Is your living room feeling dark and lifeless? You need to make it feel more bright and light, but that’s easier said than done. Here are some ideas to help you get there.
Overhaul Your Windows
No, I’m not telling you to replace your actual windows. But you should think about what you use around your windows. Start by getting rid of things that are blocking the natural light coming into the room through the windows. A lot of people don’t realise how much light they’re stopping from entering the room.
Next, you should consider whether your curtains are blocking light too. Sometimes, thick curtains are just too much and they make the room look darker. It can be a much better option to use shades or blinds as you can pull these up and let as much light in as possible. Visit the Timber Shades Group to find out more about your options.
Reflect the Light
Reflective surfaces always make a room feel brighter and larger. Every surface that reflects light adds to the brightness of the room. Even small details that add a little shine and sparkle to the room can make an unexpectedly big difference in how the room feels. Having a glass-top coffee table is a great idea, for example.
But the thing you should focus on more than anything else is mirrors. The best way to reflect light in a room and make it feel more open and spacious is to use a big mirror. Ideally, it should be located opposite the main source of natural light in the room if possible. This will allow the most amount of light possible to be reflected.
Bring the Outdoors Indoors
Adding some plants to your home is a really simple and cheap way to make a home feel a little more relaxed and bright. We all love nature and having plants in the home makes the room feel less stifled and dull. They not only make the place look nicer, but they also make it feel a lot nicer.
Plants actually improve the air you breathe in the home too. Many houseplants can act as air purifiers. That means they remove chemicals from the air and make the room feel fresher and cleaner. Do some research into different types of houseplant and find the one that’s right for you and your home.
Repaint the Room
Repainting is the obvious thing to do if you feel like your room is dark. It’s such a popular option simply because it works every time. You don’t want the colour of the walls to feel dark and oppressive when you’re in the room. They should be light and radiant to help create a brighter overall effect.
You need to use colour to your advantage. Don’t consider any shades that are too heavy or dark. You need something that’s pretty simple and subtle if you’re going to create the best effect possible. Pastel colours can be good because they are very understated and don’t overwhelm a room.