Seven Techniques to Have Bright Lighting in Your Home
“I am a firm believer that lighting affects mood and twinkly lights on strings bring something magical to occasions ranging from concerts to weddings, though I am fond of using them as a year round home décor.” –Erin Morgenstern
Let us face it; no one wants to live in perpetual darkness so living in a house that closely resembles to a cave is not exactly feasible. Lighting can really set the mood and ambiance of your house and those fortunate enough to have bright homes can really soak up on extra vitamin D and feel a lot more positive as a result. If you are trying to enhance your home with light, here are seven tips to help you get started:
- Use a Mirror Effect
If you are living in a place wherein free space is rather limited such as condominium units like High Park, a nifty way to introduce more light into your rooms is to use a mirror effect. This does not necessarily mean you have to deck your walls with mirrors, but rather the more shiny surfaces you add to your rooms, the lighter they will appear. These items can range from brass candlesticks, acrylic clear furniture to silver photo frames.
- Window Treatments
Use appropriate window treatments as these often absorb what little natural light you introduce into your homes. With this in mind, remove heavy or dark curtains that you may be using in your rooms and replace them with lighter ones. This will significantly brighten up any room.
- Clean the windows (both inside and out)
Sometimes, a little sprucing up is all you need to make rooms brighter. You may not notice the grime on your windows because it gets rather difficult to notice that dusty film when you look at the same set of windows every single day. But try to take clean your windows and give your screens a brush as well. You will be surprised at how much this can significantly lighten up a room.
- Be transparent
In order to get more natural light flowing into your homes, use glass doors—externally and internally. If you want more privacy opt for frosted translucent ones to let the light in without compromising your privacy.
- Trim any foliage that may be blocking light
Sometimes, a case of darkened homes is due to an overgrowth in your plants and surrounding foliage. Give your homes a quick assessment and see if this is the case and then manicuring your outdoor spaces and lawns should be a priority. Make certain that no plants are blocking the windows.
- Choose the best lighting fixtures for your interiors
There is a myriad of lighting fixtures to choose from and more often than not, all you would need to do is select the best and most appropriate one from the market. Walk through your home at different times of the day and determine what activities you do the most in each room. From this consider the type of lighting you would want and choose the one that complements your interiors.
- Pull blinds open as far to the top of the window casing
Doing it this way would allow more light than just simply opening your blinds horizontally. Though you might have a rather long length of pull cord by the side that is compensated for by the amount of lighting that enters your room. Gather it neatly and tuck it in between two slats so that it would look neat and organized.
Raphael Rico Zamora is a Filipino blogger who writes for High Park, an ideal location with prime access to business districts, medical and educational institutions, and major thoroughfares in the metro.