Create Your Retreat, Just for You.

Your environment can influence how you feel so it makes sense to try and create one that works for you, not against you. I have written about using colour positively in the office and it’s as important, if not more so, at home in your private place.

Your little oasis of calm might be just a wee corner of your bedroom but try and fill it with things that raise your spirits. It doesn’t matter if others don’t like it, it’s what you find beautiful and relaxing.

Here’s a short guide to some of the theory associated with colour and mood:

  • White is associated with purity, can be calming, and enhances available light
  • Blue is called a calming colour, which helps you settle
  • Yellow is invigorating and warming. It reminds you of the sun
  • Green is soothing and harmonising
  • Purple is energising and inspirational
  • Orange can be welcoming and create a sense of warmth
  • Red is hot and powerful, stimulates appetites
  • Pink creates a softer effect and is playful

Take a look around your home. You may have chosen colours according to prevailing fashion but that may not have created the mood you want.

Remember also that although you can’t always block out noise, soft furnishings will muffle it and absorb more sound better than sharp, firm surfaces. Thick lined curtains will mute noise more than sharp blinds, for example, carpets better than wooden floors. And lack of fresh air can make you feel lethargic so throwing open the windows for a while can be really energising! Plants also help with oxygen levels.

Do you prefer solitude or company, quiet or music? What is your ideal prefect retreat space?

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Posted on November 18th, 2010 by

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