Colour is kind of tough, if we're being honest. Or more accurately, a lot can go wrong when attempting to use colour in your home, even with the best of intentions. Here are ten of the most common colour mistakes at home — and how you can fix them.
1. Not considering light
Without light, colour wouldn't be much to look at. And as much as the right light can make a colour sing...it can also make a grey go lavender or a white look dingy.
*Tip: Before painting a wall, use a sample painted or taped up to view your potential new colour in all light of the day — as well as artificial light. If a colour you thought would work doesn't, take it back to the paint store and explain to someone working there which type of light made the colour go wrong — someone with the right experience should be able to point you in the right direction.
2. Mixing too many colors at once in the wrong balances
There's no official limit of how many colours are allowed in one room. But the saying "the more the merrier" doesn't always apply when it comes to colour. Want to know whether or not you have too much colour mixing in one room? The room will feel the opposite of peaceful — sometimes it even feels like it's closing in. You can eliminate colours until you start feeling balance. Or you can pay attention to the amount of each colour you use (aim for one or two primary colours and a handful of secondary, accent colours), as well as where the colors are located (spread around evenly to carry your eye through a room).
*Tip: Try contrasting colours. If you don't know how, just refer to a colour wheel, anything which is directly opposite each other are contrasting colours! :)
3. Being too matchy-matchy with your colour palette
Opposite of the problem above is not having enough of a variety. The point of having a colour palette is of course to create a visual story — to present a style in an understandable array of hues. But only stick to two or three colours in a room (or the whole home) and it could start feeling repetitive, predictable and without any real soul.
*Tip: Add in a handful of elements spread around the home that have nothing to do with your colour palette at all. They'll infuse the space with more life and interest!
4. Not creating a cohesive home
And this is the opposite of having too matchy-matchy of a colour palette! Every room of your home can be done in a different style and colour palette if you want to. But if you're feeling like your home is a mess or too hectic or you just want to make more peace, you might consider creating more cohesion with each room. Not necessarily using the exact colour palette in every room (because then you'd be too matchy-matchy).
*Tip: Have colours that you can view from another room that complements each other. Adding in an accessory in a primary colour from another room. Create tie-ins so that your home feels like a total package, and not just a few disconnected parts.
5. Not giving the eye places to rest
As much as we love wall-to-wall boldness, even the most colourful spaces need spots for the eye to rest.
*Tip: Incorporate empty space in rooms, or include large elements in neutral colours that balance with all that colour.
6. Playing it too safe
You didn't paint the walls the colour you really wanted to because you thought it would be too wild. You've always dreamed of a bright blue couch, but went with a neutral one because it's more practical. Red kitchen cabinets? You fantasize about it, but would never dare. You'll avoid making huge colour mistakes if you always play it safe, but sometimes letting your home be more boring than it has to be is one of the biggest mistakes of all!
7. Using the wrong finish/sheen
This has a surprisingly huge effect on the success of colours you choose to paint in your home. Have you ever put the right colour on the wall or a furniture piece, but something still felt off? You may have had the wrong finish. Something with a bit of sheen could have been better if you went full glossy. Or something too shiny really could have been softened with a nice matte finish. The remedy is the same with trying to get the right colour — pin up or paint up a sample of different finishes when picking out colour to see it in the space and in the light.
8. Not applying it properly
The great thing about using barely-there, light neutral colours on your wall is that the borders and edges are nearly invisible — you can mess up without much worry of it being very obvious. But mess up the edge where a bold accent wall meets the ceiling? That sort of thing can be seen from space.
*Tip: When applying intense colours, spend extra time on the prep work of taping off, and splurge on tried and true tools to get the job done correctly.
9. Going too bright/harsh
There's a phenomenon that people who paint bold colours on walls come across often. And that's choosing the perfect paint colour sample, putting it up on the wall, and it being WAY too bright. Much harsher than you would have imagined. If you try out a sample and the same thing happens, don't give up on the colour, just get it lightened a few steps to be a little more palatable.
10. Not considering how you actually want the room to feel
The way a room looks has a lot to do with the way a room feels. And liking a colour doesn't mean you'll like the way you feel when you're surrounded by four (or more) walls of it. I personally love the look of bold reds and other strong colours, but it's not what I want to wake up in (or try to fall asleep to). Magic happens when you combine colours you love the look of with a way of creating a feel in a room that does just what you want it to, whether that's energise you or calm you down.
Try Airing Everything Out
The first step to moving negative air out of your home:" Open up all windows and create a draft to let the air come through, even if it is hot or freezing outside," says Silvia Christmann, Growth Coach and happiness guru. "Fresh air is everything." While you are at it, shake out your pillows and blankets, too.
Carefully Burn Some Incense
This fragrant smoke has long been a spiritual and meditation practice - so why not try it at home? Christmann say it will help elevate the energy: "Nag Champa is best used in a clean home for meditation as it's property creates a calm and serene atmosphere," she says.
