DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?
This is the title of one of my favorite and well-known Christmas carols, but
do you realize that COLOR is also talking to you this holiday season?
While our homes are being readied for this most wonderful time of year, the treasured SOUNDS and SMELLS of Christmas are certainly loved and savored by most of us.
The music or fragrances of Christmas are my love too but this post is about the sounds resonating from the COLORS chosen to decorate for this season or actually any season.
This is especially true in a neutral space as my living room. Just glancing at this photo, what do you hear? It is the extremely loud voice of the red items like the poinsettias. If this room were of darker colors, the voice of the red items would be much softer, perhaps barely even audible…like a whisper.
A theory with many color experts believes for example, wearing a red suit or piece of clothing when giving an important presentation communicates power and self-confidence. It has also been researched that literally painting a jail cell pink can calm an otherwise unruly inmate.
That COLOR theory is used by many experts and non-experts to express an intentional message or to influence behavior is not new news. But I am suggesting that COLOR speaks or has a voice in your rooms or in your homes as well.
The reds used in my studio were carefully calculated to be “a still small voice” in the minimum use of this ususally bold color.
Color can be very noisy when added to a neutral space or those with minimum color like our master bedroom. In this room, the calculated color is merely whispering the message of a quiet hushed vibe to chill or to savor a quiet time of peaceful relaxation.
I believe that walking into our bedroom is like walking into a peaceful sanctuary due to the muted textures combined with ocean like colors.
Another point of discerning where depth of COLOR is appropriate has everything to do with what is the intended underlying message of the volume one HEARS. In other words, red would not be my choice for my bedroom.
Let’s relate COLOR’S voice to our Christmas decorating as you view these examples of how color either loudly dominates or quietly speaks into these lovely rooms. See if you can distinguish the loudness or softness of the voices used in the Christmas decorations of this post.
This room’s sultry sexy voice is over the top ultra sophisticated and effective. In this sophiticated neutral space, using these unexpected neutral Christmas decorations is extremely subtle without shouting look at me.
See more pictures of this beautiful Sophisticated Farmhouse in the Country Living article linked here.
Check out this Festive Farmhouse room in the Country Living article linked here.
Having the knowledge that COLOR has a voice, it is now easier to decide for our own rooms what are the sounds we want our decorations to communicate.
On the cover and inside the 2018 Christmas by Design book by Patricia McMillan is a wonderful example of Shay Geyer’s Christmas decorations doing exactly what she designed them to do. The gorgeous warm golds of the ribbons, garland, and wrapped packages stand out or ‘’speak to us’’ against the luscious blues and greens.
I was thrilled to have our home in this wonderful book as well. One of the photos used was my dining room table setting. Notice how the red items definitely have a voice in this neutral space.
Remember too, candle light has color. The very warm golden glow is on the warm side of the color wheel. By using a lot of candles in various colors, shapes, and sizes, even the most elementary of Christmas decorated rooms become aglow with not only the Christmas spirit but with the hushed voices of the season as well.
We all love the warm glow of candles and Robin Lamonte used candles in a most lovely way! Check out her blog here!
I hope this helps you all distinguish what sounds of Christmas you wish to convey in your very own rooms. Not understanding COLOR’S impact could be the why you often struggle with making your decorations be all that you want them to be. Perhaps it is time to listen to the sounds coming from your decorations. Like any good choir director, only showcase those voices that can sing a tune you enjoy hearing.
My message to you is a loud shout to enjoy your Christmas season like you have never enjoyed one before this year. I know for me this is exactly what I plan to do. XOXO!
Living and loving life together,