Adding more light to your home, whether its natural light or artificial, can do wonders for your mood and transform your space into something more welcoming and uplifting.
But, getting brighter lights or putting lamps all over your house and adding to your electricity bill isn’t the only way to do that. In fact, there are numerous tricks you can try to make your space bright and airy without much effort.
Here are some tips you should consider to help you brighten up every room in your room.
Use Plenty of Mirrors
Most people don’t realize how useful windows can be for home decor. Not only can they make any room they’re placed in appear larger and wider, but they can also reflect natural light coming into the room, especially if placed directly across the light source.
You could opt for multiple little mirrors or just one large mirror, to add more light to a dark room and make it look spacious.
Wash the Windows Often
It might sound like a dumb idea that won’t lead to much, but you’ll be surprised how much can change simply with a thorough cleaning of your house. Wipe down every surface you can reach, clean dust and scuff marks off the walls.
When not regularly cleaned, a thin layer of unnoticeable dust will collect on your windows, blocking a large amount of light from entering.
Move the Furniture Around
Most people don’t put a lot of thought into where they place their furniture, as long as you can reach it, why does it matter?
The problem with a lot of furniture, especially shelves and bulky items, is that they block windows and close off areas that would otherwise make your home airy. So, create a new plan for placing your furniture, this time focusing on your doors and windows.
Clean Out All the Clutter
Clutter is a common sight in most homes, and while people may not immediately realize it, clutter crowds your home and makes your space feel much smaller.
A spring cleaning can certainly be a great way to declutter your home, but if you’re looking for more long-term options, try to buy larger pieces of furniture and items instead of a bunch of small ones. Mixing too many different colors can also feel like a clutter, so choose neutral-colored objects.
Hang Window Blinds
Blinds are the ideal mix between maximum brightness and privacy. They allow you to bring as much natural light as you want into your home, without sacrificing your privacy.
You can revitalize your home with window blinds and brighten up any dark area. There’s no need to go for extravagant or expensive options; the simpler, the better. Opt for traditional shutters or roller blinds if you’re not sure what to pick.
Choose the Right Light Bulbs
Most light bulbs mention the type of lighting and the brightness of the bulb on their label. For instance, they can tell you whether the light appears more warm or cool, which is measured on the Kelvin temperature scale.
Warm light provides light that is softer to your eyes, while cool light can make a room look whiter and brighter. Cool light is especially good for kitchens and bathrooms.
Get Plants and Flowers
There’s nothing that livens up a place in the way that well-placed flowers and green plants can. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing to look at, but they also provide constant fresh air to any room they’re placed in.
Buy Light-Colored Furniture
Although dark colors for furniture might look good in a furniture store, they usually make your home look gloomy. Get furniture with lighter colors, like for instance white shelves, cream colored sofas, and white tables.
If you’re worried about it getting dirty too often, then get a good cleaner and washing cloth for each of the surfaces.
Lighten Up the Floors
Most old homes have dark colored flooring, but replacing your entire floor isn’t exactly cost-effective. Dark colors on walls and floors can make your space feel smaller and stuffy, so what can you do instead?
The walls can be covered with lighter paint by a simple paint job. The floor on the other hand, can be fixed by getting a light-colored area rug or carpet.
Add More Layers For Lighting
Why have one light source when you can have multiple? During the night time when there’s no natural light coming in, it’s helpful to have more than one source of light to brighten up the room you’re in.
In addition to the primary light source, which is usually overhead lights, you can mix in lamps for different purposes like a table lamp, an accent lamp, etc. For your bedroom, you could consider RGB lights around your bed frame or walls.