No one likes a home that’s always dark, cold and filled with shadows. The key to making a room feel light, bright, clean and airy is amplifying the natural light is a space.
However, there’s more to making the most of natural light than simply opening the curtains. In fact, if you want your home to be light-filled, then you need to get smart about the colours, textures, finishes and furniture arrangement in your home.
1. Hang a mirror opposite a window
This will reflect the light coming through the window and bring more light into the room.
2. Go for glossy flooring
Flooring with a glossy finish will reflect light, giving the impression that a room is brighter than it is.
3. Stick to a pale colour palette
Painting the walls in shades of white, cream, beige and even the palest of greys is the key to making any room feel bright.
4. Choose light-weight window dressing
For rooms that don’t require block-out curtains for sleep, such as the living room, kitchen and dining, go for light-weight sheer curtains, or even blinds that let in a little light.
5. Keep light sources unobstructed
Think about where your furniture is placed: is anything in front of a window r obstructing natural light from flowing in? If so, rethink your layout so that the sources of light have unhindered access to your space.
6. Do a door swap
For doors that face gardens, backyards, courtyards or balconies, it might be an option for your to replace a solid exterior door with a door that has window panels, or even a sliding glass door, to allow in more light.
7. Tidy the garden
Take note of the plants growing outside your window, and prune back any trees that are standing between the window ad sunlight.
8. Decorate with reflective or transparent surfaces
Another way to increase the flow of light in your home is to decorate with reflective surfaces, such as furniture with metallic frames, or transparent surfaces, such as glass coffee tables.
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