Maximizing the amount of light that enters a space is a conundrum of all homeowners concerned with décor. However, many homeowners feel they don’t have the confidence or expertise to explore the different ways natural light can be manipulated to make a room appear brighter. Many find though that it is not enough to open the blinds and hope that enough light is emitted into the rooms.

Homeowners will find themselves with a variety of options, both expensive and inexpensive, that will help them create lighter, brighter spaces. Short of knocking down their walls, installing block glass, enlarging their windows, or installing appropriate window treatments to get the effect they want. However, there are other, cheaper, alternatives to providing your space with more light.

Let’s take a closer look at just a few ways that homeowners can bring more light into those key areas of the home.


One of the least intrusive ways to bring light into space is to install skylights. An illume skylight, for example, can brighten up hallways and foyers, which are typically darkened areas simply because of the way homes are formatted. They can bring a lot of light to spaces that have been converted to other types of rooms. For example, attics and garages that have been converted to guest rooms are great places to put skylights, simply because these rooms are characteristically dark.

Wall Statements

The paint will always brighten a room, but if wanting to add a little pizzazz to the space exchange matte finishes for high-gloss paint. Be careful, though, because high gloss paints give off a sheen, so homeowners tempted to use brighter colors might end up with bright rooms with an extra special glare. Blues, purples, greens, and other shades on the darker side of the spectrum work well with this technique in that can give classically-designed rooms a little style.

Mirrors And Other Reflective Surfaces

Mirrors and metallic surfaces can also be ways to reflect natural light into a home. Hallway mirrors and furnishings that are made from metal or have a metallic finish are natural reflectors of light. These accessories can be placed in typically dark areas to drive light into the home.

Ditch The Carpeting

Light carpeting can brighten up a room. However, light wood flooring provides the room with a sheen that reflects light and makes the room appear brighter. Plus, beautiful wood flooring with proper maintenance is versatile with a number of decorating styles.

Use Colour To “Pop”

Whether using paint or accessories, find ways to mix neutral tones with vibrant colors for “pop.” For example, leather furnishings in dark colors can be paired with vibrant colored rugs, wall hangings, and colorful satin pillows. The room appears to be vibrant but not busy when mixing color this way and it makes for a number of interesting ways to decorate a space.

Exchange Curtains For Blinds

While curtains have a more functional purpose for keeping out the cold and insulating the home during the colder months, they can also block out a lot of light. However, those living in warmer areas might consider exchanging heavy drapery for blinds or other window treatments that do not obstruct light. Plus, blinds require less maintenance than drapes that can be traps for dust, dander, and other allergens.

Livening Your Space With Light

Livening your space with light can be done with subtlety. Friends, family, and visitors will get the impression of being in a light space without really being aware of the techniques used to give this effect. For your own well-being, bringing in the light can make for a livable, comfortably attractive space.