In many cases, homesteading revolves around outdoor activities such as gardening, raising of livestock, bee-keeping, permaculture, and a list of never-ending chores. However, at the end of the day and after all of your labors, creating a havenstead starts instead your home.
Years ago, my career revolved around helping people select the exterior and interior finishes of their homes. Becoming a registered interior designer was the culmination of a dream fulfilled with a lot of effort and schooling involved. I loved it. Who can say they wouldn’t love spending thousands and tens of thousands of dollars of other people’s money to create unique interiors—me, that’s who! However, it wasn’t long before this career created what I like to call a “soul conflict.” One day a designer came into the studio excitedly stating she had just sold a $9000 desk to one of our clients. When you’re trying to sell product to clients, that’s a much desired outcome. The desk was beautiful and a magnificent example of excellent craftsmanship in furniture. But instead of being happy about it, the first thing I thought was Do you know how many children that could feed? It was that moment when I knew I needed to back away from the “designer” lifestyle and get back to where my heart is happiest—in a simple, thriving lifestyle.
This doesn’t mean you to have to live in a hovel or a place that doesn’t support you. This is why creating a havenstead that supports you is important and starts with some simple design basics. Maybe today’s simple solution to selecting colors will help you to create “soul comfort” and a havenstead that is your sanctuary.

Colors create feelings. They do. So the very first step to creating your havenstead is getting your color selections correct. Of all the things that I often find gives people the most decorating jitters, it is selecting colors. Colors are very simple. Really, they are! Here’s a quick and fun way to decide what colors are best for your home.
Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Now, imagine you are a balloon. What color are you? [This is not your favorite color, though it may be; this is the color that you believe represents you!] If you want you can draw a circle or oval and write that color inside the lines. Now I want you to write under or next to the color—A. Now that you have that written down, visualize your balloon again. You want to add another balloon that compliments your balloon. What color comes to your mind? In a second oval, write down the color you see in your mind. Under or next to this color, I want you to write the letter—P. Don’t worry, I’ll explain what these letters mean soon.

Now you have two balloons with colors. Once again imagine these two balloons. You want to add in a balloon that complements these two balloons. What color do you see? It can be a neutral or a color, a metallic tone or even a tint or shade of the other colors. For example, maybe your first color was hunter green, your second color burnt orange and the third color peach, a variation of orange. Next to this color I want you to write the letter-S. If you want to go one more complementary balloon, you can add another balloon with the written letter-T. Now finally, you should have a bouquet of balloons. In essence, you can continue this visualization for as long as you like. But for this exercise, we’ll stick with four to five colors. For this visualization, I also want you to imagine a color that does not harmonize with the other colors. See it? Write this color down with the letter-R.
Okay, so now let’s uncover what colors are best in your home.
We’re going to start with the second color, the color marked with a P.
P=Primary. This is the color that you should be drawn to, that makes you feel good. It should evoke a feeling of comfort or happiness. Sometimes you may often find this color to be the favorite color of a partner or child. This is your base color for your home.
S=Secondary. This is the color that you will use quite a bit throughout the home. If your primary choice is a very dark color, often the secondary color is what can be used in paint choices for the walls. Did you pick a dark secondary color? You can always use it as an accent wall, go up a few tints by adding in white or be bold and paint a room in it. Dining rooms, offices and master bedrooms can look sharp painted in deep rich colors.
T=Tertiary. If you thought of an additional balloon, this would be the third color to include in your room. Often this is a neutral, a metallic (lighting), wood tones, etc. This may be the color you find works best for wall paint colors or furniture.
A=Accent. Because your personality is already felt in the home, you don’t need as much of this color. You can use it as an accent or if you want to include more of it, the bedroom or home office is a great place to incorporate this color.
R=Remove. Certain colors are often equated with emotional issues. Having studied color in relation to psychology in college, it’s really very fascinating. However, this isn’t the forum for delving into all of that. But if this color is in your home, you’ll want to try to remove it by repainting or if its furniture or fabric, getting rid of it.
So there you have it. By simply changing colors in your home, you may be amazed at how much better you feel and how much more comfortable you feel in your havenstead. You can also use this in creating your gardens or outdoor sanctuary. Just consider green as the Accent color and then design with your primary, secondary and tertiary colors.Balloons

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