5 Mood-Lifting Ideas for a Cozier Winter Home

cozy winter homeWinter’s the time of year when the sun goes down earlier and the chilly air causes you to go home, find a warm blanket, sit by the fireplace, or drink hot chocolate with extra marshmallows. People enjoy being cozy during this season. Though all these examples can be helpful, do you still find yourself missing the way sunshine makes you feel? Below are five mood-lifting ideas that are sure to make for a cozier winter home.

Layers Keep You Toasty

When it comes to bedding, there’s almost nothing cozier than sleeping underneath the combination of a sheet, quilt, and comforter. You will instantly feel warm and snug, especially if you break out the flannel. Layer the floor with rugs and your couches with throw covers, too! Who says you can’t nap in places other than your bed?

Colors Brighten Your Mood

Paint, decorate, or furnish using different color schemes. Warm and cool colors alike can add that curl-up-in-bed-with-a-good-book feeling to your home. Shades of red, white, or yellow will instantly brighten up any room. Greens, grays, and blues will help calm the mind, so your bedroom would be the perfect start.

Lighting Makes Your Home Glow

When the sun’s not shining, bring the sunlight to you by incorporating lights around your home. Introduce a subtle glow using methods of indirect lighting like false ceilings, moldings, or simply just by adding lampshades. LED lights work well to illuminate the room.

Book Nooks Inspire Adventure

Books have the ability to take our minds on an adventure wherever we find ourselves. With that in mind, why keep your collection out of sight? Display your prized pieces of fiction and nonfiction on a wooden bookshelf near your favorite spot to read or near the window.

Houseplants Minimize Stress

According to NBC, houseplants can minimize stress and improve your state of mind. Place a few around your household including the kitchen and living room. Don’t forget to water your new friends!

Can’t quite get that cozy feeling you’re looking for in your current home? The experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help! Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or get started by checking out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.


6 Simple Ways to Bring Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 into Your Home

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Are you ready for the all-new Color of the Year? If you’ve been keeping up with Pantone’s annual color selections, you’ll probably remember 2018’s Ultra Violet, 2017’s Greenery, and 2016’s Rose Quartz. Get ready for something completely different – Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 is Living Coral!

This beautiful shade of orangey peach was chosen for its sociable and lively nature. Warm, comforting, and lively, Living Coral fuses our natural surroundings with modern life. According to Pantone, they selected Living Coral as a response to the continuous onslaught of social media and digital technology, calling for a more authentic and meaningful interaction with the world around us.

Welcoming this playful color into your home this year doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. Here are 6 easy ways you can incorporate it in your décor:

Look for the Light – Start by seeing which rooms in your home don’t receive much light. Brighten them up this year with a little bit of Living Coral! This shade’s warm undertones will make any room look cheerier (and larger!).

Pair It Up – We understand if you don’t want to paint an entire room Living Coral. Instead, look to the handy color wheel to find your ideal color pairs. Greens and blues are on the opposite side of the wheel for 2019’s Color of the Year. Evoke a Western desert scene with emerald or hunter green, or escape to the sea by pairing it with a dramatic Prussian blue and cream.

Think Accents – A little goes a long way, so accessorize away in this vibrant new hue! Throw accent pillows in Living Coral on your sofa or your patio furniture during the warmer months. Add a beautiful coral rug to your dining room or serve guests with teacups in this year’s color. And of course, if you want to go a bit bigger, create an accent wall with a solid Living Coral paint job or a playful patterned wallpaper!

Add Some Velvet – Yep, you read that correctly. Velvet fabrics are trendy and also work wonders in softening this bright color. Give your velvet furnishings a more modern, edgier look with metallic finishes, which always go great with Living Coral!

Get Back to Nature – Rejoice, green thumbs everywhere! Plants of all shapes, colors, and sizes go great with 2019’s Color of the Year. Group an array of gorgeous indoor plants together in front of a Living Coral accent wall to give your décor that pop you’re looking for. Oh, and if you aren’t exactly good with plants, no worries – cacti, rubber plants, and even the ever-hardy philodendron will work perfectly!

Keep It Neutral – For a warm, earthy look, pair Living Coral with cool white, cream, light umber, or even a paler shade of peach! This color scheme will give your décor an updated yet effortlessly classy look.

If you’re looking for a new home that makes you feel as effervescent and light-hearted as Living Coral, look no further. The experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help! Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or check out our listings at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.