Here is a look at five more ways you can brighten up your home this winter.

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1. Music

You can brighten your home using different senses. Music can really boost your mood, bringing sweet, happy or laidback tunes to your house. Take care to avoid melancholy sounds.

Make a playlist on Spotify or YouTube. Imagine you are designing a room: will it be for a dance party or a chilled ambience? Use your favourite artists as the “main furniture”, then choose less familiar music for the “accent pieces”. There are few hard and fast rules, so feel free to experiment.

2. Let the sunlight in

Throw your curtains open every morning to make the most of the natural sunlight; it’s a free mood booster. Don’t put items of furniture in the way of windows. A move may increase treasured hours bathed in sunlight.

Buying casement windows from a supplier such as https://www.firmfix.co.uk/windows/casement-windows/ can brighten your home environment.

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3. Bring nature in

Cut flowers and indoor plants enhance even the plainest decor. Go for plants with structural or variegated leaves that introduce contrast, such as orchids, cyclamen, anthurium, the Swiss cheese plant or begonia.

4. Mirrors

Mirrors reflect natural light all around your room, making it seem lighter and larger. Metallic and glass decor pieces will reflect light, too.

Put a mirror opposite or next to a window to boost the amount of natural light thrown into a room. The larger the mirror, the better.

Mirrors are a clever way to fool the eye. They can either enhance something or deflect attention from things you want to pass over. Awkward spaces in your house, such as sloping ceilings, can be repurposed with a mirror.

5. Warmth
In addition to offering sensory pleasures, a warm home when it’s cold and wet outside can uplift all of us! Select an energy-efficient heating system and use insulation and weather-proofing to keep the cold at bay. Thermal linings for your curtains will ensure heat is kept inside.

Keep your sitting room at 64 to 70°F and other areas of your house at 61°F. If you can’t heat all your rooms, warm the sitting room during daytime and the bedroom shortly before you retire. In bed, use an electric blanket or a hot water bottle.