7 Ways To Brighten Your Home in the Winter
It’s no secret that winter feels magical for many people. The snow falling, the holidays, all the Christmas lights—no wonder it’s the “most wonderful time of the year.”
But when it comes to your home, the magic occasionally wears off. Days are shorter, the weather is colder, and you’re stuck indoors, struggling to keep your home feeling cozy and inviting.
But just because the winter blues are real doesn’t mean you have to suffer through them. Making your home feel cozy, warm, and inviting can help you combat the effects of the dreary winter days.
You can do plenty of little things to brighten up your home during the winter. Here are a few examples, from introducing beautiful plants to baking delicious goods.
1. Let in the Light
What better way to fight off that winter gloom than by letting as much natural light into your home as possible?
Throw open your curtains and let the sun shine in! It can do wonders for your mental health and overall well-being.
If you don’t have access to a lot of natural light, consider investing in subtle light fixtures. These can mimic the effects of sunlight and make your home feel brighter and more welcoming.
Remove the Window Screens
One alternative is to consider removing the screens from your windows. Since the windows stay closed in the winter, there’s no need for them. Their removal will help increase the light coming into your home.
Wash the Windows
Windows get surprisingly grimy, but even a quick clean can have a transformative effect. Even if you don’t get much natural light, you can still maximize the light you do get by keeping the windows clean and streak-free.
2. Add Some Color
Winter tends to be a pretty monochromatic season, so adding a pop of color here and there can really make a difference.
Try hanging brightly colored curtains, adding colorful throw pillows to your couch, or placing a FruitFlowers® bouquet on your kitchen table.
These gorgeous flower bouquets only look and smell great, but the chocolate-dipped fruit is also a sweet fix for a cold winter day.
3. Make It Cozy
Sometimes, the simple things work best. And when it’s cold outside, it can be as straightforward as snuggling up in a cozy blanket with a steaming cup of tea when.
With that in mind, take advantage of the winter months by making your home a comfortable oasis.
Arrange soft blankets and throws on your bed and couches, light scented candles, and invest in a quality pair of slippers. You’ll be glad you did when those chilly evenings come around.
4. Bring Nature to You
There’s something about being surrounded by plants that just makes people feel good. So if you need a pick-me-up this winter, consider adding some greenery to your home.
Try placing colorful flowers on your coffee table or potted plants around the house.
Not only will these brighten up your space, but they will also help purify the air in your home.
5. Bake Something Delicious
Nothing says “back off, winter blues!” quite like the smell of freshly baked goods wafting through the house.
And if you’re feeling creative enough to bake, winter’s a perfect time!
Whip up a batch of cookies, a cake, or even homemade bread. Your home will smell amazing, and you’ll have tasty treats to enjoy.
6. Decorate for the Holidays
The winter months are full of everyone’s favorite holidays, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, and more.
So take advantage of the season and decorate your home accordingly.
For example, put up a Christmas tree, string lights around the house, or display a beautiful Hanukkah menorah. Whatever holidays you celebrate, let your home reflect that and take part in the festivities.
7. Invite Friends and Family Over
Why not liven up your home by filling it with the laughter and love of friends and family? Have a movie night, play fun games, or just have a good old-fashioned conversation.
No matter what you opt for, gather your loved ones for a winter get-together and create lifelong memories. You’ll be surprised how much brighter things feel with people to experience winter with.
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The winter months don’t have to be drab and dreary. You can brighten up your home with these simple tips and enjoy the season to the fullest.
From adding some coziness to introducing colorful bouquets, there are plenty of ways to give your home a warm and inviting feel during the winter.
So don’t settle for the winter blues—make your home a haven.
Do you have any other ways to brighten your home in the winter?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.