Bid Winter Farewell: How to Brighten up your Home
Spring is right around the corner, so why not celebrate by making your home a little cheerier. Whether you’re looking for a weekend project or a quick-fix, here are some fun ways to give your home a post winter boost.
Take in Some Fresh Air: Make the most of California’s beautiful weather and create an outdoor seating space. Regardless of the size of your space, you can design a pleasant space to relax outside. The two key components you need are seating and plants. Define the space with an outdoor bench or a table and chairs and then brighten up the area with plants and flowers. Twinkly lights, hanging lanterns, pillows, and candles are cheery extras to add.
Showcase your Child’s Inner Artist: The messy, adorableness of children’s artwork has a way of making people smile. Just add a frame so it doesn’t look sloppy.
Please with Paint: Paint seems like an obvious way to brighten up a home, but if not done tastefully, paint can have the opposite effect. If you’re not sure what color to paint a room, go with white. It’s a bright, clean, and a no-fail way to cheer up a room. A white room with colorful accents is classy and simple, but if you’re more of a risk taker, consider painting with color. Robins nest blue, lemon yellow, and other pastel colors have the ability to completely transform and beautify a room.
Tabletop Fountains: Add serenity to a room with the soothing sound of water.
Make a Statement from the Beginning: While you don’t want to overwhelm your house with color, using color in the entryway is a good way to immediately welcome people into your home. Try placing a colorful doormat and a statement house plant in the foyer. The entryway is also a great place to experiment with a fun paint color. Anchor the color with a decor item such as a seat cushion of the same color.
Have some Fun: There’s classy and then there’s stiff. To be sure not to ere on the side of stiff, place a few unique objects in your home that give it character. For example, a funny bathroom guest book or a silly wall placard.
Mix and Match: Typically, this is a no, no. However, small batches of mismatching decor can actually create a very happy vibe in a home. For example, paint your door a bright yellow or red, add a rug in the foyer with a funky pattern, and hang a contrasting piece of artwork on the wall.
Opposites Attract: The combination of a rustic material with a sleek finish brightens up a room by uniting cozy with luxury. For example, rustic wooden cabinets paired with a sleek granite counter top creates a cheery atmosphere.
Pick a Wall: Decorate one wall of a room with an extra bright and fun pattern. Either hang an artsy tapestry on the wall or decorate with a nifty wallpaper.
Bathroom Tiles: Depending on the amount of time and money you want to invest, you can re-tile the entire floor of your bathroom or just add a cheery border to your sink backsplash.
Lengthen and Raise your Curtain Rods: Create the illusion of space by expanding your curtain rods slightly past and above your window frame. This also ensures that they are not actually blocking any light from coming into the room.
Pillow Talk: Not only are pillows naturally cozy, but they’re also an easy way to add color and oomph to a room. Remember, pillows should be used as accents against a clean, neutral canvas.
Turn the Lights on: Change your dull light bulbs for a bulb with a higher kelvin number. A bulb with a kelvin number between 3500 and 4100 will add a brighter glow that’s perfect for the transition from soft winter lighting.
Bring in Nature: Plants immediately bring life to a room. Have fun with potted plants, window boxes, and fresh flowers. A small shelf entirely filled with plants is an easy way to make sure placement doesn’t look sporadic.
Sparkling Surfaces: If your budget doesn’t have room for a gorgeous glass coffee table, brighten up your home with mirrors, mirrored wall art, or crystal photo frames.
Change the Curtains: Get rid of bulky, dark curtains and opt for something light and sheer.