Hello, My Darling Co-Creators!
It's me, Nancy Swanton, The Design Doctor!
I'm the designer with a different approach to interior design. I'm not about current trends or pretty pictures! I'm all about empowering you to use the science of design, blended with the power of the Law of Attraction, to make your home a magnet to get everything you want.
I remind you of this at the beginning of everything I do, because I want to keep that grounding thought at the forefront of your mind and MINE!
The grounding thought that we must first establish our intentions, then develop the design based on that intention and then, allow the Universe to manifest your desires, your newlife, exactly the way you designed.
Before You Make Any Design Decisions
Don't worry about money or anyone else's opinion! Begin by visualizing your newlife, your newself living in your new space. What does that space look like? What are you wearing? What does it smell like? Engage all of your senses while you visualize your newlife as completely as you can!
If negative thoughts creep into your mind, quickly turn them around with the phrase "that's how I used to think! Now, I know there is nothing I can't do, be or have!"
Don't deny yourself anything!
YOU CAN EVEN MANIFEST A PROFESSIONAL PAINTER!
Breathe in, breathe out...
WRITE IT INTO REALITY
Now, write a quick "script" describing your life. The opening line is "I see myself living a life where I...." Now fill in the blanks.
Very quickly and easily.
For example, "I see myself living a life in a light and airy cottage. I'm surrounded by soft colors that soothe me. I'm happy and relaxed when I am here. I feel in touch with my authentic self when I'm in this space. Blue is my favorite color! I can feel the Universe around me."
Another example, "I see myself living a life where I feel cozy and comforted in this room. I feel nurtured and supported here. I am surrounded by colors that make me feel loved. Everything I want is on its way."
Write your own script.
Read your script every day. It's an evolving process! You will start to notice that somethings that initially seemed so right, might not feel as good as you thought they would! Make edits and adjustments!
It's your story, OWN IT!
SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT
If it feels easy, create a vision board by gathering images from magazines, catalogs or online. Collect images that represent your imagined newlife. Now, compile the images onto a large poster board.
There are so many fun ways to do this! You can frame it. You can add fabrics and all sorts of things to visually tell your story! Vision boards are powerful tools that elevate your vibration with visual triggers.
If you don't want to create a vision board, just keep your images in an envelope or even a decorative box! Some people create a notebook/ binder to hold their images! With a notebook, you can simply flip through the pages of your newlife!
Whatever method you choose, keep your images close to you so you can look at them in the morning and at night. They will remind you that your new life is on its way. Read your script as you look at your images!
If this is too much work, just keep those images in your mind, it's totally fine, but do try to read your script everyday!
You can't do it wrong! TRUST ME!
than we are in current trends.
I LOVE IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION
And I think YOU DO TOO!
Because I don't like moving furniture or doing too much prep work, I look for areas where I could use paint color to get the biggest vibrational bang for your manifestational buck!
For example, doors or accent walls or even furniture!
The best way to identify these areas is to sketch a basic floor plan. The floor plan does not have to be to scale, but it should identify doors, windows and ceiling heights!
Identify your current colors on the floor plan, even the exterior colors. This gives you an idea of how many colors you're already using and if there is a flow or pattern to how your eye is guided through the space by color.
The floor plan also helps you to keep that big picture perspective!
Approach any paint project, no matter how small with a big picture perspective, including the exterior! It all has to work together!
The Universe thrives on clarity, cohesiveness and consistency!
SCIENCE OF COLOR
Check out this pie chart! It shows which emotions are scientifically tied to different colors. It's super interesting!
Keep in mind that these are broad generalizations! You would never select your paint color from this chart, it's really just to give you a broad brush stroke insight into what kinds of emotions different colors trigger in our minds.
There are literally millions of variations of these colors that you'll be able to use to select the PERFECT PAINT FOR YOUR PERFECT LIFE!
COLOR OF LOVE
I had a client who wanted more love in her life! She was a little hesitant when she confided in me that she really didn't like the traditional mindset that "pinks & reds" represented love. She thought she might be judged or her femininity questioned, because, for her, blue was the color that really rocked her boat. A deep dark navy gave her those thrill bumps of joy that made her want to open her heart to someone special!
It was interesting, because when she really thought about what she was looking for in a partner, it was trust, understanding, respect and other attributes that are in the blue sections. So, it's really up to you to decide what you want and then go for it!
OK, OK THERE ARE A FEW RULES.
The rules are pretty basic and once you get comfortable with them and more importantly when you get comfortable trusting your senses, you'll be golden!
RULE #1 - THERE ARE NO UGLY COLORS - Like food, a color just needs the right pairing to bring out it's beauty!
Here's an easy visual that shows how to avoid making mistakes by following these simple guidelines. Again, this illustration is a very, very broad stroke representation.
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
Colors are either WARM or COOL.
You want to stay in the cool world or the warm world when selecting multiple paints. It could be catastrophic to blend the two...
COOL COLORS HAVE MORE BLUE!
OH boy! I wish you could have been in art class with me when the instructor and I had a rather heated discussion about which colors were cool or warm.
SOMETHING IS MISSING!
Did you notice that something is missing on the color wheel? There are no blacks, whites or shades of grey! And of course we know there are a million variations on those too! Paying attention to the cool vs warm tones in the black and whites will help make your selections clear!
BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL
One of my favorite accent wall colors is black! It makes everything on or in front of it pop without overwhelming the objects themselves.
It’s the perfect backdrop!
