Your best color

If it wasn’t obvious before, I am definitely a fan of color.

I think color makes the world go ’round and has the power to make or break any room in any house or building, or any outfit, for that matter.

Color can depress you or make you feel optimistic, it can deflate you or empower you, that’s some serious power!

Which is why it makes me a little sad to see so many women settle when it comes to color. What do I mean by “settling?” I mean this, you choose a color that you hate the least for your wardrobe or your home decor. ughhhh Or you choose whatever everyone else is choosing because it’s easier.

Color has a bad reputation. When I say, “let’s try and bring more color into your home (or wardrobe)”, people go to the extreme, and think this is what I’m talking about:

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Now if you like this, awesome! But if you don’t, rest assured this is not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about bringing in colors that you love and that look good on you!

What does this quote from Coco Chanel have to do with your home, you may be thinking? I am soooo glad you asked! Lol

Now this may feel a little sharp, but hear me out friend.. your home and your wardrobe should be on the same page, similar colors and similar style.

If you have taken the time to figure out which colors look best on you and make you feel the most empowered, why would you not want to surround yourself in your home with those very same colors?

If a color looks good on you it’s going to look good around you! In the same way we feel like a million bucks when we find a shirt that looks great on us in a color that compliments us, imagine feeling that way everyday because we’re surrounded in our home, in big and small ways, with the very same color. Weeeeee!! (That thought makes me happy) :-)

So the sixty four million dollar question is: do you know what colors look good on you (and around you)?

It took me awhile to figure out ‘my colors’, I was a bit of a slow learner, well basically, it’s because I’m self taught. lol But now, (in my old age) I’m very confident in my wardrobe and home decor choices.

If you don’t already know which colors look best on you (and around you), are you willing to do the work to find out?

So often I will see two women standing side by side wearing similar outfits and one receives multiple compliments and the other, none at all. Now don’t misunderstand me, the point is not to search out compliments, at all, but the only difference in the complimented woman is that she is wearing a color and style that compliments her! She has figured out which colors work for her instead of against her. She didn’t just choose a scarf in a color she hated the least or whatever was available, and she didn’t go with a color everyone else is wearing, she searched until she found one in the color she knew would make her skin tone look its best! The same goes for our home color scheme.

Imagine the time and energy you would save if you could skip over entire sections of colors in stores because you knew they weren’t going to work for you!

What if this year, 2019, you decided that you were going to figure this out once and for all?

Truly the best way to figure out which colors work best for you is to grab a super honest friend and spend some time putting different colors and swatches up to your face. You will be able to tell pretty quickly which ones drain the color from your face and which ones give you life.

But here’s a few other resources for you:

Here’s a link to a three-part series to help you walk through the process online of discovering your colors. It’s a free resource that will definitely get you on the right track if you’re willing to put in the work.

Here’s an affiliate link to a popular book on the subject of personal color, (that I will receive a small commission from (at no cost to you) if you choose to purchase through this link). This book covers the four “seasons” in coloring and will help you finally put to rest the question of which colors look best on you and around you.

As with everything, remember these two points: hard work pays off (you will get out of it what you put into it) and there are exceptions to every rule. I don’t suggest these resources to be hard and fast rules that you must obey! Not at all. These resources are meant to be a guide rather than a rule. No book or online course will help you half as much as you being completely honest with yourself about why you’re choosing certain colors, especially if they’re not complimenting you.

There’s no reason in the world why you can’t feel 100% confident in your wardrobe and home decor choices. This is not just something for ‘those women over there’, this is for you.

You were created with specific hair color, eye color and skin undertones. These inform what colors and shades make you look your best. A color may be gorgeous to you but makes me look sickly. I may love a particular color on me but it makes you look tired.

I know I’m always talking about not following the crowd but this is one area where you really want to find your own way and what works best for you.

If you want 2019 to be the year you step out of ‘neutral zone’ and into what actually works best for you and your home, I hope you will check out this book: Reinvent Yourself with Color Me Beautiful: Four Seasons of Color, Makeup, and Style.  If you get stuck on any part of it, reach out to me, I would love to help you in any way I can!
As you probably noticed, I’m very passionate about this topic, lol Because I want you to feel as confident as I do when it comes to choosing colors for myself and my home.

Blessings on your home,
Catrina


How To Style Series: Throw Blankets

The throw blanket is a great way to add texture and color to your home design!

You can go for a structured look with a neatly folded throw blanket or casually drape a throw over the edge of a sofa for a more laid back approach.

Here’s a short video on how to style your throw like a pro:

A few important tips to remember:

  1. The throw blanket is mostly decorative. If you are struggling to figure out how to implement it into your home design, you may consider leaving it out. It’s not a necessary element, like most home decor, it’s optional.
  2. The simplest way to store a throw is to roll it up and put it in a basket with other throws or pillows. Store the basket next to the sofa or couch or on a bookcase.
  3. Have fun and experiment with your throw in different locations and different styles in your living space. This is your space and the final result should be pleasing and inviting to you and yours.

Happy styling!

Catrina

 

 

 

How To Style Series: The Nightstand

Your nightstand is the possibly the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning and the last thing before you go to sleep at night. And yet, very often, it’s the area of our home that lacks any style. It’s an afterthought at best.

 

When we take the time to actually style our nightstands with a few things that we love, it makes it nice to walk into the room at night and nice to wake up to. Style isn’t for others to look at and/or admire, it’s for us to feel more at home in our homes. When we are surrounded by objects (many or few) that we love and inspire us, that reflect our personalities, we feel ‘at home.’

When we feel refreshed and inspired at home we are able to recharge and regain the energy we need to go out and do what we’re supposed to do in the world.

Here’s a quick video on how to style a nightstand:

 

Here are the simple steps to a fabulous nightstand:

  1. Add lighting (a medium sized lamp of your choice)
  2. Add art or a mirror (leaning against the wall or hanging on the wall, your choice)
  3. Add a small stack of books
  4. Add in flowers or greenery
  5. Bring in personal touches (favorite collectibles or photos)
  6. Don’t overcrowd the space, leave plenty of room to charge your phone, etc.
  7. Use different textures and heights to create interest
  8. Style in odd numbers (three or five items)

Take a look at your nightstand, does it reflect you and your personal style? I hope these simple steps will motivate you to style your home in a way that refreshes and inspires you.

 

Happy styling,

Catrina

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