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Five Ways to Brighten Up Your Interiors to Beat the Winter Blues

Is it just me or has this winter felt incredibly LONG?! Maybe it was the constant switching back and forth between snow and frigid days, but I am ready for spring more than ever this year!

And while spring may not have sprung quite yet, it’s definitely getting closer. So, to help you get through these last weeks of winter AND be able to enjoy those warmer days when they do arrive, here are my top recommendations for quick and easy things you can do to spruce up your spaces right now!

1. CLEAR THE CLUTTER

Many of us go into a bit of a hibernation in the winter and when it’s over, we suddenly realize that we’ve accumulated more things than we really need (or want). Hence, spring cleaning!

So, use this time to go through your cupboards, cabinets, shelves, closets, counters…really anywhere that items pile up, and get purging! You’ll feel so much better starting the sunnier season out with a clear space.

2. OPEN IT UP

Once you’ve removed the things you don’t need, it makes it easier to really see your space. Are you making the best use of it? Could you move things around to create a better, more open flow in the room?

You don’t have to get into tearing down walls, simply removing or relocating bulkier pieces or moving furniture to a different part of the room can provide a more spacious feel.

If you have a large piece of furniture that you just can’t bear to part with, why not paint it? Painting the piece a lighter colour can help it to blend into the room, tricking the eye into thinking the space is more open than it really is. Adding mirrors to walls also helps to create this illusion.

3. LIGHTEN UP

A very overlooked aspect of many rooms is lighting, but it can make a bigger difference than you think!

Poorly lit rooms look smaller and more cramped. By swapping out or adding more lighting to your space (such as placing lamps in dark corners of the room), you can instantly make it brighter and appear airier and more inviting.

4. PAINT IT LIKE NEW

No surprise here, a fresh coat of paint is always a great way to instantly change the feel of a room!

You can go light or dark or create an accent wall, just be sure to choose a colour that you really like and can live with for a few years. More neutral colours are good for this, but we’re also suckers for those beautiful pops of colour.

5. SWAP IT OUT

Simple décor switches are one of my favourite ways to change the look and feel of a room. Lighter accent pillows and accessory substitutes are easy to do and are cost-effective.

Another fun swap is with your art! Changing prints in frames or getting new canvas paintings that are of a spring/summer scene or that use lighter colours are a great way to make your space feel lighter and more inviting to all who enter it.

So there you have it, my top five tips to get your home feeling ready for spring, even if the weather outside hasn’t quite caught up yet. Which of these updates will you tackle in your home first?