LET THERE BE LIGHT!

LET THERE BE LIGHT!

 
There are several on-trend makeover tricks to increase the amount of natural light coming into your home, which will help boost your mood, bring life to your fabrics and furniture.

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Mirrors
A well-placed mirror can transform a dark room. As mirrors reflect light, putting a mirror opposite a large window can double the amount of light streaming into a space. Feature mirrors are also very on-trend this season, so as well as brightening your space, you will be adding a fresh statement piece.  For a subtler way of using mirrors, try placing a few on shelves around the room. Using mirrored photo frames or furniture with mirrored accents can also increase the natural light in your home.
 
Lighten your colour palette
Using lighter colours on your walls and ceilings will mean less natural light is absorbed and your room will automatically become brighter. White will reflect natural light the best. If you wish to use colour, use very light shades of green, blue or neutrals.  Avoid heavy shades such as deep oranges, reds, or blues which absorb light. Whatever colour you choose on your walls, be sure to choose a lighter colour for your ceilings, otherwise the room will feel much smaller regardless of how much natural light the room lets in. When choosing furniture, it is best to go for light, neutral shades and add pops of colour with cushions, throws and small furnishings.
 
Pick the Perfect Flooring
Hard flooring, such as wooden or stone, is reflective, so will bounce light around the room, whereas carpet absorbs it.  While not as comfy on the feet, hard flooring can still be spruced up. Opt for a patterned, thin rug to give the ground a softer touch. Avoid a bold statement piece, choose cooler hues.
 
Work with your Windows
A window covering should be both beautiful and practical as it can impact the whole feel of a room and is something you will interact with every day. Some window furnishings such as roman blinds can restrict sunlight even when open. Instead invest in sheers which can easily be opened to let in the the full window’s light. Avoid using heavy dark curtains as they will absorb sunlight even when open. Be sure not to place any large pieces of furniture in front of windows as this will block light that fills your space.
 
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