The Effects Of Color On Your Mood

While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room color, it affects every day of our lives. Room color can influence our mood and our thoughts. Colors affect people in many ways, depending upon one’s age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. Certain colors or groups of colors tend to get a similar reaction from most people – the overall difference being in the shade or tones used. So it’s important to choose wisely.

The main color of your room can have an effect on your mood. These colors can make you feel anything from tranquil to rage. So when trying to create peace and harmony in your home choose your colors wisely. Some colors in large amounts will have just the opposite affect on you and your loved ones’ moods.

What mood do you want to create? Which colors will help you achieve that mood?

If you find this task difficult, look at magazines, decorating books and websites for ideas. This is a good approach to take even if you’re starting from scratch. Fabric, carpeting, furniture and tile are available in a more limited range of colors than is paint, so choose them first and then decide on your paint color. Once you’ve found what you where searching for limit the number of colors in a room to no more than three or four. Too many colors can make a room look busy or cluttered.

Paint is a fairly inexpensive and transforms a room more quickly than anything else you can do so you can afford to experiment a little.

Room Colors

Understand that colors behave in three basic ways: active, passive, and neutral, and you can easily match every room’s colors to your personal desires and taste and to the room’s purpose. Light colors are expansive and airy, they make rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance.

Red raises a room’s energy level. It’s a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. Red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate. It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms, but if you’re only in the room after dark, you’ll be seeing it mostly by lamplight, when the color will appear muted, rich, and elegant. Red, the most intense, pumps the adrenaline like no other hue.

Crimson can make some people feel irritable. With red invoking feels of rage and hostility is a color that should be avoided as the main color of a room. Sitting for long periods of time in a room this color will likely breakdown any peace and harmony you are striving to create in your home. Ancient cultures used the color red to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation.
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It’s perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, where happy color is energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries, and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming. Yellow although is a cheery color is not a good choice in main color schemes of a room. People are more likely to lose their tempers in a yellow room. Babies also seem to cry more in a yellow room. This color tends to create feeling of frustration and anger in people. This color is the most fatiguing on the eyes .In chromotherapy yellow was believed to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.

Blue brings down blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate. That’s why it’s considered calming, relaxing, and serene, and is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. Be careful, however: A pastel blue that looks pretty on the paint chip can come across as unpleasantly chilly when it’s on the walls and furnishings, especially in a room that receives little natural light. If you opt for a light blue as the primary color in a room, balance it with warm hues in the furnishings
and fabrics.

To encourage relaxation in the rooms where people gather family rooms, living rooms, large kitchens consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room. When going with blue go for softer shades of blue. Dark blue has the opposite effect. Dark blue evokes feels of sadness. So refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme. Stay with the lighter shades of blue to give you and your loved ones a calm effect.

Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited to almost any room in the house. In a kitchen, a sage or medium green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. In a bedroom, it’s relaxing and pleasant. Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax. Also believed to help with fertility this is a great choice for the bedroom.

Purple in its darkest values (for example aubergine) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It’s associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.

Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring all the emotions out that you need when jumping into your fitness routine. In ancient cultures orange was used to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.

Neutrals (black, gray, white, and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down. Black is best used in small doses as an accent, indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth.

To make the job easier, you can rely on the interior designer’s most important color tool: the color wheel.

Ceiling and Walls

The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it gets nothing more than a coat of white paint. In fact, for decades, white has been considered not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings. As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Lower” need not mean claustrophobic: Visually lowered ceilings can evoke cozy intimacy.

These general guidelines are a good starting point in your search for a paint color. But remember that color choice is a very personal matter. If you are thinking of selling your home the best option would be neutral and use pops of color in your accents.

Green Ideas For Home Buyers

Green practices are a lifestyle choice and there’s no better way to get started with these practices, than to be prepared before even moving into a home. Here are a few simple steps homebuyers can take to make their home more environmentally friendly:

    • Install energy efficient appliances. Did you know that the average home causes more air pollution than the average car? This is because the energy that powers homes is generated by power plants. By installing energy efficient appliances the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that we would decrease the demand for electricity by the equivalent of 25 large power plants!


    • Conduct an energy audit of the home. Conducting a do-it-yourself home energy assessment is easy. With a simple walk-through, mark down each area inspected and the problems found. Keeping a checklist will help you prioritize the changes needed in order to make the home more energy efficient.


