element that may be key to this disorder. Shorter days, less light, and more darkness can be wary for so many of us. I know that I looked towards yellow to help me when I felt the effect of long, dark days.
Sky Blue: Just about everyone loves a beautiful blue sky! This is one of the colors in nature that is a game-changer when brought into the home. This is a perfect color for the ceilings.
Soft White: Mimicking the color of the clouds, this soft white is very uplifting; after all, how can you not be happy when you see a big, white fluffy cloud? Like cotton candy in the sky and maybe one shaped like a puppy, this color is another must-have to brighten the home. I don’t recommend pure, stark white, but light ivory is perfect.
Coral: I’m going to group this color as coral. The reason I chose this color is that I know how it feels in a room. When my daughter was a kid, I painted her room a coral color, and it was instant happy every time I walked into her room. It was bright, cheery, and had a never-ending youthful appeal. Have a child in the home that could use a lift? I highly, highly recommend this color.
Sea Glass Green: This is a light color with just a hint of green. It reminded me of the beach glass I used to find when I was a kid. This color represents a memory and a good one at that. See how these color palettes are highly customized? You literally have to get into the mind of people to see which colors trigger something good in them and which colors to avoid.
I’ll quickly note which colors I’d totally avoid:
- any type of gray
- cool blues
- dark blues
- dark greens
- beiges / taupes
Over the years, I’ve had all these colors in my home at one time except the sky blue. So I know how each one of these colors feels. Why no blue? My favorite color is green, so I always choose that, so blue wasn’t ever an option. However, if I ever redesigned the color palette in my current home or the next one, I would undoubtedly consider the light blue for the ceiling to replace the white.
Along with the right color palette for you and your home, open up the blinds, replace dark bulbs with lighter, brighter LED’s and even update your decor to coordinate with your new color palette.
This color palette is for sale for $55. If you are interested in it, please email me at DecoratingByDonna@mac.com and I can set that up for you.