A lot of people worry about making a room feel dark by using dark colors. I think dark colors make you feel grounded and supported! Don’t be afraid to use dark colors if that's what you feel works best for you, but make sure you are using your picture perspective, inside and out! AND keep it simple.
Colors have a visceral effect on your body! Every time you introduce another color, it has an impact and the stronger the color the stronger the impact!
WHITE, WHITE, BABY!
Personally, I feel that too much white can destabilize a space. It can give you that floating feeling, which can be fun, but sometimes, you need to feel a sense of security in a room. And boy is it tough to keep clean!! Light colors show dark dirt, dark colors show light dirt, so think about your lifestyle and how much time you enjoy cleaning your home when selecting your colors!
You've defined your intentions, you've visualized your newlife and you know what you want! Now, let's get manifesting!
Go back to your images or vision board, are there any colors that are repeatedly represented? Are there colors that really resonate with you? Look for generalizations to establish your palette, you'll get into fine tuning your selections later. The important piece right now is tuning into the feelings that you want to amplify! Can you find three colors that feel good in your vision board?
Describe the colors in your images and the feelings they invoke!
The reality is that there may be things that you can't change or you don't want a big project right now. Do any of the colors in your color palette work with your existing colors? Refer to your color wheel to see if they complement, contrast or are harmonious. If not, you're going to have to rework your palette to find colors that do!
Let's say your house is baby poop brown and you hate it, but you can't or don't want to spend the money or take the time to change it.
Every time you come home you look at that color and it makes you feel like shit!
You could try to pretend it's not there and run inside as fast as you can, but you're gonna feel it no matter what!
So, what can we do about it? How can we find a way to feel good in that shitty situation?
If you own your home, and don't mind a simple project, you can use the color wheel to help you find an accent color that makes it look like part of a master plan! You could add complimentary shutters or contrasting awning! If you are renting or don't want a project, you can add potted plants and other accessories to distract!
I have a saying "If you can't beat it with brilliance, blind it with bullshit"
THE FIRST STEP IS ACCEPTANCE
Hello, My name is Nancy and I'm a sample addict.
Collecting samples can be fun and like a lot of fun things, it can be addicting!
My selection process is a bit like a mad scientist's! Once I've narrowed my palette, I go to my local paint store and pick a bunch of paper color samples! Seriously, I pick way more than I would ever need. Then I toss them together to see what works. I spread them around on a table and mix them up and start to pay attention to what naturally works together! Paint can surprise you!
But that's me! I like a bit of chaos because it frees my mind in the most delightful ways! I love that about me :o))
You know, the paint suppliers want you to take them! THEY'RE FREE!
NEVER EVER, EVER SELECT YOUR PAINT ONLINE!
Once you have shortlisted your color palette, go to your local paint store and get small paint samples to try out on your walls. Get two or three shades of the color you're considering. Most of the manufacturers have sample sizes available and they are very inexpensive.
I recommend you paint several 12”x12” samples of each color you’re considering and look at them at different times of day and night with the lights on. If you’re thinking of doing several walls, put samples on each wall.
Make sure you let the paint dry before you decide! It will look totally different when it's wet!
If you have fabrics or other materials you know you're going to use in the same room, tape or nail them to the paint samples on the wall.
Look at the whole space, not just the isolated wall(s). Visualize your furniture and accessories in the space. How does it feel?
DON’T WORRY! IT’S ONLY PAINT!
TOO MANY TEARS SHED OVER WHICH SHADE OF BEIGE TO USE.
WHAT SHEEN SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Here are a few rules of thumb, but it’s always best to ask the expert at your paint store. They can help you with quantity too.
FLAT – Is commonly used on large area walls that do NOT come in contact with water and has a dull matte finish. There are washable flat paints available, so if you need washable, be sure to read the label.
EGGSHELL – Can be used on large walls as well, but has a slight shine to it, it’s a bit easier to wipe down than flat matte.
SEMI-GLOSS – Generally used in kitchens and bathrooms. It’s appropriate for water areas, however, it is far from waterproof. It has a shinier finish than eggshell, but duller than High Gloss. Because of the shine, it will reveal more imperfections.
HIGH GLOSS – Shiny, sleek and reflective. High gloss paint can show a lot of life’s imperfections. Use only on smooth surface and not where fingerprints might bother you.
CHALKBOARD – Great for accent walls in kitchens, kids rooms and offices! You can even use it on furniture! LOVE IT!
THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU PAINT
- Move your furniture either out of the room or towards the center of the room and cover with a tarp.
- Remove any window treatments and artwork
Fix any picture hook holes and screw holes from window treatments and any other repairs
Dust the area you're painting
- Remove switch/plug plates
- Tape around knobs, baseboards, casings and other trim you’re not painting OR painting a different color
- Lay down tarp or cloth on the floor
- Gather your paint and painting tools
THINGS YOU’LL NEED
- Bucket or tray for your paint
- Brush – This will vary depending on your surface and the type of paint you choose. Ask your supplier for a recommendation based on your specific situation
- Roller - If you're painting larger areas. Again, ask your paint store expert for the type that will work best for your wall finish - IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE
- Painter's tape, (TIP: Monster tape! The thinner tape is just fine.)
- Spackle if you are making minor repairs
- Spackle knife
- Paint remover if you're using any oil based products
- Funky clothes/shoes
- Oh and a drop cloth!
- Put on some music to motivate you and voila!
Your newlife is on its way! Whoo Hooo!!
I’d love to hear what you think about this Design Tip! Have you manifested anything lately?
ALL THE BEST, ALL THE TIME!
Nancy Swanton - THE DESIGN DOCTOR
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