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It’s official, it’s that time of year again when we’re anticipating daylight savings and days getting shorter (and darker). It’s the excitement of gaining an extra hour of sleep paired with the feeling of crawling into bed at 6:00pm because it’s dark as night outside. It’s a season all young parents loathe and lamps act as more of a necessity than an accessory. I think we can all agree that this year isn’t in need of any more darkness, so we’ve decided to rally together to combat the shorter day blues and compiled a few tips to prepare to make these upcoming days seem a bit lighter and brighter!
It’s no secret that the lighter the wall color, the more it reflects. Painting a room is one of the simplest and most cost effective ways to lighten a room. That’s one of the many reasons we love using neutral paint (shoutout to Sherwin Williams Alabaster White) when we’re designing for a client.
The rumors are true, mirrors double the amount of sunlight in a room by reflecting the sunlight coming through. Placing a large mirror across from a large window in a room not only makes the space seem larger, but much brighter. We’d like to say the more mirrors the merrier, however, we aren’t too keen on creating a funhouse.
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
Another element of creating a light and airy space is stuff. We all have it, some of us more than others! Decluttering your home and removing unnecessary or unwanted objects will make your space seem brighter. Little things such as placing small appliances in cabinets rather than on the counter or recycling an old stack of magazines can make the biggest difference!
For a room to feel lighter, it’s important to properly distribute the light. Take note where you place a lamp, or where your windows are. We always recommend having more than one source of light in a room and for each room to have a mix of light, including both overhead and accent lighting. Another important element is noting what light is best for your best. Typically, soft / warm light is best for bedrooms and living spaces, while bright / cool light is best in kitchens and bathrooms.
We hope these tips inspire you to brighten up your home in preparation for the coming months! Be sure to leave any comments or questions below.