|We have been covered with a new, thick carpet of white all over our section of Vermont. On a sunny day, it is beautifully bright and clean. On a cloudy or snowy day, it can feel so cold and sad. How can you bring more color into the winter landscape? Here are some tips, from easy and temporary to a bit more of a commitment. A quick, easy and fragrant fix is to pick up some flowers. Spring colored tulips and daffodils are showing up at the market. Fill even a few small vases and place around your home. For more of a lift, there are blooming hyacinths and primrose that have been forced for the winter. Mass a group of these colorful plants in baskets or bowls and place on your dining table or window sills for a glimpse into Spring.Along the same lines, search out fresh scented candles. Keep a candle on the kitchen counter and light it while cooking or cleaning up. It is a great way to erase the odors trapped in our houses for the winter and provide a soft glow.
Another simple pick me up is to search out new, fun and colorful dishtowels or kitchen throw rugs. These items tend to become a bit tired over time, and a refresh is a great way to bring color into your home. Along these same lines, new pillows and a throw are another speedy update. A popular solution is to have a collection of seasonal pillows and throws that you can change out as the mood or season suits you. A ski house may call for a Nordic theme in the winter and change out to a woodland theme in the summer.
Lastly, in the big commitment category, there is a new paint color. Perhaps you have been toying with the idea of an accent wall, or the powder room needs an good overhaul. This is an opportunity to try a risky color or step up to a faux finish.
–Margie Beckwith- Design Consultant