(This article comes from a newsletter reader who is also an interior decorator - Janie Barnes. She is also the writer of her soon-to-be-released ebook, "Spiritual Decorating." If you have ever been stumped trying to decorate a room or wondered why your decor just didn't feel right, you'll want to read this exciting new ebook. Below Janie gives us just a taste of how nature's palette can inspire our interior designs.)
Springtime is the time of year many of us turn our thoughts to decorating our homes, breathing new life into rooms that have become tired and dreary. As you open your windows to let the fresh air and sunlight stream in, recognize that ideas for your new decorating scheme might be as close as your own backyard.
Color is one of the easiest and most effective design elements you can use to liven up any space. Why not let nature inspire your choices? As you begin enjoying more time outdoors, notice the beautiful colors in Mother Nature's spring palette.
Though there are many valid theories about how different colors affect our emotions, have some fun developing your own beliefs of how the colors of springtime affect you personally. What feelings would you like to experience in a particular room? Which shades of newly emerging flower buds, or leaves of your favorite tree can you use in paint and fabric for a springtime decorating project?
Love the daffodils springing up in your yard? Nothing says "good morning" friendlier than a jonquil yellow kitchen and breakfast room walls. Grass green and yellow striped cushions on your chairs would accent that area beautifully.
Maybe you're inspired by what we Southerners like to call "Carolina Blue" sky. Paint your porch ceiling to reflect the sky and you will add an ethereal sense to your leisure time spent there in springtime.
Do you entertain more in spring? Your guests will feel even more welcomed when seated in your tulip red dining room, and will look radiant by candlelight. As an added bonus, red should subconsciously stimulate their appetites so you don't even have to be a great cook!
The periwinkle and honeysuckle are blooming profusely, and have just given me a great idea for colors to use in the guest room this spring. Fresh and assuring, these shades of blue and yellow will also be restful, which is how I would love my weekend guests to feel.
Fresh flowers brighten your spirit and warm up any room, whether you snip off a single rose or daisy, a lilac sprig, or enjoy making more elaborate arrangements with flowers from your yard. You are actually "bringing nature inside," but will enhance your mind and spirit on a much higher level.
You can never go wrong decorating your home if you make choices based on what stirs you emotionally, what triggers positive responses from your mind and spirit. Nature, especially in springtime, offers some of the most joyous and creative inspiration to each one of us. When you "stop and smell the roses," literally, use the experience to enhance your creativity, and make your home the place that most beautifully expresses your joys and unique personality.