How to guide: Rid the winter blues

It's easy to get the winter blues when the sun disappears before dinner and the sky is dark and moody. Here are 10 ideas to cheer up any space.
Coastal dinign room with shell chandelier and white slipcover chairs

1. Colorful Accents
Add a cheer to a dull space with colorful accents or accessories.

Coastal breakfast nook with bright colorful accents and accessories

2. Punch of Pattern
Liven up your space with a pop of color in a pattern with a throw pillow.

Coastal living room with white sofa and weathered wood side table

3. Shed Layers
Lighten a room by removing knickknacks and clutter. Key pieces will have a greater impact than a cluttered mess.

Bright yellow and white coastal stripe in bathroom,

4. Liven Up Walls
A fresh coat of color brightens a room in less than an hour and will add an instant sunny spark.

Coastal bright living room with a pop of color in art

5. Add Art
Hang a cheerful piece of art on a main wall to give the space a winter lift. It can be a poster, the kids' latest paintings or a fine masterpiece, as long as it's colorful.

Coastal blue and white loft with slipcover sofa

6. Sunny Days
Make the most of natural light on short winter days by pulling back the drapes and letting the sun shine in.

Bright pink and white coastal set table

7. Flowers
Nothing says spring like fresh flowers. Loose arrangements in a clear glass vessel will show off the green of the stems along with the buds.

gray and natural coastal living room with slipcovered sofa and chairs

8. Cozy Glow
Update your lighting to gain brightness on a gray day. Combine overhead lighting, large floor lamps and smaller task lighting for the best results.

Coastal set dining table

9. Dish it out
Swap heavy ceramic dishes and mugs for lighter glass plates, bowls and dishes. Replace dingy hand towels with bright, white ones.

Coastal white mirror over chest

10. Mirrors
Mirrors add light to a space and encourage the feel of brightness. Hanging a mirror in a room will reflect light throughout the space.

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