With shorter days and overcast skies, it’s easy to let winter weigh you down. Luckily, there are several simple steps you can take to combat these dreary months ahead. Wake up every morning to a cheerful interior! Now that we’re spending so much time inside, it’s important to promote positivity by creating a light, bright sanctuary. From hanging vibrant wall art, to adjusting your color palette, conquer the winter blues by exploring bright, colorful living room ideas and more!
Bright Painting Ideas
The right piece of wall art can instantly transform your interior. Take a bland, neutral area and make it pop with an ultra-bold print. Even if the rest of your space is subtle and understated, you can still add a bright piece of art to create visual contrast. Look for underused hues like fuchsia, teal, and tangerine. Don’t be afraid to pick a vivid piece with lots of character. You can implement this trend in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, or dining space. Plus, wall art is easily removable, so you can experiment with hanging your print in several different areas of the home.
A Light in the Dark
Our daylight hours have dwindled since summertime, which means it’s imperative to maximize natural light. First, ditch the dark, heavy curtains and go for something brighter that allows more light to stream through. Next, take advantage of mirrors! They have the ability to reflect light around the room, creating an instantly uplifting effect. Pick lamps that point upward, to compensate for the hiding sun. Chandeliers also have an excellent ability to bounce light throughout your space.
Break the rules of design and decorate with warm colors in winter! Just because it’s chilly outside, doesn’t mean you can’t warm up your interior. Pantone’s picks for colors of the year are soft grey and sunny yellow. If Pantone deems it acceptable to use yellow all year long, we’re going to use yellow all year long! Swap your neutral cushions and pillows for sunshine-inspired tones, and pick a piece of wall art that makes you feel warm and energized.
Boost Your Blues
Blue is undoubtedly one of the most popular shades for interior design. While grey-blues and muted tones certainly had their day in the sun, (pun-intended,) it’s high time to brighten your blue hues! Swap your sophisticated shades for colors like sky blue and aqua. Even if you haven’t seen blue skies in a while, you can tap into that clear-sky euphoria by adding more light, vibrant blues. If you really want to go the extra mile, paint your ceiling in a light blue to mimic spring skies.
From the Ground Up
If your floors are feeling a little dark and drab, re-stain your wood in a lighter shade. You can either consult a professional (recommended,) or tap into your inner contractor and give it a shot yourself. If staining’s not your thing, some wood floors can also be painted white after being properly sanded down. Looking for a less permanent solution? Opt for a white or beige area rug to cover your dark flooring. It’s a super simple fix!
Winter Décor & More
We all struggle with the winter blues, but our home environment can make a huge difference when it comes to lifting our mood. Cheer up, buttercup! From bright bedroom ideas to unexpected winter décor, fill your home with breezy details and vibrant colors. Bring a touch of spring and summer into your space with a few easy tricks. Don’t shy away from bold design choices, and make spending time at home a joyful occasion.