We’ve all seen those beautiful homes on Pinterest and in magazines where light is flooding in and everything is clean, bright and serene. Sadly, not all of us have north facing homes with 2 storey high windows, but there are some simple tricks you can do to make your home feel brighter and lighter.
Here are 5 ways to brighten up your home:
1 Go with a light colour palette
The easiest way to improve the brightness of a dark or dim room is to change the paint colour. Why? Light colours reflect natural light a lot better than dark colours do. Try painting your walls and skirting in white or light tones and using furniture in similar colours. The same goes for flooring, opt for white laminate flooring or carpet in neutral shades to open up the space.
If you’re concerned about the room looking too plain and boring, then add pops of colour through the use of soft furnishings and accessories. Cushions, throws, lamps, vases, candles, ornaments and flowers are all great ways to incorporate colour into the space and give the room some personality. Although if you do invest in some lamps or other artificial lighting, then you may want to consider using bright white bulbs instead of soft/warm white bulbs as the latter will produce a yellow hue.
2 Use mirrors
Mirrors are a must-have product for anyone wanting to brighten up a space for a number of reasons. Firstly they will open up the room, making the space appear much larger than it actually is. Secondly, they reflect light. For optimal results, it’s best to place mirrors directly opposite light sources, such as windows, as this will redistribute natural light to other areas of the room. Another great tip is to purchase furniture with mirrored, glass or metallic surfaces as this will help to bounce the light around the room even further.
3 Declutter your home
Open space creates the illusion of light and too much stuff around your home will automatically make it feel cluttered and darker. Remove everything out of the room and bring items back in one at a time. You’ll probably find that you only want to bring a fraction of the items back in because you will be loving how much brighter and lighter the room looks without it all.
4 Keep windows clear
For many homeowners, space can be a real issue so it can be all too tempting to place items of furniture or house plants in front of the windows. The problem with this is that it acts as a barrier, preventing light from entering the room. Large pieces of furniture would be better placed on walls opposite the windows to ensure the room receives as much natural light as possible. Also, take a look at these top tips for cleaning windows – it can make a huge difference, you’d be surprised by just how much dust and dirt can accumulate on them.
5 Avoid heavy fabrics
Many of us opt for black out blinds or thick curtains at our windows, particularly in the summer months when the days are longer, but these can greatly reduce the amount of natural light entering the room, even when they’re open. It’s best to avoid heavy fabrics for curtains, rugs and throws and opt for linen and cotton fabrics for a simple way to make a room feel airy and spacious. Sheer curtains, for example, will filter the light without blocking it out completely and still give you an element of privacy from neighbours.
And there you have it, 5 simple ways to brighten up your home. Do you have any tips of your own?