When clouds cover the sky with gloom, I bring out my sunny winter decorating ideas. It may be blustery and cold outside, but inside my home branches bloom, bright pillows flourish like flowers, lanterns glow, and decorative fruit trees are abundant. So if, like me, you want to create summer indoors in mid-winter, here are my favorite sunny winter decorating ideas.
#1. Create Faux Fruit Trees
Buy a tea light tree made of metal. Next, buy apples that have a stem. Coat one apple in saran wrap to protect its top from glue and leave the stem exposed. Tie fishing wire to the stem and glue it with crazy glue. Remove the saran wrap and hang the apple from the tree by looping the fishing wire. Hang many apples on the tree to fill it to abundance. Vary this sunny winter decorating idea by hanging oranges with stems, lemons or a combination of various fruits. You family will enjoy picking fruit indoors.
#2. Create Flowering Branches
I discovered this sunny winter decorating idea on Martha Stewart. Begin with thin tree branches from your yard. Tie the branches together with wire or string. Now create fabric flowers to ornament the branches. Start with a strip of silk ribbon 3 to 4 inches long. Sew a simple seam along the bottom of the ribbon, then pull both sides of the thread to bunch the ribbon strip into the shape of a flower. Glue the flowers to the branches. See the pictorial directions for making fabric flowers.
#3. Create Twinkling Window Decor
I love glass beads, which inspired my next sunny winter decorating idea. Begin by measuring your window all around-this will be the length of the glass bead string you’ll be making. At a craft store you’ll find stunning glass beads, so choose your favorites. String them on craft wire, then hang them over the top of your windows with hooks, curving the middle of the string as if festooning a curtain.
#4. Create Bright Pillows
Sewing a new cover for old pillows is very easy. I like to create temporary pillowcases for this sunny winter decorating idea. I use bright silk fabrics in yellows, orange and purples. I sew each pillow case on three sides only-and you can use a no-sewing hemming tape if you don’t like sewing. Then I sew matching silk ribbons on the right and length opening of the fourth side of the pillow case. I slip my existing pillows inside, tie the ribbons-and my sunny winter decor adds a splash of color to my rooms.
#5. Create Glowing Lanterns
I love lanterns made of rice-paper. You can buy them or make them yourself.I then replace my opaque lampshades with my Japanese lanterns. This works especially well with low-voltage lamps, such as table lamps or decorative floor lamps. You’ll be amazed at the beauty of this sunny winter decorating idea.
#6. Add Lush Houseplants
There’s nothing like the sight of green, vibrant plants to bring the feel of summer into a home. I’m better at wilting live plants than growing them, at least indoors, so I did a little research into which plants are easy to grow. I chose a Braided Ficus for my entryway, and Angel Ivy topiaries for my living room and dining room.
#7. Switch to Summery Area Rugs
You only really appreciate the impact of this sunny winter decorating idea when you see it for the first time. In winter, I roll away my area rug in my kitchenette and replace it with a bamboo rug. In the living room, I replace my dramatic dark rug with a light colored rug that has a stunning pattern of dogwood blooms. It’s a harder rug to keep clean with my 4 dogs (and 16 paws), but for just a few months it’s worth it.
#8. Add Affordable Flower Arrangements
In my article Home Decorating with Magical Arrangements, I talked about creating miniature gardens from inexpensive topiary plants. I heartily recommend these as sunny winter decorating ideas. But if you love flower bouquets, buy an assortment of silk flowers. Weave them in with real flowers and leafy branches from your garden and tie them with floral wire. This will help reduce the cost of your fresh floral arrangements.
#9. Create Affordable Summer Art
I love replacing my pictures with summer art in mid-winter. To make this art, I select a floral calendar, from which I cut out the images to fit into cheap frames. I paint the frames in white, followed by a pale green, yellow or purple depending on my sunny winter decor. Before framing the prints I brush them with a veneer made from the same paint I used for the frames but heavily diluted in water.
#10. Switch to Sheer Curtains
I admit that this last sunny winter decorating idea is a little more labor intensive, so I only do it in my living room. I started by sewing sheer yellow curtains with a pattern of purple flowers (here are my sheer curtain sewing ideas). In mid-winter, I replace my opaque drapes with sheer summery ones that let the bleak winter light in.
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