The good news is that March has arrived and that means there are only a few more weeks left of winter. The bad news is that this is right around the time when cabin fever starts to set in and many homeowners are itching to get out of their homes into some warm sunshine.
To combat cabin fever this year, we’ve compiled a list of a few uplifting new decorating techniques that will have you thinking “spring,” regardless of the way Mother Nature is acting!
Here are 10 decorating ideas to brighten your last few weeks of winter:
1. Embrace the Orchids
Pantone has named Radiant Orchid as 2014’s color of the year. Be fashion forward by infusing some of this hot color into your home décor, even before spring hits. Whether it is an accent wall or an accent pillow, a splash of Radiant Orchid is sure to let winter know that it’s time to go!
2. Paint a Warmer Picture
You don’t have to limit your decorating differentiator to only Pantone’s Radiant Orchid. When winter’s got your spirits down, there is nearly nothing that will raise them higher than brightening up some of the colors in your home. Make the change you’re longing to see outside happen inside by adding spring’s color palette to your walls.
3. Get (Even More) Creative with Color
If you’re not quite feeling up to taking on a project as large as painting in your home, you may be pleasantly surprised to know what just a few new colorful items will do for your home décor. Seasonal accent pillows, fresh new curtains or other perfectly-placed pieces can brighten up your home in no time.
4. Show Off Some Smiles
Many people will admit that there is nothing more uplifting than being around their family or friends. So, why not bring your family and friends to you during the last few weeks of winter by freshening up the photos in your home. If you’re partial to the ones you already have, just add some more! Surely the smiling faces of your loved ones will get you through winter’s final few blasts.
5. Lighten Up the Mood
Maybe not quite as much fun as those childhood rings that could predict your changing moods, mood lighting inside your home certainly can change your cooped-up outlook and express a little of your decorating personality. There are a lot of options when it comes to mood lighting, so do-it-yourselfers can inexpensively add their own touch or a professional can make a more drastic change.
6. Heat Things Up
Long after the holiday season, the weather outside may still be rather frightful; but, you can start to feel spring’s warm embrace by installing some extra heated elements in your home. Grabbing a warm towel from a newly-installed heated towel rack in your bathroom is a simple way to take yourself to a warmer place while winter’s chill lingers.
7. Do Some Indoor Planting
Cold winter weather may prevent the early signs of spring from showing their true colors, but that doesn’t have to be the case inside your home. Get a jump on the planting season by testing out some spring plants or fresh flowers around your house. Their beauty will be good for your spirits and their added oxygen will be good for your health!
8. Start Spring Cleaning
You don’t have to wait for the first day of spring to begin your spring cleaning. Switch up your routine this year and pick an indoor project that you’ve been putting off. You know, like that closet in your spare bedroom where you stash anything and everything! Clean it out now, so you can enjoy the outdoors when spring arrives!
9. Give Your Place a New ‘Do
You can brighten the mood in your home just by doing a little rearranging. Again, this is a project that you can keep simple or get big with. Something simple may be rearranging the furniture in your living room. On a larger scale, you could take your spare bedroom and turn it into that personal office you’ve been craving.
10. Seize the Day!
It may sound silly, but simply trying to enjoy winter’s last few cold blows may help brighten your mood before spring hits. Sure, we’ll all feel a little brighter once we hear those birds chirping and see some early greens around our homes; but, a fresh, white blanket of snow can be beautiful and let’s not forget, summer’s heat will be here before we know it!