It was a ghetto when I moved in.
A tired, dingy, beaten-up and beaten-down mobile home rental circa 1960s.
So I immediately painted every room (with the landlord’s permission, naturally). And witnessed, by my own hand and efforts, a total transformation.
Visually at any rate. The space still has issues from previous tenants. The ghosts and residues of traumas and bad shit that went down, none of which I care to revisit.
Much progress has been achieved in cleansing the space, stripping the toxic energies from the walls and floors in some 9 months of residency.
There’s one room — the only room — where the negativities are especially thick and heavy. The bedroom. It’s not only traumatized, it is haunted. (I had nightmares every night when I first moved in.
While much improved from then, the room’s psychic damage lingers. The healing’s a slow ongoing process.
Many modalities are applied toward that healing — not the least of which includes:
Yes, color therapy isn’t just for people! It can soothe, heal, invigorate and calm spaces too!
Since the bedroom was/is the darkest (not strictly in terms of natural lighting) and most haunted room, I painted two walls the cheeriest of colors: sunflower yellow. After blue, it’s my favorite color.
The color perked up the room — absolutely!
Maybe like giving a depressed room Prozac!
(I don’t do meds for depression or anything else unless absolutely medically necessary so that comment’s based solely on some reports of improved mood and state of mind due to Prozac.
Perhaps the color perked it up too much!
I’ve experienced considerable restlessness, insomnia, wakefulness when I want to be sleeping and other assorted chronic sleep disorders.
Yellow is a high-vibration color. It is quite stimulating mentally, uplifting, active.
So after umpteen hours studying feng shui (a passion for some time now), compass readings and such, I decided to tone it down. To lose the yellow — rather, most of it — for a softer less-vibrant but earthier softer color to soothe the space.
A citrus orange. Which, despite its name, looks nothing like an orange peel! Rather, a soft coral with a splash of orange.
P.S. For the past couple weeks, my yellow closets have been “spiffied up” by some 30 paint chips from Home Depot and Scotch tape! I’d stand there, study ’em by daylight, by lamplight, move ’em around like checkers on a board, favoring this shade over that. I didn’t take this switch-eroo lightly! Especially ’cause I really do love sunflower yellow! A part of me is sad to see it go. So as a compromise, I’m leaving a portion of trim and built-in drawers that optimistic yellow.
Having finally selected the paint a couple days ago, this afternoon I began painting. The citrus orange — in reality a light coral by light reflection — is a big change! It’s earthy. Soft. Soothing. It pairs nicely with the soft turquoise on the other two walls.
It even harmonizes with the carpet — as much as any color can harmonize with 1970s Hunter green shag! Ugh. Nuthin’ I can do about that. Except draw the eye away with beautiful colors on the walls!
I’m about 1/3 done with painting. One wall’s still bright sunflower yellow, the other this new coral-orange shade. It’ll be interesting to see how I sleep tonight. IF I sleep tonight!
I absolutely know that colors have a profound impact in any environment. I’m exquisitely sensitive TO my environment AND to colors so this promises to be rather interesting.
Will I come to sleep better? Will my restlessness abate? My insomnia lessen? Will the bedroom become the calm sanctuary I’m seeking to create? Will the ROOM itself shed more of its ghosts and traumas? Become less haunted, further healed?
Questions for today, answers another day.
For now, a nod to a most favorite flower: