Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Simple Tips to Add More Light & Brighten Up Your Dark Home!

Simple Tips to Add More Light & Brighten Up Your Dark Home!Whether it’s seasonal or due to the design of your house, a dark home can be entirely depressing. You’re supposed to feel good and uplifted in your home - so if you’re not, then it’s time to make some small changes that make a big difference. As experienced contractors, we know what needs to be done to create the home you’re needed, so please enjoy these easy tips today!

Add visibility: This is a bigger option, but simply to be done. Poorly placed walls can obstruct light flow from windows and room to room. So if possible, this is a great option for both front and back entries.   It allows more light and looks very classy and welcoming.  However, if you’re concerned about privacy, you can always add sheer curtains to limit the view but keep the light flowing in. Talk to our contractors about your options!

Work with windows: Let’s talk about adding and working with windows. First of all, adding windows (especially large ones) allows more space for the light to enter in.  This is a great option if you are dealing with low ceilings or deep eaves.  Good walls to add windows to are usually in the kitchen, the bathrooms, stairways, landings or skylights in the hall. You may even consider replacing a  section of your cabinets with an extra or larger window. Lastly, work with the windows you have. Go with light curtains instead of dark ones, and whenever possible, open the curtains up. Add small plants to the window sills for added life! 

Lighting devices: Basically the miniature version of skylights, tubular day lighting devices (TDD's) are a fantastic option for places that need more light but want to remain private- like bathrooms or walk in closets. If you like the idea of larger skylights, go with that, as they are great to brighten up dark kitchens, attic spaces, bedrooms and the upper halls and landings.  But do understand that they can have the tendency to bring in a lot more heat.  So be sure to place them in the cooler areas of the house and also the West or Northwest facing areas; as it's more enjoyable to have the welcome of morning sun enter in rather the heat of the evening sun.  Talk to our contractors about your options!


Color and mirrors: Some of those modern fixes may be too much for the bank, but there are still budget friendly options.  Add color and mirrors.  If this is all you can do, do it well!   Many may say that adding brighter color to a dark room is your best bet. And in so many cases, it is. Unfortunately, if there are no windows, this may not make a lot of difference and it may even cause the room to feel muddy and dark regardless.  So sometimes your best option is to embrace the dark room and fill it with rich color.  Go for rich deep blues or charcoal even and instead, accent with whites and light wood.  Bring in natural metals like copper and silver on vases and fixtures to keep the feeling balanced.   And lastly?  Just add mirrors.  From one large mirror, to a cluster of various mirrors, this is helpful in most areas to add the illusion of more space and even to allow light to bounce off.   Talk to our contractors about your options!

Just because it’s dark, doesn’t mean you’re doomed. You do have options. But if you’re not sure what those are, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are profession contractors in the Dallas area with a great reputation. Call us today at Unique Home and let us know how we can help you make these changes easily and in a way that fits your ideas and budget.

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