Winter can be disheartening, as the winter days are long and possibly gloomy with not enough sunshine (depending on the geographical location of where you live). The good news is that there are ways you can brighten up your home this winter season. By making your home cheerful, you can make winter more tolerable and warm! So, what are some ways you can get rid of winter blues and brighten up your home? Here are some simple interior design tips to help you or to spark creative ideas on your own.
Not only is hanging art great for your home, it is also a great tool to brighten up your space during winter. If you already have some art on your walls, you can always add a few more pieces just for winter. Vibrant, colorful artwork will help brighten up your space and you can choose paintings, photos, or prints with sparkling landscapes or floral cheer.
Just like art, it may be a good idea to have special window treatments just for winter as they aren’t very expensive. Natural light can be a bit scarce in winter depending on region, so you want to take advantage of every bit of light from your windows as you can. Consider taking down your dark lined drapes and replacing them with sheer curtains or shades to brighten your room and let more natural light in. You can also leave your window bare if it doesn’t interfere with your privacy.
A good way to cheer up your home is to add a few plants, succulents, perennials, flowers, or cacti. In winter, it may be difficult to get outdoors, so a good way to bring nature inside is through the addition of plants. There are many plants that can survive indoors in low lighting. Not only are they lovely and calming, but they also add oxygen and filter out contaminants making the indoor air so much cleaner and easier to breathe.
Consider purchasing different light fixtures or bulbs and replacing them with more natural lighting. There are many types of lighting out there that simulate natural lighting, which can make a difference in your home during the dark winter days. There are also special lights that mimic sunlight and can actually ease the blues and gloominess that happens during winter. If you have normally have bulbs that emit a cool white glow, replace them with bulbs that give off a warm, inviting mood instead.
If you have dark furniture, try covering your sofa or chair with a white, neutral, or light colored slipcover. The fabric will brighten up the room and make the space feel lighter. You can add a pop of color through accessories that will further brighten up your home.
Adding more color to your home can do wonders for bringing joy and warmth to your space. Bright, saturated colors help make your home more vibrant and merry. This can be done with patterned throws, accent pillows, table lamps, and other accessories in vibrant colors. You can take it a step further and paint an accent wall or a piece of furniture a bold color such as Benjamin Moore Blue 2066-10 or Sherwin Williams Hazel 6571.