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Rain, rain go away! As if quarantine wasn’t hard enough, this weather sure has been putting a damper on things. I am looking forward to the dryer weather that looks like it should start on Sunday, but while we’ve been stuck inside, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to ways to warm up the interiors to make your home feel sunny and bright even on a dreary day.

Here are a few tips and ideas to make your home more cheerful today and every day.


Greenery

We’ve said it before, but we will say it again – indoor plants! Bringing the outdoors in warms up a space and makes it feel cozier. Real plants help to filter the air and boost the oxygen levels in your home which will make you feel better in general, but if you don’t think you can keep a plant alive, fake plants will still help with the aesthetic of making your home feel bright.


Fresh flowers!

The next time you suit up to tackle the grocery store, buy yourself some fresh flowers while you’re out.  Nothing brightens up a room like a vase of flowers.

I love to go seasonal with my flowers getting daffodils in March followed by tulips in April.  Two of my favorite flowers in the summer are hydrangea and peonies; it doesn’t take too many stems to give you a huge bouquet!

If you have a green thumb, you probably have some flowers in your yard that you can bring inside.


Decorative Mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to reflect daylight in the dark corners of your home. Whether a functional mirror or simply decorative like these sunburst mirrors, they will go a long way in warming up your home one a dreary day by reflecting the little bit of daylight that is coming in.


Pop of Color

We love incorporating color in our designs. It makes your home feel cheerful. Plus color can have a positive effect on your moods.

Blue can be calming, yellow is cheerful and energizing, green can help calm anxiety, purple sparks creativity, orange brings a burst of energy and enthusiasm, red is romantic, and pink has a calming effect on the nerves and helps relieve feelings of anger, aggression.


Check your light bulbs!

Did you know that the color or temperature of light bulbs range from cool blue to warm yellow?  Color temperature is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1,000 to 10,000.

At the lower end of the scale, from 2000K to 3000K, the light produced is called “warm white” and ranges from orange to yellow-white in appearance. These give that warm sunny day feel.

Color temperatures between 3100K and 4500K are referred to as “cool white” or “bright white.” Light bulbs within this range will emit a more neutral white light and may even have a slightly blue tint.

Above 4500K brings us into the “daylight” color temperature of light. Light bulbs with color temperatures of 4500K and above will give off a blue-white light. This feels cold and more industrial.

Typically, LED bulbs fall on the cool blue side of things, but they have come a long way recently.  We always advise that our clients use warm bulbs falling around 2700K as far as temperature is concerned.  This will go a long way in the atmosphere of your home. We sat down to talk about LED lights and the importance of color temperature with Mass Save.

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