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The shortest days of the year are upon us, and Wisconsinites are definitely in need of some light.  Holiday decorations help, but what can you do when those come down?  Below are some suggestions to make your home light, bright and cheerful.

Fix it up

The light fixtures in your home are a reflection of your personal style and taste. Adding additional fixtures or replacing ones that aren’t your favorites can be a fun and creative way to brighten up your home!


Candles are generally inexpensive and are extremely versatile. Adding various candle arrangements to different rooms in your home will instantly create an atmosphere of warmth and style. Get creative! You might also favor scented candles to add a pleasant aroma to different areas of the house.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Mirrors not only create the illusion that your rooms are even more spacious than they already are, they also reflect light! Make your house warm and cozy by adding a few inexpensive mirrors in hallways, bedrooms, and living spaces.

Light the way

Lighting isn’t just for indoor decorating—it’s also a valuable addition to the exterior of your home. Line your walkway or garden with cost-efficient solar light fixtures (no electricity needed!) to create a brilliant nighttime landscape outside your home.

Open up

Remove your screens and during daytime hours, keep your draperies and window coverings open. This will not only allow your home to absorb heat, but it will brighten up the winter days that you spend at home.

There are a lot of things you can do to help brighten your home and get through the darker winter months.  If your home “lighten and brighten” project isn’t in the budget, visit a National Exchange Bank & Trust lender to inquire about a Home Equity Line of Credit.  Perhaps we can help shed some light on your winter doldrums.

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