Easy, Peasy, Winter Home Brightening Tips

Spice up a space with pops of color provided by orange pillows and throws, or blue rugs. Blue of every hue is the color this season: from soft sky tones to deep navy, every shade of blue can be used together.

Spice up a space with pops of color provided by orange pillows and throws, or blue rugs. Blue of every hue is the color this season: from soft sky tones to deep navy, every shade of blue can be used together.

While winter brings holidays and family togetherness, it can also bring gloomy days. Being stuck indoors can be made easier, however, if you brighten your home with these tips from Sue Hoaglund of Decorating Den Interiors

The quickest, easiest thing you can do to make your space sunnier is to add lamps, says Hoaglund. Table, desk, and floor lamps are all good candidates. The key is to choose light colored shades to prevent muted lighting. She is also excited about the new battery-operated, remotely controlled candles that create the ambience without the fuss or mess of traditional candles.

Spice up a space with pops of color provided by orange pillows, yellow throws or blue rugs. Blue of every hue is the color this season: from soft sky tones to deep navy, Hoaglund says every shade of blue can be used together and/or integrated with other warm colors such as orange, yellow or the popular apple green.

When adding color, don’t forget to include texture. “Furry” pillows, throws and rugs are popular right now. Texture adds interest and warmth to any room. Add area rugs to wooden or tile floors, says Hoaglund, for comfort. Working in the kitchen can be uncomfortable on the back and legs. Putting a padded rug at your work station helps take the strain off your body while providing visual pleasure.

To give the illusion of space and light to your home, use mirrors. Hoaglund cautions to notice what the mirror will reflect, and if it’s not pleasing, reposition it to optimize its benefits.

Whether you use valances, toppers or side panels, adding fabric to your windows softens the hard edges of them, says Hoaglund. They also provide color to warm your space.

Whether you are homebound due to the weather or returning home after a day of work, you should love your home. If you use the above tips, chances are you will be one of those who does!

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About Drema Drudge

Drema Drudge received her MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University and has had her fiction most recently published in The Louisville Review, Mused, ATG, Mother Earth News, and Penumbra. She is a frequent contributor to the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Drema is married to musician Barry Drudge. They have two grown children, Mia and Zack. Feel free to visit Drema's website where she explores her passion for writing about art at dremadrudge.com.

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