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How to brighten up your home this winter

1. Lighting

Soft lighting is warm and inviting and can give help give your home a welcoming feel. Add dimmers to your already installed ceiling lights, or for something more cost effective, add a few lamps throughout your home to create atmosphere and a feeling of cosiness. Candles can also bring a different type of lighting to a room. Choose a candle with your favourite scent and let the smell waft throughout your home. If you’re worried about children or pets knocking them over, remember there are some realistic fake candles on the market too which only require one or two batteries.

2. Throws, rugs & pillows

There’s nothing quite like snuggling up on the couch with your favourite book and a blanket while it’s raining outside, and you’re not the only one who feels that way. Use the couch and floor space as a blank canvas – add different coloured pillows to the couch, invest in a rug that feels good between your toes and don’t be afraid of colour. Use this technique to add warmth to the bedroom. A few extra pillows on the bed, and a colourful throw casually tossed at the edge of the bed can definitely bring the cosiness points up.

Don’t be afraid of colour.

3. Renting furniture

It’s worth investing some time in researching renting some new furniture for your home for inspection days. If you’ve already put your furniture in storage, or you’re sick of looking at the same couch, pick a strong colour couch, rugs for the wooden floors, or even add a rug if there’s carpet throughout the home to add extra personality and warmth. There are a number of items you can rent – wall art, couches, and even rugs.

4. Displaying art

You know that painting you bought from the Sunday market? It’s time to frame it. Adding colour to the walls, without having to paint them is a huge time saver and a great little trick. You don’t have to get any nails out and put holes in the wall. Use stick on hooks for lighter frames and watch the space transform with just a few pieces.

It’s time to frame that painting you picked up at the Sunday market.

5. Add winter veggies to the garden

Gardens can still be full and lush during the winter months, and with the help of the winter rain, it’ll only be a matter of weeks before your garden is looking like a mini rainforest. Add some veggies like onions, spinach, beetroot and even tomatoes closer to the end of winter for a variety of foliage and textures.

6. Floral arrangements

A small vase of locally-sourced flowers can brighten up any winter day. Add them to your kitchen bench, coffee table or mantelpiece, or even in your hallway to welcome your visitors with some colour and light fragrance.

Story written by Dijana Necovski.

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