If you living room furnishing start looking monotonous, there are ways to make your space lively again without breaking the bank. Even changing a small thing like the brightness level can cast a new light on your décor. Don’t despair; you don’t have to install larger windows. These simple and budget-friendly updates can really make a difference.
Light lamp shade
Light shades come in all shapes, colours and textures. If you swap yours for a lighter one, you can open up your room without really changing anything. Choosing one with a glass or gold details can even enhance the light distribution and the glam edge of your décor.
Television remotes, stationery, magazines, and other living room clutter can do injustice to your room, making it smaller and less airy. Pretty storage boxes are hardly considered an investment, and yet a great way to store items like those. Buy several of them and you will instantly have a sophisticated look for a little money. Make your bookshelf brighter by turning the books away, spines inside, so the whiteness of the paper is facing you.
Accent your windows
You can make your windows focal point by adding new frames. Darker shutters make a lot of contrast and create an illusion of a light flood. Supplemented with darker glossy furniture such as a coffee table and a pair of chairs closer to the window can enhance this effect even further. Just make sure there is no tablecloth to suck up the light.
Throw in a white rug
Not many homeowners are bold enough to pull off a white rug in the living room. Still, if you have darker wood floors, this is just what you need. Break up the monotony by choosing one with graphic gold ornaments. A pretty white throw on a darker sofa is a great pet-friendly alternative which achieves a similar effect.
Include natural elements
Forget about large potted plants that will end up competing for living space with you. Low maintenance succulents in smaller glass and white containers can reflect on a glass table surface and add a lot of brightness to your space. And the best part is that they require less caring than half a cat. Alternatively, tall plants and vines can add height to a tall ceiling while working as great air purifiers.
Add some sparkle
Reflective surfaces and details can make your plain room look brighter and larger. Sure, it doesn’t mean you have to display your heirloom crystal set on the table day-to-day. An inexpensive cut glass candy dish or mirrored tray can lift up the spirits on the table or a fireplace mantle. Assorted glass collectibles, crystal photo frames and mirrored coasters can work together with light fixtures that make them brighter, cleaner and richer.
Use more mirrors
You can double the amount of sunlight in your living room by allowing it to multiply across reflective surfaces. Place a large mirror positioned directly across from the largest window in your room, or arrange a series of smaller ones to brighten a dark corner. Take it easy, feng shui people.
Supplement the daylight
Not only do the number and quality of light fixtures count but also their placement and direction. Indirect lighting, i.e. aimed upwards can work great for supplementing the lack of light on the ceiling as the daylight makes its escape in the afternoon. A torchiere lamp at the back of the room won’t get in no one’s way.
Tubular skylights are reflective, domed cylinders or pipes installed between the roof and ceiling. Their bottom is diffused or glazed to make a soft glow. These skylights are a great option for enhancing natural light if there are dense canopies outside your windows, or the windows are otherwise oriented so that the afternoon daylight is low. Always ask for a supplier whose products meet international energy ratings.
If a fresh and lighter look is what you need, consider creating contrasts that bring your light sources into focus. With only a few brighter accessories, like a white rug or a sofa throw, reflecting elements like crystal homeware and mirrors, you can significantly improve the brightness in your living room.