Have you ever walked into a room and found yourself feeling immediately comfortable and at ease? Perhaps you are in awe of the ocean view, the espresso brown leather sectional, and other earth-toned elements dispersed throughout. On the flip side, you may find yourself entering a space that is so off-the-walls colorful that you experience a newfound sense of energy. You can’t help but feel invigorated upon seeing the funky neon sign in the entryway and the Warhol inspired pop art lining the hall.
All this is to say, color has a significant impact on our mood. To clarify, we’re not talking about a physical object that entices you visually. Rather, it’s the different types of light our eyes absorb which in turn send particular messages to our brain.
It is commonly known that warm colors such as red, yellow and orange provoke feelings of happiness, energy, and creativity. Meanwhile, it’s cool tones such as green, blue and purple that promote calm and peace. Whether you’re after a kick of excitement or a moment of zen, the colors around you unconsciously command your mood. Color affects our emotions, which is why at Shanna Shryne Design, we suggest to not only to curate your space, but to curate your color.
At our recently completed “Greenbelt Gem” project in Manhattan Beach, our clients’ penchant for color gave this 1970’s home new life. The homeowners were on board with the bold.
Their punchy pink pillows and the soft pink hues of the art hung in the living room summon a sweet sophistication. The kitchen and bath design was also intentional. The cabinets painted a mint green relaxes and creates balance amidst structural appliances and lines of the kitchen. Impressive emerald tile installed floor to ceiling in the powder bath calls to mind a feeling of prestige and abundance. In the dining room, the deep greens in a tropical piece of art layered with a live plant evokes a sense of freshness and closeness with nature.
Our clients have three young children, so it was a no-brainer to have some fun in their bathroom. Terrazzo countertops and a colorful, patterned shower tile combined with bright artwork is cheerful and inspires joy.
In addition to the gorgeous piano, art and furnishings in this more formal living area, the colors in play here have a specific impact of their own. Blue is a color that brings forth feelings of security and productivity, but also a lightness. Neutral cream and brown colors seen in the area rug, Eames lounge chair and wooden slats provide warmth and comfort. These elements of color make sense in an area where one hopes to create an environment that promotes a peaceful and strong family atmosphere.
We invite you to curate your color when designing your next space. Be it a single room that could use a boost or a full home in need of an overhaul, ask yourself (or a professional!) how you and your family want it to feel. It’s one task to find furnishings that work, but the real work pays off when you walk into your home and have the sensation that it is truly yours.