What color to paint the inside of my house for my depression?

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lostsoul62
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   Posted 1/23/2010 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Looking at white walls and ceiling is depression to me. So I am going to paint the inside of my house but I'm not sure what colors to use. I guess using 4 or 5 colors might work but don't know. I guess to keep away from blue and red and go with yellow, pink, and green but don't know.
 

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   Posted 1/23/2010 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lostsoul,
 
Welcome to HealingWell Depression forum.  I am so happy that you have joined us. 
 
What colors make you feel good?  For me it is warm colors like yellow, orange red is one but would be too dark.  Maybe in a trim though.  Cool colors are like blue, green and violet.  Though violet could go either way because it has red in it.  Though painting a wall yellow with violet trim would create a deception of movement in your eyes, so that could be fun.  But I myself like warm colors in my house.  But I want to feel warm.  Though you could go with something lighter, you don't want to paint your house too dark, it is hard to light up.  I myself like dutch creme.  It is like white, but not white.  Green is considered a cool color but would look good with your yellow and pink.  being it has yellow in it.  See what colors make you feel good and go with that.  Go to a paint store and look at all of them.  See what feeling you get from each of them and see if some seem depressing and some seem uplifting.  Warmer colors is what I would recommend.  Soft warm colors. 
 
Let us know what you go with.
 
best wishes to you.
 
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lovebug1
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   Posted 1/23/2010 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Yellow is sure to put a smile on your face! : )

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   Posted 1/24/2010 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   
aqua, this is the colour i will use later in the year myself. green for growth, renewal, and sea blue, for waves of calm and clarity, as a combo i think this to be very harmonious. yes i too am all white too, and yes it is very mundane boring and lifeless. welcome lostsoul, and thx for your post, we forget about our home and depression. very topical and thx for your input. cheers, with healing compassion, jamie
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lostsoul62
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   Posted 1/24/2010 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your reply's. I do suffer from extreme depression. I have traveled tens of thousands of miles running from myself. I think I need to go back to my house and paint it. I have been holding off for almost 5 years because I can't sell it so I am going to go back to AZ from an apartment in OKC and just deal with it and take my meds one way or another and in the meantime I will post again in a couple of weeks about painting my house which I wanted to do for years and this time I'm just going to do it. As a depressed person I feel light bright colors will work because I have been closing my blinds and keeping it dark inside which I think is a mistake. I tried to block the neighbors off with $10,000 worth of plants and trees and went back and tore most of them out.
Thanks again Richard

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   Posted 1/24/2010 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
all the best richard. you are no longer running. sadly there is nowhere to hide from ourselves. keep well, and talk with your doc if you feel yourself sliping, and us too,we are here for you. hope the painting goes well, with compassion, jamie.
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lostsoul62
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   Posted 1/25/2010 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I heard that blue is a depressing color? I never thought about putting plants inside the house but a lot of large plastic plants to give a tropical look which I like might do the trick?

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   Posted 1/25/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi lostsoul,

I'm also big on houseplants. They're alive, they require some care (which forces me to be a little responsible) and they're cheery. I have quite literally a different color in every room of my house. I agree that color can make a huge difference. My favorite is a bright pumpkin-y orange which I've paired with maroon. (Sounds kooky, but it works). I have a lot of blue too, but nothing dark. I think that's the key.

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getting by
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   Posted 1/25/2010 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Serafena,

The colors sound wonderful!

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lostsoul62
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   Posted 1/25/2010 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Having a different color in every room sounds like something I would like to investigate. Maybe a little light blue could go well and I sure like the sound of pumpkin. Would real plants be better because I'm great in the yard but not so good with house plants and I live in the Phoenix area where the Air is on 90% of the time. I'm a 62 year old man so Plastic plants might seem a little feminine? Maybe I should try one live plant a week? I like large plants that go into a 20" pot. I have (8) 22" pots on my patio. My depression doesn't let me make decisions very well. I'm in OKC for the third time in the last couple of month and in Wichita last year for 5 months and I found out that running from myself doesn't work but if you want a way to flush a lot of money down the drain then it's a great way to go.

 


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   Posted 1/25/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like live plants might be the way to go. You can find plants that are low maintainance (sp). Probably don't want ones that like humidity because you are in a dry area.

Best wishes on picking out plants.

Hugs, Karen
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serafena
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   Posted 1/25/2010 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Go for the cacti or dracena types -- they tolerate abuse pretty well. And you can keep a pothos in a closet and it will still grow. :)
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   Posted 1/25/2010 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
i have fake bunched roses all over my house. all vased and in different colours. not femmine nor infemminate, just nice and
caliming. just spray with a little water to keep clean. jamieidea
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REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

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