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As the winter is well and truly here it can feel really dull and dark so adding light into your home can make such a difference. A brighter home helps you to feel happier and more awake. There are a few really easy ways to add more light into your home without spending too much.
Choosing doors and wall colours
Light walls can make a huge difference to how light a room feels. Avoiding dark paint or wallpaper will make your room seem a lot lighter without changing anything about the windows or lighting.
Glass doors help to allow light to flow throughout the house. Using a glass door from a light room into a darker room will help brighten the darker room up. If you worry about a full glass door how about one with a glass panel?
Again by choosing light coloured soft furnishings you can ensure the light in the room bounces around nicely. Dark colours absorb the light and make the whole room seem darker.
If you can not afford to change your sofa then adding some light cushions or a throw could make a big difference.
Curtains should be chosen well to frame the window and make the window look wide and stylish. A well-framed window makes a room much nicer and seem brighter quite simply.
A pale coloured rug can help when a dark carpet makes a room seem dark. If you are worried about stains on a light carpet then choose one which has a pattern including some light colours. Every little bit helps and makes all the difference.
Blinds vs Net curtains
I find that net curtains can block a lot of light from entering through the window. Blinds can make a big difference whilst still allowing you and your family privacy.
If you feel net curtains are the only way forward then consider if you need full length ones or if half length would do the job just as well. Again the difference here is huge.
Adding large mirrors to a room helps to reflect the light around the room from a window. If you have a big window at one end of a room and it is often dark at the other end adding a mirror half way up can help dramatically.
If you already have a mirror and feel that is still not enough could you consider mirrored items. In a bedroom a mirrored draw unit or even a mirrored jewellery box could add another item to brighten the room.
Sometimes if you have tried all the above methods you may have no choice but to add artificial lights. If this is the case then opting for natural light choices can make a difference. Many places now sell reading lights which are designed to mimic natural lighting brightness.
By choosing these you eliminate the yellow/orange colour which makes your make up etc look so different.
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