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7 Home Color Tips from a ‘Color Whisperer’

Jeanette  Chasworth is a designer who specializes in color and the author of the newly  published book, What’s Color Got To Do With it? She is often called a “color whisperer.” She can go into a room and communicate with it, intuiting the  colors that are needed based on the client’s desires and the messages she picks  up from all of the objects in the room.

Having worked with energy in my own Feng Shui practice for many years, I love  the way that she sees color as a way to energetically shift the room so that her  clients feel as if the room is embracing them. She likens it to the way you feel  in your favorite outfit…”as if you can do anything. That’s what you should feel  in your home,” Jeannette continued, “empowered, relaxed, happy. What does a hug  feel like? Safe, warm, and comforting.  Your home can do that for you  too.”

Jeanette’s most asked question is how a client can change their space for the  least amount of money. The answer is always color,  which is often something that can leave people feeling stuck when working on  their home.

I asked Jeanette to tell me about the emotional and physical effects  of color and to talk about color do’s and dont’s:

“Color affects us every day. It can drain you, make you  hungry, calm you down, or invigorate you. We all have color in our homes and how  we use it affects our lives. We all have unique personalities and so does color.  Every color can create a certain “energy” in a room and it needs to match the  people in it.

I often get clients that are in a place of change…new home, new career, or  even someone who has died. Our homes are a mirror of who we are and when there’s  a change in our lives, we need to reflect it in our home.  I have found it  really helpful in people dealing with the last stages of grief. They are  rediscovering who they are and have to make some changes in order to find that  person. Some take the opportunity to finally get a piece of furniture they  always wanted or to create their dream kitchen or bathroom. Combining old  memories and making room for new memories is really important.”

What are seven color do’s and don’ts that you run into most often  that might help us in choosing color for our own homes?

1. Don’t Paint Your House White Because You Don’t Know  What to Do: Somewhere, somehow we got the idea that a white house was perfect. It made the house seem bigger and look fresh and  clean. Well, maybe, but it’s also hard to keep that way, and most  people like a little more color in their lives. Do you dress in all white every  day, or eat all white food every day? Most likely not; as humans, we want  variety. Your home is no different.

2. Don’t Pick a Color Because it’s Trendy: You need to pick  a color for YOU!

3. Don’t Paint for Resale: Too many people paint with the  idea of resale in mind. This works if you are actually selling the house  immediately but often that’s not the case. Would you go out on the street and  give the next person walking buy all the money for your remodel project? That’s  what you are doing if you design just for resale. You don’t know  what the next person will like or who they are, so how can you pick something  that they will buy? Look around your home — how much have you changed from the  previous owner?    Typically people live in a house for several years.  It’s important that it fits who you are and your needs first, not the next  people who may buy it.

4. Don’t Play it Safe Just to Be Safe: Many people will  select light colors or pastels because they think they will make it look bigger.  This is a huge myth. It’s not how dark or light a room is but it’s how much  light the paint reflects. A barely off-white blue can suck light out of a  room.

Always get a sample and always paint a large sample on the wall, particularly  in doorways where you can see into the next room. See how the color changes  throughout the day because it will. Test it to see how much light is reflected;  the one that reflects light is the one that will make your room look bigger.

5. Do Be Bold: Don’t be afraid to go into the middle of the  paint sample strip. Most people play it safe with the lighter colors at the top – the first or second sample. Don’t be afraid to look at the third, fourth, and  fifth samples. Don’t be afraid to have accents of the darkest colors at the  bottom.

You are an amazing and unique person and it’s important that the colors on  your walls have as much character as you do. Are you bold? Go bold! Don’t  be afraid. Reach into that inner you and ask… what color am I?

6. Do Look Up at the Ceiling: This is the  forgotten element of most homes. Most people think it needs to be white, and  when asked why, the answer is always, “It’s supposed to be white.” Says who?  Start really looking around you when you are in public places and you will see a  lot of other colors. You can paint it a lighter shade of your wall, the same  color as your wall, or if you want, something really bold – darker than the  walls. Just think about doing something a little different and see how much it  changes your room.

7. Do Think About What Mood You Want to Create: Color  creates a mood and each color has specific moods that it creates. Think about  how the room will be used, how you want to feel in it. Do you want to relax or  do you want to re-energize? Color can influence all kinds of things from how  much you eat to how much you sleep. Use it as your friend to improve your  life.

By Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is a  motivational speaker, author and life coach specializing in connecting people to  their spiritual essence. She is also an Internationally recognized Feng Shui  speaker, green living columnist, teacher and the author of the book Small  Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World and the Founder of  the West  Coast Academy of Feng Shui.  She is also the founder of Earth Spirit  Adventure Travel which takes people on retreats to powerful energy vortexes such  as Bali and Hawaii to facilitate their deep earth/spirit connection. Find out  more at www.ericasofrina.com

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