You’ve decked the halls and trimmed the trees. Now it’s time to put all of the decorations [Jan Blog2 1 resized 600] away, but you don’t have to simply endure the gray days until Spring. Here are just a few ideas to help you as you redecorate for winter:
Get the deck ready for sunny days. You can use your deck, patio or outdoor space during wintertime, just be prepared for rainy days. Leave waterproof furniture out for weekend parties and add bright accents like a spring green waterproof chair cushion or some potted plants to make the gray outdoors feel festive.
If you have an enclosed porch you can bring some spring-type accents out immediately. For example, you can add some bright throw blankets so you can enjoy the outdoors in comfort. You can also decorate with pots of flowers and spring-colored cushions.
Brighten the room with fresh fruit. We all ate our fill of candy, pie, fruit cake, and other holiday treats. Putting out bowls of fresh fruit will not only help you in your transition back to healthy/non-holiday foods, they will also make your home feel fresh and ready to greet spring. You can get a textured look if you add some fresh flowers in tall vases in among your fruit displays.
Replace your pine wreath with a bright winter arrangement. After the holidays we often feel our doors look particularly bare. Brighten up your doorway with a gorgeous wreath and add plants that flower in the winter like snapdragons or forget-me-not along your walkway.
Repurpose holiday accents you love. Do you enjoy the elegance of candlesticks on the table? Keep them there. Do you love the combination of red and green? Get a tartan table accent or layer red and green throw pillows. Instead of condemning specific aspects of the holidays to only one month a year, find other ways to embrace them throughout winter.
Make the move to lighter curtains. It seems that this time of year we have heavy curtains and window treatments that keep the heat in and the light out. Make the switch over to brighter curtains to allow as much light in as possible. If you have double pane windows, there shouldn’t be much loss of heat from the switch.
Keep the cozy rugs. Thick, fuzzy throw rugs can help make a room feel warm. Just try to stick with lighter colors so they don’t suck the light out of the room.
We are hoping for plenty of rain and gray days this winter. But that doesn’t mean we can’t also celebrate the beauty of the season and add accents with an eye toward keeping our home bright and airy all winter long.
What do you do to keep your home bright throughout the winter season? Comment below and let us know.