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Five Ways to Implement Color Psychology for Productivity in the Office

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Colors can have a great impact in your workplace can stimulate productivity and keep our employees happy. Colors evoke feelings and these can have a dramatic effect on the visitors and stakeholders as well. The effect of color on moods and behavior is called color psychology and the use of color psychology can help create a work environment conducive to productivity.

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Here are five easy ways to implement color psychology for productivity in the office:

1. Reception Area

The reception is the first point of contact a visitor, prospective employee or a current employee will have in a office. The reception should radiate a feeling of happiness and positivity. The person entering your reception area should feel welcome. Orange is a great color for receptions since it evokes a feeling of enthusiasm and energy. You can also use a peach or soft yellow for the reception area.

2. Office Space

The office space is where the employees spend their working hours. The area should be able to stimulate the employees to put in their best and not slack in their performance. Blue is generally perceived to be the ‘most productive color’. It is a calm color that creates a relaxing atmosphere. It is especially suited for employees who do number crunching work like accountants. Too much of blue can get boring, adding red or orange as accents will maintain a balance. Similarly, if your work is creative in nature, choose yellow instead of blue. Yellow is associated with the Sun and instills a creative energy in the office area. It is positive and optimistic color thus suited well for designers and creative minds.

3. Meeting Rooms

Meetings rooms are generally used for big announcements or making important decisions. Avoid using the color red completely in these rooms. Red is a color that gets the heart racing and people agitated. A good color for meeting rooms is turquoise. It helps in soothing the nerves of nervous speakers. Inject a shade of pink to help people in the meeting room feel at ease and avoid tempers from flaring.

4. Café or Pantry

If you have a small café or pantry in your office area where your employees usually head to for a coffee break, consider using shades of green to create a relaxing atmosphere. Green is a soothing as well as reassuring color. It creates a sense of balance and the employees will feel refreshed on returning from their break.

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5. Hallways

White can feel like a blank slate and is perceived to be a boring color to use in the workspace. White can make hallways appear brighter and more spacious. Use white in hallways to create a feeling of optimism and cleanliness.

Understanding Your Favorite Color and How to Reflect it In Your Interior

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Colors can have a profound impact on our emotions and everyday behavior.  Your home should be one that reflects your personality and taste, therefore, don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite color in your interiors.  Here is a small guide to understanding some of the common favorite colors of my clients, what it says about them and how these can be reflected in an interior:

Courtesy of Pinterest and Corbett Lighting

Courtesy of Pinterest and Corbett Lighting

1) Yellow:  Yellow is associated with a sunny personality.  You are an outgoing person with a great senses of humor.  When using yellow in your interor, pair it with neutral color or a cool color like blue.  Too much yellow can lead to heated arguments, thus it is best to use it in small amounts, more like accents.  You can tone down yellow with beige or white for a warm glow in the bedroom.  Use a strong shade of yellow for dark hallways.

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Courtesy of O Magazine

2) Red:  Red is an intense color and reflects a passionate personality.  A person who loves red is outgoing and ambitious but can very quickly change their mind.  Red in home decor should be muted to avoid negativity.  Choose a shade of red like brick or terracotta which is elegant and sophisticated and not too intense.  If you do love a bright red shaed, then use it as an accent.

 

Design by Cecil Hayes.

Design by Cecil Hayes.

3) Orange:  Orange usually appeals to people whith a penchant for luxury and opulence.  Such people live their life king size and love social gatherings.  Orange is the color of youth and vitality.  Use a bright shade of orange to create a focal point in your home.  It is a great choice for dining rooms as it stimulates the appetite.

 

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4) Green:  Green is associated with the outdoors- grassy landscapes and lush forest.   Green relfects a personality that longs for peace, quiet and belonging.  It is a harmonious color and can be used throughout the home.  Mix green tones with shades of blue to create a natural, outdoor environment indoors.  Brighten up a dull room with shades of citrus green and white.

 

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

5) Blue:  Blue is a fresh color with a soothing effect.  Someone who loves blue is compassionate and level headed.  Blue is a versatile color and can be used as a core color in your interiors.  Try painting your ceiling a shade of light blue to make the room feel larger.  Combine blue with yellow to create a cheerful space.  Add a dash of green to a blue decor for a calming sensation.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

6) Pink:  In Feng Shui, pink has been associated with love and romance.  It is a great color to help reveal your inner poetic self.  Those who love pink want to feel good about themselves and have a romantic outlook in life.  Pair your favorite shade of pink with a masucline color like brown, grey or black to achieve balance.  Add grey to pink to make a bedroom feel sophisticated and romantic.  Use bubblegum pinks for girl’s bedrooms.

Interested in learning more… try my 21 Day Color Challenge E-book for only $4.95.  Email me at interiors@kreativeways.com  to get yours!

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Four Quick & Easy Ways to Zen Your Space

Unlike what most people think, introducing a Zen sensibility to your space is quite easy.  Zen interiors mean living a simple lifestyle and design aesthetic that lends a calming effect to your home.  It does not require extensive remodeling of your home, just a few changes can create a huge impact.  Imagine bringing the serenity of your yoga class home!

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Here are four quick and easy ways to Zen your space:

1) Live a clutter free life–  The first and probably most important rule of Zen decorating is getting rid of clutter.  The Japanese art of home decoration believes that clutter creates chaos and will not let your mind be at ease.  Clear everything that disturbs your line of sight.  Open spaces enhance the free flow of Chi-energy and it will instantly have a positive effect.  You will quickly realize the importance of a clutter free home.

2) Spare the bright colors– Zen decorating emphasizes the use of earth tones.  Your Zen home should be like a retreat where you can relax and feel at ease.  Bright colors disturb the balance.  Look for invigorating and fresh earthy tones like greens, browns and blues.  These are subtle yet soft making your home feel close to the outdoors.  Painting is the easier and most inexpensive solution to bringing in the Zen energy.

