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Posted by Janet Cramb on 12/5/2018

Anyone whoís ever been in an outdated house or hotel room can tell you that the way we decorate can have an effect on our mood. Certain colors, lack of lighting, and cluttered rooms are all things that, whether we realize it or not, can have a negative effect on our mood and productivity.

These concepts arenít recent realizations. In ancient China and India, concepts of architecture and decorating have been teaching proper design techniques for thousands of years. Today, these schools of thought are often lumped into the field of environmental psychology.

In todayís post, Iím going to talk about a few design techniques that will help you and your houseguests feel more welcome in your home and create a tone that matches your desires, whether thatís relaxed or energized.

The effects of color

With a quick Google search, youíll find hundreds of articles discussing the psychological effects of colors. What many fail to mention is the way these effects are based on things like the culture and time period we grow up in.

However, you may find that guests to your home will feel more comfortable in light, neutral- colored rooms than they will in a room thatís painted bold colors.

On a room-by-room basis, there tend to be certain colors that Americans associate with the ďrightĒ colors for the occasion.

However, this is often influenced by the architectural style of the house more than an internalized idea about specific colors.

How much is too much?

Itís easy to accumulate home decor and find your walls and surface becoming a little too cluttered. However, bare walls and sparsely decorated rooms can feel a bit too sterile and unlivable. Is there a balance between the two?

Oftentimes the best solution is to follow one simple decorating principle:

Rather than using several small items to decorate a room, choose just a few larger items. This will prevent the room from appearing cluttered but still give it a sense of character.

Taking advantage of the full area of a room

So far, weíve been talking about how colors and decor can make a room feel more spacious and welcoming. But, even if you have a small room, you can still often achieve this effect.

One solution is to add brighter lighting to the room. Increasing the light makes to room feel more open. And, if possible, natural lighting is the best option, as it can reduce any feelings of claustrophobia.

If better lighting or windows arenít an option, many homeowners turn to mirrors to make a room feel larger. Larger, wall-hanging mirrors are an excellent way to give the illusion of spaciousness in a small room.


Using the psychology behind these three decorating principles, youíll be able to make you and your houseguests feel more at ease within your home.





Posted by Janet Cramb on 10/12/2016

If you have ever wanted to get rid of all of your stuff and start over, youíre not alone. Often, we get tired of the same old same in our own homes, and fail to see the potential inside of it. The key to loving your home is often not what is in it, but how you make use of whatís in it. Thereís so many ways that you can make the home that you feel so-so about turn into a home that you love. Hereís some very powerful tips to help you decorate with intention and style. We know that youíll love your home again after trying out some of these tips: Decorate For Function Not Looks Function is one of the most important words that youíll use when it comes to the interior design of your home. Some questions you may ask are: What purpose does this room serve? What purpose does this item serve? Does this couch/artwork/chair make you happy? A room could be the most pristinely decorated room you have ever seen, but if it doesnít serve some kind of a purpose, you can write it off as wasted space inside of your home. If something doesnít serve a purpose, especially if that purpose is making you happy, then itís time to say goodbye to certain things inside of your home. Only One Piece Of Furniture Should Stand Out In Every Room One key piece of decorating advice is for you to have one simple focal point in each room. Thereís no need for a fish tank, a loud orange couch and a giant painting all in the same room. Give each and every item thatís important to you its due space. Thatís not to say one painting is enough in your living room, but use your judgement when it comes to what you want to stand out and where. If a room is too busy, the overwhelming look takes away from the room and all of the items in it. You donít want pieces of furniture and artwork all competing for the attention of those who are within the room. Lighting Should Be Balanced Maybe youíre unhappy with your home because you have very little natural light in your home. Thereís ways you could add some natural light through construction, but it probably isnít necessary. Use the rule that each room should have four sources of light counting windows, overhead lights, lamps and even wall mounted lights. This will keep the rooms in your home balanced with light. When the room is brighter, youíll be happier, even without access to tons of natural light.





Posted by Janet Cramb on 9/7/2016

Summer interior design is always a fun activity. There are so many colors to use and so many ways to use them. Often, the colors of summer are those that we donít think of using on an everyday basis. Colors that we like to use in summer are bolder and even sometimes unconventional. Thereís plenty of ways that you can make bold colors work in your home for the summer season. Hues of Blue Blue is an incredibly dynamic color. Blue works really well in rooms where many different aspects are combined. Home offices, bedrooms and bathrooms are great example of this open design ability. The reason that blue is such a versatile color is that it can either be energizing or serene depending upon how it is used. Blue works well with a variety of different colors as well. Whether youíre adding a blue accent piece to a room, or painting the walls a shade of blue, you will have a lot to work with. Remember that blue reminds us of the bright sky that shines through on long summer days. Shades of Orange Orange is a very vibrant color, however, we donít often think of using it in our homes. It seems to be a little outside of the box to add orange to a space unless itís Halloween time. However, orange is an energizing color that can make an impact in any room. Add an orange accent piece or be bold and paint your outdoor table orange. Using orange in your design can enhance the feeling of summer. Gray Is Anything But Boring While we often associate gray with a cloudy day, this color comes in a variety of shades and goes well with many different colors. Gray is soothing, yet adding one or two pops of color along with it allows the color gray to come alive. Gray is often the backdrop for a modern design scheme, yet it also goes well with many of the bright and bold summer colors that we think of. Bright Red Hues Red is a color we tend to associate with for the fall and winter months. This is actually what makes red such a great color for the summer. While the boldness of the shade of red helps to identify the season, red also makes a great transition color for both the coming fall and winter. Red has also been shown in studies to increase feelings of passion. This makes red the perfect color for the whole year. Who doesnít want to feel passionate about what theyíre doing in their home? Bright Yellow Shades Yellow is the perfect color to use as an accent color. While it would seem to be a delicate color to work with, hues of yellow work so well, matching with many different colors from grays to white to even black. Blue even works well with yellow hues in the right setting. Yellow reminds us of the sunshine that is at the center of the summer season. When it comes to using summer colors in your design scheme, you can really let your creative juices flow. The ďrulesĒ in these cases are so flexible that you can bring beauty out no matter what color of the rainbow you choose for your design.