How To Make Your Home Brighter
June 15, 2017
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How To Make Your Home Brighter

because a British summer doesn't guarantee extra sunshine in your home

Now that summer is officially here, the sun is out for longer – so why not try and make the most of it? After all there’s no guarantee that the sun will stay out for long if you live in the UK. Sometimes I wonder if I’m living on the wrong island…So, try to accentuate as much natural day light as possible and let us help you figure out how to make your home brighter with these 5 simple, effective tips. With a brighter home that extra dose of vitamin D will do wonders for your mood and wellbeing…

1. CREAM RUGS

This is particularly true if you have dark floor boards. It may seem odd, but floor decor is something that catches the eye first as you enter a room. Why? Our eyes naturally bounce around the main areas of the room as we enter. So, if you opt for a cream or light coloured rug, your brain will register this instantly and trick you into thinking the room is brighter than it actually is. If you have dark walls, it will also contrast against these creating a pop of brightness. Try this Wayfair morrocan rug for less than £200. 

2. KEEP NATURALLY DARK ROOMS, DARK

If a room isn’t naturally light – don’t force it to be. For rooms that are consistently dark (e.g. you have a room at the back of the house), there is no point keeping them white, or painting them a bright colur in an effort to make your home brighter. Why? The natural shadows in the room will only be accentuated if the wall colour is light. Light colours in dingy rooms actually make the room appear more dull. This picture is from the lovely Kyla’s home, who we featured in our Style Files house tour, play catch up here

3. HANG MIRRORS OPPOSITE WINDOWS

Mirrors are one of the best tools for creating light in any room. They reflect light and open up any space. If you strategically position your mirrors opposite a window, the mirror will take in the light from outside and bounce it around the room, reflecting the light around and make your home brighter. See, that Grade 5 GCSE physics did come in handy! Check out Exclusive Mirrors collection, they’re affordable and great designs.

4. WINDOW PLACEMENT

If your renovating, or in a position to think about where your windows can be placed, think about the design and the positioning strategically. Why put a window on a wall where the sun won’t shine through. Remember south facing windows are ideal if you want as much light as possible to enter the room. Try a company like www.roofwindows.co.uk who will be able to help with types of windows e.g. skylights, velux etc. 
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5. LOW, MID & HIGH LIGHTING POSITIONS

When kitting out your room with lights, think about 3 levels of height – low, mid & high. Low lighting would be something like uplighter which you can position towards or on the floor for light in areas that are naturall dark. Mid height lights would be your side table lights, or perhaps lights on a low shelf. Lastly, high position lights – these would be wall lights, ceiling or pendant lights. It’s important to remember to position lights in all three heights for any room to create a balanced amount of light and help make your home brighter. Totally in love with this chandelier I spotted in a friend’s house!

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