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While most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about colors, they affect us every day. Colors can influence our moods and thoughts. Each color has a psychological value. Think about how certain colors make you feel; they can influence any emotion, from tranquility to anger. The book Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson explains that our feelings about color are deeply rooted and emotionally based on our personal lives.
Moll, interior designer and life stylist adds that understanding why we love and dislike certain colors is key to exploring our own personal color story, opening us up to embracing the colors that will renew, revamp, and revitalize our home and life.
“I became interested in color when I discovered that it was not only a reflection of my mood, but my state of being. I looked around and saw I was living in black and white, and I realized I was hiding. In this book I share the transformational elements of my own journey with color to help you transform your personal color story.”- Moll Anderson.
Our color choices do matter, and the powerful effect of color is most evident in our homes, says Moll who is also an accomplished television and radio host and has appeared on numerous other television shows, including Access Hollywood Live, Good Day LA, The Talk, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Dr. Phil.
Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color motivates us to change our life by “clearing out the cobwebs of our past with COLOR”. The book offers thirteen color sections, which will help ignite your creativity and motivate you to invite color into your home and life. I recently read the book and loved it.
We all have a color story!
Moll says we all have a color story. While reading her book I thought about mine, which, by the way, was the first time I truly thought about color and its connection to my life. The book’s journal pages offer a great way to learn your own color story.
I used to love vibrant colors. Red, purple, green, yellow, even pink. As a teen, I would knit sweaters in the most vibrant colors. When my girls were little, I dressed them in colors they loved. Pink and purple were high up on the list of favorite colors. Girls became teenagers and I began to turn my attention to more neutral tones (grey, brown, black). I wanted a strong yet flexible foundation that my home’s color palette could be build upon.
After my divorce, I started craving lots of white, which I didn’t care for much in the past. Perhaps deep down I felt white represented a blank canvas, a clean slate, a fresh start for me. I needed my new home to be airy, white, bright, and clutter-free. I needed room to “breathe”, and neutrals help me accomplish this.
Some people may find neutrals boring and dull. To me, the virtue of neutrals lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down.
In the spring, for example, I like to add pops of yellow around the house. It’s like bringing in sunshine. Yellow is such a happy color, it feels refreshing and invigorating. Although yellow is such a cheerful color, I wouldn’t want it to be the main color scheme in my home. Pops of yellow will do for me.
Moll’s favorite and easy way to add pops of color is with pillows and flowers. With the use of vibrant, beautiful photos, Moll includes simple color solutions, fabulous “Pop of Color” additions, and her personal color lessons and stories from her designs and life.
Blue is a color I’ve always loved but never utilized much. Not really sure why. Blue feels calming and relaxing. It creates such a peaceful atmosphere. When I see the color blue, memories of my childhood come back. I was seven when I first saw the ocean – the Mediterranean Sea to be exact. It was the most beautiful blue I ever saw. It’s where I tasted salt water for the first time and learned to swim. The color blue is definitely meaningful to me.
I’d love to add pops of blue to my home. The classic combination of white and blue is something I inspire to have in my home. White walls, caramel leather couch, blue pillows, cozy throws and rugs, and simple lighting.
Reading Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color has made me realize that my feelings about color are deeply rooted and emotionally based on my personal life. I never thought about color in that way. Frankly, I never really thought much about color.
The Color of Giving
Along with her professional work, Moll is a dedicated philanthropist, focusing her energy on many deserving causes including UNICEF and the Boys and Girls Club. In her book, Moll talks about the Color of Giving. She describes it as the most beautiful rainbow made up of all the colors that fill your heart with joy. This is the Color of Giving.
What’s your color story?
Are you curious to discover your personal connection to color and understand how color makes you feel?
Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color will be available in Target stores when it officially publishes on March 14. 2017. This book can also be purchased at www.MollAnderson.com, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and Books-A-Million, or anywhere books are sold online.