I find it so hard returning to my everyday life after the holidays. Instead of vacation, feasting, and Christmas lights, I’m back at work, on a diet, and my living room feels…well, it’s not celebrating anymore either.
So here is my 2 step plan to lifting your mood and decorating for the long winter months ahead!
1. Put Your House on A Diet
Take a moment to create as much light and air in your rooms as possible. When you look at your surroundings, what things don’t bring you joy? Is it the sofa needing repair that was quickly covered for company? The huge display of china that is only used once a year? Your Aunt Daisy’s doily collection? Find a fabric you love and reupholster the sofa. Put the china and the doilies in storage. Clear out the old, make way for the new. Your house will thank you!
2. Dress For Success
Now that your room(s) have shed their unwanted items, it’s time to rethink their wardrobe. Figure out if you need a complete overhaul or a just a refresh. Think about your existing pieces and the look you’re really going for.
Love Boho Chic and Jewel Tones? Swap the floral curtains for roman shades in a bright jewel tone like coral or amethyst to add instant drama without heaviness. A wonderful example is Amanda Nisbet’s little girl’s room, featured in House Beautiful.
Love Scandinavian Minimalism and Cool, Natural Tones? Add some warmth and texture by adding wicker storage baskets and warm white, tan/burlap or deep toned throw pillows. For the best effect, use a combination of velvets, chenilles, tweeds, vinyls and other textured, solid fabrics.
A selection of decadent Velvets from Fabricut
- Love Neutrals, Wood, and Leather? Update your cozy, traditional areas by replacing some of your soft furnishings (curtains, cushions, throw pillows, lampshades) using softer shades of blue, green, mushroom or pink. Check out the blogger Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss for a pillow tutorial followed by a gorgeous example of updating a brown leather sofa.
What are your favorite ways to decorate for Winter??
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