As autumn draws near and the days become shorter, you may notice that your home feels darker than usual, particularly in the evenings. Of course, folks look forward to the warmth and coziness of fall. But no one wants their home to feel dreary. Fortunately, changing your home's decor to make your home brighter through fall and winter is simpler than you may realize. Check out these four tips from Murphy Door to ensure your home stays well-lit even when the sun goes down.
One Size Doesn't Fit All
If you think that illuminating any room in your home is as simple as hanging an ambient light on the ceiling and throwing a table lamp wherever there is space available, think again. The way that you choose to light up your living spaces matters. After all, light fixtures play a critical role in how your home will look, feel, and function.
With this in mind, be sure to choose specific lighting solutions. They should be tailored to the unique style and functional needs of the space. For instance, bright overhead lights are necessary for some rooms, such as your bathroom and kitchen. But warm task lights will be more appropriate in other rooms, such as your bedroom. Ensuring that the light fixtures you use cater to the room itself can make your home brighter all year long.
Brighten Up the Darkest Spaces
Every home has areas that could use a touch of light to make them look bigger, brighter, and more inviting. These spaces may not seem important during the sunny days of spring and summer. But the darker days of autumn and winter are sure to show you how much of an impact they can have on the ambiance of your home.
The good news is that brightening up the dark spaces of your home is simple. You can instantly make your living spaces look more attractive and feel more welcoming. Here are some ideas to inspire you:
- Place an eye-catching floor lamp in a dark corner of your living room or bedroom.
- Replace outdated fixtures in your stairway with contemporary ones to give your stairs an effortless upgrade.
- Add a table and accent lamp to your hallway to help it feel homier.
Reconsider Your Decor
Whether you know it or not, the way that your home is decorated could make it feel darker or smaller than it really is. Regardless of how many windows a room has or how spacious an area may be, bulky furniture and dark color schemes can make it more challenging to achieve the inviting aesthetic you crave.
If you have a space that you're interested in brightening up, consider how it's currently decorated before investing in new light fixtures. Is the room overwhelmed with large furnishings or predominantly decorated in deep colors? If so, then it's time to make some changes. You won't believe how much brighter a space can feel with the right size of furniture or by balancing out dark colors with light ones.
Use Mirrors Strategically
Mirrors are a home's best friend, especially in the fall and winter. Along with adding a stylish focal point to any room in your home, mirrors are a great way to make your home brighter by maximizing the light within a space. To make the most of the mirrors in your home, be sure to position them across from a window or lamp. This simple step will help bounce both natural and artificial light around the space. This can make any room in your home look and feel its best.
If you simply don't have space for a mirror, consider replacing an interior door with a flush mount hidden mirror door. This will bring much-needed light to your room while adding up to 15 cubic feet of storage to your doorway. Murphy Door has an entire line of customizable flush mount doors that make use of previously wasted space while hiding the room behind. Add one to your home today!