We all want our home to be a place of warmth and comfort. One of the best ways to do this is by brightening up your home. Here are a few ways you add some light to your living space.
1. Paint it white
Painting your walls white is an easy way to bring some brightness to any room. A simple color palette allows small spaces to breath easier and helps create the illusion that they’re bigger than they actually are.
2. Keep it low
Using furniture with low-slung profiles help rooms feel more open and spacious. Incorporating mid-century modern antiques and more clean, contemporary furnishings into your design scheme is a great way to lighten up your space.
3. Install wall-mounted shelving
Another trick for making a room seem brighter is by eliminating the need for lots of furniture. Instead of having big bookshelves and tables, install wall-mounted shelves either painted white or composed of light-colored wood to store your books and a few decorations.
4. Keep tall items away from windows
If there’s a large plant, bookshelf or other piece of furniture blocking the light in your house, move it! It’s likely blocking some valuable light from entering into your space. Put large pieces of furniture opposite from the end where the windows are located. This way, you can maximize the amount of natural light that enters into your room.
5. Use bright, white lightbulbs
Are your lights giving off a yellow tint? This might mean it’s time for you to install a different type of light bulb. Try installing bright white LED bulbs in order to maximize the brightness coming from your lamps.
6. Install mirrors
7. Add a plant
Houseplants bring nature indoors and they can be surprisingly easy to maintain. You can purchase pots that have their own water reservoirs so you don’t have to worry about killing your flora if you forget to attend to it. Additionally, many houseplants act as natural air purifiers which work to clean the air throughout your home.
8. Rearrange the furniture
It doesn’t have to be feng shui, but by rearranging your furniture in order to maximize your space, you can add some lightness to your space. Tricks include playing up a focal point like a fireplace, adding increased flow, allowing people easier access in and out of your space and creating functional groupings. These are great ways to brighten up your home.
9. Re-evaluate your decorations and accessories
Look at all your artwork, precious heirlooms and knickknacks and ask yourself if they’re actually serving any purpose, especially if they are dark in tone. If you have a dark print on your wall, see if you can find a brighter, more lively painting to go in its place.
10. Hide your wires
If you (like most people) have tangles of black wires and cables creeping across your floor, it’s actually making your room feeling darker and dingier. Try taping your wires against the baseboard using light-colored electrical tape to keep them out of the way.