I have been on a slight hiatus from blogging as my focus has been on passing my licensing for real estate in Colorado. Well, I finally did it! So I got right back to blogging and am really excited to share this one with you!
It seems you guys like my interior design and DIY blogs the most so I have a special one for you today! These are the tips and tricks I use to ensure that rooms feel spacious and bright. Each one can make a huge impact in a room especially if you are struggling with it feeling dark and dingy. Generally, brighter = a space feeling larger. Use one or all of these tips to brighten things up and create a spacious feel to any room in your home!
ONE: ALWAYS hang your curtains from the ceiling to the floor.
This may seem strange and your urge may be to put the curtains right over the top of the window frame, resist the urge! Using curtains from ceiling to floor help to make the ceilings feel higher, windows feel bigger and in turn creates a open and airy feel to the space. If you have not done this, this is my number one tip to create a real impact in a space.
TWO: Use light neutrals with pops of color/ different textures.
One misconception is that neutrals are boring and cold. This can be true, however, it does not have to be. You don’t just have to use beige in order to warm up a room. Play around with all different neutrals, pick a color or two to use as pops of color and layer textures. I absolutely love fur throws and velvet pillows or knitted rugs. Use different textures in your home to create interest and warmth that complement your neutral paint/ furniture colors. Even if a giant knitted rug is a cool color like gray, it will still add warmth to the room because of it’s texture. I like neutral paint and furniture not only because it allows a room to feel brighter and more airy but also because it allows you to change pillows, blankets, and maybe curtains as a style refresh as the trends and seasons change. Much less expensive than painting or replacing large furniture pieces.
THREE: Ensure that your furniture is the right scale for the room.
This tip can make or break a room. If you put large bulky furniture in a closed smaller room, it will immediately feel even smaller. Instead opt for furniture that fits the space. Maybe a smaller couch with open legs that you can see. The open legs allow for more space to be seen and make the room feel larger. If it is a dining room you can opt for sleeker chairs vs. ones with giant padded cushions. Keeping furniture to scale can make all the difference in the world.
FOUR: Hang your mirrors on walls opposite from windows for added brightness.
Okay, I love all my tips and really stand behind them, but this one is one of my favorites. It is so easy to do and can make a huge difference. If you have a room with one window and you wish it had more natural light, try hanging a large mirror on the wall opposite of the window. This will immediately make a huge impact. The light coming in through the window will reflect off the mirror and flood the room. This will tremendously help a darker room feel brighter instantly.
FIVE: Add lights.
Lighting makes a huge impact in a space and can transform it. Obviously, lighting will always make a space brighter but it can add so much more than just light. Using a lamp in a dark corner or hanging a bright chandelier/pendant light as a statement in the center of a room can drastically change the feel of a space. My favorite is a chandelier or pendant lights. They come in so many shapes, sizes, and styles. You can really set the tone of a room just by using a chandelier or a few pendent lights. This is a tip that will create high impact every time.
I hope you enjoyed my top 5 tips for making a room feel larger, brighter and more stylish. I am really focusing and producing content I can really stand behind so I apologize for the time gaps. Looking forward to some more transformation blogs soon!