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February 20, 2018

How to Brighten Up Your Home

Light flooding into your home makes rooms look bigger, cleaner, and newer. While remodeling to add skylights and windows achieves this effect, that process is also expensive, inconvenient, and time-consuming. You can brighten even the darkest areas without such radical changes by following these simple tips.

Go with White

By their definition, dark colors suck up the light and make spaces look smaller and more confining. Light colors such as white open up a room by allowing brightness to spread. Covering the walls in white or off-white expands them and turns rooms into airy spaces. While you’re at it, go for light-colored or white furniture, particularly for upholstered pieces like sofas and armchairs. You can always add color to a room in the form of small accent pieces or pillows.

Reflect the Light

Hang mirrors up on the wall to reflect the light. Ideally, you should position them on the opposite side of sunny windows or artificial light sources, like a chandelier, to multiply the brightness. Consider replacing any solid-color or dark accessories with pieces that have shiny metallic finishes such as silver or chrome to reflect even more light.

Unblock Windows

There’s no brighter source of light than the sun, so welcome it into your home by opening or removing window coverings during the day, and moving large pieces of furniture away from the windows. Consider light-colored curtains and translucent shades for your window coverings because they allow light to pass through. Keep window glass spotless by cleaning it regularly. Less dust and dirt on the surface lets more brightness into your home. Be sure to trim any bushes or trees that can block light with their foliage and branches.

Covering the walls in white or off-white expands them and turns rooms into airy spaces. While you’re at it, go for light-colored or white furniture, particularly for upholstered pieces like sofas and armchairs. You can always add color to a room in the form of small accent pieces or pillows.

Minimize the Clutter

A perfectly bright room may look dark and dinghy simply because it contains too much stuff. Over-sized furniture, walls crammed with art, accessories occupying every surface and toys scattered on the floor can pull visual focus and detract from the actual space.

Allow the room to breathe by freeing it of all furniture pieces except those that are absolutely needed in the space. For example, a dining room should only contain a table and chairs but can include a sideboard if there’s plenty of space. Then remove all art from the walls, accessories from shelves and any clutter from the floor. Bring back only a few well-chosen pieces. Remember, less is more. You may be surprised by how bright a room becomes once it’s emptied of unnecessary items.

Get Electrical Help

If none of these strategies work, you can bring brightness into a room by adding artificial light. Ceiling and wall fixtures take up no surfaces but require some expertise to install. Floor and table lamps are easy to set up but occupy valuable space. Try positioning the light where it can be reflected back into the room, such as in front of mirrors, on top of shiny surfaces or at the corner of two white walls.

When you’re ready to add light to your rooms, let us help! Contact us at Wickmans Furniture to learn about our furniture options or stop by the showroom today to get started.