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Fresh Year, Fresh Home

by Laureen Skrivan

January always gives me mixed emotions. On one hand, I love the fresh start that comes at midnight on January 1st. All the resolutions to be a better person are made with the best intentions. The house feels de-cluttered after Christmas decorations are put away, and the last of the Christmas cookies have been eaten not to be tasted again until next Christmas! On the other hand, I always feel a little sad in January. Maybe it’s knowing the joy of Christmas is over, or that we have another five months of cold, rainy, weather before our Northwest Summer arrives. Whatever the reason, it is easy to feel a little down in January.

That’s why this January, seeing Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year, is putting a smile on my face. Caliente is described as, “A vibrant, charismatic shade of red. Caliente is strong, radiant, and full of energy.” Red is one of my favorite colors to decorate with and is perfect to help pull me out of that January slump. Red can be highlighted in small accents using rugs, throw pillows, or artwork. It can even be the focal point of your room with a large accent wall or a furniture piece.

When helping a client tell their story in their home, I know how personal it is, and that's why I use color psychology as part of my process. Using color in your home is an important way of expressing who you are as a person. For some, vibrant colors help tell their story of adventure and boldness, while others prefer a more muted and natural shade, to reflect a quiet existence. Color choices are deeply personal and should be made with great care. Each person responds differently to the same color, so be sure to pick colors you love and that evoke the best feelings in you. My best piece of advice, "Don’t be afraid to use color!"

This January, as you look out the window at another gray day and reflect on your own New Year’s Resolutions, think about giving your home a Happy New Year gift, the gift of color.

What does your favorite color say about your personality?

Photos courtesy: Benjamin Moore & Co.

Color Chart by: Wren & Willow, Inc.