Summer stands out as the season to celebrate fair weather and the sunlight granted by the longer daylight hours. Find out how your rooms can take advantage of this free natural light source by following these tips.
Adjust Window Coverings
Dark-colored and heavy window treatments are fine for adding warmth and coziness during colder weather, but they have no place in summer décor. So when warm weather arrives, replace them with coverings that are light-colored and lacy to bring in as much natural light as possible. If privacy is not an issue, leaving your curtains open during the day will maximize the amount of brightness in your rooms.
Multiply with Mirrors
Mirrors are an excellent way to multiply the available light with reflections. For the best effect, hang one on the wall directly in front of a sunny window and enjoy how it shines sunlight into your space. Putting two windows of the same size opposite each other will bounce around even more light. You can distribute the effect among your decorative pieces by replacing those made of heavy woods or dark colors with shiny metallic accessories made from brass, chrome, and other shiny metals.
Avoid putting heavy armoires and other large pieces of furniture in front of windows or glass doors because their bulk can block the natural sunlight. Move them to the sides or out of the room so light can flow uninterrupted. If possible, replace opaque wood or synthetic pieces such as coffee tables, side tables, and dining chairs with transparent pieces containing see-through acrylic or glass. They will increase visual space and brightness by allowing your eye to look through them to the light source.
Lighten the Color
Dark walls, upholstery, and wood absorb light and make for a darker room. Paint such walls in neutral or bright colors such as yellow or white so they can help reflect the light. While you may not be able to replace darkly-patterned sofas and love seats, you can cover with light-colored neutral slipcovers and decorate them with bright pillows. Try covering dark dining room tables with white or light-colored tablecloths. One of the quickest ways to add some natural color to a space is to fill it with vases or pots of flowers.
Supplement with Electrics
A room may have little or no windows, making it impossible for it to receive any kind of natural light. Make the space brighter with a little electrical help. Add hanging pendants and sconces that you then turn on to bring in some light. Use fluorescent or LED bulbs in these fixtures and the extra light will not increase your utility bill by much.
Find out what else you can do to brighten up your interiors or if new furniture is part of the plan, please give us a call at Wickmans Furniture and talk to one of our creative interior designers.