Natural light is forever a savior in any space––especially when the space you’re working with is limited. When we were finding our home we sought a space that had a lot of natural light in. When you’re in a rental though, that can be pretty difficult at times!
Here’s a few tips to help you optimize your existing light and create the illusion of a lighter space!
White, White, White!
Think about what you wear during the summer… lots of white right? White reflects light and doesn’t absorb any color. If you’re able to, you’d be surprised at what a fresh coat of white paint can do to a room! Not able to paint? No problem! Try using white furniture, art and frames, and linens to brighten it up!
I know the idea of a white rug can be terrifying! But don’t worry, we don’t have to go pure white on this! Try looking for a rug in the cool tones like blue, white and light grey that can incorporate lightness without showing every piece of dirt. This can break up whatever flooring you have and even give your space a sense of richness.
Pale woods like bamboo, pine, or even a whitewashed wood can really lighten up a space. Take a look at your current pieces. Are they clunky and dark? The darkness can give the illusion that it’s overcrowding the space. Try swapping out for a lighter piece or if you’re on a budget, try painting your existing furniture a lighter color.
So mirrors actually reflect light! This is a great idea, especially if you only have one window in the room. Hanging a large mirror directly across from a window can bounce light in both directions, making the space feel brighter and more airy.
Light & Bright Curtains!
So curtains are obviously massive pieces of fabric that can take up the entire wall of windows that you have. They can also block out all of your existing light, which is exactly the opposite effect you’re wanting to achieve. Get rid of your heavy and dark curtains and replace them with shades or sheer curtains that still allow privacy but let light in!
So you can’t just put a bunch of lights in your room and expect it to look good and be brighter. Think about the lamp aisle in Home Depot. It’s true, it’s very bright… but it’s very ugly. Think about how you can direct light upward through a floor lamp or even a chandelier like this one.
So there you have it, folks! There’s 6 ways to brighten up your space! Do you have any others you recommend?