Bright Ideas: Unmissable Tips To Bring More Light Into Your Home

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Are your small rooms feeling dark and dingy? You don't need to live this way! Style at Home shares quick, easy interior design tricks and tips to brighten up your space. 

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

Mirrors are not only a great way to add light to a room but, with some clever placement, they can also help a room feel much bigger. Use a large mirror at the end of a hallway to instantly make the space feel longer and brighter. Place a collection of several decorative mirrors together on one wall. This will not only help you make the most of both natural and artificial light by bouncing it back into the room, but it will also act as an eye-catching visual feature.
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Brighten a Room In an Instant With the Right Lights

Never underestimate the power of good lighting. From well-placed lamps to recessed spotlights to a bold central light fitting, there are so many options to explore. Brighten up dull corners with a freestanding floor lamp, or highlight a dining table with a chic pendant light – all you need is a little imagination.
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Dress Your Windows Appropriately

If a lack of natural light is making a room feel small and dark, it is essential to ensure your window dressings are not making this problem worse. Rather than heavy curtains in a dark fabric, opt for lighter shades. Window film is a great option for overlooked windows, as it will allow light through while blocking the view into your living room from your neighbours and passers-by. Fitted blinds will make a room feel larger, as bulky curtains can be removed.

Pick the Right Paint Shade To Keep Things Nice And Light

Avoid darker hues when it comes to decorating your walls, as these tend to make little rooms feel even smaller. Stick to neutrals and light greys in order to increase the feeling of light and space. A white ceiling is essential for this – dark ceilings make the ceiling height feel lower and the room more claustrophobic.
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Choose Your Furniture Carefully – Don’t Overcrowd!

When it comes to choosing your furniture pieces, there are a few tricks you can use. Glass-top tables will reflect light back into the room, whereas lots of dark furniture will make the room feel closed in. Less is more in smaller rooms so invest in multi-functional furniture and good storage. Similarly, add to the sense of space by ensuring surfaces are clear and clutter is kept to a minimum.

Make the Most of the Natural Light In Your Home

Just because one room is darker than the rest of your home, it doesn’t have to stay that way. If you have a bright hallway but a dingy living room, replace a solid door between them with a door with glass panels. There are some lovely modern options available now and the difference will be remarkable.
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Choose Your Bedlinen Carefully

If your bedroom is prone to feeling a little dingy, don’t make matters worse with dark, heavy fabrics. A bright white bedding set will instantly make the room feel brighter-and it’s a change that doesn’t cost the earth!
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6 Elegant Plants Guaranteed To Breathe Life Into Your Home

From cool cacti to stylish succulents, these will add an eye-catching, gorgeous touch of greenery. Even the least green-fingered gardener can master these hardy houseplants.
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