Be Sure to Repair or Remove Broken Things
Even though you have been meaning to get around to fixing that office chair, it might not be worth holding on to. "Broken things bring that stuck and negative energy into your home," says Anjie Cho, Feng Shui and Holistic Living Expert.
Spray Essential Oil Around Your Home
If there is something about the smell of essential oils that reminds you of smiles and sunshine, you're not alone. Not only does it clear the negative energy, but it uplifts your mood," says Cho. "You can diffuse drops into water and use an organic essential oil spray."
Remove Clutter As Soon As Possible
Yes, there is a reason you feel so good after you clear off your counter. "Objects retain a lot of energy and physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually block our 'path' forward," Maureen Calamia, a renature Feng Shui consultant. Oh, did we mention clutter makes you feel tired and stressed, too?
Protect Your Space with Crystals
Sadly, you can't just pick out your favourite colour for this practice. "Black Touraline is know to ward off and dissolve negative energy," says Christmann. "While Rose Quartz replaces negative emotions and feelings with positive ones." She recommends keeping them close to electronic devices if possible.
Ring a Bell in Your Room
It sounds almost too simple right? "Just give your bell a ring in each corner of the room and doorway," says professional psychic, Melissa Mattern. Then, set the intention in your mind for the sound waves to move the bad energy out, and the good energy in. A singing bowl works just fine too.
Paint Your Walls Yellow
Colours play a pivotal role in your home. And, according to interior designer Ana Zuravliova, yellow neutralises bad energy. "From an interior design viewpoint, this colour will also make your space appear bigger and add a warm tone to your room," she says.
Salt the Corners of Each Room
To absorb the negative energy of previous owners, the experts at Energy Muse recommend pouring salt into four corners of your rooms, then letting it sit. After the 48 hours, either vacuum or sweep the salt and throw it away in the trash.
Start with A Clean Slate
When someone purchases a new home, Colin T. McDonald, a NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, always recommends they clean and wipe down surfaces before moving their belongings into the home. "This will aid in removing any type of negative energy from the previous owner," he says.
Remove Sharp Corners
Mandala TapestriesOne of the most important rules in Feng Shui is to remove as many sharp angles and edges around your home as possible. Zuravliova acknowledges this isn't easy, but says it is worth it. "Using round lampshades or decorating with circular objects , such as vases, jewellery boxes, round table and mandalas will go a long way towards bringing positive energy into your home," she says.
Add More Mirrors
To add positive energy (also known as chi) place mirrors around your home - but remember to avoid ones with sharp edges. "This will not only help create more positive energy in your decor, but it also helps cleanse the mind," says Zuravliova.
BaliSpirit Festival is a yearly yoga, dance, music festival that is loved by many yogis. It brings yoga enthusiasts from all corners of the world to this beautiful place called Bali in Indonesia. It's like Coachella for yogis ;) This year's festival was held from the 29th March to 3rd April at Bhanuswari Resort & Spa, Ubud, Bali.
We participated as a vendor in this festival with Murfest (Malaysian Urban Retreat Festival) and we totally had no idea what to expect since it was our first time exhibiting outside of Malaysia, so we decided to just go with the flow, and it turned out really good! Here are some photos that we've taken.
Set up on the first day. The structure of our booth are all made from bamboo! So eco-friendly!
Tinisha and Milan, the founder and co-founder of Dhyanaa posing for a picture :)
Bella and her partner checking out our Elana Mandala.
Nadine here was absolutely in love with our mandala tapestries! She ended up getting three, one of them was the Puskara Mandala (shown in picture)
All smiles with our Mayura Mandala.
Group photo time with our Chinese friends! All smiles with their purchases. Check out our founder's skirt, it is made of our Sooraj Mandala! :)
Extra: Our founder enjoying a vegan fruit popsicle by Mad Pops Bali. Did we mention the weather was really hot?
Lovely lady here from Mongolia came back the next day and bought another mandala tapestry!
Had so much fun getting to know this sweet lady here from Australia. Thanks for getting some mandala tapestries from us!
Ricki here got quite a handful of mandala tapestries from us. She's planning to use them for her home stay , and her two cafes, The Cashew Tree and Kelly's Warung at Bingin Beach, Uluwatu.
Beautiful Carolina was torn between the Agni Mandala, Sooraj Mandala and Pita Mandala. She finally bought the Agni Mandala and Pita Mandala.
Anddd....that's a wrap! We were exhausted but it was all worth it.
We are so glad to be a part of this amazing festival and meeting interesting people from all around the world. Canada, America, England, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Hong Kong, China, Mongolia and so many more.
Thank you BaliSpirit for the awesome experience and thank you to all those who have purchased mandala tapestries and paintings from us, and thank you Murfest for making all this possible :)
See you again next year, BaliSpirit Festival!