The Energy Of Color


Oh, the new colors around me are a life force. They actually lift my mood every time I look at a piece of furniture that I've painted (and I'm not very good at painting, but I get the job done). And I just have to smile. 


Color is an amazing thing. As mercurial as a mood. I feel like I have a brand new crayon box and have opened it to find all these pretty crayons lined up just waiting to be used. And a synergy is created.


Sometimes I just sit here on my bed and stare at the books in my bookshelves. I know some like to turn them where you can't see the spine, but that would ruin the joy for me.  

I love to read the titles. Enjoy the symmetry. 

If I'd known painting in a myriad of colors would have lifted me so, I'd have done it long ago!

Right now it is rainy and cold, not conducive to painting. I walk past the paint cans gathered together and tell myself: Soon.



I have given myself permission to paint with any color that pleases me. And that goes directly against everything I've done decor-wise for years. I was always trying to match up things somewhat so they didn't stand out like a sore thumb. 

But you know what? You put a whole bunch of sore thumbs together, and miraculously they not only mingle, but they begin to make sense!  

Colors I would never have considered before: Orange and purple and all their variations. 



I love my red, but I was holding myself back. If in my garden every single bloom was the same color, it would be boring. 

I think this idea gelled with me while I was recuperating. Having to sit so much of the time. Staring out the window. Wishing the browns of winter would metamorphosis into bright pretty colors. 

What is drab and gray now will brighten up in a few months. There will be blooms. Oh, how I yearn for blooms!

Until then, I will paint my blooms with a paint brush.

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  1. I love these bright posters. How are your ears?

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    1. Better. But seeing the new ENT this week. Got the posters off Pinterest.

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  2. I completely agree with you about the energy of color. My classroom is decorated in vibrant colors so that we all pick up that energy, but when I'm home I need to unwind, so I think that's why I'm drawn to a more neutral palette.

    I find that scents are like that as well. I have certain perfumes I use when I need to be energized and others for when I need to relax.

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  3. Color does have a l of energy, and love color of almost any kind. I loved your posters too especially the third one there's something special about flowers!

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  4. It seems like the new colors are great tonic for you! Your color journey is helping me to realize I've been in
    a bit of a color rut. My son recently gave me some mixing bowls, and I'm really drawn to the orange one.
    It is shaking up my red/blue/yellow scheme in a good way! Keep the colors coming.

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    1. I think you put your finger on it. It is a tonic. And it is working wonders.

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  5. The inside of your home will look like a beautiful flower garden. Will love seeing all of the changes you will be making.
    Charlotte

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    1. I love thinking of it that way! My very own flower garden of painted objects.

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  6. It's wonderful that you are enjoying your new colors, and I agree that color can give you a change in perspective.

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    1. It is energizing. But yet it is also calming. I suppose because it makes me feel happy.

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  7. If I didn't have color in my home, I would go nuts lol

    We're having Spring like weather this week, so I think I'll be getting the paint out again :)

    xo

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  8. Happy, we love happy colors! Winter SAD, go away!

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    1. Yes! It's my way of making the drab color of winter fade into the distance.

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  9. I have always been afraid of color and actually left my living room and dining room white for quite a few years. One weekend we took the plunge and painted the living room a warm forest green and the dining room the color of pink geraniums! It still makes me smile! Good luck with the new ENT!

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    1. Sometimes we just have to take the plunge or we'll never do it.

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  10. I used to paint with vivid colours and not be scared at all. I then moved into a 'magnolia' new build and since then creams and whites surround me where I am too worried to make too much of a splash in any of the rooms. I'm hoping this year that we make the decision whether to stay or go from our current home then I can start using colour once again. You are right it does lift the spirits. Love your new header by the way. Take care. Chel

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    1. It isn't for everyone. And I think the neutrals make for a beautiful home. But with my dogs, it would be ruined quick.

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  11. I love what you have to say about color! It does energize us and can sooth us as well. Color is amazing.

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    1. Who knew I'd be craving orange? Maybe it's because I haven't been able to drink orange juice, which I dearly loved, for over 25 years due to reflux. Well, going to have my orange paint, yes sirree!

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  12. Love the new direction you're going with color! I'm sort of doing the opposite. I think it's because this house feels so dark and cut off from the outside. I miss my big windows of view of the gardens!

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    1. There's always things we miss and cherish. But then there will be things about the new place you'll come to love too.

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  13. You're never too old for a new box of crayons!

