Whether you live in a home that sees the sun from all angles or a home that seems to never see the light of day, there are ways that can help you brighten up any room in the house. A bright home is a cheerful home, and nothing compares to the effect that natural light can have in a room. Below are some tips to help you make a gloomy room look bright and airy.
Hang Large Mirrors
In order to add a little light to the room and make it seem larger, add mirrors.
These could be small mirrors, like the ones you might see in a bathroom, but a large picture mirror in the center of a wall will illuminate more areas and look better. It can bring in the light from windows in the room, reflecting the light on the other walls.
Rethink Your Windows
Change out your old windows for new ones. New windows offer increased energy efficiency, safety, and even increased resale value. Older windows can be tinted or stained, sometimes even without you noticing, and will block light from entering. Newer, larger windows will let in more light and, depending on the model, will be easier to clean.
Use Pale Colors
Avoid dark colors as they tend to make a room feel enclosed. Teal, peach, green and orange are ideal for almost any room in the home. When you choose a lighter color, try to accent it with white or gray to bring out the color. This method of decorating will make the room seem larger while taking away the gloomy appearance.
White is Alright
Some people might not agree with using white furniture or white decorations in the home, but white is a color that, if used in the right way, can create a stunning look while bringing a great deal of cheer to the room. Accent white furnishings with bright, colored pillows. Add a large white rug in the center of the room to create a stunning look while opening up the room at the same time. Vases, curtains, and other accessories in the room that are white, with a few hints of brighter shades, also work well.
Your home is a place you want to feel comfortable. Brighten any room without a lot of work by changing the colors or adding a few accessories. Take each room at a time so that you can see the best way to make the space appear as large and bright as possible.
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Marlena Stoddard is a freelance writer who received her BA from the University of Georgia. She currently lives in Atlanta in a beautiful home with her husband, two kids, and an energetic puppy named Molly Belle. Marlena consulted with a specialist from Lifetime Exteriors for the information in this article. Follow her on twitter @StoddardMarlena