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Rethinking the January Blues

Posted on January 19 2018

January is often considered one of the most difficult months of the year. The festivities are over, the weather is bleak, we are all back to work, money is tight and our energy is a little low. It's enough to give anyone the 'January Blues'. Well, today we're rethinking what that might mean for you. 

Dulux Colour Futures COTY Denim Drift Palette

Image: Dulux

In fact, the color blue can be a joyous shade when used in your interior design. From the deepest midnight blue to heavenly sky blues and everything in between, it's a color that continues to excite and energize our rooms. Here are just a few ways to use blue in your home this year to give your January a fresh bold update.

Deep Blue Shades

Fiona Cameron living room in Farrow & Ball London Clay

Image: Fiona Cameron Around the Houses via Mad About the House

Indigo shades have been trending for quite some time and we adore how beautiful it envelopes a room, creating a cozy sanctuary during the coldest months. Here, Fiona used Farrow & Ball Hague Blue to give her living room a midnight backdrop, making her accessories and furniture pop against the dark walls.

 deVOL kitchen in deep blue

Image: deVOL Kitchens

If an entire room wrapped in deepest blue feels a step too far, then consider larger pieces of furniture in this shade. We love the kitchen above and the dark blue of the cabinets contrasted against paler wall colors and warm wood floors.

Medium Hued Blues

Broste Copenhagen Gallery Wall

Image: Broste Copenhagen via Red Online

Of course, darker indigos are not the only shades where blues sing in the home. A medium saturation is a wonderful way to create life in a space without overwhelming the senses. Consider a gallery wall as shown above in medium-blue tones to create interest and bring in color without the commitment of painting.

Living Room with blue painted fireplace

Image: Paula Barnes for House & Garden, Photo by Paul Massey

You can create a stunning focal point in your room with an unexpected pop of medium blue. We love this painted fireplace combined with other shades in the blue family for a layered tonal look.

Pale Blues

Little House on the Corner Living Room in Pale Blue

Image: Little House on the Corner

Reminiscent of the palest skies in the summertime, consider a lighter shade of blue to create a cool calm interior. Combined with natural wood finishes as seen in the living room above, it's the perfect way to create a contemporary twist in a period property.

Emily Henderson pale blue bathroom

Image: Emily Henderson / Photo by Jessica Isaac

Use the lightest shades of blue for a crisp, clean aesthetic combined with white. Keep in mind that most shades of blue pair beautifully with brass hardware and organic elements like wood finishes and house plants, which provide a touch of warmth in what might otherwise be a visually cold space.

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If you are convinced that blue will be making your January a much happier month, then check out some of our favorites on My Two Designers...

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