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Recently, I received this email from my client and list member Lilah:

I have to tell you I painted the living room [Benjamin Moore’s Upper West Side] and what a difference! We spent all afternoon in there playing games and looking at books, something we never would have done when it was all yellow and irritating. I can’t believe what a difference the right color makes!”¬†

Here’s the back story:

I recently helped my client Lilah redesign her Rolfing and Massage practice.

She repainted the space with colors I recommended, moved her intake area around so that she now sits in the power position–diagonal to the door and with a full view of the room. This helps boost self-confidence and respect among patients and clients.

Now, Lilah loves the space and is much happier at work.

Here’s what she said:

“I notice I feel I am in the captain position in my practice. I know exactly what I want as far as what my hours are and how many people I can serve in a week. And what I can do and how I can help. This has led to better boundaries and having to say no sometimes, but it feels much better than bending over backwards all the time to accommodate people. I also am getting the amount of work I want at the price I charge.”

During our session, Lilah showed me the yellow wall color in her beautiful upstairs living room.

Normally, I never offer advice on residential spaces anymore as I am 100% wildly devoted to my speciality of designing health and wellness spaces… but once in awhile, I’ll make an exception.

This was one of those times.

After asking her a few questions, it was revealed that neither she, nor her husband nor their son spent any time in that room. In Feng Shui we call that a dead zone–an area in a space that feels lifeless.

I suggested she paint the walls, offered her a new color and with that we ended our design session.Here are four things you may not know about the psychology of the color yellow:

  1. Yellow is irritating and creates feelings of frustration and anger.
  2. People are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms.
  3. Yellow is also the most fatiguing color to the eye due to the high amount of light that is reflected on and by it.
  4. Yellow speeds up the nervous system.

I know it’s not easy to choose intelligent paint colors for your health or wellness space that help create a nurturing vibe for your peeps. There are simply so many paint choices out there and it can get overwhelming and stressful.

Get 23 of my top paint color recommendations selected specifically for health and wellness environments here:

Love from your not-a-fan-of-the-color-yellow designer except for that beautiful bright yellow star in the sky~