Tip 29 – Consider the dark in the room.

The most important thing about the color of your room is how it makes you feel.

The second most import thing - how the color in your room  makes everything else "look."

I have a close friend named Lori.  She dreamed of having a beautiful craft room with red walls and leopard print furnishings.  When she went off on a business trip for 4 days, her husband took vacation from work, painted her room, added a leopard chaise lounge and a huge bouquet of roses - and voila! Lori's dream room was done.  (He also planted the hillside outside their bedroom window with wildflowers - but that's another story.)

Lori returned home to the amazing room, thrilled with the beautiful result and completely overwhelmed with gratitude for her husband.

6 weeks later I called her to see if she had time to meet for lunch.  "I can't," she said, "I'm painting my craft room."

"WHAT?" I said in dismay, I couldn't believe what I was hearing - "I thought you loved your new room."

"It was beautiful,"  she said, "but as soon as I got into the room my blood pressure went up, I got a little angry and stressed out. As if that wasn't enough, the lights reflecting off the red walls turned everything a little bit pink.  So now I'm going with a nice neutral beige.  Warm and relaxing - and it will still look great with the leopard."

leopard chaise

The moral of this story?
Be careful what you wish for? ....No.

Spend a little time in your space considering how you want to feel when you're there - calm and relaxed, happy and energized, productive and passionate - then pick a color that makes you feel that way.

Consider the light in the room - how will the color affect it?

Consider the dark in the room - do you need to use a light color to brighten up a dark room and make things more visible?

All good things to consider when creating your space.

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2 Responses to Tip 29 – Consider the dark in the room.

  1. Love the story, and very true. I ended up going with white and adding splashes of color with giant sunflowers, bulletin board with cards sent from friends (inspiration board). Then play Christian gospel tunes which make me sing (off key) while it keeps me focused on what I am doing ! You do a terrific job Tiffany of helping keep me organized !

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