Changing Mood with New Colour
Have you ever gone into a room and instantly felt warm and comfortable or cool and serene? It is the colours used in the decor. Colour can affect your mood and outlook. You can achieve that “feel good” look with a smart use of colour.
First, determine what kind of mood you want to achieve. Next, what direction is the natural light source? This will tell you how much warm or cool colour you need.
Now what areas can you change? Is there furniture that you need to keep and work around? Some can be changed; for example, a dark wood can be refinished into a light or natural tone, or painted. Yes, it is a shame to paint good wood; however, it is a lot less expensive than replacing it and less wasteful.
Can you visualize an older kitchen in a dark oak stain changed to white, ivory or grey? Pain the cabinets and add updated hardware — update the back-splash and countertops and you go from dark and dated to bright and modern at a minimal expense. If the cabinet doors are in poor condition, you can replace doors only.
Introduce your new colour scheme with wall colour and accessories — staying fairly neutral in the major items ensures a long lasting style. You can change the wall colour years later and have a fresh new decor. Colour can change old dated decor and give you a fresh new look without undue expense.
With spring on the way, it is a great time to freshen up your decor and leave the winter blues behind.
by Wendy Reeves Seifert
Wendy Reeves Siefert is a local decorator and interior designer in the Creston Valley and East Shore region of British Columbia. You can find her web site at : Over The Valley