Today, I'm excited to be sharing the words of my friend Anna on the blog. When Aaron and I first bought our home, we loved the cabin-like feel of things, but we also realized that the oak trim meant that we needed to find some ways to bring more light into the room. Thanks, Anna, for these home interior tips!
Adding Light to Your Home Decor
No home interior looks its best unless it is properly lit. Light is an important factor that shouldn't be underestimated. If you are looking for more ways to add light to your rooms, we suggest you follow our tips and tricks down below. Happy reading!
Brighten up your carpets. If you have carpets, make sure they come in nice, light colors. Heavy fabrics can make your rooms appear a little overwhelming, not to mention dark. Go with cotton and linen. Steer clear of brocades and velvets.
Lighten up those walls. It goes without saying that you should paint your walls light colors if you want your living space to appear brighter. Choose white, pink, pale blue, light yellow, etc. Common knowledge tells us that light colors reflect natural light. On that note, metallic finishes, blue-grays and cool tones will be your best choice. Use reflective paints for your ceilings.
Buy bright furniture. Aside from your walls, your furniture should also be bright. Get love seats, sofas and armchairs in light tones. Feel free to use dark colors for smaller pieces, such as ottomans and stools. When it comes to pillows, cushions and wall hangings, opt for cheerful colors and designs.
Add mirrors. Mirrors are powerful tools that serve a greater purpose than just cluing us in on how we look today. In Feng Shui, mirrors are irreplaceable gadgets that serve to bring abundance and even double your happiness, health and wealth. Don't underestimate the power of mirrors. Add a few large pieces on the wall that is opposite your windows to add more light to your room. As you know, mirrors reflect light, which makes them perfect additions for any living space, big or small.
Use a single drapery. Even if you have big windows, your curtains may be blocking sunlight. Avoid using double sets because they will darken your room. Instead go with a single drapery. Use light colors or go for sheer curtains.
Choose blinds over curtains. A huge advantage of blinds is that they let you control how much light comes in during the day. Your best bet is Venetian blinds, but you get ones that best fit your budget and needs. It is important to choose the right fixtures. Inadequate window treatments can negatively affect your room.
Add skylights. Leave this as your last resort. Adding a skylight is a costly improvement. Yet it can significantly brighten up the living space. Furthermore, it will reduce electricity costs. Because you don't want to spend a fortune on skylights, make sure to install only a few. Areas you want to focus on are your bathroom, living room and kitchen, that is, the rooms you use most often. There is no need to add a skylight to your bedroom. Since you use it mostly to catch some Z's at night, there is no need to provide extra light.
Keep things clean. Some light fixtures show dirt more easily. That can only make your room unappealing and uninviting. Make it a habit to keep your things neat and clean. Also, don't let clutter overpower your interior. The fewer things you keep out on display, the more spacious your room will seem.
Use bedside lamps. If there are dark corners in your living space that need brightening up, just place a lamp. There is no need to keep the lamp on all day long. Turn it on in the evenings.
Use these little tips and hints from AfterTheBuilders SW14 to lighten up your home interior like a pro. You will be astonished by the results.
Thanks for your words, Anna! Home decor is much fun, and light makes a huge difference. These are amazing tips, and I plan to keep this in mind while doing our decorating. Check out Anna's decorating service if you're in the UK!