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How Your Room Color Can Affect Your Mood

The colors of the rooms in your home are a reflection of your personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room color, it affects us every day. Room color can affect our moods and our thoughts.

 

Color can affect you in many ways, depending on your age, gender, ethnic background and climate. Certain colors or groups of colors tend to get a similar reaction from most people; the variations come from the shades or tones used. This is the reason why it’s really important to choose colors wisely when it comes to decorating.

 

 

You don’t have to worry about trends in order to have a beautiful home. Color trends will come and go. You can live in your home and make it beautiful by choosing colors that reflect your preferences and your personality. The trick is to blend the colors you like into a pleasing combination.

Choosing color combinations can be one of the most intimidating steps for beginners. Color has the power to change the shape and size of furnishings, as well as the shape and size of the room itself. Selecting colors is not difficult if you equip yourself with some basic information about color and its effects.

So, let’s get started. Find out more about room colors and how they affect your mood.

Choose Your Colors Wisely

Keep in mind that each color has a psychological value. Think about how certain colors make you feel. Colors can influence any emotion, from tranquility to rage. To create peace and harmony in your home, choose your colors wisely. Some colors in large amounts might have the opposite effect on you and your loved ones.

 

Questions to ask yourself before selecting colors

What mood do you want to create and which colors will help you achieve that mood?

A suggestion to help you answer these questions is to look at magazines, decorating books, blogs and websites for ideas. Also, let your textiles be your guide. Fabric, carpeting, furniture, and tile are available in a more limited range of colors than paint, so choose them first and then decide on your paint color.

Once you find something you like, limit the number of colors in a room to no more than three or four. Too many colors can make a room look busy or cluttered. Paint is fairly inexpensive and transforms a room more quickly than anything else, so you can afford to experiment a little.

Note: When you decorate i.e. with floral arrangements, it is best to have odd numbers, 1, 3, 5, etc.

Room Colors and Their Effects

Colors act in three basic ways: Active, passive and neutral. You can easily match every room’s colors to your personal desires, to your taste and to the room’s purpose. Light colors are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm. They give large rooms a more intimate appearance.

Let’s take a closer look at colors and what they can do to a room.

 

Red

Red raises a room’s energy level. The most intense color, it pumps the adrenaline like no other hue. It is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression.

 

 

Red has been shown to raise blood pressure and speed respiration and heart rate. It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms, but if you’re typically in the room only after dark, you’ll be seeing it mostly by lamplight, when the color will appear muted, rich and elegant.

 

Yellow

Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it is energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming.

 

Even though yellow is a cheery color, it is not a good choice for a main color scheme. Studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior. Babies also seem to cry more in yellow rooms. In large amounts, this color tends to create feelings of frustration and anger.

In chromotherapy, yellow is believed to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.

 

Blue

Blue is said to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. That is why it is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and it is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms.

 

A pastel blue that looks pretty on the paint sample can come across as unpleasantly chilly on the walls and furnishings especially in a room that receives little natural light. If you opt for a light blue as the primary color in a room, balance it with warm hues for the furnishings and fabrics.

To encourage relaxation in social areas such as family rooms, living rooms or large kitchens, consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room and it is a good idea to go for softer shades. Dark blue can have the opposite effect. It can evoke feelings of sadness. Refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme.

 

Green

Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room on the house. In the kitchen, green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness.

 

 

Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax. It is also believed to help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom.

 

Purple

Purple, in its darkest hues (for example: eggplant), is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury and creativity; as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.

 

 

 

Orange

 

Orange brings out feelings of excitement and enthusiasm, and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms, this color is great for an exercise room; it will bring out all the emotions that you need released during your workout. In ancient cultures, orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.

 

 

 

 

Neutrals

Neutrals such as black, gray, white and brown are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. Neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down.

 

 

 

Black is best used in small amounts as an accent. Some experts may suggest that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth. To make the job easier, rely on the interior designer’s most important color tool: the color wheel.