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3) Use the Five Feng Shui Elements for your decor-  Zen decorating does not mean having a sparsely decorated, boring home.  In fact decorating with details is an interesting aspect of Zen principles.  Borrowing from the ancient Chinese art of placement, Feng Shui, the use  the the five elements earth, water, fire, mental and wood in your decor.  Bring in the wood element of a house plant which will add wealth as well as vibrancy and cheerfulness into your space.  Consider a mix of metal and wood for furnishings, accessories and  wall treatment inspiration.  Decorate your bare walls with serene paintings and photographs.  Limit your decor to one painting per room.  Use objects found in nature like rocks, shells and tree branches to creatively decorate your space.  You can also fill a glass bowl with shells for display on a mantel or shelf.

4) Organization and storage– Organization is another important aspect of Zen design.  An organized home will help you keep calm and feel at peace.  Take time to organize your closets, the kid’s room, drawers, refrigerator and the pantry.  These are some of the places where clutter tends to build up quicker than you think.  Make use of storage binds and boxes, label them neatly and create a place in the home for them.  When everything is neatly stacked and labeled, it will free your mind from small issues like finding birthday candles at the nick of time and will give you the opportunity to be at ease.

Here is another Zen Decorating Tip:

If you would like to create a Zen Decor and do not know where to start, contact me at Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC and I would be happy to provide you a free phone consultation to get started.

Five Ways to Avoid A Home That Screams “Off the Rack”

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Interior Design by Sherry Ways of Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC

What makes a home look decorator quality? Is it the right shades? Is it the perfect fabric on your sofa? What about the right flooring? It doesn’t matter. What? Actually, there’s one principle that’s fundamental to ALL decorator quality homes. It’s detail!

Oftentimes, people overlook the details in their home and don’t realize how important they really are. I can even go so far as to say – the attention you give to carefully planned detail is what separates your home from the everyday look of store bought! Detail is what creates a home with a decorator quality, look and feel. It doesn’t matter what style of furnishings you have – traditional, cottage, beach, casual. . . or even if you don’t have decorator quality furnishings!

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Interior Design by Sherry Ways of Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC

Many people purchase ready-made products such as curtain panels, valances, bedding, table skirts and pillows. But what they don’t realize is by doing so, they’re dulling down their home.

I’ve listed a few things to consider about ready made products –

1. Quality – Store bought fabric items are made FAST – the workmanship and quality is on the low end of the scale. That being said, they’re made to appeal to a mass market, a larger audience, everyone and anyone! The products don’t usually last long and they wear out in no time flat, especially after you’ve laundered them for the very first time. It’s almost as if the stiffener is the thing holding them together! Here’s what’s common – stitching is missing, the hems are crooked, the seams are too small, they’ve skimped on fabric, they hang off-kilter, the corners are sloppy, the thread doesn’t match, they aren’t lined, or if there is lining it’s too short and not hemmed properly.

2. Color – The use of exquisite trims, bandings, borders and beading is virtually non-existent with ready-made. The style is basic. The colors are boring. It’s the same stuff your neighbors have. And it doesn’t provide any of the extra added ‘zip’ that would look great in your home.

3. Repetition – If you find an item you like that has some detail to it, oftentimes it’s the only one like it. When you bring it home to your house, it’s the only item in the room with that detail. This creates a lack of repetition and unity in the room. You’ll want to tie things together and create a well-thought out room. Using only one item with that one detail could be too random.

4. Decorator Details – Pay attention to items like lampshades, trim on window treatments, knobs on the kitchen cabinets, light switches, pillows, live plants, pots, accessories, etc. Think these items through and the detail opportunities they provide. It’s what professional interior designers do to make your home look ‘decorator quality’.

5. Play Hooky – On the other side of the coin, don’t be afraid to remove details to keep things simple, chic and less cluttered. Too much detail in a room can be overwhelming or too matchy-matchy and doesn’t provide a place for your eyes to rest. A carefully planned absence of detail in a room can look absolutely fabulous!
You can learn how to develop an eye for detail. It takes time, but building your ‘attention to detail’ muscle is a skill you can acquire with ease. Who knows, maybe your home could be featured in an upcoming decorator magazine!

To learn more this weekend I will be one of three panelists in the Port of Harlem’s Build/Renovate Your Own Castle taking place on Saturday April 6 th, at the Alexandria Black History Museum.   The event is FREE!  Come learn the secrets of pulling together a beautiful space.  For more information check out  http://www.portofharlem.net/pohpromotions/buildrenovatefive.html

National Color Therapy Month Feature: Choosing The Right Color Palette

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Color is emotional and conveys different moods, this being said the color of a room determines the type of atmosphere. Choosing the color of a room can be both nerve racking and intimidating. So many colors, tones and hues oh my! Well I have a few tips to make it easy you see. So grab a pen and follow these:
1. Determine the function of the room.

  • Deep colors should be used in rooms primarily used at night, the dining room, TV room or bedroom.
  • Light colors go great in rooms with a large amount of natural light. Subtle, pale colors in bathrooms or dressing rooms.
2. Test the colors effectively.
  • Hang large paper color swatches next to smaller trim colors and view the shades together.
  • View the color combination together at different times of the day to see how the color appears in different lighting.
3. Prepare to be surprised.
  • Testing a color won’t completely prepare you for a big change. Some color will appear brighter or bolder in a large amount. If your feeling apprehensive about using a color, try using it in small amounts through out a room. Decorative throw pillows or throw blankets in a living room or bedroom, table clothes, plates and napkins in the eat in kitchen or dining room in the prospective room color can help you slowly adapt to using the color in a great amount.

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