“You are a joy to be around,” is usually spoken to a person who is pleasant, inspiring, funny, and easy to get along with. They create an atmosphere of joy. But let’s take this a bit deeper. Not all of us are wired to be jovial. Many of us struggle with hope and curiosity that keeps our moods up.
The weight of life’s stresses often tips the scale, obscuring our joy. That’s where the magic of thoughtfully designed interiors steps in. Thoughtful design, especially engaging the senses can nudge us to engage, explore, and bridge the gap to feel more hopeful and curious which helps to keep our spirits high.
By playing with color psychology and sunlight, you can boost your mood and create a soothing space. Imagine warm yellows like a sunrise, sky blues like a sunny day, and shades of leafy greens that reconnect you with nature. These shades connect with sunlight, infusing your space with hope and inspiration. Adjust and position furniture to soak up natural light and let your thoughts wander as you feel the sunshine on you.
Above: Goldenrod was added as a contrast to the Sapphire sofa to compliment Sunlight from the large windows to give an uplifting mood
Colors have a significant impact on our mood and well-being, especially when they interact with natural sunlight. To create an uplifting and harmonious environment that promotes mental health and happiness, consider incorporating the following interior colors that resonate and complement with sunlight:
- Yellows: Yellows reminiscent of sunlight can evoke feelings of warmth, positivity, and cheerfulness. It creates a welcoming and sunny ambiance that can boost your mood.
- Blues: Shades of blue mimic the open sky on a sunny day. This color can promote a sense of tranquility, calmness, and serenity, making it perfect for spaces where relaxation is desired.
Above: Periwinkle and Lemon yellows were used to harmonize with the sun and sky of Palm Springs for the Christopher Kennedy Palm Springs Showhouse
Greens: Similar to the hues of fresh foliage, shades of greens can be soothing and rejuvenating. They connect you with nature and create a sense of balance and renewal.
Warm Beige or Sand: These neutral shades emulate the natural tones of sand and earth, creating a grounding and soothing atmosphere that complements sunlight beautifully.
Lavenders: Like the delicate petals of flowers in the sun, soft lavender offers a sense of relaxation, while also carrying hints of romance and charm.
Whites and Creams: These timeless hues enhance the natural light, making a room feel more spacious and airy. They also provide a clean canvas for other elements in the space.
Blush Pink: A subtle blush pink, reminiscent of blooming flowers, can create a gentle and nurturing ambiance. It’s associated with feelings of love, care, and positivity.
Pale Gold or Honey: These warm, golden tones emulate the richness of sunlight. They can evoke feelings of luxury, comfort, and a touch of opulence.
Corals and Oranges: These warm, inviting tones reflect the gentle glow of sunrise or sunset. It’s associated with creativity, joy, and a sense of well-being.
Above: Cornflower Blue and Corals were used to coordinate with the Sunset Artwork in this bedroom that gives an uplifting, yet soothing feeling. Also, notice how the table lamps are different to play into the organic nature of the ocean.
Remember, the effect of color can be subjective, and it’s important to choose shades that resonate with your personal preferences and the overall vibe you want to create. Consider using these colors as accents on walls, in decor, or through furniture to complement the sunlight that filters into your space. Experiment with different combinations to find the perfect balance that enhances your mental well-being and brings happiness into your home. And of course, I’m happy to help.