It’s winter, and shorter days will still be here for months to come. Temperatures are down, and spring seems a long way away. But winter doesn’t mean your home needs to feel drab for months on end. Here are some easy ideas to bring some springtime into your home and life right now.

Fresh flowers are a quick pick-me-up that will instantly brighten your mood and any room in the house. Choose a bouquet of beautiful, colorful blooms to display in the kitchen, family room, or wherever you spend a lot of time. Or divide a large bunch of flowers into several smaller vases that you can place in a bathroom, by the kitchen sink, and on your nightstand.

If you live in a mild climate, put a pot or two of bright flowering plants outside your front door for instant cheer. Your neighbors (and the mail carrier) will appreciate it, too!

Give your powder room or laundry area a lift with a fresh coat of paint in a fun new color. Painting a small space can be a great winter project that doesn’t require a big investment of time or money.

Start your day with a healthful tropical fruit smoothie. Whirling chunks of pineapple, mango, and banana with plain nonfat yogurt in the blender will bring a taste of summer to a dark, damp morning. It’s a healthy treat that will give your day a delicious jump start and bring a smile to your face.

Be a quick change artist. Try new throw pillows or pillow covers in bright, fun fabrics to add a punch of color to your sofa and chairs. There so are many great-looking, inexpensive options available that you don’t have to splurge to give your room a fresh look.

Treat your family to an indoor picnic on a chilly winter weekend. Bring out the paper plates, potato salad, and the burgers and dogs for a taste of July. Make a playlist of some summer music favorites, and don’t forget the lemonade.