With spring on its way out and the summer months just beginning, it may be time to freshen up your home with a new look to get out those lingering winter blues. There are millions of ways to brighten and open up your home on a budget, and most of them are easy and simple changes. Here are just 50 ways tat you can update your home to reflect that warm light and open it up to anyone that stops by.
1. Change your light bulbs
Believe it or not, simply changing they type of light bulb in a room can change the whole mood. Different bulbs offer a warm glows or cool glows, so matching the mood of the room to the glow of a lamp can brighten it up.
2. Add interesting art work
Nothing warms up a room quite like a splach of color. These days it seems like everyone has the same inspirational quotes hanging on their walls or family photos. Those things are interesting, but to stand out, why not add something original?
3. Take off your window screens
Theres nothing that compares to natural light in your home. We don’t think about it much, but the light tint of a screen actually shades and keeps out natural sunlight. If you live in an area that has seasons, you don’t need those screens year round, take them off and see what a difference it makes.
4. Use the right paint color to make a difference
You can paint your walls more than just one color. And if you want to spice up a room making geometric designs or pictures with painters tape and a few complimentary colors, makes your room look like a totally different space and it’s so simple to do. Make sure you’re using the right colors though, or it can mess it up just as easily as it can transform it.
5. Utilize slip covers
You’ve probably never noticed, but dark furniture can make a room feel gloomy, but there’s no need to buy all new furniture. It may seem old fashioned, but a light color slip cover can work wonders for a dark room. The best part about it: you can change it any time you want to match whatever you’re feeling that day.
6. Put flowers on display
You can make a room come alive by putting live things in it. Not only do they add a pop of color, they add life and make a room feel fresh, even in the dead of winter.
Accessorizing isn’t just for your wardrobe. If you add some accent accessories to your dull room, it can brighten it up in no time. Whether it’s pillows, throw blankets, or just some colorful fixtures, they can brighten up any room with almost zero effort.
8. Buy a rug
When buying an area rug, it’s really easy to fall into the trap of buying something dark so that it doesn’t show stains as easy. However this can make a room seem gloomy, especially during the winter, and the goal is to have a welcoming room year round. Don’t be afraid to buy something lighter to add some warmth and bring the space together.
9. Clear the clutter
Believe it or not clutter creates a darker space. Clean regular and make sure that home office paperwork doesn’t gt piled up too high. Your stress levels and whole home will thank you.
10. Bring some of the outdoors in
Nothing makes a home more homey than nature. Natural wood finishes, a fruit bowl, more plants, all of these things can make not only a room, but a whole home feel warm and comforting.
11. Don’t ignore your windows
It may seem like there is very little you can do with your windows, but the best way to make sure they are being utilized, is to make sure that your curtains are doing their job. If you go too dark, they will make the room too gloomy. If you go too light, they won’t shade your room, so when decorating, make sure you take this into consideration.
12. Burn candles
Candles can do so many things for a room. When they’re lit they’re providing light. When they are’t lit they’re just another part of the decor. They can set or kill a mood quickly and no matter how small, they can provide warms. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have candles in your home.
13. Embrace gold
With a few subtle hints of gold in a room, you can brighten it up. It doesn’t have to demand attention, just a picture frame here or book ends there can add a touch of warmth, light, and class to any space in your home.
This may seem like an obvious one, but you would be surprised how many people miss the most simple of things. Keeping a clean home not only lowers stress, but it makes it more welcoming and homey to any guests that stop by.
15. Hang a mirror
Mirrors don’t just reflect images, but also light. Hang them in various rooms to catch natural light and spread it throughout the space.
16. Rearrange your furniture
It may seem like a hassle, but in the long run, you won’t regret it. Make the focus around the windows so that the natural light spreads throughout the space and there isn’t anything to block it.
17. Choose a basic wall color.
The more complicated the wall color, the harder it is to match furniture and accessories to. Plus harder to update if you ever want to make a change without replacing all your furniture. Choosine a light, simple color gives you options to make your room pop in other ways.
18. Get creative with lighting
Everyone has a few lamps and an overhead lighting they can’t really mess with, but get creative with the other sources of light in your home. One accessory that has been popular recently is a salt lamp. If thats not your style try candles or oil diffusers.
19. Bring in some metals
Metal is reflective. Adding a metal picture frame or some other simple accessory can bring in a surprising amount of light into a room, no matter how gloomy. Plus it goes great with any modern decor or style in the home.
