Brightening Up a Dark Home

by Hannah

Some houses may seem dimmer than others, perhaps due to the surrounding area, or even because of room sizes. Even so, it is possible to make these homes into warm spaces that are enjoyable to live in. You might need to give some consideration to your current choices of furniture, as cramping rooms can make them feel more overshadowed, or simply change the look of the room itself. In doing so, you can help small rooms to look that much bigger, and drastically change the feel of each aspect of your home.

Lighting

The type of lighting that you use in your home can have a big impact on how bright and welcoming a room feels. The older halogen bulbs may be relatively cheap to buy, but they can sometimes be dimmer than their LED counterparts, as well as have a shorter lifespan. So in the long run, LEDs are the more cost-effective option. Dimmable bulbs from Ultra LEDs will give each room a warm glow, and allow you to adjust the lighting accordingly, dependent on your needs. While brightening up your rooms, these bulbs will also cost you less to run than those that you have been previously using, which can help you to meet your goals while reducing your monthly electricity costs.

Colour Schemes

Having darker colour schemes in your home might meet with your own personal taste, but they may not be doing your home justice. It can be far better to opt for lighter colours, especially white, that will reflect far more light across your home. This can be especially important in dark hallways, or rooms, such as toilets, that do not have window access. If light colours do not really match with your idea of a great room, you can then opt for artwork or furniture that suits your taste, while still benefitting from the extra brightness you have brought to the room. Likewise, lighter coloured flooring can also change the perception of room size and brightness, for even more of an open-plan effect. 

Window Usage

While you may not be able to change the size or positioning of your windows, either due to budgets, building regulations, or due to not owning the home yourself, you can adapt how well they light a room. The ways in which you frame a window have a lot to answer for when it comes to how much light they can provide. Opting for blinds instead of curtains can give you a lot more control over how much light there is in a room, as well as take up a bit less overall space. Keeping windowsills free of too much clutter can also help to open up a room that bit more, as well as to stop the obstruction of natural light.

There are ways that you can help to make your home feel bigger, and be that much brighter, without needing to undergo serious renovations or building works. In doing so, you can make the space feel far more pleasant, and even cut down on the costs associated with lighting.

Nb. Collaborative post.

Leave a Comment