Winter Color Therapy

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It official; Christmas is over and with a little help, down came my decorations yesterday.  The last day of “Christmas proper” was Sunday, the 12th day of Christmas ending on the The Feast of the Epiphany.  Not all of us celebrate Christmas (and certainly not all 12 days!) but the cheery white inside lights associated with the holiday give me so much energy that I would put them up anyway, and so I just had to wait for the days to lengthen a bit more before taking them down.

Winter is long here in northern New England and dark lots of the time; especially where I live.  We don’t get the city glare in the sky, that dull hum of electricity glowing in the horizon that reminds us of how well protected the streets are; we just have “roads” here.  So when the sun heads downward so does the light.  However, winter is more dark than light for most of us reading this post.

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

This dark is all the more reason to incorporate bright color into your life this time of year.     Folks that live farther north have used color for centuries to combat the shadowy gray that comes with lack of light.  This counteracting effect is actually measureable.  As part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we can see, color sends vibrational wave lengths at us stimulating our endocrine system to release mood hormones that create our feelings.  Depending on what we are already feeling, those waves can uplift you or disturb you; happy go-lucky “sunshine” or feeling “blue”.

I have to say that my personal “waves” this time of year are pretty flat.  Caffeine barely affects me, the pounds pile on and I seem to retreat into my head.  So I have always found that “color therapy” is a happy diversion for me around the new year.  Here are some of the color tricks I use this time of year to uplift and stimulate myself.

IMG_0078 I wear red lipstick!  The color red has the longest wave length so is most stimulating to our body.  Just applying the color gives me a boost.  Pinky, orangey, bloody or sheer, everyone has a shade that is just right for them. Try some on with me…. 603-491-7305

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I fill my kitchen with citrus fruit!  Orange is the next longest wave length followed by yellow. Seeing their cheery color in the center of my home gives me a boost like sunshine.  Don’t you feel it just looking at this photo?

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I choose creative projects that let me use lots of cheery color.  This January I am starting a new duvet cover for my bed that features yellow [yes Lynn, I am actually starting it!!].  As inspiration I am using my mothers chair that I recovered last spring.  Note that its color is more subdued so I could not approach that project in the winter but instead “felt” like doing it when there was more sunshine in my life.

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DSC04189Yellow is a strong color trend for 2013; watch for it everywhere. 

ColoroftheYear_RightRemember, if you need some color cure for winter blaas, focus on the warm side of the color wheel with reds, oranges and yellows.  Please share this with anyone you think would enjoy! …………………………………………………………………….Jane

Toby, my Christmas take-down helper.

Toby, my Christmas take-down helper.

6 responses to Winter Color Therapy

  1. Lynn

    Your Mother’s chair is beautiful! The last time I saw it was during the reupholstering process. Can’t wait to see your duvet cover!

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    • janebalshaw Post Author

      Ha Lynn! I guess I knew you would be on your IPad early today! Glad you love the chair and will keep you updated on the duvet cover as it comes. ox

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  2. L.E.

    I kept checking for new posts, and finally….! Always look forward to what you have to say and show. Love the lip colors above. We did not have a Christmas tree this year because there was just no room in our little place. But my better half dug out our window candles from storage, purchased a small tree from the local Rotary Club and festooned it with tiny white lights (non-LED). It’s in the middle of a screened-in porch off of our little family room and is timed to light up at 6am and 5pm for just a few hours. I’m keeping it until all the needles fall off!
    L.E.

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    • janebalshaw Post Author

      Ah Lynn; your tree sounds perfect! Snap a picture for me OK? FYI – you can subscribe to this blog and then the post come to you via email. You can read it there or click through to the site. Look for the subscription button on the right. ox Jane

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