For many of us we feel a certain sense of accomplishment when we clear away the Christmas decorations and restore a sense of order to our homes. It marks the end of too much; clutter, eating, drinking, spending, analyzing our family (maybe just me on that last one) and helps us hit that New Years’ goal of being more organized. The thing is, now our homes look bare and lifeless without all that glitter. Time for a little “winter refresh” to help you get through the next few months of hibernation.
Tip #1 – See your room with fresh eyes
Now that the tree is gone and there’s a big gap in your room it’s the perfect opportunity to change the layout of your furniture. Have you had the same layout for years? Is there another way to arrange what you currently have? Would replacing the coffee table with a big ottoman change the function and the warmth of your room? Could you switch up furniture between your rooms. With cold days ahead think about arranging your furniture to take advantage of your fireplace or other hotspots in your home, flanking the fireplace with the chairs is so warm and inviting that you’ll want to curl up and stay awhile.
Tip #2 – Baby it’s cold outside!
Add a big basket of cozy blankets to your room; it adds a splash of colour and texture as well as keeping you and your guests toasty on those chilly nights. Don’t forget to put extra blankets in your guest room.
Tip #3 – Paint!
I think that this is the perfect opportunity to paint. While you’re cleaning up your decorations it’s just one more step to pack up the remaining accessories. As much as I hate to admit it we’ve got at least 3 months ahead of us that are indoors… why not create a space that you love to be in! See A Colour Story to take my painting quiz.
Tip #4 – Buy fresh flowers
Nothing brightens up a room faster than fresh flowers. We are fortunate that we can now find so many varieties even in winter, spring might be months away but we can add some spring happiness with tulips and amaryllis that can be found at most floral shops.
Tip#5 – Redistribute your art & accessories
I often work on refreshing and editing with my clients and one of the first things we do is gather up lamps, accessories and art, we then lay it out on the dining room table and find new ways/places to group and display them. It’s amazing how a group of candle sticks can look completely different when paired up with new accessories in a different location.
I’d love to hear how you make your home “winter blah” proof, leave me a note in the comment section. Happy January may it be a warm and toasty one for you!