Ready, Set, Decorate!
Different colors have a definite effect on your mood and disposition. Bright colors uplift your mood while softer shades and pastels have more of a calming effect. For example, different hues of the color orange are said to inspire energy and joy. Yellow is the color of warmth and light. Red, however, is the color of confidence and power. It is an overwhelming color and is usually used to accent rooms instead of being the main focus. Different shades of blues and greens generally set a relaxing tone for a space. There are tons of ways to create completely new looks or just update a current room using quick and colorful changes. I am always amazed and impressed when people are able to complete a creative project that transforms an entire space in just one weekend!
Sometimes when you are in a rental property, you are unable to paint a wall or room. There are plenty of other temporary ways to personalize your home. You can put framed pictures of family members or inspirational sayings around the home to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. A great way to artistically do this is to find frames that are the same color. I prefer basic black frames to create uniformity and cluster them together. Many of the decorating books that I checked out suggested buying inexpensive frames in different sizes, taking out the glass, and spray painting them all in a bold, bright color. This way, the frames all match and can add brightness and fun to a wall or shelf.
Accessories are yet another wonderful and fun way to add color and function to a room. Table lamps, bright throw pillows, accent rugs, and meaningful and decorative objects are temporary ways to add points of interest to a room. After a memorable vacation at the beach, I put the shells that we collected on the coffee table in an inexpensive tray as decoration. Later, when I got tired of looking at (NOTE: dusting) the seashells, I hot-glued a bunch of them on a wooden frame and put in a picture of my boys from that summer trip. A vacation memento turned into a decorative object and then had a rebirth as meaningful memory. Whenever I see that framed picture of my boys on the beach, it makes me smile and I can almost smell the ocean.
Another way that I alter the ambiance of my living room is to change out the accent colors every few months. The neutral cream-colored walls and beige furniture serve as the perfect canvas to add accessories to brighten up the room in different ways throughout the year. By switching out the accent rugs in my living room and then adding complimentary throw pillows for a pop of color, I am able to change the entire feeling of the space. During the holidays one year, I decorated with beaded accent pillows and a fancy velvet throw in a deep burgundy. Another year, I was really into peacocks. I was given a HUGE floor vase with images of peacocks on it as a gift. I went to my local craft store and bought peacock feathers and long branches covered in silver glitter. I put those items in the vase and set it in the corner of my living room. Then I threw a few teal colored accent pillows on the couches and added a bronze and silver decorative bowl on the coffee table and voila! The point of all this is that it does not take much to change your entire room. Any new object or color can inspire you to redecorate your home to change the ambiance and mood. Check out some books from the library to get fun and interesting ideas to update your home in just a few easy steps.
Decorating BooksLiving in a Nutshell by Janet Lee
Decorating Ideas Under $100 from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine
Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update and Show You Home Some Love by Sherry & John Persik
The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well by Debora Needleman
Paint & Color by Jeanne Huber
Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home by Jessica Romm Perez and Shani Silver
—Kaneeze from the Hightstown Branch