Sometimes a home can feel dark, and there are many reasons for this. For example, you may have little sunlight, light-blocking features, or inappropriate décor. Therefore, you might want to brighten up your home, which is vital for reducing stress and anxiety and improving your general wellbeing. Fortunately, it is possible with minimal effort and a few minor changes to your home.
Color blocking is a design style that integrates identical colors and shades across multiple items in a room requiring the most effort. For example, you could brighten up a dark hallway by painting the wall, skirt, and radiator the same shade of white. This technique also works best kitchen cabinet paint colors and matching tiles. You can also break up a color block with a neutral color in between, such as your kitchen countertop. However, the colors used for color blocking need to be carefully considered depending on available light and space.
Mirrors and Light
Fortunately, you can increase the amount of light in your home by using mirrors. You can take advantage of reflections to make the smallest space appear larger than they are. This adds to the illusion of more space and light and works well in tiny areas such as an upstairs hallway or a small guest bathroom. While it’s not always possible, you should try to use the largest mirror size possible and position the mirrors in such a way as to catch the light to bounce it around the room. Light bouncing is helped with bright tones and colors closer to white.
LEDs and Lighting Plans
Of course, artificial light is always an excellent option. However, creating a lighting plan is one of the more challenging aspects of interior design since there are many things to consider. Such features include dimming, materials, design colors, and room use. But for the most part, you can add a slight touch of efficient and ambient light with LEDs. This is because LEDs are far cheaper than they used to be, and you can install them in strips. Additionally, LED light strips are controlled with a remote or app, can change colors and be dimmed. Further, they use up to 90% less energy.
Lighter and Natural Materials
Fittings, features, and fittings in your home can contribute to the amount of available light. Some, such as natural wood floors, will contribute. Others, like wooden beams, may block sunlight. Many of these features cannot be removed, but you could consider painting or varnishing to reflect light. Further, lighter materials across your furniture will create a light and airy feel. For example, you could replace heavy-set curtains in a small bedroom with white cotton or voile drapery. Not only will this vastly increase the amount of light, but the better flow will increase the air quality of a room.
While they won’t reflect light around a room, plants make a room feel larger and brighter because of the association with the outdoors and freshness. The variety of colors also means any plant can work well when appropriately chosen. But for the most part, in a brightly colored room, such as white, plain green plants add even more crisp and fresh feels. And don’t be put off if you aren’t great at looking after plants. False plants are so good these days that they are almost indistinguishable from the real thing unless you get up close.