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Brighten the Home

Wed 10 May 2017

Brighten the Home

As we move into the summer months, we can enjoy the longer days and brighter weather. However, this can sometimes reveal that our homes are looking a little less than bright. We’ve come up with a few ways you can add life and brightness to your home, without having to spend a lot of money.

Spring clean

Start with the basics first. If your home is looking a bit drab, maybe the best thing to do is to give it a good spring cleaning. Moving furniture and objects around can really help make a room feel refreshed too, so think about new ways you could arrange your rooms.

Let in the light

Always make sure you harness the natural light in your home. Adding mirrors to a room, especially if it’s across from light sources like windows, can add a bit of brightness to any space. Mirrors also have the bonus of making your room look larger and more spacious.

Softer furnishing

A lot of dark furniture will naturally make a room look more drab. A lick of paint can brighten up dark wood, such as a chest of drawers or a coffee table, adding a splash of colour to your room. Bright throws and cushions can also help add notes of colour and light, as well as help to make your room feel new and refreshed.

Arrange some flowers

Adding flowers or plants will give your home a fresher look. Seasonal flowers from your local market will provide the best value, and usually last longer than the expensive bouquets you find in supermarkets. A pot plant will also add life (literally) to a room, and improve the air quality into the bargain. Choose something hardy and easy to look after such as a spider plant or dracaena.

Smart home

Be thoughtful with where you place your furniture to make the most of natural light. Tall items like bookcases and dressers can block and absorb light from windows when they’re placed right next to them. Heavy curtains will also naturally limit the amount of light coming in even when they’re open.