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It’s no secret that February can be one of the most challenging months of the year. The holidays are over, the afterglow has worn off, and winter is still in full force. We have no control over mother nature, so short of getting out of Dodge, we are stuck with a couple more months of cold days and long nights. 


The good news is: You have control over your living environment, and there are some concrete steps you can take to improve your home and boost your mood. Even small changes in home decor can have a big impact on how we feel — and when we feel good we can face the world with resilience and motivation.


The first step is to assess your home. 

  1. Stand at your front entrance, close your eyes, count to 10.
  2. Open your eyes and take a walk around your house. Notice how you feel as you walk around. 
  3. Ask yourself: Do you feel calm? Happy? Do you want to spend time in these rooms?

If you answer no to any of these questions, your home might need a little help. 


Here are some tips for brightening your home, and mood, this winter.


Aim for light and bright



Light and mood are directly linked. Brighter spaces, especially those flooded with natural light, tend to positively affect our mood. 


Take a cue from the residents of this Norwegian town who use large mountainside mirrors to increase the sun’s winter offering. You can do the same in your home. Place a mirror adjacent to a window to increase the amount of light coming in. It will brighten your room and create the illusion of a larger space. 


The simple and classic design of Ruffsawn’s Adirondack mirror will complement almost any space. The mirror’s frame, handcrafted from solid wormy maple, features beautiful variations in colour and grain, adding warmth and texture to any room. This mirror is Canadian made and comes in your choice of stain.


Or try this mirrored console from Jofran. Available in 50” and 70” units, this console will brighten your home and open up your room while hiding unsightly clutter — it’s a win, win, win!


Texture is home decor’s best kept secret



Texture is the interior designer’s secret weapon. It’s the lesser known element of home decorating that will take the look and feel of your home to the next level.


Texture creates a sense of movement in the room, it stimulates the eye, gives the space a more interesting look, and promotes feelings of comfort. When introducing texture to a room, consider materials, fabrics, and patterns. Faux fur and velvet will create a luxurious feel, a combination of leather and wood will make a room feel homey, and adding an element of metal will feel sleek and chic. 


Hooker Furniture’s Melange collection features one-of-a-kind pieces that will add interest and texture to any room. There is no better way to introduce both colour and texture than the Melange Two-Door Chest. Mid-century modern meets art deco in this piece that boasts flowing lines, beautiful shades of blue, and hints of gold. It’s definitely a showstopper. Come into one of our stores in Hanover or Kitchener to check out more amazing pieces from the Melange collection.


For more advice on how you can incorporate texture and light into your home, consult with one of Smitty’s certified interior decorators.

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