Don’t you just love your home during the holidays? The bright reds, greens, metallics and lights create a sense of wonder and delight. Once the holidays are over it’s time to pack up all the glitter and glam. At first glance my home feels refreshingly open and clean, but then it begins to feel “blah”. This is the perfect time to look at your home as a blank slate! It’s time to get your creative groove on! Ready, set, go….
RE-ARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE
Yes, you can move your furniture! It’s not nailed to the ground is it? Moving furniture into tighter seating arrangements adds a feeling of warmth and intimacy to a space. Bringing in floor poufs or ottomans will fill any space gaps in the room as well as provide extra seating for guests.
ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND
Accessories can make a huge impact without breaking the bank! Toss pillows and throws are the easiest way to bring in color, texture and pattern to your room.
Layer pillows of different patterns, colors and textures. Add a faux fur pillow or throw in the mix for instant coziness. Pillows are not limited to the couch anymore! Place pillows on a couple dining room chairs, on the bench in your entryway or mudroom, in that chair that sits alone in the corner and even a small one can sit on a bookshelf.
Change up the accessories on your bookshelves and tables. It’s always fun to purchase a few new items to add a pop of color and interest. You can also move around the things you already own and give the a fresh look just by changing their location.
Winter is the perfect time to bring a little nature into your home. Birch branches are always beautiful and provide a classy warm winter look. Add birch branches to a planter or floor vase to add height and interest in an unnoticed corner of a room. Use smaller branches in containers on your dining table or console table. Tie bundles of birch with rope or twine to lay horizontally on bookshelves or the fireplace hearth.
RUGS TELL THE STORY OF THE ENTIRE ROOM
Rugs are a great way to add warmth to the cold winter floors as well as bringing in unexpected color and texture to your room. Switch out your old mudroom rugs for something fun and unexpected. Place a soft, fluffy rug in the middle of your bathroom floor to warm up the cold tile. Layer a colorful flat weave wool rug on top of your carpeting in the living room to add a punch of color and pattern. Add a few toss pillows to compliment the new colors the rug brings in and complete the look.
WALLS…MOVING BEYOND PAINT
Put down the paintbrush and reach for something with texture and design. An easy way to create textural interest is to add wallpaper in grasscloth or an embossed texture. Yes, wallpaper is back in a big way! Check out our “Before & After” photos. We added grasscloth wallpaper and drapery panels to bring warmth, texture and interest to this room.
Warm up a cold, boring wall by adding ship lap or barn wood. Check out stikwood.com for an easy DIY barn wood look!
DRESS YOUR WINDOWS
Drapery panels are a great way to add warmth and color to any room. Drapery panels don’t have to be expensive. We have thousands of fabrics to choose from and can have the perfect draperies made for you at a very affordable price!
LIGHT IT UP
We still have long hours of darkness until spring hits. This is a good time to bring more light into your home. Adding extra lamps in our home will add ambiance to an otherwise dark area. Try adding a floor lamp in that dark corner. Spruce up your existing lighting with new lamp shades. Bring in a fun new table lamp to tie in with a new color scheme.
Here’s to creating a warm, cozy winter hideaway within your own home! Stop in and visit us at Interior Impressions if you’d like our assistance in creating that perfect space.