Renting is a hugely popular alternative to buying right now, and for good reason! It offers a certain attractive flexibility when it comes to choosing job/school locations, or the ability to give a neighborhood a test drive. Plus there’s the added benefit of being able to simply call your landlord when the dishwasher decides that it has washed its last dish. Home maintenance is a non-issue.
On the other hand, if you like to surround yourself with style in the form of wallpaper, kitchen decor, new bathroom tile, or interior paint, renting can feel very limiting. You want to make the space your own because it is truly your home, but knocking down that wall between the kitchen and living room to create an open concept might just be a little frowned upon.
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There is one major drawback to the winter season in this area of the country: shorter days. It seems like every year the sun starts to tuck itself behind the horizon just a little earlier, leaving us with fewer hours of daylight and more darkness. And, with no sun to warm your face as you step out in the later afternoon, there’s that extra icy chill that shakes your shoulders and leaves you wondering just when spring will arrive.
It’s important that you fight the darkness wherever you can; this helps to keep any winter blues at bay. While you can’t coerce the sun to stay out any longer than it wants to, did you know that you can make interior design and color choices that will help to fight the apathy and even depression that can spring up during this time of year?
Paint a Bright Coat Over the Winter Blues
Here are a few ideas to help keep you positive, inspired, and upbeat this winter!
- First, try to remove the colors blue and grey as much as you can from the places where you spend the most time. Psychologically they will work against you, eliciting feelings of cold and depression.
- Inject bright colors! Reds, oranges, and yellows are your friend because they represent warmth and light. Depending on your situation you might not be able to paint large areas these colors, but an accent wall or even a few bright decorations will make a difference.
- Plant life can help! It doesn’t cost much to add a vibrant plant, large or small, to your interior design, but the presence of green, brightness, and life will help to improve your outlook.
- Stay active! Even if it’s just a matter of carving out 15-20 minutes to make a run to the coffee shop, a brisk walk releases endorphins and reduces stress. Avoid stagnant positions.
- Brighten your space! Invest in a couple of extra lights so that your home is never dark and shadowy.
Do You Need a Professional Painting Company?
A.G. Williams Painting Company is proud to offer top-quality interior painting services. Why not let us brighten your world a little this winter? Call or email us with any questions you might have!
Aside from keeping up with a normal work or family schedule, winter is the kind of season that slowly winds you down. It’s actually a lot like walking through the snow: an energetic start full of soaking in the views all around, but it can end in a slow slog with legs that feel like lead.
Why not make the most of this winter?
One of the best ways to do this is by picking away at interior home improvement projects. Manageable ones, that is. The kinds of projects that are realistic, affordable, and leave you that much more excited about the spaces where your life happens.
Spaces and Places to Focus On in Your Home
Interior painting – Few things are more fun than watching old style give way to new, and spreading some of your creativity around. The sky’s the limit! You can start small by tackling an accent wall, or maybe painting a decorative piece of furniture. If you are worried about fumes, ask your paint supplier or professional interior painter about using Low-VOC paint. This is an environmentally friendly, low-odor option.
Refinish your doors – Take a close look at your doors. Do you see the dings, marks, and smudges? Interior doors count as high-traffic areas in your home, being pushed, banged, and maybe even occasionally slammed open and shut. Either painting or staining them will make an incredible difference, and you can work at your own pace.
Install a backsplash – This is an amazing, budget-friendly way to make a huge stylistic change in your kitchen. And, with the hundreds of options out there, you can create just the look you have in mind. If you aren’t sure where to start, take a look at other kitchen backsplash designs, and then get to work on your own.
Organization – Do you have a closet that you are just a little afraid to even touch? Invest in some plastic storage containers, brew a fresh cup of coffee (or maybe a full pot), and start working during your next free afternoon. You’ll feel great, and who knows? You might discover that you have more space than you think you do!
Play with lighting – Have a dark room, or maybe you’d like a way to fight the seasonally shorter days? Why not add a few lights? Track lighting is a great way to strategically illuminate a space; aiming the light exactly where you need it most.
Do You Need a Professional Painter?
If you have an interior painting idea but are not quite sure how to make it happen, why not talk to a professional painting company near you? This is a great way to get your questions answered, and maybe come away with a few strategies to think about that you hadn’t considered. If you live in Westchester County, Fairfield County, Rockland County, or Putnam County, we hope you will reach out to us at A.G. Williams Painting Company!