Living vibrantly means living exactly how you’ve always wanted (but maybe never dared) to live. It means having a bold, fulfilling, rich life that fills you with excitement and lights your soul on fire.
But what kind of design will do that for you?
That’s a fantastic question, and discovering the answer is a large part (if not the entire foundation) of what we do at Blakely.
When it comes to our clients, we’re able to dive in deeply with them to get to the core of who they are. This builds an authentic relationship and helps us understand their vision beyond what they can express or imagine — and we then bring it to life.
Since you and I aren’t sitting face to face at the moment, I’ll give you my best advice instead:
Decide how you want to feel in each space first.
This is where color comes in.
What can color actually do in your home?
Living vibrantly doesn’t mean you have to surround yourself with sassy pink and fluorescent green (unless that’s your jam), but color does play a huge role in how you feel in a space.
The right colors can:
- energize your family room enough for years of memories
- relax you after a full day at the office or perk you up in the AM
- inspire intimacy and romance in… well, I’ll let you imagine that one 😉
Color inspires all sorts of emotions, actions, and interactions. You just have to pick the right ones.
Step into the Blakely office…
It’s Proven… Color is Good for Your Health
I’m sure you’ve heard that blue is calming, right? That’s certainly true, but every color is loosely associated with a set of feelings and emotions it can inspire.
I’m going to dive into the impact of each color, but first, I just want to remind you to do a little color exploration yourself after reading… I might get a boost of energy from a splash of red, but your happiest place could be a sunny yellow.
Nobody’s right or wrong here. It’s about you.
Let’s dive into some color!
Pink evokes feelings of romance, nurturing, friendship, love, and compassion. Using it in a space can create a sense of playfulness, warmth, hope, and femininity.
Pink adds a feminine touch to this living room—which belongs to my house! Pink welcomes my friends and family and makes them feel right at home.
As pink’s deeper, more intense sister, red evokes feelings of passion, love, determination, and strength. In the home, red can raise energy levels within a room, be it conversation, activity, or romance.
The red mirror in this entryway inspires energy, strength, and the confidence to go out and take on the day!
Bold and adventurous, orange is known for being an empowering and social color. In a home, orange is great for entertaining spaces, where it boosts confidence, inspires enthusiasm, and stimulates flowing conversation.
Orange lamps offer a boost of confident energy to this relaxing and peaceful scene. Perfect for an entryway to come home to at the end of the day!
Yellow is most associated with feelings of happiness and is considered mentally stimulating. It can inspire creativity, new ideas, and expression. Like orange, yellow is also great for social spaces, where it can add a joyful glimpse of sunshine.
This yellow powder room is more than relaxing… it provides a sunny and cheerful morning wake-up.
In this relaxing Vibrant Coastal living room, yellow is used as an accent color to encourage joy and liveliness.
Like the natural world, green symbolizes growth, balance, and new life. Using it in your space (especially with plants) can evoke feelings of rejuvenation, calm, freshness, and vitality.
Green has also been known for helping people feel emotionally safe, which is probably why it’s used so often in bedrooms and bathrooms.
We believe at least a touch of greenery should brighten every space in the house!
Green-hued art and plenty of foliage create a dining room that supports health, mental clarity, and living well.
Green (and pink) colors this vibrant and refreshing powder room in our Blakely office.
Blue is renowned for its calming effects on the mind and body and is even known for slowing down metabolism. It’s one of the most popular colors for a home — especially here in northeast Rhode Island!
Light blues are the quintessential “coastal” colors, thanks to their calming effects and the way they emulate the blue of the ocean water. They promote peace and health, and are best in spaces with plenty of natural light.
Meanwhile, darker shades like navy and deep royal blue, while still calming, are more reminiscent of depth, intelligence, integrity, and seriousness.
Different blue hues create a family room that’s relaxing and calm. A splash of yellow keeps it joyful and social.
A mix of light and dark blues create a space that’s simultaneously tranquil, calming, and deeply thoughtful.
Purple is the traditional color of royalty — dramatic, sophisticated, and intense. In a space, deep plum shades can have this same effect, while vibrant tones are more likely to inspire creativity and individuality.
Go even lighter (lilac, lavender) and you’ll feel a sense of calm, femininity, and playfulness. Quite a range of emotions!
Bold fuchsia upholstery and rug details evoke playfulness, creativity, and a dash of drama.
We’ve reached the end of the rainbow, but our next post will give you some straightforward steps for adding your favorite hues to your home. Whether you’re color shy or color confident, these tips will be sure to guide you in the right direction.
Can’t wait? Get a head start and download our sun exposure & color guide! See you soon…