The holiday decorations are gone and all of a sudden, your home looks…blah. I get it. You’ve had weeks of lights, color and everything that exudes happiness in your home. Now that it’s gone, that beautiful neutral palette you tirelessly selected looks, well, neutral.
This is the time of year when clients call to ask “How can I add a pop of color without over doing it?” and “Any ideas I can use to give my great room some pizzazz?”
Certainly, there are tried and true methods that can be employed to make your room come alive in the dead of winter.
As with anything, first determine your goals. For me, it’s all about being cozy and creating a comfortable environment. So, while you may feel like running out to shop, don’t start searching for a beautiful accent chair in the perfect color that will look great but is stiff and will remain empty.
One of the things I do during the mundane days of winter is switch out the lightbulbs in my lamps to pink bulbs. These bulbs add a flattering glow to any room. Try it – see what you think.
One of the simplest, and most affordable ways to give your room a fresh look without a complete overhaul is to switch out pillows by season. It’s also a great way to add a pop of color.
I love throws – cotton in the summer, Alpaca or even faux fur in the winter. Spice up that neutral room with an orange throw. If you’ve got a dark leather couch like one of my clients, warm it up with a light, cream colored throw (this one is Alpaca and is available through our studio).
Of course, everyone thinks of flowers in spring but there are some options for winter foliage that I recommend. Paper whites are available now and the bulbs can be forced for a beautiful, white flower. By forcing the flowers to bloom, it’s almost as if you’re forcing spring to come early, don’t you think? Other floral options I love that are available this time of year include hydrangea and protea (or king protea for a larger variety).
A little color can go a long way. There’s no need to completely remake a room each season. Switching out just a few things can make a room seem new again, and adding some color can make it feel warm and inviting.
I invite you to give it a try.