We spend a lot of time thinking about interior design but rarely do we place as much focus on how light influences the look of the home.
Good lighting improves aesthetics and accents our favorite features. It creates a mood, a glow, energy. It even makes everyday tasks easier, and our social gatherings more fulfilling.
That all sounds good, but how do you actually control the lighting in your home so that it’s always to your liking?
Here four simple and cool tricks to enhance the lighting of your home.
1) Swap Out Fixtures
Nothing replaces the elegance and simplicity of natural light, but your lamps, ceiling fans, and fixtures make a difference when factoring in how light appears in your house.
It sounds obvious, but not everyone realizes that you can’t just purchase any standing lamp and expect it to create a mood in a magazine. According to Lighting Style, it takes time to try out a few styles that not only aesthetically match the interior, but also provide great light.
It might be time to re-evaluate your ceiling lights, lamps, and wall lights. Search for new models with smart technology that allows you to adjust light based on your mood.
2) Think About The Space
Most of us want a different kind of mood and brightness in each room. This means you should consider the tone of our bulbs, the style, angle, and many more factors about the lights in each space.
Make sure that fixtures and bulbs suit the rooms they are in. Don’t just put LED bulbs in every lamp!
For instance, in the lounge or the living room, you likely want warm, soft white bulbs. Bright white bulbs are great for bathrooms because it is easy to see what you are doing. In the kitchen, ceiling lights brighten a wide area of space, as well as space immediately below it. That’s great for cooking and eating in the kitchen.
It will all depend on your preferences, but consider how you might tweak your bulb set up to make the most out of each room.
Mirrors aren’t just there so that you can see how you look before heading out. They can be really helpful for brightening your home.
If you don’t get a lot of natural light into your home, light fixtures aren’t always the perfect substitute. Mirrors can help amplify the natural light in your home. By placing them to reflect the natural light coming in through your windows, you can brighten your home without having to flick a switch.
Depending on your options, you can stagger mirrors on opposing walls so that they reflect each other.
Mirrors look great, and they can subtly brighten your home without having to look to your electric lights.
4) Bright Colors
Of course, if your walls are dark, then your house will be dark. Those dark colors also absorb any light that is coming into the house.
To brighten up your house, consider repainting your walls brighter colors and removing wallpaper, too. Avoid sharp white paint as it makes your house feel colder, and instead consider warm off-whites colors. Painting your ceiling a few shades brighter than the walls can make space seem much brighter.
5) Make It Easier For Light to Come In
Dirty windows, overgrown trees, bushes, and other obstructions can make it harder for light to come in.
Stop dirt building up on your windows and clean them regularly. Cleaning shiny windows will maximize the light coming into your home and make it feel brighter. Trimming back bushes and trees that overlook your windows will remove any obstacle to the natural light coming into your house.
Before you do anything too radical, like replacement windows or plan a complete renovation, it is always worth considering these five ways to bring in more light.