Chapter 3: Color Your World

Soon, it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Near the end of my senior year of high school, as a graduation gift from my grandparents, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Paris, France, during the week of spring break. The entire week, I – along with my grandparents – piddled around the city, trying our very best to not look like a group of tourists, sampling authentic European cuisine, attempting to speak French with the locals (and successfully, scaring a few of them away in the process), and making our rounds to every art museum we could find.

Perhaps, you’ve already heard of the Louvre Museum (the Mona Lisa, anyone?) – situated along the Right Bank of the Seine River – undoubtedly the most magnificent art museum I’ve ever set foot in. Aside from the more well-known paintings and other works of art we saw there, the museum also contained smaller, more obscure paintings that allowed you to get a little more up close and personal with each of them (of course, with a fancy rope putting a safe distance between you and the painting). Even at such a small size, I was astounded by the artist’s use of color. It was not necessarily the brightness of the colors that intrigued me; rather, it was the overall quality and skill with which they were rendered.

It’s an interesting thing, the power of color, especially when it’s used in a unique way in home décor. I find it amazing how a particular color or color scheme can set the mood of an entire room. Just as the décor itself can give character to a living room, so can color give character to a bedroom, giving it an appearance of being a sexy room, a calm room or an energized room.

The Sexy Bedroom

Sexy Bedroom

And the Award for Sexiest Bedroom in All the Land goes to…

The earth tones. The low, warm lighting. The atmosphere. And my Lord in heaven above, that chandelier!

Need I say more?

I know exactly how I’ll be decorating my bedroom in my future home.

The Calm Bedroom

Calm Bedroom

I based my design for a calm bedroom on the more laid-back and relaxed Bohemian influence and style. With lots of space, and softer, cooler lighting and colors, my idea for a calm bedroom is reminiscent of a yoga studio – also known as an ashram in India – that offers a quiet place for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual renewal. This is easily my favorite of the bedroom designs that I stumbled upon. In fact, I do believe we officially have a contender for the title of Sexiest Bedroom in All the Land.

The Energized Bedroom

Energized Room

The perfect room for a nature-loving flower child.

Not like me though.

Okay, definitely like me.

In my opinion, an energized room is one in which there is a lot of flowers and greenery around, with sunlight streaming in through floor-length windows. Think of a sun room, for example. This bedroom design would ideally have the walls painted either light yellow, light green or light blue, in combination with darkly stained wood accents and furniture.

Oddly enough, this bedroom design also has a Bohemian influence. I actually find myself feeling both calmed and energized by similar styles of home décor. Is that weird? One unique aspect of this bedroom would be the one-with-nature kind of atmosphere you’d get from the lack of walls. If you can imagine – and be comfortable with – vines and tree branches invading your space, and squirrels and various kinds of birds being your pets of choice, then this is perfect.

Beware the occasional bear or two though. They’re not the best when it comes to having a good bedside manner (or, any manners, really).




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