As one of the focal points of your home, the living room should offer an inviting place to gather for friends and family. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this task is to arrange its furnishings so that they deliver a bright and appealing space to enjoy a conversation, read a book, or indulge in an hour of TV viewing. You can use one or more of the following tips to brighten your living room's appearance without completely replacing its furnishings.
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Incorporate Reflective Surfaces
Highly polished materials such as chrome and pewter can add an element of spaciousness while also creating a brighter environment. Glass and metals reflect illumination, bouncing it from one polished surface to the next. To enhance your living room's brightness, you can include one or more mirrors in strategic locations within the room along with lighting fixtures offering a metallic finish.
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Utilize the Three Types of Lighting
Combining ambient, task, and accent lighting in a room allows you to create a brightly lit space that readily accommodates each activity that is going to take place in the room. When used properly, each type of lighting complements the other two in a way that creates a comfortable space. An interior decorator can assist you in layering your lighting sources for the best results, or you can read up on a few lighting strategies intended to accentuate the living room's appearance.
In general, you should begin with your ambient lighting that is used to illuminate the entire space for general use. Next, you might want to add in several sources of task lighting in key locations such as near sofas, chairs, and tables. Finally, you can include accent lighting fixtures to accentuate decorative architecture and/or artwork.
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Choose Bright Wall Coverings
Whether you choose wallpaper or paint, the color of your walls influences the brightness of the living room. Lighter colors enhance the brightness of a room whereas darker hues work against any effort you make to illuminate this space within the home.
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Optimize Window Space
Opening up your living room to outside illumination can be accomplished in several ways. The easiest strategy is to simply open the blinds or draperies each morning. If several years have gone by and it's time to upgrade your windows, you might want select larger window sizes. A bay window provides the illusion of bringing the outdoors into the home due to its large size. A large picture window can easily accomplish the same impression.
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Select Light Colors for Draperies and Blinds
If you aren't in the market for new windows, why not consider updating your draperies and blinds? Selecting light colors for draperies and blind helps to keep the room looking as bright as possible, while also infusing a sense of cheeriness into this living space.
Whether or not your home is shrouded beneath the shadows of tall trees or mountains, you might be interested in brightening its appearance. Lots of strategies can be used to do this, and most of them focus on the inclusion of lightly colored furnishings, a varied selection of lighting fixtures, and making optimal use of your windows.