 

Crimson can make some people feel irritable. Invoking feelings of rage and hostility. Crimson is a color that should be avoided as the main color of a room. Sitting for long periods of time in a room painted in this color will likely affect the peace and harmony you are striving to create in your home.

 

 

 

Picking a Ceiling Color 

The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it gets nothing more than a coat of white paint. In fact, for decades, white was considered not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings.

Ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher. Those that are darker feel lower. A lower ceiling doesn’t necessarily mean the room is claustrophobic. It can mean that the  room with visually lowered ceilings can evoke a cozy, intimate feeling. Also, dark walls make a room seem smaller, and light walls make a room seem larger.

Use these guidelines as a starting point in your search for a paint color. Keep in mind that color choice is a very personal matter. You are the one who has to live with your new paint color, so take your time and choose a hue that suits you, your family, and your lifestyle.

 

 

Source: https://freshome.com/room-color-and-how-it-affects-your-mood/

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8 Tips to reduce inflammation to improve your gut health

Maintaining a healthy digestive tract involves what you put into it…specifically what you are eating. If these foods you eat are inflammatory foods, they can cause havoc on your digestive tract.

Food allergies such as allergies to gluten, wheat, and dairy to name a few, contribute to inflammation in the digestive tract as well as other parts of the body. Food allergies are known to cause digestive health problems such as stomach bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, acid reflux (GERD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, and ulcerative colitis.

Eight suggestions to reduce inflammation to improve your gut health.

  • Eating more foods that are ant-inflammatory.
  • Eating more cold water fish (salmon is a good choice and contains omega-3.) Avoid farm raised fish which contains pesticides.
  • Adding more herbs such as ginger and turmeric to your meals
  • Eating more raw foods (vegetables and fruits.)
  • Eating more whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa. Quinoa can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  • Eating foods containing fiber.
  • Adding generous portions of dark green leafy vegetables to every meal.
  • Adding flax seeds or flaxseed oil.

Many foods and herbs such as blueberries, green tea, turmeric, ginger, oregano, and garlic contain bioflavonoids and polyphenols that limit free-radical damage or toxins in your body.

Reduce or eliminate foods containing wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, animal products, soy, and fried foods for a short period of time and see how you feel.  To avoid going into food withdrawal, gradually crowd these foods out of your diet by consuming more foods that are anti-inflammatory.

Avoid nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant) which contribute to inflammation.

Below are some recipes to try.

Breakfast

Vegetable Smoothie (makes one serving)

  • 1 cup spinach, kale, celery, and carrots
  • 1 scoop Vegan protein powder (Hemp, brown rice, and pea)  optional
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 12 oz cold water
  • 1 slice lemon

or

Berry/Mango Protein Smoothie (makes one serving)

strawberry smoothie2

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 12 oz mango/passion fruit blend
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
  • 5 ice cubes

Pineapples, mangoes, and bananas are alkaline foods which can aid in reducing some of the acidity in your body.

Lunch or dinner

  • Brown rice or quinoa
  • Salmon with lemon-garlic seasoning
  • Organic mixed greens topped with your favorite berry, almonds or walnuts, and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

Instead of adding water to cook brown rice or quinoa, add an organic vegetable or chicken broth.

Snacks

  • Raw carrots and celery with hummus
  • Kale chips
So, when you feel good, your gut feels good.
Hugs.

The Journey Begins

Welcome to my new blog!

Thanks for joining me! I am super excited about the creation of this blog as it covers two topics that I love: nutrition and interior design!

 

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

 

 

I never knew that I loved nutrition until a friend back in the late 80s introduced me to nutrition.  In the early 90s, I took a class in color and theory at a local community college and found that I was really creative and loved the class – no wonder why I struggled with business classes and they were boring.  I took more classes in Interior Design and transferred to Cal State Long Beach where I was pursuing another BS degree.  Note: I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Although I wanted to pursue another degree, I gave it up because both of my children were very young and I wanted to be home for them.

Now, that they are both grown and the timing is right, here I am!

Let the new journey begin!

Shaline

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