Many people shun cool colors during the winter season, opting for the warmer hues of green and red. To most people, these vibrant colors bring cheer and joy that go well with the festivities that come during the Christmas season. However, many people favor the cooler tones to give their home a winter wonderland effect. You’ll find homes, especially those located near the beaches or seas, choosing colors such as blue to give their holiday home a look that reflects the hues of the ocean. Blue is an ideal color choice, even if you don’t live by the ocean or in the warmer parts of the world, if you prefer the cooler tones for your holiday decorations. Blue has a calming effect, which can give you an escape from the stressful holiday season.
For blue to work for your winter home, make sure to choose varying shades from indigo blue to icy blue and anything in between. Don’t do only pure blue by matching everything in blue. For blue to work, make sure it does not overwhelm your eyes. Complement with silver, gold, white, light green or copper, just make sure blue remains as a majority of your color palette.
For example, color your walls in blue, but complement it with white or tan. Choose a grayish blue tone if you want the color blue in mute form; however, a dark or navy blue walls will make your walls pop. If you don’t want to paint all four walls in blue, choose a focal wall to paint in blue. This focal wall can be your gallery wall for photos and art work.
Decorate your dining table using a neutral color (tan, brown or white) tablecloth. Stage your place settings starting with a pearl-white placemat. Top the placemat with a dark blue charger and a blue-and-white plate. Place gold-toned napkins on top of the plates. Use green and turquoise napkin rings. Add silver or platinum silverware-they look stunning next to blue. Use a glass blue stemware that matches the plates or chargers. You can use clear crystal glass too if you don’t have blue stemware.
Create a simple centerpiece. Place a light-blue table runner on the center of the table. Then add a clear bowl filled with gold, silver and copper ball ornaments. Place silk white flowers (magnolia and hydrangea will do well) around the base of the bowl. Place a couple of candles (tea lights in small tea light holders will do). Add green, blue, white and clear marbles and rocks on top of the table runner. This will add sparkles when the light reflects and bounces. Drape thin silver rope, the one you use as Christmas tree trimming, on top of the bowl with ornaments.
Hang different shapes of small glass ornaments from your chandelier. Hang them using thin silver or gold ribbons. Hang them low in varying height, close to the center of the table for a dramatic effect.
Everywhere in the house, bring a splash of blue with gold and silver. Place blue capiz balls and mix with ball ornaments in a tray or copper bowl. Hang a white feather wreath with small icy blue ornament balls.
Add blue decorative pillows on your sofa; mix with chocolate brown or tan pillows. Drape a blue throw on the armchair. Cover empty gift boxes with silver, white, gold and blue wrapping paper and then put the boxes in one corner of the room.
Use drapes and area rugs with blue as a predominant color whether you choose them in solid blue or in patterns.
Warm up the room with candles. Place blue candles in hurricanes and place them on your mantle. Fill a glass blue vase with fresh cut white flowers. Cut dried branches and place them in a tall glass vase. Hang ornaments of blue, white, silver and gold on each twig.
You can keep this blue decoration all winter-long, even after you take down your holiday decorations.