With summer here and the flowerpots and garden beds coming in to full bloom, colours create a stunning mix of vibrancy and energy. The same could be said for the need to brighten and freshen up your home with the same type of energy, freshness and vitality.
Colour and Mood
The association with colour and our moods and attitudes is deep seated in the psyche, and is a healthy vehicle to bring about a sense of peace, balance, health, energy and well being if we choose the right colours, for the right season and the right locations.
While spring is burgeoning with varying shades of green, summer is associated with a kaleidoscope of patterns and shades of reds, oranges, yellows, and purples. Have a look through your closets and explore what linen and accessories you have that will introduce the energy of summer: the joy, feeling of aliveness and vitality; a sense of purpose and creativity that can be shared by the whole family.
Brightly coloured scatter cushions, bedspreads, tablecloths and napkins are the easiest and most cost-effective way to bring a lift and life to any neutral coloured room. Perhaps there are a couple of walls in your home that could do with a definite change of colour. Remember in Feng Shui that the palette of colours are associated with the elements: red, orange and yellow for fire; beige and browns with earth, white, silver and grey with metal, and of course water – your shades of blues. Colours are an important aspect in creating balance.
The Spring 2016 Pantone Fashion Colour Report lists colours like Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup and other feeling colours that enhance the excitement and positive emotions of a new season. These pastels can also create a cooling counterpart to the “heat” of the wild summer fling colours.
A walk through your favourite local home hardware store can inspire you to make just a few relatively inexpensive changes to a room, or a number of rooms that will enliven and bring new energy to your home and your family for the summertime.