Ever been tempted to bust down a wall or add a window or two to allow some light into your home? Atmosphere is everything — we understand! Before you break out your best DIY tools, consider these relatively easy (and comparatively inexpensive) ways to brighten up your space!
Whether your home is flooded with natural light or feels a bit more dark, what’s important is that you learn to make the most of what you have.
If you love light, but lack floor-to-ceiling windows in every room of your home, we’ve rounded up a few top tips for you to follow. Ahead, check out a few best practices for adding natural light into your home (WITHOUT needing to cut a hole in the wall!).
- Make your door work double-duty.
Glass storm doors, French doors, and even doors with frosted windows can be the difference between night and day for a room. Depending on the space in question, a simple door replacement can allow light to pour in. This is especially true for foyers, home offices, and even laundry rooms!
- Think beyond overhead lighting.
When you’ve exhausted your creative juices, it can be tempting to throw the brightest bulbs into one giant ceiling fan fixture and call it a day. However, relying on a single light source is not the answer. Consider floor lamps, sconces and table lamps to help bounce light off the walls. You might even consider investing in recessed lighting.
- Keep dark colors to a minimum.
In general, avoid overcrowding your space with too much dark color or clutter — that will only make a dim room seem more weighed down. Specifically when it comes to wall colors and furniture upholstery, dark colors can make a room feel more heavy. If your natural light is limited, stick to a light, white scheme and use colors as accents.
- Maximize light with mirrors.
Amplify whatever light does make its way into the room by instantly doubling it with a mirror! Mirrors reflect light and spread it around a space — and even into rooms opposite them. Not only that, but mirrors can make a room feel much bigger and more polished. Pro tip: Consider placing a mirror in the hallway wall directly across from your dark space to effortlessly add some illumination.
Achieving a bright, airy vibe in a darker space is not always easy, but it can be done with a bit of strategic design!