How to Choose Interior Colors

hand-painted cabinets and chests
hand-painted cabinets and chests
Venetian glass lamps
Venetian glass lamps
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folding screens
Venetian glass accessories
Venetian glass accessories

choosing colors

Choosing Colors that Right for You

Think of color as a mystical force that can enhance and stimulate your non biological self or depress it.

While certain colors elevate your personal vital energy, others darken your spirit. Think of yourself as an alchemist capable of transmuting base colors to radiant, golden light.

In color you have a magic wand that you can use in hundreds of ways every day to create more joyful moments where you feel you are living in pure light.

Choose only colors that carry positive associations for you.

- Look through decorating and gardening magazines to explore what colors attract your eye.

- Study the palettes of Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, and Henri Matisse.

- Remember how colors speak for you and about you. Your personal color palette is your integrity, your voice; it should never be compromised.

- Let your colors refresh you, uplift you, and caress your inner light. Become a colorist and an artist who paints with life-sustaining colors that bring hope, increase faith, and make everyone feel happier.

There is a superiority in clear, saturated colors. In art, textile design, and other objects, colors should make your heart leap for joy. If there is no luminosity, no refreshing crispness or childlike clarity, chances are the colors are for someone else.

Here are some examples of how to get more color in your life:

colorful living room decor; interior design and decorating ideas

colorful living room decor

Navy blue living room with a pup of pink; interior design ideas

Navy blue with a pop of pink. Abundance of windows and natural light makes this room a perfect candidate for a dark color wall treatment. Rich navy blue color makes this space cozy and high on style.


living space

...and if you don't want to paint the wall you can add color via canvas. Love the splash of yellow in the dining area of the space.


Powerful room design with high contrast between high hues on the walls and light furnishings; pink

Powerful room design with high contrast between high hues on the walls and light furnishings. Love the distribution of color on the window treatments and the accent pillows.


Minneapolis home interior design by Dana Alpeter, photography by Susan Gilmore:

beautiful living room design with bright colors
bright and cheerful living room design

color and home decor ideas

expressing personality with color
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How can you have more color-love?
You have to wrap your heart, mind, and soul around pure, vibrant hues, and look to nature and artists who see life as a beautiful place for inspiration. And you have to trust your intuition when selecting colors for your personal color palette. Don't look at fashion trends or be guided by what's displayed in showroom and stores. So-called experts may try to convince you that bland, artificial, "neutral" tones are calming, whereas in reality they are more likely to shut down, not soothe, the human spirit... more on decorating with color >>