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How To Create The Right Atmosphere With Colors For Your Home

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How To Create The Right Atmosphere With Colors For Your Home

Are you redecorating your home? Many people feel the psychological powers of different colors. They can influence your body, your mind and your emotions. Different colors can affect you in different ways, so some colors are better suited than others. Check out 12 different colors that are great for creating an atmosphere in your home.

1. Green

Green is a very calming color, associated with stability and relaxation. Green bridges the gap between warm and cool colors, teaming together the relaxing tones of blue with more revitalizing yellow tones. For these reasons, green is a great color choice for the bedroom. Plants are a great way to add green to your bedroom. Another way to add green to your bedroom is to buy a green wardrobe, or a green throw for the bed.

2. Blue

Blue is often seen as a very calming color, as many people associate blue with water and peace. The calming effect of blue makes it the perfect colour for a home office, as it is also associated with productivity. Instead of painting the walls dark blue – it can be quite oppressive – go for light blue accents for the room, such as office furniture or a rug.

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3. Red

Red is the most stimulating color, and is often linked to power and importance. Surprisingly, the color red encourages your appetite – so it is perfect for use in the dining room. Try red plates, one red wall or a red vase to bring a hint of red to your dining room.

4. Yellow

You probably already know yellow is associated with happiness – it is so cheerful! Yellow can really brighten a room and give it some energy, so it is the perfect color for your kitchen. If you want to paint the whole room yellow, try a pale shade so it isn’t too distracting. You could also try a yellow fridge, table or oven!

5. Orange

Orange is an energizing, warm, friendly color, perfect for many rooms. It is a versatile color, so you can use it in many rooms, but it works really well in the hall, as it isn’t very distracting and doesn’t steal focus. Try out orange posters and pictures, or if you’re feeling more daring, paint the whole hall a light orange!

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6. Purple

Purple is typically a very intense shade, associated with luxury and royalty. It can be quite distracting in your home, but there are more relaxed shades that are great for decorating with, such as lavender. Lavender is a relaxing shade of purple, and it isn’t distracting – so you can paint the whole room lavender if you’d like! Lavender is well suited to the lounge, as it will help you to wind down and relax while you’re in the room.

7. Pink

Pink is a calming color associated with love and romance. As it helps to sooth and relax, pink is an ideal color for the bedroom. A rosy shade will work for a child or an adult’s bedroom, but avoid too much pink if you don’t want the room to look overly feminine. Try a pink bed frame to make a unique statement.

8. Black

Black is a very strong color associated with power. In large amounts black can be very intense and overpowering, but small amounts will give your room a sophisticated feel. Try black towels and a black washing up basket in your bathroom to create a stylish and chic vibe.

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9. Gray

Gray is a very neutral, formal color, perfect for a home office or a bathroom. Add one gray wall to an office or study room to help create a professional feel.

10. White

White is often associated with virtue, cleanliness and minimalism, but it can also be viewed as quite stark and bleak. Add some white to your bathroom and kitchen to help promote cleanliness, but avoid using too much and taking away the personality of the room. White appliances are a simple way to do this.

11. Ivory

While ivory is similar to white in simplicity, it has much more warmth than white. Ivory is a great color for the walls, as it makes the room look big, bright and fresh. Try to avoid using ivory furniture, though – it doesn’t take long to become visibly dirty.

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12. Beige

Beige is a color best used to bring out other, brighter colors. If you would like to use bright, vivid colors in your home, beige is a great compliment. It adds focus to the other colors, without making the room look busy.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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