Expert Tips To Brighten Up Your Home
Dark interiors are always tough to pull off, even in large homes with floor-to-ceiling windows. If you are decorating a small home, you cannot afford a dark, dingy aesthetic. Thankfully, brightening up your property is easier than you might expect. A splash of white can have a dramatic effect. You don’t necessarily need to remodel. A holistic strategy that incorporates light and colour can achieve impressive results without being overly expensive.
Natural light is the most beautiful thing you can add to your home. Nothing can achieve as much as an open space with high windows. Enlarging existing windows doesn’t need to cost the earth. If you only break out the walls below your windows without altering the top, you can generally avoid a permit and perform the work without much hassle. An open-plan space with plenty of light is good for the soul and the eye.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Mirrors perform wonders for your interior lighting as they reflect existing light and make your rooms look larger. They also echo your palette, unifying your space and consolidating your aesthetic. Wide portrait-sized mirrors will open your space without overwhelming it. Mirrors can be a risky design strategy because, when poorly chosen, they tend to look futuristic and austere. A wooden or weathered frame will remove that formality and achieve a more rustic style.
Lighten Your Walls
There are thousands of light shades to choose from like ivory or a plush cream when designing your home. Light shades on the wall give you plenty of freedom, but they will only look stylish if the hue you choose emphasises the rest of your room’s colours. Pink undertones will offset a red or burgundy palette. Ivories can give blue and green rooms a richer look. Texture is particularly important when working with white wall paint.
Use Sheer Window Treatments
Your windows can’t do much to brighten up your space if they’re covered in dark blinds and dense drapes. Bamboo blinds are often cut sheerly enough to let sunlight through. Linen and chiffon lend a sense of privacy to your space while simultaneously letting natural light in. Save your blackout drapes for entertainment spaces and bedrooms.
Add Natural Décor
Lush greenery brightens up any space. Choose foliage that feeds your soul, but don’t ignore the look of your existing decor. Some rooms are born for succulents and cacti, but others do better with a tropical plant. Nothing brightens up a room more than a flowering orchard or bonsai, and both are timeless enough to outlast passing trends. Unassuming shelves are unpretentious, rustic, and neat.
Blend your Lighting
Lighting does more than just brighten up your space. It also adds dimension to rooms when carefully layered. Task lighting for reading or cooking is generally bright. Ambient lighting provides overall illumination. Accent lighting adds colour, brightness and tone to larger areas. For the latter, you can add LED bulbs with sheer white shades. LED task lighting will play against reflective surfaces, adding a twinkle to your home.
Take Care with Your Floors
This season’s trends have delivered a range of beautiful, light stains for wooden floors. There are whitewashed woods that brighten up even the smallest and most dimly-lit rooms. There are also a range of light grey wood floors that are perfect for brightening up a family home. If you’re working with classic oak or cherry wood, the mere addition of a bright rug will have a dramatic effect on your entire room. Exotic red woods add brightness to a light palette by achieving crisp lines.
Add an Accent Colour
Don’t let a monochromatic palette wash out your décor. Every room needs a bright accent colour to offset the primary hue. Choose an opposite colour from the colour wheel and repeat it through small pieces of décor and accent lighting.
Brightening your home doesn’t need to cost the earth. A bright home is important for several reasons, from an aesthetic point of view to your personal wellbeing. Spending a lot of time in a dark space can have a detrimental effect on your mood. All you need is a little imagination and some understanding of colour to make the most of any space.
Author Bio: This article was written by Martin O’Callaghan of Wood Flooring Ireland. Martin is an expert in Wood Flooring with over two decades experience and has helped numerous households to brighten their interior design.