20. Re-invent your couch
Similar to accessorizing and instead of buying a new couch, revamp it every once in a a while with some new throw blankets and pillows or a cover that will make it pop. Keeping things light and colorful really add to the warmth of a home.
21. Jump on the rattan trend
This wicker like furniture is making a comeback and it’s pretty obvious why. Not only is it trendy and comfortable, the wood is light colored and can brighten up a home, and it’s functional. You can get rattan tables or chairs, and even swings.
22. Open up those shelves
Yes, shelves are meant for storage, but too much can start to look like clutter. Make sure your keeping some open spaces and keeping it organized. This will make your home feel more open and welcoming, not to mention keep your stress levels low.
23. Try putting plants in the bathroom
When it comes to plants, they often stay in the main rooms of people’s homes. But why ignore the bathroom? Put a couple of basic house plants in there to add a little color and life to the space.
24. Don’t hate the negative space
The saying ‘less is more’ is something that comes to mind here. Sometimes people get obsessed with filling up every nook and cranny in their home, but it’s ok to have some open space here and there. Leave a wall open, or consider not investing in a side table and see what a difference it makes in opening up your home.
25. Clean your windows
If you don’t think that you’re getting enough natural light coming through your windows, you’re probably right. Now think about when the last time you cleaned them was. Turns out, that keeping your windows clean does more than you think
26. Stay away from dark wood
If want you’re trying to do is brighten your home up, don’t use a really dark finished wood. There are a lot of options out there, but stick to the lighter colors that can warm and brighten the place up at the same time.
27. Play with string lights
String lights are a trend that everyone can get on board with. They are simple ut elegant and the varieties are endless. It also goes back to what we said about using warmer light bulbs, most string lights are in warmer shades.
28. Try sheer window coverings or curtains
For those that want their privacy but love natural light, the best kind of curtains are going to be sheer. Not only do they let in ll sorts of natural light with their thin, nearly transparent fabric, but they also make your home looks classy and ready for summer.
29. Cut the foliage
We’ve talked a lot about the indoors, but what about the outdoors? Look out your windows and if your vision is obstructed by tree branches or bushes, the natural light is also being obstructed. Always be trimming your trees and outdoor landscaping to make the inside of your home as beautiful as the outside.
30. Pick the right fabric
It’s important to know that it’s the little things in your home that make it what it is. The fabric color of throw blankets, pillows, and couches may not seem important, but it actually makes a difference. Lose your fear of light colors getting dirty and embrace them otherwise your rooms will look much darker than you realize.
31. Swap out doors
This may seem like a hard one, but it makes sense. A lot of home offices have doors with windows or french doors opening into a master bedroom. These little changes may seem insignificant but they really open up a home, not only making brighter but more welcoming as well.
32. Use multiple light sources
From windows, to lamps, to ceiling fans- make a lot of light in your home. If you can’t have natural light coming in through windows, use a couple extra lamps in your home to make it just a bit more warm.
33. Scale down the furniture
Big bulky couches are comfy and inviting, but it can contribute to a house looking cluttered. If it’s possible, go for furniture with a slimmer design and a somewhat modern look to make your living room bigger than it actually is.
34. Install dimmer switches.
A dimmer switch is a light switch that changes the level of lighting in your room. Depending on what time of day it is or what mood you want to set your lights can be as bright as you want them, without turning them completely off.
35. Don’t ignore utility spaces
Having all the rooms in your house have similar styles helps you think of it as a brighter, warmer space. Therefore don’t forget about utility spaces in your home like the laundry room or mud room. Keep these spaces just as clean and organized as you would your living room.
36. Raise the ceiling height
This may sound impossible, but its actually pretty easy. Make a room feel bigger by raising the ceiling doesn’t mean you actually have to redo the ceiling in your home. If you add vertical lines and minimalistic pieces to the walls it gives the feeling that the ceilings are higher than they actually are.
37. Make hidden storage space
Instead of cluttering your shelves utilize furniture that can be used as storage space. For example an ottoman or window seat can store books, games, movies and more. And it keeps all of those things out of site.
38. Try invisible lighting
Trying new light fixtures like clear or white glass takes the focus off of them. The look is even better if you place these over your table or kitchen island where it lets the light flow.
39. Lose the table cloth
A dark table cloth can be bulky and suck the light out of a room. Try a table runner and ice centerpiece instead to balance out your room, bring focus to the table, and highlight the natural look of your kitchen table as well.
40. Utilize a shoe rack for other things
Are you crafty? Are you a project person? Nothing works better to open up a space than a shoe rack. Use it for a varitey of things to clean up the clutter and organize different aspects of your home.