Not every home is surrounded with floor to ceiling windows with natural light flooding in. Don’t worry, you wont have to knock out walls or any type of demolition to achieve the look. Here are some simple tips you can do to your home as you are able to create the illusion your home is bigger and will be brighter!
Easiest way to brighten up your home is ample lighting. I know, this may seem obvious but you may be missing some important yet easy adjustments to the lighting you already have. Switch out your regular light bulbs with LED light bulbs with the highest wattage. They last much longer than the regular light bulb, they are energy-efficient and they brighten up the space with more of a natural light. Also, add your light bulbs to the dusting list. Keeping them dusted and cleaned will keep them bright. Now you have brightened up your space and cutting down on your electrical bill.
I know what your thinking. I know I need to paint but I just don’t know what colors to use. If you really want a dramatic difference go white. There after SO MANY shades of white but it’s about using the right white. If you have dark floors be sure to paint the ceilings the same color as the walls. If you leave the original color it may still pull dark shadows on your walls. Here are my favorite white paints along with some of my favorite designers picks they have used in projects relatively.
SAY NO TO DARK BULKY FURNITURE
Avoid dark bulky pieces of furniture. Instead either paint the furniture a lighter color or replace it. . Using dark large pieces of furniture can really make a room feel heavy. So if you can do without it, get rid of it. This includes that dark espresso coffee table.
OPEN SHELVING + FLOATING SHELVES
I love using shelving to display pretty décor, but a bulky shelf or cabinet can close a room in. Instead use open shelving + floating shelves. This very much applies to over the toilet in your water closet and in your kitchen as seen. Try the floating shelving around your cook top and vent hood instead of over head. Its way less heavy than dark cabinets.
Mirrors can visually expand a room and also reflect light, making your space feel bigger and brighter. When knocking down wall just isn’t an option place mirrors strategically in places to reflect maximum light.
Add mirrors at the end of a hallway to make it appear the room is continued.
If you have a small console table on a wall place a full length large mirror on the floor behind it.
Also, if you have a place you’ve been searching for the perfect art work to display, skip the search and hang a mirror.
Use mirrors shaped like windows to trick the eye to make it appear brighter and larger.
Paneled doors can be a perfect excuse to use a mirror. Simply take measurements to your local glass company and have them cut to the dimensions of the door. Or go big by adding this same idea to a small wall.
From the windoooowww… to the wall…. Did anyone else sing that in your head when you read it? Add a large leaning mirror on the opposite side of your largest window.
PURGING + EMBRACING MINIMALIST
First and foremost, remove all unnecessary window treatments. Or at least open them during the day! Clutter intensifies the actual size of a room. Purge unnecessary items and get organized.
ACCENT WITH ACRYLICS + GLASS + MIRROR FURNITURE
Acrylic and glass furniture is just a genius alternative for small and dark spaces. Its lighter and airy to the eye so appears more open and larger. Acrylic and glass furniture are practical, still usable space but effortlessly disappears in the room.
DECORATING WITH METALLICS
Let is all shine! I’m not saying bedazzled this and bling out that. A little sparkle can go a long way. Adding metallic and mirrors reflects more light and makes it brighter.
Hope these tips are helpful and practical. I would love to hear from you and what you try in you own space.
HERE ARE SOME RESOURCES FOR BRIGHTENING UP YOUR OWN HOME