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Winter is a great time to take a look at your house and start making interior alterations. And while you may typically think of tackling home improvement projects in the spring, you’re more likely to score some great deals on supplies for your project in the winter.
But perhaps the best reason to decorate in the winter is that the right colors can actually help to make your house feel warmer and more comfortable. As a likely focal point in your main living area decorating your stairs is a great place to start.
This may seem like an extreme choice to start with, but you’ll be surprised at the difference adding stainless steel balustrades can make. You’ll instantly transform the look and feel of your stairway and surrounding area; making it more contemporary.
An alternative approach is to paint the stairs and the balustrades; especially if you currently have wood ones.
Going with a fairly dark color on the stairs and a bright one for the balustrade can make the stairs feel both brighter and warmer. It is best to avoid light colors on the stairs as you’ll see the dirt and animal hairs more easily.
Don’t forget that you can also paint the walls a nice bright color to allow the available light to bounce across the room.
Another great idea is to run a string of lights up the balustrade. You can use mains power or battery operated ones. It will save you leaving lights on while allowing you to find the stars in the dark. It is also a great way to add a little holiday spirit to your home; which always helps in winter time.
You can help to keep the warmth in downstairs and make your stairs disappear. A simple curtain arrangement can mask the stairs completely and add a new feature to any hallway. It is best to choose a curtain that has a picture or pattern on that should be effective as a talking point. Of course, it also needs to match the rest of the area.
You can bring the outside indoors to help reduce the feeling of winter and brighten your home. The stairs are a great spot for larger plants, especially those that hang downwards. If you have a ledge half way up the plants can be placed on this.
If not you can hang a pot or basket from the ceiling; just be sure to attach it to a beam and make sure it is high enough to avoid people banging their heads!
Tinsel is generally associated with Christmas but you can wrap dried plants or clippings of greenery around your balustrades to create a holiday look without directly referencing Christmas. This will allow you to keep the winter décor up for the whole winter. You may be surprised at how much this will cheer your home.
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