5 Ways to Brighten Your Home During the Dark Months

This week has been dark, rainy, and cold. Winter is definitely coming, and we have many months of gloomy weather ahead. I do not love the short days, so I have been doing some things to help brighten my home. 

Is the darkness bringing you down too?  Here are some tips to help you make your home bright and happy during the cold months. Some small things can make a big difference.

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Since you are not keeping your windows open during the cold months, remove all your window screens, to allow for some extra light to stream into your home.  We have retractable screens, and I love that they don’t block our light in the cold months. Try cleaning your windows as well. You will notice the difference right away after a good glass cleaning. Finally, keep the blinds up, and open all your curtains during the day, to take advantage of any light coming through.

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Bright, colourful artwork will help brighten things up in the winter, choose some fun, vibrant colours. You can also get some bright, fun pillows, and/or some cozy throws or blankets.  For pillows and throws, you can opt for white, cream, colours. Remember less is more though, so you can add a couple of things and still see a big difference.


What kind of light bulbs do you use in your home? Warm or cool? Upgrade to warm light LED bulbs if you are looking for a cozy feel. Warm LED bulbs will make your home feel brighter, and they are also energy efficient. 


Messy rooms and messy areas, in general, don’t help when you are hoping to make your home look brighter. Start decluttering one small area at a time, each day, until you get to all areas that need decluttering. Having a clean, mess-free home helps so much!


Plants help brighten up any room. Get some indoor plants that don’t require a lot of sunlight. They are beautiful, and they’ll help give life to your indoor spaces this winter. I am definitively looking for some new plants to add to our home. You can also get a Herb Window Garden to keep on your kitchen’s windowsill. They look amazing, and it is super convenient having herbs at your fingertips when cooking.

5 Ways to Brighten Your Home During the Dark Months


How do you keep your home bright during these cold, gloomy months? Share your tips!

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Angela V

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

22 responses to “5 Ways to Brighten Your Home During the Dark Months”

  1. I would have never thought of removing our screens in order to bring more light in. Such a great idea!

  2. Decluttering has got to be the best tip for brightening the home. My place is so messy it feels like a dungeon.

  3. Removing the screens is a great idea. Currently I’m decluttering going through each room, and its surprising how much junk you collect.

  4. I’ve been drawing up plans for a dream house and big huge windows are a must, one of my requirements. Natural light does so much for my mood, dark at 5pm is hard. I’m great with outdoor plants but indoors I have no green thumb but I will keep trying.

  5. Removing screens is a great idea tried it and it does make it brighter.

  6. all great ideas, I love your home it’s so bright and you are an awesome decorator as well!

  7. These are some great tips. I find that the darkness does bring a person down sometimes. Extra light is always good.

  8. excellent tips on how to keep everything nice and bright ! we have lot of windows so sunlight shines nicely through but at times its dark we have our christmas decorations to help keep it bright

  9. Great tips!! We all need to get as much sunlight as possible with the shorter days.

  10. I’m always needing to declutter lol!

  11. Great tips! I’m on a decluttering mission lately. It’s making me feel lighter and giving us a lot more space.

  12. The tip about lightbulbs is so smart. They do make a difference.

  13. Great tips! Your home is lovely and so bright & cheery. I like your suggestion about the lightbulbs. Extra light is so important this time of the year.

  14. Great tips! I have always wanted retractable screens for my windows; when I replace them, I will get those installed. Thanks!

  15. I love a bright home makes your mood brighter, and you can see where the cobwebs are to get hem cleaned lol

  16. Excellent tips to brighten your home and get the most light during our short days of winter.

  17. I didn’t realize the warm LED light bulbs would make your home feel a little brighter. Thanks for the tip.

  18. Great tips, we so much need the sunlight.

  19. Such great suggestions 🙂

  20. Today I finished changing up and decluttering a bedroom and turned it into a TV / workout room. Its so cheery and bright. Hopefully this will help me getting back to getting in shape.

  21. Right now my Christmas lights are helping to brighten things up, will miss them come January!

  22. De-cluttering is a huge one for me! I have lots of natural light from windows in my house but I find that de-cluttering really makes all the difference!

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