Decorating with Your Colors

11052685_SWhen you were little, chances are you didn’t limit yourself with color. Drawing with crayons, colored pencils or paints, most children will use almost every color in the box.

What happens when we grow up? Suddenly we seem to limit ourselves to a very few options from the rich selection available. Walk through your home and peek in your closet. How many of these colors can you find? Are you seeing lots of the grey, brown and black, or are you letting your bright side show?

8064776_SHere’s a low-risk introduction to more color. Throw pillows are inexpensive, portable and temporary. This room shows what it looks like when you dip your toe into color. It’s better, but it’s a pretty wimpy leap into the spectrum.

Take a look at the vignette below. Here colors play a starring role. The chest grabs six different hues from the pencils above, and the vases and pot add more. The neutral background and flooring and splashes of black simply showcase the colors more strongly.

8960162_SWhat was your favorite color as a child? Do you see it in your home? Purchase a box of crayons and count the colors you see in your life now. Have you accidently gone kind of taupe? It’s time to make a change.

Pick out your favorite crayons from the box and go shopping. Would you like a bright blue vase? How about a red glass bowl or a yellow side table? Have some candlesticks that you’re tired of – how about spray painting them all orange and setting them on a table together?

Bring your favorite colors back into your life – in your home and your wardrobe. You may be surprised at how well they brighten your days.