With the dark days (and nights) of winter upon us, it’s hard to stay upbeat and not want to curl up in a ball and hibernate until spring. Fortunately, I have some decor tips to help brighten you out of that winter funk, embrace our cold and dark climate, and stay warm at the same time.
Colour – You’d be surprised by the impact colour can have on your mood. Add colour into your space with your pillows and accessories — my Jo Alcorn pillows have great colours to choose from. A good trick I use is to fill a mirrored tray with white or bright accessories — this is an easy way to create a nice centerpiece that can be changed with the seasons. Another easy winter DIY project is to spice up your bland and outdated accessories; sometimes all it takes is a can of spray paint and some bright colours to really add punch to a space. I have used Krylon to spray bathroom drawer pulls, vases and even kids accessories that need new life and new colour!
Cozy Corner – Honestly, there is nothing I love doing more than curling up in front of a fire with a cup of tea and a good book on a cold winter’s night. Create a corner in your home that you can use as your chill-zone (without the chill that is!). If you’ve been thinking of installing a fireplace in your space and have access to natural gas, I love the look and feel of the KozyHeat Birchwood unit (the price point is also one of the best on the market). If you are in a condo, or don’t have access to natural gas, there are great electric options out there (I even have one in my own home). Dimplex has a huge assortment of units that have such realistic flames people often mistake it for a gas unit. These units are great for condos, small spaces and also make a great addition to a feature wall. This year they have launched a new Prism Series that is perfect for small spaces.
Outside-In – I love the look and feel of natural fibers inside the home. My go-to for anything nature inspired is Artemano, a Canadian company that makes great one-of-a-kind pieces. Grab a couple of comfy chairs or stools made from tree trunks, light some candles, and settle in with a good book.
Mood Lifters – If you’re still having trouble snapping out of your winter funk, one thing I make sure to do daily is get outside for a brisk walk with my dogs — even that little bit of sunshine and fresh air helps. I also love anything natural that helps boost my mood and energy. That’s why I always have my kettle handy — the Cameo Blue stovetop kettle by KitchenAid brightens up my kitchen, and a selection of herbal teas perks me up. Finally, I love fresh flowers and think everyone should keep them in their home year-round.
Put the kettle on, it’s a perfect warm-up after coming in from the cold
Use a few, or all, of these decor tips and suggestions to brighten your mood – and your home – this winter.
Wishing you warm and cozy days!