As we roll into a new season, it can be a time to reflect on the space that surrounds the household. Is there anything that could be changed with the space to make it more enjoyable?
For many, brightening the space and making it feel clean and fresh is desirable. Adding some bright elements to the space can help transform the home in ways that weren’t even imaginable, to begin with. Natural light in particular is a great use of brightening the space and giving the room a mood boost.
There are plenty of ways to brighten the space in the home. Here are several that may be useful if a home update is needed.
Consider sliding patio doors for the kitchen
To help bring some light into the kitchen, sliding patio doors are an excellent suggestion. Not only do they let in a pool of light, but they also make it easy to ventilate the kitchen to get rid of any smells when cooking.
During the summer, these doors can be ideal for letting in some cool air, especially on those really hot days.
They’re an investment but they’re a worthwhile one that will end up lasting a lifetime if purchased from the right company and maintained with care.
Incorporate big windows where possible
Big windows are a good way for the light to flood in. Typically, a household might opt for a standard-sized window but there is a range of shapes and sizes to choose from.
Considering they will last around twenty-five years at a time, it’s useful to invest into some big ones. These will help the light flood in and during the summer, will keep the home warm. In the colder months, purchase some heavy curtains to help keep the warmth insulated.
The bigger windows might not be applicable to all rooms but in places like the living room and kitchen, they’re a great feature for natural light. Think about where the natural light hits the home most and utilize this area for big windows.
Paint floors to help reflect light
Painted floors are a great way to help reflect the light that’s coming in from the windows and doors. In particular, glossy paint and white paint are going to be the most effective.
When painting floors, be sure to prep the flooring properly. This includes testing the surface to see if it’s paintable and if not, then the existing floor might need to be pulled up.
Make sure the room is well-ventilated when painting and be sure to swatch the colors that have been picked out, just like when painting a wall, to see what works.
Put mirrors at the end of a room for the illusion of a bigger space
Mirrors are a great way to create the illusion of a bigger space. The bigger the mirrors are, the better.
Consider what rooms would benefit from mirrors depending on the size of the room and what it’s used for. There are certain rooms that might be more effective than others, especially if they receive more natural light than others.
Where possible, try to get mirrors that cover the entirety of the wall, rather than just a small section of it. This will add to the illusion of the room being larger in length or width, depending on the wall you add it to.
Ditch heavy curtains and blinds
A lot of spaces can feel cramped because the windows themselves are covered with heavy curtains or blinds. Of course, this is always useful for keeping the warmth in, but there are lighter-looking options that still insulate the room but look less bulky in size.
Think about whether or not some curtains and blinds are needed. Where they are required, shop around to find some alternatives that will help make the space feel more spacious.
Blinds nowadays are a suitable choice because they can easily be pulled up and out of the way. There are also plenty of insulated blinds that can be just as effective as heavy, thick curtains.
Incorporate metallics into the furnishings
Metallics are another great feature when it comes to making the space feel bright. Due to their reflective and mirrored surfaces, they do well in all rooms. Its style and aesthetic might not be for everyone but they can be sprinkled around the home where possible to add to a bit of brightness where it’s needed.
For example, it could be a decorative object on the coffee table to a metallic piece of artwork on the wall. Homeowners can make use of metallic coffee and dining tables too which adds to the space. Using glass alongside metallics is another good way of helping light bounce off different parts of the room.
Provide levels to the lighting used
With lighting, it’s not just natural lighting that can be used effectively. The way artificial light is incorporated into the space, can make a real difference too. For example, adding lower level lights like lampshades and floor lamps will help elevate the room’s lighting, particularly if using bright colored bulbs.
To keep the room warm and cozy, keep the lightbulbs a warm color, rather than using a clinical, harsh white. Experiment with the light where possible, especially as some lamps and shades can create different visual effects in the space.
Clean windows and doors regularly
The windows and doors of the home should allow all of the light to flood through the home. A good way to ensure that continues is by cleaning the windows and doors regularly. That way, it’ll really help all light come through without showing up any harsh stain on the glass itself and on any surfaces it reflects onto.
Keeping windows and doors in good shape will also help the property’s curb appeal and for value later down the line if selling is an option.
With a few simple changes to the space, the home can instantly feel a lot brighter!