Brightest ideas to lighten up your home

The light that is available in a room can really affect the atmosphere, so here are a few tips to help brighten up your home.

Using white or light coloured furniture and paint

Another way to brighten up your living space is by opting for lighter coloured furniture and paint. The lighter the shade, the more light they will be able to reflect, which will brighten up the room and will also create the illusion of having more space. Although white furniture would do the best job, you also don’t want the room to look too washed out, not to mention how easily they will get dirty. It is therefore wise to go with some white furniture that is easy to clean, such as a table or a set of draws, but also use other bright colours such as blue and green.

Maximise your furniture arrangement

Another way to brighten up your home is to ensure you have made the best use of your space, for example, it is best to put any large furniture at the opposite end of the room to your windows, so that the maximum amount of natural light can enter the room. Using multi-functional furniture, such as a coffee table that is also a book shelf, or a bed that has draw space, will also help to declutter the room, as well as creating more space that would have been used by the other appliances. This will allow light to filter around the room more easily, with less clutter or objects to obstruct it. To amplify this effect, choose objects that have open arms and exposed legs, in addition to any glass surfaces, allowing light to travel easily through.

Mirrors

While using lighter coloured furniture will ensure light reflection, why not maximise this effort by using placing a mirror or two in the room as well. This will create a brighter, more open feel during the day and night, as mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light. As well as having mirrors on the walls, you can look for storage cabinets that have them on their doors, or a glass coffee table to reflect light from the centre of the room.

Switching to LED light bulbs

Lighting is obviously essential if your trying to brighten up your home – if the light being emitted by your lighting appliances is a little yellowish and dull, switching to LED light bulbs could make a real transformation.

Although they are a bit more pricey, they have a life span of around 20 years, so in the long term are very cost-effective!

There are many different LED’s that you can choose from, so if your considering the switch from incandescents to LED’s, here are a few things you should consider.

  • The brightness of LED’s is measured in Lumens, not watts

Contrary to common belief, watts are not actually a representation of the brightness of a bulb. Instead, they are a measurement of how much energy the bulb will use to be powered. Due to the fact that LED’s require less energy, their wattage will be smaller while their brightness will be significantly larger. The lumen is the true measurement of brightness for a bulb, and you should therefore look for this when choosing which LED is right for you.

  • Choosing the best colour

LED’s come in many different colours, so if your looking to brighten up your room, make sure you go for a light one. If you want to stick with natural light, the best option would be to go for ‘bright white’, which emits a light similar to daylight.

  • Non-dimmable LED’s

Not all LED bulbs are compatible with dimming lamps, so if you’d like your LED to be dimmable, you need to do one of two things: find LED bulbs compatible with traditional dimmers, or replace your current dimming switch with a leading-edge (LED-compatible) dimmer.

  • Not all lighting fixtures are compatible with LED’s

When your choosing the correct LED, it is important to remember that some older lamps might not be compatible. Also, not all LED’s are made to be in an enclosed environment, so make sure you check before you buy.

  • Smartphone control

Some of the newest LED’s can even be controlled by your smartphone, so make sure to research this if its something your interested in.