Crackling fires, mugs of hot chocolate, and snow sledding all flood my mind when I think of Winter. But I also think of the short dark days, ongoing cold temperatures, and a lack of vitamin D.
I am a designer not a scientist, but speaking from my experience: adding the color green to your home will add a dose of happy on cold, dark days. Whether it be through paint, plants, or even a favorite food.
Scroll down for 6 creative ways to add green in your home this winter!
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2. Make homemade ice cream
Ice cream probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind in winter on a cold day. But it is really refreshing! And did you know you don't need an ice cream maker to make ice cream? Check out this green key lime pie ice cream recipe.
Or make this simple, homemade blueberry basil syrup to top your vanilla ice cream.
3. Splash some paint on a door
Last November I decided to paint our french doors green. And I have zero regrets about that decision! The green color adds so much personality and cheer to the room. But narrowing down which color green to use can be daunting. You may find these practical tips for picking a new paint color in a day useful!
4. Add flowers to thrift store vases
Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up a bundle of your favorite flowers. Divide them up when you get home and add flowers around your home in vases.
You can make a vase from almost anything--I often use a mason jar or glass cheerwine bottle. Thrift store vases, vintage milk glass, and decanters also work great for displaying cut flowers.
5. Buy a cactus (or 5) from the home improvement store
Cactuses are the latest thing and rumored to be more trendy than succulents in 2018. And they are so fun and colorful! I spotted a big assortment last time I went to the home improvement store. Just watch out, they can be painful when handled improperly (speaking from experience...)
6. Slow cook a soup and serve in cheerful green bowls
Next time you serve soup or a pot roast, opt for colorful green dishes instead of white!