Beating the November Blues

 

The November blues: a condition characterized by feelings of depression associated with shorter and colder days, mixed with anxiety caused by the impending holiday frenzy.

 
The November blues: a condition characterized by feelings of depression associated with shorter and colder days, mixed with anxiety caused by the impending holiday frenzy.

Luckily, in psychology the colour blue is associated with calmness and serenity. Research has also shown that people are more productive in blue rooms. So instead of worrying about suffering from the November blues, infuse your home with a few blues of your own.

Warm blues such as chambray, periwinkle or ocean blue are known to have enveloping properties and make a room feel cozier. They are great colours to use in social spaces such as the living room or dining room.

Cool blues such as ice blue, on the other hand, can make a room feel bigger, which can be great in smaller places like bathrooms. They also are known to help with focus.

Deeper blues such as navy and midnight blue are associated with strength and dependability, which can be well suited to an office or library.

Without painting an entire room, blue paint can be used in unexpected ways: on a front door, a stair baluster, or even just on the trims or ceiling.  I love using paler shades of cerulean or cobalt blues for their richness and warm undertones.

Textiles are also a great way to bring blue into your décor, and blue is at the forefront of textile trends this year: think of using summery seersucker stripes, deep indigo batiks, chambray denims, shibori tie-dyes or even blue and white florals.

Blue can also be brought into a space through accessories like blue and white china, art, rich cashmere throws or flowers like blue hydrangeas. Many blues have gone down in history: Klein blue or the famous Tiffany blue. Keeping in mind that most blues work well together and that most people love blue, it’s hard to go wrong when decorating with this regal colour.
 
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Gabrielle is a Montreal based blogger, interior stylist and web consultant.

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