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How to brighten up your home during the cold winter months

Cosy winter interior. Photograph by Jill Wellington

The cold winter days can soon start to take their toll on you, especially when you're travelling to and from work in the dark. However, your home need not suffer during these bleak months, and brightening up your home can bring some added cheer to you and your family.

Here are some top tips as to how you can inject some brightness into your home.

Play with the lighting

Throughout winter, you'll have your lights on a lot more. But those overhead lights that you use during summer might not be enough during winter. Add to the warm, inviting glow of your home with the addition of table lamps, candles and your toasty open fire.

And instead of putting the Christmas lights back in the loft for another year, why not leave them out to create a feature in your living space? Wrap them around a banister or curtain rail, or make a feature of them on your mantelpiece.

Don't neglect your home's exterior

Because you're nestled up in your home throughout winter, it's easy to forget about the exterior of your property. However, giving the exterior features of your home a little tender loving care can help to brighten up your home, inside and outside.

Take advantage of the winter months to trim back plants, especially those in front of your windows, as this will help to maximise the amount of light you're getting into your home. And don't forget to get some paint for your windows from companies like Mighton, as this will help to rejuvenate them and the entire exterior of your home.

Warm up your home

Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with family and friends, taking advantage of the slower pace of life that it offers us. Lighting a fire not only adds a warm light to your home but helps you to heat your living space without spending too much on your heating bills. Once the fire's lit, add to it with some candles and turn off the main lights - this creates the perfect atmosphere for watching films, talking to friends, or even for telling ghost stories!

Maximising the amount of light you're getting into your home and teaming this with natural light from candles and fires will help you to keep your energy bills low while creating a bright home that's perfect for winter get-togethers.

Photo credit: Jill Wellington

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