When Ann Powell’s friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to help any way she could. And as an interior decorator with many years of experience, she decided the best way to do that was to help her friend refresh a few rooms in her house. They changed the family room from red, which didn’t make her feel good, to a more peaceful green, refreshed the bedroom by painting it blue, and changed the spare bedroom to a meditation room painted an inspiring violet.
Colour is very powerful and inspiring and is a big part of our daily lives.
Her friend loved the transformation, and Powell then decided she wanted to focus on colour therapy and decorating for people with cancer in her décor business, Inspirations of Home.
Colour can play an important role in a person’s recovery, but in spite of our beliefs that certain colours are good for certain things, there are no set rules. “I firmly believe that the right colours are different for every person,” says Powell, who is a certified decorator and graduate of Durham College. People may have heard that blue or green are healing colours, but if they don’t like those colours, they won’t end up being happy with them, she says. “They may be able to find just the right shade that they do like, but maybe not. Colour therapy has to do with what makes you feel good.”
Powell offers the following tips for creating an outdoor space that enhances your peace of mind and recovery.
- Paint the front door a bright colour that is inviting. Add planters overflowing with your favourite flowers, and have comfortable chairs with bright cushions. A welcoming front area will make you feel good every time you arrive home.
- Add colour with accessories. New cushions, area rugs, and even inexpensive napkins, tablecloths and plates come in colours and patterns that can brighten any space, inside or out.
- Lighting is one of the best ways to add ambience to a space, so in addition to regular overhead lighting, choose spotlights to highlight a garden or architectural feature, twinkling patio lights for a whimsical touch, and candles for a relaxing vibe in the evening.
- A water feature can add a spa-like feel to your outdoor space. They come in many sizes and styles, so choose one that you love.