Everyone wants a home that feels bright and welcoming. Whether you are looking to add function to your kitchen or make a bedroom feel more spacious, there are several simple ways to brighten up your space. In this article, we will discuss five ways lighting can help make your home feel brighter and also provide examples of how to use lighting effectively in different rooms of your house.
1. Paint your walls a lighter colour
If you want your home to be brighter, paint the walls a lighter colour. This will reflect light and make it look brighter. You could paint all the walls in a light colour like white or cream, but if you have woodwork or furniture that is dark, like oak, then the results may not look as pleasing to the eye. A good compromise would be painting a feature wall in one of these colours while keeping all the other walls white or cream, as this would still create an overall lighter effect but will not clash too much with your existing furniture.
2. Install more mirrors and reflective surfaces
If you are looking to brighten up your space, mirrors are an excellent option. They reflect light and make rooms look brighter. You can hang them on walls or place them on furniture, but be careful not to cover up existing windows with them. Mirrors can direct light into dark corners of your room that would normally be difficult for both natural and artificial daylight to reach.
Mirrors are not the only reflective surfaces that will help brighten a space—stainless steel and glass do so just as well. For example, try using stainless steel as a backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom; it will bounce light from overhead sources and create an overall brighter appearance.
3. Add a skylight or two
Skylights are a great way to let in more natural light. They can be installed on the roof or in the ceiling and are available in fixed and adjustable styles. In addition to bringing light into your home, skylights can also help you heat and cool it more efficiently by reducing the amount of conditioned air that gets pulled out of your living space. Installing them yourself is possible if you have basic DIY skills; otherwise, hiring a professional installer could save time and money.
4. Try to keep your windows as clean as possible
If you are serious about brightening up your home, it helps to keep your windows as clean as possible. You can do this with a squeegee – while you may have heard that using a squeegee will cause the glass to crack, this is not true. If you wash the window in one direction and use care when putting away the squeegee, there is no danger of cracking or breaking your windows.
5. Buy your windows from Southern Cross Windows
If you want to brighten up your home, we suggest that you buy your new windows from Southern Cross Windows. We offer a full range of windows, from louvre and bi-fold to sliding. All our windows are made in Australia and are manufactured using high-quality materials that will last for many years to come.
We hope this article has helped you get started. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us! We are always happy to help and we love hearing from people who are interested in making their homes brighter.