Got a Dry House? Here’s How You Can Bring Some Moisture Back In!

Cyclamen_house-plant.jpgHave you noticed your skin becoming more dried out than usual this winter? Have you been experiencing more static cling and static shock than you normally would, or are your allergies a little worse than usual? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, more than likely your house is on the dry side. Low humidity is a common issue in my homes during the cold winter months. They often lead to frequent nosebleeds, dry skin, and a higher susceptibility to viruses like the cold and the flu.

Luckily, however, you don’t have to deal with low humidity issues in your house until spring comes. Here are 7 handy ways you can get the humidity back in your home!

Purchase a Humidifier – This is often the easiest fix whenever you determine that your house has low humidity. A humidifier works to bring moisture into the rooms that are the driest. The only downfall to humidifiers, however, is the up-front cost of purchasing them and any additional cost to your energy bill when you run them.

Bring Home a Houseplant – Houseplants aren’t just great for lifting spirits and acting as decorative accents – they also help bring moisture back into your home! Through the process of transpiration, which is what happens when moisture evaporates from the leaves and stems of plants, your little houseplants do all the work in breathing some life back into your home. Just make sure to keep them well-watered!

Try Putting Vases In Sunny Places – No flowers or plants required for this one! If you find that your green thumb is, well, a bit brown, grab a vase, fill it with water, and place it in front of the sunniest windows in the house. When you do this, the sun will work to evaporate the water inside the vase, which will then release moisture into the air.

Take a Shower With the Door Open – The next time you take a relaxing hot shower, make sure you leave the door open. This is an easy way to add some extra moisture into your home. Like baths instead? Just don’t drain the tub when you get out. Instead, wait for the water to coo first before draining it so that the remaining heat can add a bit of humidity to the air.

Get Cookin’ – Everyone loves baking in the winter, but stovetop cooking is where it’s at. When you use your stovetop, you won’t only be making some delicious meals but you will also be increasing the amount of moisture that is being released into the air. You can also make cups of tea to stay warm and put additional moisture out there with your trusty tea kettle!

Air Dry Your Clothes – Yes, the dryer is much more convenient to use, but in the wintertime it can take away moisture, let alone rack up the energy bill. Try using a rack to dry your clothes next time you do laundry. The moisture that is present in your clothes will evaporate into the air inside of your home, raising the humidity levels.

Place Bowls of Water on the Registers – If you have registers situated in the floor, grab a large bowl, fill it with water, and set it on top of the registers. The water inside of the bowls will heat up whenever the registers are blowing hot air, which will help push humidity into the air. Metal or ceramic bowls work the best in these situations.

How do you bring more humidity into your home? Which tricks have you found to be the most effective? Feel free to tell us in the comments below or let us know on our Facebook page!

7 Clever Ways to Use Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year in Your Home

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Each year, Pantone gives us the Color of the Year, which sets the stage to the new year’s fashion, home décor style, beauty regimes, and much more. For the very first time, Pantone has chosen two different colors as the Colors of the Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity, a soft, calming combination of two remarkable colors. Pantone chose to go with two colors as a way for consumers to seek sanctuaries of solitude in the midst of the stressors of daily living. Best of all, these two colors go with practically everything!

Life can certainly be crazy and stressful. Let Pantone’s Colors of the Year help you de-stress and find that soothing oasis you need. Here are 7 ways you can incorporate these two great colors in your home!

Linens – When you think “comfort” and “relaxation,” the room you probably think of right away is the bedroom. These two colors are absolutely perfect for the bedrooms! Incorporate them through your linens to create a relaxing space for you to sleep at night. Choose one or both colors for your bedding and mix in grays, whites, and even deep purples for a sophisticated touch.

Kitchen Appliances – Who says you have to have plain white kitchen appliances? Large or small, appliances these days come in a wide variety of hues to enjoy when you’re preparing your meals. Mix and match your kitchen appliances this year for a calming kitchen. A neutral background will work perfectly for these two colors to keep your look elegant.

Flowers – Who doesn’t love fresh-cut flowers? They’re beautiful and they smell great, plus they do wonders in boosting your mood. Choose a vase in one shade – perhaps Serenity – and pick some flowers in the Rose Quartz hue to help you add color throughout the house.

Dishes – It doesn’t matter if you keep your dishes inside the cabinets or display them on exposed shelving – having a matching set can really pull your dining and kitchen space together. You can try adding in a few Rose Quartz and Serenity dishes to your set, or you can splurge and get a whole new set in those 2 colors. You can find modern ones in stores now or hit up the local thrift store for a vintage-looking set.

Painted Doors – Tired of your front door’s color? Why not paint it one of the two shades for 2016? Choose the color you like best to welcome yourself and your guests into your calming home base. Make the color pop even more by keeping the entry room a neutral color like white, cream, beige, or a shade of gray!

Accent Walls – You don’t have to paint all four walls of a room to give it a total makeover! Sometimes painting just one wall can create depth and interest. Choose your favorite color of the two for the wall, and use the other color as accents in your pillows, artwork, throws, lamp fixtures, and more. You can also incorporate one or two neutrals to tie the look all together in your accessories.

Throw Pillows – Don’t want to make a big change? No problem! Try getting a few throw pillows in Rose Quartz and/or Serenity. This is a relatively inexpensive solution that can radically change the room’s look and feel. Plus, they’re super easy to switch in and out as the seasons change!

How will you be incorporating the new colors this year? Let us know in the comments below! We love hearing from you!