Brighten Up Your Home In A Few Simple Steps

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.

Beautiful, bright living room

Add Space 

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.

Bright, spacious living room with lots of windows

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.

Living room decorated in light colours

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.

Little girl at the side of a beautiful silver and gold Christmas Tree

Don’t Overcrowd 

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.

Living room with a mirror hanging on the wall

Hang Mirrors 

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.Brighten Up Your Home In A Few Simple Steps

Do you have any other tips for making your home look brighter?
If so, let me know in the comments below.
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22 Comments

  1. 01/10/2018 / 12:44 pm

    Some great advice here. Bright colours really do make all the difference in your home!

  2. 01/10/2018 / 6:25 pm

    These are some great tips, it is so hard when you are suffering with a dark home. It is amazing the difference bouncing the light off of mirrors can make though, that really is a top tip!

  3. Hannah Wood
    01/10/2018 / 7:20 pm

    Some very good ideas I would of not of thought of to do the room like this , so nice to read this blog post.

  4. 01/10/2018 / 10:41 pm

    It is so important to not overcrowd, clutter can really darken a room.

  5. 02/10/2018 / 9:48 am

    Some really good tips . Love a bit of colour to brighten up a room especially now the mornings are so dark

  6. 02/10/2018 / 10:09 am

    Some very good ideas in your post! It’s so true that with the short days the house looks smaller and darker.
    I can”t change the windows, but I will look for a mirror to help with the light.

  7. 02/10/2018 / 12:09 pm

    Great advice here. I need to move some of the bigger items of furniture around in my living room a bit tontry and open up more space.

  8. 02/10/2018 / 3:35 pm

    Great tips. I like moving our furniture around from time to time and we’re lucky as we have lots of natural light in our living room so it never seems too dark or cramped!

  9. 02/10/2018 / 5:19 pm

    I agree with not over crowding rooms – It can be so easily done but the neater the better! 😊 x

  10. 02/10/2018 / 6:05 pm

    I really try to not overcrowd and maximize storage but I am really not good with minimal homes x

  11. 02/10/2018 / 7:44 pm

    Great tips! I have big plans to decorate our home this year, we have had it way too neutral for too long!

  12. 03/10/2018 / 5:45 am

    I am loving all of these tips, I am always looking to create more space in my home. I am a minimalist and want to continue being so
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  13. 03/10/2018 / 8:28 am

    My house is quite dark, which is frustrating – going to redecorate soon to try and make it brighter

  14. 03/10/2018 / 8:42 am

    Mirrors is a good idea and we have a very dark house at the best of times!! Kinda like it looking creepy and cozy at Halloween though x

  15. 03/10/2018 / 11:21 am

    Top tips. The easiest one is deffo to use lighter colours, such a cheap way to create much more light and space too x

  16. 03/10/2018 / 8:16 pm

    Lots of great advice there. I need to declutter to brighten up my house.

  17. 03/10/2018 / 9:00 pm

    These are great tip, I hat nothing more than a dark, gloomy home! Light is essential.

  18. 04/10/2018 / 3:42 pm

    I love your tips. We’re moving in the next month or two and I can’t wait to put some of them in to practice, especially when it comes to decorating for christmas.

  19. 05/10/2018 / 6:06 am

    Using light, bright colours around my home makes my apartment feel so much bigger than it actually is xxx

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