It’s here in the post-Christmas lull that the midwinter blues can properly kick in. Summer seems like an age away and the sun has barely risen before it sinks back down again. But it needn’t be all doom and gloom; by transforming your home into a wonderland of brightness you’ll weather the winter with ease. Take heed of these tips and let the lightness in.
Ever wondered why the folk of Scandinavia have such beautiful houses? Simple – by making your home bright and appealing you won’t need to venture out into the never-ending darkness. There are plenty of simple tricks inspired by our friends in the northern countries to try out. Reflect light with strategically placed mirrors. Replace wooden doors with glass ones. Use LED lights in wardrobes. Disguise dark furniture with bright throws. These will have the place feeling cheerier in no time. Take a leaf out of the books of the Danes (who just so happen to be the happiest people on earth – coincidence?)
It goes without saying that the right lighting is of paramount importance to creating a bright and cosy interior. Avoid bulbs with too harsh a glow, as these might leave you feeling as if you’re in an interrogation room or a hospital. Instead, opt for warm, yellow colours that will create a comfortable atmosphere. For those who suffer from an endemic lack of sunshine, try bringing in clever lamps that absorb sunlight by day and release it in the darker hours. Fairy lights are also a great choice for a bringing in a gentle, comforting light and illuminating darker corners of your home.
Transform Your Interior
If you’re finding that you’re trying to avoid spending any time in your home, it might be time to spruce up a bit. Using an artisan painter & decorator to transform the interior of your home will prove a clever investment for the years ahead. They know exactly how important light is and the best ways to maximise it. Transform your house into a home with wallpapering, professional painting and some simple renovation. This’ll make staying from the cold a pleasure, not a chore.
Choose The Right Colours
Whilst in the height of summer it might be appealing to paint the walls mauve or turn the bathroom terracotta, you’ll regret it in the winter months. The best bet is to choose natural, light and neutral colours, like Rose Quartz & Serenity, Pantone’s colours of the year. These colours will shine no matter the season.
Pull Back Those Curtains
It might be tempting to huddle indoors with the curtains closed and pretend the outside wintry world doesn’t exist but don’t. Make a habit first thing in the morning of throwing open all those fabric curtains and letting the light in. The benefits of sunlight to your health are manifold, and you and your home will feel all the better for maximising the light.
Following these guidelines, you’ll make your home a bright, light haven – the ideal antidote to winter darkness.