One of the number one things couples list when looking for a home on House Hunters is natural light. Who can blame them? No one wants to live in a dark dingy dungeon. Unfortunately, there are always competing needs when it comes to a must-have list. Sometimes, you have to compromise. Location, square footage, and price can all be trump cards for natural light. If that’s the case for you, here are some ways to make your apartment brighter.
How to Make Your Apartment Brighter
Living in a bright space isn’t just about aesthetics, an abundance of sunlight can lift your mood + flood your body with that good vitamin D. It’s more inviting + can lower stress. A dark room can be the result of a few things: lack of windows, direction windows face, and any obstructions. No matter what the issue is, there are a few ways you can make your apartment brighter.
- Strategically hang mirrors. Wherever your windows + light sources are, hang a mirror or other reflective surface across from them.
- Light = bright. Keep your wall color + large areas light. Stick to white, greys, beiges, and pastels. This includes walls, floors, countertops, and ceilings.
- Choose matte paint over gloss or semi-gloss. It may seem like a high gloss finish would best reflect light, but it actually absorbs the light.
- Direct the flow of light. By adding shelves on walls perpendicular to windows, you help promote light flow throughout the room.
- Choose your curtains wisely. While you may want blackout curtains for your room, choose something lighter in your living area. When I lived in Austin, I had a wall of windows covered in sheers to let the light in but still offer me privacy.
- Accent with metallics. Metals are a great way to make your apartment brighter + more stylish. They’ll reflect light in all directions. DIY your own gold + marble coffee table from IKEA for less than $50!
- Choose the right light bulbs. Sometimes you’ll have to rely on artificial light. Choose lightbulbs with a cool tone that won’t make the temperature of your room too yellow.
- Keep your light fixtures clean. Be sure to keep the dust off of lampshades + glass light fixtures so that they release optimal light. The same is true for your windows!
- Reduce window obstructions. Trim trees + bushes outside your windows so that as much light as possible can be let in.
- Add contrast. It may seem counterintuitive but adding dark accents can help contrast the brightness of the light colors in the room. Choose small linear pieces like floor lamps, books, tables legs, etc.
Whether you live in a historic brownstone or cookie-cutter high rise, these tips can help make your apartment brighter. The Everygirl posts home tours to give you amazing inspiration for decorating + brightening your space.