The colour of energy

May 20, 2009 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

bedroom_new paint

This is a photo of our bedroom. Up until about a month ago it was a deep chocolate brown, a colour choice from the previous owners of house. I can understand why they liked it: there was something sophisticated and cozy about it. But there was also something very dark and cave-like about it as well!

Now it’s a pale buttery yellow and the room is filled with energy and light. The new paint has made a world of difference in our lives. We’ve hung one of our favorite paintings above the dresser and just across from the bed – a still life of oranges by Newfoundland artist Grant Boland. Much has been written about the energy attributes and meaning of certain colours and for us this peaceful, sunny yellow is perfect – it’s like waking up to the light of a perfect early morning.

I’ve been reading an excellent book all about the embracing a strategy of managing energy instead of time – it’s called The Power of Full EngagementThe authors say that full engagement in life and work combined with periods of restoration and renewal are key to living a balanced, fufilling life and still achieving high levels of performance in your work and personal life. Common sense, but not at all easy! Call me crazy, but our new bedroom paint colour – Soleil (Benjamin Moore Aura) – is a big part of being able to live out this ideal.

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