Doesn’t it feel so good to switch things up around your home? Bringing in new colors and textures can give your space a refresher. Winter is still here, and with the colder temps, you want your home to feel cozy and warm. Here are 3 tips that I’ve learned over the years that can make a huge impact in your living space and make it feel cozy, without breaking the bank!
If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, or if you’ve worked with me in the past, you know that I am a huge advocate for good lighting. Simply Grove’s vision statement should be, “Lighting can make or break your home. The End.” You can have the coolest home on the block, but if you can’t create good lighting moments, your home will fall short. When we moved into our current home, I knew that I was going to need to use lots of floor lamps, table lamps and sconces. Because the home was built in 1957, there’s not much flexibility in terms of recessed lighting options, so it gets really dark and depressing at night. It’s also tough to find the perfect ambient lighting.
As you can see, my living room gets a lot of natural light during the day. It’s a nice, bright area. When night falls, I like to offer a variety of moods. Sometimes, I like a dim, warm glow, and other times, I want a little more light.
Philips Lighting recently launched my new favorite light bulb of all time that helps with this exact problem! Philips SceneSwitch is 1 light bulb with 3 color options. You flip through the light colors just by flicking your existing switch. It doesn’t require any equipment, like dimmers, or extra installation. You’ll never have to settle on one look or mood for your space.
You can see that the far left is soft white, middle is daylight and far right is warm glow. I can honestly say that I use all three options constantly. The soft white is perfect for reading, while the daylight setting is awesome for activities that need a little more light. When I have guests over, for example, I want the space to be bright; there’s a lot happening, and I want it to feel celebratory. And then there are other moments where I want to create a cozier ambiance. I leave the warm glow on at night, and it acts as a nightlight for when my kids get out of bed to use the restroom.
If you need a little more greenery in your life, go to your local nursery or grocery store and stock up on some good plants. They’re inexpensive, beautiful and can immediately add life to a space. Aloe Plant, Snake Plant and Fiddle Leaf Fig are a few of my personal favorites. One thing to remember is to always google how to care for the specific plant that you bought. I’ve killed my share of plants because I thought that they all needed the same amount of water. I was very wrong. Each plant is specific and unique in how they require water and sun. So do your homework and treat your plants like little babies. Or something like that…
Changing out pillows is nothing new and we’ve all done it, but isn’t it the best feeling? Even after doing it a plethora of times, I still live the instant gratification that I feel after switching out colors and textures! If you are wanting to create a more neutral palette, choose pillows that have less color and more pattern. Also, velvet, fur, dip dye, moroccan and cross stitch are all trending right now.
A few of my favorite pillow sources are West Elm, Filling Spaces and Society 6. One way to save money on pillows is to keep the inserts and just purchase new covers. I have a closet full of inserts that are different shapes and sizes. I haven’t had to buy a new insert in a long time.
Making these small changes with create a huge impact in your home!
Disclosure: Compensation and product for this post was provided by Philips Lighting. Opinions expressed here are my own.
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