Guest Author - Donna Coogan
If you are struggling with choosing a decorating color scheme for your home, try using happy colors. What is a happy color scheme? It can fall into two categories. 1) A decorating scheme that is made up of the colors you love. The ones that make you feel good inside. 2) Colors that are typically considered "cheerful."
Your Favorite Colors
If you have a favorite color you know how it makes you feel. Whenever you see it, you instinctively pause to soak it in or to reach out and touch it. You have probably bought clothing in that color and maybe jewelry or a car. This color just plain makes you feel good.
Such colors are suitable for decorating because they will make your home a reflection of your personality. You donít have to use them all over the room. Whether itís an entire wall or just a few accessories, having the color near you is what is important.
A happy color scheme could be one that is made up of cheerful hues such as those of an English flower garden: pinks, yellows, blues and greens. Generally these fresh colors create a welcoming feeling like that of spring.
Other happy hues might include bright vivid colors. Imagine those that are typical in a tropical paradise like blazing oranges, hot pinks, sparkling teals and canary yellows. These immediately create an impression of fun, excitement and enjoyment.
A child's bedroom is often full of primary red, yellow and blue colors, creating a playful, energizing and exhilarating atmosphere. Such a room could easily be described as having a happy color scheme.
Whenever you decorate your home, be sure to incorporate the colors that make you smile. If you arenít sure what they are visit the produce aisle at the grocery store. Look at all the fruits and vegetables. What colors are the most striking to you? Or browse through your favorite clothing store for ideas. Take a walk and notice the things you see in nature: sky; grass; birds; butterflies; leaves. Does anything catch your eye? Can you imagine that shade in your home?
Pick one or two favorite colors and use them throughout your interiors in small accent pieces and see how they make you feel. If you find yourself enjoying the space more, then they are indicators of the colors that really work for you. Branch out and paint a wall, include a chair or put up window treatments using those colors.
Decorating your home with happy colors is cheap and fun because you are using colors that you know you love and will probably won't need to change for a long time to come. Decorate your home with your favorite colors today and fall in love with your surroundings!