”In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus
It’s winter and it’s time to beat the winter blues with a lot of color. While everything around us looks so white and feels so blue, you can amp yourself up with some bright colors here and there. It’s just a matter of starting by choosing your favorite bright color. Changing the color of a wall, a sofa or even just the pillows can be uplifting and it makes you feel like you’re in charge of your emotions.
Choosing the Color
What you need to have in mind when choosing the color to lift the mood of a room is what kind of feeling you want to create. Creating isn’t the same as expressing. So if you want brighten up the atmosphere it isn’t a matter of reproducing the weather or the way you feel inside. It is a matter of letting summer into your home, even in the darkest of winters. You express want you want to feel like through your favorite colors, making your house shine with strength and positivity to welcome the new year. Paint a bright 2017!
Make It a New Year Goal
Once you decide to start a new project, creativity comes naturally. And having a creative goal for the coming year has an almost immediate effect on making you start to feel better about life and yourself
Choose an Effect
If you’re looking for a sunshine effect, antique white and soft, creamy yellows are a good choice.
Suggested yellow tones: Linen White (33-7), Pearly Gates (6-1), Porcelain Skin (CL078), Antiqued Paper (CL007), Ever Sunshine (15-6), Widham (33-11)
Greens are calming. Green is also the pantone color of the year. Color expert Paula Lynn calls green “the hallmark of nature”.
Suggested green tones: Woodland Snow (24-31), Holidays (19-12)
You have thousands of resources for inspiration on the internet. Check some wallpaper and paint ideas on Pinterest and the Pratt & Lambert paint colors. You can also get inspired by the hottest winter color trends.
Shop for Shine
You can get this retro mid-century modern vintage chair on eBay for $249.99.
The green Stockholm sofa goes for $999 at IKEA.
The Lixhult storage combination can also be bought at IKEA for $210
You can find accents colorful pillows like these at Company C.
Give a paint makeover to your dresser with colorful weather finish. Learn how to use the patina technique here.
Learn how to make unique artwork using the sponge paint technique.
You can make these colorful pillows that are simply solid bases with sleeves.
Adding color to your home is a sure way to aim for brightness, calm, and joy in your home in 2017. This is a great time for starting positive projects to get yourself and the people around you motivated and amped up in the new year.
Do you have any decor projects in mind for this coming year? How would you add color to your winter? Share your thoughts with us through our Facebook page or through the comments below.