    • Optimize the water heater. Cut down the water heater costs in just two simple steps. First, install an insulative jacket around the hot water heater and insulate the pipes. Insulative jackets cost between $10 and $20, plus pipe insulation is less than a buck for up to six feet. Secondly, turn the temperature on the water heater down to 120 degrees.


    • Check the insulation. Protect the home against heat loss. Check every inch of your attic for areas with little or no insulation. Even the smallest area with damaged or no insulation will limit the effectiveness of containing the heat inside the home.


    • Program the thermostats. Save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs by simply setting the thermostat back at times when no one is in the home or everyone is sleeping. It’s as simple as programming the thermostat to 78 degrees F or higher in the summer and 62 degrees F or lower in the winter.


    • Plug air leaks. Air leaks are the greatest energy waster in the home, but they can be simple to plug. Installing weatherstripping and caulk will eliminate drafts around your windows, doors and electrical outlets, not to mention improve the overall comfort for those living in the home.


    • Request a Blower Door Test. Determine the main sources for energy loss in the home with a Blower Door Test. Hiring a certified Home Energy Rater (HERS) will help you determine what areas of the home need improved beyond simply plugging air leaks.


    • Low flow shower-heads. Low-flow shower-heads limit the water flow, but do not sacrifice water pressure. An efficient shower-head is easy to install, most simply screw on, and saves money.


    • Install a clothesline. Drying laundry outdoors is an easy way to conserve energy. Installing an outdoor clothesline is easy and requires very little time and effort.


    • Plant some trees. Properly placed trees and shrubs will block the wind and in the long run reduce your heating costs by 20%. Trees are also great for the environment and create a natural habitat for local birds around your home.


Do you have any green practices you would like to share with us?  We would love to hear from you!!!!

Homeowners Insurance: Four Need-to-Know Items for Unoccupied Homes

There are specific items that property owners must be aware of if they have an unoccupied home; in addition to homeowners insurance, there are four things people must know about.

Many people looking for unoccupied homeowners insurance for an empty residence will find that the process can be difficult. Many companies will not cover such a dwelling or charge high premiums because of the increased risk associated with vacant properties. The chance of burglary and vandalism are higher. The potential of unnoticed damage which can compound problems and costs also increases. There may also be an issue with squatters.

If a residence is vacant for more than 30 days, a standard policy may become invalid. In order to find homeowners insurance that will cover this type of property for a reasonable price, here are four things that should be known to reduce risk and help lower rates.

1. Make the home look occupied. There are many things that can be done, such as asking a neighbor to park their car in the driveways and putting lights on a timer. It is also recommended to leave furniture in the home when securing your home. Be sure to also have newspapers and other mail stopped.

2. Prepare the central heating system and water. If a house will be empty during the winter months, the risk of frozen pipes and water damage increase. By keeping the heat on at a low setting, this risk is reduced.

3. Set up regular inspections. The majority of problems with vacant properties are simply because of unnoticed issues and compounding damage and costs. By having a trusted third party make regular visits, this can be avoided and add peace of mind.

4. Secure the property and remove valuables. All entry points should be secure with an alarm set. Valuables should be removed so they do not attract attention that could lead to burglary.

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Facing Foreclosure?

Whether You’re Facing a Hardship, or Just Owe More on Your Home Than It’s Worth & Aren’t Sure What to Do?
You Have Options… And We Can Help!

Facing the possibility of losing your home to foreclosure due to an inability to keep up with your monthly mortgage payments is one of life’s most unpleasant experiences. It’s also an event that continues affecting you long after your home is history by devastating your credit and creating the risk of the bank pursuing you for a deficiency judgment for the losses they incur. Occurrences such as the loss of a job, job relocation, serious illness, a major accident, or divorce cannot be foreseen and can happen to anyone. The good news is there are alternatives to foreclosure and we can help!

If you’re facing foreclosure you’re facing some decisions and you’ll need guidance from someone who not only possesses an in-depth knowledge of the foreclosure process and significant experience negotiating with the banks, but also someone who understands the difficult choices you are facing about your home, your family, and your life. Quite often homeowners facing foreclosure think they have to go through the process alone but by tapping into the expertise of a knowledgeable real estate agent, you’ll discover there are options and you’ve come to the right place!

Get started now… And let us show you what options you have and the alternatives to foreclosure! When you have a question – or when you’re ready for free and confidential KNOW YOUR OPTIONS CONSULTATION – we are standing by.

We encourage you to take advantage of our experience and allow us to assist you in making the most informed decisions you can, every step of the way!