A dark and lifeless house can affect your whole mood. Your surroundings really do influence how you feel. So if your kitchen and living space is dark and uninviting, you’ll begin to feel cold and closed off in your own home. A few smart touches can change all that. It is really simple to bring a light and airy feel back to a dark space.
We’ll look at simple furnishings and decorative changes right through to the some big structural alterations (if you feel like getting your hands dirty). Don’t be held back by budget. There’s a solution for all wallet sizes and your home will be light and inviting in no time.
The most simple answer is a new paint job. Getting some light yellows and creams all over the walls will quickly brighten the room. Dark colours absorb all the light whereas lighter paints will reflect it. Yellows and creams will bounce light back around the room making it feel more spacious. If you still love your dark colours, try painting just one wall with a deep tone – an accent wall. You’ll keep the rich warm colours you love while allowing the room to open up.
Tip: Try painting the ceiling white too. It’ll give the impression of a higher roof and bounce even more light around.
Avoid using harsh, overhead lighting. This might seem counter-intuitive but big bright lights create shadows and accentuate the dark parts of the room. Well placed lamps around the room (with brighter bulbs) will open the room up much more.
Accessories and Furniture
First of all, clear out the clutter. Simple is the ultimate sophistication. Lose anything that doesn’t need to be there. You’ll create a much nicer flow around the room and it’ll instantly feel bigger. It’s a simple technique of contemporary design and it works like a charm. Dot some mirrors around the place – they make rooms feel much bigger. Then try a few plants. Plants help a room feel more natural and have a calming influence.
Here’s one for the DIYers. How about replacing your wooden doors with glass? Imagine if you’re lucky enough to live in California; opening a sliding glass door out onto the beach. Bliss. And don’t worry if the kids accidentally smash them; they’re easy to fix with sliding glass door repair in West Palm Beach. There is no better way to lighten up a room than letting in as much natural light as possible.
You can achieve the same effect by adding more windows or making your current windows bigger. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could look at knocking down some dividing walls in your house. You’ll open up the flow and create a more open-plan space.
As you can see, there are many ways of brightening up a house. The best option is letting in as much natural light as possible. If that’s not an option then there are some quick fixes to be made with some strategic furniture arrangements and a lick of paint. Try it, and you’ll feel a whole lot happier in your own home.