The Healing Power of Color

by Nancy Hellstrom

HomePage15When I was a kid, I got to choose the paint color for my bedroom. I chose this gorgeous orange for the walls. The shag rug was chartreuse green and the bedspread was a flower power motif, a combination of the orange, bright green and yellow. I had a cool desk, a lamp, a few decorative items and some posters on the walls. When it was all put together, I would delight spending time there. Walking in felt like a big ‘Ahh’. This was my own special sanctuary. The new wall color lifted my spirit, made me feel happy and energized. The colors, decor and energy of the space affected me significantly. My Dad had suddenly passed shortly before the transformation of my bedroom and I felt lost and confused, unable to make sense of the world with my child perspective. Being a highly sensitive kid, being surrounded by my favorite colors in my own sanctuary is where I felt safe. I believe the colors and energy I put in to making my room aesthetically beautiful helped heal my broken heart. I am forever grateful that my Mom knew to provide this for me.

We are influenced by color all the time – sometimes subtly and sometimes dramatically. Our surroundings deeply affect our mood, perceptions, whether we feel safe or not. Think of the difference in your perception between entering a beautifully decorated five star hotel lobby with all the sumptuous textures, gorgeous furniture, art, flowers and colors compared to a visit to the post office. It’s obvious, right?

The colors that you feel good in are specific to you. They might relate to memories that you have from where you grew up or places you visited. I help my clients transform their spaces in to sanctuaries and to experience their homes with that wonderful feeling of ‘Ahh, I’m home. This is my sanctuary.’ Let’s transform your space in to your sanctuary. Contact Interior Shift today!

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Are All Colors Created Equal?

by Nancy Hellstrom

Or maybe we should ask, if it’s blue can it co-exist with any other blue, or if it’s yellow can you use it with all other yellows? Not necessarily.

Have you ever decorated a room, and there was just something wrong with the colors, even though they should compliment each other? Or have you ever gone into a space that someone else has created, and something just doesn’t seem quite right? Chances are, some of the colors don’t work well together because they have different undertones that fight one another.

Undertones add a different element to all colors that are created, whether they are in paint, in wood, or in textiles. To understand how colors can take on different undertones, you should brush up on your color chart. Remember that except for red, yellow and blue (the primary colors), all other hues are created by mixing various amounts of the primary colors.

The undertone of the color created depends on the proportions of the colors that were used in its creation. A good example of this would be orange. Having mixed red and yellow, if equal parts of those 2 colors were used, the orange would be exactly orange. But if more red was used than yellow, the orange would be a red-orange. On the other hand if more yellow was used the color created would be a yellow-orange.

You will even find undertones in whites, blacks, reds, yellows and blues.  A white can have a pink, or blue or green undertone, and a black can have a blue or red undertone. It all comes down to the combination of colors used. Neutral colors also have undertones…there is no such thing as just beige.

Remember that when reds are used as undertone, it adds warmth to the finished product, whereas if you use blue or green as an undertone you get a cooler effect.

Too often when people are decorating or re-decorating a space, all the emphasis is placed on the predominant color, and the undertone is ignored which can be the demise of your decorating dreams. Always identify the undertone of the predominant color for your room and be sure that all of the other colors you use have the same.

If you would like help choosing that perfect color palette, give me a call.

206-282-2323

As a trained color consultant, I use color, organizing techniques, re-design and feng shui principles to design beautiful spaces. Spaces that reflect how you want to live.

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, it’s where friends and family love to gather, visit and most of all eat. Much like the heart in your body, you want it to be healthy to support all the people and activities that depend on it.

Just as you want good food from your kitchen, you also want good feng shui in your kitchen. The kitchen is one of the rooms in your home that is predominantly compatible with the Yang energy which is the stronger of the Yin and Yang energies. [click to continue…]

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Have you tried choosing paint colors, fabrics and accessories that will help you create “that” space you have dreamed about?

You try so hard to choose colors that work well together, compliment each other and make a statement.

The problem is that the statement you ended up making wasn’t what you wanted to say, and the dream became a nightmare. Time to start again. [click to continue…]

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Home Sanctuary

by Nancy Hellstrom

Does Your Home Qualify?

You’ve worked all day, dropped off and picked up kids, fought the good fight at the office, cooked dinner and chaired a neighborhood committee meeting.

It’s the end of the  day, you’re done. Where can you go for that little piece of heaven?

If your first thought isn’t of your peaceful home…you’ve got issues. Your home should be that one place, that sanctuary from the world. [click to continue…]

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PearlsWe all know that the accessories you wear with an outfit can change it’s look. You can take a simple black dress and by adding pearls you dress it up, by adding a scarf you dress it down.

The principles of accessorizing your home can work in the same way. The items that you choose for a room will make it casual or formal.

If accessorized correctly the room will look cohesive and comfortable or it can look cluttered and disorganized.

Do you remember the last time you went into a department store and everything was arranged just right? It seemed to just pull you right in. That’s good merchandising. [click to continue…]

Too Many ColorsHave you tried choosing paint colors, fabrics and accessories that will help you create “that” space you have dreamed about?

You try so hard to choose colors that work well together, compliment each other and make a statement.

The problem is that the statement you ended up making wasn’t what you wanted to say, and the dream became a nightmare. Time to start again. [click to continue…]

Coming HomeYou’ve worked all day, dropped off and picked up kids, fought the good fight at the office, cooked dinner and chaired a neighborhood committee meeting.

It’s the end of the  day, you’re done. Where can you go for that little piece of heaven?

If your first thought isn’t of your peaceful home…you’ve got issues. Your home should be that one place, that sanctuary from the world. [click to continue…]