Useful Tips On How To Brighten Up Your Home
You don’t need to be an interior designer to create a beautiful home, but knowing how to create a bright, comfortable and lived in home is essential, if you want to make yours the best it can be.
Light can help boost your mood and generally makes you feel happier and more alert. So by making our homes as light and bright as we can it will help our overall wellbeing and make our homes a more desirable place to live.
Following these simple and cost effective tips you will be able to brighten up your home and enjoy a brighter and happier living space.
Nothing brightens up a room more quickly than a good spring clean, from the inside out. You will be surprised how much day light is obstructed by dirty windows, so start by cleaning your windows and the frames sparkling glass will make all the difference!
The same goes for the furniture and accessories in your home time to pull out the sofa and have a good hoover and clean around the edges of your rooms, also a good time to wash your curtains and other washable soft furnishings.
Bathrooms and kitchens always benefit from a good through clean, paying special attention to the fittings.
You will be amazed how much lighter and brighter a room will appear when you have a good clear out. Clutter actually steals the natural light in your room. So simplify the items you have in the room ‘less is more’ – as the saying goes!
Swap your soft furnishing.
If your soft furnishings are by nature heavy and dark by changing items like throws, cushions, rugs and curtains in the Spring, for light and bright fabrics this will instantly lighten the room making it feel airy and spacious. Once the autumn returns you can always change back to more cosy and dark accessories.
Keep the colour scheme simply.
By using soft pastel and light tones this will create a light, fresh and inviting feel to the room. Going monochromatic is a handy trick to make your space brighter, using different textures and shades will ensure the look isn’t flat or boring.
Make the most of your windows.
Allow as much natural light into the room through your windows this will not only brighten up the room, but will also help reduce your electricity bills.
Remove any clutter from the window sill, make sure the window dressings are hung and tied to allow as much day light into the room.
From the outside of your property check that hedges or trees are not obstructing valuable light.
By hanging a mirror opposite a window it will actually double the light in the room. Mirrors reflect the light and furniture with mirrored or metallic surfaces will also help create brightness.
Use plants and flowers.
Spring is a wonderful time of year for fresh cut flowers displaying bunches of daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and irises you can brighten and cheer up the most used rooms of your home.
Clear out your hallway.
If your hallway is used to house the families winter coats, boots, umbrellas, gym kit, and such like, time to box away these items. Emptying your coat and boot rack will make a big difference to your hallway. If you have a side board in the hall add a bunch of your spring flowers here to greet you when you come home.
Light up your garden.
Use outdoor lights in your front and back garden, they are affordable, easy to install and also when fitted under a patio canopy or at the side of your front door adds additional security. With the summer months approaching and we start to spend more evenings in the garden having outdoors lights will enables us to stay outside and enjoy the garden even when the sun has gone down.
If you are using frosted bulbs, or even the round ones that most of us have in our homes. Switch to LED or the spiral shaped bulbs they are brighter and are more energy efficient. They will also last longer than the traditional bulbs.