Feel the nip in the air lately? We all know what’s coming — the long months of little daylight. It’s time for some “winterizing” to head off the rainy season blues. Here are three tips that will pay off big:
Lighten Up Your Home and Work Spaces
Sunlight is a proven mood booster, but few of us have homes or offices that make the most of the natural light available. As winter sets in, parts of our indoor environment become gloomy. The change is often so gradual we don’t notice it, but by mid-winter, its effect on our mood is obvious.
The easiest way to increase natural light in any space is to add mirrors. Take advantage of the sunlight we have now to experiment with placement. Any slightly shadowy corners you see now will have the atmosphere of a dark cave this winter. Installing a beautiful mirror in that dim nook can completely change the character of your room — for the better.
Add Color to Your Indoor Environment
Muted earth tones are a decor classic, but let’s be honest, they can be a bit too neutral when it’s gray outside. Drab even. There’s no need to completely redecorate, just add some pops of color to liven up your living spaces.
Start with a colorful piece of art. Pick one or two bold hues from it and add a few accent pieces or accessories to the room in the same colors. You don’t have to spend a ton of money: find throws and pillows in your color of choice, paint an end table or bookcase, or line up bright pots filled with plants. A little will go a long way.
Plan Now to Get Out and About this Winter
Beautiful days like today make it easy to step outside. It’s hard to stay inside, actually. But reflect on winters past. How many times did you look our your window and think, “Nah. I’m staying in my jammies today”? Or leave work with mental blinders on, thinking only of arriving home? It’s a lot harder to get inspired to go out when it’s drizzly. But whatcha gonna do? We suggest a little strategic thinking.
Make a list — the longer, the better — of places to go and things to do around town. Not the places you usually go or things you usually do, aim for new experiences. Pretend you’re a tourist here. Brainstorm for things you usually don’t pay attention to in your hometown: public art, places that put the weird in “Keep Portland Weird,” interesting MeetUps, museums and historical sites you’ve never visited. This winter, when you feel cooped up, pick an item on your list and get out of the house.
For More Inspiration, Visit Village Frame & Gallery
We offer artistic, designer, and custom mirrors, plus a wide selection of art, and ideas are always free! Come see us Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, or by appointment. Village Frame & Gallery is located in the heart of Multnomah Village at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.
Image credit: Portland Skyline 2 by Julie Gentry (see here) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons