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There are few things that are as depressing and unattractive as a dark home that doesn’t have enough light. If you have moved into an older home then you are more likely to have insufficient light because older homes tend to be built with smaller and fewer windows and they were built with more closed-off areas instead of wide open spaces. If you are tired of feeling like you are trapped in a dungeon when you are at home, here are some ways that you can bring more light and cheeriness into your home.
Utilize south-facing rooms
If you have extra rooms in your home that aren’t in use, try to utilize the south-facing rooms more than the north-facing rooms. South-facing rooms will automatically receive more sunlight in the morning as well as the afternoon hours (as long as they have windows of course). This is especially important if you are planning to turn one of the rooms into an office area, because you will want your office to be as bright and cheerful as possible.
Switch out small windows for large windows
If you have enough money in your budget for a little bit of remodeling, you should replace the small windows in your house with larger windows that will let in more light. This is one of the best ways to brighten up a dark house as long as you can afford it. Also, if you have curtains over your windows you should try to open them up as much as possible during the day to let in extra light. If your curtains are too large and heavy to open up all the way, you should purchase lighter curtains that can be moved all the way to the side during the daytime hours.
Wash your windows often
As simple as it may sound, you can greatly increase the light in your home by simply washing your windows on a regular basis. Over time, dust and grime can build up on your windows and block out quite a bit of light. If you keep your windows clean you should notice that the amount as well as the quality of light in your home increases.
A fresh coat of light paint can make a world of difference when it comes to how bright your home is. Although it is currently stylish to add dark-colored paints to at least one wall in your home, it is a good idea to forego this trend if your home is already overly dark. Instead, brighten up the rooms in your home with a fresh and clean coat of light-colored paint. You should also shy away from dark-colored carpets and furniture if you really want to brighten up your home.
Add artificial lighting
If you have done everything you can to allow more natural light into your home but it simply isn’t enough, you can always add artificial lighting to help brighten up your indoor space. Consider purchasing both floor lamps and table lamps to brighten corners and tabletops. Also, if your house seems unapproachable and dark even on the outside, brighten up the windows with some cheerful window candles. This is an especially beautiful way to make your home seem more festive and bright during the holidays.
Even if your home seems irreversibly dark and gloomy, if you follow the steps above you will have a brighter and more cheerful home in no time.
Article courtesy of Battery Operated Candles.