A home that is light and bright can seem more cheerful and more inviting. It can also become a more relaxing environment for the entire family. Dull and drab spaces are depressing and can make a person feel claustrophobic rather than comfortable. If you have a dull space in your home you may not need to give it a complete makeover to bring in some freshness. Consider some quick tips for making any space more cheerful.
Paint colour may be one of the best ways to make a space brighter and bolder. You don’t need to paint a space bright white for it to feel more airy, as white can be crisp but also a little dull. Instead, consider a sandy beige or a light shade of forest green. These colours add personality while keeping the space cheery. Yellow is also a good colour for making a space seem sunny and welcoming, and even an accent wall in a sunny yellow can transform an entire space.
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You may not have the funds to completely replace your furniture but a new sofa can make a space seem more welcoming and cheerful. Choose one in an updated colour or fabric that is light and new. You don’t always need to go light to make a space feel cheerful, as a warm beige can bring in a fresh new feel. For a modern look you might choose something in a grey tone or other metallic shade.
Bringing in sunlight is also a good way to brighten up a space, which can be difficult if your windows are small. A trick many designers use is to hang mirrors as these help to reflect and bounce around the light. Hang a mirror opposite something attractive so it has a nice reflection; hanging it opposite a window will give you the most amount of light! Modern homes may call for a grouping of mirrors, such as many round mirrors put together in one space.
Your artwork can also affect how your room feels, so note if you have heavy pieces. These might include thick wooden frames around pictures or oversized wood cabinets. These can make a space feel closed in and they don’t allow for much reflection of light. Try glass accessories and lighter accent pieces to bring a more refreshing feeling into your room.