Kathryn Weber: Decor ideas to get you through winter
By Kathryn Weber
Feb. 8, 2018 at 10:28 p.m.
Updated Feb. 9, 2018 at 1 a.m.
Once the holidays are long gone, there's another two to three months' slog until spring. But even when you're anxious for spring to come, it never feels quite right to add spring decor items when it's still cold and slushy and the leaves aren't on the trees yet. Follow these ideas to help you get over your home's winter slump until spring is truly here.
A fun way to add some spring feeling and lift those late-winter doldrums is to add a bright piece of painted furniture. Find an old chair or dresser and give it a coat of robin's egg blue, lemon yellow or lavender. If you're really bold, paint a set of yellow chairs outfitted with a pair of brightly colored faux fur pillows. Just a spot or two of bold color helps kick-start your decor and serves as a reminder of the warmer days ahead.
In the kitchen, give your cabinets a quick punch by swapping out metal drawer pulls with something bright and colorful. It will give your kitchen a pick-me-up and is an inexpensive change that feels like you did a lot without a great deal of effort or expense.
Later winter is a great time to pick up bargains such as throws and winter-textured items. Look for light-colored throws in white or pastels that will add some brightness and warmth. This is also a terrific time to pick up fuzzy pillows and faux fur throws. Add a luxurious white faux fur to the foot of your bed, over a sofa or next to a fireplace to create a sumptuous setting.
Can't find a white faux fur throw or pillow? Get a cable knit throw instead. It will give you that same cozy feeling.
Just the sight of some pretty plants is often enough to lift the mood in your home. Go shopping for a new plant and a nice container or give a corner a full-on green treatment. Add three plants in large, medium and small sizes and create a pretty corner with them. Look for something flowering for the small plant. Bright white or pink cyclamen are good choices for the winter weather and can be placed outdoors when the weather warms up.
Easy-care succulents can be added for some fun or go for unique planters. Search your favorite home store for some cute planters and have your local nursery pot them up. Another idea is to use a greenery wall. Create a wall arrangement with plants and don't be afraid to use silk, especially for succulents. They'll look great, you won't have to worry about watering and you'll have a spring shot in the arm.
Create some candle arrangements on a mirrored tray to add more light and sparkle during the lowlight of late winter. Install brighter lightbulbs in lamps and ceiling fixtures to give your home a livelier look and feel.
Pull out blinds from the windows and add natural roller blinds. You'll have privacy at night and more light during the day. Plus, the natural material will give you an outdoorsy feel.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.