Beat Winter Blues with a Mini Décor Makeover

Between the cold weather, the shorter days, and less time spent outside, it’s easy to let the winter doldrums bring you down. But did you know it’s also much easier than you might think to update your home before spring? If you’re over winter before winter’s over, a mini décor makeover may be just the pick-me-up you—and your home—need.

Living Room
The living room is typically the first room visitors see when they enter your home, so if you enjoy entertaining, a quick living room update can make a world of difference in your mood and in your home. New flooring might not be your first thought, but the right floors can completely change the look and feel of the living room.

For a lovely, durable hardwood flooring, SMART Carpet and Flooring recommends Bruce Dundee Plank. Available in 12 different finishes of various widths, the award-winning oak flooring collection from Bruce carries a 50-year warranty. Try the red oak in Espresso, then add some new drapes and throw pillows: You’ll feel like you have a brand-new look for spring.

We spend most of our time in the bedroom (okay, that includes the hours we’re sleeping, but those count too), so why not make it as peaceful and inviting as possible? If your bedroom feels outdated—or, worse, worn and dingy—replacing the old carpet could turn the room into your own private sanctuary. SMART Carpet and Flooring recommends Shaw’s Satisfaction line for its superior RX2® stain and soil resistance and wide range of colors and patterns. Look for sales or overstocks on new bedding, add some candles and inexpensive wall décor, and you may never want to leave your “new” bedroom!

Okay, let’s be honest: When you think of a home makeover, the bathroom probably isn’t high on your list of priorities. But if you walk in your bathroom every morning and feel underwhelmed, a quick update of this little room might be just the pick-me-up you need. Try a modern tile, like Armstrong Alterna, which offers colors and patterns to appeal to any aesthetic, with modern engineering that allows it to withstand years of heavy use and moisture and still look beautiful. A new set of towels in coordinating colors, along with new bathroom accessories, will complete the mini-makeover and give you an unexpected boost.

The kitchen certainly gives a lot of bang for the buck when it comes to remodeling, particularly if someone in the home loves to cook. Between the sink and food spills, that old kitchen floor might be looking a little tired . . . and making you feel less than thrilled about spending time there.

SMART Carpet and Flooring’s top choices for the kitchen this month are Floorte’s Classico and Premio luxury vinyl flooring and Mohawk’s Havermill plank laminate. Both brands are virtually indistinguishable from real wood, with Floorte boasting a fully waterproof finish and Mohawk providing exclusive ScratchGuard™ Advanced Finish Protection. Update the paint with one of this season’s hottest new colors like a dusky blue or a cheery bright green, and you just might find yourself with too many cooks in the kitchen!

Remember, spring is just around the corner, and everyone else will be thinking of remodeling then. But you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing your mini makeover is already done, allowing you to enjoy your home as the weather warms and the days lengthen.