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Is winter getting you down in the dumps? Sonia Sharma looks at how Ikea can lighten up your life with funky furniture. 

The summer is well and truly over so chances are you have said goodbye to lazy days on the beach. But Ikea believe winter is the perfect time to ‘be inspired’. The 2003 winter range from Ikea offers simple and affor-dable ways to add some colour into your life.

Lighten up

Getting the light right in your house is the perfect way to eliminate those winter blues.

A spot light such as the Fyran picture light $9, can be used to focus on your favourite painting or sculpture. While frosted lamp shades such as the $65 Calypso ceiling lamp or $39 Damsta table lamp are perfect for a night at home watching your favorite DVD.

Colour is the key

The use of colour and textiles can instantly transform any part of your home.

In the home entertainment area or living room , colourful cushions and throw rugs such as the Marienta yarn rug are a simple way to inject some extra colour.

Kitchen therapy

Kitchens are becoming an increasingly important part or any home. You only need to check out the SmartHouse kitchen feature to see that major changes are taken place in this space.

But if you want to tweak up your kitchen for the winter season, Ikea offer plenty of affordable and clever solutions.

The Varde wall cabinet priced at $199 is idea for housing away all your smarthouse kitchen appliances while the Varde base cabinet at $895 can give you some extra bench space to whip up your winter warmers. The funky Forby stools at only $5.50 each are a great way of livening up the kitchen.

Kids corner

We love the Kelig cushion stools at $24.95 and the Trofast storage unit at $197 which is great for storing away children’s toys.

It does not take much to transform your home into a winter wonderland, just a bit of creative thinking. For more ideas head to www.IKEA.com.au.

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