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How Simple Changes Make Big Impacts on Your Home & Health

by: Sue Adler
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    Winter persists, and so do the yearnings for nicer weather. You may even find yourself getting anxious to have more time outside, warmer weather, or opportunities to spend time with family and friends. While Spring may be around the corner, why wait for the weather to ease some feelings of boredom and restlessness?  So what can we do to reduce our chances of feeling down during the cold and darker months? By making simple yet strategic changes, you can create an environment that not only looks beautiful but also induces feelings of joy and positivity every time you walk through the door.

    We asked our experts at the Sue Adler Team to give their insight and recommendations for brightening spaces and elevating visual clutter. To help reduce stress, increase feelings of positivity, and encourage relaxation, an overwhelming number of team members highlight decluttering, adding some color and sunshine, and creating a dedicated space for decompressing.
Here are their top tips to help you achieve just that!

  1. Maximize Natural Light: Start by maximizing natural light in your home. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to let sunlight flood in. Opt for light filtering, or sheer, curtains and shades in common spaces to maintain privacy while still allowing ample light to penetrate the room.

Expert Tip: Mix textures to add richness to the room!

Bring in outdoor elements like brown hues and live plants








2. Incorporate Mirrors: Mirrors are a fantastic way to amplify natural light and create the illusion of space. Place mirrors strategically opposite windows to reflect light throughout the room. You can also use mirrored furniture or decorative mirrors to add the visual appearance of space while spreading natural light to brighten up darker corners.

Expert Tips: Position mirrors where natural light falls, commonly found on the opposing wall of a window

In smaller rooms, choose frameless mirrors to reduce the appearance of bulkiness, and don’t be afraid to try mirrored furniture, such as a boudoir or bed frame!










3. Choose Light Colors: When it comes to paint colors and decor, opt for light, airy hues like white, cream, pale blue, or soft pastels. These colors reflect light and create a sense of spaciousness, making rooms feel brighter and more inviting. Consider painting darker rooms or areas with neutral tones to instantly lift the mood.

Expert Tip: Use accents such as rugs and pillows to add texture and color to darker rooms

4. Layer Lighting: Good lighting is essential for creating a bright and cheerful atmosphere. Layer different types of lighting, including overhead fixtures, task lighting, and accent lighting, to create depth and dimension. Use dimmer switches to adjust the intensity of light according to the time of day and desired ambiance.

Add lighting behind artwork to bring depth to your spaces

Use a pop of color to transform your space and increase mood

Use ceiling lighting with floor lamps to create multidimensional lighting like darker corners








5. Declutter and Organize: A clutter-free environment feels brighter and more spacious. Take the time to declutter and organize your home, removing unnecessary items and creating designated storage solutions. Keep surfaces clear and organized to allow light to bounce freely, creating a sense of calm and serenity. If you have kids or grandkids, find easily accessible storage items to hide clutter and manage the chaos!

Use the space you have! If you are limited with square footage, think vertically! Use the space behind doors to store items and keep your space feeling fresh

Expert Tip: Donate! If you haven’t used it in 12 months, it’s time to re-home! Trust us, you do not want to be stuck with years of accumulated “stuff”










6. Add Greenery: Bring the outdoors in by adding greenery and plants to your home. Not only do plants add a pop of color and visual interest, but they also help purify the air and promote a sense of well-being. Place potted plants near windows or in sunny spots to thrive and contribute to the overall brightness of your space.

Expert Tip: Use tall house plants to add some height!

Use plants to make sense of unused spaces or add welcoming accents










7. Infuse Positive Elements: Integrate your home with elements that evoke positive emotions and memories. Display meaningful artwork, photographs, or mementos that bring you joy and happiness. Incorporate uplifting scents like citrus, lavender, or eucalyptus through candles, diffusers, or fresh flowers to enhance the overall ambiance and create a welcoming atmosphere.

Expert Tip: Add your personal touch! Photos, souvenirs, candles, anything that sparks joy

8. Dedicate Space For You! Dedicating a space for yourself is crucial for maintaining mental and emotional well-being in today’s fast-paced world. Whether it’s a cozy reading nook, a tranquil bathroom spa, a creative workspace, or an area to exercise, having a designated space allows you to disconnect from distractions and focus on self-care.

Expert Tip: Add candles, cozy accessories, and rugs to amplify your “me time”

Daily movement is proven to increase positive feelings and energy!









By incorporating your spin on these expert tips you can create a bright, uplifting space that not only looks beautiful but also induces feelings of positivity and well-being. Remember, small changes can make a big impact, so don’t hesitate to experiment and personalize your space to reflect your unique style and personality. Here’s to a brighter, happier home! Don’t forget to have fun with your space!


Cheers to Positivity!
The Sue Adler Team

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