It’s about this time of year that we start to feel a little cooped up in our houses. The novelty of skating, skiing, or tobogganing is starting to wane, and long summer days spent on the dock are feeling further away than ever.
Well, I’m here to help you breathe some new life into your home. Sure, you could throw down a colourful rug—which makes a huge difference by the way—but there are other ways to crank up the cheer, too.
Do some colour blocking
Another quick and easy way to add some life to your space is to colour-block a portion of the wall. This way, you don’t even have to cut in and work around trim (my nemesis). Colour blocking creates a focal point and adds interest to a room—of course the fuchsia throw rug and bench pictured here help, too!
Upcycle an old door
This is a great example of taking inexpensive building materials and transforming them into something fabulous with paint. A white, hollow core door goes from boring to beautiful with just a couple of shades of pastel paint.
Paint some furniture
If you don’t want to commit to painting an actual wall then try a piece of furniture. This room already has a very colourful vibe, but adding a turquoise dresser does kick it up a notch.
Buy some colourful artwork
If painting something is too much to consider when you are in a winter funk, then go online and purchase some lively artwork. It can even be delivered right to your door! Society6.com is a great place to start.
Create a gallery wall
Once you have gathered all of the upbeat artwork you possibly can, hang it all on the wall to create a vibrant gallery. One of my favourite things about a gallery wall is the ability to keep adding to it as you find or create new pieces. The more the merrier in my book!
Add some patterned throw pillows
In some cases, when the holiday decorations come down, they take the colour with them. Liven things up again with some colourful throw pillows that mix colour and pattern.
Purchase a graphic tea towel
Purchase some quirky tea towels as a simple way to add some spice to your kitchen.
Hang a colourful clock
If you have a home office, don’t forget how dreary that can start to seem mid-winter. A cheery clock will make counting down the hours to spring a breeze.
Plant some blooms
Place some greenery around the house—especially stuff that blooms. It will help carry you forward to the next season and add some colour to your space at the same time.
Add a stripe of colour
One of my favourite (and cheapest) ways to liven up a space is to paint. And you don’t even have to do a whole wall for some real impact. Take this archway for example: they’ve painted the underside a fabulous, bright colour of yellow and given the room a whole new vibe!
With these tips and tricks, I am not endorsing staying in your home for the duration of winter—no matter how appealing that may sound to some of you. Nothing will make you feel better than going for a walk in the bitter cold and coming back to your lovely and vibrant home.