As the days become darker, battle the winter blues by brightening up your gloomy rooms. Here are four easy ways to add a little light:
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Wash Windows. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that more light will brighten things up in a room, so get rid of the dirt on your windows! To clean your windows, first place a towel on the floor below the window. Combine one teaspoon of dishwashing soap with two gallons of water. Dip your sponge or scrubber and go to town on the windows. Purchase a good squeegee with a sharp blade and work your way from top to bottom (using horizontal strokes), wiping off the squeegee on a microfiber cloth between each stroke.
Paint White. Or cream. Or eggshell blue. Light colors add a fresh, bright look to any room because they reflect more light than dark colors such as deep purple or black. This is also a great trick for small rooms because the brighter a room is, the bigger it will feel! If your room is already a light color, maybe all it needs is a fresh coat of paint. It doesn’t take many furniture bumps and scrapes before your white walls accrue some ugly wear and tear. To make sure you wind up with a perfectly painted wall, read: Touch Up Indoor Paint.
Hang Mirrors. To add a lot of light with very little effort, simply place mirrors throughout a dark room. The mirrors will brighten the room by taking a small amount of light and reflecting it all around the room. When you’re hanging mirrors, the same rules apply as if you were hanging art. It’s best to hang your mirror so that the center point is at about eye level. Or, if you’d rather be a decorating rebel, lean it.
Go Minimalist. Take a quick glance around your dark room. Now be honest – do you really need that much stuff? If your room is full of heavy, wooden furniture and your shelves are covered with knick-knacks, the room is going to feel cramped and dark. On the contrary, the fewer objects there are cluttering a room, the lighter the room will appear. To clean house, evaluate your furniture. If you don’t use it, don’t need it or just don’t like it, toss it! Need a place to start? Here are five common pieces of furniture you could probably live without.