January 2nd, 2018

Ways to Brighten Your Home This Winter

By the time the New Year starts, most people are sick of staying indoors and would love to see some nice, sunny weather. Here are a few ways to make your house look light and feel bright in the winter months.

Give Your Window Screens a Break

HouseLogic recently stated that you will get 30 percent more sunlight shining into your home when the screens are off the windows. Keep your screens in a garage or basement where they won’t get damaged and put them back on in the spring. Not to mention – sunlight warms your room and will save you money on your heating bill.

Change Your Lightbulbs

Replace yellowy incandescent light bulbs with LEDs which produce a brighter, whiter light. Keep in mind that the higher the K rating on the bulb, the cooler and whiter its light. For cool, white light, go for a bulb rated 3,500K to 4,100K. For a blue-white light that’s most similar to natural sunlight, use a bulb between 5,000K and 6,500K.

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Hang Mirrors

Bounce the light around a room by hanging decorative mirrors on the walls. If you don’t want to see your reflection in every wall you walk past, use a large, rounded mirror — also known as a fish-eye mirror. It will amplify the light in a room better than a flat one. Another option: Hang a gallery wall of small mirrors.

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Clean Your Windows

Dirty windows will block a lot of that natural sunlight from coming into your home. Experts say to clean the glass on the inside at least once a month and the glass on the outside of windows once a year.

Swap Your Solid Front Door for One with Glass Inserts

A solid front door can make your house’s entry way feel dark. Get rid of it and install a half-light or full-light door that lets the natural light stream in. Not only does this help with the interior of your home, it boosts curb appeal which equals higher resale value.

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