Chasing Away the Winter Blues

For most of the country, winter brings cold temperatures, snow and ice, and a lot of “blah” when you look outside. But just because it’s cold and snowy outside, doesn’t mean you have to deal with the “winter blues” on the inside

Why not give your room the feel of spring, even though it’s winter outside? The living room in this client’s home has a great monochromatic base, perfect for adding in colors seasonally. What exactly does that mean, you ask, and how do I get it? Well, for starters, we selected a light grey/beige paint for the walls in this room. This light, neutral color helps to highlight the white crown molding and baseboard trim, while working well with the dark walnut colored hardwood floors.


With a mix of the homeowner’s antiques, as well as several new furniture pieces, we created the most ideal furniture layout for this room. Rather than push furniture up against the walls, we choose to “float” the large pieces in the middle of the room, in order to highlight the fireplace, and create an intimate and cozy seating area that’s perfect for conversation or television viewing.

A pair of grey velvet sofas flank the fireplace, with a light grey linen wing chair off to one side. To highlight the bay window, we placed a writing desk behind the sofa, with a pair of lamps and desk chair to create the perfect “work from home” space. A large sisal area rug with a grey canvas border helps to define the seating area, giving the room a slightly less formal feel.

Now that we have the “neutral base” for this room, we can add in those splashes of color that help to give the room a pop of personality. This is where having a neutral base makes it easy to change up the feel of a room without having to spend a ton of money.


We opted to give this room a burst of intense color in an attempt to welcome spring a few months early. Adding in several patterned pillows like these gives the room that hint of color, without going overboard. To give the room a youthful feel, we mixed in several patterns and textures, including a hip turquoise chevron, colorful bicycle print, large medallion pattern and a furry solid. Together, they give this room a fun, eclectic feel.

With a “neutral base,” this room is easy to change up with the seasons, or as the mood strikes. Looking for a little romance, try adding in pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day! Wishing for fall? Orange and rust will have you smelling cider and craving pumpkin pie! For now, we’ll hope that the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, and spring is just around the corner!

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