Buyer TipsSeller Tips December 1, 2011

Five Ways to Make Your Home Bright, Cozy, and Cheerful


December is a great month to cozy things up at home.  The brighter and warmer a house looks and feels, the happier you will be.  Here are a few tips to make your house as cheery as possible as we head toward the shortest day of the year!


Fix it up: The light fixtures in your home are a reflection of your personal style and taste.  Adding additional fixtures or replacing ones that aren’t your favorites can be a fun and creative way to brighten up your home!


Candlescaping: Candles are generally inexpensive and are extremely versatile.  Adding various candle arrangements to different rooms in your home will instantly create an atmosphere of warmth and style.  Get creative!  You might also favor scented candles to add a pleasant aroma to different areas of the house.


Mirror, mirror, on the wall: Mirrors not only create the illusion that your rooms are even more spacious than they already are, they also reflect light!  Make your house warm and cozy by adding a few inexpensive mirrors in hallways, bedrooms, and living spaces.


Light the way: Lighting isn’t just for indoor decorating—it’s also a valuable addition to the exterior of your home. Line your walkway or garden with cost-efficient solar light fixtures (no electricity needed!) to create a brilliant nighttime landscape outside your home.


Open up: During daytime hours, keep your draperies and window coverings open.  This will not only allow your home to absorb heat, but it will brighten up the winter days that you spend at home.