We have hit the time of the year when the dark and dreary days are more the norm than not. Even if you aren't a person that has "seasonal mood disorder" (where the lack of light can bring on depression), brightening up the inside of our homes can make the days of cabin fever fewer and more far between. Here are a few things you can do to help:
Outdoors/Indoors - Bring the outdoors, indoors! This sounds counter productive, but hear me out. I don't mean add a bunch of silk flowers to trick your mind into spring, but, rather add wood touches, dried or artificial berries, and other seasonal outdoor things in your home. Candles that smell like pine or warm spicy scents and when it's not terribly cold, open a window every so often for some fresh air in your home. Add a natural fiber or faux fur blanket to snuggle up in. If you have a fireplace, a warm fire might bring about camping memories. All of these things help us feel less closed off to the rest of the world, when the temperatures or weather keep us from enjoying the real outdoors.
Move Around Lighting - Maybe move some lighting around to make your home brighter in the darker months. Maximize where the natural light does come in and add extra light where you need it when it doesn't. When we start having longer, brighter days again, you can always adjust things back to the way they were.
Seasonal Decor - I mentioned bring the outdoors in, but, changing some of your decor for each season can keep things fresh and interesting in your home. You can go as elaborate as changing your curtains with the seasons, or just small accents. I think it helps us to look forward to the next season and when we can get out our favorite pieces that have been put away for a bit. Old things will feel more new and interesting if we don't look at them every day!
Color, Color, Color - To really fight off the dreariness of this season in particular, add some color to your decor! Decide what colors warm your heart and your spirit and load up your home with them! Color has a way of changing our mood in one way or another, so add what makes you feel warm, cozy and happy!
Look for the good in every season and help your home to reflect that. Sometimes a little adjustment can go a long way!