Helping Your Home Feel Bigger And Brighter


*This is a collaborative post

The seasons are turning, summer is on the way, and the sun is rising up over the horizon. As time goes on, it’s time to clear away all those cosy winter furnishings, and to let things get bright and light. If you want to help your home make better use of all that natural light, it can help a home feel a lot fresher and more spacious. Here, we’re going to look at some tips for how to open up that space.

Get rid of all the clutter
First thing’s first, it’s time to make sure that all the clutter that we associate with what is “cosy” in winter is gone. It can be helpful when we need a little help feeling comfortable, warm, and safe in the home, but now it’s only going to get in the way of the brightness and space that we need. Look at decluttering lists to help you get an idea of some of the things that you don’t need taking up space in your home. Of course, you can go a step further and even move out some of the more ornamental pieces of furniture, temporarily, providing that you have the space to keep them until you bring them back out again.

The right colour scheme can make a big difference
It might be time to look at changing the colour of those walls or, if that is a little too much work, as least accenting it with different colours. You can switch up the soft furnishings, the colour of art that you use, and things like the table spread to adjust the colour of the home even when you don’t want to go to the effort of repainting or repapering the walls. While warm and dark colours are great for helping the home feel cosy and warm in the winter, now you can opt for lighter and cool colours that can make the home feel a lot refresher. White is often recommended for the summer, but soft blues and greens can be light and relaxing.

Rethink your windows
You can do a lot to help your windows let in a lot more light, such as getting rid of curtains to let blinds do their work but without blocking quite as much light on average. You can take a different approach and install new windows or glass doors that reach from the floor to the ceiling of the room as well. These can be a great choice if, for instance, you have a patio that you use to socialise or dine on. Just make to choose the right bifold door blinds for them, as well, to make sure you have some privacy and light control, still. Introducing a lot more natural light is going to do wonders to help a room feel much more spacious.

Uses mirrors for some double trouble
Another way to add the illusion of a little extra space is to place mirrors strategically around the home. This doesn’t mean that you have to go overboard, you don’t have to make it look like a mirror home that you would find at a funfair. What you can do, however, is use mirrors on feature walls that are opposite to where the natural light comes from. Large mirrors can make a room feel much bigger and you don’t need much more than one. What’s more, they are also great at catching and reflecting natural light around the room, which is going to help things feel even bigger and brighter than they are, still.

The right glass can make a lot of difference
This tip might work better in some rooms than others, but glass and similarly transparent materials like lucite can make a big difference. For instance, instead of using window treatments like blinds or curtains in the bathroom, you can use frosted and patterned glass that still allows you to have plenty of privacy, but also allows a lot of light through. You can get rid of some of that window clutter, while still making sure that people can quite peep in on you. In general, glass tabletops that are transparent can still maximize the feeling of space in a room because there is less of a visual obstacle where the table is.
With the tips above, you can breathe new life into the home in time for brighter and longer days, feeling like you have a lot more space, which can open up a whole new level of appreciation for the home.

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