FEEL LIKE YOUR HOUSE IS GETTING YOU DOWN? WHEN IT’S TOO HOT TO GO OUTSIDE, FIND WAYS TO BRIGHTEN & LIGHTEN UP YOUR SPACE. YOU’LL SEE YOUR MOOD IMPROVE IN NO TIME.
1. CHOOSE WHITE OR LIGHT HUE FURNITURE
Choosing light or white coloured furniture rather than dark colours will make the space your living in appear larger and brighter. Choose cream or white textiles and sofas and white or light wooden shelving units and wardrobes. In the kitchen, white or cream colours while brighten up the space.
2. ADD A COLOURED FEATURES WALL
Depending on your colour scheme adding a coloured feature wall to your room will brighten it up. If your walls are quite dark, choose a light coloured wool to add light. If you’re walls are light already, choose a bright yellow, blue or green feature wall to add light. Natural light will also bounce off of light colours, making your rom feel much bigger.
3. ADD MIRRORS TO THE WALLS
Hanging mirrors on your walls will instantly make a room feel brighter as well as making it feel bigger and more roomy. If placed strategically opposite light sources, the mirrors will reflect the natural light bouncing it around the room and flooding light into places it wouldn’t otherwise be able to get to. You can have the same affect using more than one small mirror as you get with one large mirror.
4. USE SHEER OR WHITE CURTAINS
In bedrooms it may be necessary to hang dark, blackout curtains, but in your living spaces stick to white or light colours in light linen fabrics. If curtains aren’t your thing choose white or light wooden blinds that can be opened to let the light in during the day time.
5. CHOOSE A LIGHT COLOURED RUG OR CARPET
One of the simplest ways to add light into a dark room is by adding a light coloured rug. If you have dark wooden floors or fitting choose something with a darker pattern running through the light shade so it doesn’t stand out too much within its surroundings.
6. INTRODUCE SHINY METALLIC ACCESSORIES
Stay away from dark heavy accessories and opt for shiny metallic pieces. They will add light and sparkle into your room. Choose pieces in gold and silver and place them close to a light source and they will brighten up the room by reflecting the natural light.
7. USE BRIGHT, WHITE BULBS AND LOTS OF LAMPS
Avoid light bulbs that give off a yellow tint. This can make a room feel dark and gloomy. While this can sometimes be great for the bedroom, for the communal living areas, bright white LED bulbs are a much better option. Place your bulbs in light coloured standing and hanging lampshades. The more lights you have in a room the brighter it will become.
8. ADD NATURAL ELEMENTS
Bringing flowers or plants into your home will freshen and revive a dull room. Big leafy plants often freshen up a space more so than flowers and the green colour of the plants will add life and light to the room.
9. DON’T BLOCK OUT THE NATURAL LIGHT!
Be careful not to place any tall or bulky items near windows. This will block out the natural light that is entering a room. Instead moved lower furniture like sofas closer to the windows and keep bookcases and shelving units on the other side of the room.
10. ADD SOME ARTWORK TO THE WALLS
Adding colourful or light coloured artwork to the walls in your house will brighten and lighten up the room making it feel instantly bigger and give it more depth. Choosing artwork that reflects the colours of your décor will bring the home together and work in harmony to provide light and consistency.