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Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, which means we’re heading into a period of longer nights and shorter days. For many of us, the loss of natural light in the evening can make it all too easy to feel sluggish and cooped up. But with a little effort, you can create a light, bright and clean home environment to combat that wintertime slump. Read on for 10 ideas to create a cozy home this fall and winter:

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Add Mood Lighting

One of the best ways to cope with the end of daylight saving time is to bring in some good lighting. A soft, golden-hued light can make all the difference to the mood of a room, and this tripod floor lamp might be just the solution. With a linen shade and three light settings, this modern contemporary lamp is perfect for cozying up under with a good book.

Alonso Tripod Floor Lamp with Linen Shade from Houzz

Incorporate Soft Materials

Clean wood floors look nice but adding a plush rug can make your space all the more inviting come wintertime. This white and gray shag rug features a subtle geometric pattern and is perfect for softening up a room. Made of polypropylene and available in a variety of different shapes and sizes, this is a durable and versatile area rug.

Dani Area Rug, Ivory, 5’x8’ from Houzz

Stock Up on Reading Material

Having some good books or magazines around is a must during the coming months, and this Scandinavian mid-century bookshelf offers a stylish way to store your reading material. Made from solid oak with a white and natural wood finish, this small bookcase has three drawers and two shelves. Arrange this bookshelf in your living room or bedroom and revel in all of the extra storage space.

Gabriel Duo Bookshelf from Houzz

Clean Up the Family Room

Let’s face it — longer evenings will likely make staying home to watch TV or a movie a lot more enticing. But why not prepare for those nights in and spruce up your family room with this mid-century modern TV stand? Made of solid wood with a rich walnut finish, this TV stand has plenty of storage space to keep wires hidden and your living room looking clean and welcoming.

Finnick TV Stand from Houzz

Kick Back on a New Couch

Speaking of those cold evenings when going out doesn’t sound all that inviting, this mid-century sectional sofa is a great addition to make sure your living room is a retreat in itself. Crafted out of solid wood and hypoallergenic materials, this gray sofa with a chaise offers plenty of lounge space without sacrificing style. Perfect for anything from family movie night to inviting friends over for dinner, this mid-century couch is an easy solution.

Logan 2-Piece Sectional Sofa from Houzz

Illuminate Every Corner

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: during those long nights, you’ll want some nice lighting to make your home feel cozy. Try putting this set of two glass table lamps on either side of the bed or arranging a few around the living room for some soft, glowing light. With glass and metal bases and white fabric shades, this table lamp set will bring a chic, contemporary look to your home.

Lavelle 25” Glass Table Lamp, Set of 2 from Houzz

Bring in a Pop of Color

Some people prefer clean white and gray interiors during the winter, while others find that rich colors seem the most cheerful. Of course, you can also do a little of both, and this bright yellow throw blanket could be just the accessory to lift the mood of a space. Made of 100 percent cotton, this pinwheel-patterned blanket is perfect for bundling up under or simply adding a welcome splash of sunny color to your home.

Wind Farm Throw, Sulphur Yellow from Houzz

Create a Cozy Bedroom

With cold mornings and nights approaching, now is a great time to make sure your bedroom is warm, welcoming and cozy. Upholstered in gray linen with a sleek tufted headboard, this modern platform bed will instantly update your bedroom. Available in king, queen and full sizes, this bed frame has contemporary yet understated style that’s fit for a variety of spaces.

Linen Platform Bed, Gray from Houzz

Go For a Crisp, Clean Look

There’s nothing better than sinking into a freshly made bed at the end of the day. So create a relaxing bedroom mood with a fresh three-piece quilt set. Sporting a classic look, this microfiber quilt comes in white with gray detailing. Simply pair it with some colored throw pillows or go for a clean white and gray color palette.

Birmingham 3-Piece Quilt Set, White from Houzz

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

One of the best things you can do to feel good all winter long is simply getting enough sleep each night. This down alternative pillow set offers medium firmness for comfort and support all night long. With 500-thread count fabric and a hypoallergenic fill, this pillow set might be just the thing to ensure you get plenty of rest.

2-Pack Hotel Pillow from Houzz

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