Winter Blues, 9 Easy Ways To Brighten Your Home And Your Spirit

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Winter Blues, 9 Easy Ways To Brighten Your Home And Your Spirit

These gray, dreary winter days can really sap your energy and dull your enjoyment of life.  To survive the winter doldrums, brighten your Needham, MA or Westwood, MA home (especially this week with the expected snow storm...

Use These Easy Tips:

  1. Open your Needham, MA or Westwood, MA home’s window treatments during the day to let the light brighten and warm your room.  Close them again as soon as night falls to retain heat.
  2. Brighten dark rooms with few windows by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture.
  3. Add a mirror.  Wherever a mirror reflects light in a room, it visually doubles that light.  Place a mirror opposite a window to immediately brighten your space.  No window?  Hang a large mirror above a console table and place a pair of lamps in front of the mirror. Below is a perfect example of how to brighten your space.
  4. Install higher watt bulbs in rooms that tend to be dark
  5. Eliminate dark corners by adding recessed lighting.
  6. Use full spectrum lighting in areas where you read, knit or do other up-close work.
  7. Lighten living areas with colorful throws and pillows.
  8. Lift the winter blues by adding flowers and plants to your decor.  Colorful indoor blooming plants include the African violet, Cyclamen, Orchid and desert cactus.  Use tropical flowers to transport yourself mentally to climates where the sun always shines.
  9. Do A Little Winter Cleaning:
    1. Wash the inside of your windows. Fireplace and candle soot coats windows with a dingy film that blocks the sun.
    2. Polish your furniture. Shiny furniture reflects ambient light.
    3. Wash ceiling light fixtures in soapy water. Light is muted when filtered through dirty light fixtures.

Lighting can change how you (and potential buyers) feel about your Needham, MA or Westwood, MA home. It’s one of the easiest and least expensive ways to quickly improve the ambiance of your home.

If you’d like to sell your home, I can help.  Give me a call today at (781) 956-6591 or email me at



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Deborah Laemmerhirt - REALTOR® Brookfield,Newtown,Roxbury,Bridgewater,Washington,Sherman
Keller Williams Luxury Homes International - Brookfield, CT
Luxury Homes,WaterFront,Equestrian,NewConstruction

Hello Sheila, All great ideas for this extended winter we all seem to be having.  This weekend while showing homes I realized how great and inspiring it was to show a home with the lights all on and blinds open vs a similar home with no lights and the shades drawn.  I really never thought it made that much of a difference!  Thanks for sharing.

Mar 23, 2014 10:53 PM #1
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Exercise and get out of the home to walk, ski, fill the lungs with fresh air and out on the water. Seasonal light disorder, despression happens when in your cave hibernating. With a channel changer wand held high in one hand, an industrial size bowl of cheesos in the other hand balanced on your knee in the recliner.

Mar 24, 2014 07:00 AM #2
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

We encountered your mirror trick at a motel in Charlottsville VA.  We employed in our dark 1740 "Keeping Room" and it was really effective.

Mar 24, 2014 08:18 AM #3
Sheila Moylan, REALTOR®
United Realty Express Luxury Properties - Westwood, MA
The numbers agent you can count on

Funny - how much we all need light - fresh air - and movement - our homes reflect

our moods - Spring seems to almost renew all.

Mar 24, 2014 10:54 PM #4
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