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Busting the January blues

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January used to be my least favourite month of the year, that is until I chose to do something about it. Whether its the lack of pre Christmas excitement, an overstretched pay packet, an accumulated hangover or simply the idea of going back to work, there are lots of reasons we dread January.
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Theres also a reason we call it feeling blue, as colour has a profound impact on our mindset, blue being the most cold and corporate if used incorrectly. The psychological impact of colour is just one of the sensory routes we explore when designing bespoke Jolie spaces, however it is incredible to hear our clients describe the positive impact our colour selections have on them. To help you to bust those January blues, and for a general pick me up to turn to year round, we have pulled together a list of small changes you can make to your space. We like to call it Comfort & Joy…

Colour and Lighting

Lighting: Warm light bulbs, soft lighting with lamps and and candles will add a level of comfort and calm.

Colours: Mustard hues provide optimism, soft olive greens for health, and blossom tones for tranquility.

Texture

A soft, warm blanket provides comfort for many reasons...

Leading touch professor Francis Mcglone describes one of the most comforting forms and places of touch as upper body, around the back and tops of arms. Having a comforting blanket in your home, or even workplace, can be a lifesaver in times of stress and discomfort. Go for soft, weighted blanket like this one from Zara home.

Zara Home, Cable Knit Blanket

Fragrances

Aromatherapy oil, delivered via a vaporiser, can be a real game changer. Here is an idea of some of the properties natural oils possess that will lift your mood.

- Neroli, is a natural antidepressant

- Sweet Orange, is known for it's uplifting properties

- Lemon provides sharpness and clarity

For a little treat, and some extra comfort; balance with our favourite Aesop Istros Aromatique room spray

Istros Aromatique Room Spray

Sound

For our January pick of background music to inspire and comfort go for the Blue Planet II soundtrack, Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & David Fleming.

Taste

Go for Vitamin D and Omega 3 boosting food, our favourite at this time of year is Smoked Salmon & Poached Eggs.

written by
Franky Rousell

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