Five minute decorating has always been one of the most popular series here on the blog. Why? Because in 5 minutes you can add seasonal decor that instantly warms up a room. And in winter- when my toes are cold and I am wearing layers of cozy- warming up the house is what I need.
Five 5 minute Decorating Ideas
These ideas are simple and easy to do just by shopping the house, moving things and adding some simple things like squishy pillows and potted plants.
Bring in a Rug
You know, I don’t have a ton of rugs in my house. And sometimes (like in winter) I question that. A rug underfoot makes your feet warmer, provides some sound absorption And instantly makes a room feel that much more cozy.
I have several vintage rugs that are currently folded up – I think adding those rugs back to several rooms might be on the to-do list today.
Simple and easy and an instant way to warm up a room- those potted plants make all the difference. Adding greenery brings a sense of spring and sunshine to a dreary chilly winter day. You can find some great options right at your local grocery store or home improvement store, grab a few pots that speak to your aesthetic and create a mini ‘garden’ on the windowsill. For low maintenance- think cactus and succulents. For something edible- go with herbs. For something whimsical- topiaries are perfect.
You can also bring in a tree for a bigger fresh plant feeling- think olive or ficus. This is a live olive tree in the background- you can find a Faux for a similar look HERE
Bring in More Lighting
My husband & I have a chandelier brightness battle daily. He gets up ahead of me (those old army and police clocks have stayed with his schedule) and when I come out to the living room, he is sitting there with the lights Barely on. And when I walk in- I pour my coffee and turn the dimmer switch up to 3/4 brightness. He squints and teases ‘ It burns my eyes!’ and just shake my head at him sitting in the dark. Needless to say, those early mornings when the power was out recently didn’t change much for him. But for me- more is more- bring on all the chandeliers and lights.
Simple 5 minute ways to warm up your rooms with light? Add twinkle fairy lights to a faux fire box, place lamps on the sideboard, set led candles out or simply bring in some brighter light bulbs for the chandelier. A room with more brightness feels warmer and this is such a snap your fingers easy way to create that.
Throws & Pillows
There is something about a sofa or chair that has big chunky, squishy pillows to sink into. I tend to have a more than I would like to admit outrageous amount of extra pillows in the house (ahem- the guest bedrooms are extra cozy with them all). So adding pillows to seating just requires shopping the guest rooms and bringing pillows out. Voila- instant warm & cozy.
Of course, adding throws is another great way to bring warmth and cozy to seating- and it can be a just toss it on the chair kind of thing if you prefer that look lived in, cozy look. Read about some of my favorite pillows to add to your room for cozy season HERE (and the lavender is ON SALE currently)
Okay- this one might require some help and maybe more than 5 minutes depending on your room and piece of furniture. But if we are talking a chair for sitting- this is so easy. Move a comfy chair by the fireplace or a window that has an abundance of sunshine. Bring a tiny drink table with you (and a squishy pillow and throw) and you have an instant warm and welcoming spot to sit and enjoy your coffee. Read about how changing the furniture arrangement in your room can make a difference in my post One Room Five Ways HERE
5 minute decorating is such a simple and easy way to add oomph and pretty to your home- especially when just shopping the house and using what you have on hand. Up next in the series- all about my favorite 5 minute ways to add a cozy ambiance and delight your senses in winter.
Happy Wednesday all.
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