Master Decorating for the Soul

“I’m just a little nicer when I create a little silent space for myself.” Norman Farb, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

Transcend trends and time by making it your goal to create a sense of calm in the spaces in which you spend your time. There are 3 ways to accomplish this and the focus here is to think WHITE.


The white effect is the idea of white as a symbol for an-emptying-out-of-our-spaces kind of white. Clearing off surfaces and finding a place for everything and being able to see the linear lines of that hall table, the kitchen island and the desk. This is the whiteness of space. You’re literally making space for what you want to attract in your life. We’re always evolving as people and “non-decorating” or, a taking away of things in our spaces, is a way of seeing what’s next in our lives and understanding what we need now.


Considering the popularity of whites, white is not easy to get right. The negative effect of all white spaces, is that we can feel lost and unfocussed if the eye has nothing to focus on. So, if using large areas of white, add textures such as pale woods, sheepskins, wool, stone and linens to give the eye a place to rest.

Also, not all whites are created equal. The rule of thumb is to use cooler whites with blue undertones in South facing spaces. Warmer whites with creamy undertones in North facing spaces. Sherwin Williams Whites will give you a good guideline.


Whites are not the only way to create calming spaces and sometimes bringing in some colour is the better option. Soft colours have proven to have positive psychological effects especially dusty blues and greens which tend to slightly lower blood pressure and induce calm.

However you move forward in creating that oasis of calm for yourself, think of white beyond a colour and as something analogous to silence which is the essential ingredient in maintaining a healthy, happy and well balanced life.

The golden rule for decorating for the soul ~ the third eye does not like clutter.