Home Renovations: 3 Ways to Brighten Up Your Home

14 December 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If your home feels dreary and dull, you may be looking for ways to add a little light and brighten up your living space. While adding additional windows is the easiest way to brighten up a home, it is an expensive option, as the contractor will have to remove part of the wall before installing the window. They may also have to add additional insulation. However, there are some simple changes you can make to your home which will help you to make the most of whatever light is available. Below is a guide to 3 things you can do to brighten up your home.

Add glossy surfaces 

When considering painting or finishing surfaces within your home, you should always opt for gloss. While you probably don't want to paint your living room walls in gloss paint, you can still incorporate gloss into other areas of your home. Refinishing or updating kitchen counters, bench tops and cabinet furniture with gloss paint or sealant is an ideal place to start. The gloss surfaces will help to bounce the little sunlight available around the room, creating a brighter and more welcoming feel.

Add white

While you may worry that white paint will make your walls look clinical and sterile, you should also be aware that it will also help to brighten the room and make it seem larger and less poky. If bright white isn't for you, you could instead opt for a slightly darker shade such as eggshell or cream paint. However, you should be aware that these darker hues will not reflect light as effectively as bright white paint. Incorporating lighter white colours into other surfaces such as the floors and ceilings of rooms will also help to increase the amount of ambient light. And because white is a neutral colour, you can decorate with basically any other colours you want.

Make use of mirrors

As well as being a great way to reflect light into every corner of a room, mirrors also help to create the illusion of more space. However, you do not need to confine yourself to traditional framed mirrors. You could add a reflective kitchen splashback to add more light and a sense of space to the cooking area, or you could add mosaic mirror tiles to one wall in the living room.

If you would like more advice for renovations, contact a contractor today. They will be happy to inspect your property before making suitable recommendations.