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Beating the winter blues with artistic hues

If you are someone who suffers from the winter blues, you know how hard it is to get up each day with a smile upon your face. It is sometime hard just to get yourself out of bed and face your day ahead, but this year you can beat those winter blues by decorating a small room in your home.

Basic Colour Wheel
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Having a project to work at not only takes your mind off how “blah” you feel, but it also gives you something creative to do with your hands and lets your imagination fire and run wild. If you have a small room that doesn’t get very much natural light in your home, this would be the most logical one to choose to do a makeover on. If this is a small room, even in the basement, you can create your own little space to place all your precious and memorable items in – photos, candles, etc.

To make a small room look bigger and feel homier all you require is a bit of imagination and a little bit of paint or wallpaper. Textured papers add interest and often if you don’t like the pattern you can apply a coat of paint, or just use a sponge and rub colour onto the top layer and leaving the indented layer the original colour.

By understanding what colours do for the body and the mind, you can pick artistic hues that work for you. All of us have preferences when it comes to colours, but remembering that all colours come in different hues and shades makes it possible for each of us to put together a combination that works great for us personally, and since this room is solely for you, you are the only one who must like it.

When choosing colour it is best to keep in mind what colours do to the human mood. If you like Red, which makes a room appear more active, try to avoid the crimson colours as they have a tendency to make people irritable? Another good choice for those who want to enjoy the sun and happiness is yellow, but this colour should be used as an accent colour and not the main colour as it stirs emotions and conflicts. Blues are considered to be calming, lowering the heart rate and the blood pressure rate, but when using blues be sure to use the pastel shades as the darker shade can be oppressive. Greens when used with yellows have a tendency to induce calmness and warmth, which makes people feel relaxed. Light shades of purple adds a restful quality to the room, but if you wish to use darker shades they would be best as accent colours, whereas orange is an energetic colour and will get you up and moving physically. If that is what you are looking for, it is a good colour for a workout room. Neutrals like white, brown, black, and grey should be used as accent colours or for dramatic touches.

To learn more on how colour affect moods


  • Brad Fralick 5 years ago

    Thank-you Trish,
    This is a great article! We are going to be having my daughter's wedding here at our home. This article will be useful to us in deciding how to plan, and decorate for it! Thank-you Trish!~LOVE Ya LOVE Brad

  • Charlene Collins ~ Atlanta Family Health Examiner 5 years ago

    I agree 100 percent! I have to have something to do to stay happy. I would be depressed during the winter if I didn't have a lot to do.

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