Color is all around us every moment of our lives. It makes sense that every shade of every color influences us in some way. Often these influences are subconscious-we don't realize what's happening. Take a moment to think of your favorite color? Why does that color make you happy? What about it appeals to you? Does it hold emotional importance or memories? Answer the opposite questions for your least favorite color. If you aren't sure of the answer to any of these questions then you have an idea of how complex our relationship to color is.
This means that the colors in our home affect our emotions and lives everyday. If you're wondering what color to paint your bedroom, kitchen and den, listen up! Here's some suggestions for your next repaint:
1. The family room- Take note from restaurants, often you'll see yellow as shown in this picture below of a Panera Bread that we painted. Bright colors like yellow and orange, even bright greens and blues encourage communication so they would be best in an area that is welcoming and used for relationship building like the family room, or any space in the house you want to be a social area.
2. The kitchen/dining room- The most important thing aside from sleeping happens in these rooms. Preparing and eating meals is what sustains us and we want colors to help aid this process. Navy blue is a color that actually makes people less eager to communicate. This is ok knowing that meals are best eaten in silence. Avoid using gray, as it will lessen your appetite, while red can do just the opposite- but avoid if you're on a diet!
3. The bedroom- When thinking about what colors to put in each room the main focus is what the room is used for. The bedroom is where you want to be able to get a good night's sleep. You only want things that help promote that! Pastel blues and greens are ideal for this room of the house. They are soft and light for relaxation, not harsh.
4. The bathroom- white and warm hues are associated with cleanliness and people will respond best to these colors in your bathroom. It is also associated with tropical themes, anything water related, even blues or greens would be nice in the bathroom for a relaxed feel.
5. Office/ workspace- Productivity is key for this room, especially with the increase in people who work from home. Green is your best friend in this case. It helps with concentration. Hopefully you don't hate green, if so maybe try a lot of plants! Can't hurt anyway.
Bring more life into your home by adding these colors in a smart, thoughtful way. There are many more resources for color psychology. Check our Pinterest boards for a list of colors!
Clutter in your home can leave you feeling stressed and anxious. Let's face it, things pile up; there's Christmas gifts to put away, or papers that constantly end up in the same spot. Sometimes it feels like you're constantly trying to find a place for things.
The first suggestion in the organization process is to declutter. Get rid of the things that you don't REALLY need, haven't used in a long time, or don't want. This can be the most difficult part because everyone gets attached to things. The picture frame from your great grandmother, or the dress you wore for your graduation that no longer fits are some examples of ways that we justify hanging on to things that are cluttering our lives.
If you find this is the case with a lot of things, consider taking pictures of the items, which hopefully makes it easier to let go of them. Pictures are a great way to document and keep the memories associated with the item. Especially now with everything being digital, it takes up no actual space!
If you find that you're constantly accumulating things and making trips to donate them you can put the items in something until you get there, or designate an area of your house for these items. Only go there every 3 months or when the area gets full. This will give you a great visual of how much stuff you're getting rid of and help you to be a more conscious buyer- will it end up in the donation area in a year?
Now for the things that we really do need in our house...
For your clothes closet, here's a funny and very helpful resource from Buzzfeed. The only thing I would add that has helped me dramatically is to put your clothes in drawers on their side so you can see every single thing in there. Often if you can't see items of clothing, you're less likely to wear them.
Organize your kitchen with a trip to the dollar store. Wow, this is an amazing collection of ways to organize your kitchen. You might not need to go all out, so scroll through and see what you need. We all know what area of our kitchen is a mess and always aggravates us. Check it out here.
When you have kids, their stuff is often everywhere. Here's 11 great tips to organize their stuff.
Most importantly- don't get overwhelmed. Organizing can seem like a huge undertaking, so I'll stop here! Do the things that work for you and research new ways as well. When you find a system to keep the areas in your home organized it will be a peaceful place for everyone to live.
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.