Shorter days, colder temperatures, and little to no sunlight can take a toll on our mental state during the winter. Our homes are truly our sanctuary in times like these because we spend a lot of it indoors. How do we move from a magical Christmas to winter without losing the magic?
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1. Enjoy the best of winter
First, let’s try to embrace the present. What are some of the best things about winter? Here are some of mine. Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, winter walking in the snow, making a fire, cozy winter hats and gloves, Valentine’s Day, baking cookies and making hot cocoa. Now put these things to work in your home. Here are some ideas:
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- Place a pile of birch logs on your front porch or near your fireplace.
- Hang a cute pair of gloves, a scarf, or a cozy winter hat in your entryway.
- Prepare a small dollop of hot cocoa. Take some mugs and hot cocoa fixings off your counter and keep them outside during the winter.
- Go save for old skis, old ice skates, skates and Old wooden snow boots Then display your results in your home for the winter or on your front porch. You can also save on beautiful winter quilts and display them on chairs and benches.
- Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner too, which is another great way to add some festive, seasonal decor.
2. Bring greenery and winter flowers
Once all the Christmas decorations are put away, I take my green plants out of storage. There’s something about greenery that helps spaces feel more vibrant.
But you can also choose to incorporate winter flowers, such as burgundy or rich white roses, bright yellow winter jasmine and reddish or white winterberries. Baby’s breath can also be beautiful because it reminds me of snow. I’m fake but if you prefer the real thing, go for it. I love filling vases around the house with these seasonal stems. It adds much needed color and life to my room.
3. LEDs are your friends
Shorter days mean less natural light, so we need to turn to other sources of light during the winter. I mean lamps. My favorite time of day is lamp hour. I have these smart bulbs in my lamps and I can turn them all on through an app on my phone. I also set it on a dimmer to set the really relaxing mood. If you need to, bring extra lights during these dark winter days. Consider adding a beautiful lamp to your kitchen counters.
4. Comfortable textiles for the win
Winter is cold. And there’s nothing better than curling up under some cozy winter blankets during these colder months. But comfortable textiles can also be cushion covers (choose velvet and boucles) and sheepskin rugs.
Fill a basket with some warm winter blankets, replace the pillowcases if you can, and add Sheepskin rug To a sofa, chair or ottoman for added comfort.
5. Hang a winter wreath or two
The house can feel a bit empty after the Christmas decorations are taken down, so I like to keep a wreath or two around until we’re through the colder months. And I don’t just mean at the front door. Consider your interior doors as well.
I have a fairly simple wreath that I hang on our laundry room door. I actually found this thrift wreath! It makes me so happy when I’m in the kitchen cooking. It’s just an extra layer of magic.
6. Light candles
Candles create atmosphere. So, there are always candles lit around our house during the winter. Although I love flameless candles, there are some scented candles that I love burning.
this Gardenia Candle from White Barn It is one of my favorites. It reminds me of a garden full of flowers. You can also purchase these candle warmers that provide an extra glow. These run on a timer so you don’t have to worry about falling asleep with the candles still burning.
7. Share artwork that makes you happy
I’d love to swap some My artwork For the seasons. Think winter scenes, or colorful pieces like fruits and landscapes.
Things that make you happy and add some color if necessary. Winter can be very monotonous.
8. Embrace these colors
Speaking of pale colors, these colors add warmth: ivory, burgundy, teal, and deep blue.
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