Thursday, November 9, 2017

Space for a Claustrophobic

In today's homes space seems to be a scarce commodity. 

The main contributing factor to that cramped feeling one gets in small spaces is clutter.  Newspapers, magazines, or books lying haphazardly around the living room adds to that "closed in" feeling.    The author had an aunt who lived in a very tiny house so small that people called it a doll house).  It was always neat and tidy and never made one feel cramped.  Aunt Leta's motto was "everything has a place and everything is in its place".   On the other hand, the room below looks unpleasantly  familiar.


  The large furniture pieces should not only be small in number they should be light or neutral in color with maybe one or two colorful accent tables.  Light gray  furniture comes to mind accented with splashes of blue and orange pillows.
 



Lets move on into the dreaded kitchen,  a place that seems to be especially susceptible to clutter and often gives this cook a closed into prison, suffocating feeling






There we Go!!















Children's rooms can be helped by offering convenient places to store unused toys and games.  A desk and a book case in an older child's room will provide space for storage of those items that often 
contribute to clutter such as books, CDs,etc.



















So one doesn't have to spend a lot of money to make your house feel larger.   Just clean house Ha!  Ha!
This lazy  claustrophobic housewife invites your comments on this blog.  Let me know how you feel.

The Mood of Purple

It has been found that certain colors have an effect on our mood.  Colors at the red end of the spectrum are considered warm while the blue shades are cool.  We will deal with the color purple which is contains both a warm red and a cool blue. Talk about mixed emotions!  Are you a red purple or a blue purple?

Red is a warm color and  associated with strong emotions such as love and anger.

.  It is said to stimulate the appetite when used in the dining room or kitchen.

Doesn't that look appetizing?

At the other end of the color spectrum is blue which has a cooling and calming effect.  Imagine how it makes you feel to look out at a cloudless light blue sky.  It is also associated with intelligence and productivity.   For this reason it is often used to decorate the office
I could certainly spend a lot of time in here!!



In the center of this color wheel we find the color purple which is most often associated with wealth and royalty.   According to some authorities on color psychology the color purple is a balance between the two primary colors of red and blue. So, one would expect it to have a stabilizing effect on our emotions.  


Irritability and arrogance, it is believed, are brought on by too much purple, even making one impatient with others



 This much purple certainly makes me irritable!!  How about you?



So, are you as confused as I am when it comes to decorating your home or office with purple?  Do you like to wear purple?  I started this blog with the intention of blending the moods evoked by red and blue into one blended mood associated with purple.  I only became more confused.


  In closing it appears that one should keep in mind the different shades of purple when using them in the color scheme.   It seems that you can have purple in any room of the house or even wear all the purple you want.   Just be mindful of the effect certain  shades can have on the mood.

Please leave your comments.  How do you feel about decorating your home with purple?