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    1. And I wanted them so bad as a kid! I'm tempted to get myself some.

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  14. I can't wait to see the results. I love your sense of style!

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  15. LOL I was thinking along Marianne's lines too! I was thinking of crayons and paintboxes : )

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    1. Remember the cigar boxes we had at grade school? With our little scissors and glue and crayons? Wasn't it fun just to open the lid?

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  16. Your fun and joyful post really brightens my day! I'm so glad that you are enjoying your bright new colors. You've inspired me to do a little painting once spring arrives, as I live for color. My greatest joy is a beautifully colored flower garden!! Soon...I can feel spring is right around the corner...

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    1. Oh, you're talking my language. A beautifully colored flower garden lifts my spirits like nothing else can.

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  17. Thanks for commenting about the books turned backward. Being a retired librarian, that is just the most disgusting thing to me. The beauty is in seeing the spine of the book, and making you curious about what lurks inside.

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    1. I agree with you. I never "got" the switching them around backwards. Seemed strange to me.

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    2. Worse yet are the people who rip the covers off completely in the name of being trendy!

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  18. I've never thought you were one to shy away from color. It's fun to have a new lease on life! Do you read the blog
    http://thecottagenest.blogspot.com

    If you don't you should. She has such a cheerful, fun decor going on in her cottage. I tend to gravitate to rather masculine Ralph Lauren style but I love seeing all the cheery decor too.

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    1. She has a wonderful blog and has been around a long time. No, I've never shied away from color. But I did shy away from some colors. That's why I'm boldly stepping in and using them. Life is too short to wonder what bright orange and purple will look like on your furniture!

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  19. I am still sticking with the aged red, yellow and blue, just changing the mix now and it feels so new. A little at a time of course.

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    1. Gotta go with your colors. It's an expression of your creativity and personality. Everyone is different and that's the way it should be. Personal choice should always trump trends.

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  20. Through the years I have practiced Color Energy as a body/mind therapy.. I read an article recently that Sloan Kettering in NY is also using it as well as light therapy to help with other healing methods..

    Its said that if you are suddenly drawn to a color/colors its your body telling you your chakras are out of balance thus showing you which areas need attentiion as they are edging toward a state of DIS EASE

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  21. Bravo for you Brenda!!! I love knowing that this transformation is lifting your spirits so high..I am also anxious for you to reveal what you have done to us!! Go Brenda!

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    1. If only the weather would warm up and I could open to windows to paint!

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  22. It sounds like the colors are freeing you Brenda. It's like you are breaking out and going for what makes you happy and not what the 'rules' dictate, Good for you!

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    1. I think your description is quite accurate. I'm breaking out of my self-induced prison of using red, blue and gold.

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  23. With yet another snow storm coming our way, I need color inside to take my mind off the mounds of snow....
    Paint will have to wait, but I will buy tulips and that always helps me at this time of the year.
    Nothing like a new box of crayons!
    Jeannette

    Jeannette

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    1. Loved a brand new box of crayons. And the smell of them once you opened the lid.

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  24. I was a white wall gal for years and I'd go to peoples homes that had painted their walls a pretty blue or red and I'd lust after them but never felt I could do it. Then I took the plunge and had my great room painted a beautiful yellow, after trying out 8 different yellows on the wall, but I absolutely love it. And when I see Teresa's home in its bright yellow it just makes me smile. And of course I've always loved your decorating style with many colors flowing together. Love this new direction you are going in. Here's to a great week full of pretty blooming flowers. I have two roses bushes in bloom and I'm loving those!

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    1. My plants on the patio look brown and dead. Sigh. Did you paint the whole great room 8 different times? Or just add a little and look at it for awhile?

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  25. I think you are going to inspire a lot of ladies to open that crayon box-you are so enthusiastic! Yes...the flowers will really add to your look. Have you ever painted Mason jars? I can see them in bright orange and aqua all over your living room with your pretty blooms!

    Have a great week.

    Jane xx (Writing from the Arctic Circle)

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  26. Let's all get a new crayon box from Target or someplace! The colors will inspire us.

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  27. Isn't it funny? I was thinking of the energy linked to colours last week when our headmistress decided to repaint the staircase at school in hot pink. I chose white, blue and green mostly in my house, but I love to add touches of other colours... I like pinning all white pictures, but they are not really me.

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  28. I sent you an invite today to read my blog. Also I have made a new one about just color, so I think I might like to "interview" you for a post. Keep painting.

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