In my home, we’ve been sprucing up the bathrooms, kitchen and front entry. Not renovating, just doing necessary repairs we’ve been avoiding, like fixing leaking plumbing and sanding peeling paint.
But…the fun part of all this work has been that I get to choose new paint colors!
When we first moved into our condo, years ago, all of the walls, trim and ceiling were painted off-white. For several reasons, we kept them that way. I didn’t like those walls—I found myself hungering for splashes of color. Then one year, as a birthday present to myself, I painted an alcove of my home office a bright, harvest-moon orange.
What a great color—and what a change it made in my mood! Orange is the color for creativity (associated with the second chakra), and I do feel creative every time I sit down to my computer and face that alcove.
With that in mind, I’d like to extend the power of “color” into more of my living spaces.
The current project: the bathroom walls near a great soaking tub, one of my favorite places in the home. It’s a retreat, a space with a calming beach/ocean theme. The new paint will be a pale, misty sea green. I’ve been living with the color sample on the wall, and I think this one will be a “go.” The emotions it seems to bring out are calm, peace, healing. Perfect for the soaking tub.
We’ve also been thinking ahead to the entryway, and so far, I’m envisioning a deep, rich forest green, a color that reminds me of the joy I find in nature. A “welcoming” feeling, sort of like entering a woodland path.
What about you—does color affect your moods? What paint colors do you enjoy in your home? And if you enjoy painting projects, any particular tips you’d like to share will be much appreciated.
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Cathryn Parry is the winner of the 2013 Bookseller’s Best Award for her Harlequin Superromance, The Long Way Home. She lives in New England with her husband and neighbor's cat, Otis. Her website is www.CathrynParry.com.