Beat the win­ter blues with an in­ex­pen­sive home décor project!

The Hamilton Spectator - - REAL ESTATE -

If you're start­ing to feel a lit­tle down or cooped up as the win­ter months drag on, you're not alone! With the short­ened days and lack of sun­shine, many peo­ple start to com­plain of cabin fever set­ting in come Fe­bru­ary.

Did you know that your best bet for com­bat­ing the win­ter blues is keep­ing busy? Make plans with friends, take up a new hobby, join a book club, ar­range a trip, or plan a fun de­corating project. The lat­ter is a win-win choice - it will give you some­thing to fo­cus on un­til spring rolls around and add value to your home!

If you're on a tight bud­get af­ter the hol­i­day sea­son, the most af­ford­able way to bring a tired room back to life is with paint. You can change the en­tire look of a room and make a big im­pact with a fresh, new colour. Avoid hues that are too bold and in­stead choose a com­ple­men­tary neu­tral like taupe or grey for the walls and add splashes of colour with throw pil­lows, win­dow cov­er­ings or an area rug. Ac­ces­sories are very ef­fec­tive at ty­ing a new look to­gether. Use the fur­ni­ture you al­ready own and cre­ate a fresh feel by adding a few fun ac­ces­sories. Check the sale and clear­ance sec­tions at home décor stores for dif­fer­ent pat­terns in throw pil­lows, lamps, blan­kets, etc. A cool mir­ror is an ex­cel­lent op­tion - it will open up the room, mak­ing it feel larger and more open.

If you're hav­ing a hard time find­ing items within your bud­get, do a quick In­ter­net search to find lo­cal flea mar­kets, on­line re­sale sites like Varage Sale, sec­ond-hand shops and dis­count stores to dis­cover af­ford­able treasures. Whether you're at­tracted to vin­tage pieces that you can re­vi­tal­ize or mod­ern ones in good con­di­tion, you can find it all at a frac­tion of the cost.

Cre­at­ing a well-dec­o­rated home doesn't need to cost a for­tune. With some cre­ativ­ity and some thrifty shop­ping you can achieve a beau­ti­ful space, stay within your bud­get and keep busy dur­ing the win­ter months.

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