How a Colorful Home can Make you Bolder
There’s a huge cultural shift happening right now. People are seeking a higher quality of life and are more and more repelled by a one size fits all mentality. It’s a really fascinating movement that I can proudly say that I am part of. After all I quit my well-paid international job to become a sculptor and designer. I turned around one day and realized I had a lot of great things including a great house ...and I took exciting trips to international destinations, but I wasn't happy….so I packed my bags, sold my house, and invested my savings in what really made me happy – fine art and design….and I have to say it wasn’t a smooth road to begin with but I have emerged as a much better and happier person.
Why you Should Surround yourself with Things you Love
When I was going through my transition one of the most important lessons that I learned was that – what you surround yourself with affects your emotional state. The theory behind it is rather simple…when you see something repeatedly throughout the day your subconscious brings up emotions that you associate with that object. So let's use an example... your Aunt Mildred gave you a glass bowl and you put it on the table in your front hallway. You put it there because you feel obligated to have it on display.... However, you don’t really like Aunt Mildred so every time you come into your home or leave it...you have a negative emotional experience...because you see something that you reminds you of someone that you don’t really like and you feel the guilt associated with that object over and over again.
If you remove the bowl (and give the it away) your hallway will all of a sudden feel like a more positive and inviting place. Try it. I swear it works.
How Introducing More Color to my Home make me Feel more Powerful
About a year ago I decluttered my own home of everything that was broken, I didn’t really like, or that reminded me of someone that I didn’t like or had negative feelings towards. It turned out to be an incredibly emotional experience….and one that left me feeling like my home was really MY home for the first time in my life.
In addition to decluttering my home of items with negative feelings I also decluttered my home of things that reminded me of the life that I used to have (and who I used to be) and have started replacing them with items that represent where I’m going.
And here’s where the title of this post comes in….because I realized that in my old life I had surrounded myself with a lot of art that was brown and neutral, but what I really love most is bold colorful art, colorful furniture, and pleasant positive colors on my walls. And you know why? Because at heart I’m a bold confident person that goes after my dreams…. so when I surround myself with items that inspire me, I FEEL more inspired and as a result I do inspired BOLD things.
Your Home Should Inspire you to be Bold
I truly believe that your home should inspire you to be a better bolder person too. It should be filled with things that make you happy, things that make you go wow, and things that inspire you to take the actions that will make your future full of the things and feelings that you want….and I firmly believe that color plays a large part in this.
Easy Guide to Finding the Best Colorful Artwork for You
Color psychology has been around for a long time. There’s tons of data out there. Let’s take a look at some.
Red evokes strong emotion. It represents passion and desire;
Blue evokes calmness and serenity. It reminds us of the sky and the ocean both of which are very primal and comforting;
Pink evokes a sense of whimsy and is most often associated with all things feminine;
Green reminds us of nature and if it’s the right shade can make us feel calmer and refreshed;
Purple is an exotic color, which people tend to love or to hate. It is bold and feminine all at the same time (sufficed to say it’s one of my favorite colors); and
Yellow is cheerful. It reminds us of sunshine and uplifts our spirit.
However, I also urge you to take into account your own personal experiences with color and how they make you feel. I go into this in more depth in my book - The Powerful Room. It takes a holistic look at how you interact with your environment and provides you the tools to easily declutter your home of things that no longer serve you and decorate in a way that really reflects who you really are. To find out more, click on the image to the left.
Bring Color to your Home and be Bolder!
In summary, color affects our mood ... so incorporate it into your home to maximize your happiness to allow you to be bolder ...and more yourself!
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