The post-holiday decorating blues have set in. Last month your Dallas home looked fabulous. Winter greenery and bright berries decorated the mantel. Bright lights shown from a Christmas tree. Crystal stemware and bright decorations reflected the warm glow of candlelight.
Now they’ve disappeared, put away for another year, and your home seems cold and empty. Gone are the decorative accents which filled your home with light and color. Winter has returned both outdoors and in.
Yet with the New Year come new beginnings. Brighten your mood and your home by bringing newness and warmth inside.
Start by rearranging accessories. Move lamps to new locations to spread light evenly throughout your home and fill dark spaces. Switch the area rug in the dining room with the one in the family room. Chances are the colors coordinate and the change will give new life to the room you use the most. Relocate a floor lamp to a shadowy corner or entry way.
Clean off table surfaces, shelves and bookcases. Put away excess tchotches but keep your favorite photos and décor. By adding space to open surfaces, the focus will be on the things you love best and each room will be refreshed. Local stores IKEA and The Container Store are ripe with storage solutions.
Create a table arrangement by clustering together favorite mementoes of different sizes, heights and shapes. Design a coordinated look by selecting items of similar color and finish.
Move candleholders to key locations in front of mirrors or on glass-top tables to maximize reflection. Switch out the red and green pillars and tapers from the holidays for soft greens and warm peach and coral. Check Pier 1 for new seasonal colors.
Add a bright throw or decorative accent pillows to chairs and sofas. A pop of color or bold design will add visual interest and make the furniture seem new and fresh.
Add a touch of spring with faux plants or trees. Greenery will create the illusion of being outdoors and will brighten dark winter days. Silks A Bloom has a variety of realistic foliage.
There’s nothing that says the twinkling lights of the holiday must go away altogether. Keep the glow by adding a string of white mini lights to an indoor palm or ficus tree.
Open shades and blinds to let sunlight in on sunny days.
By making these few simple changes, the post holiday blues can be chased away.