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How to Brighten a Dark Home

Are you looking to brighten your home when the outset looks rather dim? Look no further.

If you’re living in a home with a dark interior or even perhaps a small apartment with only one window, make sure to follow these tips to bring forth the light – or at least make it appear lighter and brighter!

Light Colours
One of the ways to make a room appear brighter is to change the colour scheme. The amazing thing about lighter colours such as white is that it reflects the light that hits its surface, thus creating the illusion of light. If the wall of your home is neutral, an idea is to paint the ceiling a shade lighter which can help light bounce around the room.

Tidy Outside
Another helpful tip if light can’t reach your window is to make sure any bushes or trees that are in close parameters to your windows are trimmed regularly. Dependent on what level you’re having trouble with overgrown shrubs, use a ladder and proceed to trim branches with caution or arrange an appointment with your local tree surgeon.

Strategically Place Mirrors
Although many of tenants have a pretty good idea of where to hang a mirror in their home, mirrors are far more versatile than we initially think and have a large influence on making spaces look bigger than they are. For instance, floor length mirrors are great to make a space feel taller. Their long shape draws the eye up and carry’s it around the room, making any space feel lighter and brighter. However, it should be noted that mirrors cannot make a room look brighter on their own, they’re excellent for their use of reflecting natural light in rooms that already receive it.

Keep Your Windows Squeaky Clean
Although it may appear as obvious to some but cleaning the streaks and mildew both the inside and outside of your windows will allow light to beam through and brighten your home. Although you may prefer calling in the professionals, a simple way to wash windows involves using a simple sponge and soap water (washing up liquid) can help to avoid streaks on outdoor surfaces, don’t bother with the window cleaner and paper towels. Wash the windows with a sponge and along with a mixture of 50% distilled vinegar (white) and 50% tap water and then proceed to wipe dry with a cloth.

Artwork
Art makes us think more deeply, strive more intently, and feel joy more profoundly and with recent trends with gallery art, proving bigger is better it is important to choose the size of your art carefully to avoid making rooms look small. If you’re working with a larger space, it is often suitable for statement pieces that are both big and bold in design, however smaller rooms should be use reduced artwork to reflect the size of the space.