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Asking yourself how to beat the winter blues? Between blizzards on the East Coast and the general malaise of the post holiday winter, it’s hard to feel perky. What’s even more depressing is seeing all the cruise wear in stores and knowing you can’t get away!
I have concocted a design recipe that will replace your singing the blues with a house of blues...band optional. I think the perfect pick-me-up-blue during the winter is turquoise. It has the feel of a winter Caribbean getaway without the summer feel found in a navy and white design scheme.
Lighting is key to brightening up a room. Soft blue table lamps like the one in the top photo may have an ocean blue feel but could also be paired with creams and browns for colder climates. Regardless, it’s a pick-me-up with a shade! Additionally, by simply adding a blue shade you can instantly add a pop of much needed pizazz during the dreary winter months.
1. Robert Abbey Double Gourd Egg Blue Ceramic Table Lamp
2. Hanover Teal Shade Clear Crystal Table Lamp
Seating is another easy way to introduce color to a space. Chairs and stools are easy to move, can offer double duty in a dining room or office and in the right shade of turquoise will cheer you up while comforting your tush.
1. Turquoise Bonded Leather Classic Parson Chair
2. Arteriors Home Tennyson Turquoise Linen Stool
Accessories are the easiest way to beat the winter blues. A small dose of turquoise blue be it in contemporary wall art or in a casual throw pillow will transform a room. Don’t be afraid to try. Simple accessories can always be moved around the house and can be used in the yard, terrace or deck in warmer months. So, who needs a tropical vacation now? OK, don’t answer that...
1. Monroe Modern Turquoise Wood Tray
2. Surya Turquoise Throw Pillow
Photos: House of Turquoise, Beach Bungalow 8.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.