Let There Be Light! Simple Ways to Brighten Your Home

Date Posted:28 March 2016 

It's easy to overlook the potential of a dull, dark room. Dimly lit homes appear lacklustre and uninviting. But with a few simple techniques, you can transform any interior space from drab to fab. Brighten up your home with these easy tips.

Clean Lights

Before you rush out to buy additional floor and table lamps, check your existing fixtures first. Sometimes, all it takes to brighten a room is a clean bulb. Use a dust rag to ensure all bulbs and fixtures are free of dirt and grime. A clean bulb is a bright bulb.

Upgrade Bulbs

For a more intense shine, upgrade your bulbs. When it comes to a higher level of brightness, you want bulbs with more lumens, not watts. Watts measure the amount of energy it takes to power a bulb. Lumens measure the amount of light a bulb emits.

Consider switching to LED lights. Most LED alternatives provide more lumens than their traditional counterparts. Additionally, LED lights are more energy efficient. LEDs generate higher light output and lower energy consumption-about 75% less than incandescent bulbs. Use LED bulbs to brighten up a room and save on utility costs.  

Minimise Window Treatments

Take full advantage of natural light by minimising window coverings. Dark, heavy drapery takes up too much space and makes a room feel smaller and darker. These drapes block out sunlight and obstruct the view outside your window. Go with sleek, adjustable window treatments instead, like blinds or Roman shades.

If you must have drapes, opt for a less opaque material. Choose lightweight, semi-sheer curtains. They'll provide the privacy you need while still allowing natural light to shine through.

Add Mirrors

One simple and affordable way to open up a dark room is to work mirrors into the decor. Choose mirrors with light-coloured, slim frames. They'll take up less space and look less clunky on the wall. Hang mirrors so they catch light from any adjacent windows or light sources. The light will bounce off the mirrors and spread throughout the room. Mirrors also make tight spaces appear larger.

Paint Walls

Crisp neutral colours go a long way in brightening a room. Slap a coat of white, grey or tan paint on the walls and trim, and you'll notice an immediate difference. Don't be afraid to paint the ceiling, too.

Sure, dark ceilings add visual drama, but they also have a tendency to make a room feel like a cave. You can open the space back up by extending your wall colours all the way up to and across the ceiling. A fresh coat of light paint will help lift the ceiling and conceal any heavy exposed beams.  

Balance Colour Palettes  

Don't banish bold colours all together. Simply limit rich, warm neutrals to accent pieces. For the majority of your large furniture, fixtures and appliances, choose pieces in muted tones. Then, accent the light decor with bold pops of colour.

Mix and match a white couch with rust- or camel-coloured pillows. Add a metallic figurine on top of an acrylic side table. The contrast in colours will add interest and dimension while still allowing the area to remain bright and open.

You don't have to tear down a wall or install a new window to bring more light into your home. You can improve any dim space with a few coats of fresh paint and some LED bulbs. While LED bulbs may be more expensive than incandescent ones, they have a longer lifespan, so they save you money in the long run. By following these tips, you can brighten your home without breaking the bank.  

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