Goodbye summer, and hello fall! Sure, we’re sad to wave goodbye to trips to the beach and to frozen margaritas, but we’re happy to be pulling blankets out of boxes and looking ahead to cosy evenings, crunchy fall leaves and hot cups of cocoa. The only thing we’re not looking forward to is those dark and dreary evenings. Yuck!
Unfortunately, the nights are already drawing in and won’t be long before the natural light won’t be enough to make your home feel as light and bright as you’re used to. But don’t worry! There’s lots you can do to brighten up your home and keep seasonal blues at bay.
1. Maximise space.
A cramped and cluttered home will always feel dark and dreary, no matter what. If you’re lucky enough to live in a home with tall ceilings then you’ve already got a head start with this one, but for the rest of us – don’t worry, you don’t have to live in the dark!
Check out some guides on arranging bedroom furniture to maximise space. You could also consider some visual tricks, like painting vertical stripes in contrasting colours on your walls, which will make rooms look taller! Pretty neat, eh?
Embracing contrasting colors in other areas of your home can be a great way to give the impression of a lighter, brighter home. It’s one of those clever optical illusions – especially if you choose colors from the same palette. So if you’re going for neutrals then avoid whites with a green or grey base as these will make the room seem darker, and choose creamier neutral instead. For example, a crisp clear white contrasted against a warm taupe is your bright and light home’s new best friend!
2. Mirrors, mirrors on every wall!
Now we know this isn’t a new concept but you can’t deny that a beautiful and well placed mirror can help to trick the eye into believing a room is bigger, brighter and more spacious than first thought.
Unsurprisingly, bigger mirrors equal more light! Which is why our Kemble mirror is a great investment to brighten up your home. Place the mirror above your side table, on top of your fireplace or – preferably – opposite a source of light, and just watch how much brighter and more open your space feels.
But we don’t all have the room for big mirrors, so a long thin mirror such as our Country Cottage mirror could slot into an alcove or on the back of your door. It’s only a small change but you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Plus, with their light frames, both our Kemble and Country Cottage mirrors are as as light-reflecting as they come!
3. Get creative with string lights
They’re easy to find, super safe and not too expensive – basically, we can’t think of anything we don’t like about string lights! During winter they’ll of course be associated with Christmas, but we love them all year around. One of our favourite ways to use them is combined with step 2 – mirrors! A string of LED string lights draped around the frame of your dressing table mirror is the perfect way to brighten up your bedroom (rope the lights around the sides or use some string or tape to stop them from slipping).
Have a think about where else you could use string lights in your home. Could you tie a row of string lights around the end of your banister? The foot of your bed? Along your mantelpiece? You’ll be amazed at how many opportunities open up once you start thinking about it (or once you start looking on Pinterest!). Smaller, battery-powered LED lights might not transform your home into a bright and airy space, but they are very safe and will make that little bit of difference. Brighter string lights with an electrical socket (like the type you use at Christmas) will emit a more vivid light, so are better for those gloomier spaces. Have a bookshelf tucked away in a dark corner? No worries – brighten it up with some string lights.
Pro tip – you could even fill empty mason jars or flower vases with battery powered string lights, like this. A trendy lamp alternative!
4. Work with your windows
The greatest asset you have for making your home as bright as possible is, of course, your windows. Replacing dark and heavy curtains with lighter fabrics can make a big difference – but we know that’s not the most welcoming idea when you’re trying to make your home as cosy as you can!
Instead – why not consider blinds? In particular, bottom up shades such as these are perfect, allowing you the privacy you need whilst still letting in light from above. Or, you could go the whole hog and turn a first floor window into French doors! Particularly great in a living room or kitchen. The more light you let in the better, so why not position a large mirror opposite those French doors? The perfect way to keep winter darkness at bay.
5. Get accessorising!
The final step towards a bright and cosy home this winter is an easy one. Lamps! After all, who said you only need one light per room? We sure didn’t! Not just for your bedside tables, lamps are a super quick way to brighten up those dark and dreary corners of your home. So, is there a corner of your living room crying out for a little lamp table? Or have you got a big empty bit of floor that you’re just not sure what to do with? Fill it with a lamp!
Keep your eyes peeled for metallic finishes, neutral light shades and reflective surfaces. All of these things will maximise light as much as possible, giving you bright and happy summertime light in your home well into Fall.
So there you have it! Your guide to keep your home as bright and cheery as can be into the colder months. Of course, there are always a few other things you can do to get rid of that wintery feel in your home. For example, keeping floral scented candles burning into the autumn will help to prolong that summertime feeling – or perhaps it’s worth investing in a dehumidifier to make sure your home doesn’t become damp and dreary, as well as dark?
Got any tips and tricks? We’d love to hear! Let us know over on Twitter and Facebook, or snap us in your home décor snaps and tag @oak_furniture_land_US on Instagram to show us how you’ll be keeping your home bright this Fall.