Posted 30 Apr, 2020
How To Maximize Light In Your Home
Studies show that bright environments positively affect our mood. Sunshine makes us happy, and a home with lots of natural light is essential for good health. When you increase natural light in your house, you feel better and also give your immune system a boost.
Before you begin creating a brilliant home, analyze your environment. Think about where you want more light, the location of any existing windows, and your design goals for each room.
If you have windows, make sure that they are spotless and that no tree branches are blocking your view. Clean windows let in more light and washing them regularly helps make your atmosphere brighter.
We’ve collected some helpful tips and tricks to illuminate your home. Keep reading to learn how decor, mirrors, and reflective surfaces can impact the level of light in your environment.
H2: Bright decor for a bright home
Choosing furniture and decor with light colours is an easy way to invite more sunshine into your home. When light hits dark coloured fabrics, it tends to absorb the brightness. However, pieces in pastels and beiges reflect light and help to bounce it around the room.
If you’re nervous about having white or light coloured couches and chairs in a high traffic area like your living room, consider protecting them with slipcovers. This large piece of fabric fits snuggly over furniture pieces and can be thrown in the washing machine for easy cleaning.
Pair your light coloured furniture with a glass coffee table for a clean and contemporary look that makes your living room seem bigger. If standard glass worries you, choose acrylic plastic instead. Both materials beautifully reflect natural and artificial light, and in most cases, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.
Frame your room with high-gloss ceiling paint. This fantastic design tip helps reflect light down from above and around your space. It can also make your environment appear larger. If you choose a glossy tone for your ceiling, pair it with a matte wall colour.
Think of glossy and matte tones working together like your eye shadow does when layering multiple shades. For example, using a matte colour as your base and then highlighting your eyes with a shimmering shadow is like having flat paint on your walls and glossy paint on your ceiling. This decor trick makes your room multidimensional and dynamic.
H2: Window coverings that let in the light
When you’re trying to create a bright environment, skip dark and heavy curtains. However, if you’re a person who needs complete darkness to fall and stay asleep, consider pairing your airy and light coloured window coverings with a blackout roller shade.
Roller shades are also available in a variety of thicknesses, so you can have a sheer screen that lets in light but also gives you privacy. This window covering option truly gives you the best of both worlds.
Interested in a DIY option? Try using lace to create elegant screens that also provide privacy. This look references traditional charm and gives your space a regal look. However, if lace isn’t your favourite fabric, there are also lots of decorative frosted films available that stick directly to windows, letting light in and keep peering eyes out.
H2: How to boost lighting in a windowless room
When your room has a small window, a skylight, or no window at all, you might find yourself frequently in the dark. Level up your light by decorating with mirrors in any room.
Mirrors reflect and pick up sources of light, making them brighter. When decorating with mirrors, make sure to secure them properly and keep them clean. If you have a small window in your room, hang a mirror opposite of it to bounce light around the space.
When working in a windowless room, have a large source of light overhead and then use accent lighting throughout the rest of the space. If you’re working on a project like building a new bookshelf, you’ll need a room filled with light. However, if you’re watching television at night, a few lamps are usually enough for a warm ambiance.
Choose lampshades in light colours that don’t hinder or block brightness. Make sure to light up every corner of your room with a lamp, or as many as possible. Shadows tend to hide in corners, and an entire room can be brightened with a few strategically positioned light sources.
Let these tips help you brighten up your space. You deserve a home where you can bask in the warmth of natural light whenever you wish. However, if you don’t have a window, nothing is stopping you from creating your own light.