Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Orange? What was I thinking?

Reasons Orange can be good:

1. Is seen as the hottest of all colors
2. Has steered clear of any extremely positive or negative connotations
3. Modern use in situations where safety through visibility is an issue
4. Not taken seriously (aside from the above use). people’s perception of the color is usually jovial, exuberant, or for hilarity.
5. The lighter shades, such as peach, coral and melon all have more calming, pleasant connotations, pastel oranges have acquired a more maternal quality. Darker oranges slide into the earth tones, settle the mind into a safe, natural world.
6. According to Color Therapy: ORANGE is the color of joy and wisdom. It affects the second chakra (sacral). It gives an energy, stimulates appetite and it is a good color for illnesses of the colon and digestion. Spiritually it is the color of joy. It connects us to our emotional self.
7. Orange, a color named after the fruit, is the brightest, most stimulating, and most decorative hue that exists. It possesses the qualities of both red and yellow, and in its pure state it is so warm that it should be used only in small quantities. It expresses energy, spirit, hope, courage, and cordiality.
8. Physiological Effect: Orange has proven to be a stimulus of the sexual organs. Also, it can be beneficial to the digestive system and can strengthen the immune system.
9. Psychological Effect: Orange has shown to have only positive affects on your emotional state. This color relieves feelings of self-pity, lack of self-worth and unwillingness to forgive. Orange opens your emotions and is a terrific antidepressant.

Reasons Orange can be bad:

1. That's a lot of orange to paint on EVERY wall in a 12 x 12 ft. room. I included the door for a better comparison, but it actually makes the orange look not so bad.After going to Home Depot and mixing paint 3 different times, this is what I ended up with. It's SO dark and bold. I hating the brown and tan we had in there (It totally didn't fit our style). Since it was my need to re-paint, Mike left it all up to me, and I'm trying to not regret it. It's possibly the hardest color to find the right paint for. I still have to finish it, but I'm hoping as I rearrange and get some teal or blue accent accessories it'll be OK. There's no way I'm repainting the whole things after doing 2 coats and edging by myself.

At least all the psychological effects of the color are good!

Friday, March 14, 2008

A little wall art

Ever since we've painted and decorate, I've been planning to make a painting to go above our bed. Last weekend Mike got tired of waiting to fill up the bare space, so he decided we'd start a new one. Mike had a great idea of different colored solid panels, but we didn't really like what we did so we found a painting we liked online and I made a copy-cat version.
It turned out pretty OK for one weekend of painting, but every time I look at it I want to fix it. It complete changed the color scheme of our accent colors and the mood of our room. I still want to finish my other painting so I have the option to keep the old colors. But what ever gets me to paint, I can't complain. I'm not making the big bucks to show for my degree, but I guess in this way I can use my degree for the rest of my life.