When it comes to winter time, our days always begin to get shorter and because of this we have a lot less light entering the house throughout the day. The main issues this can cause for us is that our home can become dark, dingy and it can look smaller than it is, which can effect our mood and comfort through the colder months. Here are some of the ways you can improve the home and add more light to make it feel bigger.
The first thing you will want to think about doing in the home is adding more space to each room by getting rid of some of your bigger items of furniture or even rearranging the room to accommodate and make more space for you and your family. Even just swapping out a large book shelf for a smaller one can add a huge amount of space to the home and it will make the house feel more comfortable and bright.
Change the Windows
One of the most obvious ways to bring light into the house is to have big windows or even add extra windows to the home. If you are thinking of changing your windows to bring in more light, you can think about reading our guide to the best types of wood for windows and finding the right shape and style to fit your home. Bigger windows can always be made for more space and you can even bring in skylights to certain parts of the house which will add a touch of luxury to the space.
Use Light Colours
It can be tempting during the winter to change up the home and make it cosy by adding bold and warm colours such as red and orange into every part of the house. Although this is a great way to make the house feel warmer, if you don’t have a lot of space and light it can make the home feel dark and cramped. Try to stick to lighter festive colours during this part of the year such as light blues and white, green and metallic silver and gold. You can bring in these colours through soft furnishings, decorations and artwork. Ideally, your walls will be white or a light pastel colour to reflect as much light into the home as you can.
When it gets to the festive season it can be all too tempting to cram your house full of Christmas and thanksgiving in trinkets and to hang garlands and lights in every possible space of the house. However, if you do this you will be losing more light, space, and creating shadows in your home which will make the house feel much darker and messier. Keep it simply with your decor and leave spaces between things to let the light in.
The best way to bring light into the home is to hang a huge mirror in your living space. Mirrors are amazing sources of extra light and space because they replace a blank wall with the illusion of your room, and they also reflect the light into the house and make your house feel larger and brighter overall.